Please take a moment to review a list of Christmas services at St. George’s. Click here to view dates and times, and learn more about each worship service. Then join us as we celebrate the coming of the Light.
December 21 is the longest night of the year, and for some of us, the holiday season feels like one very long night. We are often told we should feel joyful and happy as we celebrate Christmas. Yet some of us have experienced personal losses or have sorrows that make celebrating feel like a chore or otherwise beyond our reach. As an offering of prayer that aims to capture some of those feelings, we are having a “Blue Christmas” service on Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. This service will be offered in partnership with Trinity Moravian Church and will be held at St. George’s. All are welcome.
Advent Quiet Morning Saturday December 9
On Saturday December 9, there will be an Advent Quiet Morning offered to anyone who would like to participate. The season of Advent is also the run up to Christmas, which means it is often a busy and chaotic time for people. The Quiet Morning is a time out, a time apart, a time to step out of the noise and to breathe deeply the gifts of the Advent Season – a time of waiting, of anticipation, of appreciating the dark in anticipation of the coming light of Christ. The Quiet Morning begins at 8:45 am and ends at noon on December 9, and all are welcome.
The December issue of The Wider Circle is full of information about activities that will be taking place at St. George’s during this season of Advent. Please click here here to learn more about Outreach and Social Justice ministries; hear from our Senior Warden about serving on the Vestry, and learn about the meaning of Advent Candles from one of our Vestry members. Pay special attention to Pastor Connie Reinhardt’s reflections on “living the paradox” during this season of preparation and consider joining us for one of our services–there’s something for everyone.
The season of Advent is here and with it comes a variety of activities to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our Lord. Here is a list of events at St. George’s that are sure to put anyone in the spirit of the season. Join us for any and all:
The Greening of the Church Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 am
Please consider joining the Flower ministry in decorating the church for Advent. Wreaths and some greens will be provided. Please bring any greens you have in your yard that you would like to share. The greening will take place from 10 to 12, and refreshments will be provided. For questions or for more information, please contact Diane Clark at 301-805-4638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Wreath-making Sunday, December 3rd at 11:15 am
Our annual Advent Wreath Making will occur again this year. Please consider making a beautiful Advent Wreath for your home and family. The ring forms and candles are available for a nominal fee. We are asking you to please bring greens or holly if you have them; they add to the beauty of your wreath. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions , please contact Diane Clark (see above). We look forward to seeing you again this year!
An Advent Quiet Morning Saturday, December 9th at 8:45 am
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of this season can be overwhelming — at the very least, distracting us from the miracle that is about to take place. From 8:45 until 12 noon on Saturday, December 9th St. George’s will offer several hours of quiet in the Sanctuary. Please join us for this restorative time. For more information, call the Office at 301/262-3285 or e-mail Office@stgeo.comcastbiz.net.
The ECQ Book Group will meet Tuesday evening November 28th at 7:00 pm. This month the group will be reading and discussing American Requiem by James Carroll. This memoir recounts the story of a young priest whose relationship with his father, a career military man, is effected by the Vietnam war. If time allows, the group will also discuss last month’s book David Steindle-Rast, Essential Writings edited by C. Hallward. All are welcome to join the group–discussions are lively and informative.
The November issue of The Wider Circle is full of events and activities during this busy season at St. George’s . Please Click Here to read An Invitation to Balance–an article on life in the Franciscan Third Order as lived by two St. George’s members. You will also learn more about the November 1st Remembrance Service in our historic Chapel and about upcoming community activities in Advent.
On Sunday, November 12, we gather for one service at 9:00 am as we celebrate the generosity of the St. George’s community at our “Ingathering” Sunday. On this day, we invite anyone who has not yet turned in a pledge card to do so, and to come together as we worship together as one community, give God our thanks and praise for all of our blessings, and gather for festive brunch immediately following the service. Mark your calendars for 9:00 and plan to stay for what is sure to be a wonderful time of food and fellowship afterwards!
On Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m., St. George’s will celebrate its annual Service of Remembrance on All Saints Day. This service takes place in our historic Chapel. If you would like to participate in the service, we need readers for lessons and for the names. We will also need acolytes and a Lay Eucharistic Minister to assist. At this service, we remember and pray for all those who are buried in our cemetery as well as anyone who has died for whom you would us to pray. Names of the departed can be sent to Anne in the office at office@stgeo. comcastbiz.net
ECQ book group meets Tuesday, October 24thYou are invited to join the ECQ Book Group — a fellowship of St. George’s members (and others) who meet to explore, converse, and question the intersections between lived faith and the modern world.
In October as we meet to discuss David Steindle-Rast, Essential Writings, edited by C. Hallward. The author is a Benedictine monk who has written extensively on finding the sacred in everyday life. This book gathers essays from his work and will allow us an introduction to his spiritual approach.
Looking forward, our book selections for November is: American Requiem by James Carrol. This book is a memoir about a young man’s early priesthood and the conflicts that developed concerning the Vietnam War between him and his father, a career military man.
December- The Chosen by Chaim Potok. This is a novel about the coming of age of two young Jewish men in New York in the aftermath of war and the Holocaust.
January– God’s Hotel, a Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, by Victoria Sweet. It’s a memoir about a doctor’s spiritual journey practicing medicine in a San Fransico hospital.
The ECQ Book group meets every fourth Tuesday at 7:00 pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Road, Glenn Dale, MD.