This Week at St. Andrew’s:
Sun. Dec. 15: Outside rental, 1 pm
Tues. Dec. 17: Kneed to Pray, 12:10 pm
Wed. Dec. 18: Service @ Brentwood, 2 pm
Wed. Dec. 18: Lunch Bunch @DI, 11:30
Thurs. Dec. 19: EfM, 1 pm
Curious about upcoming bible readings? The lectionary is always available here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//
Christmas services will be as follows:
Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24:
4:00pm Children’s service with Eucharist
7:00pm Festive Eucharist
Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25:
10:30am Simple service of Holy Communion
The office will be open on Mon., Dec.23 from 9am – 3 pm. It will be CLOSED from Dec. 24 through to Jan. 1. For pastoral concerns, please contact Christine at 403-618-0316.
Decorating the Church – December 22nd
Christmas is coming and we will be decorating our church after 10:30am service on Dec. 22. If you are able to take part, please bring your coffee upstairs after the 10:30am service. We especially need a couple agile people for ladder work for the boughs!
Joyful Giving 2020
All parishioners should have received their Joyful Giving 2020 letter and forms in person or by mail. We encourage you to review this carefully and to provide information on your Time, Talent and Treasure by Dec 25th latest to allow proper planning for the year ahead. Remember this is part of an ongoing campaign to help our parish grow into the next decade. We are always open to your thoughts and abilities to help make this happen. Your co-chairs Dave Thomson and Dick Ridley and Reverend Christine.
2019 Tax Receipts Please note that, to be eligible for a 2109 tax credit, donations must be received by December 31, 2019. They must be hand-delivered to the office or post-marked no later than December 31, 2019. Many thanks!
As our financial year end approaches, our parish is projected to have a shortfall of some $20,000 for church operations. We do have reserve money in our bank account that is held for emergencies and for operations and this can be used to assist if necessary. At this time of Christmas giving and sharing, we trust that those who are able to, will offer extra givings this December to help out our wonderful parish. Your Wardens Dave Thomson and Dick Ridley.
2020 Offertory Envelopes are ready for pick up in Narthex. Contact John MacKinnon at 403-282-0074 or email@example.com if you have any concerns.
Kneed to Pray
Connect with the Divine and lift your soul to God. For 3 Tuesdays in Advent, Dec. 3,10 & 17, you are invited to join a time of simple, communal prayer. 12:10-12:50 pm. Beginners welcome! Please contact Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-247-4011) for more information.
Calgary Drop In Centre Christmas Gift
Chef Cindy has requested white sugar this year as our gift to the Kitchen. On behalf of the “Lunch Bunch”, you are invited to contribute a donation of white sugar if you are able, or Carole Thomson will be happy to do a bulk shop if you would like to make a cash donation. The collection basket will be in the Narthex as of November 15th. Carole Thomson
New Parish Council Members
New Parish council members and wardens 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 2019 are DUE Tues. January 14 th !
Please submit the report for which you are responsible to Kate at email@example.com.
Adult Baptism, Confirmation, Re-Affirmation & Reception
Christian formation for adults is being considered for early 2020, possibly culminating Sunday, April 26. Please speak with Christine if this may be of interest to you or for more information.
Brentwood Care Services take place every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and are much valued by the attending residents. The next service is December 18. If you would like to join our small group, please see Susan Chivers or Vicki Michkofsky.
Carewest Colonel Belcher
We will be holding a service at the Colonel Belcher Centre on the 2nd Monday of each month beginning on January 13. Services will be at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to help with the services please contact Christine.
Church Calendars are here!
Canadian Church Calendars for 2020 have arrived!! Cost remains $5.00. Please see or contact Pat Kover (8am) or Adeline Ridley (10:30 am) to buy yours today!
PWRDF Christmas Cards
PWRDF Christmas Cards are now available. Order forms are in the narthex. Samples of each design can be found, in plastic baggies, upstairs on the counter to the right of the narthex as you enter the sanctuary, and downstairs pinned to the right-hand side bulletin board, under the PWRDF section. Order directly from PWRDF or through Pat Kover (firstname.lastname@example.org, 403-968-0520). Suggested donation is $25.00 (charitable tax receipt given for donations of $25.00 or more).
Good Shepherd’s Christmas Day Luncheon
Our sister Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd will be hosting another CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCHEON starting 1pm in their downstairs assmbly hall at 408 38th Street SW. Turkey & ham, stufffing & sauce will be provided while everything else is pot luck, so if you are coming bring your fave salad, veggie, or dessert. Please contact either Penny (email@example.com) or Dick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As of the end of September, our year-to-date deficit of $23,845 is higher than budgeted. We always see a dip through the summer though St. Andrew’s operations continue. Your continued support is needed and appreciated. Thanks.
Downstairs Bulletin Boards…
Could use some love and attention. Are you the one called to take this on? Speak to Christine.
Wisdom Centre Events
Save the Date: Matthew Fox, January 17-19
Matthew is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal/Anglican priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. Author of 37 books, he is one of the most important theologians of our time, and it is a real coup that we have persuaded him to come to Calgary. More info on Matthew can be found at https://www.matthewfox.org/matthew-fox.
Accommodation available in Edmonton for students:
Christ Church Anglican Church in Edmonton has recently taken the old rectory and turned it into affordable Christian housing for university students. Rooms will be available in September. To apply or for more information, please contact email@example.com
All Saints Retreat Centre, Cochrane
The All Saints Family Centre Society is a registered non-profit society connected to All Saints Anglican Church in Cochrane, providing community outreach. We offer a variety of courses, workshops and retreats, as well as space for rent for courses, speakers and retreat days. For more information or a tour of the facility, please contact Elizabeth Short at (403) 660-5636, or email Karen and Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief Support for Loss of a Loved One: Elizabeth Short, Director of En-Courage, will be offering another six-week course. Please contact her at email@example.com or call (403) 660-5636 to indicate dates/times you would prefer. When a group is put together, dates/times for the next session will be confirmed. Suggested price of $120 for 6 sessions.
Foothills Village Condo Board has voted to allow us to park in their VISITOR parking on Sunday mornings until 1pm. They have also reopened the fence from their property to our alley! A big thanks to Patrick Carmichael, President of the Board for being such a good friend to St. Andrew’s! If you do receive a ticket, please let Christine know, so we can work out any kinks in the system.
Driver(s) Wanted! We have a few parishioners living at Chartwell Colonel Belcher who need a ride to come to church. It is only a 5 minute drive from church and you need space for a walker. Please let Christine know if you are willing to help fill this pastoral need.
Did you know?
*Our roof is fixed! You may not have known that last winter we experienced some leaking due to heavy snow and ice damming above the office. The issue has been addressed and we’re ready for winter!
*Our budget is 63% for Personnel (Priest, Choir Director & Office Administrator); 11% for the building (utilities, maintenance) and 26% everything else. Talk to a member of Parish Council for more details!
Did You Know? Our little library is now registered on the world map of Little Free Libraries! Check it out at https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/
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!
This Sunday at St. Andrew’s
Altar Flowers – today are offered with praise to the Glory of God by the Greaves children in memory of Dad.
Shared prayers today:
~ The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
~ The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
~ The Most Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, Archbishop, Diocese of Calgary & Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land
~ The Right Rev. Leopold Friday, Bishop of our Companion Diocese
~ In Our Diocese: Holy Trinity, Rocky Mountain House –The Ven. Richard Lemmon (Hon.); St. Cuthbert & St. George, Sundre –Mr. Gerald Ingeveld, Lay Minister, The Rev. John Gishler (Hon.); Bishop, Archdeacons and Regional Deans (BARDS)
~ The Companion Diocese the Windward Islands: St. David and St. Paul on Grenada – The Rev. Fr. Edward Mark
~ In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Sokoto (Nigeria) – The Rt Revd Augustin Omole; El Salvador (Central America) – The Rt Revd Juan David Alvarado Melgar
~ In our parish: Saro Zachariah; Philip & Nancy Zachariah; Doris Allan
~ For the PWRDF – Pat Kover, representative
Celebrant/Preacher – The Rev. Christine Conkin
Liturgical Assistant – Pat Kover
Prayer Leader/Administrant – Ruth Mauel
Celebrant/Preacher – The Rev. Christine Conkin
Liturgical Assistant – Philip Zachariah
Server – Sam Calles
Prayer Leader – Lisa Calles
Readers – Linda Kamhuka, Grace Northcott, tbd
Administrant – Susan Chivers
Greeter – Susan Chivers
Storyteller – Kara Hallett
Altar Guild – Rosemary Christmas
Sidesperson – John MacKinnon
Music Director – Claire Butler
Coffee Hosts – Thanks to Dave & Carole Thomson, our hosts today. A new list is on the counter in the kitchen for upcoming weeks. Please consider being a host.
Sunday, December 22 – Advent 4
8:00 A.M. Holy Communion, BCP
10:30 A.M. Holy Eucharist & Baptism, BAS
Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. A Children’s Eucharist
7:00 p.m. Festive Eucharist
Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, BAS
Sunday, December 29– Christmas 1
8:00 A.M. Holy Communion, BCP
10:30 A.M. Holy Eucharist, BAS