Carpenter’s Helper for Dec. 27, 2015

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St. Thomas’s shares its weekly news via The Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, is available for this week.

 

The church office will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 4

 

Christmas Eve         5:30 p.m.        Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

Thursday, Dec. 24   6:00 p.m.         Family Service: Holy Eucharist II

                                 10:30 p.m.        Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

                                 11:00 p.m.        Festal Service: Holy Eucharist II with Incense

 

Christmas Day         9:30 a.m.         Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

  Friday, Dec. 25     10:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist II

 

1 Christmas              9:30 a.m.         Christmas Lesson & Carols; NO Holy Eucharist      

Sunday Dec. 27        5:30 p.m.         Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

2016

 

2 Christmas              8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist I      

Sunday January 3  10:30 a.m.         Holy Eucharist II      

5:30 p.m.         Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

The Epiphany

Wednesday, Jan. 6   6:00 p.m.        Fellowship & Pot Luck Supper

                                                           followed by Burning of the Christmas Greens

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – December 24 & 25, 2015/Year C

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Merry Christmas! At least that is what we can say, along with Happy Holidays, for those whom Christmas is not their tradition but want to join the birthday party and to be related to one another through peace, hope, joy, and love. When we LIVE Christmas like this, it becomes a pattern for our daily living, and not simply an all-consuming moment in time we leave behind like the wrapping paper, the tree, the decorations, and so much else of our consumable life.

This night brings the hope of holding aside all the other stuff of preparations for this time which the commercial world thinks should begin somewhere around half-past September. We come to this night perhaps for this is what we always do at Christmas reasons, or simply to rest our weary hearts from the fear bashing and bantering surrounding us. To rest into OUR story of angels and shepherds, cattle lowing and sheep bleating, wise men from way out-of-town and not-so-wise human kings, Joseph and Mary, and this child Jesus.

See the entire Christmas Eve & Christmas Day sermon.

Bouncing Baby Boy Blessings Abound!!

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Blessings to all in this new day as we await “for unto us a child in born, a son is given” the hope of the Christmas message, Love come to earth!

Well, some of our parish family got a bit of a jump on this hopeful prophecy!! We celebrate the birth of Ryan to Colleen Branigan yesterday, December 16, and blessings to grand parents Tracy and Steve Branigan … and today Lucas was born to Tori and Kevin Quinones, and blessings to grand parents Judy and Michael Grabowski! What a joyful gift to these families to add to the gift of the Presence of Jesus this Christmastide! CONGRATS to all, and prayers for healthy lives together!

With thanks, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett Jr.+

Greening the Church

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GREENING THE CHURCH

The Flower Guild would love your help in decorating the church for the Christmas season on Sunday, Dec. 20 following the 10:30 a.m. service. Sweepers, wrappers and other helpers are very much appreciated.
If you have questions contact Karen Krauss at krauss831@yahoo.com

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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As the holiday season approaches, the needs of many in our area are served through wonderful ministries and programs. I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover. I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or shop for basic clothing needs at a local Kmart or other store in the area. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of others in these economically challenging times.

I particularly ask for holiday helping hearts in the form of extra gas, grocery, and local [K-Mart, Marshalls, Kohl’s, etc.] retail stores for two working families — a single father with three young children, and single mother with two daughters. Both are working to keep their family together now and in days ahead, and are not able to access local food banks or other resources due to working hours. If you wish to help them directly, please place your gift cards in an envelope for Parish Administrator Cami Seward, noting “Single Father” and/or “Single Mother”. For this special consideration, I am most grateful.

Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays and into New Year 2016.

Fr. Paul+