Monday, December 24: 5 p.m. Family Service with Pageant
This service includes a Christmas pageant led by our young people, followed Holy Communion. Come for a wonderful celebration of the magic and mystery of Christmas.
Monday, December 24: 9:30 pm Special Music and 10:00 p.m. Festive Eucharist
This is a more traditional service with singing and a festive reception afterwards. Plan to arrive at 9:30 for special music offered by the choir, followed by the service at 10:00. Come and celebrate the mystery and joy of Jesus’ birth. Joy to the world!
Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day 9:00 a.m. Eucharist
Come celebrate the Incarnation with singing and Holy Communion on Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 30: The First Sunday of Christmas 8 & 10 am
8:00 Quiet Eucharist
10:00 am Christmas Lessons and Carols: a service with scripture readings, poetry, and Christmas hymns, with Holy Communion
The longest night of the year comes shortly before Christmas, 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 20th at 7:00 pm. This service will be offered in partnership with Trinity Moravian Church and will be held at St. George’s. Feel free to invite anyone you know who might appreciate this service; all are welcome.
If you wish to make a donation for the flowers for Christmas, this is the time. You can thank God for an event or person in your life, or remember someone who has passed away. All memorials and thanksgivings will be listed in the Christmas bulletin. Just complete a “Christmas Flowers” form and put it with your donation in the basket in the hall by Monday, December. 17th. If you write a check, please designate “Christmas Flowers.” Names for offerings for flowers can also be submitted to the office via email – email@example.com.
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On Saturday December 8, 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 8, and all are welcome. Email the office if you would like to attend: office@firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual St. Nicolas party at St. George’s will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 4pm. All children and young people and those young at heart are invited to attend. There will be crafts, food and fellowship, happy kids, content adults, and maybe even a visit from Bishop St. Nicolas! Sign up (on the board in the narthex) early and often!
The next step in the visioning process will be a focused conversation for St. George’s parishioners who are retired or 55 and over. We want to hear from you about what you need from your community of faith at this point in your life, and what gifts you feel like you offer to the community. Come after the 10:00 service as we gather for conversation in Miller Hall.
In recent years, St George’s has supported the International Student Counseling Office (ISCO) of the Prince George’s County School System by collecting warm clothing for newly arrived immigrant and refugee children who do not have clothing appropriate for our winter weather. The ISCO reports that they are experiencing a large increase in newly arrived children this year, as well as many transfer students, so we are again asking for donations of coats and jackets, new or gently used and clean, as well as hats, scarves, and gloves. The ISCO would particularly appreciate coats and jackets for middle school and high school age children (up through adult size medium), but they are grateful for items for younger children as well. Donations should be placed in the bin in the narthex. The ISCO would also welcome Target gift cards which they can use to purchase other items students need, such as boots, socks, and uniforms; gift cards should be given to Randy or Donna Haselton. This year’s drive will run throughout November. Thank you for helping us support these children!
The annual St. Nicolas party at St. George’s will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 4pm. All children and young people and those young at heart are invited to attend. There will be crafts, food and fellowship, happy kids, content adults, and maybe even a visit from Bishop St. Nicolas! Bring children’s hats, mittens, and scarves for our warm clothing drive.
On All Saints Day, Thursday November 1, we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us with our annual Service of Remembrance at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. At this service, we remember and pray for all those who are buried in our cemetery, as well as anyone who has died that you would like prayers for. You can submit names of those you would like prayed for at this service by filling out the form that will be available at church starting October 7 or emailing the office names of your loved ones. All are welcome to attend this special service on All Saints Day. Please let Connie+ know if you can be a reader at this service.