Sunday is Baptism of Our Lord, the First Sunday after Epiphany. As such, you will see that the magi have made it to the stable, but after the 10 a.m. service it is time for them to be stored away for another year. If you are able to stick around after the 10 a.m. service, we need to: take the lights off the Christmas tree, put the crèche away, take down the lanterns, take the batteries out of the candles and remove some of the poinsettias.
It is a new year which means we will be printing a new poster of all our members for the Parish Hall. We will send the poster to the printers at the start of February, so if you would like to update your photo, please submit them to me or Lynn by the end of January. Your photo will be used for the poster and in our parish directory, unless you specify otherwise.
Finally, since we have returned to in-person worship, we have been using individual communion cups. Traditionally in the Episcopal Church we would use a single common cup. This mirrors Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper when he passed around a cup and said “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Post-Covid, I understand that many people feel safer using the individual cups. If this is true for you, please do not feel uneasy. However, we do use a high proof wine to make the common cup a safe option. Starting this Sunday, we will offer both. The common cup will be held by Deacon Chuck and he will follow me. Behind him will be the Eucharistic Minister with the individual cups. Please take the wine in whichever way feels best to you.
Bingo – January 14 at 4 p.m.
Carol McConnell’s Funeral – January 21 at 10 a.m. (Visitation at 9 a.m.)
Winter Hike – January 21 at 1 p.m.
Trialogue Discussion – January 22 following both services
Annual Meeting – January 29 at 10:30 a.m. (one service at 9 a.m.)
Prayers and Blessings,