2nd Sunday in Advent – December 10, 2017
Dear Church Family & Friends,
If you have any gifts for the ABCCM Christmas Angel program, please bring them to the church by this Sunday. Thanks to all who have participated this year to help our adoptive family have a good Christmas!
Seminarian Support Sunday: Several years ago, Bishop Grundorf designated the Second Sunday in Advent as “Seminarian Support Sunday.” The cost of a quality seminary education is expensive and often places an undue hardship on our men who are in seminary and their families. Thank you for praying for our seminarians and the Board of Examining Chaplains. -The Rev. Canon Raymond Unterburger, for the Board of Examining Chaplains. (If you wish to donate, please make the check payable to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, and write “APA Seminary Fund” in the memo section of your check.)
Many thanks to all those who made our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols such a great time of worship, Gospel proclamation, and fellowship.
Christmas at St. Matthew’s: This year December 24th is both the 4th Sunday in Advent, and Christmas Eve beginning at noon. We will just have one Morning Prayer service at 10 a.m. that Sunday morning, with a Christmas Eve Communion service later in the day scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Second Sunday in Advent – December 10, 2017:
9:00 a.m.: Morning Prayer service.
11:00 a.m.: Holy Communion. The First Lesson is Isaiah 55:6-11, and the Psalm is 119:1-16. Fr. Greg will be preaching on“Exchanging Tribalism for Catholicity”.
Hymns: “Wake, Awake” 3; “O Word of God Incarnate” 402; “Humbly I Adore Thee” 204; “Savior of the Nations, Come”[insert]; “Lamp of Our Feet” 400.
The Reader is Anne Rhine. The Chalice Bearer is Keith Whisenant. The Acolytes are from among Caleb Allen, Thomas Kopp, Spencer Roane, and Brookelyn Weaver. The Ushers are Larry Allison and Neil Grant.
There are no Altar Flowers used during the penitential season of Advent. Donations are being gratefully accepted for Christmas flowers & wreaths: please use the bulletin insert form.
There are activity packets for younger children available for use during the service hanging on the coat hooks by the organ.
This Sunday (December 10th) is a Finger-Food Fellowship following the 11 a.m. service.
Wednesday, November 13th, 6 p.m. Evening Prayer at the Church.
ABCCM North needs: rice, sugar, pasta sauce, spaghetti sauce, self-rising flour, grits, mac and cheese, and crackers. A basket for these and other donations for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry is located near the church main entrance.
The Altar Flower Chart is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign up for a special date on the chart and take one of the envelopes to make your contribution. The cost of the flowers is $25.00. Be sure to specify if your donation is given in memory or honor of a loved-one so that proper acknowledgment can be made.
The Vestry encourages us all to wear our name tags as a help for visitors, and a way for our newest members to get to know one another by name.
Nominations for the Vestry: the Vestry has nominated Emmett Rigsbee, Keith Whisenant, and Dennis Weaver for three-year terms, and Anne Rhine to fill a one-year vacancy. Vestry members need to be in good communication with the Church Family through regular attendance and fellowship. They also must be able to attend most Vestry meetings. From the APA Vestry Manual we read: “Members of the vestry ought to be very regular churchgoers, not only on Sundays but on other Holy Days. Attendance is an active duty, an active ministry and not a passive activity for the benefit of the priest. Worship is our service to God. The vestry sets a corporate example by being in church, by praying for all parishioners, by helping people get to church, by encouragement, or even by bringing people who can’t get to church by themselves.” There are specific By-law qualifications as well: please talk to Fr. Greg if you are interested in nominating someone to the Vestry.
The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th, after the 11 a.m. service with a potluck. The Vestry’s proposed Budget is posted on the bulletin board.
The Vestry voted at its September meeting to present to the voters at the January 28, 2018 Annual Meeting a proposed Articles and By-laws amendment that would change the Sunday of the Annual Meeting from the last Sunday in January to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Usually the weather is better in November, and we can then have the budget and the new Vestry members ready to go by the beginning of the new Calendar year. The specific changes would be:
Article 6 (“Of Parish Meetings”), section (a), currently begins: “The adult communicant membership of the Parish shall meet annually on the last Sunday of January…” The proposed change would read: “The adult communicant membership of the Parish shall meet annually on the Sunday in November before Thanksgiving…” That change would necessitate the following change in Article 7 (“Of the Vestry”), section (e), which currently reads: “At the principal service on the first Sunday in February, all members of the Vestry shall be installed to office.” The proposed change would read: “At the principal service on the last Sunday in December, all members of the Vestry shall be installed to office, with their terms beginning on January 1 of the following year.”
It was recently suggested that I include this observation: You can maximize the benefits of your charitable giving this year by donating all or a portion of the required minimum distribution from your IRA to a qualified charity such as St. Matthew’s. If you’re 70.5 years of age or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to a charity while meeting your annual distribution requirements.
Can’t make it to church on Sunday? Whereas there is no substitute for the real thing, don’t forget that there are sermons and devotionals on the church website (stmatthewsweaverville.org) posted each week for your edification.
Thank you all for your continued ministry of prayer for those on the St. Matthew’s Prayer List, each other, all those traveling, the victims of the recent natural disasters, and the other needs of the world around us. Special prayers are asked for the following folks of the St. Matthew’s Church family: Alma & Tricia (ongoing medical treatments); Jim Crawford & Madeline.