Sunday, December 4th – Advent Lessons and Carols at 5:30 p.m. instead of Evensong.

Monday, December 5th – Prayerful Yoga – Creating space in the body through breath, movement, and stillness creates space in your heart and life.  Join instructor Beth Lefevre in Seccombe Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  No previous yoga experience is required.  Donations go to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

The Workshop, “Building Community Through Conversation” previously scheduled for December 6th will not take place, but will be rescheduled in the Spring, date to be announced.

Wednesday, December 7th – Bible Study at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.  The group continues its study of the Epistle to the Colossians.

Thursday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel:  The Contemplative Prayer Group.  We will begin with a short reading from Fr. Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart, followed by Centering Prayer meditation, and a short discussion about our practice.  Please join us even if you have not attended a workshop.

Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’, a performance by Monterey Symphony musicians including concertos, sonatas, interludes and tangos; a Christmas Potpourri including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Bach’s Brandenburg No. 5 and popular favorites like White Christmas and Let It Snow.  Your support of the concert will help insure additional concerts in the future, bringing new visitors to our church.  Tickets $25.00 (youth and military $10.00) at 831-646-8511 or info@montereysymphony.org.

Friday, December 9th:  Annual Dickensian Dinner.  Cocktail Hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.  $15.00 per person.  Help is needed for set up.  If you would like to assist in some way contact Gwynn Romano or Sherry Shollenbarger.

Tuesday, December 13th – All Saints’ Book Club meeting at 6 p.m. in the Library.  Bring something to add to a salad or other nibbles, cheese or dessert.  Book to discuss:  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik.

Wednesday, December 21st – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.

December 24th – Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m.(family service) and 8 p.m. (8 to 8:30 p.m., Christmas Carol sing).

December 25th and January 1st – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day service at 10:30 a.m. only.

Christmas Flower Donations.  If you would like to donate toward the Christmas season flowers that adorn our sanctuary, please use the forms found at the back of the church.  Suggested donation is $20.00.  You may make your donation in memory or in thanksgiving.  All dedications will be acknowledged in the Christmas bulletins.

Christmas Giving – As in past years All Saints’ Church members may contribute gifts to be distributed to families by Epiphany Church in Marina on Christmas Eve.  Needed are Walmart gift cards in $25 increments, bicycle accessories (particularly helmets for children), toys for children to 10 years, and jackets for ages 6 mos. to 12 years. You may leave items in boxes provided in back of All Saints Church.   Alternatively, you may write a check to All Saints Church noting Epiphany Christmas Program in the memo line.  Please leave gift cards and checks in the office.  Due Dec. 12.

Icons in Transformation – A huge thank you to the docents who came every week for their duty, for a fantastic committee who worked non-stop, for Amber and her support, for those making donations for a painting for our nave and chapel, for our talented artist and her husband, to Ray and Raul, and especially to the parishioners who didn’t care for the exhibit but tolerated our enthusiasm!

Icons in Transformation – As we announced last week, we have a parishioner who has challenged our congregation by offering a $3,000 matching grant to be used toward the purchase of two of Ludmila’s paintings. We are within $1,100.00 of meeting that goal.  Thanks to our anonymous donor, your donation will be worth 30% more than your original amount. If you would like to contribute, please do so by the end of this week!

Our Memorial Garden Project has been completed. Consider buying a brick to commemorate a loved one in your family or reserve one for yourself.  This is a beautiful meditative spot.  Jana Gill is the contact if you have questions.

Daily Morning PrayerWelcome Happy Morning!  You are invited to join All Saints’ parishioners every weekday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for prayers, music, and reflection at Morning Prayer in the All Saints’ Chapel of Saints Benedict and Scholastica (door on 8th and Lincoln).

There is a need for sleeping bags, windbreaker jackets, and socks for those in need. Jackets need to be clean and light enough to roll up tightly.   Marked containers will be under the tables by the front doors. Thanks from your Outreach Commission. Thanks from those in need.

Donations for the Food Pantry – The food pantry can use canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit or vegetables, and toiletries.  Please place donated items in the basket at the entrance to the church.  Thank you for your generosity towards those in need.

We are seeking a volunteer to help at the front desk in the parish office on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon.  Greet those coming to the office, answer phones, and help with general office tasks.  If you are interested, please contact Claudia Ward or Ray Krise.

Announcement deadline – To be included in next Sunday’s bulletin, your announcement must be submitted by 11 a.m. on the preceding Wednesday.  Most special parish events are included in the announcements for three weeks before they occur.  Contact Ray Krise in the office at 624-3883, ext. 14 or ray.krise@allsaintscarmel.org.