Evangelism and Growth Conference, Delaware Choral Arts, Last Sunday of the Season of Creation, Children’s Chapel, United Thank Offering, Angel Tree, Rabbi-in-Residence, Town Hall Meeting on Member Development, Code Purple, Annual ECW Christmas Luncheon, Deck The Hall Concert, Christmas Gifts for Our Breakfast Guests, Chopin Serenade, and Food Donations.
SATURDAY, 11/23/2019 – Annual Evangelism and Growth Conference, Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, 211 Silver Lake Rd., Middletown, DE 19709. The 2nd Annual Evangelism & Growth Conference will feature Mary Parmer’s return to Delaware. Mary, founder of Invite Welcome Connect, will expand on her fantastic presentation offered last year. Invite Welcome Connect is a program rooted in the Gospel that equips and empowers Christians to cultivate evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness. This conference will be rewarding for everyone, first-timers and returning folks alike. Click here to learn more.
Saturday, 11/23/2019 – “Choral Grandeur” with Delaware Choral Arts, 7:30 p.m. “Requiem” by Maurice Durufle and “Laudes Organi” by Zoltan Kodaly, plus “Notre Pere” by Maurice Durufle and “I Was Glad” by Charles Hubert H. Parry.
SUNDAY, 11/24/2019 – Last Sunday of the Season of Creation. Mary Parmer preaches on “The Cosmic Christ” at the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Mary Foster Parmer is the creator and director of the ministry of Invite-Welcome-Connect at the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Mary is the past director of the Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership gathering of young Episcopal clergy. Mary holds a degree in religious studies from St. Edward’s University, Austin, and formerly served as director of adult ministries and evangelism at St. Stephen’s, Beaumont, both in Texas. She is the author of the award-winning book, Invite Welcome Connect: Stories & Tools to Transform Your Church. “The first and cosmic incarnation of the Eternal Christ, the perfect co-inherence of matter and Spirit (Ephesians 1:3-11), happened at the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the human incarnation of that same Mystery a mere 2,000 years ago, when we were perhaps ready for this revelation. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, but the title of his historical and cosmic purpose.” —Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, 2015
Sunday, 11/24/2019 – Children’s Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Service. After the Gospel reading, the children are led to the Children’s Chapel by a crucifer. After signing in, there is a devotion and prayer, singing and a special activity. Registration materials are on the website and available from the Church Office. Here is the planned activity schedule through December (subject to change).
November 24 – Jonathan Whitney Children participate in drumming for the postlude
December 1 – Rabbi Doug Krantz
December 8 – SING IN CHURCH
December 15 – Fr. David (the Season of Advent)
December 22 – Jonathan Whitney (Drumming)
SUNDAY, 11/24/2019 – The United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering of Donations. UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church.
Sunday, 11/24/2019 and 12/1/2019 — Angel Tree. The Community Advocacy Committee sponsors our Angel Tree ministry, which provides Christmas gifts (four each) to the children of families who are residing in the transitional housing provided by Friendship House. You can pick up Angel Tree cards with family information and gift requests on two Sundays: November 24 and December 1. All giftrs or gift certificates must be returned to SsAM by December 8. Please make sure your gifts are wrapped and are labeled with the Angel Tree information.
Sunday, 12/1/2019 – Rabbi Douglas Krantz, SsAM’s Rabbi-in-Residence. Rabbi Douglas will teach about Chanukah at Children’s Chapel on Sunday, December 1. He will also offer three sessions on Rabbinic Thinking on three consecutive Sundays — December 1, 8 and 15 — following the 10.30 service. Then, next year, we will have a Seder with Rabbi Douglas on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/14/2019 – Annual Christmas Luncheon by the Episcopal Church Women, 12:00 Noon. The theme is “Mary the Mother of Jesus … A Refugee”. We are collecting items for refugees: blankets, socks, gloves, toiletries, gift cards to Walmart, Wawa, Family Dollar, and Food Lion, gift cards for purchase of shoes for kids at local department stores, packaged underwear, games, toys, puzzles, books, art supplies, coloring books for kids and adults, activity books, markers, colored pencils, crayons, paint sets, pastels, sketch pads, paint canvas, and crafting kits.
Saturday, 12/14/2019 – Deck The Hall: A Concert by the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, 7:00 p.m. Click here for concert information and to purchase tickets on the Rainbow Chorale website.
Sunday, 12/15/2019 – Christmas Gifts for our Sunday Breakfast Guests. Once a year we offer gifts (valued $5 to $7) to those who come to the breakfast we serve on Sunday mornings at 7:00 a.m. Please leave wrapped gifts in the Narthex by Sunday, December 15 and make sure they are clearly labeled “Sunday Breakfast”. If you have no time to shop or are homebound, you may mail a check to Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or leave it in the offering plate. Please make your check payable to “SsAM” and put “Breakfast Gifts” on the memo line.
Saturday, 12/21/2019 – Maryann Younger ordained to the Diaconate at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.
Sunday, 12/22/2019 — Special Town Hall Meeting on Member Development. Please attend one of the two town hall meetings on Sunday, December 22, 2019 where the focus will be on member development. Similar to the recent town hall meetings, this one will also occur twice: between the two services and after the 10:30 liturgy.
Sunday, 1/5/2020 – Chopin Serenade performed by pianist Mark Blaschke at 4:00 p.m. This concert is part of our “Sundays at 4” series.
ALL WINTER: Code Purple Ministry. SsAM offers its auditorium space to accommodate the homeless community on nights the city declares a Code Purple Alert. You are invited to serve on the SsAM hospitality team.
ONGOING – Food Donations for local food pantries: SsAM gives your non-perishable food items to Lutheran Community Service’s food pantries. Please donate as often as you can by placing items in one of the mesh bins in the Narthex and near the 2nd floor elevator. We are also collecting plastic bags!