Announcements for Dec. 2

IN THE ADULT FORUM THIS MORNING, Fr. Dale will turn to Paul’s First Letter to the church in Corinth, chapter 8, where Paul is faced with the concern of those Christians eating meat in the pagan temple precincts. If you hardly ever can afford meat, but have the opportunity to do so in a Temple dedicated to a pagan god, and the meat has been sacrificed to that god, what are your choices? How far does respecting other religions go?

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS are available for all ages on the table in the Canterbury Room.

THE FOLKSINGERS will be playing at the Shine Praise Service this evening at 5pm and everyone is invited to attend!

ATTENTION ALL CHRISTMAS COOKIE BAKER’S: When making your Christmas cookies this year, please consider preparing an extra couple of dozen for inmates in the St. Clair Co. Jail and the Belleville Juvenile Detention Center (No peanuts or peanut butter as some inmates are allergic). Cookies can be dropped off at the church on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Anyone interested in helping package cookies may do so on Monday, December 17, at Christ United Methodist Church, 339 Frank Scott Parkway at 6pm. Cookies will be delivered to inmates on December 20 at 6pm and anyone interested in going along and caroling at the jail is invited to do so. This will be the only Christmas gift many of these people will get and it is a powerful witness that God loves them and has not forgotten them. Contact Joe Bono for additional information.

THE CHOIR WILL BE PARTICIPATING in the Diocese of Missouri’s Advent Festival of Lessons at 7pm this evening at Christ Church Cathedral, 13th and Locust Streets, St. Louis.

THE WEDG (Women’s Ecumenical Dining Group) will be gathering for our annual Advent dinner at Fischer’s Restaurant, 2100 W. Main, Belleville, on Mon., Dec. 17, at 6:30pm. Please come as we prepare for our Lord’s coming. RSVP to the church office at 233-6320. Come for Good Fun, Good Food, and Good Conversation.

30TH ANNIVERSARY PHOTOS have been uploaded to a secure “group room” on the Snapfish photo sharing website. Members of St. George’s and St. Mark may access this site to order individual prints or select photos for a memento album. Anyone who took photos is also encouraged to upload them to the site so others can share. If you’re not already a Snapfish member, you only need an email address to start an account. Contact the church office for additional info. A sample of the memento album is on the table in the Canterbury Room.

ST. GEORGE’S ANGEL TREE IS READY FOR YOUR HELP! St. George’s Community Service Commission is working with the Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois to help brighten the Christmas Season for the children and families served by LCFS. The Angel Tree is filled with 80 Christmas gift tags. On the table are 80 informational sheets identifying a youngster by sex, age and desired gifts (along with LCFS identification information, caseworker and group ID).  Please select one or more children you wish to support. When returning the wrapped gifts, Securely tie or tape your child’s gift tag to EVERY package(s) with requested information on the back of the gift tags — this is the only way we can ensure that your generous gift will be delivered to the child you selected. Please try to fulfill the child’s wish; however, Community Service has suggested a limit of $50 per child so that all the children are similarly blessed. Please note that, previously used gifts are prohibited by law. Place all wrapped gifts in the back pews of the sanctuary in front of the prayer candles or bring to the Church Office no later than Sunday, Dec. 9th. Thank you for your continued generous support of the Community Service Commission.

ST. GEORGE’S WILL HOLD A CHRISTMAS BLOOD DRIVE on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, 9am – 1pm in the parish hall. Please donate and give a gift that cannot be bought. If you have any questions, please call Frank Rogers at 277-1406. Literature is on a table in the parish hall.

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