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Tuesday Thoughts - December 22 2015

posted Dec 29, 2015, 2:04 PM by Nikki Roe

Tuesday Thoughts – December 22, 2015

 

Dear Friends,

We’ve made it this far and we had a wonderful celebration of the Fourth Sunday in Advent!  After the 10am service, we had a great group to ‘green’ the church!  The youngest was three years old and the oldest was – let’s just say the oldest was a little be older than I am!!  And after the Church was gloriously prepared, we had a wonderful soup lunch – and no one left hungry.  Many thanks to all of you who came and helped decorate and cooked the soups, etc.

 

Service Schedule for Christmastide

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist and the Blessing of the Christmas Creche. 

This service focuses on our children.

10:00 pm – Congregational Carol Sing

10:30 pm – Festival Holy Eucharist

 

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day

10:00 am – Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

 

Sunday, December 27 – The First Sunday after Christmas

8:00 – Holy Eucharist

10:00 – Holy Eucharist

 

Our next meal for the Catholic Worker community is Monday, December 28th.  A signup sheet is on the kiosk on Sunday.  We need your help on this one for food as well as a few workers to be at the Catholic Worker House at 5:00pm.  Please see Suzanne with any questions.  There will be recipes and pans for the casseroles.

 

Anyone able to help in the Office the week after Christmas??

Sue would like to take vacation on December 28th, 30th and 31st.  If you are able to answer the phones – and I can only imagine they will  be quite silent – please let Sue or Suzanne know.

 

The Altar Flowers Calendar for 2016

Please see the new Altar Flowers Calendar on the kiosk.  The permanent listings are there, and some new spaces are open.  Please consider giving flowers in memory of loved ones, to honora person or an occasion or in thanksgiving for loved ones.  If you have a special date in mind, it is OK to have more than one giver on a Sunday.  Thank you.

 

HyVee Receipts turned in so far this year total over $56,000.

Thanks to everyone for saving your till slips – keep up the good work!!  Remember the slips need to be dated June 1, 2015 or later and can come from HyVee stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly.

 

Don’t forget to save . . . . While you are saving your HyVee till slips and your medicine bottles, don’t forget you can also save pop tops from beverages and the larger pull tops for some canned foods.  These benefit the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House.  There is a container for them at the east entrance to the Church.  Thank you.

 

Looking ahead - Next date to work at the Food Bank is this Saturday, January 16, and the time is 9-11am.

 

Looking ahead, but not too far!!

Our Annual Meeting is coming up – Sunday, January 24 – and there will only be one service that day – 10am – followed by our Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch.  Our snow date is January 31st.  If you are supposed to write a report for the annual meeting, reports are due on January 10 – and please email if possible.  Thanks.

 

Closing Thoughts . . .

Our Advent wreath is burning brightly as we anticipate the arrival of the One whose coming changed everything.  It’s often hard to celebrate that coming with all the distractions which come at us from every angle.  It’s equally hard to teach our children the deeper meaning of Christmas.  Several of our families have included their children in opportunities such as the Saturdays we help at the Food Bank.  And I would suggest that meals at the Catholic Worker House are wonderful opportunities to see the deeper meaning of community and the love of our neighbors.

 

We continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Nzara, and especially for Bishop Samuel as he continues to head of the justice, peace and reconciliation work for the entire province, comprised of the two nations of the Sudan and South Sudan.  He needs our special prayers.  And we also pray that he will have an opportunity to be with his family over this sacred season.

 

We also to experience violence, especially gun violence, in our community, and we continue to pray and work for an end to the violence.

 

As Advent concludes and Christmas comes once more, may we be open to the newness which the season of Christmas offers us, as well as the joyous visitation of the angels.  Christmas is a season of joy and hope – which our communities, nation and world so desperately need. 

 

May those who will be travelling be safe, and may all of you rejoice with exceeding great joy as we greet our Savior in the stable at the Bethlehem.  May it be so. Amen.

 

In the peace and hope of Christ,

Suzanne

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