Mid-week Update--November 30, 2016
The root word of humility is “humus,” meaning ground or soil. So when we contemplate our humility, we are thinking about our grounded-ness, our connection to the earth, knowing where our feet are planted. Are you feeling grounded today? Do you remember who you are and where you are planted?
To guide our conversation this Advent, we are using the “Twelve Degrees of Humility” from The Rule of Saint Benedict. We will have copies at every worship service this December. Last week and this up-coming Sunday, we will be exploring Movement One: Our Authentic Search for God. Take a moment to read the affirmations of Movement One. Read them as if you are praying them. When I read them myself, I find that they change who I am; they open my heart and create new possibilities of faith within me.
This Sunday, we will be reading Isaiah 11:1-10. We will also be crunching up paper and taping it to the wall. Sound interesting? See you Sunday.
Once again Edgcumbe has served a Thanksgiving meal to the residents of Montreal High-rise. They are always so appreciative. Brian and I want to thank everyone who gave their time, money and prayers to make the dinner a success. Meredith Holt
Next Bible Study with Pastor Phil—December 5 & 19
We continue to have fantastic meetings in the Parlor from 6:30-8pm, and we would love to have more people join us. If you want to be a part of this study, but can’t make it on Monday evenings, please talk to Pastor Phil because the group is exploring new options in 2017.
Advent Giving Tree
Collecting NEW Pajamas, Slippers & Books for Project Home
It has been our tradition at Edgcumbe to dedicate the tree in the Narthex as our “Giving Tree” each advent and collect items for a local organization. This year’s Giving Tree will benefit the homeless families who are currently with Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul’s Project Home. Project Home would like to give each person staying with them a new pair of pajamas and a book for Christmas, and we would like to help them achieve that goal.
Now through December 18, we are collecting NEW pajamas & slippers for all-ages: infants, children, youth and adults, and NEW or VERY GENTLY USED books for all-ages. As you are making out your holiday shopping list, please also consider picking up one or several of these items for these families. Going out shopping on Black Friday? Stores often have great deals for these items on that day. Donations can be placed either on or under the tree in the Narthex.
The order for this year’s purchase and donation of red or white poinsettias to decorate the church for Christmas is attached. The form will also be in the bulletin for the next few weeks. Final orders need to be in by December 11. There are two options – you can purchase plants and take them home following the Christmas Eve service or you can simply donate funds outright to purchase additional plants that will then be taken to those who are no longer able to get out to worship with us in person.
As you anticipate and plan for your tax deductible contributions at the end of 2016, please note that all December contributions must be received in the office by December 29 or postmarked on or before December 31 in order to credited to the 2016 giving year. Year-end giving statements will be distributed beginning on January 15, 2017. Thank you for your faithful support of EPC!
Looking Ahead (It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!)
Here are some dates to put on your calendars:
· December 11 – Christmas music sing-a-long
· December 17 – Christmas cookie baking on Saturday afternoon
· December 24 – Christmas Eve worship at 4:00pm
· December 25 – Merry Christmas with no worship on Sunday morning!
· Gabby Dietz – 12/12
· Micah GebbenGreen – 12/12
· Warner Gunsell – 12/16
· Budd Johnson – 12/22
· Audrey Carlson – 12/25
· Chet Carlson – 12-27
· Tierra Hunt – 12/27
Put both feet on the ground, remembering that love is the only real thing!