Patricia Birtch-Girandou will once again be collecting items for “Christmas Blessing Shoeboxes” for distribution at our December “Full of Beans” session and during the few weeks following. Items requested include: winter hats and gloves, shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, small packets of coffee or tea, small boxes of chocolates or other candy, soap, hand or body lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, etc. A full list will be posted near the collection basket in the Nave in early December.
Wednesday, December 11th:
- Join us at noon for the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, followed by our Healing Service, in which we pray for those on our parish prayer list. The prayers of this small group are powerful, and this is a relaxed and sacred gathering, in which we reflect on the readings appointed for the day in an conversational way. Join in and feel the love. The Healing service starts at 12:05 if you prefer to skip the prayers on the steps outside at noon.
Thursday, December 12th:
- The ACW Christmas Lunch is served at noon. This is a catered meal at a cost of $20 per person, payable to Flora Francis by December 8th. If you would like to attend and cannot afford the $20, please reply to this email and arrangements will be made for you to be invited as a guest.
Sunday, December 15th:
- At 8:30 & 10:00 we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, lighting the candle of Joy and continuing to wait in longing for the birth of our Saviour.
Monday, December 16th:
- We offer two quiet reflections away from the rush of the pre-Christmas season: Meditation Monday at 11am and Taize at 5pm. The 5pm service of Taize chant and prayer takes place in the candlelit nave and is a peaceful end to the day. If you have never attended, this might be the time to see what it is about.
Tuesday, December 17th:
- Please sign up to join us for the final "Advent Reflection" with our sister churches at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The dinner (at 5pm) will be Shepherd's Pie, followed by worship together at 6pm.
Wednesday, December 18th:
- These will be our last services of Reconciliation and Healing until we resume on January 8th. This is because both Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on Wednesdays this year.
Sunday, December 22nd:
- Join us as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. We light the candle of love and reflect on the role of Joseph in the preparations to welcome the birth of our Lord.
Tuesday, December 24th:
- At 4pm Pat Alexander, our Coordinator of Children's Ministries, will work her magic again as she leads us on the interactive liturgical journey to: "Let's Go See The Baby!". All children who attend are invited to dress as either sheep, shepherds, or angels and to take part in the unfolding story through movement, short scenes performed by older actors, and song. We end with a Christmas Eucharist around a small table, for all of the children to participate, and are finished before 5pm. This service is great especially for babies, toddlers and young ones who like a lot of movement and action. It is also great for those who want to share in the joy of the children and would like an earlier Christmas Eve service. This will be our fourth year with this service. The first year we had just over 30 people in attendance, the second we had just over 50, and last year just over 80. Come out and see why it is so wonderful!
- At 7pm we have our main Christmas Eve Service, with full choir, lots of Carols, and singing by candlelight. This is the big one, so come early to get a good seat. Please bring your friends and share the Good News. Christ, our Saviour is Born!!
- At 11pm we have a quieter end to this holy night, including carols by candlelight and the delight of exiting the church after midnight to a quiet city, filled with peace and hope.
Wednesday, December 25th:
- At 10am we gather for a Christmas Morning Eucharist followed by coffee and treats in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. Come and share a little warm Christmas Cheer.
Saturday, December 28th:
- Full of Beans Cooking Club meets for our Christmas party. We will cook Herb Baked Chicken, with mushroom and onion rice, and celebrate with cake and Christmas ice cream for dessert. This month we include games and the distribution of Christmas Blessing Shoeboxes to those in need.
Sunday, December 29th:
- We are still in the Christmas Season. Come out to sing all of the Christmas Carols we missed on Christmas Eve with our service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10am. At 8:30 we will have our usual service, celebrating Christmas 1. (The following Sunday we get to celebrate Epiphany and the visit of the Magi.)
Wednesday, January 1st:
- We are honoured to be invited to host the bishops annual New Year's Day Levee. Holy Eucharist at 2pm is followed by a reception with warm finger foods, wine and cheese, and punch. This is an event for the whole diocese and we will be welcoming our Anglican sisters and brothers as we celebrate the New Year together. If you are able to provide food or help with set up, etc. please contact me or the Wardens.
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 email@example.com
Ongoing Ministry and Stewardship Opportunities
Meditation Monday: This group meets Mondays at 11am in the Rector’s Office. Ten minutes of guided Mindfulness Meditation is followed by 30 minutes of Lectio Divina. Call Lynn at 613-340-5696.
Youth Group: We meet 1st Thursday night per month 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm., & host other events a few times a year. Contact Lynn for information. All middle school and high school aged youth are welcome.
Caregiver Support Group: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 1-3 pm
Information sharing, support and fellowship for caregivers. Every other month we have a guest speaker. To register: Jennifer: 613-423-3333 x 241.
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 Book & Bible Study Group: This group meets Tuesdays at noon in the homes of members. Sometimes a particular book is studied and sometimes we look at the upcoming Sunday Lectionary Readings. Call Janice for more information at 613-341-8822.
Gospel Study: This group meets Thursdays at 7pm at the home of John & Linda, with discussion and study led by Rev. Ted. Call Ted for more information at 613-498-2942.
Building Committee Do you have skills of construction, repair, electrical work, plumbing, or gardening? Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at 10 am but the group would be happy to move meetings to a more convenient time if younger working people want to join. Contact the Chair, Roy at 613-348-1625.
Sunday Offering Counters Do you have a patient attention to detail? The counters are looking for two people to join the roster of Sunday counters, so that each team will count only once per month. The offering is counted during coffee hour following the 10 am service. Talk with Warden, Peggy Bell, who will connect you with the Counter Coordinator. Peggy: 613-803-3592
Loaves & Fishes Servers The fourth Monday of every month is our turn to serve at Loaves & Fishes, a food program for low income people that operates M-F each week. Come at 10 am to chop vegetables for about an hour or come at 4 pm to serve tables for about an hour. Contact Coordinator, Wendy at 613-348-3396.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast Club Schedule: Saturdays: - The Breakfast Club 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 email@example.com or 613-345-5150.
FundScrict TM Update: FundScrip 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.