It’s September and that means the Season of Creation has made its return. This year, we observe the Wisdom cycle and feature a different aspect of creation each week.
When you attend services this month be sure to take a close look at the new altar frontal, which was created by the children of St. George’s with the coaching and inspiration of Charlotte Colvin. You can see the images the children created for the various weeks of the month.
All children and young people are invited to be at church by 9:55 AM on Sunday mornings during the month of September, the Season of Creation. There will be a Children’s Procession each Sunday of this season, in which the children follow the acolytes in procession and bring objects up to the altar that connect to our theme each week, the theme for each Sunday are as follows:
- 4 – Ocean Sunday
- 11 – Storm Sunday
- 18 – Cosmos Sunday
- 25 – Animal Sunday
September 4 is Ocean Sunday to celebrate life in the seas and all our waterways. Then in the second week, we mark Storm Sunday on September 11. September 18 is Cosmos Sunday to honor the Cosmic Christ of the universe. And we end the month with September 25 and the blessing of animals on Animal Sunday.
With special regard to Animal Sunday, we are most welcome to bring four-legged friends to church for the 10:00 AM service for the Blessing of Animals. Note that it is a Sunday service this year rather than being held on Saturday. At the same time, we can also do a blessing in proxy for your animals you may choose not to bring to the service. Note: The 8:00 AM service will NOT include an animal blessing. So bring your furry creatures to the later service, only.
The September 2016 Wider Circle is now available! Catch all the latest news and happenings around St. George’s as well as important info about The Season of Creation and upcoming events!
Also don’t forget about the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade and Festival, Church Work Day: Parish Clean-Up and new Sunday Morning Quiet Prayer in the Chapel with the Pastoral Care Team.
Parades are always fun and who doesn’t love a parade? St. George’s loves parades and we will be marching in the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 5, 2016, starting at 10:00 AM. We’re registered, we have our truck, soon we will have our giveaways, but we need you to be there!
The route itself is a 1.5 mile route up Crescent Road starting from near Buddy Attick Park and ending at the Roosevelt Center. We will have our bouncy balls and pin-wheels available to hand out to the crowds, and I am crossing my fingers for cooler weather but at least the parade route has lots of shade.
Once we reach the end you’re right there at the festival where you can hop on carnival rides, enjoy great food, check out the book sale, or listen to live music. So mark your calendars and come on out on what should be a beautiful September morning to show your St. George’s pride (wear your T-shirt!) to the community of Greenbelt and beyond.
Bring some comfy shoes and wear your St. Georges T-shirt if you have one. If you have any questions, please speak with Michael Mangiapane.
Greenbelt Labor Day Parade Route
Calling all Parishioners! Please mark your calendars on Saturday, September 17, for the end of summer Church Work Day: Parish Clean-Up. Weather permitting, we’ll be doing work inside and outside the church buildings, starting about 10:00 AM and planning to finish around late afternoon, approximately 3:00 PM. A sign-up sheet for each of the projects is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex, with a large variety of ways to help, ranging from a deep detail clean of the parish kitchen to removal of debris from the parish grounds and parking lot. The Buildings and Grounds Committee hopes you can join us for any part of the day – many hands make lighter work. Thank you for considering helping our efforts to keep the church clean and in good repair.
Church Work Day: Parish Clean-Up 2016
Eight O’Clock Hospitality: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Due to our one service on In-gathering, November 7, 2016, the first Sunday of the month, Eight O’Clock Hospitality will move to the SECOND Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM in Miller Hall. We still need volunteers to provide this hospitality going forward into 2017, so consider signing up in the Narthex. All are welcome!
The August 2016 Wider Circle is now available! Catch all the latest news and happenings around St. George’s as well as important info about The Season of Creation and upcoming events!
Also don’t forget about our Gaywood School Supply Drive launching July 31, 2016 and new Sunday Morning Quiet Prayer in the Chapel with the Pastoral Care Team.
School started this week and St. George’s annual school supplies drive for for Gaywood Elementary School is winding down, but there’s still time to participate! We’re collecting items for students such as pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, highlighters, scissors, composition books, construction paper, glue sticks, graph paper, white board markers and erasers, and Post-Its, as well as printer paper for the teachers, and hand soap, hand sanitizer, and tissues. Donated items should be placed in the red tub in the narthex. Thank you for supporting the students of Gaywood!
Starting on Sunday, July 24, members of the St. George’ s Pastoral Care Team will start offering quiet prayer in the Chapel in between services with anyone who would like it. Our pastoral care team is a group of your fellow parishioners who support Connie+ in reaching out to our community. The team includes Josephine Ross, Terry Doyle, Margaret McHale and Mary Frances Bruce. We know that in the bustle of Sunday mornings, sometimes there’s no time for a quiet moment of prayer with someone who can listen. We are blessed to have our historic chapel available to us, a lovely space that invites calm and provides a respite. Each Sunday the chapel will be open from 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM if you wish to talk to a pastoral care team member for support and private prayer. Whether you have a burden you wish to share, or you want prayers for grace and strength, the chapel door will be open and you’ll find a member of the team available. If you just want a prayer and prefer not to discuss your concern that is an option as well.
Many children get free or reduced cost breakfast and/or lunch at school so when school is out in the summer, the Help by Phone Food Pantry is especially busy. Currently the pantry is in need of a number of food items, including bread, 2 lb bags of rice, spaghetti sauce, chicken soup, cereal (Cheerios are popular!) , and Jello mix. Donations can be left in the blue tub in the narthex. Thank you for helping St George’s to support this important ministry.
The July 2016 Wider Circle is now available! Catch all the latest news and happenings around St. George’s! Wishing you all a SAFE and HAPPY Independence Day!