Fourth Sunday of Advent and
Lessons & Carols
December 22, 2019
Services are at 9am & 10am
THIS SUNDAY at 10am is Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. Please join us for this traditional service. Dan and our choir have worked hard on new music selections for this years festival. You won't want to miss it.
THANK YOU to Deb Evans, Jennifer Klein, and our Sunday School leaders for shepherding last Sunday’s Sunday School play. We can’t wait to see what the St. Nick’s players come up with next!
CHRISTMAS ANGELS Thank you to all who participated in this outreach opportunity. The gifts you have given will be delivered today. Special thanks to Liz Pavelka and Paul Curran for heading this project.
VESTRY ELECTIONS & ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Please see the blue insert in today’s bulletin to find out more. God might be calling you to be a leader at St. Nick’s! Please signup to bring a potluck dish to share. The clipboard and signup sheet are in the Narthex.
Vestry Elections 2020
The Annual Meeting of the parish will be held in late January or early February. At that meeting, we will elect a new class of vestry members to replace the following members, whose terms expire at the annual meeting 2020:
Cyndy Wisdo (fulfilling a one-year term for Christine Ackerly)
Have YOU considered running for Vestry?!
It is often said that Vestry meetings are “the business meeting of the church,” and while that’s somewhat true, the Vestry also consists of spiritually grounded persons who seek to further the mission and ministry of our Church. It is a group that is necessarily concerned with both the “why” (why we do what we do as church) AND the “how” (the logistics of carrying that out). Members serve for a three-year term and are eligible to serve for as long as six years. We have a monthly meeting on the second Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm, and we adhere to that time limit. Some years we have a Vestry retreat. Ours is a working Vestry, meaning that each member takes ownership of an area of ministry. This arises out of the member’s own gifts and passions.
The Vestry is an integral part of the parish! No one person can run this place alone — and no one should. But if you’d like to see St. Nick’s grow and thrive, your being on the Vestry would be the most efficient and helpful way to make that happen. Either the Rector or any Vestry member (listed below, along with the year their terms expire) would be happy to talk with you about what it’s like to be on the Vestry.
Debra Evans 2020*
Janine Gauzza (Sr Warden) 2021
Joe Haubrich, II 2022
Jack Parry 2020*
Greg Freeman (Jr Warden)
2021 Dorothy Jackson (Clerk) 2022
Cyndy Wisdo 2020*
Edie Palm 2021
Ted Obligado 2022 *
* As they have served only one three-year term, these members are eligible for re-election.
Those considering running for Vestry should email a photo and a brief biography of 100 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 8th, 2020.
OFFICE HOURS The church office will be closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day and will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd. Mtr. Leigh will be available for pastoral emergencies at 845.432.4659.
THE EPIPHANY Please be sure to join us next Sunday, January 5th for the Feast of the Epiphany. When three special visitors will join us.
STEWARDSHIP 2019 Thank you to all that have returned a pledge card for 2020. We are so blessed for all the ways you support our beloved parish. Because of your generosity, we have reached our goal of $145,000 for 2020! To date, we have 46 pledges totaling $145,060. If you haven’t received a pledge card but would like to pledge, pledge cards are available in the Narthex.
PLEDGE ENVELOPES Don’t forget your pledge envelopes for the 2020 year. They will soon be available in the back of the church for you to take home with you.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES at ST. NICK'S
Advent IV – Sunday, December 22
9a Holy Eucharist
10a Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24
2p Family service with music & Holy Eucharist
4p Family service with music & Holy Eucharist
10p Traditional candlelight mass & Holy Eucharist
Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25
10a Holy Eucharist
NEW! ST. NICK’S APPAREL We are now accepting orders for St. Nick’s apparel. Check out our items by visiting: https://stnicholas.itemorder.com/sale or CLICK HERE
Want to lend a helpinand around the church?
Check out our Property to do list.
Greg Freeman, our Jr. Warden, has created a property to-do list for things to do around the parish, such as spring weeding, and the like. Each item has a contact person and a space for a volunteer's name. Please take a look and consider how you might help with these tasks around the parish. We appreciate you everything you do! Click HERE to view the list.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. NICK'S is for kids ages 4-12 and takes place in the undercroft from 10- 10:30. All are welcome! Nursery care is available during the 10am service.
SIGN UP FOR ALTAR FLOWERS ANY SUNDAY Did you know you can sign up to have the altar guild buy flowers in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one? Just sign up on the poster on the Sacristy door and we will make sure your memorial or thanksgiving is observed on the appropriate day. Suggested donation is $25, to be put in the plate (memo line “flower memorial/thanksgiving”).
AA GROUP MEETINGS Are held in St. Nick's undercroft every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm.
ONLINE DIRECTORY Click here for the online version of the directory.
INTRA OFFICE DEADLINES Want to put an announcement in the bulletin or weekly e-news? Here are our deadlines:
Sunday Bulletin - Tuesdays, 12 noon
Weekly e-news - Thursdays, 12 noon
PASTORAL MINISTRY If you have concern for yourself, a family member or friend, please contact Mtr. Leigh Hall, at 845-432-HOLY, or email email@example.com. The Rector observes Friday as her Sabbath. Please emergency calls/texts/emails on Fridays.
COFFEE HOUR is a great time for fellowship! The sign-up sheet is HERE, there are always slots available so please consider signing up. We like to keep it simple so Munchkins, cheese and crackers, or even some veggies will do.
AGING NEWS: SENIOR RESOURCES Click on this link for the recent enews from Dutchess County Department For The Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/OFA-Golden-Living-News-for-Senior-Citizens.htm
SUNDAY PARTICIPANTS / ROTA The ROTA schedule through February is available. You can find it HERE on the downstairs bulletin board or on our website. Anyone who would like to be added to our list of Sunday Participants contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARTICIPANTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY SERVICES. To signup for open roles please see the signup sheet in the Narthex. NOTE: Ushers are a critical need for Advent/Christmas services. Whole families can sign up to usher.
WHO'S ON THIS SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd
First Reader - Polly Myhrum
Server - Leeann Haubrich
10 am , Lessons & Carols
First Reading - Eileen Doherty
Second Reading - Sue Blodgett
Third Reading - Joan Freeman
Fourth Reading - George Hemroth
Fifth Reading -Colin Cuite
Sixth Reading -Edie Palm
Seventh Reading - Josh Klein
Eighth Reading - Derek Reis-Larson
Ninth Reading - Beth Devine
Eucharistic Minister/Server - NEEDED
Altar Guild - Liz Pavelka
Alms Counters - Deb E. & Ted O.
Sunday School - No Sunday School
Coffee Hour - Cuite/Mesler
In Our Prayers
Those for whom prayers have been asked:
Kristne & Pete + Kelly + RayJohn + Henry & Sue + Felice + Violet + Will + Mike + Rick + Nicholas + Peggy + Dean + Martha + Stacey + Duncan + Russell + Josephine+ Rob + Robin + Ed + Doug + Joanne + Tommy + James + Gerry + Bea + Erika + Joe + Larry + Diane + Santiago + Robert + Jack + Lorraine + Isabella + Tex + For all who travel +Lynne + Dawn + Dana + Tom + John
In Thanksgiving for:
For Fr. Steve Schunk, new priest-in-charge at St. Mary's, Cold Spring and Regeneration, Pine Plains.
Those who have died. Or whose anniversary of death falls this week:
Richard Sandford died 12/17/2019
Altar flowers this past Sunday were given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Tilley family by Anne Unflat.