Christmas Eve

This year the Fourth Sunday of Advent is on December 24, Christmas Eve. Due to the festive Christmas Eve service at 8 PM and the gala reception which follows there will only be one morning Celebration of the Eucharist at 9 AM, with music, Children’s Chapel, and coffee hour.

Children’s Chapel Advent Project

This year during Advent, the students in the Children’s Chapel will be studying the history of four classic Christmas hymns and making posters for each. The four hymns are “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy to the World” and ”Silent Night”. The posters will be displayed in the social hall.

Annual Meeting and Election

The Annual Meeting of the Parish and Election of Officers will take place on Sunday, January 14, 2018. There will be ONE Celebration of the Eucharist at 9 AM so that all the parishioners may attend together. The meeting will follow the service. After the meeting there will be a luncheon of soup and sandwiches.

One third of the nine vestry members will finish their terms and may stand for re-election or rotate off.  At least three candidates are needed to fill these slots.  The junior warden, Jack Fairbank this year, becomes the senior warden, and a new junior warden elected.  Also selected are the delegates for the Diocesan Convention held in June at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, a maximum of three lay persons may represent the parish.

Annual reports are distributed. and the 2018 budget will be presented for approval.

Why Three Vestry Members?

NYS Religious Corporation Law sets the number of vestry members as a multiple of three - three, six, nine, twelve, fifteen, eighteen, twenty-one or twenty-four vestry members. Each is elected to a three year term, and one third of the vestry members’ terms expire each year. St Boniface has a total of nine so three are elected. If for any reason a term is not completed in full, the vacancy is filled only for the remainder of that particular term.


The updated calendar through December 31 is available with the newsletter and at our Web site.  Regular meetings of the following church groups have begun -

  • Science and Religion weekly at Harry Carlson’s condo in Altamont on Monday evenings at 7:15
  • Bible Discussion Group - alternate Wednesdays at 7 PM, also at Harry Carlson’s condo - rotation of dates may change  - check with Harry Carlson if you have questions. Next meetings November 15, 29.
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew - every third week - Saturdays at 7:30 AM at the church - 2017 meeting dates -  November 19, December 9.
  • Joyful B’s - no December meeting due to Christmas Bazaar - Meetings generally held on the first Saturday of the month at 10 AM.

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