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Announcements 8 Dec 2013

  1. 1. The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas 1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7 416–691–0449 To contact the wardens directly, email: 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 of the South India For the Diocese: Royal St. George’s College Parish Ministries: The ministry of our Readers Parish Families: Mickey Peers, The Pellat Family, Lu Philp The sick or those in need: Marcia & Joe Parum, Sarah Brown, Shirley WalkerAman, Freda Matthews, Betty Eley, Doug Goss, Mabel Hogan, Beverley Spencer; Doone Warner; Marie-Louise Lister, Vern Howarth. And all those living with chronic problems, our housebound parishioners and their caregivers Special Prayer: 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 December 8th, 2013 The Second Sunday of Advent 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. This morning, we offer the Rite of Healing at both services. For those who wish, this is an opportunity to pray specifically for healing. Since Biblical times, this prayer has been accompanied by anointing with oil. At 8:30 am, please proceed to the chancel steps after you have received Communion. At 10:30 am, please proceed to St. Andrew’s chapel after you have received Communion. 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’… Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunday 7:30 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 am – 1 pm 7:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Parish Council Meeting (Eucharist @7 p.m.) Morning Prayer Prayer Chain Meeting Community Lunch Program Parables Passage and a Pint Holy Eucharist Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew” Morning Prayer Service at Retirement Suites by the Lake Choir Practice Holy Eucharist Sung Eucharist Service of Lessons & Carols & Potluck Supper . Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 15, the Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35: 1-10 Canticle 18 (Luke 1: 46b-55) James 5: 7-10 Matthew 11: 2-11 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 Dec 15 Dec 22 Service of Lessons & Carols 4pm followed by Pot Luck Supper The Amazing Christmas Feast with Wimpy’s Diner & BBNC Tuesday , December 24 (Christmas Eve) 5:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Eucharist 7:00 p.m. - Family Eucharist with lively children’s Pageant 11:00 p.m. - Traditional Eucharist with Candlelight Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) 10:30 a.m. - Sung Eucharist with Christmas Carols Special Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. Wednesday evenings (Dec. 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! For more information, please contact Rev. Janet at 416-691-0449 or by email at A signup sheet is posted on the Manderley bulletin board. Thank you to the Social Committee who organized our annual Patronal Festival Dinner and Dance last night. Parables Passage and a Pint: Different Name – same great time! At our last Parables and a Pint meeting it was proposed to change from parables to the upcoming Gospel reading for each week. This requires a slight adjustment to the name, we will now be Passages and a Pint. The next meeting is December 10 at 7:30 pm at the Tara Inn on Kingston Rd. The reading is Matthew 11:2-11. The Story of Christmas in Scripture and Song (Service of Lessons and Carols) will be held next 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! As usual, the Altar Guild will be decorating the church with Poinsettias this Christmas. If you would like to donate to the cost of the plants, please use the envelopes available at the back of the church marked “Poinsettias”. Please clearly PRINT the information requested on the outside of the envelope and place it on the collection plate. Thank you to everyone who attended, and helped with, last week’s Advent Wreath Making Event. If you require additional blue candles for your wreath, please speak to Rev. Janet. 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 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.  Monetary Donations may be made using the blue outreach envelopes at the back of the church.  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 Deb Chapman at 416-691-0449, Ken Campbell at 647-504-0415 or by e-mail c/o the church office at New Outreach Initiative Pilot Project: The Outreach Committee is organizing an Adult Community Lunch and Fellowship in Robinson Hall on 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 Birch Cliff community. If you are interested in helping with this new initiative by providing food or providing oversight, please contact Sonia Halloran at or the Church Office. Donations to Outreach – at our Annual Vestry meeting in February 2013 the people of St. Nicholas made a wonderful commitment to support our ongoing Parish Outreach ministry. Since February, donations to Outreach have supported the Churches by the Bluffs Foodbank, The Alzheimer’s Society Cooking and Support Group, and an InterFaith Lunch Program. Direct donations to Outreach may be made using the blue envelopes at the back of the Church. Thank you for your continued support and for making a difference in the lives of others. Rev’d. Janet is available for conversations about life or faith, and to respond to concerns, pastoral situations and pastoral emergencies. Please don’t hesitate to contact her via email at or by calling the church office at 416-691-0449 ext. 223 or in the case of an emergency at 416-648-1418.