THIS WEEK AT SAINT NICK’S
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
Opening: #54 – “Savior of the Nations, Come”
Gospel: #59 – Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding”
Closing: #65 – “Prepare the Way, O Zion”
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
On this second Sunday of Advent the prelude is “Sleepers Awake” by German composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750 A.D.).
The offertory is “O Come, Divine Messiah”, a 16th century French carol for Advent.
The postlude is “Song of Rejoicing” by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The St. Nicholas Chimers will briefly rehearse after the congregational meeting this Sunday in preparation for playing on December 16th.
Terry Foster, Church Musician
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 – 9:00am – Holy Eucharist
Join us for a quiet start to your busy day.
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
Sunday, December 23 – Ministers
Coffee Hour Hosts: Volunteers needed, please.
Eucharistic Ministers: Bill Nixon(P) and Mark Bennett
Greeters: Anna Hamilton and Kelly Martino
Lectors: Jane Ducott and Vicki LaQuerre
Offering Teller: Anna Hamilton
Christmas Eve Service
We will celebrate Christmas on Monday, December 24 at 4:30pm.
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 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 Eucharistic 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 gift cards for sale. These gift cards 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.