Advent Retreat: Expecting God – Advent Reflections with Julian and Mary, led by Gillian Breckenridge

Mary Waits

Saturday, November 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

On this year's Advent retreat, sponsored by St. Paul's and Koinonia, we will be reflecting on our waiting for God with the help of Julian of Norwich and Mary, the mother of Jesus. How does the language and experience of motherhood help us to reflect on what it means to wait for God in the season of Advent? What was this waiting like for Mary and how does Mary's waiting inform the waiting of the Church for Christ to be born in us? Why does Julian call Jesus "our true Mother," and how does this image help us to know God better, even as we wait for Jesus' birth? Please join us for this creative and informal retreat day as we reflect together on what it means to be "Expecting God" this Advent season. There are no prerequisites for this retreat! Free and open to the public. All are welcome!


Schedule of Christmas Services

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24

5:00 p.m. –  Family Service in the church with “The Friendly Beast” children's sermon, carols, and the first Holy Communion of Christmas. Child care for 3 and under will be provided.

8:00 p.m. – A quieter celebration of the Holy Eucharist with homily and carols in the church.

11:00 p.m.
–  Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with incense. This candlelight service begins with caroling and organ music at 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25

11:00 a.m. –  Holy Eucharist II (no church school, no nursery)


Lessons and Carols

Advent Lessons and Carols


Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. for a traditional service of Advent Lessons and Carols followed by a festive reception in the Parish Hall. Enjoy beautiful music of the Advent season along with the story of our salvation in scripture and poetry as we prepare to welcome the Christ child once again.


Toy Offering

Sunday, November 30

Toy Offering

Our annual Toy Offering will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30. That morning, children and families -- and all parishioners! -- are invited to bring new or like-new (unwrapped) toys to the service and place them in front of the Holy Table when the children process into church from Joyful Noise.  After the procession, the gifts will be blessed and later shared with children in our community.  This year we are once again partnering with the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, an outreach ministry of Region XV, for their annual St. Nicholas' Toy Drive.  Their toy drive is an effort to make Christmas more affordable for local families.  Money raised by the Thrift Shop goes to support Habitat for Humanity, the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, Ministry with the Aging, and the Gertrude Mitchell House.  Please help support their efforts by contributing to our toy offering.


Advent Alternative Gift Giving

Sundays in Advent beginning November 30

ADP Fresh Eggs

In lieu of a traditional gift, consider giving a life-sustaining present on behalf of someone special. Starting November 30, before and after the 10 a.m. service, the African Development Project (ADP) is providing gift opportunities in support of the MABUTA/MIDA project in Uganda and the Privilege School and the Kitui Rescue Center in Kenya. For the gardener in your life, consider supporting the creation of a school garden. For an educator, imagine giving a uniform or school fees for an orphan. In honor of a child, you might donate to a center being built to house children rescued from exploitive labor. Meet us at the ADP table in the Parish Hall, and you will receive a beautiful card with which to share your gift.


St. Nicholas Celebration and Supper

Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for this very special family event!  On Wednesday, December 3, at 6 p.m., we will hold our annual Celebration of St. Nicholas and hear some stories about ways he shared God's love throughout the world. We hope St. Nicholas will join us and give us one of his special blessings, as he has in the past.


Liturgy of the Longest Night

Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

My Soul Waits for the Lord on Sunday, December 21 from 7-8 p.m. This service is especially for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year.  Many people suffer in silence at this time of year, whether because of the remembrance of the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a job loss, or a profound sense of loneliness.

The service will be held on the winter solstice, the “longest night” of the year. The tone will be contemplative and quietly hopeful.  All are welcome to be part of this late Advent service of Evening Prayer with music and candle lighting.  Come for yourself and for others who will benefit from your prayers and presence.  If you would like to come and need a ride, please the church office, 295-2156.

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.  (Psalm 130:5)


Advent Wreath Making Event

Sunday, November 30

following 10:00 a.m. service

Advent Wreath


This festive inter-generational, family-friendly event will help prepare you to enter into Advent with your very own home wreath.  Kit, instruction and assistance will be provided.  If you have any cut greenery (boxwood, holly, etc.) to donate, please bring it to the parish hall on Saturday Nov. 29, or to church with you on Nov. 30.



Advent Ingatherings for 2014

  • Advent 1 - Sunday, November 30: Toy Drive, Schoolhouse Thrift Shop - new or like-new (unwrapped) toys; Angel Tree drive commences
  • Advent 2 - Sunday, December 7: The Haven - razors, deodorant, and socks
  • Advent 3 - Sunday, December 14: Boxes of cereal for the Emergency Food Bank
  • Angel Tree - Sunday, December 14: Please return your Angel Tree gifts by this Sunday


"Carriers of the Light"

Sunday, December 14

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on December 14th during the 10:00 a.m. o'clock service. This year's pageant is titled "Carriers of the Light." All children who are interested in participating are welcome to join us for the rehearsals every Sunday in the Church after the 10 o'clock service. Our first rehearsal will be held on November 2. Please contact Albrecht von Gaudecker for more information ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tel. 434 296-6748).


Vestry News

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Worship Schedule

Christmas Services
Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24
5:00 p.m. Family service with “The Friendly Beast” sermon
9:00 p.m. Quieter celebration with Holy Eucharist, homily & carols
10:30 p.m. Caroling and organ music
11:00 p.m. Festival candlelight celebration with Holy Eucharist, incense
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II (no church school, no nursery)
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Choir, Joyful Noise worship for God's Children
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
12:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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