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November 24, 2017

 

 
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PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
Readings for November 26 - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 * Venite * Ephesians 1:15-23 * Matthew 25:31-46
 
Readings for December 3 - Isaiah 64:1-9* Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 * 1 Corinthians 1:3-9* Mark 13:24-37
The Flowers at the High Altar on November 26 are given to the Honour and Glory of God by Mary Mitchell in loving memory of  Florence Metcalfe.
        
  
The Flowers at the Lady Altar on November 26 are given to the Honour and Glory of God by Joan Barr in loving memory of  Elizabeth Macaulay, Robert Rowsell, and Jean Russell. 
 
In order to improve our community engagement profile  for grants and other public relations presentations, the Diocese has asked us to gather and collate volunteer information. You may return your lists via e-mail with attachment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , drop them off in the office, on the collection plate, or give to a Warden. Your name is optional.  Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. With thanks from Trudy! 
 

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.
 
 
Ed Pickersgill sends a big thank you to us for supporting the Out of Poverty Society with a donation of $324 raised by a great lunch provided by The Environment and Social Justice Committee.
 
 
 
 
Advent Quiet Evening on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 pm - a service of Advent hymns and lessons followed by Compline. You are invited to bring along a favourite reading or poem to share.  Light refreshments and hot apple cider will follow the service.
 
The Women's Group meets on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm.
 
The Environment and Social Justice Committee will meet in the library on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Please mark your calendars.
 
Sale of tickets for the St Matthias and St James Christmas dinner is going well; you have just one week left to get yours! Sunday December 10, 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children and $50.00 for a family of 4 - 2 adults, 2 children. All proceeds to the church. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Last year we sold out. Tickets will be available after services on November 26 and December 3. If you do not have cash, you may write a cheque - payable to St James the Apostle - or make a reservation and pay at the door. Reservations may be made by calling or emailing Judy Greenhill, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Bonnie Milliner 519-821-1815. Our wonderful chef needs to know in advance how many people he is cooking for. 

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.   
 
On 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.) 
 
Food Drive 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.....
 
The Christmas trees  arrive on Saturday, November 25 and sales begin at 9:00 am. This is a fun, festive fundraiser for The Churches of St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle in partnership with the YM-YWCA. At this busy time of the year, do you have a few hours to help us sell the trees?   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 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
 
This promises to be a lot of fun, not to mention the health benefits of some bracing fresh air, and the lovely smell of pine.  
 
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 well 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 .
COMMUNITY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
On Sunday, Dec 3 at 2:30 pm please join the
Guelph Chamber Choifor their annual Carols For Christmas Concert at St George's Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St. This year's special guests are bell choir Bells Ablaze - and the choir will be selling their brand new CD "Carols Of The Bells! Tickets from River Run Center Box Office in person, online or at (519) 763-3000.  More info at: 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   
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 226-821-1603
To read sermons and other blogs
 
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 -
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-763-7595
 
Office
519-822-1061, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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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