Advent & Christmas Services:
Advent 4 (Dec. 21) – The Magi: Worshipping the Coming King; The 10:30 service this week will be the annual Advent Carol Service.
Christmas Eve: 7:00 Family Eucharist with Children’s Story; Bishop Tom celebrating.
10:30 Choral Eucharist with Fr Tim Preaching and celebrating
Christmas Day: 11:00 am Said Eucharist
December 27 & 28, there will be only one service at 10:30 Sunday morning with Bishop Tom presiding.
Epiphany Sunday: January 4th.
We are celebrating our patronal feast with a special guest speaker and a pot luck lunch. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us with your favourite dish. Dessert will be provided. This will be an interesting and fun time. Hope to see you there!
Are you upgrading your computer? The Northern Computer Recycling Depot accepts donations of computers (hard drives, keyboards, monitors, mice) to be recycled, or refurbished into basic, affordable computer packages for those who need access to the digital age. You can drop off your donations between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at Northern Initiative for Social Action, or NISA, 36 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor, Sudbury. Please call ahead if you need assistance. 705-222-NISA (6472). For more information, visit NISA’s website at www.nisa.on.ca
Offering Envelopes: 2015 offering envelopes have been prepared and are ready to be picked up outside the office. Please review your envelope information to see if it is accurate. If your information is not accurate or if you wish to be included in the envelope programme, please contact the office.
Out-of-the-Cold Dates: it is possible that it was accidently stated that there is an OOTC dinner for our team on January 30th.This is an error. Our first date in the new year is February 6th and the following one is March 13th. Please make any corrections necessary.
From the Fundraising Committee: The fundraising team would like to thank everyone for their generosity and commitment to making our repair project a success. If you would like a reminder of how much you pledged to the campaign or how much you have given so far in 2014 please contact Michael or Gilles.
Book Sale: It is not too soon to be thinking about culling your bookshelves to get them ready for the new Christmas reading material you may receive. The Outreach Team’s annual book sale will be held January 30, 31 and Feb.1 with all proceeds going to support our national and international outreach projects. Please canvas your family and friends for their books too! No magazines or textbooks (or moldy ones!) please!
Downtown Communion will rest for Dec. 24-25 and Dec 31-Jan 1. It will resume on Jan 7 at 12:15. If you find yourself downtown over lunch and want a short break from the hectic day, please join us! We’d love to have you.
Christmas Market: A very big “Thanks!” to Dorothy and Pat for putting our Christmas Market together last Sunday. Thanks also to all who donated crafts, baking, and preserves and, of course, to those of you who bought what was donated. We have raised just over $1500.00 for our daily operations!
Christmas Pageant: Last week’s Christmas Pageant was great, wasn’t it? Take some time this weekend to thank our scriptwriter, Patti, producers, Rachel, Christine and Louise, and technical director, Hoi for all their hard work in putting the pageant together. Thanks also, of course, to our children and their parents and caregivers who presented the Gospel announcement of the Incarnation with freshness, flair, and faithfulness.
Mid-Week Eucharist: and Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
Property Management: The care of our facility takes a lot of time and effort, and a great deal of it takes place “below the radar.” We really only notice when things go badly. This year, our parish has received the help of many people, working quietly, fixing, cleaning, re-organizing, and helping. The men I am about to mention are the “Marthas” of our parish, who work behind the scenes so that we “Marys” are free to worship without distractions. (If that metaphor doesn’t make sense, check out the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42). Norm, Lee, and Denis, thank you very much for your efforts! They are very much appreciated.
Lent: I know! It’s not even Christmas and I’m talking about Lent. But it is time to look at the calendar. Are you interested in confirmation? If so, I’ll be holding a confirmation class through Lent of 2015, meeting either Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings (beginning Feb 18), depending on convenience. If numbers require it, we’ll run two classes. Please let me know by calling me at the office (705 675 2279 x3). Thanks! Fr. Tim.
Lent Sermon Series: Lord willing, Fr Tim will be preach a sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. The series will run from Sunday, February 22 through Sunday, March 29. Watch for the promotional material that will come out over the next few weeks. Help us get the word out!
Thank you from Archdeacon Anne: Many of you noticed that Richard was on our prayer list last weekend. Archdeacon Anne sends the following note to the Deanery:
“Thank you for your emails and concern over the last week. I am happy to report that Richard is on the mend following surgery to remove his appendix on Thursday last week. After a rough couple of days we brought him home on Sunday. The University were fantastic and could not have been kinder to us or him. His exams are deferred until January so he can relax and heal. He started eating cookies last evening, and that is a really good sign!”
Deanery Digest: For more Deanery news and events, be sure to check it out on the Deanery Website, by clicking here.
Worship Times Next Week
Saturday, December 20 Sunday, December 21 Sunday, December 21
5:00pm 8:30am 10:30am
BAS Said Eucharist BCP Said Eucharist Advent Lessons and Carols
Chapel of the Nativity Chapel of the Nativity The Nave
Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24th
7:00pm Family Eucharist with Children’s Story; Bishop Tom celebrating.
10:30pm Choral Eucharist with Fr Tim Preaching and celebrating
Christmas Day: Thursday December 25th
11:00am BAS Said Eucharist
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