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The Church of the Holy Family Mills River, NC
Dear friends, Though the season is over, the work of Christmas continues. All that the birth of Jesus brought into our world is still in the process of arriving. As the German mystic Meister Eckhart wrote centuries ago, Christ is always needing to be born in each of us. Thank you for your generous hearts! Last month Holy Family provided Christmas baskets of food to 8 families of children at Mills River School, blessed 10 school children with gifts through our Angel Tree, gave gifts to 38 children at La Capilla de Santa Maria Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, assisted a family with rent through the School, and provided gift cards for a parish family. We began reaching out to our homebound and ailing parishioners with a new flower-delivery & visiting ministry. The Youth prepared and served dinner at the Church of the Advocate, the Episcopal Church’s outreach ministry to the homeless in Asheville. Dr Thurman is right – the work of Christmas is, among other things, to make music in the heart. As we hear and dance to and play that music, Christmas is not far off. We need not wait until next December to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. Yours in the same Christ Jesus, Rob+
Annual Parish Meeting Every January we gather as a parish to celebrate the year past and look ahead to the year to come. We elect representatives to Diocesan bodies, and we elect leaders in our own congregation. And we try to have fun along with the serious work. Our Parish Meeting will be held after worship and lunch on Sunday, Jan 27. This is an important event in our life together! Our parish leadership “council” in the Episcopal Church is the Vestry. There are 9 places on ours, and each term is for 3 years. The terms are staggered, so we elect 3 new members each year, and a person may not be re-elected immediately after serving a full term – at least 1 year must transpire before serving again. The Vestry meets monthly with the Rector to consider the needs, operation, and health of Holy Family. The members of the Vestry now are Dick Smith (Senior Warden), Bob Miller (Junior Warden), Mickey Bainbridge, Michele Burnette, Jim Neal, Susan Seacord, and Liz Spahr. Mickey has completed her 3-year term and is required to step down. Bob is filling an unexpired term and is eligible for re-election. The qualifications to serve on the Vestry are: 1) To be a formal member at least 16 years old and a regular worshipper at Holy Family; 2) to be “known to the Treasurer,” that is, to make and fulfill a financial pledge, or make regular gifts, to support the ministry we share; and 3) to have a ministry within and outside Holy Family, making a difference in the world. At this annual meeting there are 4 vacancies on the Vestry – 3 three-year terms, and 1 one-year term. At the time of publication, the Vestry has nominated the following slate: Cindy Gaffney, Cissy Ford, and Bob Miller. Nominations “from the floor” are being accepted through Sunday, January 20 – one week prior to the annual parish meeting, at which the election will be held. You may nominate yourself or another, though you must have the explicit permission of anyone you nominate. To do so, contact Michele Burnette at email@example.com or 828-243-1338. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that I’ve asked Dick Smith to be our Treasurer for the coming year, and that Liz Spahr has accepted my nomination to be our next Senior Warden. ‘A TASTE OF SPIRITUALITY’ Feb. 3 at 3:00 p.m. – If you’ve ever wondered what “spirituality” really means or, what a “spiritual practice” is, come to the Rogow Room on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3:00 p.m. The free two-hour event will introduce participants to the practices of Centering Prayer, spiritual direction, and lectiodivina (“sacred reading”). Leadership for the session will be provided by residents of the community with experience in teaching about Christian spirituality and spiritual practices. All are members of an ecumenical group that plans to offer additional programs in the future. For more information, please contact Rob Field at St. Philip’s Church: 884-3666 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Sunday, January 13th, from 6:30-8 pm, the Adult Faith Formation class will study the book The Word Is Very Near You, by Martin L. Smith. If you want to know more, please contact class convener Leslie Stott – email@example.com or 891-5756.
There is another Adult Faith Formation class that meets from 1 – 2:30 pm every Thursday at Holy Family. The Rev Posy Jackson will lead a study of Christianity After Religion, the newest book by Diana Butler Bass.
Sundays from 6:30 – 8 pm, The Tween Class meets in the classroom next to the parish office. A team made up of Cissy Ford, Linda Cash, and the Rev Rob Lundquist will begin using a curriculum entitled “On The Go” this month, working in field trips and other activities from week to week. In the fall the Tween Class learned about Joseph and his multi-colored coat, made communion bread, and made Christmas cookies. Are you aged 10 through 12? Come try it out! The Youth Group (ages 13-18) meets at the same time – Sundays from 6:30 – 8 pm. Parker Bailes and a rotating team of other adults convene each gathering with prayer, study, events and field trips. Last month the Youth fed the worshippers at The Church of the Advocate in Asheville, a ministry with those who are homeless. Come join the fun!
The Easy 9: Nine Ways to Become Water Conscious in your Home 1. Take a home water audit quiz.
Take an easy and quick quiz to uncover hidden water conservation opportunities in your home. If your toilet was manufactured before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then it is very likely that you do not have a water efficient toilet. You can check the date stamp inside the toilet by lifting the lid and looking at the back of the toilet at the imprint of the make, model and date of manufacture. There are several ways to reduce your toilet's water usage: Flush less often, and only when necessary. Consider replacing toilets with models that achieve 1.3 gallons per flush or less, and are EPA Water Sensecertified. If replacing your toilet is infeasible, you can easily install a toilet tank bank, available through Niagara Conservation. Like the common brick method, this simple gadget allows you to use less water per flush immediately through water displacement.
2. Flush with less water.
3. Be water conscious when washing your clothes.
Your clothes washer is the second largest water user in your home. Make sure you only run your washer when you have a full load, and save energy by washing clothes in cold water. If your washer is over 10 years old, replace it with an Energy Star™ rated front-loading washer and you'll use 50% less water and 30% less energy, saving upwards of $135 on utility costs each year.
4. Replace your showerhead.
You can save water and money immediately by installing a low-flow, Water Sense certified showerhead rated at 2 gallons per minute or less. These showerheads, which cut water usage by 20%, are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can be purchased in many home improvement stores.
5. Install faucet flow restrictors.
Faucet flow restrictors (also called aerators) reduce the flow of water from a faucet by at least 20% while maintaining the same water pressure. Aim for restrictors that achieve 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less, and are EPA Water Sense certified.
6. Stop those leaks!
Check your indoor water using appliances and devices for leaks. Silent leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain. Studies have shown homes can waste more than 10% due to leaking, which costs both you and the environment.
7. Inspect your irrigation system frequently.
Fix irrigation system leaks quickly and check for water in the gutters or mud puddles. Inspect your sprinklers and drip sprayers regularly for leaks during the daytime, instead of at night. If you have an older irrigation system, over 50% of the water can be lost to leaks.
8. Make your landscape water friendly.
Lawns and exotic ornamental plants are often the standard landscape, contributing significantly to a household's water footprint. Native plants, or those plants that thrive well in your climate and are historically native to your region, can keep your landscape beautiful without the need for additional water resources. In drier climates, xeriscaping is the native plant solution. See the grounds maintenance section of GreenFaith's website for additional resources on these topics.
9. Get kids involved.
Kids have a great way of noticing details and of nudging parents to do the right thing. Have your kids goon a scavenger hunt in your home to find water conservation opportunities, and have them make their own commitments to water conservation. See 20 ways kids can help to save water. Henderson County Recycling Change Henderson County now accepts all plastic containers (1-7) and Globe Top cartons such as milk and juice cartons. All containers must be clean. These can now be put in the bottle recycling container at church and in the blue box provided by your trash hauler. If you take recycling to the Henderson County Recycling Convenience Center, check with the county personnel as you enter to make sure which container to put them in, I think they go with the bottles and cans, but have not taken any yet. You may recycle electronics also. The recycling program is free and allows you to bring one bag of household trash for each bag of recyclable material. More information can be found on the Henderson County website under Solid Waste Division www.hendersoncountync.org/engineering/solidwaste/ccindex.html Our printer cartridge recycling collection at Holy Family has been discontinued. Office Max, for one, will give you store credit for returning them there. Thank you for your contributions over the past few years. ~ Teresa Kelly
Evie Brush asks that you save your used books for the Book Sale at Holy Family in May. This annual event helps fund unbudgeted needs in and around our church. Thanks!
Congratulations to Sue Seacord, whose grandaughterSarah Hajkowski was found to excel in all academic areas as tested by the New York State Education Department. Bravo, Sarah!
Introducing Kim Brown Kim Brown, a native of Miami, has recently relocated to our area from California, where shehas worked for 25 years as aprosecutingattorney. Kim plans to use this expertise to work as an attorney in our area after studying for and taking the North Carolina state Bar Exam. She has four adult children – Zara, Flannery, Swan, and Fletcher. Kim's family had a summer cottage in Burnsville when she was young, and she attended Camp Ton-A-Wandah in Hendersonville. She decided to return to the area and now lives in Arden. She enjoys reading and hiking, and finds Holy Family a joyous place to worship. Welcome, Kim! ~ Evie Brush
Church that day, to benefit the Interfaith Assistance Ministry of Hendersonville. Thank you!
Feb 3 is the date of this year’s Souper Sunday collection. Please bring cans of soup and/or dollars to
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Holy Family on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm. All meetings are open.
The next Holy Family lunch will be Wednesday, Jan 23, 1 pm at Kelsey's Restaurant,840 Spartanburg Hwy inHendersonville. RSVP on the poster on the Information Table. All are welcome!
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