Fellow Parishioners & Friends:
Your Weekly eBulletin is published and ready, as is the Dec/Jan Come & See. Please see these and the other links below, and stay close to parish life at St. Philip during this holy season.
There is still room for tonight’s Family Night Gingerbread House-Making Event, 6 – 8 pm! A pizza dinner will be served, and there will be a meaningful Sunday School ornament craft, hot cocoa, treats, Christmas music and, of course, gingerbread house-making. Is possible, please let Brandy Chetsas know you are coming ([log in to unmask]) or even come last minute. We expect to have some extra house kits and can always share!
We hope you will join us for Divine Liturgy this Sunday! We are grateful to all those who participated in our moving Stewardship Sunday event last week. If you were not able to attend and commit for 2015, Commitment Cards are available in the Narthex and Church Office—and can also be emailed or emailed to you. Simply contact the Church Office: [log in to unmask] for your card. We thank you for standing behind St. Philip in 2015!
This Sunday is our Nativity Pageant! We look forward to learning all about the true story of Christmas from our youth, who have been practicing and preparing for some time now. Also on the youth ministry front, our Sunday School students are invited to go to AHEPA Manor on Sunday, Dec. 21 (11:30 – 12:30) to distribute the ornaments made at Family Night to the residents and to sing Christmas carols. Parental permission is needed, as are drivers and chaperones. Interested parents should contact Tippy Johnston ASAP: [log in to unmask].
Also this Sunday, we will offer the Parish Council Pledge to our new and ongoing council members. We congratulate our four members elected by our parishioners last Sunday—Esther Booras, George Eftimiou, Jorge Panteli and Dmitry Zogin—and wish all our members a blessed, inspired and fruitful year in service to His Church. Adding a special warmth to this beautiful day, AHEPA members will be on hand to offer our seniors Christmas fruit baskets in the hall following Liturgy. This thoughtful action reminds us of the importance of giving and considering others during this season of the Nativity.
Our final session with Dr. Tony Vrame is this Thursday, Dec. 18. All are welcome to join us from 7 – 8:30 pm, as we continue to dialogue with his timely topic, “Celebrating the Incarnation: Our Holidays & Practices.” Though it’s the last session, it’s not too late to join. Give yourself a wonderful Christmas present and come join this inspirational discussion.
Finally, please note our schedule for the celebration of Christ’s Nativity. We hope you will join us for both services, as well as the parish reception following Vesperal Liturgy on the 24th:
Dec. 24: Eve of the Nativity. Vesperal Liturgy, 6 pm (reception to follow)
Dec. 25: The Nativity. Orthros, 9 am; Divine Liturgy, 10 am.
May God bless and keep our parish family—and may our heart be filled with the joy and hope of this holy season!
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
11TH SUNDAY OF LUKE, Dec. 14
- Orthros, 9 am
- Divine Liturgy, 10 am
- Parish Council Pledge
- Nativity Pageant
TUESDAY, Dec. 16
- Compassionate Friends, 6:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17
- Health & Wellness:
Nurse, 10 am; Chair Exercises, 10 am
- Greek School: Youth Beginners, 4 pm;
Youth Advanced, 5:15 pm; Adults, 6 pm
THURSDAY, Dec. 18
- Agape @Nashua Soup Kitchen, 4 pm
- Orthodox Life: “Celebrating the Incarnation,” 7 pm
SUNDAY BEFORE THE NATIVITY, Dec. 21
- Orthros, 9 am
- Divine Liturgy, 10 am
- Sunday School
- - AHEPA Christmas Baskets
***Attachment: Weekly Bulletin PDF
Dec/Jan Come & See: stphilipnh.org/newsletter/
December Parish Calendar: stphilipnh.org/calendar/
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