Parish Post – December 6, 2018

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

There’s a sign-up sheet on the narthex table for ordering Christmas Poinsettias. They are $20 each. When signing up, please indicate who you’d like them dedicated to.

Week Two of Advent: Peace
We are reminded to make room in our hearts, in our lives and the lives of others to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us His peace and awareness of our savior.
“But you, Bethlehem, only a small village in Judah, yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from a distant past. And He will stand to lead His flock with the Lord’s strength. Then, His people will live undisturbed, for He will be highly honored all around the world. And He will be the source of our peace.” ―Micah 5:2, 4-5

–Natalie

 

2 ADVENT – DECEMBER 9 WORSHIP

ALTAR GUILD:  (TEAM 2) Rose Dutkevicz, Lynn Harper, Alice Meehan, Hap Rudolph, Mary Lou Rudolph
FLOWERS:  

8:00 AM 
LITURGICAL ASSISTANT: Susan Seitz
USHER/GREETER: John Zaniewski

10:30 AM 
ACOLYTES: John Beall, Charlie Heiskell, Dori Heiskell
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: John Beall, Cary Johnson
INTERCESSOR: Jeff Fedan
READERS:  1st reading: Matt Heiskell 2nd reading: Dorothy Skidmore
GREETER: Carolyn Nelson
USHERS:  Roy Spears, Carol Roberts-Spears
COUNTER: Corey Farris
VESTRY CLOSER / ASSIST: COUNTER: Linda Durfee
COFFEE HOUR: Carvers
YOUTH GROUP: Angela Carver
SUNDAY SCHOOL LEAD TEACHER: Ann Claycomb
SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSIST. TEACHER: Grace Ayscue
NURSERY CARE: Bethany Kulchock, Tyler Rigby

 

CALENDAR DATES 

Dec. 9:       Outreach: Angel Tree Items Due
Dec. 12:      Advent Devotional Series on the Magnificat – 7:00 pm
Dec. 12:      SRSH Backpack Feeding Program – 12:30 at Scott’s Run
Dec. 13:      Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm
Dec. 16:      Outreach Committee Meeting – 9:15 am in the Parish Hall
Dec. 16:      Becket Arts! – 3:00 pm
Dec. 19:      Bishop Confirmation Service, Advent Devotional Series – 7:00 pm
Dec. 23:      Hanging of the Greens
An asterisk notes outside organizations using our facilities; italics indicate diocesan or community events elsewhere. Please note the following deadlines for our church publications. Wednesdays for Parish Post items,Thursdays (noon) for changes to the Sunday Bulletin, and the 22nd of each month for newsletter items. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

ANGEL TREE FAMILY
Our Salvation Army Angel Tree family this year includes Candice and Mark who are the parents of Aubrey (6),  Eleanor (2), and Titus (3 months). The tree is now set up in the Parish Hall. We ask that you pick a gift tag(s) from the tree, sign the recipient’s sheet, and return the gift with the gift tag attached. Detailed instructions will be available beside the tree. All gifts must be returned unwrapped on or before Sunday, December 9th as we will deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army on Monday, December 10th.UPDATE: We have learned more about our Salvation Army Family and their needs and have attached an additional 24 tags to the Angel Tree in the Parish Hall. They are a small family with great needs. They own next to nothing and are about to move into a new apartment. Some items, such as beds and bedding, are being provided by others. We have added tags for items they need for their kitchen and bathroom. Perhaps two families from our parish would like to get together and decorate a themed bathroom, so those two tags are on one hook with a description the parents’ preferred colors and themes. Many of the children’s needs are being addressed by others, but we’ve added a couple of tags for toys for the two girls. The parents–Candace and Mark–have almost no clothing, so we’ve added more tags for them. Also, separate from the tree, there’s a signup sheet for gift cards to Walmart and Kroger towards a Christmas dinner. Sizes and other information are on the backs of tags.We need to have all gifts, unwrapped and with the tags if possible, by Sunday December 9.  Thank you to all who participate in this effort to help a young family in a difficult time of transition.  If you have any questions, please contact Grace Ayscue (304) 276-8037, Anne Greza (304) 685-0675, or Patty Harman (304) 685-1608.

COMING UP THIS ADVENT!
All are welcome to join in for three weeks of evening prayer (vespers) and study; Wednesdays at 7:00 pm on Dec. 5, 12, & 19. As the Church waits for the remembrance of the incarnation and return of Christ, we’ll be using this time together to reflect upon The Magnificat. It is a song of praise, also known as “The Song of Mary” found in Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55).

WARM CLOTHES FROM WARM HEARTS

As temperatures are dropping again, our hearts hurt for those in need in these inclement times. St. Thomas Outreach will once again be collecting any winter suitable clothing (coats, hats, gloves, scarves…) in a tote in the narthex, that will be taken to Christian Help once a month (or as needed). Please contact Neha Lal (neha.lal@gmail.com) or Grace Ayscue (grace.ayscue@gmail.com) if needed.

 

SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE BACKPACK FEEDING PROGRAM
Forty percent of Monongalia County children are at risk of being hungry over the weekend.  Scott’s Run Settlement House (SRSH) is helping to alleviate this problem with their Backpack Feeding Program.  Every weekend over 850 children in 12 Monongalia County schools take home a bag of nutritious food from the SRSH program.  The program can only work with plenty of volunteers.  St. Thomas à Becket will resume its schedule in this program―providing volunteers to fill bags the second and fifth Wednesday (if there is one) of each month―the next date is December 12 at 12:30 pm.  If you wish to volunteer or lean more about this program and how you can help, contact Aurie Acciavatti at auriebob@comcast.net.

 

CHRISTIAN HELP – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
Christian Help has reached out to us regarding several volunteer opportunities:
Mondays –  Career Closet (help organizing) any time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays – Help people shop/organize any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Front Desk: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays – Career Closet (help organizing) any time between 9:00 – 4:00
Thursdays – Front Desk 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Food Pantry any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Help people shop/organize any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fridays – Career Closet (help organizing) any time between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

 If interested, contact Amanda Ejimofor
304-296-0221
volunteercoordinator@motownchristianhelp.com
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Fall Sunday School has begun!  We will continue to need teachers and assistants.  Contact Ann Claycomb directly (annclaycomb@hotmail.com / 304-276-2012) or check out the sign-up sheet on the narthex table. Lessons will be provided as they have in the past.
YOUTH GROUP
The Youth Group has began meeting Sundays during service. The Youth Group is open to children 6th – 12th grade or those who completed confirmation classes.

PRAYER LIST
Reminder:  Names on the Continuing Concern list will appear in alphabetically divided groups throughout the month.

Persons recently in need of  prayer: Susan Ahart; TrudyAlexander; Bennie Allison; Eric Beard; Deborah Bentley; Derbie Bernard; Alan Daugherty;  FrJohn V. Di Bacco Jr.; Fr. Ray Donahue; Kathy Fedan; Jon Fronczak; Angelyn Gemmen; Ronny Girlinghouse; Jerrey Hoyt;  Kay Hubbard; Alice Kellison; Greg Kocher; Sydney McDonald; Gail McHenry; Elsa Meyer; Julius Mogyoros; Anne Mudgett;  John Pearson; Nina Perelli; Sandy Poulson; Sam Richardson; AmyRobbins; Cathy Russell; Jennifer Smith; Mary Frances Smith; George Snider; Guy Stewart; Amanda Street; Marie Sutherland; Christine Tall; Joe Tomtishen; Donna Vereecke.

Persons for whom we have continuing concern:  (last names E-H) Greg Elmes; Eric Elza ; Fred Farris; Guy Fedan; Nancy Frazer; Marty French; Bob Freshcorn; Cara Freshcorn; Alice Frost; Michael Frownfelter; Steve Game; Larry Gordon Ron Hanson; Joe Harworth; Martha Hawkins; Sarah Healy; Justin Heydon; Betty Hicks; Michael J. Hoyt, Sr.

We pray for those in the military and other branches of service:  Erin Berard; James Berard; Fr. John Bethell; Michael Handlan; Allen Hartley; David Hartley; John Maxwell; Jake Robinson; Michael Stellato; Phillip Steve; Lee Zaniewski; and all deployed persons.

Our prayers and sympathy are offered to the family and friends of Gail Nickens,who died recently. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Regular Church Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (except holidays)

Worship Schedule
Sunday – 8:00 a.m. (Holy Eucharist I, spoken)
10:30 a.m. (Holy Eucharist II, with music);
                                          nursery care and Sunday School with children’s worship