St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine

Sunday, December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent


Sunday, December 2 – Ministers

Coffee Hour Hosts: Dana and Erik Jensen

Eucharistic Ministers: Carl Bredenberg(P) and Bill Sproull

Greeters:  Nancy Agan and Kelly Martino

Lectors: Nancy Agan and Carl Bredenberg

Offering Teller: Sean Walsh



Opening:  #73 – “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns”

Gospel:  #57 – “Lo!  He Comes With Clouds Descending”

Closing:  #616 – “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”


This Sunday we welcome Kenneth Geon of Portland who will be singing throughout the service.  Please welcome him warmly.

Today at 4pm the choir of St. Luke’s, Portland, will sing Choral Evensong.  All are invited and encouraged to attend this beautiful Advent service.  Join me and others for the service and supper at Becky’s afterwards.

In preparation for Christmas Eve, the St. Nicholas Chimers will rehearse after Coffee Hour next Sunday, Dec. 9.

Terry Foster, Church Musician

St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry News

Our next turn at St. Elizabeth’s is Tuesday, December 4.  See Terry Foster if you are available to help out.

Also, winter coats are greatly needed at the pantry, especially men’s sizes large and extra-large.   Donations may be left in the basket in our entryway, and thank you!

Thursday, December 6 – 9:00am – Holy Eucharist

Join us for a quiet start to your busy day.


Sunday, December 9 – Ministers

Guest Preacher: The Rev. Michael Ambler

Coffee Hour Hosts: Cathy and Mark Bennett

Eucharistic Ministers: Mark Bennett and Jane Ducott(P)

Greeters:  Cathy and Mark Bennett

Lectors: Cathy and Mark Bennett

Offering Teller: Dorothy Sutton

Michael Ambler will be joining us for a congregational meeting directly after church to discuss our future.  All are encouraged to attend and bring questions.

Thursday, December 13 – 6:30pm – Bishop’s Committee Meeting

All are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the governing body of

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.

Sunday, December 16 – Giving Sunday

Once a month, we encourage members to bring food items for donation to the Scarborough Food Pantry.

Sunday, December 16 – Ministers

Guest Celebrant: Rev. Sara D’Angio White

Coffee Hour Hosts: Marci Pobgee and Kelly Martino

Eucharistic Ministers: John Sutton(P) and Dick Hamilton

Greeters:  Rod Dixon and Marci Pobgee

Lectors: Becky Buyers and Rod Dixon

Offering Teller: John Nye

Christmas Eve Service

We will celebrate Christmas on Monday, December 24 at 4:30pm.

Christmas Flowers

Now accepting donations for Christmas Eve flowers. Please include names of loved ones being remembered and or gratitude offerings. Checks can be made out to Jane Ducott or cash is greatly appreciated.    Thank you.

Chocolate to Benefit Konbit Sante

As has become a December custom, I will be selling delicious Equal Exchange chocolate bars—organic, sustainably sourced, milk and dark chocolate, 6 varieties—for 2 Sundays in December.  These sell for $5/ bar, or $12/ three bars. I will also have cans of Hot Cocoa Mix and Baking Cocoa ($6/can). Proceeds after cost benefit  Konbit Sante’s work to improve healthcare in northern Haiti.  I will be selling them during Coffee Hour on Dec 2 and Dec 16 (and 23, for late shoppers!).  A percentage of all we purchase from Equal Exchange is also donated to Episcopal Relief & Development.  FMI—Nancy Nickerson

Candidates for the Next Bishop of Maine

Candidates for Bishop have been presented. Please thoughtfully review and present your choices to Kelly & Jane. We will be representing St Nick’s at the election in February.  On Sunday, January 20 we will host candidate Rev. Kenneth Brannon and his wife as part of the selection process.

Attention Lay Ministers

Lay ministers, please review email sent by Kelly. There is a two-part Safe Church class to be completed by mid-January that is required to be certified.

Sandpiper Children’s Center Fundraiser

Again this year, Sandpiper has wreaths and poinsettias for sale.  They also are selling gift cards which can be used at dozens of different businesses – great for gifts or for your own use.  Lorna Kerbel will have a sign-up sheet and can answer any questions you may have.

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