Weekly Announcements, November 23

ALTAR GUILD meets this morning following the 10:15 services to decorate for Thanksgiving.

YOUTH GROUP meets tonight and the next two Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

A CHRISTMAS PAGEANT meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. today, for all who would like to participate in the pageant. The pageant will be part of the 4:00 p.m. worship service on Christmas Eve. Please speak with Janine Steinbrunner (338-2660) if you have any questions.

A THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be held at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday. Please mark your calendar now and join us as we praise our God for His numerous blessings to us.

ADVENT BEGINS next Sunday. Advent helps us prepare to receive the promised Christ as He comes, whether at his lowly birth in history, his continual and wonderful coming to us in his Word and Sacrament, or his triumphal coming at the Last Day. In our worship we move to Year B of the Sunday Lectionary Cycle, which begins on page 900 in The Book of Common Prayer.

PRAYER NIGHT will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4. We will discuss our prayer lives, offer prayers for the Church, and discuss important Christian topics for the month.

AN ADVENT QUIET DAY will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is open to all – men and women. Take some time from the secular demands of the holiday season to prepare your heart for the coming of the Lord. A lunch will be served by the Daughters of the King (donation $5). You may sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex, call 485-8022 or email barb@saintalbanfw.org.

THE SAINT NICHOLAS PARTY will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. Lunch will be provided. Children will decorate cookies and Father Layden will explain the Jesse Tree. There will also be a special guest stopping by for a visit.

WITH CHRIST THROUGH GRIEF is the topic that will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014 by Deacon Roberta Ring, from Grace Episcopal Church. This event is free and open to the public.

ANNUAL YOUTH CHRISTMAS PLAY Mark your calendars now for our annual youth play on Sunday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. This year we will bring back some of our favorite characters from last year. The Cricket County Christmas Carol will be inspirational and, of course, hilarious. Come and join us for a dinner of breakfast items and a lot of fun. Tickets go on sale Sunday November 23 and will be sold every Sunday up to and including the day of the show. We will sell after the 8:00 services and before and after the 10:15 services. Prices are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 3-10, with 2 and under free. If you have any questions or would like to help in anyway please contact Janine Steinbrunner or Cindy Spice.

THE GIVING TREE, filled with ornaments that have gift requests listed on the back, is in the narthex. Please be sure to register your gift selection with a Daughter at a table nearby, where the ornament will be exchanged for a gift tag which you will attach to your gift. All gifts should be new and wrapped in Christmas paper. A basket of labels, from which you may choose food and hygiene items needed by the families, will also be available at the table. You do not have to wrap these items, just place them in the laundry basket with the family number, located by the tree. All gifts, food and hygiene items are due at the church by Sunday, December 7. Thank you for your assistance with this project.

FOOD BANK NEEDS pancake mix, pancake syrup, beef and chicken broth, soup, muffin mixes, cake mixes, sugar, flour, mustard, ketchup, paper towels, facial tissue.

ENVELOPES FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & DECORATIONS are in the pew card holders today and the next two Sundays. You may use this means to express your thanksgiving to God for the many blessings that He has given you. Please remember to indicate on the envelope if the contribution is in “memory of” or “thanksgiving for.” To have information listed in the Thanksgiving bulletin, envelopes must be in the office by December 14.

DURING ADVENT we use evergreen arrangements on the altar in place of flowers. However, you may still sign the flower calendar for memorials and thanksgiving. Names will be printed in the bulletin, and the money contributed will be used to purchase the greenery. Open dates are December 14 and 29.

ATTENDANCE last Sunday was 98.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Kathy Bromley, Mary Brooks, Dick & Bonnie Camp, Andrew Davis, John & Phyllis Diver, Dick Donnelly, Denise Frede, Micaela Fulk, Jeanne Hahn, Helen Holmes, Barb Jackson, Jerry Leaman, Toni Leaman, Larry Link, Arthur Longecore, Alicia McLimans, Audrey McLimans, Becky Middleton, Lydia Miller, Beverly Munn, Derek Palmer, Chris Renner, Danette Rhodes, Sandy Ritchie, Chris Sanxter, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Wesley Stath-Tracy, Jim Trueblood, John Williams, Noah York

Military: Daxton Demorest, Jeremy Faux, Dylan Frick, Adam Johns, Eric Lamberty, Derek Palmer, Kaylee Sumner, Ty Sumner

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