Thanksgiving Newsletter

WHAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR

from Becky Heerema, Junior Sunday School ClassChance
Sunday, the Junior class studied 1 Thessalonians 5:18:

“Be thankful in all things”.

They learned to be “bright side” thankful people even through unpleasantness. Here are some of their thoughts:







FIRE SALE ON TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!

Let me first state I am not a professional trader or financial advisor and anything I state is purely from my perspective and my perspective alone. Keeping in mind, the purpose I write this to you is for the benefit of St. Georges Church, and if you gain in that benefit spiritually, financially or get a feel-good feeling, take that as an added bonus.

I’ve recently heard that any tax deductible donation to both Non-Profits and Charitable organizations is being eyed by the current administration for Tax reform. Specifically; there are current considerations to either cap tax deductible donations or limit the amount of tax deduction you can take for your Philanthropic and Religious donations or tithes!

Let’s add to the fire: if you combine that with everyone’s concerns with the “Fiscal Cliff” as well as the new proposed capital gains tax increase for your current Stock Investments, I suppose a lot of people will start to feel a bit of anxiety, or a lot of anxiety.
At this point it’s a guessing game what our legislators will do with the upcoming capital gains increase. But if you are thinking of taking your winnings now, you’ll be responsible for the 15% capital gains vs. the 20% proposed for 2013 and let’s not forget the additional 3.8% for Medicare too; I think that gets tossed on as well. (Again, I’m not a professional trader.)

Let me cite a portion of an article written on Nov 17th in USA Today. This might help put things in perspective.

“Here’s how selling shares of high-flying Pulte now could save you money if capital gains taxes rise next year. Let’s say you bought 1,000 shares on Sept. 18, 2011 for $5.47 a share. That $5,470 investment rose in value to $15,240 through Thursday’s close. If you sell now, take the $9,770 profit and pay the current 15% capital gains rate, your tax liability for the trade will be $1,465.50. If you wait until 2013 and the rate climbs to 23.8%, your tax bill would climb to $2,325.26, or nearly $860 more.”

In light of the pervious paragraph – what to do? Indeed; what to do? If you partake in the selloff of your investments in whole or in part before the new “Tax Year 2013”, please remember one name – Jesus Christ, who gave his life as a ransom for us. Please remember His workers in faith at St. George’s Anglican Church. Please remember St. George’s needs your financial help or your time or your talent. Be prayerful in your remembrance. To paraphrase a portion from 2nd Corinthians 9 “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Respectfully,
Vincent Mills
Jr. Warden


ADVENT WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH


A four-week Bible study will be led by Parishoner Janie Brown beginning Wed., Nov. 28th at 7:00 pm. The class is no charge as there are no books to order.

A clipboard is located at the back of the church or on the patio, if you are interested.


THE ADVENT WREATH


Liturgy for Lighting the Candles

A member of the family lights one or more candles of the Adventwreath, depending on the Sunday in Advent.

Leader: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Leader: Rejoice – The Lord is at hand.

All: Come, Lord Jesus!

Leader: Reads Scripture passage for the day (see list) and concludes with “Here endeth the lesson.”

All: Thanks be to God.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

On the first Sunday in Advent the leader asks God’s blessing on the
wreath with the following words:

O Lord, by Whose Word all things are sanctified; pour forth Thy blessings upon this wreath of green, and grant that we who use
it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, and may receive Thy abundant grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Leader: Let us pray. (Use the collect for the week. See Daily Prayer.)

All: Visit, O Lord, this habitation and this family; drive far from it all snares of the enemy, let Thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace, and let Thy blessing be ever upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless us and keep us. Amen.

At the end of the meal all of the candles are extinguished.

Watch for Collects for each week of Advent in following issues. Check daily readings for the Second Week Before Advent.


ADVENT CALENDAR

The Advent Calendar pictured here is a wonderful devotional to use during the season of Advent. These calendars are available at the church.

…and they are free!


CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Facebook page is a great place to catch up on what we’re doing every day. We post great photos taken by our kids, photos of the most recent events and, of course a very handy daily post of the Daily Office. And don’t forget to “LIKE” us!



Sunday, December 2nd at 10:30 am
in Honor of St. Andrews Day

SAVE THE DATE!

KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTANS

Due to some dancers’ travel plans and conflicts in schedule, they will not be able to perform for us on December 2, but will look forward to performing for us for the Feast of St. George in April, 2013.

For more information, please click here.


THE FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Reception following


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