Current Events

Happenings

Worship for Advent: Advent season’s Sarum blue altar frontal and matching clergy vestments highlight the four Sundays leading to Christmas, along with the Advent Wreathe and blue candles. We’ll again be using the Eucharistic prayer written by Dr. Ted Hackett. Copies of his prayer will be distributed with service sheets before each service. G. Yandell

Pledging Update: As of today, 99 pledges have been turned in for a total of $418,403. This is excellent progress for our pledge campaign. Thank you! G. Yandell

Adult Education Continues at 9:15: This Sunday we continue a series called ‘Reading Between the Lines’. The curriculum is tied to the Church year. Each Sunday focuses on one or more of the readings we hear in Sunday worship. It uses an inductive method for entering the story/reading, exploring the story, then reading between the lines, with input from contemporary Biblical scholars. This Sunday the lesson will focus on the gospel passage Luke 1:46b-55. G. Yandell

Holy Family’s Serve Pickens Effort Honored: Serve Pickens, Holy Family’s inaugural one day of service for our Pickens County non-profits, was honored to be named Volunteer of the Year by the Developmental Disabilities Ministry, for its work at its Pickens County group home for men. DDM operates 18 group homes for men and women throughout GA. Terry Franzen and Leamarie True, Serve Pickens Co-chairs, and Margo Austin, the Jasper First Baptist Church member who recommended DDM to Serve Pickens, accepted the award from Ryan Whitmyer, DDM’s CEO, at DDM’s Christmas banquet. Many residents and staff attended the event where it was very apparent that love for the residents is at the center of DDM’s work. Last Sunday Steve Franzen displayed the engraved crystal award during the announcements last Sunday at the 10:30 service. It is on display in the parish hall. G. Yandell

Yoga & Gentle Yoga: There will be no yoga classes the last two weeks of this month (Dec. 19-30) so that our awesome instructors can spend some holiday time with their families. M. Guzzetta

Staff Purse: As we enter the season of Advent with Christmas approaching, we will be offering a staff purse for the holiday season. This will be to express our gratitude for large and small kindnesses shown to us by our staff throughout the year. If you wish to make a gift, please indicate “staff purse” on the memo line of your check payable to Holy Family.  Jeannine Krenson, Sr. Warden

Christmas Flowers:  This year, as is our tradition, we welcome your offerings at Christmas time in memory of or in thanksgiving for those people and events in your lives for which you are particularly grateful. These funds are used to decorate the church for Christmas. Please complete a form (available in the gallery) to accompany your check. These must be submitted by Monday, December 19. Please write “Christmas Flowers” on the memo line of your check to ensure our bookkeeper credits the correct fund.

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 A Very Merry Advent Party! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
Come one…come all, to a Very Merry Advent Party in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 11 following the 10:30 service. Please bring your favorite sweet or savory appetizer or finger sandwiches for the table and join the fellowship to celebrate the season. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall
or just bring a dish and come!

Church Chicks: The next Church Chicks luncheon will be Monday, December 12 at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. We will meet in the church parking lot at 9:15 and carpool from there, or you can meet us there at 11:15 (our reservations are for 11:30). We anticipate a two hour drive. Individual charges will be given to each person, payable by credit card or cash. Additionally, there will be a $5 charge for the use of the room, which you can give to June Giglia. It will be a wonderful time to be at Brasstown Valley Resort, as we enter into the great room where we will be welcomed with the a blazing fireplace and all their Christmas decorations, including an amazing tree. Please contact June Giglia to let her know you will be attending: jrgiglia@etcmail.com -June Giglia

Holy Family at Bent Tree: All our Bent Tree residents are invited to join us for our monthly lunch for a fun time to get to know each other better. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, January 27 at noon. Hope to see you there! 

Ukraine Relief:  For links to donate to the International Disaster Response Fund and a list of other organizations you might consider if you wish to help Ukraine relief efforts, please visit our home page at holyfamilyepiscopalchurch.net.