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Weekly Parish Email December 7 – December 14, 2017

Dear Members of St. Edward’s:

“When is an alleluia not an alleluia?” Last Sunday I received a number of comments over my omitting the Alleluias during the services. Mea Culpa, it was an omission on my part, for alleluia’s are appropriate in Advent. However, it gave me cause to do a little research on the Alleluia’s. The word “alleluia” (Hebrew: Praise ye Yah) is a liturgical expression of praise used in the Psalms which was taken up by Christians in the liturgy as an expression of joy, particularly at Easter. Pope Gregory the Great decreed that the Alleluia be said or sung throughout the liturgical year except Lent, and thus it has remained. In the Eastern Church, Alleluia is sung throughout the liturgical year. So, for all you “Älleluia” enthusiasts…you will hear it at all three services this Sunday and throughout Advent and Christmas.

I look forward to seeing you.

Fr. Stephen+

A message from the Rector:

The point is this…Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance… (2 Corinthians 9: 6)

This time of year I receive countless requests for money. Much as I would like, I cannot respond to all of these worthwhile causes; I have to be selective. But there is one organisation I do try to remain faithful in my financial giving – St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. It is through the services of the church that I learn to be spiritually aware of the wider needs of the world. It is the Church that provides the spiritual shelter for those in need.

It is a given that as the year draws to a close, every church experiences a budget “gap” between income and expenditure: St. Edward’s is no exception. This year the gap is close to $30,000. The vestry and finance committee have always been meticulous in keeping parish costs within budget; the financial gap is invariably caused by a drop in giving. May I invite you, therefore, as a member of St. Edward’s, to remain faithful with your giving, and help us close this “financial gap.” As St. Paul reminds us, “God loves a cheerful giver,” and through our giving, we are blessed abundantly.

Fr. Stephen+   

Please don’t forget to bring in your Jesse Tree gifts on Sunday as they will be blessed during the 10:15 service before distribution next week.

The Food Bank Pantry is in need of the following for November.

Black beans

NO or LOW salt peas, corn, green beans

Cream of chicken soup

Boxed pasta

Cereal

Christmas flowers sign up sheet is in the narthex.

Advent wreath lighting and reading sign up is in the narthex.

Coffee Hour:  8 AM: Roger and Ginny Kloepping        10:15 AM: We need a volunteer

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Barbara Schultz, Beth Hake, Wendy Hallowell

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th – SECOND ADVENT

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Bill Hopwood

Greeters:  June Klemm and Janet Rumer

9:15 AM – Contemporary Service

LEM: Dina Ishler

Reader:  Amy Swiernik

Usher:  Bill Swiernik

Greeters:  Richard & Gail Irons

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Camille Horine

Reader:   1st: Patrick Ishler      2nd:  Susan Landin

Acolyte:  Server:  Thomas Ishler       Crucifer: Braden Newsome

Ushers:  Arch Cross and Buddy Yeager

Greeter:  Carl Cotnoir                                          

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Library)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th

12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

7:00 PM – Praise Band Practice

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal