.The Third Sunday of Advent December 14, 2008 Welcome, Newcomers & Visitors! + Greeters wearing a “Greeter” name badge will be waiting outside on the lawn after services to gift you with a loaf of homemade bread, an information packet and a smile! Please write your address and phone number in the black book as it travels your row, so we can contact you with more information. +We’re ALL newcomers at St. Peter’s; our church is only three years old. Share a smile and introduce yourself to someone you don’t know! The Rector’s Roundtable is a brief forum in the back of the church between the morning services one Sunday of the month for questions and information for newcomers & visitors. There will be no Roundtable in December: Look for it on January 25, 2009. with baptisms at the morning services. Contact Anne Wright by January 2 at ext 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the sacrament for yourself or your child. **************************************************** Women’s Christmas Brunch Merry, merry Mary & Martha Circle is hostessing a wonderful Christmas Brunch for ALL the ladies of St. Peter’s. Taproots is decked out in its holiday best, a very lovely place to meet and mingle and share in the Christmastime cheer. Come celebrate this Thursday, December 18, from 10:30 to 12:30! You are invited, along with your family, friends and neighbors. (An easy evangelism opportunity!) Please sign up at the Parish Life Table after the morning services today. You may also R.S.V.P. to Joyce McNeill at email@example.com. Our Happy New Year is Coming! Your new program brochure will be in your mailbox by the first week of January at the latest. Lots of opportunities to learn, grow, serve and celebrate in 2009 will be listed. You Can Be a Christmas Angel NEW LITTLE ANGELS from Brehon House are represented on our Angel Tree in the Parish Hall. Some wishes from the children of Grace Mission and Boys’ Town remain on the tree. Choose an angel ornament, purchase the gifts it lists, and bring them back to place them under the tree. You’ll make these children feel loved and cared for in the season celebrating Christ, God’s great gift to us. Remember, these are wish lists: if items remaining seem expensive, concentrate on attainable gifts, or join financial forces with other parishioners to make a dream come true. Blood Drive December 21 The Bloodmobile will return to the Kool Beanz lot next Sunday, December 21 to accept your precious gift of life. Giving blood is safe, simple and spiritually rewarding. In less than one hour, you can help three people, blessing both giver and receivers. Contact Don Bertoch 893-7941 or Harriet Harlan 222-2768. Complete Retreats 2009 will bring retreats for women, men, and the whole parish family! The men’s and women’s retreats are mornings at Taproots, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be a speaker, small group reflection and fellowship. Women: Saturday, January 24 Men: Saturday, January 31 Make sure your new calendar is marked with the Parish Retreat the weekend of Monday–Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, December 14 Holy Eucharist 9:00 & 11:15 am Sunday School All Ages 10:25 am Sunday School Teachers’ Mtg. 11:15 am Outreach Mtg. 12:30 pm Youth Confirmation 4:00 pm Veritas 5:00 pm Alpha 6:15 pm Youth Christmas Gathering 6:30 pm (Fonvielle Farm) Last Sunday School of 2008 Today 10:25-11:05 a.m. Tiny to Three/ Fours Noah’s Nursery Godly Play Room Kindergarten First Grade Room 103 Second Grade Room 105 Grades 3-5 Parish Hall Grades 6-12 Youth House Adults have two options: ♦ The Gospel of Matthew Led by Fr. Petty in the North Transept ♦ unChristian Led by Chuck Lang in the South Transept A Little Bit of Heaven. . . Our Christmas services will reflect the glories of heaven with brilliant poinsettias and joyful instruments highlighting our worship in celebrating Christ’s birth. Find envelopes in your pew or at the Parish Life table to give a gift in honor or memory of someone you love. The deadline for inclusion in the Christmas service sheet is Tuesday, December 16. Christmas Service Schedule Christmas Eve services will be held at 5:00 pm (no incense), 8;00 pm and 11:00 pm on December 24. One Christmas Day service will be held at 11:00 am on December 25. Quiet Days after Christmas The Church and offices are closed for quiet days December 26 through January 1. There will be regular Sunday Services at 9:00 and 11:15 am and 5:00 pm on December 28. There will not be a Wednesday 12:10 pm service on December 31. . The office will be open on Friday, January 2. The First Baptisms of 2009 On Sunday, January 11, The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be observed Monday, December 15 Tangible Prayer Group 6:00 pm Children’s Advisory Council 6:00 pm Discovering the Bible 6:30 pm NO Choir Rehearsal Tuesday, December 16 Staff Meeting 9:00 am Centering Prayer 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 17 Eucharist/Healing 12:10 pm Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Thursday, December 18 Women’s Christmas Brunch 10:30 am –12:30 pm, Taproots Young Adults’ Group 6:00 pm Friday, December 19 Press Club 9:00 am Saturday, December 20 Altar Guild 9:00 am College Acolytes’ Practice 10:30 am March 13-15, 2009! We’ll be back in quaint Norman Park, Georgia, for all manner of spiritual growth, and joyful revelry. Bishop Keith Ackerman, the recently retired Bishop of Quincy, Illinois, will give thought-provoking talks. Perhaps you’d like to give or receive the cost of this retreat as a Christmas gift! You surely don’t want to miss it. Contact Tina Campbell, Director of Parish Life Ministries, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mission will provide gift cards for those contributions so designated. For details please see the Grace Happenings newsletter at Parish Life. ♦ ♦ Real Life—High School Girls Raised In The Spirit (G.R.I.T.S.) - middle school girls ♦ Evolving Godly GuyS. (E.G.G.S.)- middle school boys. Adult Education Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University St. Peter’s will once again offer the Financial Peace University class beginning on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:15 pm. This class focuses on debt-free living, generosity and creating a stable financial foundation on biblical principles. The cost for the class is $100.00 (for materials). Registration deadline: December 22. Discovering the Bible: For People Who Don’t Know Much About the Bible: Schedules December 14: last meeting of 2008—a Christmas party in the country. See website for directions. January 11: first meeting of 2009. College & Young Adults Young Adult Book Study Twenty-and-thirty-somethings, come to Young Adult Dinner and Study in the Youth House, Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Contact Fr. John Wallace at ext. 27 or email@example.com. Soup Group for Graduate Students Soup Group will resume in January for all graduate students and spouses. Dollar Dinner All college-age folks, meet in the back of the Church at 6:30 pm, after the Veritas service. (You don’t have to have attended Veritas to come to dinner.) Valentine”s Day Coffee Party While you’ve got your calendar out, jot down the sweetest celebration: our annual Valentine’s Coffee on Friday, February 13. This event is for everyone; men & women, single or married. On this day, we enjoy Christian agape love in fabulous fellowship, and a splendid array of sweet and savory taste treats. The Daughters of the King Prayer List Having focused on the Old Testament during the fall, this class will shift to the New Testament in January. If you did not take the Old Testament segment, you still can register for the New Testament segment. The 15 week class begins on January 12 . Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense Anyone may ask for intercessory prayer from the Daughters of the King, a lay order of women who focus on prayer. A name spends 3 weeks on the Prayers of the People, thenDOK prays for another month. You may re-submit the name. DOK prayer requests go to Ann Elizabeth Allshouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 926-7505. Prayers of the People requests go to Anne Wright at ext. 20 or email@example.com. Angel Food Ministry When St. Peter's parishioners are ill, incapacitated or hospitalized, Angel Food Ministry provides MREs (Meals Ready to Enjoy!) to take a load off their shoulders during trying times. Sign up with Lisa Knight, 893-1498 Based on Bishop N.T. Wright’s book, this class explores central Christian affirmations. The class also makes uses of video presentations by Bishop Wright, one of the most highly regarded New Testament scholars in the world. This 10 week class begins February 8 and may be taken in place of the Alpha Course or simply for personal enrichment. To register, contact Father Michael Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Prayers for the Military Please pray for: Lance Asher, Louis Asher, Phillip Asher, Taylor Beyreuther, Liz Borelli, Caleb Brown, David Chichetti, Jason Downward, Todd Fredette, Sean Gallagher, Thad Habel, Justin Moore, Don Penn, Garrett Searle, Robert Sylvester ; for the wounded & their caregivers. Pray for: ♦ St. Peter’s Prayer List ♦ Continue to pray for the St. Peter’s ♦ building process, that we may stay in the will and plan of God. Pray for our Diocese of South Rwenzori, and for all its clergy. Website News Lessons and Carols Reprise The excellent St. Peter’s choirs and a number of gifted readers and musicians gave us the gift of a gorgeous Lessons and Carols service last Sunday. Hear it again—and again, on CD or by computer download. ♦ A CD of the service is available. ♦ You can also download audios from the website at http:// www.saint-peters.net/advent. Audios include not only the service proper but also an Organ Prelude by our teenaged organ prodigy, Linzie (Bo) Bogan II, Each reading and musical selection is separately tracked. Outreach Christmas Mission Trip to New Orleans YOU can help to rebuild the Broadmoor District in NOLA! We'll depart from St. Peter's at noon on Sunday, December 28, work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and return to Tallahassee on Thursday morning, January 1. We will stay in dorm-style accommodations at the Annunciation Mission in Broadmoor. The cost per person is $150, which includes room and three excellent meals a day from Chef Van. This is a great family trip! Only a very few spots are still available, so don't delay. For more information, contact Jamey McClenny at 545-1386 or email@example.com Warm Gifts for Cold Nights Grace Mission would appreciate new or clean, gently used jackets, sweatshirts or coats size L, XL or XXL; they can’t keep up with demand. Blankets or throws in nearly-or-new condition are also very welcome. Because of extreme space limitations, these are the only items they can accept. A Grace-Full Christmas Grace Mission needs help with purchasing and wrapping gifts. Financial Gifts of Grace can be made on behalf of those on your gift list and Grace The deadline for The Keys is Wednesday at noon. All submissions must be in writing, and may be brought or sent to the Parish Office or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone submissions cannot be honored. Children’s Ministry Our Precious Children: Safe & Secure Security measures are being increased across the board in Children’s Ministry. Parents, please pick up your children (even upper elementary ages) from their classrooms. Children can’t leave our supervision unless released to your care.. A Special, Lasting Holiday Gift A great gift idea for a birthday or Christmas is to dedicate a pew book in the name of your children or grandchildren for just $12. Youth News Sunday Night Youth Groups Groups for high school and middle school meet from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Sundays, at Taproots.