Announcements – October 12, 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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Sunday School Classes for all ages:

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

In the Rector’s Forum at 9:10, we are studying the Christian faith and life from an Anglican and Episcopalian point of view. This Sunday Fr. Dale will talk about the development of the New Testament. How did it come about? Who decided on the 27 writings that are included? How can someone accept the Bible but not the Church? Bring your Bibles!

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Field Trip to Cahokia Mounds – Parishioner Margaret Brown will lead a tour of the Cahokia Mounds Museum next Sunday, October 19, and we have arranged for a bus (bus is $15 per person).  We will leave the church at 1:00 pm, and we will return about 4:00.  Please call the parish office by if you plan to participate!

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WEDG (the Women’s Ecumenical Dining Group) will meet at 11:30 for lunch on Tuesday, October 28, at Flamingo’s Restaurant (the former Maxwell’s) at 923 West Main Street in Belleville.  Please call the church office to make a reservation, as we need a head count.  Come for Good Fun, Good Food, and Good Conversation!!

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Ready to pick up in the Narthex:

3rd Quarter Giving Statements

Forward Day by Day

2015 Ordo Calendars

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The Community Service Commission is collecting items for Bethany Place during the month of October. Personal grooming and hygiene items for both men and women are needed.  Please bring donations to the parish office or leave in the Canterbury Room.  Thank you.

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Holy Time for Holy People

Sabbath Keeping Retreat – November 15, 2014

Think you are too busy for a day of retreat with your parish family? You are probably right, and that is the best possible reason to come away and experience a day of Sabbath rest.  Join friends of all ages on Saturday, November 15, for a day filled with plenty of time, joy and nourishment; a day with everything we need; a day that just may give you new inspiration in your Christian spiritual practice.

The retreat will take place at Toddhall, our retreat center in Columbia, IL.  It begins with registration and coffee at 8:30 am and concludes after Holy Eucharist, at about 4:45 pm.

The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, RI, will lead the retreat. While the adults are exploring the spiritual life, children ages 3 and up will enjoy a day of activities under the able leadership of Mae Scott, our Sunday School Coordinator.

Perhaps you recall that God said, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”   With Jesus’ Resurrection, our day of worship changed to Sunday, the Lord’s Day. However, with even this day losing it’s meaning for busy folks, how might we reclaim a regular portion of sacred time in our lives as contemporary Christians? We will explore the theme of Sabbath keeping and the spiritual benefits of resting and renewing of mind, body and spirit. Discover or rediscover spiritual practices that just might change your life.

Come and enjoy some of the gifts we have been given: prayer, music, God’s word, learning, worship, and especially the gift of sacred time.  There will be a $10 fee for adults to help defray the retreat’s expenses; children are free.  Please use the enclosed envelope to register, and join your parish family for this enriching event!

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Meals on Wheels desperately needs Drivers!  Can you offer a few hours (10:30 – 12:30) once a week? Once a month? Every day? As a substitute? Please contact Judy Denning at 618-334-6575 for more information.

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Wanted – does anyone have a vacuum sealer for 1 gallon capacity bags they are not using?  Our “white chili cooks” could sure use one before the next event – which is Super Bowl Sunday!

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Child Care is available Sundays mornings from 9:00 – 11:45 for infants to age six. The Nursery is at the top of the stairs in the Sunday School  Building.

Restrooms with changing tables are located on the lower level. The stairway is just off the entrance and there is an accessibility lift available.

Pastoral Emergencies after office hours: Father Dale can be reached at 789-3723. Monday is his day off. Deacon Jody’s cell is 505-913-0375.

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How to receive Communion – We believe this is Christ’s Body and Blood. Receive the consecrated wafer in your hands and raise it to your mouth to consume, or receive it 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 prevents fingers from touching the wine. If you do not wish to receive the chalice, cross your arms over your chest.

If you would like unction (anointing and healing prayer 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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