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Sunday, December 16, 2018 The Third Sunday of Advent
9:00 am Holy Eucharist  11:00 am Solemn Eucharist  5:30 pm Lessons and Carols
Sundays at 9:00am Child/Youth Faith Formation  Thursdays at 5:45pm Evensong

This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
To sign up for this e-letter, contact office@standrewdenver.org or call 303-296-1712

Today’s envelopes
Today’s plate (unpledged) offering is designated for 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. If you are one of the many who don’t carry cash, the DipJar stands ready to take your contribution via your debit/credit card.
Volunteer for Ministries
Thanks for your prayerful and generous commitments for financial pledges to St Andrew’s. Another aspect of stewardship is the donation of your time and talents to our ministries. Today during both coffee hours we will share information about our ministries and give you an opportunity to learn how you might volunteer to join them.
Morning Prayer Yoga
Hit pause amidst the busyness of the holiday season and join us for our practice on Monday the 17th at 9:30 am. We will combine meditation, movement, breath, and our words in celebrating the spirit of Advent and the deep stillness of winter. Connect with the divine in your whole body, heart, and mind with yoga teacher Ruth Carver and Rev. Melissa Adzima in this unique way of praying. Please bring your own mat and any other props you like, and some warm layers, and join us in the beauty of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. We will have a few extra mats available.

Christmas Eve reception: Can you help?
Are you ready, able and willing to share your gift of hospitality with those attending the reception following the 10:30 pm service? Those able to help, especially with clean up, should contact the parish office by emailing jeff@standrewdenver.org

Vestry Nominations
At our annual meeting, Sunday, January 27, we will elect four new members to the vestry. The vestry nominating committee is accepting suggestions for nominees until Sunday, December 16. Nominees need to be adult members of the parish who have been confirmed in the Episcopal Church, are actively involved in ministry, and are faithful stewards and contributors to St. Andrew’s. Three of the nominees will serve three-year terms and one a one-year term. Please offer suggested names for nominees in writing or via email to one of the members of the committee listed below by December 16, 2018. Include a brief explanation of why you consider the candidate to be qualified. If you feel called, you can submit your own name! If you have any questions about service on the vestry or the nominating process, please don’t hesitate to ask or email one of the members of the nominating committee. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
The nominating committee members may be contacted by email: Matt Bentley, m.t.bentley@gmail.com; Victoria Parker, vicpar@lakewoodco.org; and Kylie Schwartz, kylschwartz@gmail.com.
The Giving Tree
Thank you from the young mothers and children who receive services from the Florence Crittenton Center! The 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.
Bake Sale Success
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Bake Sale. We are so grateful for the incredibly talented bakers we have in this parish and especially for the generosity of everyone who prepared not only tasty but also beautifully presented items for the sale. Thank you also to everyone who participated by buying a treat – or two, or three… or more – and for the generous donations as well.

This week’s Stewardship facts:
For 2019, the vestry has prepared a budget that includes 3% raises for all staff, restores certain cuts to ministry budgets, and reduces our reliance on fundraising. With no additional expansion of our ministries, this budget will require about $58,000 per month. That means an increase of about $80,000 to our total pledge amount from 2018.
With the pledge card that you should have received this past week, there is also a data sheet and an explanation of how we might accomplish this pledge increase. Here’s a summary of that information:
o a net gain of 15 pledging units would make up about $23,000 of our budget gap
o an average increase of 16% per pledging unit would make up almost all of the additional $57,000
This week’s invitation:
This week we invite you to pray, ponder, and consider what gifts of time, talent, and treasure you can pledge to St. Andrew’s for 2019.

Volunteer for Ministries
Thanks for your prayerful and generous commitments for financial pledges to St Andrew’s. Another aspect of stewardship is the donation of your time and talents to our ministries. This Sunday, December 9 during both coffee hours we will share information about our ministries and give you an opportunity to learn how you might volunteer to join them.

Pledge cards have been mailed. Did you receive one?
The pledge cards were mailed last week but a few have mentioned they didn’t receive their card. Have you? If not, call the parish office at 303.296.1712 or email jeff@standrewdenver.org

ELF – Exploring Life and Faith – Incarnation – Opening up to the Divine
Thursday evenings 7:00 – 8:15
Join us this Advent season as we explore the ways in which the Divine reveals itself in our day-to-day experiences and relationships, especially through music, movement, images, and literature. For information on upcoming ELF sessions, check our website at www.standrewdenver.org

December 20 – Literature with Kathy Fleming and Betsy Hoover – A Christmas Story
Thursday evening 7:00 – 8:15 We will be reading together a well-beloved Christmas story, O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Afterwards there will be a discussion of how the Diving is revealed in the lives of the characters and where we find the Divine in our own lives.

Our Family Promise rotation is coming!
Wednesday dinner, Dec. 19 @5:30 – Main dish, starch, veggie, salad, bread, dessert
Thursday dinner, Dec. 20 @5:30 – Main dish, starch, veggie, salad, bread, dessert
Saturday breakfast Dec 22 @ 8:30 – Overnight Thursday, Dec 20 @7:30PM-7AM
The sign up list will be available at Coffee after the 9 and 11 services on Sunday, November 25th. Look for Lynne Valentine. Family Promise is still one the most effective programs of getting people employed and housed. Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Lynne Valentine at lkval@yahoo.com or 303-955-6911
“Welcome back” to seasoned volunteers and “come join us” to new volunteers!

Celebrating Life’s Milestones
We would like to join in your celebration of lifetime milestones and events!!
Beginning on January 1, we will be launching a new ministry where greeting cards will be sent to the members of our community who are celebrating Birthdays, Anniversaries, or other life time events. Over the next few weeks, we are asking our community members to submit dates of their Birthdays and Anniversaries (day and month only), so that a data base of this information can be created. If you are interested in participating, please submit your information to Scott Barnette at rsbarnette@aol.com or (720) 545-4744.

Today is the Final day of SEEN and UNSEEN: exhibit of artwork by Brenda Vang presented by Friends of Music
Purchased artworks will be ready to take home after the second service on Sunday, December 16. Brenda Vang and Jim Fittz will be in the undercroft to facilitate. Artwork descriptions are available in the narthex and in the undercroft. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s Friends of Music to the tune of thirty percent. To arrange another time to pick up artwork, contact Brenda at 720-560-2958, or email Brenda at blvang@icloud.com.

Coffee Hour Sign Up
For those of you that do not wish to use the electronic sign up, we will be printing the sheet for display on the snack table each Sunday going out for the upcoming 8 weeks. If there is a special occasion you wish to reserve further out, just let me know and I am happy to pencil you in. Also, if you are not able to bring snacks, yet would still like to participate in supporting this ministry, please know donations are always welcome!! Any questions, please contact Karen Mayes at 512.423.0520 or kmayes2015@gmail.com

Parish Annual Report
The Annual Meeting of the congregation is coming up in January. Do you lead one of the ministries at St. Andrew’s? It is time to start working on your Ministry Report for the printed Parish Annual Report. Please submit your reports to Jeff@standrewdenver.org by Monday, January 7. Thanks!

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir: “A Marian Christmas: Maiden and Mother”“Crystalline clarity; thoughtful programming” (Betsy Schwarm, music critic and musicologist); “Perfectly blended voices” (Karla Walker, Colorado Public Radio); “Stunning concert” (Marc Shulgold, music critic) — these are some of the recent accolades for St. Martin’s in local media. Celebrate the season, and hear carols both traditionally beloved and refreshingly new, in this focus on Mary’s role in the Nativity with music by predominantly female composers. Tickets available at the St. Martin’s website (www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/concerts), by telephone (303-298-1970) or at the door.
o Sun. Dec. 16, 3:00pm – First Plymouth Congregational Church, Cherry Hills Village
o Fri. Dec. 21, 7:30pm – St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver
o Sat. Dec. 22, 7:30pm – Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge