On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, All Saints' Anglican Mission joined with St. Andrew's for worship. The Rev. Shola Falodun, Vicar at All Saints' preached in the Service of Holy Communion.
The ladies of the Women's Guild had a bake sale and Christmas Bazaar during coffee hour on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
The Sunday School/Preschool Christmas Pageant took place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. The children and youth did a wonderful job singing and acting out the Christmas story.
St. Andrew's joined All Saints in Chicago Heights for a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Friday evening, Dec. 23, 2011. The beautiful service was followed by a time of fellowship and a meal.
We observed Christmas Eve with a carol sing in the chapel at 9:30 p.m. This was followed by a Candlelight Communion Service at 10 p.m. The evening concluded with refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall. Rev. Falodun and his family along with several members of All Saints' were with us for this celebration of our Savior's birth.
Christmas Day being on a Sunday this year was a joyous time of worship and praise in the church.
MISSION OUTREACH of the MONTH
This ministry outreach in the city of Moa , Holguin , Cuba is the result of a plea to the REC Diocese of Western Canada for Episcopal oversight for a small group of believers there. What began in 2003 as a small congregation of about 15 people has grown greatly and spread to other areas, through the leadership of Cuban clergy with the guidance of Bishop Charles Dorrington and his wife Claudia of Western Canada. The Ven. Ramon D. Torrente Batista of Cuba reports on the spread of the Gospel and even the establishment of a seminary!
William R. Garrison
by Jo Anne Arrowood
Of all the gifts since time began
There's one that's best by far,
The One God gave in Bethlehem
Beneath the eastern star.
For through that Babe He gave His love
For all mankind to share;
And for this love, Christ gave His life,
Our earthly sins to bear.
Oh, to have been in Bethlehem
That night that He was born,
And heard the heavenly angels sing
That glorious Christmas morn!
For to be sure, God's Gift, His Son,
Was beautiful to see.
He's God's great Gift to you, my friend,
And God's great Gift to me!