The Feast of Saint Nicholas Celebration: On Sunday, December 7th, we celebrated The Feast of St. Nicholas. Saint Nicholas visited us during coffee hour in the Parish Hall for photos, cake and fun activities for the children. Boxes of cookies were sold during our annual Cookie Walk hosted by the youth Group. All proceeds will go to the local Toys for Tots charity.
Toys for Tots Collection: December 7th we collected new, unwrapped gifts to help children less fortunate during this Christmas season.
Oops, did you forget or did not know about our Toys for Tots drive? That’s ok because if you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you may make a monetary donation online directly by visiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation website!
Annual Hat, Mitten & Scarf Fundraiser: Our “Giving Tree” is set up in the Narthex awaiting new or gently used gloves, scarves, mittens and hats to hang on its branches. All items will be donated to the Pettengill House for those in need. Please bring in your donations by December 14th!
Christmas Flower Memorials: If you would like to contribute toward our Christmas Flowers, we are accepting donations as memorials for “Thanksgiving for” or “In Memory of.” Envelopes and forms are in the back of the church. Please make check payable to “St. James Church” or cash is acceptable also. If you wish to have your Memorial listed in the Christmas Service Bulletin, please be sure we receive the completed form by Sunday, December 14th.
The Greening of the Church: All hands on deck for the Greening of the Church on Sunday, December 21st. Join us after the 10am service before hospitality. Everyone is invited to help in the hanging of greens, garlands, holly and wreaths as we prepare our sanctuary for Christmas Eve. If you have Holly at home, bring some with you!
Lower Merrimack Valley Collaboration (LMVC) Event: Advent Retreat: A Time of Wonder: Saturday, December 13th from 8:30am -12:30pm. Hosted by St. James Groveland, lead by Julia Steer and Helen Pickard. For more information or sign up please contact Helen Pickard or call 978-681-9915.
Youth: Winter Overnight Camps at BCH CAMP: Winter Camp for 7th – 9th Graders and Winter EDGE Camp for 9th-11th Graders during the week of Sunday – Saturday, February 15-21, 2015 (Massachusetts School Vacation Week) sign-ups start now. Learn more at www.bchcenter.org/camps or register at: bchcamp.campbrainregistration.com.
Hospitality at St. James: We are looking for sign-ups for our Sunday Hospitality in the Parish Hall. If you are able to help, please sign-up in the Parish Hall. We have a few Sundays still open through to the end of the year.
Our Neighbors’ Table
During the next few months of colder weather, ONT is in need of Instant Oatmeal, hearty soups, pasta sauce and peanut butter. If you would like to make a monetary donation to ONT, rather than purchase store items, please make a check payable to “Our Neighbors’ Table” and leave it in the food basket. Also, as always, personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. are always needed. Please be sure to check expiration dates on food items.
Christian Education will not be held on December 29th due to the holiday break!
A new reservation system has been set up for our Nursery Care during the 10am service. Please e-mail Jenn Collins at email@example.com by the Friday before the Sunday you will need nursery care. We will make sure the nursery is open and staffed!
The St. James’ December Newsletter was released on Monday, December 1st. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, please visit our website at www.stjamesamesbury.org and sign-up! Or, you can send us an e-mail or call us and we will be glad to sign-up you up!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
At 4pm, we will present our Godly Play Pageant and Music with Holy Eucharist, Rite II. This is a family-friendly service.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:00 p.m. – At 8pm, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist, Rite I with Music and the St. James Choir.
Thursday, December 25th – Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.
On Christmas Day, we will celebrate one service, Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10am.
The Stewardship Committee recently mailed out a Stewardship Letter to your home. We hope you had the time to read and discern how you may pledge.
This is the time of year that the Finance Committee and Vestry prepare and complete the annual budget for the upcoming year. Pledging is our primary source of income, and St. James depends on these commitments and parishioners’ generous giving.
For information or questions you may have on Stewardship, please contact Jamie Grant at (978) 388-1175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.