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Friday December 9, 2022

 

Sunday December 11, 2022
Third Sunday of Advent - Joy

 

Upcoming Sunday Services:
December  11 10:30 am   Eucharist                                    Reverend Blair Ross
December 18  10:30 am   Eucharist                                    Canon Nancy Beale
December 24   7:30 pm   Christmas Eve                             Canon Nancy Beale
December 25  10:00 am  Christmas Day at St. Philip's       Canon Nancy Beale

January 1        10:30 am  New Year's Day at St. Andrew's  Canon Nancy Beale

Wednesday Morning - Eucharist 10:15 am
Our regular Wednesday morning Eucharist service – a said service with group conversation and reflection on the readings in place of a sermon.  Please come and join us for any or all of these Wednesday morning celebrations and great conversations. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Advent Zoom Series
Join us each week for a time of reflection and conversation on the themes and some of the characters that help us journey through Advent towards Christmas. The series will be through ZOOM on the Tuesdays of Advent: November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20, beginning at 7PM.

The second session took place on Tuesday night where there was a wide ranging discussion about John the Baptist and his message of repentance, his relationship with Jesus and the significance of his baptism with water. We encourage more participation. To register, simply e-mail:
  advent@stphilipschurch.ca to receive the link to the Zoom session. 

 

 

Weekly Contemplation

 Luke 1:46b-55
 And Mary said, 
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
 
1. Luke writes of the song Mary sings when she visits her cousin Elizabeth after the angel has announced to her that she will give birth to a holy child. The song begins by saying God the Savior has strength with his arm. Arm strength does what? Where do you see “arm strength” making a difference in the world? Rather than what other kind of strength? What might be meant by the thoughts of their heart? In what sense might the proud be scattered in the thoughts of their hearts? What kind of thoughts do you suppose the heart has? What would it look like to see such scattering of proud people in the thoughts of their hearts? What is Luke describing for you here?
 
2. As you look around the world today where do you see the proud, who are thinking what in their hearts? Who are the powerful on thrones? Who the lowly? Who are the hungry and who are the rich? How do you see what Mary’s song describes happening in the lives of these people? 
 
3. How is the scattering of the proud and powerful happening in your world? How are the powerful being brought down from their thrones and the lowly being lifted up? How are the hungry being filled with good things and the rich being sent away empty? If God is doing such things in your neighborhood, who are the people helping make such things happen? Who are those who resist such a change, defending the status quo? What conversation is going on between those on thrones and the lowly, the hungry and the rich?
 
4.  What is the pride that lurks in your heart of hearts? What is the throne you sit upon in your secret thoughts? What power do you imagine or dream of unloosing upon your world from within the high walls of your psyche? What do you know in your soul of being rich? What are your secret riches? How are you poor inside? What of your secret poverty? For what do you hunger? In a world in which you may be surrounded with good things, what is the hunger that lurks within and gnaws at you?


From The Educational Center ~ Resources for the Spiritual Journey
https://educationalcenter.org

 

 

How can you help us next year???
Soon this year's nominating committee will be approaching members of our church family to invite them to join Parish Advisory Council.  If you are asked to serve, please consider this opportunity carefully as a new way for you to help St. Andrew's continue to be the thriving parish it is!!!  We are looking for a deputy warden and a warden as well as four members at large. Perhaps you might like to be a lay delegate to Synod.  If you would like to serve in any capacity, please let a member of the leadership team know….Formal elections will take place at the annual Vestry meeting on February 5th.

Roof Construction & Parking
Since the roofing has begun, the availability for parking in the church lot is limited for the duration of this project. Your patience is appreciated.

The What-Not-Shop will be closed December 19th and re--open January 10, 2023. Our hours are Tuesday 10-12, Thursday 2-4, and Saturday 10-12.
 

Calendars Planning ahead for 2023, calendars are on sale for $5.00 and are at the back of the church. Money can be put in the tin can beside the calendars.

Reminder: A couple of weeks ago we talked about the two-month trial balloon in May/June for service time changes. If you have further questions, please speak to the Leadership Team. We will pass a motion at the Annual Vestry to proceed with the two-month trial period. Thank you, Canon Nancy

 

Christmas Flowers Donation
If you would like to make a memorial donation toward the Christmas flowers, envelopes are available for this purpose at the back of the church.  Thanks for your support.

 

Christmas Angel Tree Sunday - a great success!
Thank you to the many parishioners and others who purchased Christmas toys for this community toy drive.  Linda Downey spoke to us last Sunday thanking us for helping to make a difference in the lives of many children at Christmas.  The committee of Shirley Jarvis, Joan Carson, Sharron Hewer, and Deborah Sawatzky  coordinated this event.  We thank this team of ladies for the hours of shopping that they have done to make this opportunity at St. Andrew's possible.

For those of you who are travelling during the winter.
Would you consider e-transfers or committing to joining the Pre-authorized Giving Program? The e-transfer address is: standrews@bellnet.ca  David Bailey has volunteered to help you set up PAG.  His phone number is 613 391-2089.  We do depend upon regular givings and your ongoing support.
 

 

Community Supper
Please join us...all are welcome!
Next Wednesday December 14th 4:30-6:30

 



Christmas Mittens, hats & scarves from our beloved knitters will be displayed on the side altar & draped over the railing; they will be distributed to those who need them before Christmas Eve.

 

A Request from The Salvation Army
Help is needed as soon as possible for the Salvation Army Kettles. If you could bring this need to your congregations by verbal announcements and/or in your bulletin, it would be so appreciated.  There are many, many spots available to fill in all the grocery stores, Giant Tiger and the LCBO. Each shift is only 2 hours and one can sit or stand, a very easy way to serve our community.  Salvation Army’s phone number is 613 476 3159.
 

Dates to Note
December 13  Parish Advisory Council 1:30 pm
December 14  Community Supper 4:30-6:30 pm

February     5  Annual Vestry Meeting

 

Helping out Ukraine
If you would like to make a donation through PWRDF towards assisting the people of Ukraine, simply make a cheque out to St. Andrew's Anglican Church and designate that it go to PWRDF Ukraine.  We are all praying for this country and for a peaceful resolution.

 

Hurricane Relief 
There may be an opportunity to donate to help the many people who have suffered losses from the hurricane both here in eastern Canada and the southern states through PWRDF. May we thank God for the blessings we have in our county!!!

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about what is happening as we continue on our journey of faith here at St. Andrew’s, please call our priest, Canon Nancy Beale (613 848 3239) or the church wardens, David Huether (613 246-4241), Evelyn Sprigings (613 399-2584) or Bev Arbuthnot (613 399-9074). 
May God continue to bless this parish!

 

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples connected to and on this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather on this territory and work in this community, and we commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

 

Donations Invitation

To donate to the ministry of St. Andrew’s via electronic funds transfer,
please send to:
standrews@bellnet.ca
To donate to the ministry of St. Philip’s via electronic funds transfer
please send to:
treasurer@stphilip schurch.ca