Saint Nicholas Party
Mark your calendars for December 7 and bring your family to celebrate the life of St. Nicholas from 4-7 pm at St. George’s. This annual event will include fellowship, food, crafts, tree decorating, and, perhaps, a visit from St. Nicholas himself. The party is free and all are welcome. A sign-up poster at the church will be set up in early November.
So, you think you know who Mary, the mother of Jesus, was? Look again. You will have such an opportunity to explore each of the Scriptural references to Mary with our upcoming Bible Study, “A New Look at Mary,” beginning on November 25. We will gather at 7:00 pm each Monday evening through the months of December and January and conclude on February 3. To guide our way, we will draw on the insights of Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture. Johnson is a noted feminist theologian and author of numerous works on the communion of saints. If you are interested in participating, please contact Terry Doyle or Connie, the co-leaders of the study. Email contact: TerrenceDoyle@msn.com.
This Sunday November 3, the festival of All Saints Day, is the culmination of our stewardship season when we are each invited to express our thanks to God for all that we have given. We celebrate as one community and one communion of faith, and are asked to turn in our pledge cards with our financial commitment to St. George’s for the upcoming year. The service is followed by a festive brunch, so stay and enjoy food and fellowship as we enjoy the light that God shines in and through this community
Join us today, November 1st at 7:00 pm for a memorial service of Holy Eucharist in the chapel as we pray for those who are buried in the church cemetery. We will also pray for those who have died whom you would like to remember. Hope to see you there!
St. George’s supports a food pantry at Trinity Moravian Church in New Carrolton through the county organization Help by Phone. The pantry reports that they especially need boxes of non-fat powdered dry milk; however donations of all kinds are always welcome, including cereal, bread, canned meats and fish, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, jelly, and rice. Thank you for your support of the food pantry.
Join us on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 pm for a memorial service of Holy Eucharist in the chapel as we pray for those who are buried in the church cemetery. We will also pray for those who have died whom you would like to remember. The forms for names are on the table in the hallway; we will be collecting names until October 28. We need help setting up for the service, setting out and lighting the candles that go on each grave, as well as readers, acolytes, and servers for this service. If you can come and help with the candles, please plan to arrive by 5:30 pm. Please speak to Connie if you can help.
Throughout the month of November, we will be holding our annual warm clothing drive to help the Prince George’s County School System meet the needs of newly arrived immigrant and refugee children who do not have clothing appropriate for Maryland winters. The International Student Counseling Office reports that registrations of new international students are up by at least 30% over last year; students are primarily from Central America but also Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. You can help support these children and their families by donating new or clean, gently used coats and jackets (pre-school sizes through adult medium), as well as hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations should be placed in the bin in the narthex. In addition, the ISCO welcomes donations of Target gift cards which will be used to purchase other items students might need such as boots, socks, and uniforms; gift cards should be given to Randy or Donna Haselton. Thank you for your generosity!
Join us next Sunday November 3 for one service at 9:00 am as we celebrate the Communion of Saints and God’s generosity to us, God’s people. The stewardship team invites each person to prayerfully consider your financial commitment to St. George’s, then bring your pledge card with you on November 3. At the service we will give thanks to God for our blessings and ask God’s blessing on our offerings of our treasure. The service will be followed by a festive brunch as we celebrate Christ’s light shining in and through our parish. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to St. George’s.
We are continuing the Spirituality of Aging program this Sunday at 4:00. This program asks us to approach aging as an opportunity for greater consciousness of God’s grace within us at this opportune time in our lives. There will be six two-hour sessions in Miller Hall, each providing a combination of input, personal contemplative time, and group discussion. Sessions will continue through Sunday, November 10, with one week off on Sunday, October 13 to accommodate our Warm Nights Shelter.
If you have not registered but would like to participate, simply email Ames Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Margaret McHale (email@example.com) and let one of them know you want to attend. OR fill out a registration form on the credenza in the narthex at the church and leave it in the basket. If you are not able to attend all six sessions, you are most welcome to attend whenever you can. However, we ask that you register by Wednesday, September 25 so that we will have enough hand-out materials. Participants will receive additional information shortly before September 29. Looking forward to the time together!
Please take the opportunity to sign up to help host guests during WARM NIGHTS shelter week, from October 13- October 20. Sign-up sheets are on the Bulletin board in the Hall. If you want to sign up on line go to:
There are ways you can help by providing or serving meals, visiting with the guests to ensure they feel welcome, and also by staying overnight to help if there is a problem during the night. Last year we hosted 30+ guests, many of them family groups with children. We do not know who are guests will be this year, so we want to be ready to welcome whoever comes to our door. You will find ways to sign up to work, or to provide some of the needed supplies. If you would like to make a financial contribution to support this mission, please indicate that your contribution is for the Outreach Committee. The committee will use your donation first to meet the expenses for Warm Nights. If funds are left over after Warm Nights, they will be used to support other Outreach projects.