Christmas Eve – Sunday – December 24, 2017
Holy Eucharist at 4:00 p.m., Candlelit Carols at 9:30 p.m.
And Candlelit Holy Eucharist at 10:00 p.m.
New or Noteworthy This Week
The 2018 Altar Flower Calendar
A huge THANK YOU to all of you who generously donated Altar Flowers this past year. Your contributions added to the beauty of our sanctuary. The 2018 Calendar is now posted in the back of the church. You are invited to select a date to contribute flowers to honor or memorialize a special event or loved one. We ask for a minimum donation of $65 which is the cost of the flowers. Do not worry if someone has already signed up for that special week; more than one person may sign up. Mila will contact you in advance to see how you would like your dedication to read in the service bulletin. If you have not been contacted by the Sunday before your chosen date, please contact Mila directly. You may also contact her with any questions.
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
During Christmas week, Rev. Amber will not be holding her Wednesday noontime prayer group in the chapel. Instead, she will preside at a noon Eucharist on December 27th in the sanctuary. The next regular noontime prayer and conversation with Rev. Amber will be on January 3, 2018.
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 January 9th. The Book Group will be selecting titles for the new year. Join us in January as we share books and vote on selections. Contact Kathy Nielsen, email@example.com, for more information.
Parish Prayer List
I imagine everyone, at some point in time, has added a name to the prayer list sitting at the entrance to the church each Sunday. But what happens with that list after you add your petition or thanksgiving? Early each week an office volunteer retrieves the list from the church, copies it and sends it to the prayer team, which right now is composed of only about five people. These five people pray for your intentions every day. This is not an onerous task. Perhaps it is something you would be willing to do. If so, please call the office, 831-624-3883, on a week day before noon and ask to be added to the list of pray-ers. You will then receive a copy of the prayer list each week. And…if you are willing to pick it up during the week or on Sunday, you can save the church 50 cents a week. By the way, our petitions heavily outweigh our thanksgivings. Maybe we could all give some thought to that omission. –Claudia Ward
Office Front Desk Volunteer Needed
Since our faithful Grace Swearingen has moved to the East Coast, Mondays find us with no one to help out in the office. Having someone at the front desk from nine to noon is a real help to our parish administrator and a valuable service ministry of our church. Help to welcome those who visit our office and call us on the phone. Please call Ray Krise at 831-624-3883 (or speak to Rev, Amber or Sr. Warden Candace DiLello), if you think you could volunteer Monday mornings. Ray will be happy to explain what is involved.
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 25th – Christmas Day – Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Wednesday, December 27th – Bible Study in the Library at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 27th – Noon – Holy Communion – in the church.
Thursday, December 28th – The Contemplative Prayer Group – in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve Day a Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. in the church. (No 8:00 a.m. service this day.)
Monday, January 1st – New Year’s Day – Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
Saturday, January 6th – Candlelit Evensong, 5 p.m. in the church – light supper afterwards.
Tuesday, January 9th – the Book Club meets in the Library at 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th – Congregational Annual Meeting – following the 10:30 a.m. service.
And Don’t Forget
Northern and Southern 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 has been 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 24 Dec Holy Communion at 4:00 p.m.
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 (No 8:00 a.m. service.)
New Year’s Day
Monday, 1 Jan Morning Prayer at 9:00am
Saturday, 6 Jan Candlelit Evensong, 5:00pm – light