The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, December 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Orb

Weekley Announcements of

Church of the Advent of Christ the King

An inclusive parish of the Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition

261 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-0454

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcome to all our visitors & newcomers.
Please sign our guest book and join us after Mass for refreshments in Lathrop Hall and Hardcastle Garden. If you are new, please make yourself known to the clergy and the greeters.


Sunday, 25 December

  Low Mass at 8:30am (Episcopal Sanctuary) & 9am

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 26 December, 2nd Day of Christmas

  St Stephen, Protomartyr

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Tuesday, 27 December, 3rd Day of Christmas

  St John, Apostle and Evangelist

    Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Wednesday, 28 December, 4th Day of Christmas

  The Holy Innocents

  Low Mass at 8:00am

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Thursday, 29 December, 5th Day of Christmas

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Friday, 30 December, 6th Day of Christmas

  Abstinence dispensed in Christmastide

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Saturday, 31 December, 7th Day of Christmas

  No Mass

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

26 Dec…Fred Hansen & Lauran Pifke + (marriage)

28 Dec…William Ray Branson, Jr (birthday)

28 Dec…Bob Kossler + (confirmation)

31 Dec…Megan Anderson (birthday)

Volunteer Opportunities

The Sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame need our help. These Sisters run the Mary of Nazareth House at 54 Turk Street in the Tenderloin. They feed the homeless and working poor. They also befriend and bring the love and hope of Jesus to those who have little to hold onto. For the second time in a year their landlord is planning to significantly raise their rent. In part this is to get them to move in order to make the street more "inviting" for a tourist hotel going up across the street. They have found a place to buy on Mission Street right next to the Episcopal Community Services operated Navigation Center. The landlords in that neighborhood are trying to stop the necessary re-zoning. A petition is available in Lathrop Hall if you wish to support the Sisters' move. Please see Fr. Allick for further information.


Father Allick has called together a Communications Committee. The purpose is to establish communications protocols to ensure efficiency, transparency, and consistency in our efforts to invite, welcome, and engage new and current members. The current members are Pamela Vaughn, Chip Heath, Paul Ellison, and Fr. John Porter. After the beginning of the new year they will be reaching out to others involved and interested in this work. Please stay tuned.


New Cleanup Day of the Church: On Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m., parishioners are asked to come to the parish hall for an hour or so to help clean up our common spaces: Lathrop Hall, Pitman Room, Bowersox Room, and the rectory basement storage area. Many hands make light work. This simple project is part of our Advent Season practice and the result will be to have a tidiness when we welcome our visitors and parishioners. Please make an effort to come. RSVP to Tom Veitch, Junior Warden at Many thanks.

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering, $72.18; Pledge Offering, $2,260.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Coffee Hour after High Mass:

Generously participating parishioners.

Today's readings will be

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14.

General Announcements

In Our Shoes By Father Paul Allick

I am privileged to say Mass at the Episcopal Sanctuary (a refuge for the homeless) every other Sunday. Our dear Brother Jude and the Friars go on the other Sundays. When I drive over I listen to the radio program Gospel Caravan hosted by Emmit Powell on 89.5 FM. The music warms my heart and gets my blood moving! This past week I heard a song by Joe South, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” The chorus is, “Hey, before you abuse, criticize and accuse walk a mile in my shoes.” My favorite line was, “unless you've lived a life of total perfection you'd better be careful of every stone that you should throw.” I got a little choked up listening to that song. It struck me that this is exactly what God did for us in the Holy Incarnation. God walked a mile in our shoes. He began in the most vulnerable state like all of us do: as an infant totally dependent on others to feed and bath him. I wonder what God’s very first steps were like when he began the walk through the whole human experience. In Jesus, God does for us what we could be doing for each other: trying to understand each other’s experiences and perspectives. The song began with this thought, “If we could find a way to get inside each other’s mind, if you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego, I believe you'd be surprised to see that you'd been blind.” I pray that this Feast of the Holy Nativity will open our eyes to see each other again.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Rod Thompson this Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 a.m. and Br. Jude Hill next Sunday, January 1 at 10:30 a.m.


All pledges need to be submitted to the office before 10:00am on Friday, December 30, in order to be counted for 2016, as Church Windows, the parish accounting software, will then be closed out. Pledges received after 10:00 am will be posted for fiscal year 2017. Please contact Josh Kelley, in the office at 415.431.0454, if you have questions.


Stewardship News - We have received 37 pledges so far for a total of $83,964.00, 88% of our goal of $95,000! That makes an average pledge of $2,269.30. Please prayerfully consider your pledge for 2017.


Friday, January 6, 2017, the Proclamation of the Date of Easter will be announced at Procession & High Mass for the Epiphany.


Reports for the Annual Meeting need to be submitted by Friday, January 13 in either electronic (preferred) or typed form to the church office at


Annual Meeting: Please mark your calendars. The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 12:30pm. Reports from the rector, various Vestry officers, and special committee heads should be submitted to the Clerk of the Vestry (Jack Jensen) by January 18th. At the annual meeting we will be electing three new Vestry members; two for a three year term and one for a single year term. We will also be electing two delegates to the Deanery as well as two alternates. We will also be choosing three members of the five member Advent Heritage Endowment Committee. The other two are appointed by the vestry from among their members. The three seats chosen at the Annual Meeting will be for one, two, and three years. After this year we should only need to choose one replacement member per year. If you are interested in standing for any of those positions, please speak to the Senior Warden at Coffee Hour or contact him at


Next Sunday's readings will be

Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21.

Reflection Corner

With thanksgiving for the gift of the Incarnation, whereby our nature has been renewed to fullness of life:


“O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.”

        -- BCP page 252