Announcements 12-8-13

Monday: Le Salon des Artistes meets at 5:00 p.m. For information, contact Marcia Jeiroudi through the office.

Tuesday: The book club meets in the library at 6:00 p.m.

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

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 invited 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 to come early on Christmas Eve to prepare for the pageant. Contact the church office for more information.

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

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.

Outreach can use your extra Christmas cards for our I-Help guests. Leave them in the office or on the tables in the church. Stamped cards were offered to the men at November’s dinner and all were taken; one man said, “My mom is 3,000 miles away. She’ll be glad to get this.”

Outreach Christmas ministry to Epiphany, Marina—Fr. Jon suggests warm clothing (jackets, heavy sweatshirts), art supplies, books, and toys for children ages infant to twelve years. Place unwrapped items in the red and green box in the church. Gift cards (not to exceed $25), checks (made out to All Saints’, memo: Outreach Christmas gifts), or cash are also welcome, and should be taken to the office for safekeeping. All donations should be at the church by noon on Tuesday, December 17. For information, contact Judy Kirk (620-0820) or any Outreach member.

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.

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 at 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.

Thank you for the generous contributions of canned food for the food pantries of All Saints’, Santa Lucia, and Epiphany Church. About 450 bags of food are given out monthly.

Pastoral care transportation help—The pastoral care team is putting together a list of potential drivers for members who need help with transportation, such as for a medical appointment. 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.