Spirit-filled people are praising God with joy!
Sunday, November 24 — Commitment Sunday Stewardship Breakfast at 9:30am
This "thank you" breakfast is prepared by the members of the Stewardship Committee with gratitude to everyone who faithfully supports the mission and ministry of St. Bartholomew's with financial offerings and gifts of time and talent. Stay late after the early service or come early to the late service and share a delicious breakfast with your church family. Please remember to bring your pledge card for 2014, and put it in the special offering basket during worship.
Saturday, December 7 — Holiday Basket Preparation at 10:00 am
Gather with a dedicated group of big-hearted folks who will assemble and wrap small gift baskets of holiday treats for our sick and shut-in parishioners. These baskets are deeply appreciated by those who receive them. It keeps them connected to the parish, and reminds them that they are not forgotten. If you can give an hour to help keep this tradition alive, please contact AmmaLeslie.
Saturday December 14 — Cambridge Community Senior Dinner at 1:00 pm
This intergenerational holiday celebration is an annual event our seniors really enjoy! Amelia Taylor will be cooking up a feast as only she can, and the younger generation serves the meal to seniors from our parish and the surrounding neighborhood. Festive Christmas decorations, fellowship and laughter, a home-cooked meal, and a round of Christmas carols make it an afternoon to remember. Get your Christmas celebrating started early at the Senior Dinner!
Tuesday, December 24 — Christmas Carol Open Sing at 6:30 pm
O come and enjoy the hymns and carols that have been a part of Christmas for generations. Bring your voice and sing along, or just sit and listen while others make a joyful noise around you. Attend the carol sing by itself, or let it be a beautiful time of praise and preparation for the communion service that follows.
Tuesday, December 24 — O Holy Night Communion service at 7:00 pm
This is the "Christ Mass" – our yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Word of God became flesh and was born as a baby to live and die as one of us. Eternal and almighty God took on human form and came to us as Jesus Christ, Emmanuel: "God with us." We call this the "Incarnation" and it is a central aspect of the Episcopal/Anglican faith. The resurrection miracle of Easter is the source of our Christian Hope, but there would be no Easter without the Incarnation, no death and resurrection without the birth! Join us in celebration of the Christ Mass!
Tuesday December 31 — Watch Night service at 6:00 pm
While everyone else is ringing in the New Year we'll be "praying in" the New Year! Ancient traditions say that the way you spend the first evening of the year sets the tone for the entire year to come. Get 2014 off to a good start: begin your New Year in an atmosphere of scripture and prayer and thanksgiving!
Sunday January 12 — Sisterhood Health Discussion Circle at 1:00 pm
The Resilient Sisterhood Project is sponsoring a health discussion circle for women of African descent in our parish hall on Sunday, January 12, from 1 to 3 pm. Are you aware that women of African descent are disproportionately affected by diseases of the reproductive system? Have you wondered about the systemic medical, social and cultural conditions that perpetuate the under-diagnosis and under-treatment of these diseases? Do you have questions, or a story to share with other women that could help them cope with these common problems? For more information call Lilly Marcelin, Director of the Resilient Sisterhood Project, at 617 590 4003, or visit the RSP website at rsphealth.org. This event is open to all women of African descent (and our allies), so feel free to invite family members and friends.
Sunday January 26 — The 105th Annual Parish Meeting at 1:00 pm
One of the most commendable features of the Episcopal Church is the prominent role of lay people in parish governing. All financial transactions are transparent and every parishioner has a chance for input in decision-making by electing vestry representatives and approving annual budgets. Hear a vision statement from the Rector and reports from parish ministry areas that celebrate our growth and vitality. All active members of St. Bartholomew's Church are welcome to attend.
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