Announcements – September 14, 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 year has begun, with classes for all ages.

Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am before moving to their classrooms – Godly Play for children age 3 – 5th grade and Living the Good News for teens.

The Rector’s Forum begins at 9:10 am in the Parish Hall.  Father Dale is leading 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.

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Do you love to sing? Come join the choirs at St. George’s! Choristers is open to children in 2nd to 7th grade, and rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  The children learn to sing but also learn about St. George, the church, and how to read music. The Adult Choir welcomes high school students and adults of all ages.  Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. For more information, please call Nancy Ypma. As St. Augustine said, “Those who sing pray twice”!

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Darrow Deanery will meet at St. George’s Saturday, September 21, at 2:00 pm. We will be preparing for the Diocesan Synod in October, including reviewing the proposed budget. Deanery and Diocesan Delegates should plan to be here, and anyone who is interested in hearing about events in our Diocese is welcome to attend.

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The 2013 Audit has been completed and is available in the parish office.  Parishioners are welcome to come to the office and read it.

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Flower Calendar – Dates are available to sponsor the Altar Flowers on September 21, October 19 & 26, and November 30. Flowers are $40, or sponsor the Sanctuary Light for $5. To sponsor, call the parish office or add your name to the calendars in the Parish Hall.

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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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Free Flu Shot Campaign – Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is offering free flu shots to anyone age 6 months to adults. The free shots are available Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 7:00 am -l 6:00 pm, in the main floor Lobby.

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At the September meeting the Vestry voted to become a partner church with Beacon Ministries. Beacon is a local resource to provide benevolence and to connect people in need with the services and resources available. Beacon always needs volunteers to provide time, talent and treasure, including answering phones, providing office assistance, helping with home maintenance & repair, and picking up and delivering furniture. For more information, call 222-8942.

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How to receive Communion – We believe this is Christ’s Body and Blood. Receive the consecrated wafer in your hands (right over the left) and raise it to your mouth to consume.  You may also receive the wafer directly on your tongue. (A Gluten Free host is available – let the clergy know if you need this option.) Assist the Chalice Bearer in guiding the Chalice to your lips. If for personal reasons – such as illness – you wish to receive by “intinction”, leave the wafer on your palm and the Chalice Bearer will pick it up, intinct and place it on your tongue. Do not intinct yourself – this will prevent anyone from touching the wine with their own fingers.

All baptized Christians 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.  Members of the Order of St. Luke are available (at the back of the church) for additional prayer if you wish.

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