THIS SUNDAY AT ST. JAMES THE LESS
December 17, 2017
Third Sunday of Advent
Pledge Update and Thank You! Pledge ONLINE HERE! A big Thank You to everyone who turned in pledge cards so far. As of today, December 14, we are at $345,000, with 94 families pledging so far. We're awaiting about 20 more pledges, so if you are one of those, we hope to hear from you soon! Pledge cards are located at the entrances to the church.and remember you can always pledge online here. It's safe, secure, and confidential.
Help Make St. James the Less Festive with Christmas Flower and Music Donations! Donate ONLINE! The Altar Guild would be grateful for donations toward wreaths, garlands, holly and poinsettias to decorate our beautiful church for Christmas. Our special Christmas music is also possible thanks to parishioner contributions. You can make the donation in the name of a deceased loved one and we will publish a list of the memorials in the Christmas bulletins. Donation envelopes have been mailed to you and are at the entrances to the church. All names for the bulletin must be submitted by December 17.
Edward Williams School Tree in the Parish Hall Please take a gift tag off the tree in the Parish Hall! It has been a long standing tradition at SJtL to buy a gift for the boys and girls in the third grade afternoon program at the Edward Williams School in Mt Vernon. The tag will have the name and gender on it. Choose your own gift ($30.00) and wrap it. Popular ideas include action figures, dolls, crafts etc. Please bring it to Susie McNiff's office by tomorrow. Thank you for supporting this special program.
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Midnight Run Update Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in our breakfast run on December 10. We served over 60 people who were most grateful for the food, clothing, & fellowship we provided. Save the Dates: Jan. 28 Breakfast Run, Mar. 10 Midnight Run
AFTER CHURCH OVERVIEW this Sunday Youth Choir grades 6-12, Coffee Hour, Cookie Tin Assembly for Children's Village, Lessons & Carols Rehearsal
Scarsdale Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Celebrate the holiday season with Scarsdale Ballet Studio's production of the Nutcracker! Directed by Diana White, a former ballerina of the New York City Ballet, the production features more than 90 child and adult performers, including our own Hadley Schwall, Greg Roberts, Rachel Roberts, Eleanor Roberts and Benjamin Roberts. Shows are at 1 pm and 6 pm on December 17 at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $42.50 and can be bought online at www.artscenter.org (under rental events).
Reunion Advent Book Party
A Victorian High Tea (with other libations) will serve as the second final Reunion Advent Book Party at 250 Fort Hill Road on December 17, 4-7 pm. All former book sale helpers are invited. There will be Advent Carols, as usual, along with "practice" Christmas Carols. RSVP to Dorothy Heyl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Louise Clark (email@example.com or 914-318-2194). Car pool, if possible, and park on Penny Lane opposite if driveway is full.
Mardi Gras Reservations Remember to get your forms in to the office by December 31 for discounted pricing! Forms have been mailed to your homes, and
Further Announcements ...
Wednesdays in December Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments! The Wednesday Bible Study group will be watching and discussing installments of The Ten Commandments throughout the month of December, 10 - 11 am. Come out for some fun movie viewing! All are welcome.
Our 20th Annual Mardi Gras Party! This year, we will be holding our celebration at the Scarsdale Golf Club on February 10. You should have received a letter in the mail with all of the details.
Interested in Sharing Meals and Conversation with Local Jews and Muslims? Interfaith understanding and friendship is so vital in our country and our world today. Dr. David Arnow, founder of Exodus Conversations, is seeking to gather a local group of Jews, Muslims and Christians to share meals and conversation about our faith traditions. He reached out recently to Mo. Storm to gauge interest at St. James, and several parishioners have already joined in. If you would like to take part or learn more, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Volunteers Needed for Children's Village Baking Once again, we will be bringing homemade cookies to the boys at Children's Village and are looking for bakers! The staff at Children's Village said the boys were so happy to receive these special treats last Christmas. Please sign up here. Cookies should be delivered to the library on the second floor for mixed cookie tin assembly after the service on December 17, 2016. Any questions, please contact Margy Loftus at email@example.com.
The Rector’s Book Group is Back!
Sunday January 28 11:15 am - noon
Our next book is “How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds” by Alan Jacobs. From a review in The Atlantic: "This may not be the most uncivil political era of all time, Jacobs argues, but there’s something about it that is distinctively terrible. How to Think is part essay, part lament, part how-to guide for processing the world more generously."
Coming in February! “Sunday and Monday: Conversations on Faith and Work”
Sundays February 4 – March 18 at 11:15 am
We’re trying something different for adult education this winter! Starting February 4 and running for 7 weeks, parishioners will talk to each other about their faith and work lives. Each Sunday, two parishioners will interview one another, with time for Q&A from the larger group. Some sample questions: How did you come to do what you do professionally? Does your faith inform your work, and how? Have you ever felt your work and faith were at odds and how did you handle that? How did you come to be a Christian? etc. We’re very excited about this chance to get to know each other more deeply!
Coming in March! Lenten Book Groups
Wednesday March 7, March 14, & March 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Starting in early January, you will be able to sign up for a Lenten Book Group so that we can gauge interest and choose the right books. Each group will have a facilitator, and we will meet here at the church. Possible books include: The Spiritual Child, Auden the Psalms and Me, Sabbath as Resistance, and others TBD. Stay tuned for more early next month.
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