We have so much to be thankful for at the Churches of the Nativity and Holy Comforter! We hope you will join us this Sunday for an incredibly festive service with the Right Reverend Chilton R. Knudsen, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, as our presider and preacher. She will receive Pat Fulda into our communion, and we will baptize Caroline Patricia Anderson. Bishop Chilton will join us at 9:15am for the Adult Forum when she will share her experience with five Episcopal-Lutheran congregations with whom she worked in the Diocese of Maine. After the 10:30am service, join us for soup, salad, bread and dessert in Hart Hall.
We also encourage you to return your financial pledge cards this Sunday and place them in the offering plate. As we present our offerings, we will give thanks to God the Giver of all of our blessings. This is an especially important year as we prepare our 2016 budgets looking ahead to all of the possibilities our new partnership now affords us. We are so grateful for your generous support. (Stockings for the Salvation Army are also due this Sunday!)
Four bishops, from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and the Delaware-Maryland Synod as well as the Presiding Bishops of both of our denominations have made powerful statements about the refugee crisis in our world. Please take a moment to read and reflect on this situation in light of our faith and commitment to radical hospitality. Find all of the statements here.
We are also excited that the round ‘Nativity’ window over the organ is being removed on this gorgeous fall day. Back in the spring we raised over $40,000 at Nativity to replace many of the old windows in our building. This stained glass window will be removed to Epiphany Studios in Middletown, Virginia where it will be cleaned and repaired. When it is reinstalled, we are promised before Christmas, a new clear protective covering will be applied so that more light will come in to illumine it. Thanks to our Junior Warden Craig Hart who is overseeing and photographing this operation today and to all who so generously gave to this restoration effort!
Incredibly Cool upcoming events
Wednesday November 25th 7:00pm Jazz Vespers – Give Thanks with Jazz
There is much to give thanks for in this world, and when music and prayer exist side by side in a way that is accessible to all, and joyous, we must celebrate. Life is short, eat dessert first, or in this case, the reception starts at 7:00pm, preceding the service (which starts at 7:30.) Invite your neighbors, they will thank you.
December 1st & 8th Tuesday Evening Study A Two Part Advent Series
Everyone is welcome. Potluck dinner at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7:00. We can all learn from the Wise Men. The messages of peace and goodwill, danger and compassion, sacrifice and grace, are part of this Advent Season. Come be spiritually and intellectually fed at these two special forums.
December 6th &13th Sunday Adult Forum 9:15am
On December 6th, Neal Baroody will present an AFEDJ Saint Nicholas talk, and the following week Pastor Gerry Rickel will speak about the Seafarers Ministry and its special place in Baltimore.
Wednesday December 16th 7:30pm Jazz Vespers
Cool jazz. Cold night. Burning incense. Candle light. Prayer. A community of not-necessarily-Lutheran-or-Episcopalians who come together every month to listen and pray. A ministry created at Holy Comforter that lives on, continuing to flourish. How great is that!
Saturday, December 19th 7:30pm Ensemble Galilei’s Solstice/Christmas Concert
With Irish pipes, Celtic harp, fiddle, recorders, pennywhistle and viola da gamba, this veritable who’s who of Celtic music will be bringing their prodigious talents to the sanctuary at Nativity once again. Bring your friends, bring your family. It is music making at its best.
Sunday December 20th 1:00pm Ascension Homes Christmas Dinner
Help us welcome our neighbors for whom this holiday luncheon is a bright light in their Christmas season. Our GEDCO partners will provide the presents and we will provide the party. Sign up today on the bulletin board!
Christmas Eve Service 7:30pm
Christmas Day Service 10:00am
Sunday December 27th 10:30am Lessons and Carols * Beautiful. Perfect. Come.
After the presents and the caroling and the tragic end of the Advent Calendars, give yourself a present. Bring your quiet heart to be restored – and reminded of the gift of this miraculous season of faith and hope.