The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7416–691–0449 www.stnicholasbirchcliff.comTo contact the wardens directly, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPrayers for the Week“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering persevere in prayer.” Rom 12: 12For the world: For all those suffering in the midst of war, civil unrest or disasterFor the Global Church: The Church of NigeriaFor the Diocese: The Parish of St. Matthias, ColdwaterParish Ministries: The ministry of our Altar GuildParish Families: Lisa, Jason and Addison Carey; The Carpenter Family; Shawn,Lindsay and Victoria CarterThe sick or those in need: John Aman, Anne Moir, Doug Goss, Mabel Hogan, DebChapman, Cassandra Brake, Jack Pound, Mary Harris, Sheila Boutilier, BeverleySpencer; Doone Warner; Marie-Louise Lister; Vernon Smitz.Thanksgivings – please add your personal thanksgiving.Special Prayer: We offer thanksgiving for the gift of mothers who model the love ofGod, and pray for any who grieve the loss of their mothers, the gift of motherhood orwho find this day difficult due to memories or experiences.Prayers – If you desire prayers for yourself, family, or friends, please contact theprayer chain. Members of the prayer chain will uphold your name (s) in dailyprayer for 30 days. The prayer chain contact is Elaine Fisher 416- 281-9659Daily Devotions – Copies of Forward Day by Day are also available at the backof the church. This devotion includes a short passage of scripture, a briefreflection and a prayer focus for each day of the week.Newcomer / Visitor FormNNiicckk’’ss NNeewwss –– PPlleeaassee ttaakkee tthhiiss hhoommeeSSuunnddaayy MMaayy 1122tthh,, 22001133The 7thSunday of EasterWe warmly welcome those who are visiting with us today. Please introduce yourselfto the clergy, fill out the “Newcomer / Visitor” Information form (on the back page ofthis bulletin) and place it in the offertory plate. Please also join us for refreshmentsfollowing the 10:30am service.This Week at St. Nicholas’…Tuesday 8:45 a.m. Morning Prayer7:00 p.m. St. Nick’s Knights vs. Scar. Baptist at ArsandcoWest off Midland 1 block south of LawrenceWednesday 10:00 a.m. Holy EucharistThursday 8:45 a.m. Morning Prayer1:00 p.m. Card Party7:30 p.m. Choir PracticeSunday 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist–Book of Alternative Services10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist-Book of Alternative Services12:15 p.m Outreach MeetingScripture Readings for Sunday May 19th, PentecostGenesis 11: 1-9 Psalm 104: 25-25, 37bActs 2: 1-21 John 14: 8-17, 25-27Gluten free wafers are available for communion. To indicate your need, please pickup a purple card from a sidesperson. With the purple card in your hand at the altarrail, the communion minister will know that you require a gluten free wafer.All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination or age, are invited to receiveCommunion 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.Children are welcome at St. Nicholas’! Children are invited to attend our ChurchSchool Program downstairs during the 10:30am service.If you are new to our parish, or you are visiting, we invite you tocomplete this form. Please place it on the Offering plate, or give it to oneof the Sidespeople at the back of the church.You are a Newcomer You wish a Pastoral VisitYou wish to have Offering EnvelopesName___________________________________________________Address_______________________________________________________Postal Code____________ Phone#_________________________________e-mail address ________________________________________________This morning, we offer the Rite of Healing at both services. For those who wish, thisis an opportunity to pray specifically for healing. Since Biblical times, this prayer hasbeen accompanied by anointing with oil. At 8:30am, please proceed to the chancelsteps after you have received Communion. At 10:30am, please proceed to St.Andrew’s chapel after you have received Communion.
Stay Connected with Twitter -Submitted by Andrew Reeves @greeneggs_drewThe social media service Twitter is a great way to share and stay connected with yourchurch family and the wider family of God. I would like to encourage those of youcurrently using Twitter to share the work of God in your life using the hashtag#stnicksbc. For more information, talk (or tweet) with Andrew Reeves.The Feast of Pentecost – Sunday, May 19th: Please join us next Sunday, May 19th aswe celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Both Services will be taken from the Book ofAlternative Services. (Our regularly scheduled 10:30 a.m. Service of Mattins and ChoralEucharist from the Book of Common Prayer will return on the third Sunday of June.)In our reading from the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is described as descending like“tongues of fire.” To celebrate the gift of the Spirit all are warmly invited to wear yellow,orange and red.The St. Nick’s Knights play softball every Tuesday night. Game time is 7:00pm Thefull schedule, and directions to parks, is available at SAYMsoftball.com Come on outand cheer for our team.The Date has been set!! Our annual Bazaar will be on Saturday November 2nd thisyear, and we have a new Bazaar Committee. Julia Hanson, Brian Jones andSuzanne Lehtinen, have agreed to organize the big day this year. Thank you to them,and to Doreen Moffat and the retiring Bazaar Committee for the many years ofleadership they gave to the Bazaar.Farewell Reception for the Reverend Dr. Alison Falby – Sunday June 2nd,following the 10:30am service. Please join us for a special celebration to mark theblessing of Rev’d Alison’s ministry with us as Assistant Curate over the past two years.June 2nd will be Rev’d Alison’s last day at St. Nicholas. She will begin her new ministryas Incumbent of St. Martin’s Bay Ridges on July 8th. Her service of Induction will takeplace at St. Martin’s on September 22 at 4:00pm. Please uphold Alison in your prayersduring this transition.Kitchen Shower- Wow!! What a great responseThank you to everyone who has contributed to the kitchen shower. For those of youwho have not had an opportunity yet, there are still some items remaining to bepurchased. Members of the outreach committee will do all of the shopping and theitems will be purchased on your behalf. The Outreach Committee will be sponsoringa special coffee hour on the 26th of May to thank everyone for their donations. At thistime all the donated items will be on display. If you have any questions please speakto Pauline Glasgow, Sonia Halloran or Deb Chapman.Garden Lovers Have Rake will help. If you could help out with a spring spruce upof the garden, please contact Sonia at 416-698-9449 or email@example.com. Wewant to make sure the gardens stay looking as lovely as they did last year. If youwould be willing to help on an ongoing basis, speak to Sonia.Family Picnic at Centre Island - Calling all kids and their parents, the young andyoung at heart. Please join us at Centre Island on Saturday May 25th. Well meet atthe ferry docks at 10 am, spend the morning at Centreville, picnic in the grounds ofSt. Andrews Church, and return at 2 pm. The Church will supply ferry tickets and aBBQ lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring your own drinks andCentreville mad money! For more information, please speak to Revd Alison, andsign up on the bulletin board.The Alzheimer’s Society and St. Nicholas’ are partnering to host a specialMen’s Cooking and Support Group. The group is a free, four week beginner’scooking class and support group for male partners caring for someone with dementia.It runs each Tuesday in June from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will have a hands oncooking experience, prepare a simple easy to learn recipe, enjoy lunch together andtake home two heart healthy meals. If you, or someone you know, is interested inparticipating in the group, and meeting other caregivers, please contact, EleniSiliveridis at 416-322-6560 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Security Concerns: Over the past few weeks, security concerns have emerged inrespect to individuals entering the building via the Manderley doors both during theweek and during the 10:30 a.m. Service. We want to ensure that St. Nicholas is awelcoming community for all. This, however, needs to be balanced with the assurancethat St. Nicholas is a safe community – especially for members and teachers of theSunday School. As such, over the month of May we will be monitoring the Manderleydoors during the 10:30 a.m. Service.. If concerns continue, or new ones emerge, we willbe locking the Manderley doors at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, and posting a sign askingindividuals to enter the Church via the Kingston Road entrance. This proposal will notonly assist in assuring security but also enable us to provide help to individuals should itbe required. If you have concerns, or comments, about this proposal, please speak toRev. Janet or one of the Wardens. Finally, if you are entering the building during OfficeHours, please let your presence be known by saying “hello” in the Office. Thank you.LOOKING AHEAD…more info in paragraphs belowMay 25 Toronto Island Adventure for Families and the young at heartMay 26 12:15 pm Kitchen ShowerJune 2 Rev’d Alison’s last Sunday at St. Nicholas’June 9 Guest Speaker: Chris Jones. Please join us as we welcome(back) St. Nick’s former Youth LeaderJune 18 9:00 am Bus Trip – “Oliver”June 23 3:00 pm Bach Children’s Chorus Foodbank Fundraiser