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The First Sunday of Advent marks a transition

A message from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes: During the world’s transition into the a state of expectation of the Messiah, John the Baptist exhorted those who listened to prepare the way of the LORD and to make His way straight. How can we make a straight pathway for the LORD? In those exciting moments following my election as your 11th bishop, I addressed the electing convention via Zoom and asked you to be about the disciplines of prayer and Scripture study. Spiritual disciplines prepare us – AND they prepare the way of the LORD. This year during Advent, I invite you to renew your effort and commitment to a spiritual discipline. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get up five minutes earlier each morning and enjoy some quiet time with God.
  • Find a book of Advent meditations and read one each day.
  • Read the Gospel of Luke (it has 24 chapters and if you start December 1 and read a chapter a day, by Christmas Eve you will have read the entire Gospel!)
  • Find a basket and each day, put an item of food in it and donate it on Christmas Eve to a food pantry.
  • Make a gratitude list and each day add something to it. On this day, I give thanks for the Diocese of Southern Virginia and for Bishops Hollerith and Magness who have guided it.

My husband Tom and I are so very excited to be joining you in Southern Virginia! While we do not yet have a moving date, we are in the process of purchasing a home in Williamsburg and putting our house on the market here in South Bend. I hope to be in the Diocesan office by January 1 and look forward to my consecration in February with great anticipation and excitement. May your Advent be holy and blessed; full of chaos from which God will bring great healing and restorative energy! Please see the attached PDF for Bishop-Elect Haynes full message.

Consecration ServiceSaturday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. – Williamsburg: Consecration of the 11th Bishop Of the Diocese of Southern Virginia will be held February 1 at 11:00 a.m., the Most Reverend Michael Curry presiding. Service will be held at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Reception following the service in Kaplan Parish Hall. Information regarding parking will follow at a later date. Consecration can be viewed live and on-demand on the diocesan website.

Consecration Service Choir Saturday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. – Williamsburg: Calling singers from across the Diocese to join the massed choir that will provide music for the Consecration of the next Bishop of Southern Virginia.  The Consecration service is set for Saturday, February 1 at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. All singers must attend one rehearsal in January as well as the morning rehearsal before the service. Exact rehearsal times and locations will be announced in the fall.

As we approach the church’s new year, Year A, are you prepared?The Parish Book Store has resources for Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew (A Journey with Matthew, Focus on Matthew: A Study Guide for Groups and Individuals, and Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew) as well as Drawn to the Gospels: An Illustrated Lectionary by Jay Sidebotham with a commentary on each Sunday’s gospel reading and reproducible, witty drawings. The Parish Book Store has what you need!  Remember that church purchases are tax-free and receive a 10% discount. Order by calling 757-425-0114.

Chanco on the James and the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to join women from around the Diocese as we gather at Chanco on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th for a Time for Reflection in Advent. We will explore a fresh new approach to journaling as an avenue for spiritual discovery, renewal, and enrichment in our first ever Women’s Guided Gratitude Workshop. Come, gather in, and find your wings to write your story during Advent and beyond. You will consider and capture stories of gratitude while guided by a professional Personal Historian. Stories of a grateful heart link us to family, history, love, prayers, lessons learned, and new awakenings.

Friday and Saturday: $95 (reception, accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and program) $135 private room

Saturday only:            $35 (lunch and program)

Please follow this link to register: https://chanco.org/event/womens-advent-retreat

If you would like more information send an email the office and Sherry will forward brochures and other information to you.

The BridgeRVA is hosting a fundraiser in the Good Shepherd Parish Halltoday, Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Donations will support The Neighborhood Literacy Center. Special guests are Richard and Kathy Verlander, parents of Huston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.

Good Shepherd School Box Tops and Kroger Points: The school collects box tops for cash which can be found on many cereals, Betty Crocker, Annie’s, Nature Valley, Zip-lock, Hefty and many other products. There is a box for these on top of the mailboxes in the church library.

Help earn money for Good Shepherd every time you shop at Kroger! Simply link your rewards card to the school account number WJ444, and the school will receive a payment for points earned on your rewards card. Please note this is a new number and different from last year. Please visit the website http://www.kroger.com to sign up.

We are in the process of coordinating with Publix as well. Stay tuned!

Woodland Heights Makers Day: Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts will host an Arts & Crafts Festival. Local Artists and Artisans will showcase and sell their handmade objects. Proceeds will benefit the school. Saturday, November 23, 2019. 10am- 2pm. 3411 Semmes Avenue.

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