St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine

Sunday, December 3, 2017 First Sunday of Advent

 THIS WEEK AT SAINT NICK’S

Sunday, December 3 – Ministers

Celebrant: Rev. David S. Heald

Coffee Hosts: Pam and Ralph Hillman

Eucharistic Ministers: Carl Bredenberg(P) and Bill Sproull

Greeters: Carl Bredenberg and Bill Sproull

Lectors: Kelly Martino and Becky Buyers

Offering Teller: Dorothy Sutton

SUNDAY’S MUSIC

HYMNS:

Opening:  #57 – “Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending”

Gospel:  #61 – “Sleepers Wake, A Voice Astounds Us!”

Sanctus:  #S129 –“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”

Closing:  #596 – “Judge Eternal, Throned In Splendor”

ABOUT THE MUSIC

This Sunday we welcome guest soloist Max Solely.  Max is a junior at Waynflete.  He is interested in music composition and vocal performance.  I was pleased to accompany this talented young man in a recital last summer at the Portland Conservatory of Music.  For prelude he will sing “The King Shall Come” with lyrics by John Brownlie (1859-1925 A.D.) and music by William Jones (1726-1800 A.D.).  For the Offertory he will share the Appalachian song “I Wonder As I Wander” by my fellow Kentucky native John Jacob Niles (1892-1980 A.D.).  For postlude he will sing the heralding message of Jesus’ birth—“The Angel Gabriel” with lyrics by Sabine Baring Gould and music by Edgar Pettman (1865-1943 A.D.).

Next Sunday, December 10, the St. Nicholas Chimers will play at our service.  There will be a rehearsal at 9am and again after Coffee Hour.

Thursday, December 7

There will be no Holy Eucharist this morning, but it will resume next week.

LOGAN PLACE

St. Nicholas will be serving dinner to the tenants of Logan Place on Thursday, Dec. 7.

FMI please see Nancy Nickerson

LOOKING AHEAD

Sunday, December 10 – Ministers

Celebrant: Rev. David S. Heald

Coffee Hosts: Susan Tully-Young and the Bennetts

Eucharistic Ministers: John Sutton (P) and Pam Hillman

Greeters: Rod Dixon and Kelly Martino

Lectors: Bill Nixon and Rod Dixon

Offering Teller: John Nye

BISHOP’S COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Bishop’s Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30pm here at church.  All are welcome to attend the meeting.

Sunday, December 17 – Giving Sunday – On the third Sunday of each month we encourage members to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Scarborough Food Pantry.  Thanks for your generosity!

Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

We will have a service at 9:30am for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, and then our Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist at 4:30pm.

GREEN POWER AND CLYNK BAGS

Don’t forget you can help our Green Power effort at St Nicholas by using our Clynk account to recycle your returnable bottles.  Tagged bags are in a box by the front entry (on the bookshelf).  This money helps defray the extra cost of supporting renewable sources for our church electricity use.  So when you DRINK, THINK CLYNK!

 

SANDPIPER GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER

Sandpiper is having its annual gift card fundraiser for the upcoming holiday season.  You may purchase gift cards from dozens of businesses through Sandpiper and Sandpiper will get a percentage of the money!  This is an excellent way for you to get your Christmas shopping done early and benefit Sandpiper at the same time.  Buy some as gifts and some to keep for your own spending!  Information is on the table near the entrance, or speak with Lorna, Jane or Cathy.               Deadlines are

December 4 and December 11.

MAKING HOLIDAYS BRIGHTER FOR OUR NEIGHBORS

                Project GRACE and its partners in the community are coming together to make the holidays brighter for all this season.  Christmas gifts for children, grocery gift cards, and gifts to the fuel assistance fund are needed.  To learn more, please visit projectgracemaine.org.

INTERFAITH CHORAL CONCERT

Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church is organizing an interfaith concert, to be held on Saturday, December 9.  All interested singers are invited to participate.  There will be rehearsals scheduled – only necessary to attend one rehearsal.  More info on the table by the entrance.

CHOCOLATE BARS

Looking for a tantalizing and tasty gift idea for Christmas?  For 3 Sundays—Dec. 3, 10, and 17, we will be selling Equal Exchange Fair Trade Chocolate Bars (back by popular demand!).  These sell for $5/bar or 3/$12.  Proceeds from these sales will benefit the work of Konbit Sante in Cap Haitien, Haiti…AND will support fair wages for Latin American farmers, sustainable agriculture, and Episcopal Relief and Development (receives a portion of all our Equal Exchange purchases).  FMI—Nancy Nickerson

 

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