The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas
1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7
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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
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
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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’…
11 am – 1 pm
Parish Council Meeting (Eucharist @7 p.m.)
Prayer Chain Meeting
Community Lunch Program
Parables Passage and a Pint
Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew”
Service at Retirement Suites by the Lake
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.
LOOKING AHEAD…more info in paragraphs below
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the
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 email@example.com or by calling the church office at
416-691-0449 ext. 223 or in the case of an emergency at 416-648-1418.