Please join us for Christmas!
November 25th, 2014
Stay awake! That’s the message we hear from our Gospel at the beginning of Advent (Mark 13:24-37). Stay awake! It’s a familiar message - from staying awake at school to staying awake at church - but it can have very differing meanings. This time of year we’re probably staying awake for shopping lines, holiday visitors, or late night travels. It’s the kind of staying awake that can be enjoyable and festive, but it can also lead to anxiety, fatigue, frustration and worry.
Advent is a different kind of staying awake. Advent is more like the staying awake of children who don’t want to go to bed early - in case they miss something. It’s the kind of staying awake that’s fueled by wonder, anticipation, assurance and joy. Our Christmas tradition of gift-giving catches some of this flavor, but if we ever find ourselves approaching Advent and Christmas with more anxiety than joy, it may be time to rebalance the holiday scales.
Staying awake is a great framework for Christian life and it’s also a meaningful reminder for this year’s Financial Stewardship conversation. Earlier this month St. C Warden Eleanor Fox kicked off our Stewardship season with an important presentation about “always getting ready.” From our budgets to our lectionary, we're always getting ready for God’s presence and practice in our midst. Marguerite Springer-McIntosh continued the conversation by framing Stewardship in the context of our spiritual family, taking care of one another and offering our very best to God.
These are exactly the kinds of messages that keep us awake to the wonder, anticipation, assurance and joy of Christian life. I invite you to prayerfully use the enclosed Pledge Card to help us continue building a community that’s always awake to the voice and the vision of God in our midst. Whether you’re able to give much or little, please join us in pledging. More than 70% of our income is funded by annual pledging and these cards represent a primary tool for planning our shared life of worship, education, fellowship, and service in the coming year.
Financial Stewardship is not about franticly scrambling to pay the bills, repair the roof, or keep the lights on. It has nothing to do with anxiety, fatigue, frustration and worry. It’s about building a solid foundation and always staying awake to God’s invitation for mission in the world. Because when it comes to the God we find in Jesus - we don’t want to miss anything.
The Rev’d. Eric M. Hillegas
Saturday, December 13th
9 AM - 4:30 PM
St.C's is proud to sponsor this family-friendly event for the entire community. The Fair features baked goods, attic treasures, and raffles. This year children of all ages can also get a picture with St. Nicholas. We are pleased to offer a chowder luncheon provided by Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill and a performance of Christmas Carols by the Atlantic Youth Orchestra.
As always, visitors will be able to purchase unique holiday gifts at the many Fair tables and enjoy delicious food. Our own Mite Box Thrift Shop will also be open during the event. All are invited to donate their time & talents to this important St. C fundraiser. Please find a detailed sign-up sheet with opportunities in Gill Hall. Volunteers will be served a pancake breakfast at 8AM. We can also use help for clean-up after 4:30 PM. There will be a brief Fair meeting after church this Sunday. Please contact Fair Coordinator Evie Shore with any questions.
And please join us on December 13th!
On Sunday, November 2nd we celebrated the Feast of All Saints with the sacrament of Christian baptism. It was a festive celebration as we welcomed five candidates into the community of Christian faith and life. A selection of photos from the ceremony and reception may be found on our Facebook page HERE.
Saturday, November 15th, 6:30-8:30PM
Join us for a festive New England Barn Dance with Pie Social! This family friendly event will be led by Marcie Van Cleave from the Folk Arts Center of New England, providing a fun program for new and experienced dancers alike. Dances range from relaxed to lively, it is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Great for kids and adults. Come kick up yer heels for an evening of food, fellowship & fun!