What’s New at St. Clare’s – December 1, 2016

WHAT’S IMPORTANT

Walk & Be Well Potluck HAS BEEN MOVED TO JANUARY 22ND. This is such a busy time of year and too many people had other commitments that night. We’ll have the same theme with the same dishes (Ethiopia, Thailand, & India) and a pair of new children’s shoes to bless and take to the food bank. Watch for more info after Christmas.

WHAT’S NEW THIS COMING WEEK

On December 11 & 18 I will offer an adult ed class at 9am to talk about the coming liturgical year of Matthew. We will also spend a little time on the 18th talking about what kinds of adult ed offerings you all would like to see this coming year. I have heard requests for bible study, the Eucharist explained, a look at the Book of Common Prayer, Prayer, etc. Bring your thoughts and we’ll schedule some things. And if you’d like to lead a short series, please let me know.

The wooden decking and sidewalk areas around church have been pressure washed this week. They look much better and they aren’t so treacherous to walk on. Thanks to Cindy Remick for (wo)manning the machine. The welcome mat is out!

Twelve more yards of gravel was delivered today. We are about $150 short in fully funding this last batch. With your help, we should be able to fill in the remaining dips & soft spots with a small pile of extra to use as things get chewed up. Bring your loose change and/or a check this Sunday. It really looks great and the additional rock will keep us looking good for quite a while.

Our readings for this first Sunday in Advent are: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Advent/AAdv2_RCL.html

If you did not get a chance to turn in your pledge form yet, you may bring it the next two weeks. Many thanks to all that turned them in already. This really helps with putting our budget together for 2017.

Pastries are here! Hannah Fairbrook has stocked the freezer with your purchases, so please remember to collect them Sunday after church!

WHAT’S COMING UP IN DECEMBER

Soup Kitchen will be December 14th. If you would like to bring soup, make Christmas cookies, or volunteer your time, please let Rick Woodruff (206-854-1545) or Jeff Waters know. We will be collecting socks to give to the guests as well, so bring them this Sunday and next. Apparently they are sold in bulk at Costco and some of the Outlet Mall shops.

Are you interested in Caroling during the Christmas Season? We are scheduled to sing on December 17th at 2pm at Red Oak in North Bend. Lydia Pozzato will have music booklets available for all and asks that we meet there by 1:50pm. If you would like to meet at 12:00 pm for lunch those who can do so, will gather at the Riverbend Cafe, at 14303 436th Ave SE, North Bend . This is open to everyone – all ages & musical skills. Let’s spread some joy to the people at Red Oak. If you would like to participate, please talk with Lydia Pozzato – lrpozzato@juno.com.

 

The Youth Group has offered to lead the pageant for Christmas Eve. If you’d like to help or have your child participate, please contact Haley Workman or Quinn Strehle.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE VALLEY 

North Bend Holiday Festival is THIS SATURDAY. Located at the Mt. Si Senior Center from 4 – 7pm. There will be music, tree lighting, a visit from Santa, plus lots more. Check them out on Facebook or call 425-292-0260 for more information.

The Winter Shelter has opened up at the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. Volunteer training will be available if you would like to help with evening registration, etc. That training will be held December 10th at their Bellevue office. For more information on our project visit the CFH web page: http://www.cfhomeless.org/volunteer-opportunities/

We will be providing meals as we have in the past and are looking at upcoming dates. If you would like to organize a meal for your group of friends, youth organizations, etc. Check out their signup page at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4fa4a922a4fb6-svws. We will be making dinner on a Ministry Sunday event on January 8th.

We will also be filling the bucket to stock the group with breakfast items, including: cereal, oatmeal, bread, butter, fruit,  pancake mix, soft breakfast bars, etc.

They are also in need of backpacks! If you have any gathering dust, please drop them off at the day center (American Legion Post on River St in Snoq.) between 10-2p M or Th or at the winter shelter between 8-10p any night, starting this Sunday. (Both day pack and hiking packs are needed.) Attached is an info sheet from the new manager Charles McCarthy. If you have any questions feel free to call or text him at 425-503-2302.

The Rev. Patty Baker

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