From Mother Pippa 11.2.2021

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday!

Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day with Eucharist in the morning and Evensong at 5 p.m. If you would like to carve a pumpkin or color a picture, please take a template from the narthex (or find your own online). All Saints is one of the seven principal feasts of the church, the day we remember that each one of us is part of God’s family with all the grace and responsibility that such an identity entails.

We had so much fun snow-shoeing last winter, that we thought we’d spend some more time in the beautiful outdoors. Join us for a Fellowship Hike on Saturday, November 13 at 1 p.m. We will be on the Ice Age Trail, the Waterville Segment, which is a nice and flat trail.
This hike is beautiful, rolling hills, dirt path.  If it snows, we will still go and I recommend trekking poles if folks are worried about slipping and heavy tread shoes. We will likely do about 2-4 miles depending on group ability, weather etc.  If some folks want to do more and some less we can break into two groups.  It will be an out and back hike, not a loop. We can go back to church for hot chocolate and snacks if anyone is interested.
Address for GPS is: W349SS2688 -W349S2724 Waterville Road, Ottawa, WI

Prefer an indoor activity? The Daughters of the King are hosting a retreat at St. Mary’s on November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The speaker for the day is the Rev. Dr. Kathy Monson Lutes, rector of Trinity, Janesville. There is a cost of $10 at the door to cover lunch.
The retreat will begin with coffee followed by Morning Prayer with music from Taizé. Next the group will regather in the parish hall as we learn and practice telling our stories. We’ll eat and celebrate Holy Communion. All are welcome!
To register, please fill out this form:

November 21 we will be talking about our Fests for 2022 at both Coffee Hours. Please attend if you are able!

The Dousman Winterfest is approaching on December 5 – would you like to be a part of the festivities? Kim & Craig are entering into the chili competition on behalf of St. Mary’s, but you can also help with the carriage rides, scavenger hunt or crafts. Please let me know if you are interested.

Finally, I want to ask you all about the Christmas Eve Service times. Specifically, which services do you attend (Christmas Pageant, Christmas Eve Eucharist and/or Christmas Day). When you would prefer to attend the Pageant (Children’s Service) on Christmas Eve (In the Morning, Early Afternoon or Late Afternoon). When would you prefer to attend the Christmas Eve Eucharist (Late Afternoon, Evening, or Late Evening). You can fill out a survey in church on Sunday or email me.

Prayers and blessings,
Mother Pippa

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