ST. NICHOLAS IS COMING TO ST. PAUL’S: The St. Nicholas Advent tree is up and is decorated with approximately 400 tags identifying children in need served by the following agencies: Commwell Health, serving seasonal farmworkers; Healing Transitions, ministering to those who are challenged by addictions; West Haven (formerly Episcopal Housing Ministry), providing low-cost housing for low-income workers; and Families Together, serving homeless families in Wake County; and children of our sponsored immigrant families. Please take one or more of the tags from the tree and plan to join us for St. Nicholas Sunday on December 9. St. Nicholas will be gathering the gifts for the children at both the 9:00 a.m. and the 11:15 a.m. services. The tags are self-sticking so after you have purchased and wrapped your gift (except for Healing Transitions who wrap their own gifts), please stick the tag to the gift. Gifts may be dropped off earlier and placed under the tree. Please note that the gifts will be delivered to the service agencies on the afternoon of December 9, so any gifts brought to the church after noon on December 9 WILL NOT reach the children for Christmas.
Again, this year we have a few groups of tags, representing all the children in a single family, in case you would like to purchase gifts with the entire family in mind. You will find the bundled tags near the St. Nicholas figure on the counter next to the tree.
Extra undesignated and monetary gifts are welcome and will be used to purchase gifts at economical prices, when available. These checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s and note in the memo “St. Nicholas Fund.”