Honor A Loved One With Flowers

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Each Christmas and Easter at St. Nicholas we invite the community to honor and remember our dearly departed loved ones with flowers.

We are nearing the joyful feast of the Nativity of Jesus. If you like to provide funding for flowers to festoon the church, please know how grateful we are.

Place your donation in a specially marked envelope with your name, the name(s) of those you wish to remember and the amount of your offering. You may place this in the collection basket at the weekend services or you can pass it on to Manny.

In advance, thank you one and all. Let’s make Christmas truly merry with beautiful flowers that give honor to our loved ones as well as praise and glory to the New Born King.

Morning Prayer 12.6.14, Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342 | The Daily Office

Happy Feast of St Nicholas! We will celebrate tomorrow at the Sunday morning service at 10am, with the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D Lee, Bishop of Chicago, presiding. Come and be welccome, and “be St. Nick” with us!

St Nicholas of Myra, by Fr. Tobias Haller BSG

The Daily Office | Diocese of Indianapolis: St Nicholas of Myra

The Daily Office site is an incredibly rich resource for prayer, spirituality, and the inner life for people of faith. Each day they post the prayers and readings of the day, and the offer webcasts and sometimes live webchats. I’ve managed to attend one (they’re held during my work day, so it was a day I was off for some reason) and it was very interesting and uplifting to share that with people from all over the country and the world. The daily posts also include beautiful images and photographs to illustrate the holy persons who are commemorated that day, gathered from many sources (many from Episcopal churches who have commissioned art or submitted photos for use by the site).

The icon at the top of this post is a particular favorite of mine, as it’s by a blogger whose work I’ve read for years, Fr. Tobias Haller BSG. He writes poetry and posts icon sketches at his site “In A Godward Direction.”

Another icon of St Nicholas that is new to me is this one from an Episcopal Church in Ohio:

St Nicholas of Myra, by Kelly Latimore, icon at Grace Church, Pomeroy OH

St Nicholas of Myra, by Kelly Latimore, icon at Grace Church, Pomeroy OH

Thie one depicts Biblical images of sailing ships – Jesus walking on the water, and also in the boat with His friends. St Nicholas holds a modern riverboat tug, because Pomeroy’s position on the Ohio River means that the sailors under the saint’s protection are on our inland waterways and not just at sea.

Although there will be no Saturday evening service today, the Feast of St Nicholas is “transfered” to tomorow, so that the whole community of St Nick can gather and celebrate with Bishop Jeffrey. You are most welcome to join us, tomorrow and always!

Harvest Fair: A Gathering of Artisans TODAY and TOMORROW!

St Nicholas Episcopal Church presents Harvest Fair: a Gathering of Artisans
It's TODAY! The First Annual Harvest Fair: A Gathering of Artisans starts NOW at St Nicholas Episcopal Church. Find treasures and beautiful decorative items for your home, jewelry, handmade soy candles and soaps, and Christmas decorations galore. There's a raffle table, a selection of delicious baked goods, and much more, and if you're hungry, there's a big pot of chili on the stove, sloppy Joes, cake, and coffee for purchase. Proceeds will benefit programs here at St Nicholas Episcopal Church, and there are lots of great vendors offering wonderfully creative hand-made items besides.
Chili Pot Simmerin' on the Stove
Wonderful Christmas centerpieces made by Father Manny Borg - these are so creative, and they're a bargain, too.
Christmas centerpieces by Father Manny
Decorative painted glass bottles and wine glasses - they'd make wonderful gifts!
Painted wineglasses, bottles, and decor
Cards, blankets, and more by the creative Tamaski family - so many wonderful things, they have their own booth (and are still hard at work making more).
Cards, Blankets, and Trinkets by the Tamaskis
Christmas ornaments, painted collectible salt shakers, and more at this booth!
Collectible painted salt shakers and ornaments
Yummy baked goods, and handmade crafts by the parishioners of St Nicholas:
Yummy baked goods and crafts
Craft items by the people of St Nicholas
There's SO MUCH MORE to see. St Nicholas is proud to present this, our first Harvest Fair, and we thank all who attend and exhibit.