Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. ~From the Book of Common Prayer 246
I am grateful to God for the many blessings in the lives everyone associated in some way with St. Clare’s. We are blessed in so many ways by the grace God pours out on each of us with our gifts of time, talent, treasure, presence, trust, and joy. May you each have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family and giving thanks for all that you have. And for those of you who are out and about, safe travels.
We will being the new Church year this Sunday with the lighting of the first Advent Candle. I look forward to worshiping with those of you who are in town.
WHAT’S NEW THIS COMING WEEK
Our readings for this first Sunday in Advent are: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Advent/AAdv1_RCL.html
If you did not get a chance to turn in your pledge form this past Sunday, 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.
Last Sunday’s Music Celebration was lovely! Thanks so much to the quartet of Abbie Crane, Holly Miller, Sue Peringer, & Lydia Pozzato and to David Graham for sharing their musical talents. You could sure tell that David once played the organ. I so wanted to lift the lid to the piano and really let the sound out. It might have raised the roof! And unbeknownst to many of us, including the vicar, an emerging harpist played quite well at the end of worship. Check out the photo attached.
Pastries are here! Hannah Fairbrook has stocked the freezer with your purchases, so please remember to collect them Sunday after church!
Advent Calendars and Advent Candles are available in the Social Hall. There is a basket for a free will offering. Enjoy reflecting on the season with these traditional means of preparing for the Christ Child.
And this simple 2016 Advent Calendar, designed by Thomas Mousin and Merry Watters, provides a scripture reading to reflect on for each day of the season. http://www.ecfvp.org/files/uploads/advent-calendar-2016.pd
Twelve yards of gravel was delivered last Monday. Many thanks to Cindy & Larry Remick for all their work in having the parking lot leveled, getting the gravel delivered, and helping to spread & pack it. And, yes, Larry worked with a crutch (most of the time) and a rake! And to Jeff Waters who showed up just when we needed him. We have ordered another load to finish the job and 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 or next. It really looks great and the additional rock will keep us looking good for quite a while.
WHAT’S COMING UP IN DECEMBER
Walk & Be Well Potluck is December 10th. Everyone is invited. Sign up on the White Board. Bring a dish from our winning countries (Ethiopia, Thailand, & India) and a pair of new children’s shoes to bless and take to the food bank.
On December 11 & 18 I will offer an adult ed class at 9am to talk about the coming 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.
Are you interested in Caroling during the Christmas Season? We are scheduled to sing 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 – email@example.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
The Winter Shelter is opening up THIS SUNDAY 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.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE CHURCH
Chaplains on the Harbor
Chaplains on the Harbor is a ministry of presence in Grays Harbor County, a developing worshiping congregation, and a faith-based center for rural leadership development in the movement to end poverty. Chaplains on the Harbor seek to affirm the dignity and worth of people living in Grays Harbor and to seek for a better life for a community struggling with deep poverty. Sign up for their mailing list to receive regular updates.
Check it out! Chaplains On the Harbor
Saints Alive: Modern Women Meet Saints and Mystics of Old:
(Camp Huston, Gold Bar | February 10-12; Registration Closes January 10 | $265 Registration, includes Program, Lodging, Meals)Walk the spiritual path with saints and mystics of old, explore their stories of faith, and discover the relevance of their lives to women of today. Engage all of the senses and experience the timeless themes of earth, wind, fire, and water. And meet these women where they lived – and where you live, too: in the loving arms of our God. Don’t miss this weekend retreat for the women of the Diocese of Olympia, hosted by the retreat team of Holy Cross, Redmond, with guest speaker Joyce Reed. More
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Sponsored by St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; Jan. 11-23, 2017. Dean Steve Thomason will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the Rev. Gail Wheatley. Space is limited, so register early to ensure a spot. Pilgrimage is an ancient practice of transformative experience, and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus is a remarkable opportunity. More
The Rev. Patty Baker