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October 20, 2017

 

 
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PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

Readings for October 22 -  Isaiah 45:1-7 * Psalm 96 * 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 * Matthew 22:15-22  
 
Readings for October 29  - Ecclesiastes 44:1-14 * Psalm 34:1-10 * Revelations 7:9-17 * Matthew 5:1-12 
 
The Flowers at the High Altar on October 22 are given to the Honour and Glory of God by  Mary Mitchell in loving memory of Chris & Gillian Bramwell.   
 
A Special Thank You  to Ted Steele for a job well done as cantor for last Sunday's Choral Mattins.  
 
The Memorial Garden Committee invites you to join them following the 11:00 am service on Sunday, October 22 for their Oktoberfest sausage fundraiser.  Follow your nose and bring your appetite for sausage on a bun, $3 each or 2/$5.00. 
 
Pick up for the Chicken Run  is Wednesday,  November 1 between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Thank you everyone for your participation in this fundraiser.
 
The Women's Group meeting on November 1 will begin at 7:30 pm. Our guest for the evening is Diane Ballantyne, activist and educator. Our prophet is Deborah. Reading material at the back of the church.  
 
170 pounds of food were donated in September by St. Matthias & St. James in partnership with Sugarbush Christian Church. That is a total of 1517 pounds for the year, with only 183 pounds remaining to meet our goal of 1700 in 2017!!! Items of the month for the food drive are pasta, brown rice, and the ever popular peanut butter, preferably natural. Thank you everyone for supporting this important outreach ministry. 
 
For the past six years Green Being Farm has distributed its CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) using the entrance hall to the church on Tuesday evenings during the fall and winter (ends mid-February) from about 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  They will continue this year.  This has been part of the St. Matthias & St. James Environment and Social Justice Committee's support of local agriculture.  In lieu of rent they give us a veggie share for our food bin which is worth about $276.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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 Marchand, 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.
If you have any pictures, stories, or celebrations you would like to share in our weekly emails, send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Many thanks to the Guelph Tool Library, Benmet Steel & Metal,  John Dennis, and all of the wonderful volunteers for a very successful Repair Cafe held on October 14! 

COMMUNITY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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. 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.  
 
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 www.guelphchamberchoir.ca.
 
Coming Home to the Heart of Christmas - The Gift of Jesus on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 @ 7:00 pm, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Guelph. Through traditional and contemporary Christmas music, thoughtful reflections and spectacular videos highlighting the birth of Jesus, The Rev. Mark Curtis' Advent-Christmas musical sermon Coming Home to the Heart of Christmas - The Gift of Jesus provides occasion for all present to honour and celebrate the greatest love story ever told, the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ! This prayerful musical presentation will provide the occasion for both young and old to stop amidst the hectic season of shopping and socials and contemplate on the true reason for the season, the Gift of Jesus.
 
 
The Reverend Canon Trudy Lebans
Priest-in-Charge   
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St. Matthias & St. James the Apostle is an Anglican Church that is committed to living the gospel of inclusivity, restoration of peace and justice for all, and joyful engagement with all who do this work, both in the name of Jesus and with other sources of inspiration.