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November 17, 2017

 

 
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PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Readings for November 19 - Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 * Psalm 90 * 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 * Matthew 25:14-30
 
Readings for November 26 - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 * Venite * Ephesians 1:15-23 * Matthew 25:31-46
 
The Flowers at the High Altar on November 12 were given to the Honour and Glory of God by their family in loving memory of  
Reg Shuel & Margaret Shuel, and all who fought and died during wars, past and present.
 
The Flowers at the High Altar on November 19 are given to the Honour and Glory of God by Marion Willms in loving memory of  
Margaret Willms Robson.

Request Envelopes for Christmas Memorial Poinsettias are now available in the parish hall or from the Parish Office. Please use the envelopes provided and print the names clearly. Place the completed envelope on the collection plate, or submit the information and payment to the office, 519-822-2061, office@sjapostle.ca. Please note that the final deadline for requests is Wednesday, December 13.  This deadline is necessary in order that the Christmas bulletins may be prepared in a timely fashion. Requests submitted after December 13 will be in a bulletin after Christmas. Suggested donation is $25.

It's not too late to win one of the Snowflake Gift Baskets. The sale will continue until Sunday, December 10 when the winners' names will be drawn after the 11:00 service. Tickets will be available every Sunday morning downstairs after the services - $5 each or 3/$10.
 
Due to calendar issues and the overall busy-ness of the rapidly approaching holiday season, the Cookie Walk will not be held this year. The Fundraising Committee would like to thank all of our loyal and generous bakers for their delicious contributions to this popular event in the past and we wish everyone a joyous and spiritual Christmas.  
 
Announcing the return of the ever popular Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children and $50.00 for a family of 4, with 2 adults and 2 children. All proceeds to the church. Entertainment by The Reverend Stephen Berryman & Mary Lynn Woods. Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get yours early. Last year we sold out. Tickets will be available after the service or from Judy Greenhill This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Bonnie Milliner 519-821-1815.
 
Sunday November 19 and Sunday November 26, Denise Lowe will be selling her book, The Fighter Within: Beating Life's Challenges One Day at a Time. The cost is $20.00 with net proceeds going to JDRF and CMHA (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Canadian Mental Health Association.) 
 
322 pounds of food were donated in October - WOW! Many thanks to St. Matthias & St. James and Sugarbush Christian Church. An extra thank you goes to the 23rd Guelph Sparks who, under the guidance of Deborah Murray and Grace Schmidt, contributed generously at Thanksgiving. This puts us 133 pounds over our goal of 1700 in 2017, but we can't rest on our laurels. As holidays approach, let us be aware that hunger and poverty don't take a vacation.  Possibly they may be felt even more keenly, so please continue to give generously! Special items of the month are canned salmon, tuna or chicken, and the perennial favourite, peanut butter.
 
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 .
 
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree.....
 
Christmas trees are arriving on Friday, November 25th. This is a fun, festive fundraiser for The Churches of St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle in partnership with the YMCA. On Saturday, November 25 volunteers are needed for a couple of hours to join the unloading team at the YMCA on Woodland Glen. We estimate a 9:00 am start. If high school or community hours are needed, we are happy to sign for them. For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Craig at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-780-0359 or Laurie Douglas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-837- 8647.    

 
And next we sell the trees .......
 
At this busy time of the year, do you have time to help us sell the trees?  This has been a successful fundraiser for many years by St Matthias and more recently in partnership with the YMCA.   A portion of the proceeds will be shared between our Church and the YMCA. Ask your family and friends to share a time slot with you to spread Christmas cheer.
 
It's a great way to unplug or slow down for 2-3 hours, enjoy the weather,  and share some Christmas spirit!  The process is easy to learn and the trees sell themselves as the majority of customers return each year because they know we have a very good tree farmer!! 
 
The volunteer time slots beginning Saturday, November 25 until all trees are sold are as follows:
 
Saturdays - 3 shifts: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
 
Sundays - 3 shifts: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm; 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm; 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
 
Mondays through Fridays - 2 shifts: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 
For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Craig at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-780-0359 or Laurie Douglas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-837- 8647.
 
  
The annual CCSC Christmas Gift Bag Campaign is now underway.

We hope you will consider supporting this valuable outreach program. Following are the items which would fill a bag.
 



 
One pair of warm gloves
One pair of thick socks
Regular size shampoo (not conditioner)
Toothbrush
Toothpaste and/or dental floss
Shaving cream for men/box of tampons or pads for women
Shower gel, body wash, or soap
Antiperspirant/deodorant
Package of 5-10 disposable razors
Boxed candy or chocolate (not home made)
Small jar of instant coffee, box of tea bags, or tin/box of hot chocolate   
 
Each year CCSC hears from their guests how grateful they are to receive this gift, and that it is the ONLY gift they receive. For this reason please include new, good quality items in original packaging. Please indicate whether the bag is for a male or female. Note that there is no need for the items to be gift wrapped. Christmas Gift Bags can be delivered in new, reusable shopping bags which guests can then use to take food home. We are very aware that good quality gloves and socks can be expensive and the cost of filling a bag quickly mounts up. Consider sharing the cost and the shopping with 1 or 2 friends or relatives. 
 
From now until Tuesday, December 5 the bags may be placed on the pulpit steps on Sundays and Wednesdays, or dropped off to the office through the week. Please direct questions to Wendy Woodhouse, between or after Sunday services, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Advanced Care Planning

 
Hi, 
 
I am hoping you can take a few minutes to complete a quick public survey about Advance Care Planning. We have heard from other residents of Waterloo Region & Wellington County that Advance Care Planning is 'eye opening', is something 'everyone has to know about', and that we must 'continue to take our message into the community again, and again'. Now, we want to hear from you! Please complete a brief survey and share what you know about Advance Care Planning. 
 
How can you help?
  1. Take the survey by clicking on the following link Take Survey Here. By completing it you can win one of several Tim Hortons gift cards! 
 
  1. Please forward this survey to your friends and family as we are trying to reach as many community residents in the Waterloo Region and Wellington County as possible. 
 
For any questions about our program or for any technical difficulties with the survey, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me at 519-743-4114 x111.
 
Thank you in advance!
Sheli O'Connor, Program Lead MSW RSW 
 
COMMUNITY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
TaizĂ© Prayer Service at St James Church, Fergus (171 Queen St E) next Wednesday, November 22 at 7pm.  The theme this month is Loving in Difficult Times."  Please join us for an hour of quiet meditation, prayer and singing.  Service led by The Reverend Amy Cousineau. All are welcome.

Vocal Meditation for Advent at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Avenue, Guelph. Take a break each week during Advent and join in vocal meditation.  The group will be led by Jane Lewis, a local musician, singer/songwriter.  Spend some time tuning up and tuning in.  We'll explore various relaxing sounding-exercises as well as chants and simple songs.  The group is intended to give you a sense of calm and grounding to carry through the week; time to reflect on the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love; and the energetic lift that comes with vocalizing together in a group. Join each week or come on a drop-in basis - free will donation.  The sessions will be held from 10:00 am to 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel on Wednesdays - Nov 29th, Dec 6th, 13th & 20th.  If you would like more information or to sign-up, please call Elizabeth Bone, at 519-821-0682 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
 
The Reverend Canon Trudy Lebans
Priest-in-Charge   
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 226-821-1603
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Wardens
Reta Craig -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-220-5506
Laurie Douglas -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-837-8647 
Beryl Holtam - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,519-265-1370
Joseph Odumeru -
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Office
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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.
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