Diversity and Inclusion Survey
The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Survey remains available for completion through Sunday, December 24. If you haven’t had a chance to fill one out, it's available HERE. The survey is comprehensive but should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Working with the Ann Arbor Community Center, we are able to share Christmas gifts for the holiday with other area families. The ingathering of gifts will be in church on Sunday, December 10.
Blood Pressure Screening
The Episcopal Health Ministries @ St. Andrew’s is offering blood pressure screening today after both services.
Millennial Brunch Group
Calling all young professionals, all students, and anyone looking for some post-service company: join us as we build community with monthly gatherings! We’ll be gathering right after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, December 10, after the coffee hour, to depart for Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington). To be added to our email list to receive announcements of future gatherings, please email Lauren Emerson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Compline: Sundays at 8pm
Join us for this brief, meditative service of thanksgiving to God for the blessings of the day and an appeal for protection through the night.
Stephen Uche’s Christmas Sale
Stephen Uche’s Christmas Sale is Sunday, December 17. Please join us for Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall at 11:30 am where Stephen will feature hand-made artifacts – jewelry, musical instruments, boxes, paintings, hangings, and more. The proceeds from the sale go to buy rice and other food staples to be distributed to widows and orphans in his home village of Umunachi Obowu, Nigeria.
Lessons and Carols
The 58th Annual Christmas Lessons and Carols is Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 pm! The St. Andrew’s Adult, Junior, and Cherub Choirs and the St. Dunstan Handbell Choir present this traditional Anglican service of nine lessons from Scripture alternating with sacred hymns, voluntaries and carols for the Christmas season. Childcare Available.
Advent Service Project
The Church School is holding a book drive for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Giving Library. Bring donations of baby, children, and young adult books to the second floor giving tree through December 17. Please note that due to strict infection controls, the Giving Library can only accept NEW books.
The Breakfast is continuing to collect new adult sized gloves for our guests outside of the main office. Gloves will be distributed on Thursday December 21 during breakfast. Thank you for your donations!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Reception
Join us at a Candlelight Reception in the Parish Hall after the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Eucharist. A sign-up sheet to bring cookies or volunteer to help setup/cleanup is located on the Church School table.
Breakfast Fundraiser Concert Tickets
There are a limited number of tickets to the annual Breakfast fundraiser available for purchase in the office. This year's concert is Docabilly! On March 3rd at the ARK. Tickets are $55 and sure to sell out so purchase yours today!
A Nursery for infants and children through the age of 2 years is available during the 10:00 am service, located on the second floor of Parish Hall. Children age 3 - 18 attend Church School from 9:45 am until they join their families during the Children's Entrance Hymn.
The J2A youth group extends a huge thank you to all of the parishioners who supported their fundraising efforts over these past few months. They are so appreciative of the warmth and generosity of the congregation.
Church School Advent Offering for Kalid
During Advent, we ask you to remember our foster brother Kalid of Ethiopia. We encourage children to save their coins in Mite Boxes, even $1 will go a long way towards achieving our goal of $350. Please bring your offering to the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Service. Also, our Kindergarten and First grade class will be asking to support this effort through their “Candy Canes for Kalid” service project and hoping for donations at Sunday services throughout Advent.
Hymn 67: Comfort, Comfort Ye my People
The text of this hymn quotes directly from the famous words of Isaiah, which we hear in the first lesson this morning, which is also used in Mark’s gospel to describe the prophetic ministry of John the Baptist. The dancing tune, so happily paired with this promising text, originated in 15th century France. The words, translated from a 17th century German hymn, are by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), an English pioneer of women’s education, and a literary and musical scholar. She translated more than 400 German hymns; her achievement in matching her translation to the tune’s meter is remarkable. --Donna Wessel Walker
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Ley)
Henry Ley (1887-1962) was organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, from 1909-1926. From 1926-1945, he was precentor (director of music) at Eton College, the renowned English preparatory school, and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at Oxford University. This morning’s anthem sets a hymn text by Charles Wesley (1707-1788). --Dennis Powers
Do You Have a St. Andrew's Parking Permit?
We continue to ask that all parishioners place a permit onto the lower left corner of their back window to identify themselves as having permission to park in our lot. Permits are available at no cost from the church office during office hours or after services on Sundays. Vehicles without permits WILL BE TOWED.
Do you ever wonder what the readings will be next Sunday or what the seasonal color of the Church year is? Or maybe which Saint or Martyr the Church is celebrating during the week? All of this information is available on the annual “Church Calendars,” both regular and ordo. Pick one up for $6 by the Memorial Garden door.
Isaiah 64:1-9 | Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 | I Corinthians 1:3-9 | Mark 13:24-37
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 | II Peter 3:8-15a | Mark 1:1-8
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 | Psalm 126 | I Thessalonians 5:16-24 | John 1:6-8, 19-28
II Samuel 7:1-11, 16 | Canticle 15 | Romans 16:25-27 | Luke 1:26-38
Isaiah 9:2-7 | Psalm 97 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-20
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 | Psalm 147:13-21 | Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 | John 1:1-18
Please visit The Lectionary Page. St. Andrew's generally follows Track Two.
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