THIS WEEK AT ALL SAINTS:
DECEMBER 21: WEDNESDAY
Advent Supper, African Bible Study, and Compline at 6:00 pm—this week at Epiphany. Bring your favorite soup, salad, sandwiches, chips, or dessert to share!
DECEMBER 24: THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, CHRISTMAS EVE
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:00 pm
NO SERVICE ON CHRISTMAS DAY!
Christmas Eve Ministries (Just a Reminder):
Ushers: H. Sullivan & H. Sullivan
Acolyte: O. Roosevelt IV
Lector: H. Pierce
Gospel Bearer: C. Perry
Prayers: N. Prater
Chalice: L. McKean
Counter: O. Roosevelt
Vestry Rep: N. Prater
Coffee Host: None
Altar Guild: J. Roberts
Altar Flowers Today are given to the Glory of God
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Dan & Pat Hartley
Parish Prayer List
To add or remove names, contact one of the following:
Harry Sullivan at (803) 276-0007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neal Prater at 833-1545 or email@example.com
Please pray for: Mikell & Hal Stribling, Kay & Tommy Addison, Dillard & Charlotte Hill, Mary Barrus, Helen, Lisa, & Lori Wicks, Devon Stewart, Gordon Locatis, Ron Elson, Harriet Monahan, Katherine Barrett, Charles Lyman Bates, Barbara Anderson, David Roop, Paul Kohler, Le Ann Watson, Esabelle Davies, Walter Boyden, Mac Howe, Ted Watson, Carol Gurga, Sarah Pitts, Danny Snow, Art Alloy, Cephus Glenn, Edna Guthrie, Charles Krewson, Jim Spears.
NEWS AND COMING EVENTS:
64th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE will be held at 10:00 pm on December 24th. No service will be held on Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day). No incense will be used this year at the Christmas Eve service in consideration of those who have allergies. This will be Fr. Morgan’s last service at All Saints’.
UPDATE FROM THE VESTRY: After we say good-bye to Father Morgan at his last service with us on Christmas Eve, The Rev. Brice Wayne Kinyon will be our Supply Priest beginning Sunday, January 1, 2017. Father Kinyon will be with us for all 5 Sundays in January 2017. We welcome him as we begin this transition time until we call our new Rector.
The Rev. Wayne Kinyon graduated from Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, attended Swarthmore College, graduated from Duke University, and received his M.Div. from Sewanee.
He has served churches and chaplaincies in Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
He came to Columbia in 1999 as the first full-time chaplain at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. Retiring from Still Hopes in the summer of 2006, he next served as the part-time Priest-in-Charge of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Laurens, S.C. for over three years. Retiring from Epiphany, he was asked to do some services at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church near Eastover, S.C. Those few services turned into six years, retiring from there this past May. He can claim to be good at retiring, having done that four times now. However, as he said, he keeps flunking retirement! We are pleased that he is again serving as a supply priest.
He and his wife Carolyn (who is a church organist) have five children, and their families (seven grandchildren) are scattered around the country (Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Idaho).
UPDATE FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE: The Search Committee met with the Rev’d Canon d’Rue Hazel, Transition Minister for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, to receive the names of approved applicants for the position of Rector of All Saints’. Since then, Chairwoman Janet Roberts has set up interview appointments with all the applicants. Confidentiality requirements prevent answering any further questions at this time. Please pray God’s guidance for the work of the Committee and for the candidates, some of whom have also applied to other parishes.
ADULT FORUM will re-convene after the New Year as announced.
SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS are Janet Roberts (Chair), Forrest Adair, Marlene Halbert, Cindy Perry, Charles Rains, Oliver Roosevelt, Le Ann Watson, and Neal Prater (Vestry Liaison).
Please keep them in your prayers!
WE WILL SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT during the Prayers of the People in the Sunday service. We will pray for God to show us what he wants us to do and be in the Clinton/Laurens County community. Please pray for discernment in your daily prayers as well.
SINGING ROOSTER FAIR-TRADE COFFEE FROM HAITI is available through the church as a way of supporting our diocesan mission in Cange. An order sheet is placed in the church and in the parish hall. Buy some for yourself—and some to give as Christmas gifts! All proceeds go to the farmers who grow the coffee in Haiti.
GLUTEN-FREE COMMUNION WAFERS are always available upon request. Let the priest know before the service or at the communion rail.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM HAROLD AND ELIZABETH MORGAN: We are living in the rectory in Newberry, and are making trips back and forth to our new log cabin home in the Golden Valley Community, Rutherford County, NC—in the heart of the beautiful South Mountains. (The mailing address is Bostic, NC.) I will be commuting from Newberry to All Saints’ until my last day on December 31, 2016. My cell phone remains the same: 864-938-6693. My new personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Those who know my musical tastes will understand!) Our mailing address is now:
1207 Calhoun St.
Newberry, SC 29108.
Bostic is the home of the Bostic Lincoln Center, a NC Blue Ridge Heritage Historical Site. History buffs should look it up online. There is considerable evidence to support the claim that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln—the “Great Emancipator”—was actually born near Bostic, at a place known as Lincoln Hill, and moved west to Kentucky as an infant with his mother Nancy Hanks and her husband Tom Lincoln. The story, which is presented in detail at the Lincoln Center—and on their website—is fascinating and intriguing!