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October 13, 2017


The 11:00 am service on Sunday, October 15 will be Morning Prayer using the Book of Common Prayer.  
On Sunday October 15 after the 11:00 am servicethere will be coffee and a Question & Answer on the subject of Christianity 101.    
Scrap metal wanted - This weekend, a scrap metal bin will be in our parking lot and we are hoping to fill it.  Benmet Steel and Metal is helping out the Repair Cafe by generously donating the bin for this program.
Sunday, October 15 is the last day to return Sell Sheets for the Chicken Run. Pickup is on November 1 between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Thank you everyone for your participation in this fundraiser.
Items of the month for the food drive are pasta, brown rice, and the ever popular peanut butter, preferably natural.  

Planning for the Snowflake Lunch in our Parish Hall on November 4 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm is well underway. This is a major fundraiser and promises to be a lovely opportunity to spend time on an early November day enjoying food and friends while preparing early for the season ahead. We will provide you with a warm welcome in the form of a delicious lunch, a bake table that will include seasonal baking, and several elegant gift baskets. Tickets: Adult $7; Children under 12 - $3. Mark your calendars and bring a friend! All proceeds will go to St. Matthias & St. James.  
Are you able to help? The Snowflake Lunch Planning Committee is counting on all our wonderful bakers to contribute to the bake table on November 4. We are asking for donations of cookies, squares, candy, small cakes, pies, tarts, preserves. There is a sign-up sheet provided in the Parish Hall - it is not essential to sign up, but it is helpful for us to have some idea what to expect for the table. Baked goods may be dropped off at the Parish Hall on Friday November 3 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm or Saturday November 4 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Should you have any questions, please contact either Joan Barr (519-822-9541) or Joy Purdy (519-823-0966).
There will be several gift baskets, available at the Snowflake Lunch. The Planning Committee is putting a lot of thought into the contents which will be new and very desirable. To help offset the cost, the committee members have each contributed $5 and would be grateful for any small donations from parishioners to go towards the purchase of basket items. Should you wish to make a small donation to this fundraising cause, please contact either Joan Barr (519-822-9541) or Joy Purdy (519-823-0966). The deadline for receiving donations is Sunday October 29. 
The Memorial Garden Committee invites you to join us for our Oktoberfest sausage fundraiser.  Follow your nose and bring your appetite for sausage on a bun, $3 each or 2/$5.00 on Sunday October 22, following the 11:00 am service. 
Plan to stay for a delicious lunch on Sunday Oct. 29 after the 11:00 am service to support the Out of Poverty Society. Ed Pickersgill, was presented with our 2016 St. Francis Award for his work with street people. Since then the 40 Baker Street facility was closed to him. He is now serving 100 people a day from the back of a truck in front of 40 Baker. He is looking for rent money of $10/month for the year.  We would like to raise $120 from this lunch and contribute to bringing his clients out of the cold. Learn more about this at Out of Poverty Looking for a New Home.
Days of Awe & Wonder study group meets on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm.
We are looking for vendors for a Bazaar and Craft Sale on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle (86 Glasgow Street North) is hosting a fundraiser in the church hall for Living Better on Less. We are renting tables for $30 to anyone that would like to sell items such as crafts or gently used items. Please contact the church at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   if you are interested in renting a table.
On Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm, in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Kairos Guelph and St. Matthias & St. James are co-sponsoring the film "After the Last River." Sheri Longboat, University of Guelph Indigenous Studies, will be the presenter of this documentary chronicling the First Nation's fight for Justice. In the shadow of De Beers diamond mine, Attawapaskat lurches from crisis to crisis, as the mine removes billions of dollars worth of diamonds, the promised jobs barely materialize, and the community is threatened by potentially devastating contamination. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The next fundraising concert is scheduled for Sunday November 12 at 7:00 pm. $20.00 advance/$25.00 door. Organ Recital - David Phillips plays music from France, Germany and Belgium by Marchant, Bach, Mendelssohn and Flor Peeters. Tickets available from Bonnie Milliner or Judy Greenhill after services or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-763-2494 to reserve. 
The flowers on the altars each week are beautifully arranged by Grace Evans and provided by parishioners in memory of loved ones. There are several openings available on the calendar for memorial flower donations, either one time only or on an on-going yearly basis. The cost of flowers is $55. For further details contact Jackie Bulger,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-822-8308. 
Repair Cafe - Saturday, October 14 9:00 am until 1:00 pm - The Environment and Social Justice Committee is partnering with the Guelph Tool Library for another Repair CafĂ©.  Repair Cafe volunteers will set up in the hall and in the parking lot offering to fix your items for free and provide instruction on what is being done.  Stations will be set up for sharpening knifes, repairing jewellery, sewing and serging, small appliance repair, and bike repairs. You can find out more about the Guelph Repair Cafes at Repair Cafe.   
Niagara Anglican Newspaper PDF View/Download at  October 2017 or go to the newspaper page on the Diocesan website to view all editions.Niagara Anglican Newspaper. 
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Trinity United Church is sponsoring An Evening with the Reverend David Maginley. David will speak on Compassion and the Power of Dying Well. He is a spiritual counsellor/chaplain for a Halifax hospital, has survived cancer four times,  and offers his wisdom regarding illness and death from "both sides of the hospital bed" as he says. Come to hear this wise and engaging speaker at 7:00 pm on Monday October 16 at Trinity United Church 400 Stevenson St N, Guelph. Tickets are $20, and are available from Trinity or Therapeutic Touch Practitioners. 
KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Would you like to learn more about Indigenous issues and experience Indigenous history?  Come and take part in a KAIROS led blanket exercise hosted by Harcourt Memorial United Church (87 Dean Avenue) on Sunday, October 29 at 1:30 pm.  Please bring your own blanket. 
Climate Change: The Burning Issue. fACTs, impACTs, ACTions. A free 4-evening speaker series Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm. Oct.18: The Science Facts with Dr. Kent Moore, physicist.  Oct. 25: The Impacts with Barry Smit, co-author IPCC report and co-recipient Nobel Prize; and Alexandra Sawatsky.  Nov.1: Community Actions with Kirby Calvert, Co-Director Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership.  Nov. 8: Personal and Household Actions with Evan Ferrari, Exec. Director of eMERGE Guelph.  Dublin St. United Church, Dublin at Suffolk Streets.  Organized by Dublin's Justice and Outreach Committee.
"The People's Song Set Free": a concert marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Spiritus Ensemble performs works for choir and orchestra based on early hymns of the Reformation by Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and Brahms with soloists Sheila Dietrich, Jennifer Enns Modolo and Richard Hrytzak; Kenneth Hull, conductor.  Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The Church of St John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener.  Tickets available online at and at the door.  
Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 pm the Esprit Chamber Choir offers a concert in support of Hospice Wellington and the Start2Finish running and reading program at the newly re-formed All Saints Lutheran Anglican Church, 210 Silvercreek Parkway  in Guelph. The concert celebrates the "reformation" of two congregations and the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation begun by Martin Luther. Esprit Chamber Choir, under the direction of Mervin William Fick, will present a cappella repertoire, including works by Bach, Sweelinck, Mendelssohn, as well as a Suite of Canadian Composers. Tickets: $30 ($15 for youth 12 - 21, and those physically disabled); call 519-821-7710 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm "Celebration 150! Guelph Chamber Choir is joined by four guest choirs celebrating Canada and Ontario's 150th anniversary with a gala concert featuring 240 singers and internationally acclaimed Guelph folk singer-songwriter James Gordon. 6:30pm: Pre-concert PodiumTalk with Dr. Gil Stelter presenting a fascinating image of Guelph in 1867 through slides, history and stories. At River Run Centre. For tickets call 519-763-300 or visit
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