Thank you for your generosity this year. To date, we have collected $421.64 for outreach. In a world in need, every penny helps. Please continue to count your blessings by using your UTO box in gratitude.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY
We will try to reach all of our homebound parishioners with Christmas Communion before the end of December. We will not have this ministry in January and February because of inclement weather; however, if you would like Communion during that time, please call Kathy Burda and we will do our best to accommodate you.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
We will be hosting our annual Parish Bowling Night on Saturday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. at Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville. The cost for our Sunday School students will be underwritten and will include 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, a soda, and either a hot dog or slice of pizza. Guests of the students who are children are also welcome to join us. The cost for other children will be $7.00 for the same deal. Adults can bowl for $9.00 for two games and shoe rental. Food is available at the counter for purchase.
December 3 is the first Sunday of Advent. It will also be the Feast of St. Nicholas and we will have a special visitor at the church. After the service, we will be making Advent wreaths to take home. Sign-up sheets will be posted if you are interested in making one so we can get enough supplies.
During the Sundays in Advent, the children will also be practicing music with Miss Lea for a portion of Sunday School in preparation for a Christmas Eve performance. Please make every effort to be there during Advent. There will be an Advent 4 service at 9:00 on December 24 and then the family service later on that day for Christmas Eve. It will be a very busy and exciting day!
There will be NO Sunday School on December 31.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER FORMS
Please fill out the form for Christmas Flowers with clear printing and submit by December 17 even if the information is the same as last year. We want to be certain that everyone’s information is included and accurate for memorials and thanksgivings.
There will be 3 slots available for the new Vestry term which begins in January 2018. If you are interested in being nominated for a 3-year Vestry term, please speak to John Giansello, Kurt Kovalovich, Al Portland or any other Vestry member. The election will be held at the Annual Meeting on January 14, 2018.
We are pleased to announce that Cody and Courtney Lewars and Joe and Kristen Jusinski are going to serve as leaders for the youth group. A big thank you to Barb Tokarz for all you have done the past years to have meetings and enjoyable times with the youth of the church.
More information will be forthcoming in the next few months.
A group of 5th grade and older students have started to get instruction to be an acolyte. You will notice an additional acolyte with our very loyal current acolytes. The new young people will be learning from the current ones and eventually be scheduled on their own. Thanks for the participation in the weekly worship of our Lord.
HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE & MINI CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Sunday, December 10
You are invited to join in the fun. Bring with you your favorite tray of homemade cookies to share. All cookies will be displayed in the lounge. After church everyone gets a bag to select their favorite cookies to take home.
This is for everyone so even if you are not a baker, come and take home some wonderful treats to enjoy.
While you are munching, you can also do some holiday shopping. Sharon Albright will show her quilting items, Pam Foley will have Christmas cards and notecards and Courtney Lewars will enhance your home with Scentsy products. Fun and fellowship, please join us!
HOLY APOSTLES THANKSGIVING DINNER
Holy Apostles Church in St. Clair will again be hosting the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This a free meal for anyone in the community. Our parish has been very active in this outreach project in the past. Volunteers, who are interested in helping to cook the day before, donate and/or prepare a turkey, carve turkeys, donate a dessert, deliver meals, or help at the dinner please contact Dawn Burns at 570-640-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in receiving a meal either via delivery, pick-up or eating there, please contact Bonnie at 570-429-2272. Watch for flyers in the next few weeks.