Monthly Archives: December 2019

Announcements for this week

Announcements for the First Sunday of Advent

If you are a newcomer or a visitor—welcome!  Please fill out a contact card found in your pew.  Let’s get to know one another!  St. Joseph’s is a place of worship, prayer, fellowship and study.  Normally we pray Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please join us for prayer and fellowship whenever you can.  The “poor plate” located by the baptismal font funds our fellowship and outreach ministries.  Thank you for your gifts!

Clergy schedule: Karen’s normal Sabbath is Monday, and her usual workdays are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  In the event of a pastoral emergency, she is available other days on her cell phone.

Ministry opportunities: (contact)

Lead Morning and/or Evening Prayer

Assist with breakfast

Clean parish hall weekly (Friday or Saturday) (Karen)

Vestry (Karen)

Altar Guild (Emily Dubie)

Fellowship after the service (Doug Merrill) 

Choir & musicians (Cambria Storms)

 Collection for St. Joseph’s community in need:   We invite you to bring any of the following items and place them in the basket at the back of the church for our breakfast and outreach needs; these items are part of the offerings of our life and labor.

toilet paper/paper towels                                   socks

tee shirts and work pants (32—38)                  quarters

men’s underwear (32, 34, 36)                              grits

Does your change jar need extra space? We are collecting “quarters for cleaning” for our neighbors who need to do their laundry at a laundromat.  Each load costs about $5 in quarters, so if you have quarters you’d like to donate, just put them in a baggie marked for laundry!  Thank you!              

Random notes: Please mute all communications devices. Bathrooms are available throughout the morning in the Parish Hall.  Our bread is gluten-free; but if you wish to take Communion in only one kind, please cross your arms over your chest. Be sure to join us for continued fellowship in the parish hall after the service.      

The next St. Joseph’s workday will be December 7 from 9 a.m. until noon with lunch afterward.  The primary focus areas will be raking and mulching the leaves, pruning bushes, completing any planting as determined by Jamie and a general pick up of grounds.  Please join us for any part (or all) of the morning and the meal following.  Talk with David Hilsabeck for more information or to suggest possible projects.

Got extra Christmas greeting cards and 2020 calendars?  Please pass them along to Polly for Wellness City writers-mental health Citizens, who meet as a writers’ group weekly. Thanks!

Epiphany Retreat on the Psalms: Israel’s Prayer and Ours. Have you ever wanted to relate to God more honestly? The Psalms may be our best teacher for realizing that desire. The lay Dominicans of Raleigh, along with fr. Jude Siciliano, OP invite you to join them to learn more. Time: Saturday, January 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (includes Mass) at St. Francis of Assisi on Leesville Road (Anthony Hall) in Raleigh.  Reserve your spot by emailing   While the retreat is complimentary and includes breakfast and lunch, we do ask that you bring a donation for fr. Jude as we support him and the Order of Preachers, Dominicans. More information is available on the flyer in the Parish Hall.