Announcements – December 7, 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.  


Sunday School Classes for all Ages:

Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am before moving to their classrooms. We are focusing on Advent and preparing for the Children’s Christmas Pageant, which will take place at the 10:30 service on Sunday, December 21.

The Rector’s Forum meets in the Parish Hall at 9:10. We are studying the Christian faith and life from an Anglican and Episcopalian point of view. Everyone is welcome  – bring your Bibles!


Our Angel Tree still has 25 children and youth who need gifts. Please consider selecting a child to shop for this Christmas.  Gifts must be new and not wrapped, and should be no more than $50 per child. They can be placed in gift bags (or one of our Red bags with St. George’s and St. Mark on the sides!).   Firmly attach the child’s information and name tag to bag(s), and leave them on the back left pew by December 14. Thank you!


Advent devotionals booklets are available in the Narthex – help yourself!


Everyone is invited to a service of Advent Lessons & Carols at the Episcopal Cathedral in St. Louis this evening at 6:00 pm.  Choirs from churches in the Diocese of Missouri and our own St. George’s Choir each sing at some point during this traditional service.


Christmas Flowers – If you would like to make a donations of any amount toward Christmas Flowers, use the envelopes in the pews. Please clearly print your name and the name or names of the persons you are honoring or remembering, enclose your donation, and drop the envelope in the offering plate. You can also contact the parish office with the information.


WEDG (the Women’s Ecumenical Dining Group) will hold their annual Advent dinner at Fischer’s Restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 pm.  Call the church office, 233-6320, for reservations. Please come celebrate the season. Come for Good Fun, Good Food, and Good Conversation.


Please donate Christmas Cookies for Inmates of the St. Clair County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center.  This may be the only Christmas gift they receive, and assures them that God has not forgotten them. Bring your donations of two dozen cookies (no nuts or peanut butter) to St. George’s next Sunday. Volunteers are also needed to package cookies Monday, December 15, at Christ Church (Fairview Heights) at 7:00 pm, and  to take part in caroling at the St. Clair County Jail on December 18, at 6:30 pm.



December 24:    5:00 pm – Eucharist with Carols, Choristers, Children’s Sermon

11:00 pm – Solemn High Eucharist (Choral Prelude at 11:45)

December 25:  10:00 am – Holy Eucharist with Carols


St. George’s Children and Youth will present our annual Christmas Pageant at the 10:30 service on Sunday, December 21. The pageant will serve as the Ministry of the Word, and then we will celebrate the Eucharist as usual.  If you have children, from 2 years old to teens, who would like to participate, please speak to Mae Scott. Following the service we will have a Cookie Reception in the Parish Hall.  Feel free to bring your favorite Christmas treats to share.


Your Parish Library is open!  After several years of neglect and  lots of hard work, it is now ready for you to stop by and browse. Sign out books using the blue folder on the table. We gratefully accept donated books, though reserve the right to pass donations to others if they are outside our categories.  Please do not leave donations in the library, but take them to the church office so they can be properly processed.  And please note that the shelves on the immediate right belong to St. Mark, which has its own procedure for checking out books.


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 for additional prayer for those who wish.


2015 Giving Envelopes are ready to pick up in the Narthex.


How to receive Communion – 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.



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

Restrooms are on the lower level. The stairway is just off the entrance and an accessibility lift is located in the narthex.

Pastoral Emergencies after hours: Fr. Dale’s cell is 789-3723. Deacon Jody’s cell is 505-913-0375. Their home number is 416-1074.

Mon, Dec 8   6:30 pm – Boy Scouts (Parish Hall, Classrooms)

7:00 pm – Vestry Meeting (Conf Room)

Tues, Dec 9
Wed, Dec 10   9:30 am – Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

10:30 am – Prayer Group (Conference Room)

1:30 pm – Yoga (Parish Hall)

5:30 pm – Choristers Rehearsal

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 11
Fri, Dec 12
Sat, Dec 13   900 am – Altar Guild Clean Up Day
Sunday, Dec 14


8:00 am – Holy Eucharist

9:00 am – Sunday School for All Ages

10:30 am – Holy Eucharist


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