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Advent and Christmas

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County Church invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us.

Sunday December 16th  at 4 PM finds our youth rehearsing for the first time for the Christmas Pageant. Then on Sunday, December 23rd they will rehearse immediately following the 10:30 AM Worship Service.

Our hot holiday meals is next on our journey as we sign up now to prepare and deliver on Christmas Day to those who are shut-in and/or alone.  Add your name to the list of volunteers and prepare to wield a spoon, donate Christmas Cookies, or drive a car as we bring the love of God out to all those who would be alone on Christmas.  Organizing this ministry takes place on Saturday, December 22 at First Lutheran in Warren.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent occurs in the morning on December 23rd with our usual Worship Service at 8:30 AM at St. Francis in Youngsville and our 10:30 AM Worship Service at Trinity in Warren.  Following both services greening of the churches will happen.

christmas-worshipTwo opportunities are being offered to you on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.

A service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant with young voices filling the Sanctuary, a brief children’s sermon, and hymns at Trinity in Warren at 5:00 PM.

Our musical offering with congregational singing, special music, candle lighting in celebration of the Lord’s birth at Trinity in Warren at 8:00 PM.

On Christmas Day join us at St. Francis in Youngsville for an 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet and a 9:00 AM simple Eucharist in celebration of Christmas.

 

The week between Christmas and New Years the office is closed with the clergy available for emergencies.

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Advent Study

The Becoming Beloved Community Advent Study is an outgrowth of the Episcopal Church’s call to boldly address racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Over three weeks participants will get to discuss different aspects of racial and cultural injustice that continue to keep us from realizing the vision of Jesus for us his church. This is an invitation to consider our unique perspectives in our local community and the stories of our personal lives, all built on the hope of what our baptismal covenant calls us: to be congregations of love, liberation, and hope.  We will meet on Wednesday night at 7 for the next three weeks. See Father Matthew for more information.

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Paint and Sip

Our Kitchen Fellowship gathers Sunday, December 2nd and includes a Paint and Sip.  Join us in Warren at 6 PM on Sunday, December 2nd for a relaxing evening of painting a picture while sipping the artist, Michelle Fox-Crowther. Wine along with non-alcoholic beverages provided.  The cost is $20.  Please sign-up in the entryway. Below is the painting:

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Bishop’s Visit

We all gather for worship, celebration, confirmations and receptions when The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania makes his Annual Visit to the Episcopal Mission of Warren County on Sunday,  November 11th.

We will have only one service on the 11th.  The service begins at 9:30 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 343 East Main Street, Youngsville.

A festive  brunch follows the service and you are welcome to bring a dish to share. We hope so see everyone at what is sure to be an inspirational get-together!

 

Fr. Matthew on Sabbatical

From September 16th to November 13th, our Vicar, the Rev. Matthew R. Scott, will be away on sabbatical. Read his letter to the congregations here. Picking up the pastoral leadership will be the Rev. Timothy Dyer, who has been serving as our Associate Vicar these past three years under Fr. Matthew’s leadership. While we will miss him, we pray for his growth in ministry and look forward to sharing all that God does with us while he is away.

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Confirmation/Reception Class

On November 11 the Bishop will be visiting the Episcopal Mission of Warren County, in particular St. Francis, our Youngsville location. This is a great opportunity for anyone over 16 years of age who was baptized as a child to be confirmed into the Episcopal Church, or anyone who was baptized in another tradition but has recently decided to make the Episcopal Mission of Warren County their place of worship to be received into the Episcopal Church. This is also an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to explore the Baptismal Covenant, which is the foundation of our faith.
In preparation for the Bishop’s visit, a Confirmation/Reception Class will be held on Sundays at 2pm beginning on September 30 through Sunday November 4. This class will focus on praying the Daily Office and exploring our Baptismal Covenant and how we live that covenant out in our daily lives.
Click here for more information concerning Confirmation/Reception found on our website.  If you are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or in attending the class, please sign up on the sheet in the entryway or speak to Fr. Tim.
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Paint & Sip

  Our Kitchen Fellowship welcomes our second Paint & Sip.  Join us in Warren at 6 PM on Sunday, September 30th for a relaxing evening of painting a picture while sipping the artist, Michelle Fox-Crowther. Wine and other non-alcoholic beverages provided.  The cost is $20.  Please sign-up in the entryway. Below is the painting:

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Blessing of Backpacks and Work Items

Sunday, September 2nd our worship will feature a time to pronounce God’s blessings upon the people of God and the things they use in their callings of life.  Students of all ages should bring a backpack for their school things.  Workers should bring an item that they use at work (and creativity is always appreciated).  Retirees should bring something that they use in their lives as part of living out their callings, too (even bridge cards have had God’s blessing go with them to their sacred tables).  Don’t miss this chance for us to recognize and welcome God’s place in our daily life and work.

 

Youth Adventure Club at Trinity

flat,800x800,075,f.u2 Trinity began hosting regular meetings in April of the Youth Adventure Club (although our young members are invited to come up with a better title than what the adults have here). Focusing on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the club will enjoy all that role-playing has to offer while reflecting on how we live out the Baptismal Covenant as followers of Jesus.

A recent newspaper article in the Times-Observer highlighted the increasing interest found at Warren-Beaty Middle School in a weekly afterschool D&D club in which some of our youth participate.  Around the same time, Father Matthew ran across an article on how an Episcopal youth group uses D&D as part of their youth group.

Important too is that Father Matthew has had a life-long relationship leading D&D adventures, stretching all the way back to sixth grade. He even continues a monthly web-based game that includes two of the players from that sixth grade group! But it was Jill Woody approaching him saying that she is finding our youth interested in hosting something since the middle school has a waiting list that made this all come together for us here.

Our plan is simple: invite our youth and their friends to come explore the fun of role-playing games, relying on a player’s covenant to remember our baptism while we play. Food, generous space, and exploring how to be Christian in this adventure called life will help nurture community. We’ll meet every other week or so (catch the latest updates on Facebook and the weekly E-News email for our next meeting dates).