ADULT FORMATION – PRACTICING PEACE DURING ADVENT Sunday morning December 1- Deepening Our Understanding Of Peace, December 8- Making Peace With Ourselves December 15- Making Ourselves Instruments Of God’s Peace and Practicing Peace As A “Holy Yes” at 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. For more information please see the bulletin board in Rose Hall. To register for the class, please go to www.stanneswarsaw.org under Adult Formation.
DECEMBER OUTREACH OF THE MONTH
GIVING TREE We will collect items to keep children warm on the cold winter days. Please bring coats, hats, mittens and scarves to be donated to the Title One Schools in Warsaw and place them on the “Giving Tree” in the entrance area.
REVERSE ADVENT BASKETS An idea for your family during Advent… The concept is similar to the Advent Calendar (each day opening a window in the calendar reveals a treat - usually chocolate) only in reverse. Using a basket (or box) each day during Advent you place an item in the basket. On December 24 you have a bountiful collection of goods that you then deliver to the group or organization of your choice. Some examples: food banks, Fellowship Mission, Beaman Home, Animal Welfare League, Combined Community Services, St. Margaret’s House supported by the Diocese of Northern Indiana and located at the Cathedral/Diocese Office in South Bend. You may think of others. This is a personal opportunity to minister to the needy of our community. How big a basket, how big a box? It really depends on what you are collecting and for whom. A smaller basket would be good for personal hygiene products, while a laundry basket might be better for larger items. We have even seen examples using wine boxes (12 bottles per box, two boxes is 24 days). The boxes are more useful for collecting food or other large items. A family may need to have a large box! Think about what would hold 24 items. You will be surprised how much will be collected in a very short period of Advent. On the fourth Sunday of Advent Fr. Ryan will Bless the Baskets at the 10:15 Service.
ADVENT DINNER Friday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. SAMS will provide the meal and ECW will provide the desserts. Please sign up on the bulletin board to attend. Steve Shelby has crafted a beautiful piece of art work to be given that night. More details are available at the gift counter.
TOWARD MORE PRODUCTIVE COMMUNICATIONS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTIONS St. Anne’s will host a workshop on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m. This training will help educate and train people with skills that can be used in conflict resolution, conflict communication, and conflict transformation. To attend, please sign up in Rose Hall.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING Saturday, December 14 from 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Christian Formation Classes are scheduled to ring bells for Salvation Army at both entrances at Walmart. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in Rose Hall. One adult “captain” is needed at each location for each time slot.
SOUND SYSTEM MATCHING FUNDS St. Anne’s has been looking into an updated sound system for several months. We have a portion of the money set aside. We have an anonymous donor that is willing to match funds up to $5000 to make this happen. If you would like to make a gift toward a new sound system, please make checks payable to St. Anne’s and indicate Sound System on the memo line. We would love to have donations in by December 10.
CHEESEBALLS If you would like to purchase cheeseballs after the service, they are available for $5 each in Rose Hall. They are also available at Zales Drug Store, Freedom Oil and Sherman & Lins.