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December 15, 2017

 

 
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Readings for December 10 - 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 * Luke 1:46b-55 * Romans 16:25-27 * Luke 1:26-38
 
Readings for December 24Isaiah 52:7-10 * Psalm 96 * Hebrews 1:1-4 * John 1:1-14
 
Please take particular note of the following service days & times:
X Sunday, December 31 - one service only at 10:00 am, Holy Eucharist (BCP.)
X Sunday, January 7 - one service only at 10:00 am, Choral Eucharist followed by a lunch, special Vestry meeting, and a movie and activities for the kids.
 
Last Sunday, following the Christmas dinner, someone accidentally took a pair of shoes in a mustard/gold cloth shoe bag which was on the bench by the entrance to the hall. If you've found them please give Lynne Barker a call at 519-824-5657 or the  church office at 519-822-1061.
The church kitchen needs some attention. We plan to give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. Come and give us a hand. The more help we have the quicker it will be done. Join us on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 9:30 am. If you can help let Lynne Barker know,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519 824-5657. 
Food Drive - With Christmas only 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 No Parking signs at Jeffrey & Spence Insurance at 130 Paisley St. do not apply to parishioners parking on Sunday. You are allowed to park there if attending services.
 
Feeling stressed as the days count down? Take a few minutes to watch this delightful version of the Christmas Story as told by the children at St. Paul's, Auckland, New Zealand: The Christmas Story. 
 
The Cry Of and From the Wilderness: "John the Baptizer's story is created from bits and pieces of older scripture. The strain in the story rises from the disparity between John's message and Jesus'. To this day, in the Mandean community, John the Baptist is still revered as the Messiah of the two ways, one of death and the other of life. In Islam, he is the great prophet Yayah. For the first writers of Jesus' story, their problem was clear. How could they weave the story of John into that of Jesus without compromising Jesus' message of reconciliation and forgiveness. Their solution was brilliant. We will never know if Jesus began as a follower of John or if he simply existed and preached at the same time. In any case, the solution lay within Torah; present John as the Forerunner of the true Messiah. Relate him to Elijah (although John himself rejected that idea.) To read the reflection  from December 10 go to Trudy's blog: 
 
Many thanks to Betty Lou Clark and Mary Ann Robinson for taking the food donations to CCSC every week. 
 
If you would like to see what happens to the Christmas bags after they leave the church go to:
 
Check out the blog for Awe and Wonder study group  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 http://pwrdf.org/resources/seasonal/The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. 
 
Many thanks to Chef Paul Mayhew and his merry kitchen crew for a delicious Christmas dinner. It was an evening of fun, fellowship, and lovely music.                                                          
 
              
 
    

Christmas Tree Sales  
 
The tree lot is now all decked out in its finest snow, and glistens under the night lights. As of this past Wednesday evening, we have about 120 left to sell! Thank-you so much to all those people who have made sure our shifts have been completely covered to December 21st! Be sure to keep spreading the word as we would love to sell out early! More information needed? Call 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.
 
Community News and Announcements

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Saturday, December 23 at 7:30pm; Guelph Chamber Choir presents their annual Handel's Messiah at River Run Centre - with 4 outstanding Canadian soloists and an orchestra of period instruments. This marks conductor Gerald Neufeld's final Messiah with the choir before his retirement. Tickets available online at www.riverrun.ca or call 519-763-3000. Concert details at: www.guelphchamberchoir.ca
 
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.