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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

In spite of the order of our name, our church community is far more "International" than "American." Yet in the month of November, we all get swept up in the American Thanksgiving celebrations, with festive services, a traditional lunch and service at St. Paul's Cathedral. (See below for all the details.)

Giving thanks is something that should always unite us across lines of nation and culture, as it reminds us that we all owe our lives to the gift and grace of God. The breath of life, the fruit of the earth, the love we share--all flow out from the Creator's love. 

When we pause to give thanks and acknowledge God's gifts, we set our lives right with relationships to God, one another, and the world around us. We find joy and delight in unexpected places, and hope even in suffering.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to invite friends and neighbours to come along with you to church, to share that joy and abundance. If you are not yet ready to return onsite, you can watch online on Monday.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer

 

THANKSGIVING
St. Paul's Choir
If you want to sing in the choir at St. Paul's, please plan to attend rehearsal on November 24, and contact Scott at music@amchurch.co.uk.
Reserved Seats at St. Paul's
Members of the AIC community and their families/friends can reserve seats at the front, under the dome. These are not individual reservations, but admission to a reserved section at the front. However, we need to notify St. Paul's with a final number of seats needed.

If you would like to sit in the reserved section, please send an email to info@amchurch.co.uk with your name and the number of seats you will need. 

Admission to the service is free, with no reservation required, and we do not expect to reach capacity. So, please come even if you do not reserve a seat, There will be room in the main body of the cathedral for all who wish to attend.


Invite friends, neighbours and families to join as well!

Let Us Give Thanks

All Church Thanksgiving Lunch
Sunday 21 November 2021, after worship
 
Once again, we will gather together.  We hope you will join us downstairs after the service.  The most important aspects of giving thanks and enjoying fellowship together are still in place.  But, to be as Covid-safe as possible, we will make a few changes. 

Please do not bring any food to share.*  Instead, Josh and Elodie will bless us with their wonderful cooking of turkey and all the side dishes.  All people involved in preparation will take home tests in advance.

We ask all those planning to attend to take a home test that morning if you are able.  We will be unmasked for most of our time together while we eat and drink, but ask all to wear masks when standing or walking around the room. 

We will make multiple changes to how we serve food and tidy up afterwards.  We are counting on your help during the meal and after. Please be in touch with Nicole Joffe if you can serve or clean up.
 
For anyone who does not feel ready to stay through an unmasked meal, please join us for the blessing while we are all still wearing masks.

For those who are able, we ask for a contribution.  Our recommendation is £5 per person 12 and older.

Because we are providing all the food, reservations are strongly encouraged. Please email info@amchurch.co.uk with the number of people in your group who plan to attend.
 
* Vegetarian options will be available.  However, if you have any other  special dietary needs (e.g.:  vegan, gluten-free) we ask you to bring food for yourself only.
WORSHIP
Sunday Worship from 14 November
CONVERSATIONS ON MARRIAGE, GENDER & SEXUALITY

At our AGM on 26 September, the Council asked for your feedback to begin a conversation about diversity & inclusion, specifically about the topic of equal marriage. We will be offering the programs below based on your input.

Are there other ways you want to engage with our community in this discussion? Please contact Elodie Lasserre, Jared Jaggers, or Jonathan Miller if you would like to help plan these conversations or to let us know how you would like to participate. Email info@amchurch.co.uk for more information.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 24 November
Read: Pages 161-204, Vocations (John, Karl, Mpho and Rachel) 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81254079659?pwd=NGRTLzR5TGJicTMvOU5Qc1BDeXJiQT09
Meeting ID: 812 5407 9659
Passcode: 082803

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. In the month of November, we will spend four weeks studying marriage and sexuality. In the meantime we will be studying our scripture passage from Sunday worship.

Note the early start for those who want to attend Bible Study and then travel to worship.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757897061?pwd=dVBkcW9OVE5hTUt3a25uZmxqbG1odz09
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537

SERVE & GIVE
Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

This year remains difficult in many ways, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making a gift to keep our ministries thriving. 

You may give via bank transfer with the following information:
Beneficiary: The American Church in London
Sort Code: 40-05-16
Account Number: 81651498
PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you have concerns to add to our prayers or outreach, please e-mail prayer@amchurch.co.uk or contact us directly.

Reach out to us:
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen,  jmk@amchurch.co.uk, 0780 143 7133
Jared Jaggers, jared@amchurch.co.uk, 0756 568 7333
Jonathan Miller, jonathan@amchurch.co.uk, 0752 235 5669
A note on technology:

Zoom is an online platform to host video chat. It is free to use, but may require you to download an app to your phone, tablet or laptop.

Facebook will also host all our videos, including worship, Pause for Prayer and children’s messages. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view them, only to comment or engage.

AIC now has a YouTube channel. Subscribe or visit anytime for the latest worship services, pause for prayer moments, children’s messages and more.
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