Advent and Christmas 2020 Schedule

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We are worshiping via live streaming on YouTube at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Why not subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you are reminded to join us for our Advent and Christmas services? The full-text bulletins for our services may be found on our website and by email request.

See our Advent and Christmas 2020 schedule.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century and has long been a St. Thomas’s tradition. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons and each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.

Family Fun Night & Cookie Exchange 2020

Good Morning Everyone, 

November’s Trunk or Treat was so much fun and it was great to see everyone who came. Our next family gathering will be Family Fun Night & Cookie Exchange on December 18, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in The Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church This indoor event, like the last one, will have a plan and guidelines to keep everyone safe. One of the things we will need to do is wear masks inside so please try to eat your dinner before you get there!!  The cookie exchange means you’ll be taking your dessert home!! See the flyer.

Also, if space allows. I would be happy to include adults without children for the Cookie Exchange toward the end of the evening (around 7:30 p.m.?),  if there is interested.

Please see the flyer for the event, which includes information about activities, the link to sign up and my contact info if you have questions or want to volunteer to help with set up or clean up.

I can’t wait to see everyone!!

Blessings,
Ms Belinda <belmar43@aol.com>

Communion in Advent 2020

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Dear friends,

As Anglicans, we have a deep attachment to the sacraments.  It has been a source of great sadness that so many in our parish community have not been able to receive the Eucharist since the COVID pandemic began.  It has not been possible for all of us to gather in the church, and it was and is impractical (and not advisable for public health reasons) to bring the sacrament to everyone individually at his or her home.  But after conferring with parishioners with liturgical and medical expertise, I am pleased to have another option to offer.

On the four Sundays of Advent 2020 (November 29th, and December 6th, 13th, and 20th), the Eucharist will be available in front of the church portico from 10:00 a.m. (or the end of the 9:00 service) until 11:00 a.m.  The formalities will be simple – we will read the confession, I will offer absolution, and we will read the Lord’s Prayer (from a card to be provided), and then the Host will be offered as we do presently in church – in small plastic cups.  Masks and hand sanitizer will be in use.  The normal assumption will be that those coming to receive the Eucharist will have attended the 9:00 a.m. service virtually, but there won’t be a quiz about the sermon!

More advertising of this offering will be coming to you in all the usual ways.  I look forward to seeing many more of you in person!

Peace and be well
Howie+
The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr., Rector

Greening of the Sanctuary and Christmas flower dedications

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Advent makes innkeepers out of all of us, asking each of us to make room for the arrival of the Christ Child.  On Sunday, December 22, 2019 following the 10:30 a.m. service, the flower guild will be GREENING the Sanctuary, and they would LOVE your help!  If you can, bring a pair of gardening gloves as the sap can be sticky.  Everyone can help: tall people are needed to hang boughs up high, but so are eyes below to guide them.  Strong hands are needed to carry heavy flowers, and so are gentle hands to carefully arrange them.  

Use the Christmas Flower Dedications form to send in your Christmas flower dedications.  I’m asking that these be turned in by Monday, December 9, 2019 by placing in the collection plate, dropping off at the Parish office, sending in by mail, or sending me an email.  Forms will be in this Sunday’s leaflet, and also by the name tags.

Holly and ivy, along with pine, and fir are called evergreens because they never change color. They are ever-green, ever-alive, even in the midst of winter. Thus they can well symbolize the unchanging nature of our God.  This year, as you see the splendor of a Christmas tree or the greens around St Thomas’s, remember that it is a continuing witness to everlasting life as offered to us in Christ Jesus – and that far from a commercial enterprise, it speaks a deeply spiritual message . . . “O Christmas tree, O Christmas Tree, thy leaves are so unchanging” — Just like God’s love.  


Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Advent Lessons and Carols

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On Sunday, December 9, we will be having our service of lessons and carols as is our tradition. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Come out and be a part of this Advent tradition of retelling the story of our Savior’s birth as foretold in the Old and New Testaments.