Event Calendar

WELCOME VISITORS! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our visitors today. Whether you live in our area and decided to worship with us today or if you are visiting from out of town, we offer you a warm Georgian welcome! There are visitor cards in most of the pews and we ask that you fill one out and give it to the Greeters at the door or simply drop it in the offering plate. We’d love to see you again. Our Sunday Mass is at 10am. Details are on our website, www.stgeorgesschenectady.org.

Weekday Services. Wednesdays, LITURGY OF THEWORD at 9:00am. On Fridays, LITURGY OF THE WORD at 12:00noon. Please come for a time of weekday spiritual refreshment and prayer.

BOILER CAPITAL CAMPAIGN! !!! WE MADE IT !!! Thanks to your generosity, we have hit our boiler capital campaign goal! And we did it all in less than 6 weeks. But we’re not done yet as the new boiler costs far more than $35,000 – actually it’s $130,000. So if you were intending to give but just didn’t get around to it, send that donation in and it will still go towards the boiler. Every dollar you contribute is a dollar we don’t have to take out of the endowment. That means our endowment can continue to work for us and help supply the earnings we need to survive. Mark your check with BOILER FUND to be sure your donation goes to the right place. Our progress to date:

GOAL: $35,000
Contributors to date: 31
Contributions to date: $35,526 (102% of goal! but our thermometer won’t go over 100%)

FORUM TODAY! TODAY, November 27th is the First Sunday of Advent, which we will begin with the Great Litany in Procession, as is our custom. After the Mass, please stay for a time and come to the Great Hall, where The Reverend Lisa Schoonmaker will offer a FORUM on the liturgical season of Advent. It promises to be a fascinating presentation, so don’t miss it! Light refreshments will be provided.

2021 Stewardship Stewardship season is upon us and TODAY, November 27th, you will hear a short address from our 2022 Stewardship Chair, Meg Hughes. You will also be receiving pledge cards very soon. As we enter the season of Advent, please think what this parish means to you. What meaning does worshipping Almighty God in this place hold in your life? What friends you have here, what fellowship, what memories? This historic church will not exist without your support and without your pledge. Please make your commitment now.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing It’s back! St. George’s will again be doing their part in the annual Salvation Army Christmas bell ringing campaign. This is one of our ongoing parish outreach ministries and is always well supported by Georgians. Our date is Saturday, December 10th at Price Chopper on Eastern Parkway in Schenectady. See Jon Pearson or click: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aa4ae23a3ff2-stgeorges1 If you can’t make it, please consider a monetary donation. Put “Salvation Army” in the memo line on your check and we will make sure your check is included in our parish donation.

FORUM AGAIN! On Sunday, December 11th we will be having another Forum in the Great Hall. This time, it’s for a Carol Sing! Christmas carols are not supposed to be sung during the Mass in Advent since Christmas hasn’t yet arrived. That’s why we’re singing them in the Great Hall! It will be great fun so mark your calendars and join the crowd!

Little Red Wagon Sunday/ SiCM collection At the beginning of Advent, it is especially important that we remember the hungry and needy in our community. One way to do that is through our monthly contributions to the Schenectady City Ministries, SiCM food pantry. So far this year you have donated a record 1,802 lbs of hearty soups, canned & shelfstable foods, healthy snacks, pasta and personal hygiene items and toiletries. Our 2022 goal is 2,000 lbs. We are so close – only 198 lbs to go. Our final collection of 2022 is December 11th, Thank you to all who have contributed so generously. Please offer that last little bit to help needy families at the holidays.

PILLOW TALK Women and children going into emergency shelter frequently arrive with nothing. The YWCA has identified an ongoing need in providing care for those in this dire situation of PILLOWS, TWIN SIZE BLANKETS AND COMFORTERS. In an effort to assist with this need, St George’s has begun a quarterly collection of these items. Blankets and comforters may be gently used but pillows must be new, unopened and in their original packaging. Donated
items may be placed at the back of the church, with an initial delivery to take place Christmas week.

Save the Date! Our Christmas Services will be as follows:

Christmas Eve, Dec 24th Carol Concert 7:30pm

Solemn Mass of The Incarnation 8:00pm

Christmas Day, Dec 25th Mass of The Incarnation 11:00am

Care & Emergencies During the interregnum, here are the options for pastoral care needs: (1) Jim Wingate & Anne Duff are always available for pastoral care, home and hospital visitations and communion. Call Jim at 518-381- 9271. (2) Brian Taylor is trained in hospital chaplaincy and will respond for pastoral care and emergencies. Contact Brian (text or voice) at 912-656-0779 or email cornishanglican@gmail.com. (3) If the ministrations of a priest are needed, Senior Warden David Kennison will arrange for a priest of the diocese to respond. Call David (text or voice) at 518-320-5619 or email kentech2@nycap.rr.com. Dean Marshall Vang has also offered his pastoral assistance during this time.

Shape Note Singing All are welcome to experience the joy of singing together the beautiful a cappella harmonies and stirring songs of the Sacred Harp, a tunebook and hymnal published in Georgia in 1844 and used in community singing throughout the world. We sing in the Great Hall on Saturday afternoons from 1-3:30pm. For schedule updates or more information, please contact Tarik Wareh or visit www.albanysacredharp.org

The Sentence: A NovelAll on the Same Page January 15: The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich, suggested by Suzy and mentioned favorably by Alice and Meg