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Announcements 1 Dec 2013


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Announcements 1 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 Province of South East Asia For the Diocese: Holy Trinity School Parish Ministries: The ministry of our Prayer Chain Parish Families: Joan Pantlin, Marcia & Joe Parum, John Patterson 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: All those suffering from HIV/AIDS and all those who care for them. 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 1st, 2013 The First Sunday of Advent Happy New Year! 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. 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. 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 Friday Saturday Sunday Noon 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Advent Wreath Making Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew” Morning Prayer Choir Practice Quiet Day at St. John’s Convent Dinner Dance Holy Eucharist Sung Eucharist . Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 8, the Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11: 1-10 Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19 Romans 15: 4-13 Matthew 3: 1-12 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 10 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 24 Dec 25 Community Lunch 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. For Advent Women’s Quiet Day Quiet Day Registrants Upon arrival at the Convent (233 Cummer Avenue) please park on the round courtyard by the front entrance, go into the reception desk and obtain the code for driving your car through the new parking gate. After you have parked the same code will give you access to the convent. Please arrive no earlier than 9:30, for coffee in Mother Hannah room. Our programme begins promptly at 10am in St. Margaret's Chapel. The Convent is “Plastic Water Bottle Free”, so please to bring your own non plastic permanent re-usable water bottle. If there any problems please call Rev'd Joan at 416 686 8620. Have a great day! Today 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. Today 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. TODAY IS THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY to contribute to Emergency Relief for the Philippines: All donations will be forwarded to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund TODAY 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. 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! 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. 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. 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 Ken Campbell at 647-504-0415 or by e-mail c/o the church office at 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, 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 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.