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2017 Donations

IMPORTANT:   Year end donations received in our office on or by December 31st will be included in the 2017 year-end donor verification reports from the parish, unless they are marked for 2018 in the memo line.  Reports for 2017 will be mailed out on January 15th.   Donations received on or after January 1st will be counted as 2018 gifts regardless of any notations.

These letters will be in accordance with IRS regulations and should be kept for Tax Purposes.

 


This weeks readings at Mass

The Worst Kind of Pain

¨  Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 - Descendants of Abraham

¨  Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 - The faith of Abraham

¨  Luke 2:22-40 - Jesus is presented in the Temple

This gospel reading is usually referred to as the “Presentation in the Temple.” As required by Jewish laws, Mary and Joseph bring the newborn Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to publicly introduce him to their

religious community and thank God for his birth.

Like all new parents, Mary and Joseph were probably

excited, nervous, and proud to present Jesus to

the world. They probably felt extremely protective of

him on the journey-like a father driving well below

the speed limit while bringing a mom and newborn

home from the hospital. Most likely they had a hard

time taking their eyes off him, and like all parents,

were completely amazed by what a wonderful baby

he was.

Then Simeon and Anna meet them and their baby,

and Mary and Joseph are further amazed when the

two prophets tell them their child will bring about

revolution, heartache, and salvation. By now they have an inkling that this baby, who looks just like all the other dark-skinned, dark haired babies in Palestine at the time, is different.  The angel Gabriel said something similar, as did the shepherds who told them of the angels Singing after his birth.

What is new is that Simeon predicts that Mary will suffer greatly on account of her miraculous child: “and you yourself a sword will pierce.” Anyone who has raised a child can recognize Mary’s experience at that moment.  Filled with awe and love and wonder, she suddenly becomes aware of the pain that will come when her child is hurt. It is perhaps the worst kind of pain there is-watching your child suffer. Now that Simeon has predicted it, Mary must find a way to go on as a mama bear to Jesus, knowing that eventually she won’t be able to protect him. When he is killed, she will know the feeling of having her heart pierced.

Questions of the Week 

  1. Can you relate to Mary and Joseph as new parents? Would you be completely enthralled, excited, and nervous about what lies in front of your newborn? How so?
  2. What might your reaction be if you encountered Simeon and Anna prophesying about the greatness of this child, but also the conflict that he will bring?

 


Christmas Caroling at The Willows at Fritz Farm

Come sing with the Choir today Dec. 3rd, from 1:30-2:30.   All are welcome!.  Song lyrics will be provided; all you have to do is show up at the Willows!

Mark your calendars for January!

The semi-annual Choral Anthem Reading and Potluck is on Tuesday, January 2nd, from 7-9pm in the gathering space of Pax Christi.  We will be celebrating the great achievements of our music ministers' this last year and look over anthems in anticipation of the seasons to come for 2018.   Considering joining the music ministry?   This is a great time to meet the music ministers!   Family and friends are invited - just bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert and be prepared to have a great time! Email Tony Arnold tarnold@cdlex.org if you plan on coming! 

MUSIC MINISTERS FOR NEXT WEEK

Dec. 9/10 5:00pm Friends

8:30am Adult Choir

11:00am Cross Check 

Dec. 9/10 4:00pm Lessons & Carols

Contact Tony Arnold at tarnold@cdlex.org for information

 


Youth Group

6th—12th Grade youth are encouraged to participate in youth group. Meetings are on Sunday Evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM unless otherwise noted 

November 26—no meeting. Continue to watch the bulletin for upcoming meetings and special outing!

December 3 — meet at Christ the King

December 9 — Need youth to help with Spaghetti Dinner — contact Beth at Paxyouth@cdlex.org to let her know you when you can help — need help for set-up 3:30 PM; Serving 6:00 PM; Clean up 8:30 PM; no meeting on December 10

December 17 — Youth Group Christmas Party

 


Youth Group

6th-12th Grade youth are encouraged to participate in youth group. Meetings are on Sunday Evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM.  November events: 

November 19 meet at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Nicholasville Road for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.  November 26 no meeting. Continue to watch the bulletin for upcoming meetings


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Our Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3220 Lexington Road in Nicholasville.   Please join us for this  annual event as we come together to worship and give thanks for our many blessings.  The offering that evening will go to the Jessamine County Food Pantry.  Canned goods and packaged food will be collected. For those who wish to join the choir that evening, rehearsal will be at 5:00 p.m

 

 
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