The Third Sunday of Advent; Meditative Holy Eucharist

Things You Need to Know

December 11, 2016



SUNDAY, December 11, 2016

No choir today

9:30 AM The Third Sunday of Advent; Meditative Holy Eucharist

11:00 AM Vestry Meeting



Monday 5:30 PM “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian D McLaren.

Monday 6:30 PM Taize Service. A simple candle light service with prayer and music.

Tuesdays 5 PM Exploring the Word with Fr. David. A look at the scriptures for the Sunday ahead.



Dec 18 – Holy Eucharist with music and Choir

Through – Dec 19 Taize Service Monday evenings around 6:30 (after Advent Book Study)

December 24, Christmas Eve Services: 7:00 pm Christmas Eucharist with Children’s Pageant; 10:00 pm Christmas Eucharist Service with Carols

***No services on Christmas Day, Sunday December 25th***
PRAYER REQUESTS   We ask your prayers for…

Michael; Hope and Ingrid; Alice; Phyllis; Rueben; Makayla; Kathy; Kim; Ginnie; Mary; John; Marilyn; Jennie and Daniel; Olivia; Baby Noah; Shaun; Keith; Diane; Jon and Wendy; Chris and Maureen; Dick and Pat; Laurie; Dorothy and Dick; Nancy and David; Becky; Tom; Grandpa Peasle; Trudy and Mac; Rolf; Beth; Donald; Gary; Fr Bruce and Marg; Mike; Henry; Cindy; Chris and family; Gail, Joyce; Donna; Scott; Colleen; Ginny; Bill; Nathan; Steve; Bob; Alexis; Judy; Andy


If you have a prayer request, please call Gay Patterson 620-6468 or Sue Carey 622-7539 cell 441-7358, or fill out a Prayer Request card at Worship Services and drop it in the collection plate. You are also encouraged to request prayers of thanksgiving!


Please contact Sue Carey or Em Wilson if you would like to honor the memory of a loved one by donating altar flowers or the Sanctuary candle.




The Christmas RAFFLE CONTINUES! Tickets are still being sold for the Grand Prize which will be drawn on December 10 at the Cookie Walk!


Automatic Pledge Payments – Since only five people showed interest in setting up automatic pledge payments, the vestry agreed not to start the program now due to its cost and required banking changes. Maybe next year!


Farmer’s Market at Saints M&B! – The Hallowell Farmer’s Market sells from our Parish Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11am to 1pm.  Support local agriculture and small businesses!


Quarterly Pledge StatementsSt Matthew’s contributors can pick up their pledge statements on the table in the between narthex. The report covers information from January through September 2016. Many thanks to Carl!


Phyllis Dore Apron MinistryThe holidays are coming and aprons make great gifts! Phyllis has holiday prints in stock. Pick out the ones you want (men’s styles, too) and place $10 in the collection plate for each. Contact Phyllis if you’re interested.


Father David’s sermons can be found posted on our Facebook page. YouTube videos of sermons recorded by Jessica Gorton are linked and posted to our Facebook page. Find the latest sermon here: or here:  Please Like and Share them!




The Cookie Walk: December 10th 9 to noon followed by Christmas Caroling!


Innovation Brass Quintet Holiday Concert: Sunday, December 11 at 3pm in Sts M&B’s “Sanctuary.” Admission is $10. Our own Angela Pitteroff’s brass band will feature Christmas music!


Advent Study – Mondays at 5:30 pm through December 19, we are reading “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian D McLaren which is available on Amazon for $20. Contact Gary Starzynski at if you’re interested in joining us.  Fr David will lead a Taize service following each group session.

Next Vestry Meeting – TODAY Sunday, December 11 at 11:00.

Mid-Week Eucharist and Bible Study at Christ Church, Gardiner – Wednesdays at 10am.



Saints Barnabas and Matthew’s 2017 Estimated Budget – $140,000

Total Current Pledges as of 11/30/2016  is $44,310 from 25 pledging households

Last Week’s Collection Plate – December 4, 2016

Pledge Payments to St Matthew’s: $2,445

Loose Plate Offering: $132 (of which $57 will go towards the Clergy Discretionary Fund)

Attendance: 49

St Barnabas – November 2016 Pledge Payments: $934




Amnesty International Write for Rights! On Sunday, December 18, after the morning service, Matt Bear-Fowler will host a letter writing party in the parish hall as part of Amnesty International’s Annual Write for Rights campaign. Letter writing is at the heart of Amnesty International’s human rights campaigning, and 55 years of human rights activism shows us that it works. Volume matters: the more participants in Write for Rights, the more letters and e-mail messages are generated, increasing our influence on government officials.  Please bring your own stationary and Matt will provide background information and instructions to participate in this year’s campaign.


Augusta Community Warming Center (United Way) will open on Dec. 15 and run daily through March 31.  Both the Warming Center and Addie’s Attic operate together at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, Summer Street, Augusta. They are now collecting warm winter clothing of all kinds, coats, mittens and gloves, hats, scarves, boots and socks.


Basic Essentials Pantry – Please pick up an extra package of toilet paper or pack of bar soap when you’re shopping and bring it in on Sunday. Our contributions are vital to this ministry!