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December 10th, 2018

                                                                                                            Advent 2 Edition

 

The News in a Nutshell

·      Advent Week 2 Devotion- Please Read

          ·      Annual Christmas Dinner- This Sunday (Dec 16th)

·      Annual Christmas Dinner- Nuts and Bolts

          ·      Advent- What and Why

·      Your Homework- For the road ahead

          ·      Choir Practice- Sundays After Church

·      Lines from the Library- New

·      Letters and Cards to Brad Coffey- Address

          ·      Sunday School- for all Ages, 9:30 Sunday Morning

          ·      Like and Share- All Saints Facebook Page

·      Web feature- The Daily Offices of Prayer

 

For more information see the full announcements below

 

Advent Week 2 Devotion

Since our service on Sunday was snowed out, I thought I would provide a short Week 2 Advent devotion. You will find it here: LINK

 

All Saints Annual Christmas Dinner- This Sunday (Dec 16th)

Our Church’s annul Christmas dinner will be held this Sunday, December 16th immediately after the service. Come ready for great food and fellowship and as always invite a friend!!!

 

Annual Christmas Dinner- Nuts and Bolts

Our All Saints Annual Christmas Dinner will be this Sunday Dec. 16th following church.

We will have one major change to our celebration.  Instead of people leaving the service early in order to prepare food and make sure everything is ready, we will have some fun activities planned for after church to engage folks while our Kitchen Committee gets everything ready.

Further, our Kitchen Folks are asking that any food that needs to be kept warm be brought in a crockpot if possible. 

 

 

Advent- What and Why

Next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. As you all probably already know, Advent is a time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s birth. Unfortunately, too often we get caught up in the rat race of Christmas shopping, holiday traffic, and party preparations. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to make use of the many different resources that our church provides to help you stay focused and come to the nativity of our Lord truly prepared to worship and celebrate.

One of these resources is the liturgical color of the season. As you enter the church, the color violet reminds you of the way you are to prepare during Advent. Violet is the color of repentance. As such, you are reminded that Advent is a time of sober reflection in which you recall your need for our Savior as well as God’s amazing mercy in sending Him. Violet is also the color of humility. Not only does it remind you of Christ’s humility in becoming man and being born in a lowly manger, it also reminds you of your own humility. Therefore, Advent is traditionally a time of humble prayer. Thus, I encourage you to consider setting aside a specific time in the week as a special time of prayer.

Regardless of how you chose to prepare, I hope you will keep violet in mind, look for it as you shop or drive around town and let it be a quiet reminder to you of the way you, as God’s child, are to approach this holiday season. This Advent, think Violet.

Another resource that I encourage you to use is the morning and evening prayer services offered on our web page (see this week’s web feature below). Set aside a moment each day (or as often as you can during the week) to go through one of these offices. I recommend the short versions of Morning and Evening Prayer. Both are very rewarding.

It is my conviction, that if you will make use of these and the other resources our church provides, that you will find this Christmas to be a rich and spiritually rewarding time for you and your family.

 


Your Homework- For the road ahead

As we seek God’s will for our church and the ministry God would have us do in this next phase of our Parish life, I am asking that each member of the congregation:

·      Pray us ready- that is I am asking that you will pray on a daily basis that God will direct both the leadership and the congregation of our church to the work He would have us do.

·      Make sure that you are ready- in other words, make sure you are growing in your walk and are being spiritually prepared for your share in the ministry God where leading us to serve

·      Pray for one- pray for one person in your office, school, neighborhood, etc. who is unchurched. Ask that God will open doors for you to share His love, forgiveness and healing with that person

·      No more counting heads- instead we will be faithful to serve with what we already have, putting it in God’s hands for Him to bless and use as He wills.

 

 

Choir Practice- Sundays After Church

Choir practice has resumed and will be held on Sundays after church. Voices needed! So if you love to sing and would like to be part of our All Saints Choir now is a great time to join. See Glenn for more details.

 

 

Lines from the Library

Our library now has copies of two DVDs from VOM (Voice of the Martyrs):

1.   This year's Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church video called "Fassal: Pakistan. It's just over 5 minutes long.

2.   "Tortured for Christ", the story of Richard Wurmbrand's abduction and imprisonment in Romania for speaking out for Christ, was recently in theaters. It's a little over an hour long and will challenge your faith. Don't miss it!

If you have books or other materials to donate to the library, please leave them on the main table. Direct any questions to Bobbi.

 

 

Letters and Cards to Brad Coffey

For those of you who would like to write Brad Coffey, His address is included below. Please remember to use our church address as the return address on your letter, since it has been approved. Otherwise, Brad will not receive your letter.

Here is how your envelope should look:

All Saints Anglican Church

3601 Old Buncombe Rd

Greenville, SC 29617

 

Bradley W. Coffey

Box 339500

JBLM, WA

98433-9536

 

   

Sunday School For all Ages

Sunday School begins at 9:30. Invite a friend and plan to attend! I know it will be a blessing to you!

 

 

Like and Share- All Saints Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/All.Saints.Greenville.SC/

 

 

Web Feature (www.allsaintsgreenville.com)

As a part of our Advent devotion, this week’s web feature is The Daily Offices of Prayer (AKA the Divine Hours).  From Old Testament times on God’s people have turned to God at set hours within the day to offer God their prayers, their work, and to renew their focus. We see this practice in both the Old and New Testaments (Psalm 119:164 /Acts 3:1) as well as down through Church History.

The daily offices are a great way to observe Advent and to deepen your devotional focus during this season. I encourage each of you to give it a try and see how the Lord uses these offices of prayer to minister to you.

If you are not familiar with the Daily Offices, I invite you to begin by checking out the brief “Introduction to the Offices” which you will find on the page linked to below.

To find The Daily Offices of Prayer, go to the All Saints’ Home page (www.allsaintsgreenville.com), locate the tool bar at the top right of the screen, find the Devotion tab and select Daily Offices/Hours from the drop down menu. On the ensuing page, click on any of the blue “GO TO” buttons to view the material. Enjoy!!!

 

 

Spread the Word about All Saints’

If All Saints’ has been a blessing to you, invite someone you know to church!

 

 

 

Weekly Servers

16 (Advent 3)

Advent Wreath- Adam, Kayla, Avery, and Asa

 

Usher/Greeters-

Charles Carlberg Sr

Andrew Carlberg

 

Lector- Steve Hammond

 

Acolytes-

Steve (A/G)

Charles (C)

Don (Ch)

 

 

How can we pray for you?
If you have any special prayer needs or praise reports that you would like to share with the group, feel free to email them to me (or you can call me if you prefer) and I will be glad to include them in our weekly newsletter.

Prayer Requests

God’s Direction for our church and that each of us is spiritually ready

 

Palmer’s Aunt Barbara who has Dementia and Parkinson’s

 

Ray Froman- who is recovering from heart issues

 

Gary Cobb- for health issues

 

Pat Childers- for health and recovery issues

 

Steve Hammond- for back issues

 

Brian Coffee- for health and family issues

 

Brad Coffee- for the issues he is facing

 

Don and Blythe as they minister to family

 

Steven Wright- heart and health issues

 

All those serving in our armed forces, especially Matthew Orders, Eden Basinger, and David Willis.

 

 

~Dates to Remember

Please, email your events to Fr. Charlie with a brief description. Your description should include: date, time, location, cost, as well as the name of the parishioner participating in the event (when applicable).

Annual Christmas Dinner                        December 16th

Christmas Eve Service                           December 24th @ 7:pm

Annual Episcopal Visit                            January 27th, 2019

Diocesan Synod                                     September 20-21, 2019

                                                                 (St. John Charleston)

 

 

 

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