Current News at All Saints'

Advent Compline—Maybe you're just finishing up a meeting, or dinner, or maybe you're in your pjs . . . Come 'as you are' on Monday evenings, 8:30 p.m., during Advent for a Compline series. We'll present a special, 30—minute evening liturgy to help enrich the meaning of the season.

Candlelight Houses of Worship Tour—We're expecting more than 2,000 visitors Tuesday, December 26 during the Historic Houses of Worship Tour! If you can help welcome guests in the Historic Church, 3—5 p.m., 5—7 or 7—9, please contact Dian, 240—994—8435 or spirelit4@gmail.com. We also need LOTS of cookies, as we're one of four Hospitality Centers; if you can donate cookies and/or help in the Parish Hall, please contact the church office. Let's show Frederick how All Saints' does welcome!

2018 Great Hall Choir Planning Meeting—As we look toward 2018, we are interested in your input and learning about how you would like to contribute to the Great Hall worship experience. Now that the Great Hall choir is under Sandow Sinai's leadership, she wants to build on the summer planning that Mark Amberg started. Her goal is to work with new and engaging music, while also honoring the centuries—old musical traditions in the Episcopal Church, finding unique ways to bring the "new" together with the "old." We will talk about what are your musical skills and interests, what can you already do, and what do you want to learn? How would you like to participate musically during the 9am service? We will meet on Dec. 17 at 10:15 a.m. Please RSVP to Lisa, and plan to come with ideas and input! We'll get ready to jump right into 2018 with gusto.

Youth Christmas Cookie Party!—Immediately following the Youth Led Service on Sunday December 17, 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 Rev. Joanne at jtetrault@allsaintsmd.org or 301—663—5625.

Children's Christmas Pageant Rehearsal—If your child would like to participate in the Christmas Eve pageant, Dec. 24 at 4pm, please be sure to attend our rehearsal on Dec. 17, 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.

Now accepting names for Vestry Nominees—Vestry Nominations are now being received for our 2018 election at annual meeting on February 11. We ask you to prayerfully consider whether you or someone you know might be called to offer themselves for service. If you nominate someone else, you must have their consent for the nomination. The Nominating Committee will take the submitted names and prepare a slate of eight candidates, which will be presented to the parish some time in early January. See the latest newsletter for more information on who qualifies to stand, and what the role entails. Please send names of your potential candidates to the church office (churchoffice@allsaintsmd.org or 301—663—5625).

Fellowship

An Evening with Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino—Come for the fourth installment of our concert series, Sat., January 6 with Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. There will also be a 'Meet & Greet' social hour following the concert. Bert is an All Saints' regular, who visits often with the California Guitar Trio. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Housing Alliance. We'd also like to thank AutoNation Toyota Leesburg for underwriting our series. The event will be festival seating, and your PayPal recipt will serve as your ticket. Please be sure to bring a paper or digital copy of your receipt for entry. For parishioners, childcare is also included. Get your tickets now at allsaintsmd.org/concertseries.

Outreach

White Christmas Offering—This year's White Christmas donation supports Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick MD (BIABFM) and our efforts in helping Lincoln Elementary School launch their BIAB program. With over 440 students at the school relying on free and reduced meals provided by the school, Lincoln needs our community's help ensuring that these children have food when they leave each Friday afternoon. The weekend nutrition provided by BIABFM provides a greater opportunity for these children to return to school on Monday better prepared to learn and participate.

Help us make a difference in the lives of our local children. For every $100 we raise, one child can be fed every weekend for an entire school year  . . and 100% of the money raised is used to purchase food to feed these children. As we reflect this season on the gifts that we have been given, please consider helping us give the gift of food and nourishment to a child in our community. Look for White Christmas in your giving envelopes, or drop a check in our offering plate with "White Christmas" in the memo line.

Blessings in a Backpack Launches at Lincoln Elementary, All Saints' Supports this Effort—Exciting times in Outreach! Lincoln Elementary School is launching their Blessings in a Backpack program the week before students get out for Christmas break, the week of Dec. 17! BIABFM is a local non—profit that began distributing weekend backpacks of food to children in Frederick in January 2014. This all—volunteer local chapter of a national non—profit currently feeds over 2,200 children in Frederick County Public Schools.

In preparation for the holiday, we need 5—10 volunteers on the morning of Dec. 19 to help us pack and deliver food to the school. We will be packing bags at 9:30 a.m. at Independent Hose Company, the firehouse on Baughman's lane. We welcome those interested in helping to contact Peg McGreevy (mmmcgreevy@gmail.com or 301—748—2852)! As we continue our efforts to support the feeding program for students, we will pack bags again on Dec. 31, at 9 a.m. at the church in the Great Hall. There are many different needs for volunteers to support Blessings in a Backpack and we hope to engage the parish community in this effort. Are you interested in being part of a fantastic team that helps the children in our community? Come to an informational and energizing meeting on Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall!