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11 & Lunch with the Rev. Dr. Ann Paton
Mother Ann, as she is affectionately called, is retiring from her position as Liturgical Assistant. She is also turning 90 on December 12th! All are invited to come for lunch and hear Ann reflect on the Nunc Dimittis on Sunday, December 9th after the 11am service.
We will celebrate Ann and her ministry with personal reflections and song. A catered lunch will be served in the Parish Hall, pizza and a movie (The Nativity Story) will be available for K – 5th grade in the Hunt Rooms immediately following the service, and extended childcare for the youngest will be offered in Rooms 102.
Senior’s Ministry: Christmas Party
Join us Thursday, December 13th from 12:30 – 2:30pm. There will be a delicious catered lunch, a wonderful presentation by John Bailey and we will end with Christmas carol singing!
There is a $10 charge for lunch, but first-time friends are free! RSVP to Ann Tefft: firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking restrictions will be lifted for people to park on the streets, and the Neville Street lot will be reserved for seniors. We will meet in the Hunt Rooms.
2019 Stewardship Pledge Cards
This year our theme is ABUNDANCE for all that God has done for us. If you have already brought in your completed pledge card, thank you. If you have not yet brought it in, please send it to the church before the end of the year so our vestry is able to budget realistically for 2019. Thank you again for responding to God’s generosity with generosity!
2018 Budget and Giving Update
We are currently 5% ahead of giving at this time last year. We need to be 8% ahead to make budget. Expenses are being kept in check. If you would like an update on your giving year to date, please contact our bookkeeper, Linda, at email@example.com. Please give generously so that we can finish the year well.
Christmas Poinsettia Memorials
Sunday, December 9 deadline
It is a longstanding Christmas tradition at Ascension to remember and celebrate those we love and those we have lost by donating to the poinsettias that adorn our altars from Sunday, December 16 (Advent 3) and following. If you would like to remember someone special or name a specific thanksgiving in this year’s bulletin, please contact Melita Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-736-3540 by Sunday, December 9.
Greening of the Church
Saturday, December 15 at 9:30am
The Greening of the Church is a festive event and a great way to support our altar ministry. We will be hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree, attaching candle standards to the pews, putting up wreaths, setting out the crèche, baking cookies and more. The children will be having a tableau rehearsal and are invited to make cards for those in the parish who are homebound. Readers will be practicing for Lessons & Carols and choirs will be rehearsing. Plan to join us on this morning! Coffee, bagels, pastries and juice will be served. Meet at the back of the church by the Christmas tree!
Advent Worship: Wednesdays at Noon
December 5, 12 and 19
We invite members of the congregation to spend time in quiet reflection at our Wednesday Advent Noon Services. Childcare will be provided throughout Advent.
Service of Lessons & Carols – two times to celebrate!
The Service of Lessons & Carols weaves together a progression of scripture readings along with carols sung by the congregation and choirs that carry us from Old Testament prophecy to fulfillment in the Christ child. This is a non-Eucharistic service that clearly rehearses the biblical story from creation through redemption. It’s a fantastic service if you wish to invite a guest. We have two opportunities to enjoy this service this year:
9am service on Sunday, December 16 (We will have a regular 11am service of Holy Communion with readings from Advent 3)
11am service on Sunday, December 23 (We will have a regular 9am service of Holy Communion with readings from Advent 4)