push pin_announcements_iconSunday December 1: Advent Lessons and Carols, a peaceful candlelit beginning to the season, will be offered at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: The book club meets for dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meets the following Tuesday, December 10, for book discussion. Contact Anne Powell at (831) 625-7576 or annethibault999@yahoo.com to attend the dinner.

Wednesday: Bible study from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Grant Hall.

Thursday: Outreach food ministry—We’ll organize food for Christmas boxes at 10:00 a.m. in Seccombe Hall. Come help us!

Saturday: The seventh annual St. Nicholas Celebration will take place at ASDS’s Coats Hall this Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Join us for a time of crafts, storytelling, singing, treats, and fellowship for all ages.

Santa Lucia patronal feast day celebration: potluck, songs, and fun—We’ll gather to honor the continuing and evolving ministry of Santa Lucia Mission and Campground, and recognize Jim and Izzi Shillinglaw and others for their many years of faithful service. Join us on Friday, December 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Seccombe Hall.

Christmas Eve nativity pageant— Your child is most welcome to participate in the pageant at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The script is written by renowned Christian educator Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. Anne and Pete Sibley, parents at ASDS, will be leading the music, along with Richard Wilson. Amy Buchanan, a church member who’s experienced with drama, children, and youth groups, will direct the pageant. Children are asked to attend at least one rehearsal (11:45 a.m. on 12/15 or 12/22, with pizza!), and should plan to come early on Christmas Eve to prepare for the pageant. Contact the church office for more information (information@allsaintscarmel.org or 624-3883).

Christmas pageant assistants—Help is needed with sorting and fitting costumes, and warming pizza for rehearsals. Contact the church office if you can help.

Outreach Commission Christmas ministry—Once again we are gathering gifts for the children at Epiphany Church, Marina. Fr. Jon suggests warm clothing (jackets, heavy sweatshirts), art supplies, books, and toys for children ages infant to twelve years. These unwrapped items may be placed in the red and green box in the back of the church. Gift cards (not to exceed $25), cash, or checks are also most welcome, and should be taken to the office for safekeeping. Fr. Jon and his staff will use these contributions to buy more gifts, and all will be distributed on Christmas Eve. All Saints’ parishioners have traditionally been very generous, and we hope that many of you will participate again. All donations should be at the church by noon on Tuesday, December 17. For information, contact Judy Kirk (620-0820) or any Outreach member.

Greening of the church—Join your friends on Sunday, December 22, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we clean and decorate the church for Christmas. We’ll enjoy sandwiches and cups of warm soup as we work. Worship in your work clothes, if you like, and bring work gloves if you have them.

Crèche Sets from Around the World—You’re invited to bring interesting crèche sets to display in the baptistry for all to enjoy during Advent and Christmas. Please label your set so that we can make sure it gets safely returned to you.

Christmas memorials—We welcome your donations to help adorn the church for Christmas. You may use the forms located at the back of the church and in the office, or send instructions along with your check, which must be received by Friday, December 20. Memorials and thanksgivings will be included in the Christmas bulletins.

Santa Lucia Mission, Big Sur, is forming a book discussion group in December or early 2014. We will read The Four Elements: Reflections on Nature by the late John O’Donahue, an Irish priest, writer, and poet. We will share our thoughts, as well as the art, photographs, paintings, or poetry that his work inspires in us. We may meet only once a month, allowing for creative time between meetings. Contact Mother Cynthia if you are interested (831-667-2310 or 520-260-5158).

Pledges for 2014—The vestry thanks all of you who have turned in a pledge card. This information helps us prepare for next year in a fiscally responsible manner. If you have not completed a form or communicated your intent, please let us know soon. Pledge cards can be found at the back of the church or in the office.

Pastoral care transportation help—The pastoral care team is finding that some of our members need help with transportation, such as for a medical appointment. We are putting together a list of potential drivers. If you’d be willing to occasionally give a fellow member a lift, please contact Susan Stanton via the office.

Sunday handout deadline—To be included in next Sunday’s handout, your announcement must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on the preceding Wednesday. Most special parish events are included in the announcements for three weeks before they occur. Contact Andrea Matters at andreamatters@gmail.com or 624-3090.