WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR Sunday January 22nd, 2023 Third Sunday after the Epiphany THIS PRAYER MINISTRY IS MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW! Your prayers DO MAKE a difference. Please take additional time in your day and in you daily prayers for those most vulnerable and in need of healing.
We reverently keep in our prayers, family, friends, loved ones, and all in need. We pray especially for those listed in this bulletin and those in our hearts and minds this day.
Prayers for all those in need of Health and Healing including our Parishioners homebound or in Long Term Care facilities: Ted D., Alvin, Jean & Bill F., Saraann, Mary B., Kelly Stevens Hartley, Maisie, Solange H., Terry, Cavell, Brian Sprack., Karen C., Dan, Robert S., Philip W., Raymie D., Ted M., James L., Nancy, Marilyn A., Molly Rose, Al & Yvonne, Sandy M., Linda R., Steve I., Kathryn H., Kathy G., Jennifer A., Bea, Luke, Lucy, Edith, Jerry, Carol, Hiba, Petra, and Hailey, Diane, Evelyn, Dave, Leona, Junia, Shirley Mac, Gloria, Joanie T., and Bob.
HTSSM Prayer List If you would like to have yourself; a family member; or a loved one, included on the Prayer List or Long Term Care list we are now asking for a new submission to be sent directly to our new dedicated email at: HTSSMPrayerList@gmail.com. 1) Please indicate the person who is to be allocated, 2) advise if you’d like the initial of their Last Name to be included, and 3) if able, please indicate if there is a length of time you’d like their name to be upheld. Please also share with us as God meets your needs so that we may rejoice with you; or send a follow up email to remove a name from the Prayer list when needed. Sincerely and Respectfully, Allison G.
As a parish family, those noted below have a place of importance for us to hold in tribute and remembrance. JANUARY ALTAR FLOWERS: Jan 1st - Given to the Glory of God by Anne Buchanan in memory of her Father, John B Nesbit. Jan 8 - Given to the Glory of God by Colin & Carol Shutt in memory of their parents Don & Kay Shutt and Al & Laura Adie. Jan 15 - Given to the Glory of God by Dave & Marnie McEwen in memory of Dave’s parents, Harold & Florence, and brothers Jackie, Lloyd, Bill, and Ted. Jan 22 - Given to the Glory of God by Allison and Jan Gortzak in memory of Kaitlyn’s Opa, Jan Sr. Jan 29 - Available for dedication. Please contact Anne Buchanan for details. PARISH COUNCIL 2023 Please be advised that our annual Vestry meeting will be held on Sunday January 22, 2023 after one morning Worship sevice at 10:30am. If you would like your name or would like to nominate someone for HTSSM 2023 Parish Council, please contact any Warden or Rev. Rob for submission! Wishing everyone Blessings for Christmas and Cheers to a Healthy and Happy New Year! From, Beth McKinlay, Harry Harris, Pat Edgerton, Dave Keegan.
Midweek Worship and Community Time at HTSSM Please join us for a time of worship and community on Wednesday mornings. January Schedule: Jan 04 - 8:00am Morning Prayer via Zoom Jan 11 - 10:30am Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary Jan 18 - 8:00am Morning Prayer on Zoom Jan 25 & February 1st - (No Service) Midweek services will commence Wednesday February 8th, 2023 If you plan to participate on Zoom, please email Rev. Rob for the link to the prayer room: email@example.com.
Morning Coffee Group in the Fireside Lounge Ladies Coffee Hour will continue as usual indoors on Tuesday, January 31st at 10am in the Fireside Lounge. All are welcome; come and have a coffee or tea, relax and chat along with some laughs. Blessings Sharron
Soup-er Bowl Sunday Sunday February 12 is “Soup-er” Bowl Sunday!! Traditionally a date known for watching football, will be a time to enjoy hot homemade soup during coffee hour. A contribution of canned/dry soups and/or a loaf of bread would be gratefully appreciated. These items will be taken to St. Paul’s Social Services Food Bank and the Glen Cairn Community Centre, in support of their programs. Come hungry, leave happy!
Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Supper Come and join us for fun and fellowship at our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tues Feb 21st, 2023. Freewill donations will be graciously accepted in support of ministries of the church! Volunteers are also needed please! Contact Harry or Vic if available to assist with set up and take down (tables & chairs), serving, and clean up.
Ark Aid Street Mission Please visit The Ark’s face group page (@arkaidlondon) as they regularly list the top items needed for that week. Each week we will also list their top needs below. Please help whenever possible. In turn, Beth is willing to drop off our donations on a weekly basis directly to First Baptist 568 Richmond St. Top 5 Needs [January 18, 2023]: 1. Men’s pants (sz28-34); 2. Sweaters/Hoodies; 3. Mens winter boots; 4. Winter boots/shoes; 5. Blankets. Ongoing items always include: Hoodies/sweaters, underwear, bras, socks, PJ's, toques, mittens; blankets, sheets, hygiene products, soaps, toothpaste, shampoos (even if they are partly filled). Top 5 Food Needs [January 18, 2023]: 1. Instant meals that can be made with hot water (IE: Lipton Cup-a-Soup, Oatmeal, Mr. Noodles, Instant Chili); 2. Hot chocolate mix; 3. Paper cups; 4. Popcorn; 5. Creamer/coffee-mate. As they serve cooked meals, they are always looking for meats, cookies, veggies, bottled water, granola bars, coffee, tea, groceries, anything helps.
HTSSM’s “Sowing Room” is Growing! As the Winter season begins our Parish will continue to collect items for the many Outreach Ministries we support. Please drop off your items in our "Sowing Room" located at the entrance to the church sanctuary. Your donations sow seeds of hope and love to our neighbors! Bread is needed for the Glen Cairn Bread Program. Food donations of canned fruit, vegetables, fish and meat, soups, pasta, cereal, and spaghetti sauce are always gratefully received for the St. Paul's Food Bank. Granola Bars and bottles water are still being collected to be distributed to those experiencing homelessness in our community. Healthy school snacks are being collected for and C.C. Carrothers. IN ADDITION: Matt Martin has requested that instant hand packets, that can be used to warm hands, please be added to our collections list. Homeless folk often have nowhere to dry gloves, socks etc. and typically they get thrown away or left behind.
NEW ‘Our Daily Bread’ Readings Booklets We have the NEW Daily Bread Reading Booklets for December/ January/ February 2022-23. They will be available at the back of the church starting at this Sunday’s service. A few copies will also be in our mailbox, should you wish to pick it up on another day. If you can’t make it to the church, please call the office at 226-456-8776. Thanks, from Jeanette. Book Nook - NEW WINTER HOURS Beginning November 1st, the Book Nook will begin new Winter Open Times that will be Saturdays from 10- 3pm. You’ll find used books from dozens of authors, genres, and multiple subjects, as well as a children’s room. There are puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s, and also featuring unique handcrafted Art and Paintings by local artists for sale. All Covid-19 precautions remain in place.
NEW ALTAR FLOWER PRICING The following message comes from Anne Buchanan regarding the current upkeep of the weekly Altar flower ministry. Due to the cost of fresh flowers having risen considerably in the past months, it has been agreed upon that some new options will be offered beginning in the fall. Here are the three new selections that people will have to choose from. Option 1 - Fresh Flowers will be purchased and arranged at a cost of $60.00 per family. Option 2 - You can split the cost of fresh flowers with another family for the same weekend at a price of $30.00 per family. Option 3 - In lieu of the cost of fresh flowers, Silk flowers will be arranged at the altar and your money will be donated to one of the designated HTSSM outreach projects. We have set a $20.00 minimum donation, but the dollar value can be whatever you wish. Each option will still acknowledge you and your loved one’s dedication in the bulletin. Anne will be calling everyone each month to get your decision. Memorial information for each weekend will still be noted in bulletin. If you have any questions, please speak directly to Anne Buchanan at 519-872-2997.
Options for Tithing & Contributions! With in-person worship being adjourned for the month of July, we’d like to remind all Parishioners of the following options to help continue with their summer offertory. 1) Deliver to the office on Wednesday mornings during our regular office hours. Please call Jeanette at 226-456-8776 before you come to confirm availability. 2) Mail a cheque indicating your Envelope No. to HTSSM, 727 Southdale Rd. E., London, ON N6E 1A9. Please do not send cash through the mail. 3) E-transfer your givings to firstname.lastname@example.org In the Notes Field, please indicate the allocation (parish, PWRDF, bread program etc.). 4) In addition, you are always encouraged to consider pre-authorized payments (PAP) on a recurring monthly date of your choice. Please contact the office directly for more details. We thank you for your continued support of this essential ministry at HTSSM during the pandemic.
Composting @ HTSSM For our gardens and the environment, we are very thankful for everyone that is contributing to our composting bins. It is a wonderful way to help with the health and growth of our parish garden. If you are not using a composter at home, we at HTSSM would like you to give us a helping hand. If you would bring your compost to the church on Sundays and leave it by the Blue Shed, we will put it in our composter for you. Not only will this keep scraps out of the landfill but will save us from having to buy soil for our garden. Acceptable items include: 1. All fruit and vegetable scraps including peels. 2. Coffee grounds (filters if unbleached); compostable coffee pods; tea bags. 3. Egg shells well crunched. Please remember no meat, bones, or plastic. All necessary grass clippings and leaves will be supplied from church property to give a nitrogen & carbon balance. Many thanks from your Friendly Gardeners on a Mission!
PLEASE SAVE YOUR BREAD BAGS!! The Meat Pie Ladies are asking folks to please collect your empty bread bags as they need them for meat pies. The easiest way to store the bags is to fold and place them in an empty Kleenex box. When the box is full, just pass them on to Pat or Carolyn. Thanks!
Meat Pies Delicious chicken and beef pies are available at $4 each. Please call or email Carolyn Keegan if you're interested.
Social Care Committee The Social Care Committee is composed of a group of parishioners who regularly visit and maintain caring relationships with HTSSM parishioners who have limited or no access to weekly services at the church. If you know of a parishioner who would benefit from such visits, or if you’d like more information about how to get involved with this meaningful ministry, please speak to Heather Gough in person or at email@example.com.
T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) This group is now meeting every Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm in our Fireside Lounge. The weekly fee is $3 with an annual membership of approximately $60. This is an inexpensive way to obtain support in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Since your first meeting is FREE, give it a try. Please use the rear door by our Veterans' Garden to gain access to their meeting.
BREAD OUTREACH PROGRAM We are once again giving out Bread every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre, as well as assisting in the overall work of the centre. Should you be able to donate Whole Wheat Bread, please bring it to the church on Sunday. You can leave it at the back of the church entrance, and Jeanette will deliver it to G.C.C.R.C. for Tuesdays. Although HTSSM is only there Tuesday, the Centre is open to the Community on Mondays and Thursdays for food and bread outreach. Thank you to everyone donating to the Bread Outreach program through their weekly/monthly donations. It has been much appreciated. Also: GCCRC would appreciate any gently used winter coats, clothes, boots, scarves, hats, etc.; for all ages from babies to adults. Please leave your donations at the back of the entrance of the Church and once again Jeanette will deliver them. Many Thanks for supporting our Outreach at GCCRC.
El Sistema South London - Ability through Drumming You probably know about El Sistema South London's string group since it has played several of our services and concerts in the past. Did you know we also started a drumming school for severely challenged kids at St. Anne's Anglican Church in Byron? During the shutdown, everything stopped on a dime. Now, we are planning on starting up again in mid-October and need coaches. These kids are very fragile. We have a Doctor who acts as a coach, so it is well managed. We have seen severely autistic kids overcome their conditions at these classes through music. If you are interested in helping out, please see or email Dave McEwen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get you the information you need. Please check out this very worthwhile effort.
C.C. Carrothers SNACKS PROGRAM C.C. Carrothers is now accepting donations of any peanut-free packaged foods, for both Snack and Breakfast programs. All donations can be left in the "plastic tote box", labelled "CC Carrothers." Inside the main church entrance, at the top of the stairs by the Greeters. Thank You in Advance, from Liz. Please Note: MUST BE PACKAGED SNACKS ONLY
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Further to one of Rev Rob’s previous Wednesday's check-in, here are the authors and a few titles that he suggested for personal reading: John Collins (Intro to Old Testament) Bart Ehrman (The New Testament), N T. Wright (Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian) N T. Wright (God and the Pandemic) Marcus Borg (The Heart of Christianity) , Brian McLaren (The Great Spiritual Migration) Brian McLaren (We Make the Road by Walking), Henri Nouwen (Wounded Healer, Return of the Prodigal Son)
In addition to the above suggested readings, here are a few from other parishioners: Allison G’s reading list: Nancy L. Bieber (Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way) Rachel Held Evans (Searching for Sundays; Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again) Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community)
Colin Shutt’s reading list: Frederick Buechner (pronounced buckner) Wishful thinking: A seekers’ ABC; Whistling in the dark: A doubter's dictionary; Peculiar treasures: A biblical who's who Rowan Williams - Being Christian
Community Outreach - Being the Church in a Time of Crisis There is still much need in our communities for us to find ways of being the hands of Jesus in the world, especially for the most vulnerable of our neighbours. The latest newsletter, Spring 2020, was sent from Rev. Pam Cullen at the London Community Chaplaincy and you are encouraged to read it, especially the section titled "Serve". For those who have the means, this is a wonderful way ‘to be the church’ in our neighbourhood. A copy of the newsletter is available for download from our Community Outreach page under the Ministries Menu.
Local Community Food Banks are still in need of donations! The Food Cupboard at Westminster Park Community Church on the corner of Southdale and Millbank is still open and currently accepting food donations at their front door. If you are able to help, please drop off your donation and ring the doorbell for pick up in order to observe physical distancing. Their most needed items are: cereal/pancake mix, peanut butter, canned meat/tuna, Kraft dinner, pasta and pasta sauce, soup and crackers and of course…toilet paper! You can find more information at their website: https://londoncommunitychaplaincy.com
St. Paul's Social Services Food Bank St. Paul's Fellowship Centre is currently closed for Lunch Distribution due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, but the Food Bank is still open and the staff and volunteers are dedicated to assist the community during this difficult time. Food and Monetary donations are always welcome and accepted. For donations please visit their website: http://stpaulssocialservices.ca. For the safety of staff and clients, they are offering service and intake by phone and web. For inquiries please call: 519-673-3242 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St.PaulsSocialServices ________________________________________________
During current Pandemic restrictions, all meetings are temporarily suspended until further notice. Recurring Meeting Times: Next Euchre & Games Night: Thurs at 7pm Next Crafts & Laughs: Thurs at 9:30am Next Open Prayer Group: Tues at 9am Next Camp Committee Mtg: Thurs at 7pm Next Parish Council Mtg: Tues at 7pm Next Family Movie Night: Friday at 7pm Next Ladies Coffee Hour: Tues at 10am