Sunday – December 10, 2017
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
New or Noteworthy This Week
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 received by December 19th will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve bulletins. Please return your donations to the church office.
Children’s Christmas Gifts
We are gathering clothing, toys and gift cards, ($25.00) for 150 children and their families for Christmas Eve at Epiphany church, in Marina. Please place gifts into the bin at the back of the church. Deadline for receiving gifts here at the church is December 17th. Many thanks, from your outreach commission. You also can leave the gift cards with Ray in the church office.
“God Bless Us, Everyone!” – Dickensian Christmas Dinner
Please join us as we come together to welcome Christmas
with our long tradition of the Dickensian Dinner. On Friday, December
15th, we will enjoy the decorated Hall, drink some Wassail,
and Dine with Dickens. Gwynn and her helpers will prepare a delicious
ham meal, Claudia will bring her equally delicious mincemeat pies and
several other old, familiar recipes will be included. Come enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and singing Christmas carols. We will gather around the Wassail Bowl at 5:30 p.m. in Seccombe Hall for light appetizers. Dinner will follow promptly at 6.00 p.m. A paid reservation is required. Please sign up at church, in the office, or phone the office at 831-624-3883. Dinner is $15.00. Children under 12 are free; students are $10.00. Mail your check to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1296, Carmel CA, 93921 or pay at the office. Make checks to All Saints’ and note “Dickensian” on the memo line. Seating is limited and reservations must be made by December 10th.
Celebrate His Season
Christmas Concert & Wine Reception
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church invites you to a Christmas Concert & Wine Reception, today, Sunday December 10th at 5 p.m. in Seccombe Hall. Suggested donation $20.00. All are welcome.
Seeking God Together
The Spirit is speaking. Can you hear him? If you’re longing to become more attentive to God–to listen to him, know his voice and experience his love, spiritual direction can point the way. Group spiritual direction offers a place where individuals can experience what it means to be listened to and loved by others, so that they can learn to listen more attentively to God in their daily lives, discover their gifts for ministry, and be used by God. Seeking God Together is an 8 week class for those wishing to deepen their experience of spiritual community and the discernment of the Spirit’s movement and direction in their lives. The class will be led by Rev. Amber and Cynthia Wigdahl. Beginning Tuesday, January 9 and continuing every Tuesday evening through February 27, 2018. The exact time will be arranged once people have signed up. A sign-up sheet will be on the table in the back of the church. The group will be limited to 8 to 10 people.
Noon time prayer and conversation with Rev. Amber – Wednesdays in the Chapel
Now that summer is over, Rev. Amber’s Tea and Theology will be taking a winter break. Instead, she will be hosting noon day prayer followed by a brown bag lunch each Wednesday at noon in the Chapel. This will be an ideal time for everyone to get to know each other a little better and to talk with Rev. Amber on an informal basis.
All Saints’ Book Group
The All Saints’ Book Group meets in the Church Library on the second Tuesday of each month. We enjoy a light dinner at 6:00 and then begin our discussion at 6:30. Please bring something to add to the salad or a goodie to share. The next meeting is slated for December 12th. The book is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. Contact Kathy Nielsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The Current Calendar Schedule of Events
Morning Prayer in the Chapel, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Monday, December 11th – I-HELP at All Saints’
Tuesday, December 12th – Book Club Meeting at 6 p.m. in the Library
Wednesday, December 13th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13th – Noon prayer and conversation with Rev. Amber – noon in the Chapel.
Thursday, December 14th – The Contemplative Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 14th – All Saints’ Day School Christmas Program at All Saints’ Church, 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Friday, December 15th – 5:30 p.m. in Seccombe Hall – Dickensian Christmas Dinner
Wednesday, December 20th 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Friends of St. Benedict – Library and Chapel.
Wednesday, December 27th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 28th – Congregational Annual Meeting – following the 10:30 a.m. service.
And Don’t Forget
Northern California Fires Relief Donations – Episcopal Relief & Development is working with impacted Episcopal dioceses throughout California as they assess damage and coordinate with local congregations to shelter and feed those affected by the wildfires. The US Disaster Team is in regular communication with the dioceses to organize response efforts.
“The fires are ongoing and assessments are limited due to safety concerns,” said Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “We will be working with church partners to reach the most vulnerable in the days ahead.”
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves has announced that the offering at our 2017 Diocesan Convention in Salinas will be directed to the Diocese of Northern California to support relief work.
Please support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to these devastating wildfires in California by donating to the US Disaster Fund and pray for all those impacted. Visit www.episcopalrelief.org. Go to the box U.S. Disaster Response.
Prayer shawls. Hugs for our homebound parishioners: Three of us meet in the church office from one to three on the third Thursday of the month, making “prayer shawls” for members of All Saints’ who land in the hospital, or are confined to their homes for a variety of reasons. The “shawls” can be knitted, crocheted, or quilted; what matters is that these folks know that they are thought of and prayed for. Please consider joining us, even if you can’t come every month. Also, if you are unable to meet at that time, you are welcome to contribute to our supply of afghans, blankets and lap robes. Call Claudia Ward, 373-5069, if you have any questions.
The 2017 Altar Flower Calendar has been posted in the back of the church. Almost all dates in 2017 are now available for you to contribute flowers to honor or memorialize a special event or loved one. We ask for a minimum contribution of $65 which is the cost of the flowers. More than one person can sign up for that special Sunday – it is within the rules to have multiple dedications! Please contact Mila Murphy with any questions.
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.
Office Front Desk Volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers to help out at the front desk in the office. Please consider doing this valuable service ministry. Help to welcome those who visit our office and call us on the phone. If interested, please contact Rev. Amber, Candace DiLello, or Ray Krise.
Help feed our community’s hunger by filling one of the red bags located under the table at the back of the church. Items that are needed most are printed on the bags. No glass items please. Many thanks from your Outreach Commission who will include your contributions in our daily food bags. Please return bags to the back of the church.
Interested in Inter-Faith Conversation, Fun, and Outreach? Consider Joining JCM United! A new organization on the Monterey Peninsula, called JCM United is bringing together Jews, Christians, and Muslims in order to build bridges of understanding and strengthen our community. At times we will unite to help the less fortunate around us. For more information contact Chaplain Holly Hudson-Louis at email@example.com.
Prayerful Yoga to take wintertime break. Beth Lefebvre reports that our prayerful yoga group will be taking a wintertime pause during the months of December and January and will resume in February.
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 831-624-3883.
ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH, CARMEL
SERVICES SCHEDULE FOR THE 2017 CHRISTMAS SEASON
Sunday, 17 Dec Holy Communion, 8:00am
Sunday, 17 Dec Holy Communion, 10:30am
Wed, 20 Dec Holy Communion at noon
Sunday, 24 Dec Morning Prayer at 10:30am
Sunday, 24 Dec Holy Communion at 4:00pm
Sunday, 24 Dec Candlelit Music (carols) at 9:30pm
Sunday, 24 Dec Candlelit Holy Communion at 10:00pm
Monday, 25 Dec Morning Prayer 9:00am (in sanctuary)
Wed, 27 Dec Holy Communion at noon
New Year’s Eve
Sunday, 31 Dec Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30am
New Year’s Day
Monday, 1 Jan Morning Prayer at 9:00am
Saturday, 6 Jan Candlelit Evensong, 5:00pm – light