Parish Connection – December 1, 2015

Children’s Christmas Program
We have begun preparing for our Annual Children’s Christmas Program. If you would like for your child(ren) to appear in the program, contact Gloria Morrison at (904) 620-0263.

Christian Education Program
Come join us in the parish hall at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings as we explore together the basic tenets of our faith. The children have their own program, bring them along so Gloria Morrison and her team can teach them about God and his love.

Prayer Group Gathering
We wish to remind parishioners that our Prayer Group continues to meet every Monday evening in the DOK Chapel at 6:15 P.M. Come join those who gather every week, as they intercede for our Church, our Nation and the World.

Bible Study Program
This Tuesday, November 24, 2015 the Bible Study Group will begin to meet at 5:00 p.m. for an hour in the parish hall. Our study text for the Fall is the Acts of the Apostles. Do join us.

Weekday Mass
Each week a mass will be said on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the DOK Chapel. This Eucharist will be contemplative in nature, with reflections taking the place of the liturgical readings we would normally use. Do join us. The office will be closed from 12:15p.m. – 1:00 p.m. while mass is being said. Please leave your message on the voicemail.

Music Ministry
Alexei Romanenko will supply the music for our worship service this Sunday, December 6th, 2015.

Ministry Fair
Those wishing to sign up to serve in the various ministries in our church, can do so again this Sunday. Signup sheets are in the Narthex. Katrina Crews

Installation Service – Daughters of the King
This Sunday three new daughters will be commissioned in our presence – Dorothy Gaskins, Dorothy Holder, and Arelia Donaldson. Do keep these sisters in your prayers as they make their final preparations.

Supplies Needed
We do need supplies for our Thursday outreach to the Homeless Community – Vienna sausages, fruits/apple sauce, crackers, juice, spoons, napkins, and bags. Do give generously.

Unity Day Service
Laurie Johnson, who has responsibility for the organizing of this activity, says that we are ready to celebrate again. Do invite all of your friends, neighbors, and relatives to join us as we thank God for all of the blessings he bestowed upon us in 2015. Our preacher for the occasion will be the Reverend Dennis Ford.

Preparing for Our Parish Meeting
On Sunday a Parish Meeting will be held after the 10:00 a.m. service. This meeting will be in church and will last no more than 90 minutes. The purpose of the gathering is to get input from the Parish on what we need to be doing as we move forward. The input being sought will help to set the agenda for St. Philip’s for the next year or two. We will not be trying to solve problems that day. This meeting will be for sharing ideas, as we set an agenda for the future. Members of the Vestry will be present and will be paying pay close attention to what is being said, so future goals could be set for the agreed direction for our Parish must take. Some of you might be asked to serve on a committee to assist the Vestry with this process. – Sr. Warden, Edward Wright

Our Condolences
Friday morning, Walker Lee West, Sr. passed from time to eternity leaving Alfonso and his family to mourn. Mr. Walker’s funeral service will be held on Thursday at Philippian Community Church, 7578 New Kings Rd., 32219 at 11:00 a.m. May he rest in peace.

In Hospital
We are learning that Jovan Roberts is again hospitalized. Do keep Jovan in your prayers at this time.

Keep in Prayer this week
Mercedes Robinson, Jacquelyn Wright, Meisha Sudiene, Anthony Nembhard, Eleanor Hughes, Javon Roberts, Marsha Roberts, Alma Flowers, Jasmine Exson, Darcel Wilson, Oliver Robinson, Claudette Newman-Dawes, Linda Witsell, Dr. Linda Bennett, Michael Lewis, Marchette Thomas and Lillie Mae Jackson (Cynthia Nixon’s aunt).

Special Announcements
The Nixon family are mourning the deaths of two (2) of their loved ones, Cynthia’s aunt Mae Jackson, and Kenneth’s mother’s cousin, Cleo Castine. Remember also, Kenneth Jr., who lost a boyhood friend recently. Do keep the Nixons in prayer at this time.

Pray for Alma
Our sister Alma Flowers will undergo major surgery today at St. Vincent’s downtown. Let us make special intercession for her also.

Service of Reconciliation
We shall be making a change to the liturgy for Sunday, and utilize a rite found in the Book of Occasional Services. This rite includes the laying on of hands and holy unction (anointing). We all need to be present for this service and stay behind for an important Parish Meeting that will allow us to look together into the future.

ECW/DOK Advent Brunch
All women of the church are invited to our third annual Advent Brunch, on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Parish Auditorium. Please join us as we prepare our hearts and wait in anticipation for the coming of the Christ Child! – Dorothy Holder