This Week's Announcements
The Lights of Hope Advent collection
Once again, this year we will be offering an opportunity to give to those who are less fortunate. The Lights of Hope collection will begin on Sunday, November 27th. We will offer the chance to give to children in need through North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange. This year, we are also partnering with the Unity Family Success Center in Irvington to adopt eight families and provide holiday gifts for a whole family.
We will be setting up the wooden cross and placing a gift tag in each compartment, naming a requested item. Special gift tags will be available for those wishing to adopt a family. As the gift tag is claimed, we will fill the space with a tea light until the cross is filled with the glow from these battery-operated candles. When the requested gift item has been purchased, tape the gift tag to the item and place it in the collection box located in the sanctuary. Please do not wrap the gift. The collection will run through the season of Advent and will conclude on December 18th.
The children’s Christmas pageant will be happening on December 24th at 4:00pm in person!! If your child is interested in participating, come to our first rehearsal on Sunday, December 4th at 10:15 in the parish hall (where we will be learning the Christmas songs we will sing). If your child can’t make that rehearsal but still wants to participate, or if you’d like to help, email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org. The other rehearsal dates will be December 11th at 10:15, December 18th at 10:15, and December 24th at 2:30.
There will be parts for all, both speaking and non-speaking, children ages 2 through high school are welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!
Lessons & Carols
One of those new traditions is moving our Lessons and Carols service to the evening. Have you ever tuned into the Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols from King’s College? It’s one of my very favorite traditions here in the Episcopal Church. We go through salvation history together, telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ as it fits into that history. It is a series of nine lessons and carols, some choral, and some congregational. I’m so excited for us to sing together some of our favorite carols as we await the birth of Christ. We’ll be joined by Leighann Narum and David Black, both members of our community who happen to be excellent musicians. Please do come ready to sing some great carols with us on Sunday, December 11, at 5:00 p.m.!
First Tuesday! December 6th
First Tuesdays! is a monthly, faith and fun-filled community event that happens on, you guessed it, the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30pm-8pm! At First Tuesdays!, we gather together as a church community to: Nurture our relationship with Christ and each other, Share in amazing food, And have some fun! First Tuesdays! is intentionally designed to be enjoyed and engaging for all ages, so bring along the whole family! Each gathering begins with a potluck, so bring a dish with you to share
Advent Devotionals have arrived!
Pick up yours on Sunday November 27th after all 3 services.
Written by a diverse group of Episcopal authors, A Way to the Manger explores Christ’s birth as recounted in the Gospel of Luke through the lens of the Way of Love: the seven practises of Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest. With daily devotions of personal stories, modern examples, art, and invitations to prayer and journaling, the authors challenge you to discover and incorporate these practices into your own life.
Common Grounds: A new podcast!
Check out Common Grounds, a new podcast co-produced by Rev. Grant Mansfield and Rabbi Andrew Warmflash! A young, genderqueer, Episcopal priest from the South and a retired, straight, Conservative rabbi from the North meet in a coffee shop. Join us on our journey exploring the challenges and blessings of faith in a changing world. Live on Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcast, and Amazon Music!