Sunday, December 17
The Third Sunday of Advent
9:00 am Holy Eucharist | Church
9:00 am Godly Play | Undercroft
9:00 am TSE | Common Room
11:00 am Solemn Eucharist | Church
5:30 pm Still Point | Church
Thursday, December 21
5:45 pm Evensong | Church
This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
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Sunday morning services change
Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Music Ministry. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.
Icons in Transformation: Begins January 21
Icons in Transformation, a contemporary art exhibit produced by the Swedish Art Center in Stockholm, is coming to St. Andrew’s from 1/21 to 4/1. The exhibit features the work of Ludmila Pawlowska, a Russian-Swedish Abstract Expressionist who lives and works in Sweden. Her art, which includes sculpture, paintings, banners and photography is inspired by traditional Russian icons, which will also be on exhibit. The art will be installed in the church and in the Undercroft. This exhibit has been touring since 2011 and has been installed in 80 cathedrals, museums and churches in Europe and 25 churches in the U. S. St. Andrew’s is the only Colorado church to host the exhibit.
This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Andrew’s to showcase our lovely historic church while introducing our parish and the Denver community to these powerful works of art. Parishioners from churches that have hosted this exhibit describe the experience as “spiritually transformational and a wonderful opportunity to bring in people who would otherwise never come to church.” Preparing for this exhibit will require volunteers on the front end to help with unpacking and installation as well as volunteers to help with marketing, PR, advertising, hospitality, print materials, and providing tours. To learn more about the exhibit and how to volunteer please contact Diane Jameson @email@example.com or 303-753-1295.
The Giving Tree
THANK YOU from the young mothers and children who receive services from the Florence Crittenton Center! All 100 tags were taken from the Giving Tree and we are very grateful for the wonderful response again this year from the St. Andrew’s community. The gifts donated really do make a difference in the lives of these young women and children.
Coffee Hour News
A new year of Sundays will soon be upon us and coffee hours need new coffee-making volunteers. As “The Little Drummer Boy” so beautifully reminds us, the best gift is ourselves. We have all been blessed by our gracious coffee makers but their tour of duty is over! Would you be able to take their place? Opportunities are available for an individual or couple at following the 9am service and 3 individuals or couples following the 11am service. Duties include making coffee and setting up the coffee service on 1 designated Sunday per month during January, February, and March, approximately 1 hour per Sunday. Another team is responsible for food, set-up and cleanup. We ask for a three month commitment. Those who have served will tell you it is easy and rewarding (even fun!). See Cecilia Masson after the service or email firstname.lastname@example.org or text (510-387-7071).
Skilled in the Communication Arts?
As our church grows, so does our need for more and better communications. We are looking for parishioners who are skilled in the communication arts and might be willing to donate their time and talents. Potential skills include: graphic design, web design, copy editing, copy writing, photography, videography (and editing), PR, media planning/buying, email marketing, branding, communication strategy, research. Note: this is not committing you to any service (yet!) This is an audit of skills within the parish. If you have one of these skills or a communication skill not referenced, let yourself shine by contacting Ally Dodge at email@example.com
Irving Street Women’s Residence
Help needed in unloading and storing food items at Irving Street Women’s Residence on Tuesday mornings beginning in January. You will be a part of a small St. Andrew’s team of volunteers.
Saint Francis Center
The St. Francis Center’s December needs include: Vaseline, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, new men’s underwear, body lotion, foot powder, reading glasses and sunglasses. Bring your donations to church and place in the baskets under the pulpit.
Social Justice Task Force
Leaders of the Christian churches in Jerusalem, including the Anglican primate, released a letter to PresidentTrump on Dec. 6 before his announcement warning that the decision “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division.” The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations followed up with a statement Dec. 6 backing the Christian church leaders in Jerusalem and opposing Trump’s vow to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The Episcopal Church’s stance on the issue was set by General Convention in a 1985 resolution, in which the church “expresses its opposition to the movement of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, except within the context of a broad resolution of Middle East problems, with the status of Jerusalem having been determined by negotiation and not by unilateral action by any one community, religion, race or nation.”
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
A Winter’s Night: Christmas with St. Martin’s – Full ensemble and Organ
Benjamin Britten was only 20 years old when he wrote the a cappella Christmas cantata A Boy was Born in 1933. He revised the piece in 1955, demonstrating how highly he esteemed it even though it was a product of his youth. Although it uses an early-20th century harmonic language, rich with post-Romantic lushness and piquant dissonances, it has an ancient, almost medieval, feel about it that transports the listener to Christmases long ago. The other half of the concert features the Christmas cantata A Winter’s Night by Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951) with organ, a work rich with familiar carol tunes, including opportunities for audience participation. Christmas with St. Martin’s. A Denver tradition!
Tickets: www.stmartinschamberchoir.org or 303-298-1970
Advent and Christmas at St. Andrew’s
Sundays, December 10 and 17 (Advent 2 and 3)
Holy Eucharist at 9 and 11 am – nursery care available
Still Point at 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 24
One morning service at 10 am (Advent 4) – nursery care available
No Still Point
Eucharist and Pageant at 4 pm – nursery care available
3:40 pm Carols
Festival Eucharist at 10:30 pm
10:00 pm Carols
Reception in the Undercroft following the service
Monday, December 25
One morning service at 10 am
Sunday, December 31 (Christmas 1)
One morning service at 10 am
No Still Point
Thursday, January 4
Epiphany Procession at 5:45 pm