Tuesdays: Noon Bible Study at the Farmhouse on Deuteronomy (not meeting Dec 24/31)
14 Dec - 10 am to 4 pm – Tree/Green Sale – Farm 15 Dec - Children’s Pageant – Parish Hall after 9:30 24 Dec - 5 & 9 pm Christmas Eve Services 25 Dec - 10 am Christmas Day Service 29 Dec - Lessons & Carols at 9:30am
Denham Court, a stately home on the outskirts of London, fell into disrepair in the 1920’s, and for many years was used as a youth detention center. In one room of the dilapidated house hung a dark, dirty painting.
A visitor spotted this painting. Looking past the holes and layers of filth, he saw something that made his heart beat faster, and he carefully lifted it down. Now, restored and repaired, it hangs in London’s National Gallery – a fine example of a 17th century Dutch painting by the great master Peter Rubens.
Could it be that this is how many of us think about Christmas? A wonderful, story but do we see we remember at this time of year, but hardly impacting.
But, like the priceless painting underneath years of neglect, the coming of Jesus into our world, is God’s priceless love story for the world he so loved, that he sent his Son Jesus to rescue us from certain death and judgment.
In response to God’s overwhelming generosity in giving us his Son, Jesus Christ, the Vestry of Our Saviour asks you to respond to his call by returning to the Lord a portion of your income. We will be sending out Pledge Cards this month.
The Grace of Giving – 10 Principles of Christian Giving Christian giving is an expression of the grace of God (2 Cor 8.1-6) Christian giving can be a charisma, that is a gift of the Spirit (2 Cor. 8.7) Christian giving is inspired by the cross of Christ (2 Cor 8.8,9) Christian giving is proportionate giving (2 Cor. 8.10-12) Christian giving contributes to equality (2 Cor 8.13-15) Christian giving must be carefully supervised (2 Cor 8.16-24) Christian giving can be stimulated by a little friendly competition (2 Cor 9.1-5) Christian giving resembles a harvest (9.6-11a) Christian giving has symbolic significance (2 Cor 9.13) Christian giving promotes thanksgiving to God (2 Cor 11.b-15)
BAKED ITEMS FOR CHRISTMAS TREE & GREENS SALE: December 14 at Farm. Please prepare baked items for the Christmas Tree Sale. They can be as simple as using premixed cookie dough or as fancy as your favorite recipe. Wrap or bag the items and deliver to the Cottage before the Saturday sale. You can also bring the items on Saturday when you come to shop for your freshly cut tree. Let me know if you would like me to pick items up at your house before Friday, December 13.
First Things First: From the Articles of Religion: 1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity: There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons: of one substance, power and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
MERE ANGLICAN CONFERENCE:
JANUARY 23-26 The Mere Anglicanism Conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. A number of our members plan on attending.
The fee for the conference is $100 and includes a box lunch on Saturday. Meals and hotel accommodations are an additional expense.
Loudoun Interfaith Relief Effort We continue to support the Loudoun Interfaith Relief with food donations which you can bring to the Parish Hall.
OUR WISH LIST FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
Stuffing Boxed potatoes Canned Vegetables Gravy Cranberry sauce Grocery Store Gift Cards
From Lige: Why Make a Pledge to our Parish? Because God deserves our first fruits, and a pledge for the year ahead puts our spiritual priorities in first place… Because pledges enable us to plan using realistic income estimates… Because dated offering envelopes remind us that all of our Parish’s expenses go on even during weeks when we can’t attend services... Because God in Christ has given us great gifts already, and we want to give something back in thanks-giving… Because we believe in our Christian calling to live out and spread God’s good news in our personal lives and together as worshiping congregation.