At St. Edward the Confessor, we are community: where ALL are welcomed, ALL are fed, and ALL are loved, and we seek and serve Christ in each other by engaging with the community we live in through outreach.
This Sunday’s Readings| November 28, 2021, First Sunday of Advent
1 Thessalonians 3:9
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Brothers and Sisters,
As we are beginning our last moment plans for Thanksgiving I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect on what we have to be thankful for in this time. It has been a challenging several months for the world but even in the midst of challenge we still have lots to be thankful for.
This thanksgiving I offer thanks for this community. Despite the hurdles we have faced these past two years we have met these challenges with endurance and steadfastness. I offer thanksgiving for our families and friends and for the many blessings of our lives.
We invite you to join us for Compline starting 11/28 at 8:00 pm via Zoom. We will be holding Compline each night until December 23. Please join us. The link is below:
St Edwards is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Nov 28, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every day, until Dec 23, 2021, 26 occurrence(s)
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Labyrinth—On December 4, 11, 18 we will open our church to allow for open walking of the labyrinth. We will be open from 9-12 and anyone is welcome. Feel free to share with your friends.
11/28—Timothy Williams will be our Preacher
12/5—Deacon Chip will be our Preacher
12/12—We will hold Blue Christmas and Fr. Jason will be our Preacher
12/19—We will hold Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve Service
We will have one Christmas Eve Service. We will begin with Carols at 4:30 pm and service will begin at 5:00 pm.
Stewardship 2022—If you have not submitted your pledge card please do so as soon as possible. We are able to continue the work of St. Edwards because of your generosity. Thank you in advance!
Julie Maxa and I were able to sit and do our preliminary budget draft. Our budget looks very good. We estimated our pledge income to be the same as last year. As of yesterday, we have received over half of what we were able to raise last year. If you have not sent in your pledge card please do so as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Change to Building Use Policy—As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge I have had to make a decision about our building use policy. While we are outdoors masks are not required for those who are immunized but required for those who are not. If we gather indoors masks will be required no matter a person’s vaccination status.
Sunday Worship—Here is the link to this weeks bulletin.
I would love to come visit you. We have spent the last year and a half separated from each other and I would love to come out for a visit and catch up. I can bring communion, coffee or just me for a visit and conversation. If you would like a visit please contact me.
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship
Time: November 28, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Lectors for Services
More Lectors Needed—if you would like to be a lector please let me know.
IOCP Holiday Gift Card Drive— As part of our outreach plans this holiday season, we will be working with IOCP on four projects to help their families:
Holiday Gift Program:
In the past we have purchased gifts for family members but because of the pandemic last year, they switched to just gift cards. So members of the congregation can send or drop off money for the gift cards at church and we will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to IOCP. They are due by Sunday, Nov 28th. We have committed to help two families totaling 8 people with gift cards of $50 each and if you write a check, make it out to St Ed’s and mark it: IOCP Gift Program.
Holiday Gift Treat Bags:
I am happy to report that we have already found enough volunteers for this program and they are putting together 75 treat bags of candy for the kids.
Advent Food Collection:
We will be doing the food donation boxes again this year for Advent. We are asking the congregation to put one food item (non-perishable) in a box for each day of advent and then bring it to the church at Christmas. This food will then be donated to IOCP’s food shelf.
This year we will again be putting up a Christmas tree that will be decorated with hats, mittens and scarves for IOCP families. So if you find sales or go to a thrift shop that has some good condition items for this, pick them up and bring them to the tree.
Help the needy families of IOCP have a Happy Holiday Season! Thanks for caring!
Any questions, talk to Jeff Dow or Lynne Whitacre.
Pastoral Concerns and Prayers Requested—Kathy Pilkington is home and love to have phone calls. Here cell number is 763-229-0041.
Judy Starkey has returned home and continues to ask for your prayers.
Coffee Hour—with the rise in COVID cases the vestry has decided that we will discontinue coffee hour when we return to worship indoors. Coffee hour can still be held while we are worshiping outside.
Door Codes HAVE BEEN CHANGED —If you would like to receive the new codes please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Lyra Concerts—Our amazing Music Director Tami Morse also is the Executive Director of Lyra Orchestra. They will be performing concerts at St. Edwards and you are welcome to attend for free. Here are the dates:
Thursday Dec 23
Thursday Feb 3
Wednesday April 27
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May God’s blessing and peace be with you.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Jason B. Lucas-Green