CONNECTING WHO WE ARE
TO WHAT WE DO
November 15, 2023
On Monday, November 12, our very own Ms. Allison turned 90! She has been a part of our community for 62 years and has managed the Gallery for the last 24 years. The staff at St. B's celebrated her with coffee and donuts and she blessed us with her memories, life lessons, and faith. If you would like to wish her Happy Birthday, she's in the Gift Gallery & Bookstore from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on weekdays and in the mornings on Sundays.
Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Please join us this Sunday, November 19, for Holy Eucharist at either 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. The 8:30 service will be live-streamed and available on demand for later viewing. For Families: The nursery will open at 8:15 a.m. for ages 0–3 years, and the 8:30 service will include a children's homily for 3 yrs through 6th grade.
Christian formation for children and youth will begin at 10 a.m.
There will be no Adult Formation this Sunday. In place of adult classes, the annual St. B's Art Fair take place in the gym following the 8:30 service and will continue until noon.
SEASON OF GRATITUDE & GENEROSITY | MAKE A FINANCIAL PROMISE
This is the last week of our Season of Gratitude & Generosity, during which we've heard stories of God's abundance from our parishioners. Last Sunday, Rachel Dyer, our Jr. Warden on the Vestry, shared how serving with our Children's Ministries has impacted both her and her daughter Eleanor in meaningful ways. To hear Rachel's story in more detail, click HERE (starting at 47:20). This week we ask you to prayerfully consider making a specific financial promise for 2024 to support God's work at St. B's. We are also accepting gifts for 2023, but it helps us greatly to know what our income will be in 2024 so that we can plan our budget. Your financial promise for 2024 will help us answer God's call at St. B's.
PURCHASE AN ADVENT WREATH & SUPPORT OUR YOUTH | SALE ENDS NOVEMBER 29!
The time of Advent is nearly here! In previous years, we sold Advent wreath kits and hosted an Advent wreath-making event, but we're doing things a little differently this year. Our Youth are doing the work for you! Each purchase funds the Youth's annual high school Service and Learning Trip. There are two purchase options to choose from:
Purchase a pre-made Advent Wreath along with this year's Episcopal Liturgy & Devotional, Praise, and Promise: Advent Word Reflections, for $35 (or $25 with the return of a metal wreath ring from previous years).
If you already have an Advent Wreath, purchase this year's Advent Liturgy & Devotional, Promise and Praise: Advent Word Reflections, for $10.
To reserve your Advent items, click <<HERE>>. Wreaths and devotionals will be available for pickup on December 3 (the first day of Advent).
2023 FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT | TALENT CALL!
On December 17 at 6:30, an annual favorite is returning, the Family Christmas Concert! Are you interested in performing this year? Whether you're a musician, poet, dancer, actor, you name it, we'd love to hear from you! All ages are welcome. If you have an idea, please let us know. For questions or to submit an idea, contact David Madeira, Director of Music. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 27.
NASHVILLE NEIGHBORS | INFORMAL MEETING, THIS SUNDAY!
If you are interested in loving our neighbors by promoting health and wellness among newly arrived refugees through Siloam Health's Nashville Neighbors program, we are holding an informational meeting this Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. This still gives you time to visit the Art Fair (there is no adult formation). Please contact parishioner Doug Heimburger for more information.
NOMINATIONS FOR VESTRY | DEADLINE DECEMBER 1
Vestry nomination season is here! Please prayerfully consider who to nominate (including yourself) for service on the vestry. The new term begins in January 2023 and lasts for three years. Requirements to stand for vestry: 1) Be a confirmed member in good standing 2) Demonstrate a meaningful walk with Jesus 3) Be at least 18 years old 4) Contribute meaningfully with time, talent, and treasure to St. B's. For more information on what vestry entails, see the "Who Should Serve" article here or ask any current vestry member. Please send nominations to the Wardens – Andrew Kintz and Rachel Dyer.
CHILDREN'S FORMATION NEEDS MID-WEEK VOLUNTEERS
Children's Formation needs your help! These things can be done mid-week in the daytime or evenings:
- Weekly Jobs: sharpening colored pencils, alphabetizing name tags, painting new materials, running errands, etc.
- Event Help: prep work, set-up, and take-down of Children's events.
- Nativity Presentation: help with washing/sorting/organizing costumes and painting/creating props.
- Hospitality for the Catechesis Course: Make lunch or bring snacks one weekend throughout the year. Food can be dropped off on Friday, and you will be reimbursed.
Please contact Meredith if one of these jobs matches your giftings. Thank you in advance for supporting our children and families!
DONATION FOR RITI GUESTS | HELP RESTOCK ITEMS MOST NEEDED!
Did you know that St. B’s provides socks and underwear to our Room In The Inn guests? Each week guests can choose new socks, new underpants (boxers are a favorite), and new undershirts! Help us restock the cupboard for the upcoming season by donating new men’s socks and men’s underwear (underpants and undershirts) in all sizes from small to XXX large. Items can be left in the bin in the parish hall lobby. Questions? Please contact Nancy Hyer.
ROOM IN THE INN | VARIOUS SPOTS OPEN IN DECEMBER & JANUARY
We are grateful for all the spots that have been filled so far! There are still many volunteer areas open throughout December and January. This program not only gives to those in need but also deeply touches those who volunteer. Each weekend, St. B's gym and its volunteers provide safe shelter, warm meals, and fellowship for our neighbors struggling with homelessness during the coldest months of the year.
To sign up or learn more, click <<HERE>>.
ADVENT QUIET MORNING WITH SHANNON TRUSS | DECEMBER 3
Advent begins December 3. St. B's invites you to prepare your heart for the season with our Advent Quiet Morning. Hymns, poems, and scripture will shape our time of contemplation and rest. Begin this Advent with anticipation. Join us Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m.- Noon at St. B’s in the Sanctuary. Click <<HERE>> to RSVP.
AN ADVENT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS | DECEMBER 3
An iconic tradition of the Advent season, join the choir and musicians of St. B’s for a service of Advent Lessons & Carols. This service, dating back to 19th-century England, tells the story from creation to the birth of Jesus through scripture, choral music, and the singing of Advent carols. Bring your friends and neighbors to this December highlight! Childcare is available for children 4 yrs and under with RSVP by Dec. 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRED GROUND SERIES | REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 6
St. B’s is hosting Sacred Ground, the Episcopal Church's discussion series on race and faith, on Tuesday evenings, January 9 - March 19, 6:30-8:00 pm. This series invites us to examine our history and to envision a future of healing and reconciliation. Members of our Diocesan Beloved Community Commission will facilitate the sessions. Held in Wallace Hall with limited space given to the first 35 participants from the Diocese. Sign-ups are open through December 6. Virtual version will be offered on Monday evenings, Jan. 9-March 18, 6:30-8:00 pm. For in-person course click <<HERE>> or to register for the Zoom course click <<HERE>>. More information can be found here .
WOMEN'S GATHERING | CHRISTMAS PARTY, DECEMBER 12
Please join us for the St. B's Women's Christmas Party at Kathy Edwards' home (1110 Stonewall Drive, Nashville, TN, 37220) on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6–8 p.m. Come and enjoy some festive food and drink, and sing Christmas carols! Bring an appetizer or drink to share OR a Room In the Inn donation of new men's t-shirts, socks, or underwear in any size. Parking is limited to one side of the street so women are encouraged to carpool. Meet in the St. B’s parking lot close to the parish hall at 5:45 p.m. Cars will leave at 5:50 p.m. to go to Kathy Edwards’ house. Contact Wendy with any questions.
Young Adults Friendsgiving Potluck, this Sunday! Join us for a warm and friendly Thanksgiving celebration! The Young Adults group is invited for a delightful Friendsgiving party on November 19 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. We'd love for you to share in the joy by bringing your favorite side dish or dessert. Help us make sure we prepare enough food by sending an RSVP to Alysha Moroni!
Second Tuesdays for Men holds their next gathering, Tuesday, Dec 12. Every second Tuesday, the men of St. B's gather at M.L. Rose on 8th Ave at 5:30 p.m. to connect and eat! Come as often as you can. Email David with questions or to get on his reminder list.
Altar Flower Dedications: Spots are available to dedicate altar flowers in honor, remembrance, celebration, or recognition of a loved one or significant event. Sign-up on the bulletin board outside the church office or by clicking <<HERE>>.
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
If you have a prayer request or would like to add a name to the prayers, please email Butch at email@example.com.
Receive prayer on Sundays after communion at the prayer desk in the alcove nearest the lectern or on Wednesdays after the 12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist.
19 - St. B's Art Fair (No Adult Formation), Youth Friendsgiving Meal; Young Adult Friendsgiving Potluck;
456 & Youth Nativity Prep, Nashville Neighbors informal meeting
26 - No Formation Classes
29 - Last Day to reserve an Advent Wreath
1 - Deadline for Vestry Nominations, contact Andrew Kintz and Rachel Dyer to submit a name
2 - Advent Quiet Morning with Shannon Truss, 9:00 a.m. - noon
3 - Lesson & Carols, 5 p.m.; Pick up reserved Advent Wreaths & Devotionals; Advent begins
6 - Level 1 & 2 Children's St. Nick Diner Night, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Last day to register for Sacred Ground
10 - Youth Gingerbread House Making Contest, 10 a.m.; Young Adults Christmas Party, 5:30 p.m.
12 - Women's Gathering, Christmas Party, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
17 - Children's Nativity Presentation, 10 a.m. (in lieu of Formation Hour), Family Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m.
21 - Youth Holiday Movie Party, 12-3 p.m.
24 - Advent IV Eucharist, 9:30 a.m.(one service); Christmas Eve Services: Holy Eucharist, 4:30 p.m., Carol Sing, 9:15 p.m.; Holy Eucharist, 9:30 p.m.
25 - Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.
31 - Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m. (one service only)
Wednesday: Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers in the Nave, 12:15 p.m.
Sunday: Holy Eucharist in the Nave, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
4800 Belmont Park Terrace, Nashville TN 37215
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