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Advent is Coming

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Advent is Coming ... Whom are you waiting for?
 
Whom are you waiting for?
 
The four weeks of Advent begin on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. How appropriate to start our journey of waiting and anticipation in the context of a time focused on giving thanks. 
 
The question we are asking this year is - Whom are you waiting for? The answer that each one of us gives may make a huge impact on how we choose to live during this season. Here are some options for marking the days until Christmas. Most of these resources take only a few minutes each day. Will you take a few moments to seek the one who brings hope, peace, joy and love? 
 
Slow Down, Quiet, It's Advent! is poster that can be used by everyone in the home.  Pick one up at church this Sunday.  Enjoy the season through the whimsical art and ideas of Jay Sidebotham. 
 
Living Well through Advent: Practicing Patience with all your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. This daily meditation guide is a great way to enter into some quiet time each day through the words for various church leaders and scripture. Guest writers this year include: Steven Charleston, Nurya Love Parish, Tom Purdy, and Porter Taylor. If you prefer an app to a printed booklet, follow this link.
Both of these resources are available in Founders' Hall.
 
Daily Devo. St. Dunstan's still offers this daily email to all parishioners. This is primarily focused on families with young children, but I use this daily and have found it beneficial. If you unsubscribed or are not receiving this service it is easy to re-submit your email, just contact me
 
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), a monastic community of The Episcopal Church, has an interactive advent practice this year using Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Each day the community provides a word - and then those participating, share a picture which describes that word.  You will receive access to view all submissions from around the world. Sign up to participate in this year experience by going to this link
 
Following the Star is a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  The daily devotional site, d365, is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  Access this online resource here.
 
Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers and a ministry of The Paulist Fathers, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, offers an online Advent calendar at this link.                                      
   
Do you use other resources for your Advent experience? Let me know and I will share those in the next weeks.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Sandwich and Advent Wreath Making

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Formation 11/22/2015

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Adult Formation: November 22
November 22: Taking your faith around the world
 
Come and meet Kayla Massey. Kayla is a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corp of The Episcopal Church. She spent her first year of service living and working with The Episcopal Church in the Philippines and now she's serving her second year with the global missions department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (our church's corporate name) and living in New York City. She is excited to join us this Sunday and talk about her passion for global missions and the faith journey that has brought her to this point in her life. 
 
Children's Formation ...
 
This Sunday, November 22, the children will be in the classrooms on the lower level. This week they will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. On this last Sunday before Advent the church focuses on the kingship of Christ. Crowns will definitely be in order.
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-12th Grade
 
The Coffee House will be open on Sunday, November 22 and this week we will be discussing the kingship of Christ as we come to the end of the liturgical year and look toward the new year and Advent.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Thanksgiving Baskets are due This Sunday!

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Sandwich Making for Martha's Table and Advent Wreath Making

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Formation 11/15/2015

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Formation = Fellowship
Consecration Sunday - November 15
All Parish Brunch in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m.
This is a day for the whole community to come together to support each other 
through our financial pledge to God and the ministry of this community.
 
Adult Formation: November 22
November 22: Taking your faith around the world
 
Come and meet Kayla Massey. Kayla is a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corp of The Episcopal Church. She spent her first year of service living and working with The Episcopal Church in the Philippines and now she's serving her second year with the global missions department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (our church's corporate name) and living in New York City. She is excited to join us this Sunday and talk about her passion for global missions and the faith journey that has brought her to this point in her life. 
 
Children's Formation ...
 
Next Sunday, November 22, the children will be in the classrooms on the lower level. This week they will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. On this last Sunday before Advent the church focuses on the kingship of Christ. Crowns will definitely be in order.
 
Youth Formation ... 4th-12th Grade
 
The Coffee House will be open on Sunday, November 22 and this week we will be discussing the kingship of Christ as we come to the end of the liturgical year and look toward the new year and Advent.
 
 
Formation & Service Ministry
 
Sunday, November 29
The First Sunday of Advent
 
Sandwich Making for Martha's Table 
& Advent Wreath Making
 
We will make food for those who are hungry in our community and make wreaths to use at home and mark the days till Christmas. We will need greens from trees and bushes in your yard and a family to deliver the food to their facility. Please be in touch with Sue if you can help out with either of these needs.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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Next Sunday is Consecration Sunday, Save the Date!

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Outreach: Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

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Formation 11/8/2015

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Adult & Youth Sunday Formation: November 8
 
Stories from Ecuador
Tucker Hemphill and Sue spent 9 days in Quito, Ecuador this past summer. They worked on construction projects, taught Sunday School, led the youth group, painted, and led workshops on faith formation for youth leaders and parents of Education=Hope students. Above all they spent time with the parish community of Buen Pastor. Come and get a taste of what they experienced and learn about how you might participate in such a journey.
Youth will be joining the adults for this week's formation experience.
 
Children's Formation ...
 
This Sunday, November 8 the children will gather in the music room with Michael and other leaders to sing, play and learn music together. This month they will be starting to learn songs for the pageant. It is just over a month until that day!
 
Youth Event ... 4th-12th Grade
 
A Christmas Carol: Sunday, December 6
 
This week we will be purchasing tickets for this play at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Contact Sue no later than Wednesday to reserve your tickets. All 4th-12th graders are welcome to attend this great story of hope and wonder. Tickets for the opening weekend matinee sell out early. Show time is 3:00 p.m. Details will be sent out in later November.
 
 
Formation = Fellowship
Consecration Sunday - November 15
All Parish Brunch in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m.
This is a day for the whole community to come together to support each other 
through our financial pledge to God and the ministry of this community. 
 
Upcoming Adult Formation
November 22: Taking your faith around the world - YASC
Each year a corps of young adults head to many places around the world, spending a year serving because of their faith. Their ministries are varied and the placements are diverse. Come on this day and hear the story of one of those Episcopal young adults who chose to head off to the Philippines for a year and now is serving a second year in our church's corporate office. Came and meet Kayla Massey. 
 
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 
 


 

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