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Announcements 24 Nov 2013

  1. 1. The Anglican Church of St. Nicholas 1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7 416–691–0449 www.stnicholasbirchcliff.com To contact the wardens directly, email: wardens@stnicholasbirchcliff.com 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 Scottish Episcopal Church For the Diocese: The Upcoming Diocese of Toronto Synod Meeting Parish Ministries: The ministry of our Pastoral Care Visitors Parish Families: Margaret Nye, Sue O’Leary, Mary & Bill O’Brien 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: We pray for all those suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and for those seeking to bring relief. 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 November 24th, 2013 The Last Sunday after Pentecost The Reign of Christ the King 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 jrh@stnicholasbirchcliff.com or by calling the church office at 416-691-0449 ext. 223 or in the case of an emergency at 416-648-1418. This Week at St. Nicholas’… Tuesday 8:45 a.m. 11am – 1pm Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Thursday 8:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday Sunday 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Noon Morning Prayer Community Lunch Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Executive Meeting Choir Practice Diocese of Toronto Synod Meeting Holy Eucharist Sung Eucharist Advent Wreath Making . Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 1, the First Sunday in Advent Isaiah 2: 1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13: 11-14 Matthew 24: 36-44 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 Nov 26 Dec 1 Dec 4 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 24 Dec 25 Adult Lunch and Fellowship Program (also on December 10) Advent Wreath Making “The Jesus I Never Knew” Advent Program (also on Dec 11 & 18) Advent Women’s Quiet Day at the Convent (Speaker: Rev’d Janet) Patronal Festival Dinner and Dance 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 SSJD’s 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 your car this same code will give you access back into the convent through the most convenient door. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 9:30, for coffee in Mother Hannah room, with our programme beginning promptly at 10am in St. Margaret's Chapel. Please remember to bring your own water bottle. If there any problems please call Rev'd Joan at 416 686 8620. Have a great day! Sunday, December 1st 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. On December 1st, 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. To help ensure that we have enough craft supplies and resources, please add your name to the sign-up sheet if you would like to participate. Emergency Relief for the Philippines: We are collecting funds for emergency relief work in the Philippines. All donations will be forwarded to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund by December 1st 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! No previous experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Rev. Janet at 416-691-0449 or by email at jrh@stnicholasbirchcliff.com A sign-up sheet is posted on the Manderley bulletin board. 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.  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 office@stnicholasbirchcliff.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, Nov. 26th and 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 shalloran2@gmail.com or the Church Office. 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.
  3. 3. Please note: LARGE PRINT bulletins and Announcements sheets for the 10:30 a.m. Service are available at the back of the Church

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