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Thought of the Week 
Advent is also meant … to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form He may come to us. – Mother Theresa.
Readings Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8

THIS WEEK AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, December 10th , Advent 2, Deacon’s Mass, Red Team Ingathering of Store Cards and North Porch donations
No 8:00 am Holy Eucharist until further notice
8:45 am Choir Warm Up 9:30 am Holy Eucharist/Deacon’s Mass *  The Rev. Deacon Deborah Rucki-Drake to preside and preach
10:45 am Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall
11:00 am Budget Forum in the Parish Hall
*Includes Birthday and Anniversary Prayers.
Tuesday, December 12th 10:00 am Outreach meeting
Wednesday,  December 13th 1:00 pm Meditation 2:00 pm Tai Chi Chih 8:00 pm AA Wednesday Group
Thursday, December 14th 9:30 am Healing Prayers service in the chapel – all welcome. Today we celebrate the life and work of Juan de la Cruz (John of the Cross), Mystic, 1591.
Sunday, December 17th , Advent 3, White Team
No 8:00 am Holy Eucharist until further notice
8:45 am Choir Warm Up 9:30 am Holy Eucharist                   The Rev. Elizabeth Golub to preside and preach
10:45 am Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall  No Dream Group this month
11:00 am Christmas Caroling at local assisting living residences followed by a light supper in the parish hall.

On the Horizon
Tuesday December 19, 5:00 pm St. Paul’s Shelter meal
Wednesday December 20, 7:00 pm Vestry meeting
Saturday December 23 Greening of the Church
Sunday December 24 NO MORNING ADVENT 4 SERVICE

Saturday December 23 Greening of the Church – Volunteers needed! Please contact Deb Roehrer if you can help prepare the church for Christmas. Timing TBC.
No Sunday morning service on Sunday December 24 (Advent 4)
Christmas Eve service with choir and music at 5 pm (Sal Mallimo will play.)
Christmas Day service with carols (Deacon’s Mass) at 10:00 am (Nancy Moody will play.)
Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion at 9:30 on Sunday December 31st. (Sal will play.)

In cases of a pastoral emergency during this time of transition for St. David’s, please contact our Wardens John Simonelli (cell phone 973-650-2115) or Jennifer Trevisan (home phone, 862-248-0754) or Gill Otto in the Parish Office, mornings Mondays through Thursdays.

The Rev. Elizabeth Golub will preside and preach December 17, 24 and 31, The Rev. Elizabeth Golub was ordained in 2003 and has served in a variety parishes in this diocese. In addition she is a full-time school nurse working in a private school for children with special needs. Rev. Liz lives in Wayne and is married to David. They have 3 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
The Rev. Deacon Deborah Drake will preside and preach December 10 and December25thThe Rev. Deacon Deborah Rucki Drake resides in Wayne with her husband Ted, their dog Venus and cat Jaguar.  They also enjoy their log cabin in West Milford.  Deacon Deborah was sponsored for ordination by Grace Church in Nutley and ordained in 2007. She has served at St. Peter’s in Clifton, and was Deacon in Residence at St. Agnes’ in Little Falls.   Deborah has a Master’s in Public Health Administration and a Certificate in Religious Studies. She retired from her position as Health Director for the Passaic County Dept. of Health.  She worked for 28 years under the jurisdiction of the NJ Department of Environment enforcing environmental laws.Deacon Deborah has served on Diocesan Council and is currently on The Resolutions Committee, Marge Christie Congregational Development, and is a member of The Joshua Team of the Diocese for Joining God in Shaping Our Future.

ADVENT BANNERS A former parish family (the Gaisers) has made a gift in honor and loving memory of Polly Barker. Four Advent banners – purple background with gold lettering – will now hang from the balcony. The themes are Praise – Hope – Joy – Love. One banner will be hung each week until all four are displayed on Advent 4.

ADVENT WREATH Thanks to Mike and Deb Roehrer for their creation of a beautiful Advent wreath this year.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES OF ST. DAVID’S and GROCERY CARDSBetween 11/7/2017 and 11/27/2017, $750 in gift cards given to Outreach clients YTD donations $10,840.This does not include the extra cards collected for Thanksgiving. Said one client: “Thank you so much for what you did for us for Thanksgiving. We had everything we needed. We are so grateful to you.”

North Porch gladly accepts other appropriate items for kids under 4 years but listed here are the ones they really need: Enfamil 12.5 oz powered baby formula and soy formula; Diapers, especially Large size diapers – 5, 6 and Pull-Ups of all sizes; Baby Wipes; Jars of Baby Food – all ages, fruit, veggie and 1st foods. Donations for North Porch should be placed in the cradle in the narthex. Thank you! INGATHERING FOR NORTH PORCH: Sunday December 10th.

November  List for the KINNELON FOOD PANTRY: Cleaning supplies. Thank you for supporting this ongoing ministry and to my great team of delivery people.

Christmas Caroling – There is a sign up sheet in the narthex. Please sign up with your name and the number of people so John can get a handle on numbers for the supper afterwards.

St. David’s Church will prepare and serve supper to the homeless at St. Paul’s Shelter on Tuesday December 19th. Looks like we have a full line up of menu items and servers. Thanks!

Christmas Services and Special Events at St. David’s 2017 –
Sunday December 17 after the 9:30 service: Christmas Caroling at local residential facilities followed by a light supper in the Parish Hall.
Saturday December 23 Greening of the Church – Volunteers needed! Please contact Deb Roehrer if you can help prepare the church for Christmas. Timing TBC.
No Sunday morning service on Sunday December 24 (Advent 4)
Christmas Eve service with choir and music at 5 pm (Sal Mallimo will play.)
Christmas Day service with carols (Deacon’s Mass) at 10:00 am (Nancy Moody will play.)
Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion at 9:30 on Sunday December 31st. (Sal will play.)

Deadline for Christmas Memorial flower donations is Monday December 18th.

The Parish Office will be closed December 25 – December 29. It will re-open Saturday December 30. Please send all non-urgent messages via email. Anything urgent: please contact the Wardens.

Promotion from Amazon Smile: The holidays are approaching and you will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. If you shop at smile.amazon.com, St. David’s Episcopal Church can increase its AmazonSmile donations. Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2016285 and Amazon donates to St. David’s Episcopal Church.We recently received a $18.32 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2017.

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH Outreach families for Christmas. We hope to help our Outreach families for Christmas. The plan is to provide store gift cards (Walmart) so they can have the joy of buying gifts.  Ingathering for Walmart cards and North Porch December 10 for distribution on Monday December 11.

From the Diocese: Advent is a season of anticipation and reflection for Christians all over the world as we prepare to joyously celebrate the feast of the incarnation. During this season, we may well be thinking about gifts for those we love and care about. Would you consider making a special gift to help a person in need? A homeless woman needing a hot meal, a runaway teenager, a senior in need of companionship, a student trying hard to stay in school but needing help. Your gift to the Alleluia Fund for Outreach can make a tremendous difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals in our diocese—and not just during Advent and Christmas but throughout the coming year.  For more information and to donate please visit www.diocesofnewark.org/alleluia.