Advent II

Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation,

Advent is upon us. In the Church year, its a time of looking at the ancient declarations and promises of hope that glisten as light in the darkness -- and all that go with them: ideas of salvation, declarations of the reality of suffering, fantastic and occasionally confusing imagery that encases them all. In the world, much of that continues to play out. Also, in the world, Advent goes on as Christmas preparations of more tangible forms kick into play.

Below are all sorts of options of how to live into that - formation opportunities at the Cathedral this week that address everything from refuges to those struggling with mental illness to how to support the Christmas Dinner hosted by Cathedral Community Cares to children and confirmation opportunities. In the Congregation, the Second Sunday this month is transformed into a Christmas party and of course, tickets for the Christmas Eve service are now available.

I hope you are able to find a time of respite during this season as well as an opportunity to once again hold onto the ancient lights of the prophets and seek ways to be a part of bringing that light into the world.

In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
Mary

This Week at the Cathedral in the Cathedral House

Monday, December 5 at 7:30 PM: Dialogue on Race and Religion
Join Ravi Ragbir, the Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, for a discussion about how churches and individuals can help the most vulnerable immigrants in our society, including refugees and asylum seekers, during this time of political uncertainty. For more information, contact Steven Lee at slee@stjohndivine.org or 212.316.7483.

Tuesday, December 6th - Layman's Club St. Nicholas Party
For more information, see their website.

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM: Hebrew Bible Study with JTS students (Dining Room)
ALSO, Healing Ministry meeting at 7:30 PM (Conference Room)

Saturday, December 10 from 1- 3 PM: Theology & Health Pastoral Dialogue: Mental Health
Join us for a workshop hosted by the Cathedral, Deacon Kent Curtis, and leaders from Mount Sinai's Center for Spirituality and Health on the topic of Mental Health-how to recognize and advocate for those living with a mental illness.

For more details on all of these opportunities....

This Upcoming Sunday: December 11th Second Sunday Christmas Party
 
All are invited to the Annual Christmas party following the 11 AM service this Sunday (around 12:30) in Cathedral House. For more information, contact Lisa Chin.

Cathedral Community Cares for Christmas

Toy Drive
Calling all Cathedral friends! Cathedral Community Cares is hosting a toy drive for kids this holiday season, but we need your help to make it come to life. Please help us make sure the children of our CCC clients and community members receive a festive surprise this year!
To contribute to the drive, please drop off an unopened, unwrapped gift at the CCC offices by Monday, December 12. Thank you for helping us make the season bright!

Christmas Day Dinner
Christmas Morning, Cathedral Community Cares Soup Kitchen will be open and hoping to get a donation for the following on Christmas morning before 9:30 AM: 5-6 cooked hams, 25 cooked chickens, 20-25 pies, and coffee for the coffee maker. For more information, contact Thomas Perry.