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Advent gives us an opportunity to re-connect with God. As this Advent begins, please pick up our free devotional booklets from Forward, Day by Day. The readings are short and a good way to start each day of Advent as a parish. I will be reading them daily and commenting occasionally on the Christ Church Facebook page. And please pick up our free Advent Calendars for each child in your family. It’s a good way to count down the days until Christmas and help children re-connect with the Christmas story. If you cannot pick your copies up this Sunday let us know and we will mail them to you.
Second, there are several upcoming events and projects listed below where an hour or or two of your time can make a difference for Christ Church and the ministry we do as a parish in our community. I realize that this is a very busy month for all of us, but if you are able to give some of your time I would greatly appreciate it.
Much love in Christ, Father Paul Frey
If you can help with any of the following or need more information call the parish office at 723-5714, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text Fr. Paul at 956-285-2753.
2018 Estimate of Giving – Pledge Cards. If you hope or plan to give regularly to Christ Church in 2018, please consider making it this week. Knowing what our regular income will be for the year helps the Vestry, our church board, make reasonable budget decisions.
30-30-30 Raffle If you can sell more 30-30-30 Raffle tickets do so. We will add tickets to the drawing which starts daily on Dec. 1st at noon. After the raffle starts, people may continue to buy tickets and they will be put in for the rest of the days drawings. All tickets stay in for all the days of the drawing so it is possible to win more than once.
Dec. 2nd Christmas Lights On Saturday morning, December 2nd from 8 till around noon, we will hang Christmas Lights at the church.
Dec. 2nd White Elephant Gift Exchange On Saturday evening, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. there is a White Elephant gift exchange. Join us at the home of Larry and Connie Miles for this fun event. Please RSVP to Connie 956-645-6673 or Larry 956-645-1485 if you plan to come or need more information.
Dec. 9th Clean Up On Saturday morning, December 9th -We will do church clean up as we prepare for Christmas – anytime from 8 to noon. Donuts and coffee will be provided at the start.
Dec. 16th Medical Team Saturday afternoon, December 16th we are hosting a Medical Team from Houston. Medical Students are providing a free clinic at our Church from 2 to 6 p.m. There are several ways you can help: Join us to do the set up on December 16th, from noon to 1:30 and / or serve as a greeter for an hour or two hour shift.
Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 17th. As we have done a couple of times in the past years we will have our pageant this year the week BEFORE Christmas Eve, on Sunday, December 17th at the 11 a.m. service. We will be casting kids for the roles the next two Sundays during Sunday School at the 11 a.m. service. Please make sure your children and grandchildren get the word. Hannah Frey will be the director and can always use adult help. Call / Text her at 407-463-7990.
Christmas Eve Tableau. We will still have characters in costume on Christmas Eve. We are looking for all the protagonists, and all ages are welcome to participate. We will have the Holy Family, the Shepherds, the Angels, and the Magi come in with the procession and stay in place and in character during the Gospel reading at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service on Sunday, Dec. 24th.
Jan. 6th - Seminarians on Saturday, January 6th we will host about 15 Episcopal Seminary students, from various Seminaries. Professors Al Rodriguez, Stephanie Ramirez, and Jay Alaniz bring divinity and counseling program students taking the January “Encuentro Course” to learn about Hispanic culture and ministry, as well as some realities of border life. They would like to have a chance to meet Christ Church Parishioners that Saturday at our Parish Hall. Since it is the feast of the Epiphany, we will celebrate with a Pot Luck Lunch, and share Rosca de Reyes with them. Let us know you would like to bring a dish, and share your experiences with some of our future pastors. Who knows, you might meet be meeting a future pastor for Christ Church!