Sunday December 16, 2018 - Advent 3 -Lectionary Link Holy Eucharist Rite II - 10:30AM- Announcement Insert & Prayer List Join us at 10:30AM for a Rite II Eucharist celebrated by Rev. Alexis.
EFFECTIVE: “Every effective ministry I have ever known at its core is some lay person, deacon, priest or bishop personally joining Jesus in his purpose and then out of the overflow of that, in the tractor beam of that, asking others to join them. People on purpose is the best church program. Everything else is poking and prodding people. People on purpose with Jesus is the most authentic way to challenge the world to love. That’s discipleship. That’s different from the management of organizational decline. So we have to be going somewhere because of Jesus to cause others to go somewhere with Jesus.” From Bishop Wright’s Council Address ADVENT SUNDAY SCHOOL IN LIBRARY 9:30 AM ALL ARE WELCOME, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU ATTENDED LAST WEEK CHOIR PRACTICE AFTER SERVICE THIS SUNDAY MORNING ADVENT ALMS: Each Sunday in Advent the collection, including cash and undesignated checks (or checks notated “Advent Alms”), is set aside to be given to a not-for-profit organization decided upon by the Outreach Committee and the Vestry. This week’s alms go to the Urban Recipe (formerly Georgia Ave. Community Ministry) in Grant Park. According to Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, “Urban Recipe has been one of the most creative programs in building community and empowering its clients. It stands as a role model to all of us who are committed to feeding the hungry and helping those most in need.” For more information, please go to https//urbanrecipe.org THE WAY OF LOVE: The Advent Sunday School got started last week by exploring the meanings of a “rule of life” and focusing on practices for a Jesus-Centered Life and a more meaningful Advent. Using the Way of Love Advent calendars, we declared personal intentions for each day of the first week of Advent which can be seen on the wall in the library. Rev. Alexis encourages all to join us this Sunday at 9:30. (Even if you can only attend only one of these sessions, it will be of benefit in creating a more intentional Advent season.) WHERE WAS THE OATMEAL ON THURSDAY MORNING? All regular Friendship Center participants know that along with eggs for breakfast on Thursdays, we always have oatmeal at 9 am. This past Thursday, though, was weirdly oatmeal-less. Not only was there no breakfast, except for the gardeners and a few volunteers fixing lunch, there was nothing going on at all; no art, no yoga, no bingo. Thanks to the precision planning of Program Director, Rev. Tameka Baker, this unusual, long awaited field-trip day flowed like a river. Vans – usually unloading by 9 am - started arriving around 11 and by noon everyone was here, with lunch (barbecued chicken and salad – no romaine -) being served. At 1 pm, the NAMI Connection Support Group met as usual in the library while most everyone else gathered in the parish hall for popcorn and a showing of ELF(“There’s roomfor everyone on the nice list!.”)At 3:30, 53 participants and staff in 4 vans and one car made our way through surprisingly not horrible traffic up to the Marietta Diner across from the Big Chicken. (Wait! It wasn’t “surprisingly" not horrible: Tameka had been checking the traffic for a week and knew the exact moment to leave Ormewood Park for the most efficient drive up to Cobb Parkway. Leaving just 15 minutes later would have rendered the trip an hour longer.) The service at the Marietta Diner was almost balletic with 53 orders - hamburgers, fried shrimp, Buffalo wings, London broil, fried pickles, vegetarian platters, etc. - rolling out of the kitchen as if the staff knew what was ordered before we knew ourselves. At one point, the Chef came out to check on us and was greeted by noisy applause, cheers, and whistles. After coffee for some, and lemon meringue pie, tiramisu, fudge cake, and a whole alphabet’s worth of other desserts served in to-go boxes, it was time to re-board the vans for the short drive to our next venue, TheLights of LifeDisplay at LifeUniversity. Happily, for those of us who ate just a tad too much, this is a drive-through event so we just turned on Christmas music in our vans, sat back and enjoyed the ride. (Actually, we liked it so much we drove through twice before heading home.) Gratitude for Tameka’s organizational gifts & grace under pressure for pulling off this multi-layered field trip, and also to all who support the Friendship Center, making the Holiday festivities more than something just observed on television. BLUE CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY LITURGY AT ORMEWOOD CHURCH FOLLOWED BY DINNER AT HOLY COMFORTER: (Wed, Dec. 12 at 6:30) This beautiful liturgy acknowledges what we all know – that sometimes this season is difficult and isolating for just about all of us, and that God brings light to illumine our dark places. This year we are going down the street to celebrate at Ormewood Church with several other neighborhood congregations. Then we’ll return here for Wednesday Night Supper provided by All Saint’s Episcopal Church. SUNDAY LUNCHES: Thank you to Karen Lemley for Sunday’s lunch. If you are inspired to serve a Sunday lunch, please speak to Barbara or Trudy to see what is needed. It is so appreciated by all, especially those for whom Sunday lunch is not a given. UPCOMING EVENTS: December 12: Blue Christmas Community Service at Ormewood Church (6:30) December 16: The Way of Love Advent Sunday School (9:30 am) December 16: Advent Lessons & Carols & Eucharist (10:30) December 16: Choir Practice & Vestry Meeting after service December 23: The Way of Love Advent Sunday School (9:30 am) December 23: Choir Practice after service December 24 – January 4: Friendship Center closed; no Wed.dinner or service December 24: Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist and Dinner (6:00 pm) December 30: Christmas Lessons & Carols & Holy Eucharist (10:30 am)