Announcements – December 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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Sunday School Classes for all Ages:

Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am before moving to their classrooms. We are preparing for the Children’s Pageant, which will take place at the 10:30 service next Sunday, December 21. Children, 2 years old to teens, are invited to participate!

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!

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WEDG (the Women’s Ecumenical Dining Group) will hold their annual Advent Dinner at Fischer’s Restaurant on Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 pm. We must have a head count, so all the church office for reservations (233-6320). Please come celebrate the season. Come for Good Fun, Good Food, and Good Conversation.

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Volunteers are needed to package cookies Christmas Cookies for Inmates of the St. Clair County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center on Monday, December 15, at Christ Church (Fairview Heights) at 7:00 pm. And if you are interested in caroling at the St. Clair County Jail on December 18, at 6:30 pm, please speak to Joe Bono.

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Our Children and Youth will present their Christmas Pageant at the 10:30 service next Sunday, December 21. The pageant will serve as the Ministry of the Word, and then we will celebrate the Eucharist as usual.   Following the service we will have a Cookie Reception in the Parish Hall. Feel free to bring your favorite Christmas treats to share.

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The Food Pantry is completely out of brown paper bags! And of course we always need your donations of canned goods and funds. Thank you.

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Christmas Flowers – If you would like to make a donation of any amount toward Christmas Flowers, please use the envelopes in the pews. Clearly print your name and the names of persons you are honoring or remembering, enclose your donation, and drop the envelope in the offering plate. Thank you.

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CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE

December 24, Christmas Eve

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

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

December 25, Christmas Day

10:00 am – Holy Eucharist with Carols

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Three will be NO Yoga class on Dec. 24 or 31. Beginning in January, the class will begin at 2:00 pm instead of 1:30. Everyone is welcome to take part in this free weekly class offered by Candi Hamill.

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St. George’s will host its Holiday Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, December 21 in the Parish Hall from 9:00 – 1:00. If you have questions about donating, materials are on a table in the Parish Hall, or speak to Frank Rogers (277-1406). Blood supplies become critically low during the holidays, and the Red Cross appreciates your donations.

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Your Parish Library is open! It’s reorganized and ready for you to stop and browse. Please sign out books using the blue folder on the table. We gratefully accept donated books, though reserve the right to pass them on if they are outside our categories. Please take donations to the church office so they can be properly processed. And note that the shelves on the immediate right belong to St. Mark, which has its own procedure for checking out books.

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Our Annual Meeting will take place January 25. If you are interested in serving as a member of the Vestry or Toddhall Board or as a Diocesan delegate, please speak to Brian Maves, Chuck Evans, or Michelle Ziegler.

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Please pick up your 2015 Giving Envelopes in the Narthex.

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.

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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 us know if you need this option.) Assist 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.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 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.

 

THIS WEEK
Mon, Dec 15 6:30 pm – Boy Scouts (Parish Hall, Classrooms)
Tues, Dec 16 7:00 pm – EFM Reunion (Youth Room)
Wed, Dec 17 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 18 6:30 pm – WEDG Advent Dinner (Fischer’s)
Fri, Dec 19
Sat, Dec 20
Sunday, Dec 21

 

8:00 am – Holy Eucharist

9:00 am – Sunday School and Pageant Practice

9:00 am – Blood Drive (Parish Hall)

10:30 am – Children’s Pageant & Holy Eucharist

 

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