Ascension News (December 1, 2023)

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December 3 is the first Sunday of Advent – with the theme of HOPE.

‘Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.’ (Isaiah 7:14)

The Advent readings invite us to feel the hope of the expectant people of Israel as they waited for the Messiah’s coming. In reflecting on what is happening in our world today, we feel the great need of Jesus’ arrival into the world, into our lives, into our very being. Let us wait with joyful hope as we prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Birth this Christmas, and His coming at the ‘end of the age.’

There are lots of notices at this time of the year.  I will make note of those that need our attention at the moment, and then the others as the Advent Season unfolds.:

  • Advent Bible Study starts today, November 29, at 10:30 a.m. and will continue each Wednesday until December 20.  Hope to see you there!
  • Please don’t forget the personal care items for St. Margaret’s boat when you are out and about doing some Christmas shopping.  Thanks for your anticipated support!
  • Deadline to purchase tickets for Breakfast with Santa is Sunday, December 3 - $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under.
  • This year, once again, our parish will help needy families by providing Christmas hampers.  These hampers as always will include groceries for Christmas dinner as well as gifts for the children in the family.  If you as an individual or with a group would like to provide one of these hampers, please contact Nickie Butler at 709-728-6931 or the church office and leave your name and number.  The hamper team will get back to you with the necessary details.  Some of you may prefer to give a financial donation, that would be gratefully accepted as well.
  • To aid you on your Advent Journey, you may like to borrow some resources from the Advent Bookshelf.
  • Advent Packages (including Archdeacon Nancy’s Advent letter, information regarding the tree lighting ceremony, list of Christmas services and events, and 2024 church envelopes) are available for pickup.  If you could take a couple extras to deliver, it would be most appreciated.
  • The Bishop’s Advent Message is available at the front entrance of the church.
  • Some families are finding it very difficult at this time of the year with Christmas fast approaching and the children anxiously waiting the arrival of Santa.  Please add an item or two when you are grocery shopping to help them in their struggle to make ends meet.  There is a food bank box at both entrances to the church.
  • That was an awesome luncheon on Saturday Thanks so much to all who made it possible – the cooks, the organizers, the servers, the cleaners, and the list goes on.

May God be with you on your Advent Journey!
(On behalf of the Ascension)