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Boże Narodzenie (Christmas) -   Greta Leśko, contemporary icon
 
The Week of Advent IV at All Saints

December 24, Vigil of the Nativity
   5 p.m. - Carol Sing
   5:30 p.m. - Children's Procession to the Creche and Choral High Eucharist

December 25, The Nativity of Our Lord
   10:30 a.m. - Holy Communion with Hymns

December 26, St. Stephen, Protomartyr (see below)
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 27, St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 28, Holy Innocents
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 29, St. Thomas of Canterbury, B.M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass
Volunteers Needed
We are in need of a few more volunteers to help fill out our nursery schedule. This is a simple way to serve the church and help raise up our youngsters. Depending on how many volunteers we get, you would serve once every 6-8 weeks during the 10:30 service with a fellow volunteer. 

All of our volunteers who work with children have a background check performed and you will be asked to complete one prior to serving. 

Please speak to Natalie Fickley, who coordinates the schedule, or e-mail her: nfickley@gmail.com.
All Saints Missions Committee
Please take a moment to learn more about the work of our parish missions committee, and how you can get involved, on the bulletin board in the Undercroft -- and read the purpose statement below! 

Missions Committee Purpose Statement:
The All Saints Missions Committee has four specific functions: to vet ministries for All Saints to support using the committee's Vetting Guidelines; to provide service opportunities for All Saints parishioners; to educate the parish on missions-related topics; to submit an annual budget to the Vestry.


Fr. Mark concluded our Advent Sermon Series on the Four Last Things on Advent IV. You can find his sermon on heaven online: text and audio available.
Fr. Sean's Herbert Poetry Series for Advent

Heaven
George Herbert


O who will show me those delights on high?
                            Echo.         I.
Thou Echo, thou art mortall, all men know.
                            Echo.         No.
Wert thou not born among the trees and leaves?
                            Echo.         Leaves.
And are there any leaves, that still abide?
                            Echo.         Bide.
What leaves are they? impart the matter wholly.
                            Echo.         Holy.
Are holy leaves the Echo then of blisse?
                            Echo.         Yes.
Then tell me, what is that supreme delight?
                            Echo.         Light.
Light to the minde : what shall the will enjoy?
                            Echo.         Joy.
But are there cares and businesse with the pleasure?
                            Echo.         Leisure.
Light, joy, and leisure ; but shall they persever?
                            Echo.         Ever.
Saints Bio: St. Stephen, Protomartyr

St. Stephen’s Day is a sober and timely reminder of the trials of the Christian life. Stephen is the first deacon to proclaim Christ, and also the first to be martyred for that testimony. He was one of the seven deacons appointed by the apostles in the early days of the Church, and is most likely of Hellenistic Jewish descent. Filled with the Holy Spirit and learned in the Scriptures and Jewish history, he gave an apology for the Faith in the midst of a crowd of Jews, contained in the 7th chapter of Acts of the Apostles. Moses and the prophets all pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of Israel and of mankind:

“When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

Contact us at:
3889 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 979-2842
www.allsaintscville.org

Office: allsaintscville@gmail.com
Fr. Spencer: frgmspencer@gmail.com
Fr. McDermott: mcd.seanedwards@gmail.com

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