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December 8, 2017

 
 
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Readings for December 10 - Isaiah 40:1-11 * Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 * 2 Peter 3:8-15a * Mark 1:1-8
 
Readings for December 17 - 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 * Luke 1:46b-55 * Romans 16:25-27 * Luke 1:26-38    
199 pounds of food were donated to CCSC in November. Many, many thanks to everyone who so generously supports this very important outreach ministry. We're now 336 pounds over our goal of 1700 pounds in 2017!!! With Christmas barely two week's away, let's replace visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads with December's special items of the month ..... canned vegetables and peanut butter.
The Awe and Wonder study group will not be meeting on December 13, but in the meantime be sure to go to the blog at Days of   
 
We are pleased to announce that St. Matthias and St James the Apostle will be participating in the 2018 Doors Open, April 21st. This is another opportunity to showcase our parish and all that we offer the Guelph community. Possibilities include many of the activities we recently offered at our Open House in October. Please speak to Beryl ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-265-1370) if you want to participate in a preliminary visioning process. Closer to the event we will post specific roles you might want to sign up for including "tour guide."
Advent Reflection Resources are available at: 
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 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. The final deadline is next Wednesday, December 13. 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.
 
QUESTION - what will make Christmas a little happier for
33 people this year?
 
ANSWER - 33 gift bags for Chalmers Community Services Centre, making this our best year ever! Many thanks to everyone who contributed with such generosity and caring!
Christmas Tree Sales  
 

This chilly update came to us ' live and on location' on Wednesday evening from Jenn's and Laurie's warm hearts as they kept each other company on a windy night with the smell of balsam in the air.

 

Many new and returning customers are visiting our tree lot. We have sold over 100 trees already!

 

Sales are well under way and some upcoming shifts may require two sellers to keep up to the demand. This particular weekend often proves to be busy so if you have time to be a seller, please contact Jenn or Laurie to find out more about helping with this seasonal fundraiser.

 

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
   
 
Tell your friends and relatives about our tree sale.
 
 
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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