Happy St Nicholas Day!
St Nicholas was a Bishop in Myra, which is now Turkey, in the fourth century. Known for his generosity and kindness, he is considered to be the forerunner of our own Santa Claus. He would throw gold coins in through open windows of thosein need, or fill children’s shoes with sweets or coins. His generosity was based in God’s abundant love and theexample of Jesus.
Bishop Nicholas of Myra died on December 6, AD 343. You can learn more about him here: http://www.stnicholascenter.org
We are invited to join in the spirit of St Nicholas’ generositythrough our own giving. Some opportunities are listed below:
BY DECEMBER 9, PLEASE: Your Gifts for the Angel treeThe contents of the Quarter Tube will go to Episcopal Relief and Development for disaster relief.
We filled the tube ($120.00) just before Thanksgiving – can we fil it again by Christmas? Donations can also be made through Episcopal Relief and Development, or through the
Rector’s Discretionary Fund at St Thomas Church.
Donations to our local foodbanks – yes, there are hungry people in Hunterdon County, and hunger is year round. Donation baskets are in the gallery. (Thank you to everyone who helped Fill The Sills – almost 300 lbs of food donated to Flemington Food Pantry and Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Clinton)
Consider doing some Random Act of Kindness or Senseless Beauty. Let us pray:
At Any Time:
ETERNAL GOD, in your great love you gave your servant NICHOLAS a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea. Grant that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor and the help of those who are tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through JESUS CHRIST our LORD, who lives and reigns with you and the HOLY SPIRIT, one GOD, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,
thanks and love,