Winter News 2016
Spend the holidays with your church family. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our savior.
Christmas Eve: 10:00 p.m.
Festival Eucharist of the Nativity - a reception will follow
Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.
New Year's Day: 10:00 a.m.
New Year's Day Mass
Confirmation Classes set Begin January 8
We are excited to begin preparing a group of our youth for confirmation. Confirmation Classes will begin on January 8th. They will be held the 2nd and 4th Sundays in January, February and March. Parishioner Roberta Hoke and Mac Loftin our seminarian will be leading the classes. Confirmation follows Baptism as a rite of initiation at which those who were baptized at an early age reaffirm the vows that were taken on their behalf. Confirmations are scheduled to take place by deaneries around the diocese in 2017. The confirmation scheduled for the Boston Harbor Deanery is on Saturday April 29 at a location to be determined. Participating youth are also encouraged to attend the pre-confirmation retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center from Friday evening April 7 through Saturday afternoon April 8.
Fiscal year 2016 is coming to an end on December 31. If you have outstanding pledges please try to get them to us by then. We will only keep the books open for a short time beyond that date. If you haven't made a pledge for 2017 please make sure to get that to us as soon as possible. We are preparing next year's budget and need to have an accurate idea of what revenue we will be receiving through pledging. On Sunday January 8, 2017 we will present the budget to the congregation. Following the service that day we will have time to discuss the proposed budget and answer any questions. Changes will then go to the vestry to be voted on at our January vestry meeting. The proposed budget will then be presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting on January 29.
The Ordination of Christopher Whiteman to the Priesthood
God willing and the people consenting, the Rev. Christopher Whiteman will be ordained to the priesthood on Sunday January 29, 2017. The service will take place at the Groton School at 282 Farmers Row in Groton, Massachusetts. Musical preludes will begin at 3:30 and there will be a reception following the service. St. Mary's is arranging for buses to travel from there to the service. If you would like to go and need transportation please speak with Fr. Thayer.
Stop Hunger Now
On Saturday January 29 volunteers from the Boston Harbor Deanery churches will gather together for a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event. Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Based in Raleigh, N.C., they operate meal packaging programs at 20 cities in the U.S. and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines.
They have engaged over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers in meal packaging. In just under two hours, a group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,152 nutrient-rich meals for the undernourished globally. They also educate volunteers about hunger and inspire them to help end it.
How they do it: They distribute meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students' health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are crucial to address global issues.
The food packaging event will be held January 28 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Church of the Advent - 30 Brimmer Street, Boston. Come alone or bring a team. All are welcome!
Annual Parish Meeting & Vestry Elections
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017. This meeting is called in accordance with the requirements of the bylaws of the parish for the purpose of:
If you would like to be nominated for a position on the vestry or to be elected as a delegate to convention or deanery representative, please speak with Cynthia Brewington the Senior Warden, Fr. Thayer or any current vestry member.
Sip, Dip & Dabble Again
Save the date! Another Sip Dip and Dabble event is tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2017. If you have not attended either of the previous events, you are in for a treat. For $25 you are given all of the materials and instruction you will need to create a painting. That's the "dabble" part. The "sip and dip" part refers to the great food and beverages also provided. Stay tuned for more information on this event in the near future.