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December 2012

Christmas Eve Monday, December 24th 4:30pmChildren's Pageant, Junior Choir singing, and Holy Eucharist (Nursery available) 7:00pmChristmas Music Prelude (Nursery available) 7:30pmHoly Eucharist with Choir 11:00pm- Holy Eucharist with Choir

Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25th 10:00am- Holy Eucharist, no music

Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 30th 8:00amHoly Eucharist, no music 10:30am- Traditional Service of Lessons & Carols (no Eucharist, Nursery available)


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Our annual Christmas Pageant, which will be at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve! We need children of all ages to be animals, wise men, shepherds, angels, readers, etc! Rehearsals will be: Sunday, December 9th at 3:30pm, Saturday, December 15th at 10am, and Sunday, December 23rd at 3:30pm. If you or your child is interested in being a part of the pageant, please contact Amanda at amanda@stfrancisgreensboro.org.

Join your fellow Franciscans in the Greening of the Church on Sunday, December 23rd after the 10:30 am service. Families, oldsters, youngsters and teens – everyone is invited to help in the hanging of greens, garlands and wreaths and clean-up as we prepare our sanctuary for Christmas Eve. Bring rags and furniture polish to polish the pews. If you need more info, call Kitty Baker at 676-2458. See you on the 23rd!

The Chrismon Tree The Chrismon ornaments were first developed by Frances Kipps Spencer at The Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. In 1957 Chrismons were started when she set out to create decorations appropriate for a church Christmas tree. A Chrismon Tree is an evergreen tree, which symbolizes the eternal life, which our savior has won for us. It forms the background for tiny white lights and beaded Chrismon designs. All the Chrismon ornaments on our tree are handmade by the Chrismon Construction Company. Some Chrismon designs are simple copies of symbols of Christianity from its earliest days; others are new explanations of God's constant presence in our ever changing world; and some are combinations of several elements old and new. The symbols used are interdenominational and the heritage of all Christians. According to the dictionary, a chrismon is a monogram of Christ. But the chrismons as ornaments are more than monograms; they may also tell about Jesus Christ. As the designs grew in number, they included references to the life, ministry, activities, nature and teaching of Jesus. Thus the Chrismons as symbols always point beyond themselves to God. Indeed, the vital feature of the concept is that each design must proclaim some truth about God as seen in Jesus.

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Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 30th 8:00amHoly Eucharist, no music 10:30am- Traditional Service of Lessons & Carols (no Eucharist, Nursery available)

About the Service Our Lessons and Carols service is based on a similar service celebrated at King’s College, Cambridge. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. The order of service was adapted from an order drawn up by Edward White Benson, who would later become Archbishop of Canterbury, for use at a 10:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve in 1880 that took place in a temporary wooden shed serving as the cathedral in Truro, Cornwall. The first Lessons and Carols service at King’s College was held on Christmas Eve in 1918. It was conceived by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world. A broadcast will be available via American Public Media. The format of the service has not changed substantially from the one in use at King’s College to this day. The order of the lessons was revised in 1919, and since that time the service has always begun with the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City.” We hope that this service is one of splendor, awe, and profound meaning. Christmas blessings to all!

St. Francis Honor Cards are a wonderful way to remember friends and family during the Christmas season. All of the funds go directly to outreach throughout the community and the world. Cards are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and 6 for $20. They are available in the Church Office between 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.

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 The Outreach Committee and Vestry approved donations to the Barnabas Network [furniture ministry] in the amount of $3000 and Episcopal Relief & Development [for hurricane Sandy needs] in the amount of $2000.  A change in Memorial Garden fees was approved. The fee will be $350 effective Jan. 1, 2013.  The 2012 Vestry welcomed those elected to the new class at the Annual Parish Meeting. New Vestry persons are Kris Cooke, Robert McDowell, Jim Tanner and Susan Tysinger.

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Please feel free to call either Linda at the church office (288-4721) to find out your pledge balance. All 2012 contributions are due into the office by Sunday December 30, 2012 to make the end-of-the-year deposit. Thank you for your timely commitment to these matters. The Lindas

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BIRTHS: Eleanor Rebecca Black was born to Tyler and Robert Black on November 14th Kendall Mae Abraham was born to Leigh and David Abraham on November 19th. DEATHS: Rebecca DeCoste, Parishioner TRANSFER IN: Manuel and Kathleen Vidal James, Laura, Graham and Emery Otterberg Tara, Megan and Joseph Talluto TRANSFER OUT: Kathryn, Christopher and Nicholas Pritchard to Holy Trinity Nicholas Macpherson to St. John's Parish - John’s Island, South Carolina Allen Waller to First United Methodist Church - Athens, Georgia

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A comparison of the ten months ending October 31st of 2012 and 2011 is below:

We are TEN months into the year and have nine Sundays to the end of the church year. We remain favorable with the year-to-date budget in Revenues and Expenses. Pledges through mid November have been encouraging but more is needed so we may begin finalizing the 2013 budget plan. The Vestry will approve a budget framework at their Annual Retreat in early January 2013. One significant expense will impact in November. That item will be the cost(s) of the HVAC unit that was replaced in October and has now been paid in NoLARRY UPSON vember. The project cost was approximately $16,000. Keep in mind; this was an unforeseen expense that absolutely had to be incurred to provide heat and air conditioning to the Sunday and Day Schools. As of the October Vestry meeting, the Day School had 77 students. While this is less than what was budgeted, the Day School staff is working diligently to increase the enrollment to a level that will bring them back onto the budgeted numbers required for a successful school year. This is the last of the Financial Reports for 2012. My sincere thanks go to the Finance Committee members and Vestry Liaison for their counsel during the year. Thanks also go to the Vestry, Clergy and this wonderful parish family that my wife Marty and I have come to know and to love. I pray you all be blessed in this season as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We wish you a memorable Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. In God’s Peace. Larry Upson

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On Sunday, December 2, the Youth Group sponsored the annual Stop Hunger Now service event! This year, we packed just over 20,000 meals, which will be sent to one of 76 countries that the Stop Hunger Now organization works with. It was wonderful to see folks of so many different ages jumping in and helping, as well as first time visitors and exchange students from Japan and Saudi Arabia! Thank you to all those who came out to help pack these meals, and may we continue to pray for those who suffer from hunger in our community and around the world.

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Our Nigerian refugee family continues to do well in Greensboro, and is becoming a part of our church family. One son, Barikpele (fondly known as BK) has been working in an adult care home service, which manages 7 adult care homes in Greensboro. He is a wonderful care-giver, very polite, gentle, and a hard worker. But as many small business, they are cutting back on full -time hours to hire more part-time staff. So, BK is having a hard time making ends meet now. He works 2nd shift at the home, and is therefore available for any day-time work that might help him out. He came here as a farmer, and so can do anything in the yard; he can help with Christmas lights, decorations, trees, or yard clean up; as a personal care-giver, he could also assist anyone who might need help caring for a male family member. Please call the church office at 288-4721 if you could use his help, or contact Betty Barry, Mary Plybon, or Dan Jones for references.

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F R A N C I S E P I S C O PA L C H U R C H A Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop The Rt. Rev. Albert (Chip) Marble, Assisting Bishop The Rt. Rev. William Gregg, Assistant Bishop P ARISH S TAFF

The Rev. Michael Moulden, Rector The Rev. Robert Black, Assistant Rector Amanda Harmon, Director of Children's and Youth Ministry Liz Harvey, Youth Ministry Assistant Rae Augustin, Day School Director Sam Doyle, Choir Director

Pat Copley, Organist Jane Woody, Junior Choir Director Linda Allgood, Parish Administrator Bonnie Thyer, Communications Coordinator Mike Taylor, Facilities Manager Linda Lambe, Bookkeeper Rigoberto Bautista, Custodian

On the web at: www.stfrancisgreensboro.org Phone 336-288-4721 Fax 336-288-4760 St. Francis Day School 336-288-4740

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL 3506 Lawndale Drive Greensboro, NC 27408

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