Third Sunday of Advent
This Week at St. Andrew’s
Sun. Dec. 17: Food Bank Sunday!
Sun. Dec. 17: Decorate church after 10:30 service
Wed. Dec. 20: Service at Brentwood, 2 pm
Wed. Dec. 20: Service at Scenic Acres, 2:30 pm
Thurs. Dec. 21: Lunch Bunch @ DI
Thurs. Dec. 21: EfM, 12:30 pm
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
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.
Decorating the Church for Christmas
After the 10:30 am service on December 17th we will be adding decoration to our Advent greenery in anticipation of Jesus’ birth. Plan to grab a coffee and join in!
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!
Calgary Drop In Centre Christmas Gift
In the past ten years, St. Andrew’s generosity to the DI Kitchen has resulted in a grand total of 3103 lbs of food being donated at Christmas time. Again this year, Chef Cindy is asking for ground coffee as the item on their wish list. The DI serves coffee and a snack twice a day as well as preparing the 3 daily meals, so there is always a great need for a hot cup of coffee. On behalf of the DI Lunch Bunch, I again invite you to contribute a donation of ground coffee (no decaf or beans please) if you are able, or Carole Thomson will be happy to shop for you if you would like to make a cash donation. The collection basket for the coffee will be in the Narthex as of November 17th. Blessings and thank you from the DI staff and clients…and from the “St. Andrew’s Lunch Bunch” who so faithfully serve there throughout the year. Carole T.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 email@example.com
Please let us know if you have any food allergies when you register.
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.
This Sunday at St. Andrew’s
Altar Flowers – today are offered to the Glory of God by Rosemary Christmas in memory of mother & grandmother, Joyce
Shared prayers today:
~ The Most Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, Archbishop, Diocese of Calgary & Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land
~ The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
~ The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
~ The Right Rev. Leopold Friday, Bishop of our Companion Diocese
~ In Our Diocese: Holy Trinity, Rocky Mountain House – The Rev. Dr. Chris Nojonen, The Ven. Richard Lemmon (Hon.); St. Cuthbert & St. George, Sundre – Gerald Ingeveld (Lay Minister); Bishop, Archdeacons and Regional Deans (BARDS)
~The Companion Diocese the Windward Islands: St. John with St. Mark and St. Matthew on Grenada; Christ-the-King with St. Francis on Grenada
~In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Wyoming (VI, The Episcopal Church) – The Rt Revd John Smylie
~In our parish: Margaret Clarke; J. D., Alexandra & Emma Clarke; Colin & Lorraine Cook
~ Prayers for our Envelope Secretary – John MacKinnon
Celebrant/Preacher – The Rev. Christine Conkin
Liturgical Assistant – Pat Kover
Reader – Max Phillips
Administrant – Jeanne Mosca
Celebrant/Preacher – The Rev. Christine Conkin
Liturgical Assistant – Rosemary Christmas
Server – Sam Calles
Prayer Leader – Linda Kamhuka
Readers – Lisa Calles, Tris Chivers
Administrants – tbd
Greeter – Colin Catley
Sunday School – Paul Fritz
Sidesperson – John MacKinnon
Music Director – Claire Butler
Thanks to Pam Harris & Avis Bruton , our hosts today. A new list is on the counter in the kitchen for upcoming weeks, please do consider being a host.
Sunday, December 24th– 4th Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion, BCP & Baptism
4:00 p.m. A Children’s Eucharist
7:00 p.m. Festive Eucharist
Sunday, December 25th– Christmas Day
10:30 a.m. Simple Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, December 31st– 1st Sunday after Christmas
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion, BCP
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, BAS