THIS WEEK'S READINGS: Isaiah 7:10-17, Matthew 1:18-26
THANK YOU TO OUR WINTERFEST VOLUNTEERS!- Despite the rainy, warm (unusual) weather, we had a great time serving cocoa and talking with our Amesbury neighbors. A huge thank you to all who made this event happen- Dan and Sue Veno, Bruce and Janet McBrien, Paul and Amanda Gonnella, Ticia Ziegler, Mthr. Susie Skillen, Patty Champion, & Nate and Cheryl Etu and of course our friends at the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. Check-out our Facebook for photos of the event.
GREENING OF THE CHURCH, THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND- Join the Altar Guild following the morning service to help green the church in preparation for Christmas. A light lunch will be provided. Please contact Mary Hall (978-317-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INVITE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO JOIN US THIS CHRISTMAS!- Please take a few postcards (at the back of the sanctuary) to invite friends and neighbors to join us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There will be a special event for our children Christmas Eve, and a beautiful evening of candlelight and carols for the whole family.
GIVING TREE: THANK YOU!- Thank you to all who took candy canes and helped to provide Christmas gifts for children in Amesbury. Gifts were delivered to the families this past weekend! Please continue to pray for these children and families of Amesbury.
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWERS- If you wish to contribute, in Loving Memory or in Celebration, toward the greenery and flowers that decorate the Church, please place a completed red insert in the offering plate. In order for names to be listed in the Christmas Eve program, the DEADLINE is THIS SUNDAY. (If contributing by check, please put “Christmas Flowers” in the Memo line.)
PARISH OFFICE TRANSITIONS- Cheryl Etu, Connections Coordinator, will be concluding her work in the office on January 1, 2020. This has been a difficult decision for the family, but one that will free her to return to her calling and training as a clinical counselor (and mother of a toddler!). The Vestry will be posting the position for a Parish Administrator and Communications Coordinator and welcome recommendations of individuals who are skilled in design, website management and are extremely organized. We are so grateful for Cheryl’s work among us in the community and in the office, and we pray God’s blessings on her as she focuses on her work as a counselor. Please contact Mthr. Susie Skillen at email@example.com for pastoral concerns or office questions.
ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION - Our Adult Spiritual Formation class will begin again next Sunday, January 5. John Haile, an English teacher at the Brooks School in Andover, will teach us over three Sundays (January 5, 19 and 26) about devotional poetry--how to read it and how it can enrich one’s prayer life. He will begin with the poetry of 19th century Catholic poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Join us downstairs next week after the service.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES- Would you like to know more about what it means to be an Anglican? Or are you interested in being confirmed or received as an Anglican? Classes will be starting in the new year, dates to be announced. If you are interested, please contact Mthr. Susie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADNE ALL IN CAMPAIGN- The Anglican Diocese in New England wants to be on mission together: every parishioner, every member of the clergy, and every church. As a family of churches reaching across the breadth of New England, God is calling us to serve in the re-evangelization of the Northeast. We can do so much more in God when we work together as a diocese. Together we can close our current financial gap to help further God's mission with:
We want to encourage our clergy and parishioners to make regular good will offerings to the Diocese over and above your local Parish tithe for the support of mission across our region. Our hope and prayer is that, working together, with high participation, we can thrive together! To give to this effort, please visit https://adne.webconnex.com/all-in.
WINTER CANCELLATION INFORMATION- It is that time of year and already we’ve been enjoying the beauty of winter. All Saints will communicate service cancellations on both the All Saints Facebook page as posted at https://www.wcvb.com/weather/closings