Where was this mild weather last week??? We could have filled the air with joyful carols and had hot dogs around the fire pit if the weather had cooperated! I remember a former Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools saying years ago that it depended on which end of the county he would hear from regarding his decision to close schools due to the weather. Last week I heard from people who were sorry about the plans being cancelled (and one had even changed business travel to be able to come…sorry!) and I heard from people who were happy I had called it off. Hopefully both sides will have come to the potluck, complete with hot dogs, on the third Wednesday of Advent and helped with the greening of the church.
Thank you to all who have bought poinsettias for Christmas Eve. There will be an insert in the Christmas Eve booklet with the names of donors and to whom they dedicated their flowers. This year we are greening the church earlier than we have done in past years and the addition of the poinsettias on Christmas Eve will put the finishing touch on our Christmas decorations.
A big thank you to Mo and the Sunday School participants who closed our service last Sunday with their Christmas pageant. Good job, you all!
Additional pledges have been received bringing the total pledged for 2022 to $57,970. Thank you for the response to the stewardship letter that was sent out earlier this fall.
Thanks to Susan Lee for donating greens from her farm, to Janet Lyman for cutting those greens and to Desta O’Connor for her donation of holly from her tree. And thanks to everyone who came Wednesday morning to put all those greens into window boxes and hangings. If others donated greens, we thank you, too! The wreaths on the front door were purchased from Morgan Thomas’ Boy Scout Troop.
Rev. Tom Prinz will be with us this last Sunday of Advent to lead worship and celebrate Holy Eucharist. The readings for this Sunday are: Canticle 15 or Psalm 80:1-7; Micah 5:2-5a; Hebrews 10:5-10; and Luke 1:39-45 (46-55). Dave Butler is the LEM, Lisa Treichel is the lector, Pattie Palmer is the intercessor and Betty Hutchison is the musician.
Here are the last of the “oops” found in church newsletters. I hope you have enjoyed them.
“The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement Friday.”
“The 8th graders will present Shakespeare’s Hamlet Friday at 7 pm. You are invited to attend this tragedy.”
“Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm. Please use large double doors at the side entrance.”
Christmas Eve Service. 5:00 p.m. December 24
Join us for music, worship and the Celebration of Communion with the Rev. Gail Epes.
(No announcements Dec 23 or 30)