Advent I

St. Andrew’s Church

 (Episcopal)

December 3, 2017

 Advent I

“Beginning of the New Church Year”

7:30 a.m. Quiet Holy Eucharist – Rite I

 9:00 a.m. Festive Holy Eucharist – Rite II

11:00 a.m. Celtic Mass – Flannery’s, Mercersburg, Pa.

Advent I:

Isaiah: 64:1-9 

Psalm: 80:1-7,16-18

1 Corinthians: 1:3-9  

Gospel of Mark: 13:24-37

[Readings for 7:30 a.m.: 1 Corinthians  – Gospel of Mark] 

New Church Year Begins Today : With Advent, begins the new Church year. We now move into Lectionary Cycle Year B (St. Mark’s Gospel) of the 3 year rotation cycle. Also, Daily Office Year Two, begins. The 2018 Church “K” Calendars will be handed out on Gaudete Sunday – Advent III.

Christmas in Clear Spring & Christmas Parade: This coming Saturday, December 9th. The parade begins at 3:00 p.m. St. Andrew’s will have a float in the parade as we did at last year’s inaugural Christmas Parade. Questions about participating on the float, or walking beside the float and handing out candy, please talk to Amy; Beth; or Father Steve. The Christmas in Clear Spring activities begin at 5:30 p.m. A schedule is posted in Perry Hall. At 6:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. our organist will perform on St. Andrew’s organ. Parishioner Mark Patterson will accompany Daniel will a solo. Inside Perry Hall there will be model electric trains, and food.

Toys for Tots: You will notice a Marine Corps Toys for Tots box in the Church Narthex. If you would like to drop off a toy, please put it inside the box. Please do not wrap the toy.

This Wednesday – Evening Prayer Rite I: Rosary – 5:15 p.m. Evening Prayer Rite I, Year Two.

No Adult Education Today: First Sunday of the Month Celtic Mass today around 11:00 a.m. 

December 2017 Calendar: Posted on the bulletin boards in Perry Hall, and copies in the Church Narthex. We have another busy month at St. Andrew’s. 

Fridays at St. Andrew’s: The Church is no longer unlocked and open all day on Fridays for personal prayer.

St. Nicholas Visiting: Yes, there really is a Santa. On Advent II, Sunday December 10th. Saint Nicholas will visit us and tell his story to the children. Sant Nicholas will hand out “Gold Coins” to the children. Saint Nicholas will visit the children immediately following the Collect of the Day, and before the children go to Sunday School.

Ugly Christmas Sweater, Sunday – December 17th: Do you have a Christmas sweater that you normally do not wear because it is ugly? If not, go out & buy one! On Sunday, December 17th (Advent III – Gaudete Sunday) we will have Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday at St. Andrew’s. This is also the day that Santa comes to visit us in Perry Hall, give out candy, and listen to “last minute requests”.

Pam Mummert inters the Greater Life: Pam Mummert, mother of Melanie McCarty, entered the Greater Life on Friday, December 1st. Funeral details are not complete, but it looks as if the service will be Thursday, December 7th., at Rest Haven Funeral Home, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland. Watch for details on the Church Facebook page, email server, or website. You may also look for the obituary to appear in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

Ongoing Church Security Enhancements: The security cameras are now in place. These “Live” cameras are monitored 24/7.

St. Andrew’s Printed Prayer Request (with permission):

Quanita – Bob – Kristina – Darlene – Raymond – Peggy – Jenna – Our Military – Our Police Officers – Jennifer – Andy – Nathan – Shannon – Ruth – Donnie – Donna – Gail – Ashley – Jean – Winnie – Vickie – Wyatt – Linda – Theressa – Austin – Namomi – Michael – Wendy – Those who struggle with mental illness. Tom – Violet – Pat – Diane – Jolene – Ed – Abbi – Sean – Justin  Warren – Deborah – Connor – Kerissa – Leon – Liz – Deacon John – Nikkie – Bill – Tammie – Dave –  Maiki – Mary – Jocelyn – Jessica – Karen – Alexander – Julia – Shelby – Gene – Jen- Brenda – The unborn children. – Ella – Michael – June – Tori – Cindy – John – Zelma – Merle – Angie – Don – Brittany – Ricky – Deb – Kenny – Pam – Diane – Nancy  Suzanne – Sue – Seth – Ramie – Stephanie – Leon – Faye – Elizabeth – Aunt Tommie – Emily – Chuck Nusbaum – David – Kathi – Kelly – Jeremy – Colleen – Curt – Kee – Vonnie – Buck Cline – Jen – Paula – Judy – Joan

Recently Departed, Friday, December 1, 2017: Pam Mummert (Melanie’s mother)

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