SSSJ News and Events for December 9, 2018
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BARUCH 5:1-9

Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.

Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;

for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.

For God will give you evermore the name,
“Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

From “During this special season of the year, you and I need to make sure that we are ready for the coming of the Christ of Christmas. We need to look into our hearts and ask God to make our crooked ways straight and smooth out the rough places so that we can walk with Jesus each day of our life. Let’s ask him to do that right now.”

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 12/9/18

Acolytes: (C) S Phillips; (T1) K Spangler; (T2) O Phillips; (GB) C Phillips
Ushers: J Phillips, J McLaughlin
Greeters: P Law
1st: Baruch 5:1-9 S Teel
Gradual: Canticle of Zachariah (Hymnal 444)
2nd: Philippians 1:3-11 D Graul
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 
Prayers: J Hendricks
Chalicers: C Johnson, R Talbert
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, C Yates
Coffee: The Ritners, J Gallagher
Counters: M Dent, D Law
Enter: J Dent
Eucharistic Visitors: J Gallagher, D Newton
Flowers: Greenery
Plaza (Sat before): B McNish

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

Sharing God's Love

Hello Brothers & Sisters in the Lord:
    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!
   We have had tremendous support for our Building Campaign, however, our funding for our utilities assistance program is in much need  We would appreciate any help you can provide.  With this program, we are able to keep the lights on for our families in crisis.  Thanking you in advance for your help.
   Please note:  Amazon will donate to Sharing God's Love when you make your purchases through
   Our needs:  jelly, cereal, oatmeal, grits and winter clothing for children-all sizes 

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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