Week of Sunday, November 24th, 2019

In this week’s Update you will find information on the following (more details on each of these below):
  1. Potential Delays on Sunday: Norfolk Harbor Half
  2. Advent Discipleship Hour
  3. Advent Worship
  4. Annual General Meeting
  5. Christmas Schedule
  6. Park Place School Funding
  7. “Holy Land Tour” Info. Session

Potential Delays on Sunday: Norfolk Harbor Half

Just a heads up to all who will be driving to church this Sunday: the Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon will be happening that morning from 7am to Noon, and will result in many road closures. Click here for a link to the course map, to see if the road closures will affect your commute. Either way, plan to provide extra time for travel this Sunday, since you may run into increased traffic, or have to find another route.

Advent Discipleship Hour

Advent begins next Sunday, December 1st! To prepare for Advent, youth and adults will gather together during Discipleship Hour at 9:00am, beginning December 1st, to learn ways to observe Advent both individually and as a family. The Sunday School classes will also be learning about Advent, and the Nursery will be open for the little ones ages four and under. The only Saturday evening service we will have during the four weeks of Advent will be on the last Saturday, December 21st. This “Longest Night” service will be a quiet night of prayer and reflection, starting at 7:00pm.

In addition to Discipleship Hour, on the first Sunday of Advent there will be a wreath-making time during Hospitality Hour where you can make your own Advent wreath to take home. Please plan to bring in greenery on December 1st to use for your own wreath, or to share with someone else! We have also deemed that Sunday as “Leftover Pie Sunday” since it is right after Thanksgiving. So in addition to your greenery, plan to bring and share your delicious leftovers with everyone.

Advent Worship

During each Sunday in Advent, it is very important to be seated in the Sanctuary by 10:15am. We will begin the service in the darkness and then have the  “Lighting of the Advent Wreath”. The doors to the Sanctuary will be closed at the start of the service and, for the sake of the liturgy, late-comers will be asked to wait in the Fellowship Hall and listen to the service until after the lighting is completed. Please plan to arrive early so that you are seated and prepared for worship by 10:15am.

Annual General Meeting

Everyone is invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, December 8th, 12:00pm, over a potluck lunch. This meeting will include an update on local and global missions, as well as the election of three new Leadership Council members: one for a 1-year term, and two for a 3-year term. This is a very important meeting, especially for members and regular attenders. Please plan to attend!

Christmas Schedule

Christmas Eve Service  – Tuesday, December 24th, 4:45pm (decorating) and 5:00pm (service begins)

Christmas Day Service – Wednesday, December 25th, 9:00am

First Sunday of Christmas: Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 29th, 10:15am (no Discipleship Hour)

Park Place School Funding

Give to Park Place School for #givingtuesdayFor “Giving Tuesday” on December 3rd (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving), Park Place School is asking that you consider making a monetary donation to help them sustain the for another year. By making a donation, you would be helping eighty-two wonderful children receive dynamic, inspired instruction from amazingly talented teachers! You can find more information on Park Place School’s “Giving Tuesday” event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1192591484464030/ or their homepage – there is a post w/ a link to give:  https://www.facebook.com/parkplaceschool/

“Holy Land Tour” Info. Session

Fr. Brian and Janis Campbell are organizing a trip to Israel in 2021 to tour the “Holy Land”! If anyone interested in learning more about the trip, there will be an informational meeting on Sunday, December 15th at the Campbell’s house (7324 Elvin Court, Norfolk). The meeting will be right after the worship service, over a light lunch. Please email Janis at janiscampbell58@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Safe travels to everyone next week, and Happy Thanksgiving!

“Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed on us; for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure to rest, for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
– Collect for Thanksgiving Day (p. 637, BCP 2019)