Announcements for 11/22/15
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God in celebration of our 48th anniversary, by Jane & Tom Best.
Name Tags are Important – Not everyone knows your name, so please wear your name tag. If you’ve misplaced it or have never gotten one, put your name on the clipboard by the guest book, and we’ll make you one.
This is Discretionary Fund Sunday. The loose offering on the last Sunday of each month is designated for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This fund is used, in large part, for direct help to those in need. Although the Discretionary Fund is frozen at this time, we are currently building it up for use by our new rector when he or she is installed. Please give generously. If you wish to write a check, please designate it for the Discretionary Fund in the memo line.
The Ministry of Healing – Prayer ministers will be available in the Chapel during Communion and will remain there after the service to pray with you about whatever is on your heart.
For the children: A Nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Children’s Chapel is held at 10:15 for those four years old through fifth grade who would like to participate. For children in church, please pick up a cloth activity from the back pew.
The Vestry Election will be held today at both services. Ballots will be passed out. Please vote for four candidates. You must be present to vote.
A Lectors’ Meeting will be held today at 9:30 in the church. This meeting is for all who were unable to attend the last meeting and for others who are interested in becoming a lector.
Centering Prayer – This contemplative gathering meets at noon on Tuesdays in the library. All are welcome.
Wednesday Activities – As we get ready to eat more than we should and give thanks for it, our usual lineup of Wednesday events will be suspended this week. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist – Join us on Thursday, November 26 at 10:30 a.m. for a Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist.
Food & Formation – There will be a pause for Thanksgiving on November 25. On December 2 & 9, Mother Liz will present A Synopsis of the Gospel of Luke. On December 16, prepare for the potluck chili supper followed by Greening of the Church and Angel Tree Gift Wrapping. Dinner starts at 5:45 and the program begins at 6:30.
Angel Tree Children – The EYC will again sponsor the Angel Tree. We will provide Christmas for eight children from the Fletcher area. Select a card to buy a gift for one of the children; return it to the church by 6:00 p.m. December 16.
Interfaith Assistance Ministries appreciates your remembering their clients as you clean out your closets. They are, however, at this point very short of space (breaking ground this week on a new facility) and only have room for the following used items: bed linens, blankets, pillows, and heavy coats. These specific items can be left in the barrel in the hall near the parish office. Clothes and other items should be taken directly to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Thanks to all of you who share.
Stewardship – Please prayerfully consider your monetary thanksgiving to the mission and ministry of Calvary Church, fill out your Estimate of Giving, and either place it in the offering plate today or mail it to the parish office. If you did not receive a stewardship packet, pick one up in the Old Well Hall, or call the parish office at 684-6266 and we’ll send one to you.
Other December Events:
Forgiveness and Reconciliation: An Advent Retreat led by Dr. Dan Snyder. Saturday, December 5; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. What do these words really mean? When are our gestures of confession and forgiveness merely shallow formalities that fail to reach the depths of true healing, and when are they transformational practices that open the heart, mind, body and soul? Bringing the perspectives of depth psychology and Christian spirituality to these questions, Dan will help us to explore how present relationships, past memories and even large-scale social conflicts can be unburdened of the anger, grief, guilt and shame that keep them stuck. Come and see how confession, forgiveness and reconciliation can awaken us to new depths of joy and healing.
Advent Event for Calvary’s Kids & Friends – Saturday, December 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: children from ages 4 through fifth grade are invited to come to the Gathering Room (back corner room at the end of the Food Pantry hall) for an afternoon full of a variety of activities. Parents, this will be an opportunity for you to shop, clean the house, bake, or relax knowing that your children are well cared for. Call Jill at the church office – 684-6266 – to register your children, or sign up in the Old Well Hall. The cost is $5.00 per child. Please invite your friends to come! This is an EYC sponsored event.
St. Nicholas Dinner – Christmas will be here before we know it! We will begin the season with our annual St. Nicholas Dinner on Sunday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Start planning your holiday table theme now! An evening of good food and fellowship will also include a visit from St. Nicholas himself. Tickets are on sale today and next Sunday -$10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. The last day to buy tickets is Tuesday, December 1.
Ladies’ Annual Ornament Exchange will be on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Black Forest Restaurant on Hendersonville Road. Join us for dinner and fellowship. Bring a wrapped Christmas ornament to exchange. Women of all ages are invited to attend. If you can join us, call Michelle Fore at 768-6615 to make reservations.
Annual Cookie Swap – Bring your favorite Christmas cookies to swap with others on Sunday, December 20, after the 10:30 service. Call Michelle Fore at 768-6615 for details and tell her what kind of cookies you are bringing to avoid too much duplication.
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Prayer for the Discernment Committee:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a new rector, granting them wisdom, clarity, and a listening heart. May the Holy Spirit direct them in finding a pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for ministry and service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Some Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, November 25: No 10:00 a.m. Eucharist
Thursday, November 26, 10:30 a.m.: Thanksgiving Eucharist
Sunday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.: St. Nicholas Dinner
Wednesday, December 16, 5:45 p.m.: Greening of the Church and potluck supper
Wednesday, December 23: No 10:00 a.m. Eucharist
Thursday, December 24, 5:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service;
Musical Prelude at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 24, 10:00p.m.: Christmas Eve Service
Friday, December 25, 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Day Service
Wednesday, December 30: No 10:00 a.m. Eucharist
Friday, January 1, 12:00 noon: New Year’s Day Service
Please join us for a Day to Celebrate Calvary
As we break bread together as one family
Sunday, December 13
Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.
A Holy Conversation at 10:30 a.m.
in the Parish Hall
with Consultant Bill Livingston &
Calvary’s Discernment Committee
~ Light Lunch at 12:00 noon ~
What is a Holy Conversation?
It’s an exercise to help the Vestry and Discernment Committee find our next rector.
We will break out into small groups and participate in three rounds of discussion questions.
The data generated will help to make our Parish Profile that is a required next step before beginning our new rector search.
If you have any questions, please contact
Discernment Committee members
Br. John Huebner or Jenn Hall.