Announcements – April 17, 2016

Welcome to St. George’s We are glad 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 FOR ALL AGES

Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am to sing and share good news before moving to classes. Ages 3 thru 5th grade use Godly Play. Our teens’ lessons are prepared by Brian Maves.

The Rector’s Forum meets in the parish hall at 9:10, where Father Dale is teaching verse by verse through the Gospel of Mark. Bring your bibles and join us this week as we continue Mark 10.

The Lambeth Bible Study, a second option for adults, meets in the conference room. This study uses the Gospel reading for the day.

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Wave of Prayer – Following the example of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Martins is calling for a “wave of prayer” for the evangelization of central and southern Illinois, focused on the period between Ascension and Pentecost.  The term “novena” isn’t widely used in our vocabulary, but it is a nine-day period of concentrated prayer focused on a particular intercessory concern. St. George’s will be offering a novena beginning with our Ascension Day Service on Thursday evening, May 5th, and concluding with our Bishop’s visit on Pentecost, May 15. Watch for more information about special services and prayer opportunities.

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Can you host Coffee Hour once in a while? Everyone enjoys the fellowship after the 10:30 service, but only 10 families (and one in training) take turns making coffee and setting things out. Some of our hosts provide elaborate snacks, but all we really need is coffee, juice, and cookies. St. George’s can even cover the cost as needed, but some of us can’t slip out of church after communion to make coffee and set things out. The more people who help, the less often your turn comes around! Please speak to Deacon Jody if you would like more information, and thank you!

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Food Pantry News – Please put Saturday, May 14, on your calendars, and come to the church office area at 1:30 pm to help sort and store donations to our pantry from the Letter Carriers Food Drive. We also need a couple of volunteers with trucks to help bring food from the post offices to the church during the morning. Second, Zion Lutheran Church has a community garden and donates fresh produce to our food pantry each growing season. Anyone interested in helping with their garden may contact Kathy Byers at 235-0612 or kmbpastels@aol.com.

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Sunday School Celebration – It’s hard to believe the program year is almost over, which means it’s time to plan for our annual end-of-the-program-year potluck breakfast! Bring something to share and join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, May 22nd, at 9:00 am for our end of year celebration. Come show our students, teachers, and parents how much we appreciate them, and enjoy good food and the company of you parish family.

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Our Altar Guild is very short-staffed and we need some assistance! There are many ways you might help: give one hour on Saturday morning once a month to help set up for Sunday services; help with washing and ironing some linens once a month; give some time before the 8:00 service to set out the elements; give some time before the 10:30 service to fill the oil candles; or help wash up after the second service. We are stretched very thin, and several of us have done this duty for years! Please speak to Duffy Walters or Deacon Jody or me if you would like more information. Thank you.

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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 at the back of the church for additional prayer if you wish.

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All baptized persons are welcome to receive Communion. We believe this is Christ’s Body and Blood, according to Christ’s very promise. One appropriately receives the consecrated wafer on your hands (right over left) and raises it to your mouth, or receives it directly on your tongue. Then assist the chalice bearer in guiding the chalice to your lips. If you wish to receive by “intinction”, leave the host 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 touching the wine. If you do not wish to receive the chalice, please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest.

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General Information

  • Restrooms are on the lower level. The stairway is just off the entrance and an accessibility lift is located in the narthex.
  • Child Care is available for infants to age six from 9:00 – 11:45 am. The Nursery is at top of the stairs in the Sunday School Building.
  • Assistive Listening Devices and large print copies of the Book of Common Prayer are available. Please ask an usher for assistance.
  • Pastoral Emergencies after hours: Fr. Dale’s cell is 789-3723; Deacon Jody’s cell is 505-913-0375; and home is 416-1074.

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THIS WEEK

Mon, Apr 18 6:30 pm – Scouts, Parish Hall & Classrooms
Tues, Apr 19 6:30 pm – Bible Study, Youth Room
Wed, Apr 20 9:30 am – Holy Eucharist, Chapel

5:30 pm – Choristers Rehearsal

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Apr 21
Fri, Apr 22
Sat, Apr 23
Sunday

April 24

8:00 am – Holy Eucharist

9:30 am – Christian Education Classes

10:30 am – Holy Eucharist

 

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