St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent


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”


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.

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 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.

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