Grace and peace. Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year and I hope that you will join us at St. Patrick’s. In addition to a wonderful worship service with reflections, prayers, and music that mark the season, we will also have an opportunity to create an Advent wreath for your home. We also have other items that will serve as helpers on your Advent journey including a traditional Advent calendar, a poster with daily thoughts, and a reverse Advent calendar to remind us to collect food items for our food pantry.
It is also at this time of year when we start collecting for St. Philip’s Christmas Dinner bags. The creation of these bags is a 50-year tradition at St. Patrick’s in partnership with our friends at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Anacostia. We will package and deliver bags to St. Philip’s on December 16. They will distribute these bags to their neighbors in need. You can either shop for the items in the dinner bags (see list below) or can make a $30 monetary donation to cover the cost of a bag (or two).
Your Vestry will be meeting tonight to begin planning for Karen Melchar’s retirement in January of 2019. If you have input, please let me know.
PS. See below about the Hope Initiative scheduled for this Saturday from 10am-1pm at St. Patrick's. I will be joined by Capital Caring Chaplain Chip Cagle in leading this important conversation about end-of-life. The Hope Initiative was started by Mona Hanford.