This Week at Epiphany - December 15
Reading Opportunities at the Christmas Services: If you're not a regular Lay Reader, you're invited to sign up for a reading on Christmas Eve or Christmas Lessons & Carols. Just click here for the link and sign up for an open slot.
Help with Christmas Decorations: There are multiple opportunities before, during and after Christmas for you to be involved with the joy of the Christmas season through our flower ministry. Please visit the signup link on the People & Posts page of our website to sign up for a task!
Staff Christmas: Parishioners are invited to express their gratitude to the clergy and lay staff by making an offering designated as "Staff Christmas."
Using our resources to fulfill the mission of the Church: We are now accepting your prayerful pledge for the 2015 budget year. We appreciate you turning your pledgeso that we can complete the budget for 2015. Click here for a pledge card.
12/17—Christmas Decorations and Music: The deadline to make a monetary contribution for poinsettias, decorations or Christmas Music is Wednesday. You can email your intention to the parish office for inclusion in the Christmas Even Bulletin and pay by Paypal using the email email@example.com. Be sure to note whether your donation is for music, decorations or both.
Wednesday Night Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Sign up in the Crossing Hall by 11 a.m. Tuesday. Menu for 12/17: Bridge Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette,
Grilled Chicken Breast Over Julienne of Vegetables,
Garlic Mashed Potatoes,
Peas,Carrots, and Pearl Onions,
Dessert Display of Sliced Pound Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream
This Sunday - December 21
Emmaus House Children's Ministries: Toys to help 900 children in Peoplestown have a brighter Christmas are due to church by December 21. Please wrap and label toys. Find full instructions and gift suggestions by age group in the Star or at www.emmaushouse.org (then click on Christmas). Contacts: Jeanette Hanson or Roberta Long.
Adult Education at 10 a.m.
- Adult Forum: The rector will lead a conversation on the church and current events. Jones Hall, Room C.
- The Epiphany Parents Group: Jeremy Davis will lead a discussion on the difference between Santa and Jesus. Room 001 (Downstairs)
- Lovingkindness Meditation will not meet this Sunday
- The Mid-day Eucharist will not take place on December 24 or December 31.
- Wednesday Night Supper & Bible Study will not take place on December 24 or December 31.
Christmas Eve at Epiphany: At 3 p.m. we will have a family celebration, Children’s choirs will sing, the homily will be preached from the steps with kids all around, and we will put chairs everywhere that makes sense to make room. At 5:30 p.m. the Hildegard Ensemble & the Epiphany Ringers will help us make our music, the homily will be in the aisle standing up, and we will light candles at the end and sing our silent night. At 11 p.m. we will sing it all, swing the incense and have the Epiphany Choir and Strings as we celebrate God with us. An extended prelude begins at 10:30 p.m. and will feature the Epiphany Choir, Organ and Strings as well as congregational carols. Childcare is available for the latter two services. Parking at St. Elias is an option for the first two services.
12/25—Christmas Day service will take place at 10:30 a.m.
12/28—Christmas Lessons & Carols: Please note that this service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and is the only service on Sunday.
Year End Gifts: Gifts need to be received at the church or postmarked by December 31 to be recorded for 2014.
1/2-8 are our next dates at Hagar’s House, a shelter in Decatur for homeless women and children. We need your help! Two church families work together to prepare and serve dinner (which need not be elaborate) one evening for 25-30 guests at the shelter. This is a great opportunity to seek and serve Christ in some new faces! Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/hagars or on the sign-up sheet posted in the Crossing Hall on Sundays. Questions? Contact Cindy Bell at 404.549.3363.
1/4—Crown Making: All are invited to participate in the traditional crown-making craft on Sunday, January 4. The crowns are for all those who attend the Epiphany Pageant on January 6 to wear.
1/6—Epiphany Pageant: Our Feast Day is Tuesday, January 6. Save the date for the Pageant at 6 p.m. with the Chili Dinner to follow. The sign up link for parts is on the homepage. Bring a box of cereal or canned meat for the Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) Basket as your Epiphany offering.