Announcements 11/25

ADVENT GIVING TREE
The Advent Giving Tree is up! If you are able to assist a Vashon family in need, please take a tag (or two) from the tree, buy the gift, wrap it, attach the tag, and return it to the church by December 16th. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and willingness to make Christmas brighter for those families. If you are unable to return the gift by December 16th, please contact Diane at 253-579-4683. Merry Christmas and God bless you.

LA PASTORELLA
All kids invited to dance!
Lucina Antunez is leading rehearsals of the dance La Pastorella which is performed to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, and all children are invited. Rehearsals are here at SJV week nights at 6:30-7:30  for the next two and half weeks. We will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th, with La Pastorella at 6:00 followed by Mass. No need to sign up—simply show up and learn the dance.

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS--$15

We are selling Christmas poinsettias that will decorate our church for the Christmas season. Plants are $15 each and can be purchased in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Plants will be labeled and a list of names of those being remembered will also be placed on the altar in the Prayer Book of Intentions for all Christmas Masses. Order forms are on the table in the vestibule. The deadline to order plants is Sunday, Dec. 16th. Please call Mary Ann Beardsley with questions, 206-567-4273.
SJV's 
Advent Lessons & Carols 2018
1st Rehearsal is this Sunday after the 10:30 Mass!
All parish children are invited to participate in our parish's advent tradition of telling the Advent and Christmas story through bible verses and carols. We are learning a new song this year, and we invite children who play an instrument to accompany some of our carols! If your child is interested, please come to the first rehearsal this Sunday. We will assign readings and costumes.

There is rehearsal this Sunday after the 10:30 Mass!
Rehearsals are quick, just 12:00-12:30, on Dec. 2 and 9.
Lessons and Carols will be performed on Dec. 16 at 9:30.

Book Group to discuss
'The Denial of Death'
The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "The Denial of Death," by Ernest Becker, from 4 to 5:30 pm, next Sunday, Dec 2, at the Vashon Lutheran Church, 18623 Vashon Hwy SW. All are welcome. Becker, a cultural anthropologist and philosopher, argues that the fear of death unconsciously drives most human experience and can only be conquered through faith in a higher power. 

GOSPEL/BIBLE STUDY
9:15-10:15am Sundays
Join Fr. David or Brandon Sheard who will use Bishop Mueggenberg’s reflections on the Good News to lead us deeper into the Gospel reading of each Sunday. This class runs through March. Class will meet this weekend, and on Dec. 2. There will be no class this Sunday.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Do you or someone you know need emergency help with rent, food, or utilities? Call the St. Vincent de Paul hotline at 206.450.7577 to arrange a home visit. 

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce necesita ayuda de emergencia con el alquiler, la comida o las utilidades? Llame al 206.450.7577 para arreglar una visita al hogar.
Help SVdP help hurricane victims
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) now responds to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters in the United States? In fact, Vincentians have assisted hurricane survivors in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico in recent months. Learn more at: https://www.svdpdisaster.org/about-us. At the invitation of the national SVdP, our parish conference is designating funds to help survivors of natural disaster. If you’d like to help, mark your SVdP for disaster relief. 
Thank you.

Advent Pancake Breakfast

Advent Pancake Breakfast following 10:30 Mass on Sunday 12/2. Suggested donation $5/person, $15/family.

Help is needed with clean-up.


Harvest of Memories
Thank you very much for sharing your photos of your loved ones with the parish. This weekend please remember to pick up your photo from the Harvest of Memories display around the Baptismal font.

Baptismal Preparation
For those families looking forward to a Baptism in 2019, the next three Baptismal Preparation Classes will be held on Jan. 3, March 4, and July 25. At least one parent and one godparent must attend this class. Baptism weekends will be Jan. 12-13, April 27-28, and Aug. 3-4.