Announcements 17 November 2013

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Announcements 17 November 2013

  1. 1. The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas 1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7 416–691–0449 www.stnicholasbirchcliff.com To contact the wardens directly, email: wardens@stnicholasbirchcliff.com Prayers for the Week “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering persevere in prayer.” Rom 12: 12 For the world: For all those suffering in the midst of war, civil unrest or disaster For the Global Church: The Church in the Rwanda For the Diocese: The Parish of St. Matthew, Oshawa Parish Ministries: The ministry of our Outreach Committee Parish Families: The Munro Family, Ian Noseworthy, Clarke Nugent The sick or those in need: Sarah Brown, Shirley Walker-Aman, Freda Matthews, Betty Eley, Doug Goss, Mabel Hogan, Beverley Spencer; Doone Warner; MarieLouise Lister, Vern Howarth. And all those living with chronic problems, our housebound parishioners and their caregivers Special Prayer: We pray for all those suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and for those seeking to bring relief. Thanksgivings: Prayers – If you desire prayers for yourself, family, or friends, please contact the prayer chain. Members of the prayer chain will uphold your name (s) in daily prayer for 30 days. The Prayer Chain Contact: Elaine Fisher 416-281-9659 For immediate pastoral concerns, or emergencies, please contact Rev. Janet directly at 416-691-0449 or in the case of an emergency at 416-648-1418. Daily Devotions – Copies of Forward Day by Day are also available at the back of the church. This devotion includes a short passage of scripture, a brief reflection and a prayer focus for each day of the week. VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO ST. NICHOLAS If you are new to our parish, or you are visiting, please complete this form and place it on the Offering plate, or give it to one of the Sidespeople at the back of the church. Thank you for your presence. Newcomer / Visitor Form Yes, I would like more information about St. Nicholas Yes, I would like to receive a call / visit from the Clergy Yes, I would like to financially support the ongoing ministry of the Parish □ □ □ Name___________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________ Postal Code____________ Phone#_________________________________ e-mail address ________________________________________________ Nick’s News – Please take this home Sunday November 17th, 2013 The 26th Sunday after Pentecost We warmly welcome those who are visiting with us today. Please introduce yourself to the clergy, fill out the “Newcomer / Visitor” Information form (on the back of this bulletin) and place it in the offertory plate. Please also join us for refreshments following the 10:30 am service. Welcome to our guest speaker, Chris Whittaker, a volunteer and client with LOFT Community Services. He has been a personal experience speaker for over a decade, presenting on his direct experience with schizophrenia and LOFT's services to the vulnerable made possible through your generous support of Faithworks Please note: LARGE PRINT bulletins and Announcements sheets for the 10:30 a.m. Service are available at the back of the Church This Week at St. Nicholas’… Today Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunday 12:15 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Outreach Meeting Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Service at Chester Village Card Party Choir Practice Holy Eucharist Sung Eucharist and Baptism . Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 24 The Reign of Christ Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Canticle 19 (Luke 1: 68-79) Colossians 1: 11-20 Luke 21 5-19 . Today’s Choir Anthem at 10:30 a.m. is entitled Cantate Domino by G. O. Pitoni. Cantate Domino canticum novum: Laus eius in ecclesia sanctorum. Laetetur Israel in eo qui fecit eum: Et filiae Sion exultent in rege suo. Sing to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king. Gluten free wafers are available for communion. To indicate your need, please pick up a purple card from a sidesperson. With the purple card in your hand at the altar rail, the communion minister will know that you require a gluten free wafer . All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination or age, are invited to receive Communion in the Anglican Church. If you do not wish to receive the bread and wine, please come to the Altar, and cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing. The Offertory: During the Offertory, we offer many things to God. We offer the bread and wine of the Eucharist. We also offer ourselves—our cares and concerns, our joys and our sorrows, our time, our talent, and our treasure. Children are welcome at St. Nicholas’! Children are invited to attend our Church School Program downstairs during the 10:30am service.
  2. 2. LOOKING AHEAD…more info in paragraphs below Nov 23 Nov 24 Nov 26 Dec 1 Dec 4 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 24 Dec 25 Youth Worship Event “Committed 2013” at St. John’s York Mills Service of Holy Baptism at 10:30 a.m. Adult Lunch and Fellowship Program (also on December 10) Advent Wreath Making “The Jesus I Never Knew” Advent Program (also on Dec 11 & 18) Advent Women’s Quiet Day at the Convent (Speaker: Rev’d Janet) Patronal Festival Dinner and Dance Service of Lessons & Carols 4pm followed by Pot Luck Supper The Amazing Christmas Feast with Wimpy’s Diner & BBNC Christmas Eve Services 5:00pm 7:00p.m 11:00pm Christmas Day Service 10:30a.m. Today is deadline for returning the boxes for Operation Christmas Child. They will be blessed at the service today and taken to distribution centre. Thank you to Jennie Tippet and Marcia Parum for looking after this again this year. LOOKING AHEAD….. The annual Advent Women’s Quiet Day this year is being led by our own Rev’d Janet. The date is Friday, December 6th, which coincidentally is St. Nicholas Day. As usual we will be at St. John’s Convent, 9:30 to 4. The new rate of $40 covers noon dinner and coffee breaks as well as our usual meeting space in St. Margaret’s Chapel. We always love to see new faces so don’t hesitate just because you’ve never come before. Please assist in the organization of this event by signing up well before the date (at the Manderley door). The convent now requires a list of names two weeks prior. Please call Rev’d Joan for further information, etc. Her number is 416 686 8620. Sunday, December 1st at Noon – The Making of Advent Wreaths: The candles of an Advent wreath provide a visible symbol of God’s light increasingly breaking through the darkness as Christmas draws near. On December 1st, following the 10:30 a.m. Service, families and individuals will have an opportunity to make their own Advent Wreath which may then be taken home. Home resources for the lighting of the Advent Wreath will also be made available. To help ensure that we have enough craft supplies and resources, please add your name to the sign-up sheet if you would like to participate. Emergency Relief for the Philippines: We are collecting funds for emergency relief work in the Philippines. All donations will be forwarded to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund by December 1st to ensure that the gifts will be matched by the Federal Government. Donations should be made payable to “St. Nicholas Church” with the Memo line noting “PWRDF – Philippines”. For convenience, special offertory envelopes are available at the back of the Church. Please continue to uphold the people of the Philippines in your prayers, as well as all those seeking to bring relief and support. The Amazing Christmas Feast returns Sunday, December 22nd from 4- 8 p.m. Once again, St. Nicholas is joining together with Wimpy’s Diner and Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC) to reach out to those in need at Christmas. Following a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Wimpy’s, individuals and families come over to St. Nicholas for dessert, the distribution of gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. Once again this year there are several ways to get involved……  We are collecting non-perishable food items for Christmas hampers distributed by the “Share Christmas’ program at BBNC. There is a container set up in the east transept and items need to be received by December 12.  We are collecting new un-wrapped toys and gift certificates for the kids who attend our Christmas Feast (in partnership with Wimpy’s Diner and BBNC). Please keep the cost to a maximum of $20.00.  As well, we are collecting items for the ‘give-away’ table at the Feast….gently used items of clothing, sheets, blankets and towels. Also, shampoo, toothpaste and body wash and other necessities such as toilet paper, Kleenex, detergent and soap. For more information, please contact Ken Campbell at 647-504-0415 or by e-mail c/o the church office at office@stnicholasbirchcliff.com The Story of Christmas in Scripture and Song (Service of Lessons and Carols) will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 4 p.m. This year, the Service will be followed by a pot-luck supper in Robinson Hall. The main course will be provided and you are invited to bring appetizers, salad or dessert as we join together in fellowship. To help plan for the main course, please add your name to the sign-up list on the Manderley bulletin board. And please feel free to invite family and friends! New Outreach Initiative Pilot Project: The Outreach Committee is organizing an Adult Community Lunch and Fellowship in Robinson Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 26th and Tuesday, Dec. 10th. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all adults are welcome to attend. We are particularly hoping to reach out to those in need within the wider Birchcliff community. If you are interested in helping with this new initiative by providing food or providing oversight, please contact Sonia Halloran at shalloran2@gmail.com or the Church Office. Our annual Patronal Festival Dinner and Dance will be on Saturday December 7, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available from Reg McRae at coffee hour or may be reserved by calling the Church Office at 416--691-0449. Special Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. Wednesday evenings (Dec. 4th, 11th & 18th) from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Join us as we explore Who Jesus Was, What He Did and The Difference He Makes! No previous experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Rev. Janet at 416-691-0449 or by email at jrh@stnicholasbirchcliff.com A sign-up sheet is posted on the Manderley bulletin board.

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