This Week at St Timothy's | November 27, 2018
Thank you to everyone who turned in a pledge card this past Sunday. Due to the difficulty with the Post Office, we will be collecting pledge cards this Sunday as well (but we’ll take them at any time - thank you!). You can also make your pledge online.
Special Wednesday Night Schedule
5-5:30pm Formation Grades K-5
6-7pm Choir Grades K-5; EYC, Adult Formation
7-7:30pm Middle/High School Girls Chorister Rehearsal
*Parents, this and other December Wednesday Night Schedules are on the blue schedule that Christin distributed a few weeks ago.
A note from Choir Member Erica Davis for the First Sunday of Advent
We do not like to wait. We have become increasingly used to instant gratification. Need it tomorrow? Just ask for overnight shipping. Don't want to wait in line for coffee? Use an app and have it ready to pick up at the drive-thru window.
The season of Advent is all about waiting, and the longer we wait, the more we yearn for the waiting to be over. When Isaiah was prophesying to the Hebrew people in the 8th century BC, he understood yearning. The people of Judah yearned to be free from the Babylonians. They yearned for the nation of Israel to be restored.Their exile lasted 70 years! Could you wait 70 years for the Messiah?
Isaiah's prophecies about the longed for Messiah are the basis for our service of Advent Lessons and Carols this evening. The service, which is based on a service used at Salisbury Cathedral, demonstrates through lessons from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as through music, how Jesus was the Messiah for whom the people yearned.
The final verse of Hymn 516 (Come down, O Love divine) expresses the yearning of Advent beautifully:
And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
shall far out-pass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace, till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
Please join us for Advent Lessons and Carols this Sunday December 2 at 5:00 PM. Listen to Isaiah's words as he attempts to describe the Messiah using the power of human telling. Let the music help move you to a deeper understanding of those words. Add your voice to all those throughout the ages who have cried out, "O come, O come, Emmanuel". O come, God, be with us.
Parish Breakfast & Advent Wreath Workshop this Sunday!
Come enjoy breakfast with your church family and make an Advent Wreath to celebrate this season of preparation at home. Candles are provided or you can recycle your candles from Advents past. There will be some live greenery and supplies to get you started. Please bring garden clippers and and fresh greenery clippings from your yard, (magnolia, nandina, holly, boxwood, leafy shrubs, eucalyptus, rosemary, etc.) to share as we carry on a St.Timothy's Advent tradition.
Overflow Shelter Opens this Saturday
The big day is almost here! December 1st is almost here! In Children's Formation, the kids look forward to the purple seasons of preparation (Advent & Lent) because they are times to get ready for the big holy feast days of Christmas and Easter. The anticipation, hope, and changes in our surroundings help us prepare for what is to come.
Shelter season has almost become a liturgical season at St.Timothy's. Our time of preparation includes volunteer recruitment, hiring monitors, getting our building inspected, training our leadership, collecting all of the supplies needed, and much, much prayer as we prepare our facilities, our lives, and our hearts to warmly receive our guests on December 1. Because of the many things that have to get accomplished in order to open--our shelter preparation season does not feel like a season of waiting for those of us getting ready to open our doors. For our guests, however, this big day cannot come soon enough. The waiting and anticipation for our shelter to open means that many will sleep outdoors tonight as they wait.
This Saturday, at 7pm, our doors will open and all will be ready. Volunteers will be in place ready to serve, mats will be laid out across Drake Hall, a hot meal will be waiting. Guests will be welcomed in--and the anticipation for all will be over as they find a haven of warmth and hospitality for the winter months. Thank you for all the ways you help in the seasons of preparation and hospitality to transform our space and our lives this Shelter Season.
Join us on Monday, December 17 at 5pm for Las Posadas at Anthony's Plot (2323 Sunnyside Ave.). We will gather to parade around the Sunnyside neighborhood singing and searching for shelter for the Holy Family. This is a wonderful Latin American tradition that we celebrate with our friends at Anthony's Plot each Advent. After shelter is found, there is a feast and celebration at Trinity Moravian Church's fellowship hall. Children are visited by the magi who receive their Christmas wishes and return at Epiphany with gifts. All ages are welcome for the caroling or the whole evening! Wear clothes appropriate for the weather as we will be caroling outdoors. Flashlights are also helpful. Volunteer hours are available for anyone who can help serve dinner after we go caroling.
As you make your own Christmas shopping lists, consider including wishes from our Angel Tree to make the holidays merry for others too. The Angel Tree is in the downstairs hallway of the church by the chalkboard wall. There are tags on the tree to support of our St.Tim's Overflow Shelter and provide a meal for a family through New Communion Mobile Food Pantry (we are still collecting pasta too!).
More tags will show up after Las Posadas (Dec.17) with the wishes from the kids of Anthony's Plot. All gifts can be returned under the tree with tags on them--the shelter gifts do not need to be wrapped, but please wrap the children's gifts. The children's gifts need to be returned by January 4th to be delivered by the magi at the Feast of the Epiphany. Thank you for sharing with these important ministries this Advent!
Calling all musicians for Christmas Eve
If you - or your child - would like to add your voice to the choir for Christmas Eve or play your musical instrument for the Christmas Eve prelude, Christmas Day mass, or December 30th mass, please contact Christin Barnhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-406-0134 by Monday, December 10th. All ages are welcome to share your musical gifts. And if you don't have music to play, Christin will help you find something appropriate.