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St. Philip's Episcopal Church
343 North Getty Street, Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 278-5223 ~ www.stphilipsuvalde.org

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St. Philip's e-News - November 27, 2018

Advent - The Holiness of Waiting and Watching
A new liturgical year begins this coming Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The liturgical color for Advent is purple or sometimes blue. We will begin a new liturgical cycle of seasons, feasts and fasts, and scripture lessons. This year the gospel will focus on Luke’s account with The Gospel According to John interspersed throughout the year but primarily in the Easter season. . . . So, I wonder what you would discover if for the Season of Advent you took five minutes per day to just sit in silence and stillness waiting and watching for the Coming One.  

How many Episcopalians does it take to Green the Church?
Apparently quite a few! Please plan to stay after church on Sunday (Dec. 9th) and help us green the church. We will have a quick soup and sandwich lunch right after the 10:30 service and then begin decorating around 12:30.  Bring your work clothes and join us. It will be beautiful at the Taizé service that evening at 6:00. 

Slow Down. Quiet. It's Advent!
23 days to make room in your life for Jesus! 
The 2018 Advent Calendar Posters are now available to pick up in the church office.  The calendars are free - one per family. The calendar offers ideas for prayer, helping others, and being thoughtful about the true meaning of Christmas.

New Book - New Opportunity - Everyone is Welcome!
Fr. Mike's new book study begins on Sunday, December 2nd. The class is an informal discussion of what we read, an opportunity to ask questions, a time to think new thoughts, and the invitation to step into a deeper life. The  books are now available in the church office. The cost is $15. The class is open to everyone. If this is your first time, welcome. If you have been to previous book studies, welcome back. Everyone is invited and all are welcome.

About the Book: Wrestling With God - Finding Hope And Meaning In Our Daily Struggles To Be Human was written by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, President of The Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. He says, “This book was written with three audiences in mind: those who are unsure of what they believe in but are searching for meaning, steadiness, and some kind of faith to live by; religious persons who are wrestling with the answers that their churches once gave them, are finding them lacking, but still want those same answers to meet the challenges of their present lives; and those who want to deepen their faith and enter more deliberately and intentionally into the more adult challenges into which authentic faith invites us.” I suspect each of us falls into one, two or maybe all three of those audiences. So come on. Let’s read, learn, and grow.

Pledge Cards are Due! 
If you have not yet turned in your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible. Pledge cards can be dropped off at the church office or put in the collection plate on Sundays. If you have already returned your card - thank you! Even if you do not intend to pledge, please turn in a pledge card to let us know. The vestry has begun work on the budget and knowing your commitment to support the life of the church is essential

Taizé Service - December 9th
Mark your calendars and invite your friends - the next Taizé service will be Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. 

It's Poinsettia Time - Each year we adorn our beautiful church with poinsettias for the Christmas Eve service. If you wish to give a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone special, please fill out the form (found in the bulletin on Sunday) and return it to the church office or call Julie in the church office (278-5223) and give her the information by phone. Donations in any amount are welcome to offset the cost of the poinsettias.
 
2018 Christmas Service Schedule
December 24 - Christmas Eve - Children's Pageant and Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. and Candlelight Holy Eucharist at 10:30 p.m.
December 25 - Christmas Day - Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m. - Chapel 

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UPCOMING SERVICES & EVENTS

Sunday, November 25th, The 27th Sunday after Pentecost - Christ the King Sunday 

Sunday, December 2 - First Sunday in Advent
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes for All
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 9 - Second Sunday in Advent
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes for All
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. - Taizé Service 
Sunday, December 16 - Third Sunday in Advent 
Arnoldo Romero's First Sunday at St. Philip's 
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes for All
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
3:00 - 6:00 p.mHoliday Open House at the Rectory (509 North High)
Sunday, December 23 - Fourth Sunday in Advent 
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes for All
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Children's Pageant and Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m.
Candlelight Holy Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, December 25 - Christmas Day 
Holy Eucharist - In the Chapel 10:30 a.m. 
 
God calls St. Philip’s to be a public face of Christ and to offer all people concrete ways to participate in the mystery of God. St. Philip’s responds to God’s call by: 
 
+ Reflecting the beauty of holiness in our sacred spaces and worship; 
+ Being a catalyst in our region for collaborative ministries that care for people in need;
+ Providing transformative experiences for people in our region through teaching and practices of Christian formation; and
+ Appreciating the uniqueness of each person and nurturing and supporting their relationship with God. 
 

 
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Weekly Services
Holy Eucharist on Sunday 
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Christian Education
10:30 a.m. - Rite II 
Healing Service
Thursday - 12:10 p.m.
Morning Prayer
Mon-Thurs - 7:30 a.m.
School Chapel 
Tuesday and Thursday - 8:05 a.m. 

Lay Ministers 


The First Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2018


8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

Lector: Greg Baber

10:30 a.m - Holy Eucharist

Greeters & Oblationers: Sherman and Lisa Mumme

Acolytes: Win Dubose, Brenda Martin, Lee Case, Hanna Case 


Lector: Camile DuBose

Chalice: Rosemarie Carr 

Prayers: Kelley Kimble 

Greeters are also ushers, take up the offering, and write the attendance count on a slip of paper and place it in the silver bread box.

Acolytes need to be robed and the candles lit by 10:15 a.m.

Please remember that if you are unable to serve as scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement!

 
Birthdays
 
December
  3  Lee Case 
  4  Tom Dubose 
  5  Evelyn Huddleston 
  6  Ford DuBose
10  Kelley Kimble 
12  Janice Griffin 
15  Dennis McGehee 
17  Bill Kessler 
19  Storey Z. Sheriff 
21  Reeve Taylor, Rowan Taylor 
22  Jared Capt
28  Bud Buckner
29  Davis Moore 
30  Ashley Taylor 
31  Howard Carr 
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