The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King
– November 20, 2016 -
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Collect for Proper 29, BCP)
Readings for Sunday, November 20:
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Sunday, November 20 - Who’s Who
Greeter – Barb Coulter; Host – Roy Black; Hebrew Scripture – Dick Davis; Christian Scripture – Katy Chaffee; Psalm and Prayers – Judi Shank; Chalice – Leslie Black and Pam Hanson; Announcements – Holly Hall; Counters – Cindy Dale and John Monfette; Altar Guild – Everyone; Acolytes – Kathryn and Jonathan Brennan
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November 20 - Stewardship Update: By now you should have received your pledge packet via US Mail for St. Paul’s Stewardship Campaign 2017. We ask that you please prayerfully fill out your pledge form and return it during the pledge in-gathering on this coming Sunday, November 20th. In appreciation, the Vestry will be hosting a between-services Coffee Hour at 9:00 am that day. As this coming Sunday is also the kick-off of Thanksgiving week, we are asking parishioners to bring non-perishable food items for the Haven that day as well. If you need extra pledge forms there will be some available at the church on Sunday or if you wish to have a copy sent electronically, please contact Pete Lapre at email@example.com or by phone at 603-728-8079.
Quiet Contemplative Prayer and Meditation - is on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30-6:30 in St. Paul's Sanctuary. The lights will be turned down low and the heat will be on. We begin with ringing of a soft bell, reading a short scripture passage followed by silence. If you are not able to come, join us in prayer from wherever you are.
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What are the life challenges we face? How does our church community respond in relevant ways? How do we support each other when it really matters most?
You are invited to join this exploration on Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30 in the Parish House. These compelling questions developed during a small group discussion at a quarterly community meeting. Some ideas include:
· Caring for an aging loved one (in person or long distance), possibly a focus on caregiving for those with dementia.
· Coping with the challenges of our own or another’s mental health issues
· Supporting family members in difficult transitions
· Growing communication and intimacy skills in significant relationships
We will be exploring ways to contribute to the mutual care of our church family, possibly through small groups, training, book study, or one-on-one conversations. Please feel free to contact any of us with thoughts or questions: Jill Fischer, Katy Chaffee, Leslie Black, Pam Hanson.
November 30 - Advent Discussion Series: Please join us for the Advent Discussion Series facilitated by Pete Lapre starting on Wednesday evening, November 30th. The format would be (as in the past two years) a loosely structured discussion of the previous Sunday's Old Testament and Gospel readings--- such topics as historical background, how the readings relate to one another, what we feel in the readings specifically speaks to us, what the readings might mean to us in our greater community, and why these readings may have been chosen for inclusion in the common lectionary for Advent. The sessions would be held in the parish house on the four Wednesday evenings in Advent (11/30, 12/7, 12/14 and 12/21) from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. We will be spending 35-40 minutes on each reading and ending with Compline. There would be no books or required reading as we will be only using the lectionary scripture, and you are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.
December 11 - St. Paul’s Concerned about Racial Justice group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, after church (and a little of coffee hour!), for discussion and planning. All are welcome to join us!
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) sponsors two regularly scheduled events open to the public:
The Haven Top 5 Items this Week:
Weston Priory Services - everyone is welcome to attend services at Weston Priory. Please check Weston Priory webpage for listing of daily services and Sabbath Days for the brothers and their retreat times. Holly plans to attend 11:30 service November 26th. If you would like to join her, please contact Holly.
Compassionate Communication- (also called Non-Violent Communication (NVC))- Some key points are:
Observation- what we observe that is affecting our well being
Feelings- How we are feeling in relation to what we are observing.
Needs- values, dreams and preferences connected to our feelings
Request-concrete actions we request to respond to our needs and enrich our lives.
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November 21 – Listen Community Dinner
November 27 – The First Sunday of Advent
November 30 – Advent Discussion Series
November 29 – Caring for each Other meeting
December 11 – Concerned about Racial Justice meeting
December 17 – Solstice Retreat
- Discretionary Fund Reminder – First Sunday of every month. Please be as generous as possible.
- Laying on of Hands – On the first Sunday of every month those wishing to receive laying on our hands are invited to gather at the Baptismal Font (just as you entered the church) immediately after you have received communion.
- Leadership Team Meeting – every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am
- Worship Team meets – 2nd Thursday of the month in the Church Library at 4pm, all are welcome to attend.
- Vestry meets – 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Parish House at6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
- Brookside Nursing Home Church Services – Please join us! – Second Sunday of each month (Sept-June) from 2-2:30 pm. If you would like more information about this service, please contact Holly.
- Concerned about Racial Justice – the 2nd Sunday of every month in the Parish Hall at 11:30 AM.
- Knit and Purl Fellowship – Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the Parish House, 6:30 PM. Contact Holly for info.
- Bible Study – meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in the Parish House at 7 PM. We will focus each meeting on the lectionary for the upcoming week. This is a come as you can discussion group, you can do not have to come every meeting. All are welcome!
- St. Paul’s Concerned about Racial Justice group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, after church (and a little of coffee hour!), for discussion and planning. All are welcome to join us!
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) sponsors two regularly scheduled events open to the public: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:00 pm, on the corner of the green across from Hanover Inn, Vigil for Racial Justice.
- Having Difficult Conversations About Race. Wednesdays, Noon – 2 p.m. (Wednesdays Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18th at the Howe Library in Hanover.) This series of conversations grew out of an OSHER course, and is open to everyone. Content sometimes includes speakers, movies, or other offerings. For specific information about upcoming