St. Peter’s Weekly News
December 21, 2016
Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. Christmas Pageant and Service of Holy Eucharist
9:30 p.m. Carols of Christmas offered by the adult choir& bell choir
10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Holy Eucharist
Christmas Day: 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols
Sunday, January 1: 10 a.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols with Eucharist
Christmas Offering: Each year the Christmas offering is shared between our ministries here at St. Peter’s and selected ministries beyond our walls. This year we will dedicate our special offering to our companions in Guatemala for emergency medical care. Special envelopes for the offering can be found in the pews or on the table outside of the chapel.
Evening Prayer concludes this week: Come join Emily, Pat and your fellow parishioners for 25 minutes of prayer, scripture reading, and quiet contemplation at 5:15 p.m. in the Chapel. The last services will be Wednesday and Thursday.
Christmas Card Exchange: Please check the mailbox to see if you’ve got mail. There are a lot of cards waiting to be picked up!! During the Sundays in December, I would like to continue one of St. Philip’s traditions which allows anyone to bring Christmas cards for members of our congregation to church. Please place your cards in the Christmas mail box which will be in the window of the Parish Hall that is located across the entrance from the sanctuary hallway. Since many of these cards would have been mailed and had postage stamps placed on them, I ask that you put money in the slot on the mail box which you would have used for stamps or you can make a donation of your choice. This year the money that is collected will be used to go towards the scholarships for the children of our Guatemala companion parishes. Each week I will put the cards in the white box beside the Christmas mail box. Thank You, Sue Gordon
Mitten Tree: A long time tradition at St. Philip’s was the decorating of the Mitten Tree with mittens, hats, gloves & scarves, both handmade & store bought. The tree will be out from Advent through the New Year. All donated items are sent to either ECS or Mattie Dixon Shelter in Ambler. Thank you for your contribution, Connie Clinefelter.
Many Thanks: to all who participated in May Pat’s cookie baking and delivering for our homebound members, our parish Christmas card exchange, decorating our Mitten Tree and giving to the CVAC Christmas Toy drive. Your generosity is much appreciated in this season of hope and joy!
Lectionary Bible Study: The Lectionary Bible Study will not meet on Dec 25 and Jan 1. We will resume on Jan 8. A blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year to all!
Office Closed: The office will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of the holidays.
The Thrift & Gift Shop: will be closed from noon on December 24th through January 8th. It will open with regular hours and consignments on Monday January 9, 2017. Please come and see us as we begin another year.
Pledge cards: If you have not as yet filled out and turned in your 2017 pledge card, please take the time to do so. Every gift counts! Every pledge makes a difference in the life of our community! You may put your card in the offertory plate or in Patty McDonough’s mailbox. Extra cards can be obtained by contacting the church office. Thank you to all who have already made a commitment!
End of Year Giving: As we come to the end of the year, we ask that you take a look at your pledge commitment for 2016 and if you are able to fulfill it to please do so by Dec. 31. For those of you who did not pledge or have already fulfilled your pledge, we invite you to consider giving an end of year donation to our community. Particularly during the Advent and Christmas seasons, we appreciate being a part this faith community and what it means for us and our families. Your gifts help us to continue our ministry, creating a place for all who need to experience the light and love of Christ. Thank you for being part of this community. Your Vestry