We hope this finds you well. Below are some upcoming events, but before that is my take on the Second week of Advent.
Advent and Christmas are a time of joy, but also a time of sorrow. Christians know that someday all will be well. And sometimes in this life, much is well in our lives. But other times almost nothing is well. It helps me to remember that almost nothing was right for Mary and Joseph on Christmas Eve. Crowded into the first century’s version of the garage, the baby was born after a forced migration from their home town. And sometime in the next few months they too became refugees, fleeting to Egypt to escape a murderous, despotic ruler. So, when all is well, give thanks, and will all is not, give thanks and ask for help!
In Christ, Fr. Paul
We are gearing up for our Christmas Eve Christmas Pageant. If your child wants to participate, please make sure they are at Church by 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The kids will leave the service to rehearse on Sundays, December 13, and 20th. On the 20th we will also have a quick run through in the church. We will have some lunch snacks for the kids right after the run-through. Also if you have a child or grandchild, etc. who might want to help but will not be here until Christmas Eve, call Mallory Miles at 956-220-7427 and she can find a part they can do with just the Christmas Eve rehearsal at 5:45 p.m. on the 24th.
Christmas Eve Service help
We are still in need of people willing to serve as ushers, choir members, and acolytes on Christmas Eve. If you are interested in serving, please email Connie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 956-723-5714 to volunteer.
We will be decorating our Sanctuary after Church this coming Sunday, Dec. 13th. If you are able to stay for a few moments to help put up the Nacimiento, and more, please join us!
Some Good News
First, our parish hall, and most of our rooms in the Parish Hall got a “face lift” this past week. Please thank our Junior Warden, Rich Gillard, and Jim Moore who provided some needed oversight. And if you would like more info on how to help with some of our other repair projects please contact Rich Gillard: email@example.com
Second, we just received our annual report from the South Texas Food Bank. Our New Leaven food pantry program distributed 352,678 lbs of food from October 2014 to October 2015. That is @ 7,200 lbs per week. (49 weeks)
Vestry Elections Coming in January
We will be electing 3 new board members to 3 year terms this coming January. Please prayerfully consider who you want on our leadership team. Vestry members need to have been sacramentally confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have leadership and teamwork ability, be regular givers and be regular attenders of Christ Church. If you have someone you would like to nominate, please contact them first, and if they are open to running, contact the church office.
Members remaining on the Vestry:
Mr. Edward Glassford (2017) - Senior Warden
Mr. Rich Gillard (2018) - Junior Warden
Mrs. Lisa Paul (2017) - Clerk
Mrs. Puneet Gill (2018)
Mrs. Lorye Glass (2017)
Mr. Steve Gutierrez (2018)
Members whose terms expire:
Mr. Mark Pease (2016)
Mr. James Moore (2016) – Treasurer
Mrs. Kathie Alexander (2016)