December 2013 -- The Chalice from St. Francis' Episcopal Church - Eureka, MO

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The monthly newsletter of St. Francis' Episcopal Church in Eureka, MO.
    Holy Eucharist Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at 616 Stockell Drive, Eureka, MO. Office: 210 S. Central Avenue, Eureka, MO 63025 Phone: 636-938-3733 Website: Vicar The Rev. Sally S. Weaver Phone Numbers: Cell: 314-651-3836 Home: 636-938-7773 Bishop’s Committee: Sue Schmidt, Sr. Warden, Judy Cody, Jr. Warden; Bob Champlin; Paddy Wrob; Michael Booker; Richard Mayfield; Jack Lau-less; Jim Bowlin, Jackie Selle, Dan Card Suzanne Jones, Treasurer Convention Delegates: Michael Weaver, Annette Carr Alternate: Kyra Jordan Annual Meeting An Annual Meeting is held each year at the end of January at which new Bishop’s Committee and Convention Delegates are elected. St. Francis’ Episcopal Church is a mis- sion of the Episcopal Diocese of Mis-souri. The Chalice   is the newsletter of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church, Eureka, and is published at least 10 times per year. Submissions for The Chalice are due approximately the 20th of each month and may be e-mailed to the Office   at   The Chalice St. Francis’ Episcopal Church  Eureka MO December 2013 Pastor’s Corner   Soon it will be Christmas. That means that we have cooking, decorating, shopping, and gatherings to attend to. That means that we are preparing to celebrate God being  born and dwelling among us. In Jesus our divine, ineffa- ble, unknowable God became human flesh. What an amazing event. What a startling thing for God to do. God became one of us. And, through our baptism, we have been sealed as Christ’s own forever. As 2 Peter 1:4 says, through our baptism “[Jesus] has given us…his pre-cious and very great promises…so that through them [we]…may become participants of the divine nature.” The di- vine Spirit of God dwells in us. So that slob and stranger on the bus may not be Jesus. But they have the divine Spirit within them; they are chips off the old God block. We are about to celebrate the Incarnation, the gift of Godself to the world. Let us also remember to give thanks for that divine spark that animates us and enables us to be Christ for one another. Alleluia! -- Pastor Sally† What if God was one of us?  Just a slob like one of us  Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make his way home  –    Joan Osborne  The Chalice Page 2   Contacting Pastor Sally If you call or e-mail Pastor Sally and she doesn’t respond, please let her know. The best number to call is her cell  phone: 314-651-3836. Remember that there’s a middle initial, “S”, in her e -mail address:  She wants to respond quickly, so  please let her know if that’s not occurring.   The Vicar’s Calendar is On-line Pastor Sally’s calendar is on our website, . Select “Calendar,” then “Vicar’s Calendar.” It’s the only calendar Pastor Sally uses, so it is complete and up-to-date.   Table of Contents Acolytes: Ministers at the Altar 20 Adult Forum Calendar 3 Bishop’s Committee Highlights  16 Calendar 24 Canterbury Bookstore 15 Congratulations 7 Consecration Sunday Results 13 Consider this….  13 Contacting Pastor Sally 2 December Birthdays 13 Worship Schedule 10 Eureka Clinic 11 Eureka Food Pantry 19 Financial Update 22 Ingathering 17 Kid’s Korner   6 Pastor’s Corner   1 Prayer for St. Francis’  18 Prayer List 10 Preparing for Sunday 10 Recipes 18 Spiritual Offerings in the Diocese 8 St. Francis’ in -Depth 18 St. Francis’ Spiritual Offerings  10 Taize’ Service  13 Thank You Notes 12 Upcoming Events 4 Youth Group Photos 21 Worship Participants 23 Worship Attendance Novembers 2012 2013 23 Pentecost 61 55 All Saints’  54 61 25 Pentecost 68 60 26 Pentecost  —   59 Last Pentecost 59 64  The Chalice Page 3 Here is the schedule of offerings at the Adult Forum on Sundays from 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for the next several months. The complete Adult Forum calendar is on our website at  —   select “Christian Education/Formation”, “Adults”. Dec 1 Vicar's Forum Dec 8 Engaging in a Holy Advent Dec 15 How to be a Welcoming Church Dec 22 International Christmas Sing-Along December 29 Something Silly 2014 Jan 5 Comparing Denominations, Part 1 Jan 12 Comparing Denominations, Part 2 Jan 19 Annual meeting Jan 26 Project Peanut Butter with the Youth Group's Souper Bowl Feb 2 Guest speaker from Tanzania Feb 9 Israel Since 1948, Part 1 Feb 16 Israel Since 1948, Part 2 Feb 23 The Book of Proverbs Mar 2 Vicar's Forum Mar 9 The Book of Common Prayer Catechism, Part 1 Mar 16 The Book of Common Prayer Catechism, Part 2 Mar 23 The Book of Common Prayer Catechism, Part 3 Mar 30 The Book of Common Prayer Catechism, Part 4 Adult Forum Calendar  The Chalice Page 4   Upcoming Events  Adoration of the Child Gerrit Van Honthorst 1590-1656 Christmas Worship We hope you’ll join us with friends, family, and children for Christmas at St. Fran- cis’. Tuesday, Dec 24 5:30 p.m. Sung Eucharist with incense, bells, special music, children’s sermon, potluck sup-  per following Wednesday, Dec 25 10 a.m. Eucharist with hymns Worship services will be held at 616 Stockell Dr. (the Masonic Lodge). Gift Wrapping at Parish House  –  Dec 4 Join the Youth Group on Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7 p.m. at the parish house (210 S. Cen-tral) to wrap clothes for children. We have 24 trash bags full of children’s clothes to wrap for Agape House. This requires no wrapping talent and it’s a way to do something for others while chatting and enjoying each other’s company.   Caroling at Marymount  –  Dec 16 All are welcome to join the Youth Group-led event of caroling for the residents of Marymount Manor in Eureka. We’ll meet in the front lobby at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec 16. We’ll hand out the words to all the songs; you know the tunes. We’ll sing both Christmas car-ols and popular tunes like “Frosty the Snow-man.” It’s fun and the people in the nursing home thoroughly enjoy it.
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