Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle: Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Saturday Worship is celebrated on the 1st at 5pm. All are invited to this simple, intimate service of prayers, reflection, silence, and Eucharist.
The Bishop’s Visit is this Sunday, December 2nd, the first Sunday of Advent. He will celebrate Holy Eucharist at the 8:00 and 10:30 services and administer sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception. Join us after the 10:30 service for a reception in Gleason Hall.
Children’s Sunday School is meeting this Sunday at 10:15 in Gleason Hall making Advent wreaths. All children and welcome and invited.
SOCK it to Sandy! produced over 700 items of socks and underwear for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to Skip Bentley, who organized this ministry, and for all those who contributed!
A Family Spaghetti Dinner is being held this Sunday evening at 5:30 in Gleason Hall. All are welcome and invited, especially church folks, friends, neighbors, family members, and coworkers. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, and cake are being served. Bring Your Own Wine to share at your table. Cost is $5 per person. So, come, relax and enjoy time together with friends!
The Red Cross Angel Tree is in Lanham Lobby filled with ornament tags for you to take to buy clothes and toys for needy children in Oldham County. Our church is sponsoring three families and you’re invited to help make their Christmas a little brighter. Each tag contains the child’s name, age, gender, and clothing size, along with a Family ID Code. Please bring back wrapped gifts with those tags on them back to the tree in the next two weeks! Thanks.
Christmas Baskets, for the South Oldham Interchurch Council will be put together soon, and we are collecting items for them in the Lanham Lobby. We’re in need of canned goods, boxed goods, peanut butter, jelly, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, new children’s books, tins of homemade cookies, and cash.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 16th after the 10:30 service, open to all children. If you haven’t filled out a sign-up form, please do so on the bulletin board outside Gleason Hall.
A Community Service of Lessons and Carols will be held Sunday, December 16th at 7:00pm at the Duncan memorial Chapel in Crestwood. This service, presented by St. James’, Crestwood Christian Church, and Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, is free and open to the public. All are welcome and invited.
Pledge Forms for 2013 are still available on the credenza at the back of church for those who haven’t yet made their financial committment to St. James’. December 15th is the last day to turn them in, as we will bless them on December 16th during Sunday Worship.
Thanks to all those helping with the repair and replacement of the front church doors, the new pew cards in the sanctuary, the flower beds at the church entrance, the leaves and branches near the dumpster, the church signs advertising our Saturday Worship, and those who have returned pledge forms for 2013.
Lectors and Servers are needed for the 8:00 service on Sundays. Our roster is getting shorter for this service. If you’d like to serve in this ministry, contact Father Jim.
Regular meetings and gatherings:
— AA and Al-Anon, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8pm
— Education for Ministry class, Thursdays at 6pm
— Saturday Worship, December 1 at 5pm
— First Sunday of Advent, December 2, with the Bishop Visitation
— Women of the Church meeting, December 2 at 9:30am
— Spaghetti Dinner, December 2 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $5 per person
— Finance Committee meeting, December 3 at 6:30pm
— Saturday Worship, December 15 at 5pm
— Christmas Pageant rehearsal, December 16 after the 10:30 service
— Community Lessons and Carols Service, December 16 at 7pm, Duncan Memorial Chapel
— Vestry meeting, December 18 at 6:30pm
— Greening of the Church, December 23 after the 10:30 service
— Christmas Eve Services: Pageant at 5pm, Holy Eucharist at 7pm, Midnight Mass at 10:30pm
— Christmas Day service: Holy Eucharist at 9:30am
Grace and Peace,