Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, everyone!
Today marks the “Twelfth Night” or final day of the Christmas season. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the time when the Wisemen finally arrived to visit and celebrate the birth of Jesus. And while it’s tempting to hit that point of, “Welp, that’s done, now what?”, especially on days like today that are grey, snowy, and cold, I encourage you to keep in mind the words of the late theologian, Howard Thurman, from his writing, The Work of Christmas:
When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.
YOUTH GROUP will be re-gathering VIRTUALLY tonight from 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom. The link will be sent out via the Weekly Update email. This is an added precaution following the holidays. Please stay tuned for next week’s gathering information.
SUNDAY SCHOOL will resume this Sunday, Jan. 9 via Zoom from 9:30-10:00am and will continue to meet virtually for the time being. The link will also be in the Weekly Update email.
ADULTS: We need your help with supervision – while adult leaders are welcome to participate fully in Youth Group, we need other adults in the building/online to meet our safeguarding guidelines. If you are able to help out, please contact me at email@example.com for more info. Thank you!
BISHOP VISIT: Bishop Matt Gunter will be at All Saints on Sunday, January 9, 2022 for both services. Folk can join in-person (masked) or via the livestream on Facebook or YouTube.
ACOLYTES/TECH SUPPORT: If you are a student interested in re-joining the acolyte roster or learning how to become an acolyte, please contact Emily Gilbert in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a high school student or young adult interested in learning how to help run the livestream for worship services, contact Brad Retzlaff at email@example.com for more info.