St. Paul's Brockville Weekly Bulletin | St Pauls Anglican Church Brockville

12 Pine Street, Brockville, ON  | 613-342-5865
office@stpaulsbrockville.ca

Weekly Bulletin

Wednesday, December 6th: The Feast of St Nicolas.  Seniors’ Christmas Service & Lunch. We begin at 11 am with Holy Eucharist and end with lunch. Registration is mandatory. Please contact the church office for more information. 
 
Please consider participating in our Blessing Shoebox initiative. We are collecting hygiene products, hats, gloves, socks, coffee, tea, candy, and other items. Please find a list of requested items there. These will be distributed just before and during Christmas to friends of St Paul’s who participate in our various programs.
 
ATTENTION ALL LADIES:  ACW Christmas party Thursday December 14th starting at 11:30 am in the church hall.  A full roast turkey dinner will be catered by Moira Taylor  Cost is $15.00 reduced from $22.00 compliments of the ACW.  Reservations are required.  Please remit reservation and payment to Marie Blair 613-345-1148 by December 3rd.  Please bring a $5.00 gift if you wish to participate in the gift exchange.  There will be music and Santa.   Let's make this a special celebration.  For further information, contact Bea at 613-342-5223.
 
"Full of Beans" Cooking Club meets once a month, on the last Saturday of the month.  Next meeting is Saturday, Dec 30th. 4-7 pm in the hall.  Call Virginia 345-2793 to register. 
 
CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday, December 24th: 
Advent IV & Christmas Eve
We will have one service at 8:30am for Advent IV, followed by our usual three Christmas Eve services later in the day:
4pm – Interactive Christmas Pageant, especially for families with very young children.
7pm – Our main Christmas Eve Eucharist, with full choir and lots of music – family-friendly!
11pm – Traditional Midnight Mass, with Carols and candlelight. 

Monday, December 25th:  
Christmas Day
9am Holy Eucharist with Carols

Sunday, December 31st: 
2nd Sunday of Christmas
We will have our regular service at 8:30am, followed by a special Christmas Lessons & Carols service at 10am. Bring requests for your favourite Christmas Carols, because we will have extra singing instead of Holy Eucharist at the 10am service.

 
Soup for the Soul: Making a batch of soup? Have leftover chlili? Someone in our congregation could probably make good use of it! We share it with our families dealing with illness, loss of a loved one, or those having trouble making ends meet. Please label and date your donation.

Weekly e-news:  If you would like to receive a short spiritual reflection and news for the upcoming week, please email lynndillabough@gmail.com

 

Ongoing Ministry and Stewardship Opportunities   

Contemplative Tuesdays at 7:00 pm 
All are welcome to join us in various contemplative practices. 
1st Tuesday = Lectio Divina
2nd Tuesday = Taize
3rd Tuesday = Centering Prayer
4th Tuesday = Christian Meditation
When there is a 5th Tuesday we will gather for snacks and discussion of the contemplative life. 

Comforting Arts: Wednesday 10:00 am -11:30 am in the church hall. This is a time for creative activities, chat, and refreshments in a supportive setting.  No charge & all are welcome.  

Messy Church:  In December, instead of gathering on December 30th, we will worship together at the 4pm Christmas Eve liturgy on December 24th. This informal and interactive church service takes place on the last Saturday of each month. This event is for families with children 3-12, but all are welcome. Each month we spend time together with story-telling, crafts, and worship, ending with a delicious lunch. Please contact the church office to register.

Youth Group: happens on Fridays of every month from 6 – 9 pm Dec 15th. Co-led by Julie Case and Lynn Dillabough. All middle school and high school aged youth are welcome. Please contact either Julie or Lynn for more information.

Caregiver Support Group:  Dec 19th. On the third Tuesday of each month from 1 pm -3 pm we host a “Caregiver Café” in the parish hall. Contact Jennifer at 613-423-3333 x 241 to register.

Brockville Food Bank (Operation Harvest Sharing): We will continue to designate the 3rd Sunday of the month as a time to bring non-perishable food items to church.  We welcome any items but would like to suggest that cereals, peanut butter, jam, and pasta are items that they consider to be high on their "wish list".  Thank you to all who have donated in the past.

Women’s Study group: Tuesday afternoons at the home of Shelagh Collard, 1304 Lily Bay Drive North. Phone 613-498-4072 for further information.

Bible Study Group: Thursday evenings at the home of John & Linda, 286 Church St.  Starting at 7:00 pm.  This is an informal discussion time, sharing our thoughts on the appointed Gospel reading for the coming Sunday.  All are welcome.

Altar Guild Recruitment:  Because of changes in personal circumstances, the Altar Guild has lost some of its key members.  If you have some time and are looking to fulfill a role within the church, please consider joining the Altar Guild, the members of which are responsible for setting up the Altar once every four weeks.  No experience is necessary; you would be placed on a team who would show you what has to be done.  If interested, please see Dina Edwards (she’s a choir member) or call her at 613-342-4997.

Join the Parish Life Committee: This committee is looking for new members who are interested in connecting with both members of the parish and the wider community.  It meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month. For more information contact Flora Francis at 498-9859 or jffrancis@bell.net.

Ushers Needed:  Do you have a friendly smile?  Do you like meeting people?  Then we need you added to the St. Paul's usher roster.  We've had a few folks step aside for various reasons, and are seeking happy, friendly people to greet people, hand out bulletins, assist guests, take up the collection, etc.  If you're able to help please contact Chris Groenewoud 613-345-2944 or chris_groenewoud@yahoo.ca

Breakfast Club ScheduleSaturdays: December 1st - The Breakfast Club has a new venue. We will be meeting on the first Saturday of every month at 9 am. at Mike's Restaurant (Hwy 29 Plaza, east side, just north of the Tin Cap Farm). For more information please contact Ann Delaney at 613-345-0469. We would love to see you there.

Partnership with Brockville General Hospital Maternal Care Unit:  The following items are needed for New Babies-in-Need Baskets; Jackets, sleepers sizes 0-9 months, undershirts (onezies), small baby powders, small baby oils, small soaps, and receiving blankets, etc.. If you wish to donate, please place items in the basket at the back of the church or contact Bea at 613-342-5223.   

Get me to the Church: Drivers are needed to get people to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you can help, please contact Don Buffett at dbuffett@ripnet.com or 613-345-5150.

FundScrict TM Update:  FundScrip  The following is the schedule for FundScrip™ gift card orders for 2017: Dec 3 & 10 .  Orders are received and submitted on the date below, and the cards are distributed the following week.  Please mark these dates on your calendar. Order forms are available at the back of the church and may be submitted at any time (with a cheque corresponding to the amount of the order) in advance of the order date with the understanding the order dates are firm.   

St. Paul's Hearing System:  St. Paul's has hearing devices available to use for those who may need assistance in hearing the services more clearly. There is no charge for their use. Please see John Sharpe for further details.

Cancer Treatment Drivers: The Parish Life Committee is also considering the possibility of trying to provide drivers to take fellow parishioners to cancer treatment appointments.  As a first step we would like to see if there are people in the congregation who would be willing to be drivers for this programme. Again, if you would be willing to drive these patients please contact Don Buffett at 613-345-5150 or dbuffett@ripnet.com.  Depending on the response we will decide what further actions can be taken.

The Elder Abuse Prevention Helpline: is now available in Leeds-Grenville to help victims of abuse, as well as people concerned that someone they know may be in an abusive situation.  Elder abuse is not a family matter.  If you fear that someone is taking advantage of a senior you know, please call our toll free, confidential, anonymous helpline.  We are available 24/7 for advice, referral to an agency - or just to listen.  1-855-542-1336 Sponsored by the Council on Aging.