News and Notes — December 2014
Christmas Service Times:
5 p.m. - Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist Rite II
7 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Spanish
10 p.m. - Christmas Carols with the Cathedral Choir
10:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II, Candlelight Service
10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
Christmas Pageant - Sun., Dec. 24
Christmas Pageant — December 24, 5 - 6 p.m. Children will gather at 4:15 in Room 212 in Garrett to dress. They will then gather in the Great Hall to practice their songs before the service begins at 5 p.m.
Christmas Pageant Practices
Christmas Pageant Practice begins Sunday, November 30 and continues Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Pageant Dress Rehearsal will be in the Cathedral on Sunday, December 21 from 4-5 pm. If you would like your child or grandchild to be a part of the Christmas Pageant, please bring them each Sunday in December at 9:30 for practice. They will get a costume and learn Christmas songs for the service. For more information about the Pageant contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Hams for the Food Pantry – St. Matthew’s will again be giving out Christmas Hams to the patrons of our food pantry. (Yes, our Food Pantry will give out food on Christmas Day, our regular Food Pantry Day.) You may either bring a canned ham to church on Sunday or by Tuesday, or place a check in the offering on Sunday for $15 per ham and we will purchase a ham on your behalf
We have received $879,714.91 in pledges and still have a number of pledges that we expect to receive. We are waiting on a major grant as well as beginning the grant writing phase of our campaign.
Adult Education Session
Adult Education Series continues in the Garrett Parlor on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.exploring the Season of Advent: “Advent and Incarnation w/ Mark Howell.” Mark is a doctoral candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary and with his family has recently come to be a part of our St. Matthew's community.
Christmas Flowers and Music Memorials
Christmas Flower and/or Music Memorials– If you would like to make a donation for a poinsettia or music in memory or in honor of someone special, please do so SUNDAY. You can fill out a form on Sunday and place it in the alms basin during service or give it to an usher, along with your donation. You may also place your check in the collection plate with “Christmas Flowers” or “Music” noted on the check and email your dedication to email@example.com before December 21. Dedications will be listed in the Christmas Eve Bulletin
Coat Drive fr Cesar Chavez School
St. Matthew is collecting children's coats (new or gently used) for both boys and girls, sizes 8, 10 and 12, for Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Please place your donation in the box outside the Great Hall through December 28. Many thanks! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum
Congratulations to our own Tommy Bourgeois (along with Phyllis MacCasland) for their breathtaking 12 Days of Christmas display at the Arboretum. Two years in the making, the Twelve Days of Christmas display at the Arboretum is a series of twelve Victorian-style gazebos that will cause you to want to pull out your camera again and again. Follow this link and this link to read more about it.