Announcements for the week beginning November 19, 2017
Nursery – A Nursery for children 4 years and younger is available in Conkey House on Sundays from 8:15 am through the 11:00 am service, and on Tuesdays from 5:45 pm during the Taizé Eucharist. For more information, please call Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.
Children’s Chapel – All children 3½ through 11 years old are invited to Children’s Chapel in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for Bible stories, prayers, singing, and art projects. Children will process into the Nave at the Peace to join their parents for the Eucharist. If you are a family with children you are encouraged to be seated in the first four rows reserved especially for you.
Hospital Notification – Holy Faith Parishioners admitted to the hospital are encouraged to contact one of the Holy Faith Clergy. Due to HIPAA restrictions, hospitals are not authorized to release patient information, and therefore our Clergy are often unaware when a parishioner has been admitted to the hospital. We take our pastoral responsibilities seriously and want to bring the ministry of prayer and healing to our parishioners.
Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Hurricanes and Wildfires – In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the California wildfires, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with our partners in the region to reach the most vulnerable. Give to our Hurricane Relief Fund and help people recover. This fund will support affected communities in the Caribbean and the US devastated after fires, hurricanes and tropical storms. Your donation will help meet urgent needs by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and offering long-term assistance as needed. Go to http://www.episcopalrelief.org/ for more information and to donate.
A Spiritual Pilgrimage to England and Wales – Fr. Robin will lead a pilgrimage to England and Wales from August 10-23, 2018, which includes visits to St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Cathedral, Malmesbury Abbey and Gardens, Clifton, Bath, Wells Cathedral, Tintern Abbey, St. Davids Cathedral, Ramsey Island, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Oxford. The price including airfare from Albuquerque is $5,995. Brochures with registration information will be available in the parish office beginning the week of May 28.
Pledge Card Ingathering – Holy Faith’s Ingathering of our 2018 pledges is set for November 19 at all services. To pledge, you can either mail your pledge card to the Holy Faith office (an addressed envelope was included in your pledge materials) or bring your pledge card up to the altar today. The Holy Faith community is a community blessed with true believers and givers. As you prayerfully consider your 2018 pledge, be assured that your pledge supports your spiritual needs as well all the ministries of Holy Faith.
Adult Forum – On Sunday, Nov. 19, Fr. Robin will talk about Episcopal Church policy, Specifically reviewing the recent Diocesan Convention and Deanery Meeting.
Annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner – Join us on Sunday, November 19, at 5 p.m., when we as a parish family count our blessings and wrap up the annual Stewardship Campaign with a Thanksgiving Potluck Supper. The turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and bread will be provided – the rest is up to you! Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert.
November Peanut Butter Caper – Thank you Holy Faith for your generosity in donating over 100 jars of peanut butter for Feeding Santa Fe, the all-volunteer food pantry that gives bags of groceries and produce to up to 900 hungry families every week. Please donate only jars that are 18-oz. or smaller (larger jars do not fit in the grocery bags). Jars can be dropped off in the back of the church or outside Ann MacVicar’s office in Conkey House. Want to volunteer on Wednesday or Thursday mornings, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., to help bag and give hand out groceries to the drive-through clients? Email Susan Odiseos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Office Closure – The parish office is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, in observance of Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving Day Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
A Call for Vestry Candidates – Holy Faith’s Vestry attends to all business matters of the parish and are representatives of the parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its Clergy and to the Diocese. Members of the Vestry must be communicants of the parish in good standing and they serve for a term of three (3) years. Vestry members are expected to attend regular Vestry meetings (usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month), participate in Vestry retreats, and be active in attending and supporting parish functions. If you feel called to serve in this vital role, please contact Fr. Robin with your interest before December 31. Fr. Robin can be reached at 982-4447, ext. 101 or at email@example.com.
The Fascination of Nativities: Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. in the parish library – Nativities represent a visual depiction of the “wondrous gift”, the birth of Jesus. Nothing in the world is made in more different ways and styles and materials than nativity scenes. Susan Topp Weber has written two books about nativities, and she will discuss them in the library, with a special focus on southwest nativities. She will show examples of nativities from her personal collection as well as some from the fine collection of Phyllis Lehmberg. Susan hosted the biennial convention of nativity collectors at La Fonda in Santa Fe in 2005, and she will host it again in November of 2019. She can give you information about that event and future World Congress of Nativity Collectors conventions in Aachen, Germany in 2020 and Sevilla, Spain in 2023.
135th St. Nicholas Bazaar – Great shopping 10-2 on Saturday, December 2, and at the Twice Blessed Preview Sale from 4:30-6:30 on Friday, December 1! Are you baking cookies, breads, pies, tarts? Making candy? You can bring these delicacies to Palen Hall on Friday December 2, after 9 a.m. and we will package and price. Questions? Call Ruth Rael at 983-2077.
Advent Forums – The Forum for the first three Sundays in December will be an exploration of spiritual poetry pertaining to Advent, both to the season itself and to the notion of new beginnings and spiritual awakenings. The Bible, of course, is filled with stunning and moving poetry, and poetry can be a powerful venue for deepening our understanding of our faith and ourselves. Among the poets to be explored will be T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell and Mary Oliver. Cissy Lewis, a former English teacher and current congregant at Holy Faith, will lead the discussion.
December Free Spirits – On Saturday, December 9th, at 4 p.m. Kay Swindell will be our hostess for our annual Christmas party. It will be a potluck and Kay will provide the main course. Please bring a side dish and wine if you’d like. We will do our Secret Santa gift swap, so be thinking about what kind of a gift you’d like to bring. I’ll have more info in the weeks to come. – Rebecca Tobey, 603-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all Children for the Holy Faith Christmas Pageant – All Holy Faith children and grandchildren ages 3-12 are invited to sign up for the Christmas Pageant. Come tell the story of Jesus’ birth in costume with the familiar words of the Gospel read by the narrator. The Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 24. Rehearsals are conveniently held on Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17, from 9:45-10:30 a.m. in the church. The dress rehearsal will be on Thursday, December 21, from 4-5 p.m. Please RSVP to Donna in the parish office at email@example.com.
Holiday grief workshop, Dec. 8-9 – Celebrating Christmas following the loss of a loved one can be difficult. The purpose of this Holy Faith’s grief ministry workshop is to honor the past and help develop new ways that Christmas can be a time of deep renewal. Because people learn and express themselves in many different ways, we have designed a variety of experiences for the retreat. Our hope is that trying the familiar and the unfamiliar will deepen healing. The Friday, Dec. 8 session will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with registration available at 5. A light dinner will be served. The sessions Saturday, Dec. 9, are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee and light snacks will be available at 9. The $30 price for the retreat, held the Kinsolving Room, includes meals. For more information and to register, contact Molly Lott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 983-6424.
Join us in this Rewarding Ministry – We invite you to become a Grief Minister at Holy Faith – as a facilitator or to help with the food or administration. Our ministry is varied and includes weekend retreats, writing classes, art workshops, book studies and more. Facilitators meet monthly and we provide training in grief counseling. We serve the parish and are also an outreach program for the community. If you have a special program you would like to offer for this ministry, we also want to hear from you. This year we are creating a Resource Center, so we will need ministers who would like to work with the grief library and other materials. If you are interested in: becoming a facilitator or have a program you would like to offer, please contact Dr. Camille Barnett at 988-5403 or email@example.com, or John Rauch at 209-623-8577 or firstname.lastname@example.org; cooking and serving the food, please contact Jane Vander Velde at 913-0113 or email@example.com; helping with the library or administration, please contact Molly Lott at 983-6424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Faith Library – Our library has started a new category: Audio Books and DVDs. No CDs. When we have finished listening to a book for the third time we may want to donate it, so it can be circulated. (You could still take it out for the fourth hearing.) Any Audio books and DVDs suitable for a Church library are welcome, and will be catalogued and available for all to enjoy.
Support for Seminarian Ryan Jordan – We are so grateful to have such a supportive and generous parish family. Thanks to all of your ongoing prayers and support for Seminarian Ryan’s financial needs at Nashotah House. As you read this, please pray and consider contributing to what God is doing in His Church by raising up new leadership formed in prayer. You can donate either by contacting Donna at the parish office or by visiting nashotah.edu/support and selecting Ryan Christopher Jordan.
More youth books needed – The Rev. Madelynn Johnston says that St. Paul’s Peace Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, N.M., is most grateful for the youth books that Holy Faith parishioners have given and adds that they are looking for more. Gently used books for toddlers to teens are requested. They can be left at the office with Donna or placed outside Fr. Jim’s door.
Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving – The Missions and Outreach Committee is selling greeting cards which benefit organizations chosen as part of Holy Faith’s charitable outreach. They each say, in part, “a gift has been made in your honor … to help those in need in the community of Santa Fe and beyond.” The card is appropriate for giving any time of year, to recognize a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion, or perhaps to honor the memory of a departed friend. This all-occasion card pictures the beautiful Good Shepherd stained glass window in the church. The photo featured on the card is the work of Holy Faith’s very talented Alexandra Ward. Cards are $10 each and may be purchased in the parish office or by contacting Mitzi Barker (955-8395). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to honor your loved ones while helping others!
Additional Parking on Sundays – First Citizens Bank, a 2-minute walk from Holy Faith, is graciously allowing parishioners to use its parking lot Sundays. The bank is at 700 Paseo de Peralta. Its lot is at Marcy and Cienega streets. Parishioners should enter the lot off Cienega Street, opening an unlocked gate. The bank asks that parishioners always close the gate after them. Parishioners also can use the Peyton Wright Gallery parking lot, which is accessed off Paseo de Peralta.