Join us Sunday, November 19th for…
Kirkin’ of the Tartans
During the 10:30 Service on November 19th the St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band joins us for Kirkin’ of the Tartans. The service will include the History of the Kirkin’, the Roll Call of the Clans, and the Reading of “The Tartan.”
Here is little bit of history of the custom.
After the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, the English Parliament banned we
aring tartan, speaking Gaelic, Scottish music, dancing, or playing the pipes. Any person caught doing anything of these could be shot on sight, arrested, or exiled to the colonies. This ban lasted for 36 years.
Legend says the Highlanders devised a plan to hide a piece of tartan in their clothing during church. At a set time during the service, they would hold the tartan and bless it. When the Scots were forced to fight for the British Army, it is said that the women would take a piece of their tartan to the Kirk (church) to be blessed and to pray for protection of their clan. Thus came the Scottish celebration known as the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan.
Re-printed with permission “What is the Kirkin’ of the Tartan?” Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota, Inc.
October 2013 http://www.sarasotahighlandgames.com/html/kirkin_of_tartan.html.
Wear your family’s festive plaid, or just come in your Sunday clothes and we will give you a bright ribbon!
Next Sunday is our Annual Giving Campaign celebration! We are thankful to the families that have generously pledged their support. To date, 108 families (21%) have pledged a total of $549,723 (48% of goal). We are well on our way, but need everyone’s participation to be successful. Every pledge counts. Let’s finish strong and achieve 100 % participation in 2018! If you have not done so, please return your pledge card this week so that we may reach our campaign goal. THANK YOU!
It’s time once again for the St. Peter’s Giving Tree. The Tree will go up November 19th! Please take an ornament from the tree in the narthex and return your unwrapped gift for St. Louis area families by the date specified on the ornament. The gifts are for all four of of our Outreach Ministry Partners—Beyond Housing (red ornaments), Episcopal City Mission (yellow stars), The Haven of Grace (blue bells), and Magdalene St. Louis (green stockings). You may notice that there are a few larger ticket dream items, too! Please help us support our outreach organizations during this holiday season!
Through their October bake sale, the Confirmation Class raised $500 for the purchase of remaining Giving Tree items. The youth will deliver the Giving Tree gifts to our Outreach partners in time for the holidays. Thank you so much for your generosity this season!
and Sandwich Makers!
All are welcome to come to join us in the kitchen on Sunday, November 19th at 9:30 a.m. as we pack hundreds of sandwiches for the Sunshine Ministries. Please feel free to reach out to Ann Babington with any questions or if you’d like to donate supplies to this worthy effort.