Announcements – August 31, 2014

Welcome to St. George’s. We are glad that you have chosen to worship with us today. Please sign our guest book and join us for refreshments and fellowship after each service.  

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The new Sunday School begins next week, with classes for all ages. Children will gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am, the Rector’s Forum begins at 9:10 am in the Parish Hall.

Rector’s Forum – This program year, beginning next Sunday, Father Dale will lead a class on Christian faith and life from an Anglican and Episcopalian point of view.  We will cover everything from Jesus as the center of our faith and his life and ministry to the Kingdom of God; the Apostolic Community and the Holy Spirit to the Church as a Sacrament of Christ; Church History (the early church and the Creeds, Middle Ages, Reformation, the English Church and the Anglican Communion) to the Book of Common Prayer and the Sacraments of the Church.  Bring your Bibles!

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Coordinator Mae Scott and Sunday School Teachers will meet Sunday, August 31, after the 10:30 service in order to demonstrate Godly Play lessons, discuss our classroom changes, and plan for the year.  Teachers and any new persons interested in assisting with Sunday School should attend this important meeting.

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The Parish Office will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

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The WEDG (Women’s Ecumenical Dining Group), will be gathering at Bella Milano Restaurant in O’Fallon, Regency Drive, for LUNCH on Thursday, September 11, at 11:30 am. Please call the church office, 233-6320, for a reservation.

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Volunteers Needed – The Bread Company is donating its unsold bakery items to our Food Pantry, which requires picking them up each Saturday night. We have some wonderful volunteers who are helping with this, but we need a few more so that each team/person only has to do this every other month or so. Can you help?  If you are interested or would like more information, please call the parish office.

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Dee Zopp is planning to lead a weekday study (Women of the Bible from A-Z, Abigail to Zipporah) Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:00. Please let Dee know if you are interested in attending.

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Church Grounds – Helpers are needed to mow, edge and trim the church lawn during October.  If you can help one week (or more!), please contact the Church Office with your name and phone number. 

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Receiving Communion – We believe this is Christ’s Body and Blood and  follow the traditional custom of receiving Holy Communion. Receive the consecrated wafer in your hands (right over the left) and raise it to your mouth to consume. Then assist the Chalice Bearer by gently guiding the Chalice to your lips. You may also receive the wafer directly on your tongue.  If for any personal reasons – such as upper respiratory illness – you wish to receive by “intinction”, please leave the wafer on your palm and the Chalice Bearer will pick it up, intinct and place it on your tongue. Do not instinct yourself – this will prevent anyone from touching the wine with their own fingers.

A Gluten Free host is available – please let the clergy know if you need this option.

All baptized persons are welcome to receive Communion.  If you are not baptized and would like a blessing, please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest.

If you would like unction, anointing with oil and prayer for healing by the priest, please indicate this at the altar rail.  If you wish, members of the Order of St. Luke are also available (near the votive candles on the Gospel side of the church) to offer additional healing prayer after you have received communion.

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