SSSJ News and Events for December 16, 2018
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Gaudete (Joy)


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

From “Sharing with others — that’s the spirit — the spirit of Christmas. Let’s all show the true spirit of Christmas this year!”

Newsletter will be on Christmas break starting with the 22nd of December through New Year's Day. Enjoy your holiday.

Wednesday Evening Healing Service

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey:  Be now and evermore your defense and make you know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation ins the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.  (Book of Common Prayer, p. 456)

The act of healing through the laying on of hands has been a part of the church’s ministry from the earliest days. Scripture tells us that Jesus touched those who came to him seeking healing in their lives.  He saw beyond the immediate physical needs of those who came to him, making those whom he touched whole in all aspects of their lives so that they might glorify and serve God.  The healing of body, mind, and spirit is God’s work of love among all people and so we bring the broken parts of our lives to God, prayerfully seeking God’s healing.  In this sacrament, holy oil is used as a sign and means of healing.  

Starting on December 5th at 6pm, St. Simon & St. Jude will begin offering an evening healing service every month on the first Wednesday.  Prayers, anointing, and laying-on-of-hands will be offered for all who desire it, either for themselves or on behalf of another person.  The sacrament of healing will be followed by Holy Eucharist.  The whole service will last about 30-45 minutes.

Greening of the church will be on Sunday

. . . December 23 following the 10:30 service. This will be a family affair in which the children can help hang ornaments on the tree, or listen to Christmas stories and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate (adults can enjoy cookies & hot chocolate too).

The parish Christmas drop in

. . . will be held at Fr. Mark and Rindy's home (104 Woodcock Trail, West Columbia SC 29169) on Friday, December 28 from 5-8 p.m. Please bring a heavy hors d'oeuvres to share.

Please mark your calendars for these important events and we look forward to seeing you there!

Christmas Eve Services

There will be two services on Christmas Eve, one at 5:30 and one at 10:30 p.m. 

The early service focuses on young people—youth read the lessons and narrate the service. Young ones wear costumes and re-enact the Christmas story. ALL YOUNG ONES ATTENDING ARE IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY.

The late service is an abbreviated Lessons and Carols with lots of Christmas carols to sing and listen to. 



12/23/18—Greening the church (following 10:30 worship)
12/24/18—Christmas Eve services (5:30 and 10:30 pm)
12/25/18—Christmas Day service (10 am)
12/28/18—Christmas drop-in at the Abdelnours (5-8 pm)
1/6/19—Epiphany service at 10:30 am worship followed by "Feast from the East" covered dish lunch
2/11/18—Last Epiphany
2/13/18—Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
2/14/18—Ash Wednesday
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Serving 12/16/18

Acolytes: (C) J Burton; (T1) K Armstrong; (T2) M Bosworth; (GB) J Bosworth
Ushers: The Laws
Greeters: M Rubeiz
1st: Zephaniah 3:14-20 E Winter
Gradual: First Song of Isaiah
2nd: Philippians 4:4-7 L Graul
Gospel: Luke 3:7-18
Prayers: K Henriksen
Chalicers: J Riley, M Talbert
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, C Yates
Coffee: S Teel, C Yates
Counters: K Shepard, D Law
Entry: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: C Armstrong, L Morrisette
Flowers: Greenery
Plaza: The Bohrs

Serving 12/23/18

Acolytes: (C) W Graul; (T1) R Graul; (T2) N Ames; (GB) L Graul
Ushers: H Leaphart, B Snelling, J Riley
Greeters: J Head
1st: Micah 5:2-5a J Riley
Psalm 25:1-9 
2nd: Hebrews 10:5-10 J Head
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45(46-55)
Prayers: C Johnson
Chalicers: C Neuburger, B Williams
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, C Yates
Coffee: L Brown, J Hendricks
Counters: S Elwood, J Ritner
Entry: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: The Alstons
Flowers: Greenery
Plaza: M Yates

Sharing God's Love

Hello Everyone:
    Thank you so much for all you do for Sharing God's Love.  What a wonderful time of the year to share God's love and care with others.
     Please note:  Amazon will donate to Sharing God's Love when you make your purchases through
     Our needs: chili, ravioli, stew, Spaghetti O's, boxed or canned potatoes, children's clothing-sizes 12-18, girls tops all sizes, sheets, towels, and bedding

Many, many thanks.
Shari Selke - Director

Leadership at SSSJ

Mark Abdelnour—Rector
Missy Talbert—Senior Warden
David Wallace—Junior Warden & Stewardship
David Law—Outreach - outgoing
Marie Rubeiz—Pastoral Care - outgoing
Amie Ritner—Fellowship
Edwina Winter—Worship
Ronnie Johnson—Building and Grounds
Cai Armstrong—incoming
Michele Lyerly—incoming
Charlie Genova—incoming

Jim Dent—Treasurer
Roz Funk—Clerk

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