A Note from the Rector – 9/8/2019

Phew!  A new school year, and a new season of adult choir and Sunday School has begun!  I am really pumped up. Thanks to Paul Emmons, the choir, and to all of our Sunday School teachers who have been preparing for today, and thanks to the Fellowship Committee for the ice cream.

Tonight’s family service, re-christened Light & Peace, is an interactive worship service that will follow a liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer that is hardly ever used. It’s called an Order for Worship in the Evening, but the first words of the service are: “Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.” which I think offers a much catchier moniker.  The service will include simple, but immersive music, lots of candles, and a number of interactive ways for children, youth and adults to pray and connect with God. You’ll just have to come back tonight to find out what it’s all about. Don’t be timid. You are allowed to come to church more than once in a day!

Holy Apostles Choir School is launching this Tuesday (September 10)!  This Fall and Winter are going to be really exciting. As people younger than me say, it is going to be “off the hook.” I might have to go lay down.  Next Sunday, you will have the opportunity to experience a glimpse of the fun and magic of our new children’s choir program, as Arreon Harley-Emerson, our director, is going to lead us all in a sample lesson.  It’s going to be awesome. Then at coffee hour, I am going to speak for about 10 minutes on some of the Christian Education, Formation, and Discipleship opportunities that are upcoming this Fall and Winter. Below is a calendar of all the events & special services we have planned for the rest of 2019. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything. Mark your calendars accordingly and then strap on your seat belts, it’s going to be wild…and filled with grace and life courtesy of the Holy Spirit.  

Fall-Winter Calendar 2019 (Draft) Calendar

September 8 – Sundae Sunday Adult Choir and Sunday Begin

                    – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

September 15 – Choir School Rally Day

                      – Presentation on Christian Formation (coffee hour)

September 17 – Darby Mission Meal

September 29 – Youth Sunday 

October 6 – Saint Faith Day: Inauguration of the St. Faith Preachers Series

                             (The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb, guest preacher)

                 – Blessing of the Beasts – St. Francis Evening Prayer/Evensong

October 13 – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

October 23 – Soup Group 1

October 30 – Soup Group 2

November 1 – All Saints Day Noon Eucharist

November 1-2 – Diocesan Convention 

November 2 – All Souls Day Holy Eucharist for the Departed (evening)

November 3 – Stewardship Sunday 1

November 6 – Soup Group 3

November 10 – Stewardship Sunday 2

            – Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

November 13 – Soup Group 4

November 17 – Stewardship Sunday 3

November 20 – Soup Group 5

November 24 – Christ the King Sunday/ Stewardship Celebration

December 1-31 – Connect-by-Night Month

December 1 – First Sunday of Advent

December 7 – Pancakes with Santa

December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent/St. Nicholas Visit

                    -Youth Group followed by Light & Peace

December 9 – East Parkside Meal

December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent/Pageant

December 20 – Christmas Caroling and Party

December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24 – Christmas Eve

December 25 – Christmas Day (morning service)

December 29 – Lessons and Carols (Youth Sunday)

In Christ,

James +

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