I trust you are all well today. Last week was a tremendously busy time, but the fellowship we experienced at Synod was rejuvenating and life-giving. While we have a lot of work ahead of us, I am encouraged by the caliber of the clergy in our diocese.
The Holidays are upon us, and we have a lot going on at the church throughout the next month and a half.
Every second Saturday we have our men's and women's Bible study, this month we will also have an Operation Christmas Child box packing party. Join us at 9 am for Bible Study, and then after Bible Study, at about 10 am we will pack boxes. Please join us for the Bible Study, or the packing party, or better yet both!
We will have Morning Prayer. Before Morning Prayer at 9 am is Christian Education, this week we will have a chance for "Ask Fr. Ian." So, if you have questions bring them! Starting on the 18th of November we will be studying "God's Grace in your Suffering." I hope this will allow us to explore the depths and questions of what suffering means in our Christian walk. The books for this are available in the parish hall and cost 10 dollars.
Kathi has asked that I remind people "There is one Sunday left for bringing your filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to church - November 11. If you have questions about the shoeboxes speak to Kathi or Shelley in the Parish Hall after service."
Following Church, we will hold our vestry meeting.
I will be traveling home to spend some time with my family for the holidays. I will be out of the office from November 12-16. There will be no Morning Prayer, but we will still have Evening Prayer on Wednesday the 14th. While I won't be in the office please feel free to email or call. I will be available.
We will gather on Thanksgiving Day at 10 am for Holy Communion. Following our worship, those who desire to join us we will be having a potluck meal. Please feel free to bring guests for this. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall. Your guests do not need to bring anything, but please let us know they are coming, so we have enough food!
Mark your calendar!
Looking forward to December, we will have several exciting events.
The ladies guild will be holding their first ever cookie walk in the parish hall. Please start baking your cookies for this exciting event, and mark your calendar to come out and get some delicious treats for Christmas.
Invite your friends and get the word out! Bishop Giffin will be making an episcopal visit on Sunday, December 9th when we will have confirmation and receptions into the Anglican Church. There will be a potluck following this; please sign up in the parish hall.
There will be more events to announce as we get into December, it is always an exciting season for the church. Please remember, as we find ourselves busier and busier, Advent is a season of preparation and expectation. While the world around us seems to get busier and busier with every waking moment, remember the call of Advent is to "prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight the desert highways for him." For the Lord came to save sinners, and will come again to make all things right.
Be well and take care, I look forward to seeing you all Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church