At a Glance – Christmas Services
This Week at St. Andrew’s
Thurs. Dec. 28: Office open 9am – 12 noon
Christmas services will be as follows:
Advent 4, Sunday, December 24:
8:00am service with baptism.
There will be NO 10:30am service.
Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24:
4:00pm Children’s service with Eucharist
7:00pm Festive Eucharist
Christmas Day, Monday December 25:
10:30am Simple service of Holy Communion
Christmas Office Hours
The office will be open from 9– noon on Thurs. Dec. 28 and closed on Tues. Dec. 26 and Tues. Jan. 2.
Reflecting on Baptism
On the morning of Saturday, January 6 we will gather to reflect on baptism and faith formation in children with both children stories and adult conversation. To join in and/or to help with childcare that morning, please contact Christine.
St. Andrew’s operating deficit to the end of November, 2017 is -$13 060. Our projected operating budget for the same period is -$13 765. We look forward to the generosity of our parishioners to help reduce the deficit by year end.
2017 Tax Receipts Please not that, to be eligible for a 2107 tax credit, donations must be received by December 31, 2017. They must be hand-delivered to the office or post-marked no later than December 31, 2017. Many thanks!
The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd is pleased to host another potluck Christmas Lunch 1pm Dec 25 in their meeting space, 408 38th Street SW. Contact Penny Smith 403-249-5997 for further details.
Church Calendars are here!
Feedback from last year’s major re-design has been incorporated into the 2018 calendars available now! Cost remains $5.00. Please see or contact Pat Kover or Adeline Ridley to buy yours today!
Compost Collection at St. Andrew’s
Beginning this week, St. Andrew’s has begun collecting compostable materials in the downstairs and upstairs kitchens. The program will help us keep food and yard waste out of the landfill. It also complies with The City of Calgary’s Waste & Recycling Bylaw that requires onsite diversion of food and yard waste at all businesses and organizations. There are posters in the kitchens describing how to sort the various types of trash we produce on Sundays and throughout the week. Thanks for your help keeping St. Andrew’s clean!
Out on the Town – 4th Tuesday of most months at 6:30 pm.
If you would like to be on the e-mail list for this social dinner group please contact Ginny at email@example.com.
Women’s Group Update
Rosemary Christmas has retired as our kitchen supply coordinator. She has looked after our kitchen supplies for many years and we thank her very much for her dedication to this task. What would we do if we ran out of coffee or tea on Sunday morning? We don’t want to think of that possibility so would like a volunteer (or possibly a couple) to take over monitoring and purchasing kitchen supplies. All expenses are reimbursed from the coffee donations. Please speak to Mary Ellen 403-816-6914 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
New Parish Council Members
New Parish council members are needed! If you’re interested in being involved in parish governance for a two (2) year term and/or you know someone who would be great, please speak with one of the Wardens or with Christine.
Annual Reports for 2017 are DUE Tues. January 16 th ! Please submit the report for which you are responsible to Kate at email@example.com
Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund – PWRDF
If you would like to take advantage of the federal government’s commitment to match funds donated to the relief of Rohingya refugees, you can do so online through the PWRDF. More information can be found at this link: http://pwrdf.org/2017/federal-government-announces-myanmar-crisis-relief-fund/
60th Anniversary Planning
The proposed committee structure for our upcoming 60th anniversary next year is shown below. For your information, Church construction started on Sep 22nd, 1958 (costs for the church back then were $42,800) and the first service held on Dec 24th, 1958 with 140 persons in attendance. Church services were held prior to church completion in the Chief Crowfoot School Auditorium and at Parkdale Community Hall. So we have a lot of history to celebrate and a wonderful future to plan for!
If you are interested in helping this committee, please contact Dave Thomson or Wendy Taylor to sign up.
Committee- Chair: Dave Thomson 403-241-7990
Assistant: Wendy Taylor 403-286-3083
60th Anniversary Church Services (Date, Type)
Celebration Planning (Party, Remembrances)
Physical Memories (front bench, bike rack, little library, etc)
History and Founders (Information for book or website)
New Parishioner Inputs (Feedback for book or website)
Church Groups: Choir, Women’s Auxiliary, Altar Guild, Sunday School/Children and Youth, Church Maintenance/Improvements
Epiphany: Going Home a Different Way
A day-long retreat to orient you as you begin the journey through Epiphany. There will be opportunities to walk the labyrinth, reflect on scripture, journal and savour quietness.
January 6th, 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.
Cost is $25.00 and includes lunch. Register before December 31st at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church: (403) 244-4879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know if you have any food allergies when you register.
Coldest Night of the Year
Walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness by joining CNOY on February 24, 2018. We are walking to support Bankview Apartments and Feed the Hungry. Join your congregation’s team for this walking adventure in support of these great programs! Or start a team for your church by registering to walk or volunteer at www.coldestnightoftheyear.org
For more information contact:
Samantha Jones, Calgary Location Director
email@example.com (403) 218-5531
Would you like to make bread to use for communion? Just let Christine know. You can use any recipe you like, though please try to avoid anything too ‘crumbly.’ See the adult education section of the website for one simple recipe!
Calling all Quilters and Crafters!
We are looking for people to create some biblically-based “baby banners” for babies and toddlers in our midst to play on/with in church. Talk to Christine or Kara for more information.
Attitude of Gratitude
Many thanks to everyone who has made our services this weekend so beautiful: Claire and the choir, members of the Altar Guild and all those who have greeted, read, lead prayers, served and offered hospitality. “It takes a village…”