The Dove December 2009

Santa vs. Saint Nicholas

By Fr. Chris Hardman

Has Santa Claus taken over your life yet?  If he hasn't, it is probably because you do not have children or grandchildren or have not been watching television.  Santa Claus is already everywhere you look. 

Now you may be thinking that I am getting ready to say something bad about Santa Claus.  Certainly not!  He has always been nice to me.  But, I do think, what Santa Claus has come to represent here in America is a bit askew from his roots. 

His roots go all the way back to the 4th century and Saint Nicholas who lived in Asia Minor.  He is known as the patron saint of children, sailors, and pawnbrokers.  Now that is an interesting combination isn't it?

Read the complete article here>>>

Our Journey to Christmas

Jesse Tree
The Jesse Tree provides Christmas gifts to families supported by Connections for the Homeless in Evanston. Each ornament on the tree in the parlor has a gift request on the back; when you select an ornament, be sure to sign it out. Gifts should be wrapped, tagged with the ornament, and delivered to the parlor by December 15.  You may sign out your ornament here>>>

Advent Lessons & Carols
Our annual Service of Advent Lessons & Carols is Sunday, December 6, as part of the 9:00am liturgy. The service will begin with the choir singing from the narthex and include the mysterious readings from the Old Testament. It will conclude with readings from the New Testament that illuminate the proclamation of Christ's birth and set the tone for the busy season of Advent, and the joyous season of Christmas.

The Gift of Christmas Present
Often the stress and busy-ness of the holiday season cause us to forget the real meaning of Christmas.  At the 10:00am Adult Forum on Sunday, December 6, author Keri Wyatt Kent looks at how we can be fully present in the moment, rather than focusing on the past or worrying about the future, and how to prepare for the ultimate gift of Christmas present - Jesus Himself.

The Living Crèche
Our Church School children will reenact the Nativity story on Sunday, December 13, at 10:00am on the front lawn.  Live animals will help create the scene.  Hot cocoa and cookies will be served in the Great Hall following the performance.  If you'd like to bring cookies for the reception, please sign up here>>>

Christmas Donations
The Christmas Offering is given to local organizations that provide food, shelter, and care for those in need. The flowers throughout the church are provided by your Christmas Flower Donations which may be offered in memory of or thanksgiving for loved ones.  Envelopes are available in the parlor.  To have your flower donation included in the Christmas bulletin, it must be received in the office by December 20.

Special Liturgies
  Advent Lessons & Carols
    Sunday, December 6 at 9:00am
  2nd Saturday Service 
    Saturday, December 12 at 5:30pm in the Great Hall
  Children's Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist 
    Thursday, December 24 at 4:00 pm (nurserycare available)
  Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist
    Thursday, December 24 at 8:00pm (w/nurserycare) and 11:00pm
  Christmas Day Eucharist
     Friday, December 25 at 9:00 am




In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
• Grace Helena to Doug and Leslie Groncki on October 30.
• Claire Sydney to Cynthia and Terrence Judkins on November 8. Claire has an older sister, Ashley, and her grandparents are Bob and Jody Lapp.

We extend our sympathy to . . .
• The family of Nancy Ford Murphy Tucker who died on  November 19 after a lengthy illness. 

We extend our gratitude to . . .
• The 33 parishioners and friends of the parish who participated in our 2009 Parish Service Project at Good News Partners on November 14.  The full story and pictures are here>>>

Congratulations to . . .
• Carol Lisle's mother, Margaret Prince, who celebrated her 105th birthday on November 25.

We welcome to the parish . . .
• David Drane and Jay Decker of Evanston.  David and Jay are active members of our Sunday Adult Choir.
• Tom and Lindsley Godbout of Glenview and their 1 yr. old daughter, Currey.
• Ginny Grinstead of Winnekta.
• Doug and Leslie Groncki of Winnetka and their sons 5 yr. old Trip, 3 yr. old Andrew and infant daughter Grace.
• Pamela McNish of Glenview.
• Jeremy and Emily Nieman of Northfield and their children 3 yr. old Ainslee and 1 yr. old Mackensie.
• Suzanne Ross of Evanston her 9th grader Hannah Green and 8th grader Jimmy Green.
• Alton and Marla Smith of Wilmette and their 1 yr. old daughter Stella.
• Tim and Martha Stutzman of Wilmette.

If you have news you'd like to share, contact the Vineyard.

 Children's Book Review & Continental Breakfast

Tuesday, December 8, 2009  9:30am in the Great Hall

Amy Brent of the Stuart Brent Children's Book Club will give a presentation of the best in children's literature, past and present, and offer reading recommendations for children of all ages based on their individual interests. Books will be available for purchase - great Christmas gift giving ideas!  Register here for childcare>>>

Rest Stop Ahead: An Interactive Women's Retreat

Saturday, January 23, 2010  9:00am-2:00pm

"Rest stop . . . the point at which the journey comes to a halt.  Or does it?"

Rest stops are part and parcel of the journey, rather than an interruption from it - a time to pause, relax, and re-energize oneself for the remainder of the journey. Suzanne Priebe, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, and Barbara Haljun, co-founder of the GreenHouse women's group, will help us understand the importance of rest stops in our lives, and how best to receive what is needed for the next leg of our journey. Prayers, conversation, activities, music and lunch will be included.  Registration is required.  Register here>>>

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Patti 1:1-2"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles
: "Pay Attention!" 
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes:  "Lessons & Carols"
by Derek Nickels, Music

Rector's Message >>>