Current News at All Saints'

Leadership Development Series—Be a part of our monthly leadership development program from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., third Saturdays (except April 13). Anyone in the parish is invited to attend and learn more leadership skills. Come for our next installment, 'Creating Healthy Leaders and Church' on Dec. 15. And mark your calendars for our Jan. 19 session, 'Emotional Intelligence: Myers Briggs.' Join us to better understand what is going on in our own experience and to interpret the experiences of others.

Advent Lessons and Carols Service—Dec. 16, 11 a.m. in the Historic Church: The Advent Service of Lessons and Carols will immerse you in music, Scripture, mood, and meditation. It is a perfect way to prepare the heart and mind for the coming of Christ.

Youth Advent Service: Sunday, Dec. 16, 9 am in the Great Hall—Our youth will lead a special holiday service on December 16, including prayers of petition, thanksgiving, and intercession, that have been offered by All Saints' parishioners. Come, be fed in worship, music, and preaching by our youth group. In the weeks leading up to the service, please place your prayers in the Youth Prayer box in the Great Hall, which they will use to write Prayers of the People for their service.

Youth Christmas Cookie Party!—Immediately following the Youth Led Service on Sunday December 16, all youth are invited to participate in a Christmas Cookie Party at church from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.! We will have fun baking, decorating, and yes, eating different cookies. Our goal will be to make several dozen cookies to donate for the All Saints’ hospitality center during the Houses of Worship Tour. Bring a friend, a smile, and a sweet tooth! Lunch will be provided in addition to cookies. Please RSVP so we can get a general headcount. For more information please contact Steve Percy at spercy@allsaintsmd.org or 301-663-5625 ext 108.

Candlelight Houses of Worship Tour—We're expecting more than 2,000 visitors Wednesday, December 26 during the Historic Houses of Worship Tour! If you can help welcome guests in the Historic Church, 3:30-5 p.m., 5-6:30 or 6:30-8, or 8-9:30, please contact Don Orcutt, orcutd@hotmail.com. Let's show Frederick how All Saints' does welcome!

Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal—If your child would like to participate in the Christmas Eve pageant, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m., please be sure to attend our rehearsal on Dec. 23, 10 am, during Formation Classes. While not mandatory, it is extremely helpful if all children participating attend the rehearsal. ALL children are encouraged to join us! Questions? Email Ann Cramer at 7cramers@comcast.net.

We need your song!—Have you heard? The Great Hall Ensemble is reforming! We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm to learn and practice, and on Sunday mornings from 8-9am to prepare. We're also working to offer child care during evening rehearsals. Interested? Come join us, or check out the December newsletter for more information.

Are You Grieving a Loss This Season?—Grief is a universal human experience that we tend to avoid experiencing. Our culture tells us we should go through a grief "process" or a series of stages that get tied up neatly and quickly. But that isn't how we actually experience grief when a loved one dies, or we suffer some other life loss. All Saints' is offering 'Walking the Mourner's Path,' a faith-based workshop to serve those who are grieving. Our 8-week program will be Monday evenings, Jan. 14 - March 4, 7-8:30 pm. If you are interested, please pre-register NO LATER THAN DEC. 30 by contacting Rev. Jessica at jholthus@allsaintsmd.org or calling her at 301-663-5625. There is a $75 fee that covers the cost of materials, including a workbook. Scholarship funds are available. To learn more about the program, visit www.mournerspath.com. All participants must be able to commit to the full 8-week session, and no walk-in participants can be accepted. The group is limited to between 6 and 10 people.

Greening of the Church—Such merriment was had at The Greening of the Church last year that we are doing it again! It was an awesome sight to watch the church decorated in all its glory, and accomplished in record time. Please join us after the 11 o'clock service on Sunday, Dec. 23. Men, women, children—all are invited and no experience is necessary. Many feet and hands make light work. There are lots of easy tasks that can be accomplished in an hour with many volunteers. All are invited. Join the camaraderie. A small lunch will be provided as well!

Food Safety Kitchen Class—Cook in our Great Hall Kitchen? It's rated a 'commercial kitchen', and we must follow Health Department regulations when we cook there. One chef for every event must be trained in food safety, but not to worry! Come for our Food Safety and Kitchen Sanitation Class on Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. We'll cook a meal together, and eat our wonderful creation around noon! RSVP to the church office to reserve your spot.

Dec. 30 Worship—Our services on Dec. 30 will be held at 8:00 AM - Rite I Eucharist in the Historic Church, and a 10:00 AM Christmas Lessons and Carols service in the Historic Church. We will return to our regular worship schedule on Jan. 6.

Gifts and Greens Sale News—Thank you, thank you all for helping produce a fantastic sale - out best ever! Raffle winners are: Quilt: Nan Pue; Chairs: Rev. Elaine Prince; Dutch's Daughter: Jan Burdette; Gladchuck's: Ann Thompson; Nespresso Machine: T. Michel. Again, many thanks and our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

Formation

Youth Leadership Program —On Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. Room, Kate Riley will lead youth in a program to learn leadership skills and to make new friends in the region. There will be food and fellowship as well as spiritual and personal growth. All youth (6th-12th grade) are welcome.

Fellowship

Gourmet Night—will be held on Dec. 12. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30. This month's menu is Ham Potpie, Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad, and New Orleans Pecan Pie Bread Pudding. We are offering a gluten free option this month Ham Shepherd's Pie. Please let us know if you wish to have this option at jklaw126@comcast.net. Call the office to make your reservation, or pay online at allsaintsmd.org/gourmet-night.php. Reservations should be made by noon on Monday, Dec. 10. The cost is $20.00 per person. We have complimentary childcare—please be sure to mention it when you RSVP.

Outreach

Christmas Angel Tree Program—Ho! Ho! Ho! Help us create a very merry Christmas for 25 children served by the Religious Coalition! Simply take a look at their wish lists on our SignUpGenius (signupgenius.com/go/4090a4eabaa29a2fd0-christmas) and sign up next to the child for whom you would like to shop. Details are on our SignUpGenius webpage and on our poster in the Lower Gathering Space. All gifts are due back to the church by 11 a.m. on Dec. 9. Gift cards are also welcome and may be returned in an envelope marked "Angel Tree" and placed in the Offering Plate. Have questions? Give Peg McGreevy (mmmcgreevy@gmail.com or 301-748-2852) a call.

Be Santa for Seniors—This holiday season, our Outreach team invites you to play Santa for our area senior citizens and children! Here's how! Items for seniors can be brought to the Lower Gathering Space on Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 after each service. There will be a sign and a large box for your unwrapped donations. If you are not able to bring your gifts on those Sundays, you are welcome to drop them off directly at Somerford Assisted Living (2100 Whittier Drive, Frederick). Check our December newsletter for a more specific list of SOAR's gift requests.