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St. Mark’s Women’s Christmas Tea
Ladies of the church and their guests are cordially invited to the St. Mark’s Christmas Tea on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Tickets are just $15 and go on sale this Sunday, November 12 after Sunday Services in the Narthex. Nursery Services will be provided. We still have some tables open for potential hostesses. Please visit the ticket table to sign up or for more information on hosting a table.
Third Annual Gingerbread Chapel Building Night
All are welcome (young and old) to celebrate the Advent Season and our shared mission of Christian Fellowship as we come together for Gingerbread Chapel Building Night on December 13, 6:00–8:00 pm. That’s right! This year, in honor of the 150th anniversary of our chapel, we’ll be building gingerbread chapels all around. Please register online. $5 per person or $15 per family, includes dinner and childcare. Pay in the office or at the door.
Advent and Christmas
|December 2||5:00 pm Advent 1 Holy Eucharist|
|December 3||8:00, 9:00, 10:30 am Advent 1 Holy Eucharist|
|December 9||5:00 pm Advent 2 Holy Eucharist|
|December 10||8:00, 9:00, 10:30 am Advent 2 Holy Eucharist|
|December 16||5:00 pm Advent 3 Holy Eucharist|
|December 17||8:00 am Advent 3 Holy Eucharist|
|9:00, 10:30 am Advent 3 Lessons and Carols|
|December 24||9:00 am Advent 4 Holy Eucharist|
|4:00 pm Children’s Pageant and Holy Communion|
|2:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship|
|10:00 pm Festival Communion with Music of Christmas|
|December 25||10:00 am Chapel Communion|
A Christmas Carol Presented in the Chapel
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of our chapel, we will perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the Chapel on Saturday, December 2 at 6:00. Charles Dickens will be present to welcome the audience, as December 2, 2017, is the exact 150th anniversary of Dickens’ first public reading of Christmas Carol in the United States, on December 2, 1867.
Carols by Candlelight
Join the St. Mark’s Choir and our community friends and neighbors in the chapel on Friday, December 1, at 7:00 pm for Carols by Candlelight, a favorite annual Geneva Christmas Walk event. Come and go as you like and enjoy singing everyone’s favorite Christmas carols!
St. Mark’s Choir
We are the adult choir of St. Mark’s of Geneva, and we worship God with our voices. We welcome all who have a voice with which to praise God, college age through senior citizens, amateurs and professionals.
Accept this invitation by contacting Paul Grizzell by email or by phone at the church office. The coming Advent and Christmas seasons present a perfect opportunity for joining in now. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 7:00—8:30 pm and 8:00 am Sunday for the 9:00 and 10:30 am services.
Jesus and Me (JAM) Singers
For the younger singers of our parish we have the JAM Singers (second through eighth grade). They sing at worship on the first Sunday of the month and rehearse on Sundays at 10:45 am. They make a joyful noise! For more information and to sign up contact Paul Grizzell, Director of Worship Arts, email@example.com.
Musicians Needed For The Saturday Service
Seeking musicians, teenagers or adults, to help lead worship. We worship with a range of music including new worship songs (think Hillsong or Bethel Music), hymns (that work well with guitar), and Taizé pieces. We usually practice before the service at 4:0 pm in the chapel. If you would like to try it out, contact the Saturday night worship leader Brian Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low-Key Volunteer Opportunities
- Security Team: Check over and secure the building each evening for a week, on an approximate 2-month rotation. Please contact John Temple, email@example.com, 630.606.0074.
- Audio Visual: Control lights, sound, and recordings during 10:30 worship. Please contact Sally Gradle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.632.5671.
- Youth Leadership: If you have a heart for the junior high age group–if you want to engage them in the Word of God–find out how at Tell Me More!
- Prodigal Café needs your help. Additional bakers and hosts are needed to serve on a rotating schedule. Please contact Ashley Cramer, email@example.com.
Salvation Army Christmas Baskets
It’s not too early to donate gift cards for Kohls, Target, Walmart, or Meijer, to round out this year’s Salvation Army Christmas baskets. Gift cards can be placed in offering plates or dropped off in the church office. Please write the amount on the card. Contact Lisa Paulson, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions, or to serve as a shopper.
Angel Tree Ministry
Look for the Christmas tree in the fellowship hall.
Trinity Soup Kitchen
We are once again collecting for the Trinity Soup Kitchen Christmas Gift Bags. When you get your hats and gloves out for winter, please think about donating either one hat, a pair of gloves or a pair of socks. We need enough for 75 men and 25 women. Look for the bin in the Narthex or leave in the Deacons’ office.
Salvation Army Food Pantry Ingathering
Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. Please bring paper goods. Bins available at all entrances.
Red Kettle Bell Ringing
St. Markers are once again ringing for the Salvation Army at the Geneva Ace Hardware on Saturdays, November 24 through December 24. Consider ringing during a one-hour slot starting at 8:00 am. Sign up sheets are in the narthex outside the church office.
The full listing of local outreach opportunities at St. Mark’s may be found here.