The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas
1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7
To contact the wardens directly, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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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 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.
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’…
Advent Wreath Making
Advent Program “The Jesus I Never Knew”
Quiet Day at St. John’s Convent
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 Ken Campbell at 647-504-0415 or by e-mail c/o
the church office at email@example.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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Church
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.