Today: Second Christmas pageant rehearsal—Your child is invited to participate in the pageant at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Anne and Pete Sibley, parents at ASDS, are leading the music, along with Richard Wilson, while church member Amy Buchanan directs the pageant. Children are asked to attend at least one rehearsal (11:45, with pizza!), and to come early on Christmas Eve to prepare for the pageant.
Today: Greening of the church—Join your friends 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.
Blankets and warm clothing for Big Sur—All the previously donated items have been distributed to grateful recipients, and now many have lost their homes and possessions in the fire. Bring your donations to the church office, and please be generous!
Santa Lucia Christmas potluck: come support the people of Big Sur—Santa Lucia Mission will hold a Christmas service at noon on December 25, followed by a Christmas dinner at 1:00 p.m. in the lower campground. The Monterey County Food Bank is contributing three turkeys, and those who are able are bringing potluck dishes to round out the meal. Many people in Big Sur have lost their homes and possessions, including the gifts they bought for each other. Your supportive presence is the best gift, but wrapped presents (tagged for men, women, older or younger girls, or older or younger boys) would be nice. In the midst of sadness and loss, the community will gather in God’s presence to celebrate the good news of Christmas together. Please join us!
Crèche sets from around the world—You’re invited to bring interesting crèche sets to display in the baptistry for all to enjoy during Christmas. Please label your set.
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 those 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.
Year-end tax planning opportunities—Parish treasurer Jackie Graham can help you make donations of appreciated stock, or contributions from an IRA. This can be a convenient way to receive a 2013 tax deduction while paying your 2014 pledge without using cash. As with any action having financial and income tax implications, always check with your financial, tax, or legal advisor first, to make sure it is appropriate for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-3090.