Thur.,   December 17     7:30p.m. VOX NOVA Chamber Choir Holiday Concert and Sing-a-long
Sun.,     December 20     11:30a.m. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
                                         2:00p.m.   Down East Brass & Jay Zoller with a Traditional Holiday Concert
Thur.,   December 24     7:00p.m.   Candle Light Christmas Eve Service
Sun.,     December 27     Intergenerational Worship Service
 
Lighting up Augusta with Hope and Love
Memorial Bridge, Augusta ~ TODAY ~  Wednesday, December 16th 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
 
Now is the time,
To commence the litany of hope
Now it the time,
To commence the litany of love
Now is the time…
~ Mzwakhe Mbuli (adapted)
·         Religious, cultural and ethnic diversity are American values.

·         Hope and Love are religious values.

·         Civil discourse is a moral imperative.

Together we can bring the light of hope and love to this great city. Join us as we stand together, side-by-side, shining light into the darkness of fear, hate, intolerance, discrimination and violence. Be part of a wider call to spread acts of hope and love across the nation.
 
Bring candles in containers to block the wind, battery powered may be best or flashlights. Bring signs with uplifting up themes of hope and love. Dress for inclement weather as the bridge could be windy and cold.
We encourage participants to car pool. Please park at the entrance to bike path, Green Street Methodist Church, Penny Memorial Church or in one of the city lots on Water Street.
This event is being sponsored by:
Capital Area Multifaith Association
Winthrop Area Ministerial Association
 
 
To Kick off our 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert Series
Join South Parish in Welcoming VOX NOVA Chamber Choir on December 17th

"This Shining Night"  An evening of holiday classics, festive favorites and a caroling sing-a-long, performed with Vox Nova's signature style.
Tickets will be available after church on Sundays and in the office. The church membership is offered tickets at a special discount price of $15 for this vocal concert.  This is the group our own Virgil Bozeman IV sings in.  The concert coming to our church is very exciting.   Plan to get tickets and enjoy the concert! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17th FROM 7:30 - 9:00 PM AT SOUTH PARISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 9 CHURCH STREET, AUGUSTA. Tickets $20 General Admission and $10 Student Admission (with College I.D.) available at the door and online at www.voxnovachamberchoir.com. Children 18 and under accompanied by an adult attend FREE. Payment options include cash, check and credit card. Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express accepted.  SPCC Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9am-Noon.

CONCLUDE THE WEEK WITH THE TRADITIONAL JAY ZOLLER AND THE DOWNEAST BRASS CONCERT ::
 
Sunday Afternoon, December 20th at 2:00p.m..
Tickets $10, Students $5, under 12 free. are available from the church office, from Bob Dodge, or at the door.
Refreshments furnished by our co-sponsor Senior College at UMA.
 
Why not attend both concerts, experience a week of glorious Christmas music, and support your church in kicking off the 150th Anniversary celebration.


You are invited to the parsonage for Hogmanay
the Scottish "first footing" celebration
 
Traditionally celebrated on New Year's Eve
we will gather on Sunday, January 3, 2015
for a 1-4:30 pm open house
 
You all are welcome!
 
Rev. Jane & Tim
 
A "parishioner" needs a bunch of recycled Christmas cards
A "parishioner" needs a bunch of recycled Christmas cards for projects for the 2016 Holly Mart.   The sooner, the better. Please remove signatures and personal notes before donating.   Thank you!
 
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals
The pageant will take place during our church service on Sunday, January 10th.  Rehearsals for the pageant will be held after church on the following Sundays:  December 13th, 20th and January 3rd.  Attendance at all rehearsals is not required and we welcome youth of all ages to participate.
Sunday, December 13th - Christmas pageant rehearsal
Sunday, December 20th - Christmas pageant rehearsal
Sunday, December 27th - Intergenerational Church Service
Sunday, January 3rd - Christmas pageant rehearsal
Sunday, January 10th - Christmas pageant presentation!
 
"Bead for Life" Marketplace
We will be setting up a "Bead for Life" Marketplace at South Parish on Sunday, December 20th after service and before service on December 24th.  Our table will feature handmade jewelry with paper beads made by women from Uganda.  The profits from these necklaces allow the women crafters to receive a fair wage for their labor and provide for their families.
 
The Amy Buxton Pet Pantry
No Pet Pantry December 26.   Pet Pantry re-opens January 9, 2016 at 9:00a.m.
 
No Missions Monday
There will be no Missions Monday during the holiday weeks.  We will start up again on January 5th at 5:30pm
Anyone interested in delivering a holiday stocking, please let the office know. We are going to try to get this done by Monday, December 21st.
 
FREE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER
Prince of Peace, St. Mark's, St. Matthew's and St. Barnabas' Churches, 209 Eastern Avenue (Rt.17) Augusta, Maine will be providing a free community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join us for a full dinner and fellowship.
 
Please share this invitation with your Church Community. A poster is also attached for sharing. If you would like a hard copy of the poster, please let me know and I will get one delivered to you.
 
Donated items needed for dinner - Pies (home-made or store bought).
 
Donated items needed for gift room - hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks.
 
If rides are needed to the church, please call the church office at 207-623-9486, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to make arrangements.  Those unable to come to the church and who would like a dinner delivered to the greater Augusta area (Augusta, Manchester, Chelsea, Gardiner, Hallowell, Randolph), please call the church office no later than Monday, December 21, 2015.
 
Volunteers Always Welcomed: Those wishing to volunteer or donate needed items should call the church at 207-623-9486, e-mail princeofpeace.news@gmail.com or check on the web at https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/987583196095 for a link to Volunteer Spot.
 
In Need of 3 Twin Beds for Children
Missions is still in need of 3 twin beds for children who have recently moved out of the shelter and have nothing.  Please help us spread the word.
 
Fellowship Friday Group met for their Christmas Tea
On December 11, 2015, Fellowship Friday met in the Marge Grover Room and a good time was had by all enjoying the Christmas teas, special stories, playing password and cookie swap.  A wreath with a ribbon from each one placed on it was hung in the Marge Grover Room representing the Fellowship Friday Group.    Also, a collection of shampoo and toothpaste was collected for the Family Violence Shelter.
 
Weekly Prayer
O Shepherd of Israel, you gently support the one who is with child and call forth the Lamb who dances in the womb. Stir our hearts to recognize Christ's coming, as Elizabeth recognized his presence in Mary's radiant obedience to your desire, and open our souls to receive the one who came to love your flock. Amen.