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December 1, 2017

 

 
I can testify that the message of Advent still holds:
with hope, with grace, with love, God takes flesh
and meets us when we have become most hopeless,
most broken, most lost. ~ Jan L. Richardson
 
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Readings for December 3 - Isaiah 64:1-9* Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 * 1 Corinthians 1:3-9* Mark 13:24-37
Readings for December 10 - Isaiah 40:1-11 * Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 * 2 Peter 3:8-15a * Mark 1:1-8
 
Advent Reflections  from the Primate's World relief and Development Fund are available at http://pwrdf.org/resources/seasonal/.    
 
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 (and a friend or two.)  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. 
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! 
 
 
For people reading  Marcus Borg's collection check out the online discussion group  at Days of Awe & Wonder Forum. 

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.  
 
 
Don't wait too much longer to get your tickets  for the St Matthias and St James Christmas dinner.  Last year we sold out. 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 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.   
 
Food Drive special items in December are canned vegetables and the 3 Ps - Perpetually Popular Peanut butter. 

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.
 
The Christmas trees have arrived. 
 
This is a fun, festive fundraiser for The Churches of  St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle in partnership with the YM-YWCA. The proceeds will be shared between our church and the Y. We continue to look for people who may have a few hours to help sell the trees. The process is easy to learn and the trees practically sell  themselves as a majority of customers return each year for our beautiful trees. You may sign up using Google.com/calendar. For full instructions, contact Jennifer Craig at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Cell #519-803-2562 or Laurie Douglas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 519-837- 8647. Jenn or Laurie will also be happy to sign you up so give them a call!
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.    
 
 
Diane Miron, CCSC volunteer, organizing Christmas bags for distribution.
 
Here at SM & SJ the annual CCSC Christmas Gift Bag Campaign draws to a close on Tuesday, December 5.  
 
Following are the items which would fill a bag, but donations of  individual items, e.g. a pair of socks, or a tube of toothpaste, are most welcome.  
 

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   
 
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. Be sure to identify whether it is for a male or female. Donations  may be placed on the pulpit steps on Sunday or dropped off at the office.  
 
Tell your friends and relatives about our tree sale.
 
COMMUNITY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
"The Klondike Gold Rush,1892: A Canadian Story with Local Connections", Speaker: David Mowat, Dec. 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church,161 Norfolk St. N1H 4J7 David Mowat has written a family memoir about his grand-uncle, a druggist who as the first Mayor of the Yukon had a significant involvement in the Klondike Gold Rush. William Ogilvie, another Guelph resident was second Govenor of the Yukon and a Dominion surveyor. Recently Mr. Mowat identified Guelph native Henry Smith, who supposedly was in the stampede and was the source of Robert Service's poem, "Ballad of Hard Luck Henry."
 
Bach Vespers for Advent: On Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m., Spiritus Ensemble presents a Bach Vespers for Advent Sunday.  This one hour service will include a performance of Bach Cantata #30, 'Freue dich, erloeste Schar' and a choral setting of George Herbert's poem 'Heaven' by Zachary Wadsworth.  Soloists are Sheila Dietrich, Sarah Pearson, Christopher Fischer and Richard Hrytzak; Kenneth Hull conducting.  The Church of St John the Evangelist, 23 Water St N, Kitchener.  Admission free; donations gratefully received 
  
On Sunday, Dec 3 at 2:30 pm please join the Guelph Chamber Choir
for 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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