Announcements for the week beginning November 17, 2019

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.

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.

Kids Sunday Adventures – Children meet each week in the Library right after the 8:30 service. We begin with healthy snacks and then tell stories, sing songs and do activities to learn more about the story of God, God’s people, His Church, and His love for us. Please join us.

Announcements for the bulletin and eblast are due by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to donna@holyfaithchurchsf.org or call the parish office at 982-4447. Announcements may be subject to editing due to limited space.

Adult Forum – At the form this Sunday, 11 days before Thanksgiving, parishioner Cissy Lewis will look at poems of gratitude. On Sunday, Nov. 24, Fr. Jim will present a second forum on the Gospel of Matthew, this one focusing on the theology found in the gospel.

Body & Soul Yoga for the Holidays continues on Mondays, November 18 and December 2 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Palen Hall, led by Carla Self, registered yoga teacher 500 hour. A donation of $5 per class is requested to support the Clergy Discretionary Fund. Please bring a yoga mat. This class is gentle yoga for ‘Every Body.’ Contact Carla at (903) 744-0160 or cself825@hotmail.com with any questions.

Annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner – Join us on Sunday, November 24, 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. Sign up on the sheets posted on the bulletin boards outside of the Palen Hall kitchen.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. – This beautiful Advent service is presented in the tradition as the one sung annually at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, since 1918. Through music and readings, the Festival of Lessons and Carols explores Christian themes of God’s Advent and Incarnation in our Lord Jesus Christ. A reception will follow this service in Palen Hall.

Women of the Parish – Come experience Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures) on the first two Thursdays in Advent, Dec. 5 and 12. Two sessions will be offered, 2 to 3:30 and 5 to 7. The afternoon class will be held in the Kinsolving Room. Children are invited to come to the evening class and we’ll begin in the Youth Room with a light dinner. After dinner the children will go to the playroom (nursery) and the adults will go to the Kinsolving Room. Registration is limited and is required by Monday, Dec. 2. Please contact the parish office to register.

Save the Dates – The 137th St. Nicholas Bazaar will be held in Palen Hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bazaar includes handmade gifts, baked goods, original artwork by Holy Faith artists, wreaths, and wonderful treasures from Twice Blessed. Twice Blessed will again have a Preview Party on Friday, December 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with $10 donation at the door). Call or text Sue Kropschot if you have questions or can volunteer for the bazaar at 303-440-4475 and call or text Ruth Rael at 505-699-6687 about volunteering for the Twice Blessed sale.

Grief Ministry Workshop – On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the parish’s Grief Ministry is inviting parishioners and non-parishioners to join together to offer open hearts and ears to one another. Grief and bereavement appear in many guises and the holiday season often accentuates these difficult emotions. Three experienced facilitators of the Grief Ministry are honored to open a space for emotional and spiritual healing in a group setting. The workshop fee is $25. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be served. Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 9. Please contact Gordon Hawthorne at gordonhawthorne1@gmail.com with questions and for registration.

2019 Year-End Giving Statements – Year-end giving is welcome and encouraged at The Church of the Holy Faith! All contributions for 2019 must be postmarked (or dropped off in the parish office) by December 31. Contributions received after that date will be posted to the 2020 calendar year. 2019 year-end giving statements will be sent out in January. If you are unsure of how much you have given toward your 2019 pledge, please contact the parish office.

2020 Parish Photo Directories – We are compiling the 2020 Parish Directory and encourage you to notify the parish office if you have any updates to your contact information, wish to submit a photo, or you have special instructions regarding your entry in the parish directory. The deadline for directory updates is December 31. If you have questions, please contact donna@holyfaithchurchsf.org or call the parish office at 982-4447. Directories will be distributed at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26.

Beware of Gift Card Scam – This scam continues to target churches across the country. Scam emails designed to look as though they have been sent by the rector or bishop requesting “a favor” prey upon the loyalty and generosity of church members. Do not be fooled – legitimate emails from Fr. Robin always originate from fr.robin@holyfaithchurchsf.org. Fr. Robin will never email you asking for a gift card. The only email address that Bishop Michael will use for DRG business is bishophunn@dioceserg.org.

Recycle for Sight and Hearing Aid Recycling Program – The Capital City Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to those in need. If you have old or no longer needed eyeglasses, sunglasses or hearing aids, please donate them in the collection box that is near the back entry to Palen Hall or phone Sylvia Stevens at 946-0473 for more information. “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.”

Remember to use Amazon Smile for your Shopping –Holy Faith is part of the Amazon Smile program, through which recognized charitable organizations receive 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases. To sign up, visit http://smile.amazon.com. Once there, you will be asked to identify your favorite charity. In the search box enter “Church of the Holy Faith.” You will see a list of possible matches. Select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”) You will now see the Amazon Smile logo in the upper left corner. The rest is easy. Just start shopping. Once you’ve selected your charity everything in Amazon behaves the same way you have been used to. Remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop. You have to think about it the first few times you return to Amazon, then it will come naturally. If you don’t hit smile.amazon.com, and you don’t see the Amazon Smile logo, then we will not get credit for your purchases. Remember to SMILE rather than WWW. If you already use smile.amazon.com and want to change your designated charity to Holy Faith, log on to smile.amazon.com, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Under “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in Church of the Holy Faith and click on the Search button. More than one option will appear, so make sure to select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”)

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.