This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
Please join us Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 10am for our Thanksgiving Service.
Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, neither Evensong nor ELF will be offered on Thursday, November 26th.
Cathedral Ridge, our diocesan camp and conference center
Today, Sunday, November 22, we’ll have a chance to learn more about Cathedral Ridge, our diocesan camp and conference center in Woodland Park. The Reverend Ken Malcolm, Canon for Faith Formation, will preach at 9 and 11 am. At coffee hour between the services, there will be a chance to visit with him. After the 11 am service, he’ll offer a more formal look at the plans for Cathedral Ridge.
The diocese is in the early stages of a capital campaign to make major improvements to the Center at Cathedral Ridge, and has asked every parish to make a pledge by the end of the year. Our vestry wants to make sure all members of the parish have a chance to learn about the campaign and offer feedback before we begin to discern how we might be part of this effort.
More than 100 members of our parish have visited Cathedral Ridge for retreats or conferences. Whether you have enjoyed time there, or never had the chance to visit, come learn more this Sunday!
Advent Daily Meditations
Advent Daily Meditations are back by popular demand, and return this December! Call for submissions! We will begin our Daily Advent Reflections starting in December, and would love to have volunteers submit a reflection. The process is easy, rewarding, and has a positive impact on the church community. If interested, please email Billy Powers at email@example.com. If you would like to sign up to receive a daily meditation written by one of our members, email Billy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra pinecones, greens that you can spare?
Our Advent and Christmas decorations use a snowy woodland theme this year. If you can donate pinecones from around your home, please place them in front of the large cabinet in the corner of the Delzell room by Sunday, December 13. If you can provide cut fresh greens, please contact Judie James, 720-626-5300, JudithMJ@aol.com, and she will let you know when to bring them to the courtyard.
The Lectionary Discussion Group
The Lectionary Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:20am to 10:50am for informal discussions of the scripture readings for the day. We meet in the Parish House Common Room, directly across the courtyard from the Church. Please join us!
Advent and Christmas Memorials and Thanksgivings
Celebrate the Incarnation by remembering your loved ones with a contribution toward poinsettias and other decorations for Advent and Christmas. Gifts given “to the Glory of God, in Memory of” or “in Thanksgiving for” are a beautiful tradition in our church. Please complete the form found inserted in the Sunday leaflet and return it in the offertory plate or to the parish office with your donation attached by Monday, December 14. A minimum donation of $30 is requested; please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with “Christmas Greening” in the memo line. Remembrances will be listed in the service leaflets on Christmas Eve and Day.
Children and Family Ministries
The Godly Play Team meeting: November 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Undercroft. Note the CHANGE of date. We’ll be planning for Advent.
St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.
Save the date: The Flower Guild, led by Judie James, the Children and Family ministry, and the SCF ministry, will be joining on December 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. for the annual greening of the parish followed by a short vocal warm up. We will then go out into the evening and sing carols to our neighbors. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. More details, and ways to pitch in, will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks. Thanks, Jonathan Culwell and Judie James
Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail email@example.com.
Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s
The support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge. At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways.
• Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email Jean Rafsnider. We have a ministry of members who hold your request in prayer every day.
• Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness. Contact Diana Solomon.
• A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise. A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier. Contact Barbara Day and Nancy Kidd to request a meal.
• EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
• Home Visits: Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.
Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Mary answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1. You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.
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for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.
Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.