WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR Sunday January 16th, 2022 Second 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.
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 which LIST the person is to be allocated, and 2) as a new addition, please further advise if you’d like to provide the initial of their Last Name to be included. Sincerely and Respectfully, Allison G.
Prayers for those in need of Health and Healing: Kathy M., Dan, Robert S., Judy Szucsko, Phillip W., Raymie D., Ted M., Judy D., James L., Mike, Joan, Nancy, Marilyn A., Len W., Al & Yvonne, Kelly M., Sandy M., Linda R., Steve I., Kathryn H., Kathy G., Molly Rose, Luke, Lucy, Jennifer A., Edith, Jerry, Carol, Hiba, Petra, Hailey.
Prayers for those in Long Term Care or Seniors Homes: Wayne, Diane, Noreen, Evelyn, Dave, Leona, Junia, Cliff, Shirley Mac, Gloria, Joanie T., and Bob.
As a parish family, those noted below have a place of importance for us to hold in tribute and remembrance.
JANUARY ALTAR FLOWERS: Jan 2 - Given to the Glory of God by Anne Buchanan in memory of her Father, John B Nesbit. Jan 9 - Given to the Glory of God by Colin & Carol Shutt in memory of their parents Don & Kay Shutt and Al & Laura Adie. Jan 16 - 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 23 - Given to the Glory of God by Allison & Jan Gortzak in memory of Kaitlyn's Opa, Jan Sr. Jan 30 - Available for dedication. Please contact Anne Buchanan for details.
WEEKLY SERVICE UPDATE - January 2022 Dear friends, I met with your Wardens and after a good discussion we were all in agreement that we should pause in person worship at HTSSM for the month of January. We will re-evaluate the COVID situation in our area at the end of the month and decide how to move forward at that time. Recorded worship services of Morning Prayer will be available on our YouTube Channel every Sunday of the month. A weekly newsletter will be sent out to keep us connected. Also, the Book Nook will be closed for the month of January. The church office will be open every Wednesday from 9:30 til 2pm. If you need to drop anything off or need access to the church, please call (or email) ahead so we know you are coming. 226-456-8776. We are truly thankful for the words of support and your ongoing prayers at this time. While this pandemic has tested our patience and put a strain on so much of our life as a faith community, we can find hope in the Christ who has overcome the world and has come to us and who said to the church, "Remember, I am with you until the end of the age." (Matthew 28) Happy Epiphany! Rev. Rob+ May God the Father, who led the wise men by the shining of a star, to find the Christ, the Light from light, lead you also in your pilgrimage to find the Lord. Amen
HTSSM 2022 VESTRY INFORMATION The parish of Holy Trinity St Stephen's Memorial will hold our annual Vestry meeting Sunday January 30th, 2022 at 1pm via Zoom. Information on how to access Zoom and participate will be forthcoming.
For those who do not have access to a digital device or internet at home, you will be contacted with options as how to participate.
If you have been asked to submit a report for the Vestry booklet, please submit your reports to the office by Wednesday January 19 at 5pm. All reports can be emailed to email@example.com. (No handwritten reports)
Vestry booklets with reports and nominations will be sent to all Vestry members via email before the annual meeting date.
We will not be taking nominations from the floor this year. If you would like to nominate someone for a position on Parish Council, please contact Beth McKinlay or Harry Harris for more information. More information about Vestry coming in the next few weeks.
2022 Church Calendars We still have some 2022 Church Calendars at a cost of $5 each. Please contact the office at 226-456-8776 to arrange for pickup or delivery of a calendar. Thanks, from Jeanette.
Jim's Memorial The last few weeks have been difficult, but your beautiful cards, emails and calls helped shed a little bit of happiness. Thanks so much for your thoughts. I never felt so supported and loved. For those who may wish to view Jim's Memorial Service, here is the link: https://youtu.be/_hmhYfQBvwo Thanks, Jeanette
Wednesday Morning Prayer Midweek services will resume every Wednesday in January at 8am on Zoom. If you would like to participate, please email Rev. Rob for the link to the prayer room: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A Thank You from Rev. Rob and family: Dear friends in Christ. We are so thankful for the many cards, gifts, and good wishes we received this past Christmas. The Holy Trinity St. Stephen’s community is incredibly generous and the love you sent our way was truly appreciated. We all look for the light of Christ to shine at Christmas and your outpouring of care certainly lit us up! We wish you all a new year filled with love and good health. Please know you are all in prayer as we share this time of ministry together at HTSSM. Happy New Year! Rob, Margie, Brett, and Kyle Henderson
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!
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.
NEW Daily Bread Daily Readings Booklets We have the NEW Daily Bread Reading Booklets for Dec/Jan/Feb. They are located at both exits of the Church for your convenience. If you have not yet felt comfortable attending Church and would like a copy, please call the office at 226-456-8776 and we will get a copy to you. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, from Jeanette.
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.
Book Nook - NEW WINTER HOURS Beginning November 1st, the Book Nook will begin new Winter Open Times that will be Saturdays from 10- 4pm. You’ll find used books from dozens of authors, genres, and 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. Covid-19 precautions remain in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Please adhere to posted signs regarding maximum patrons allowed. PWRDF Thread of Hope: An Advent 2021 resource Designed to be used as a daily reflection, ideal for personal prayer, it will be received daily in your inbox, or requested for group study as an entire booklet. Thread of Hope ties together a diverse array of writers, viewpoints and activities suitable for adults and youth alike. Each week of Advent begins with an illustration and scripture passage that takes us through the familiar Advent story, from the angel messengers and the journey to Bethlehem, to the shepherds responding to the call and the birth of Jesus. Sundays you’ll read a reflection from a PWRDF partner, volunteer, or staff member, followed by a guided meditation from Rev. Cheryl Barker (read or listen!). During the week, a different writer will reflect on a scripture passage and offer a prayer for each day, followed by a PWRDF story. This resource can be received as a daily message in your email or downloaded in its entirety. Subscribe Today to PWRDF’s Advent resource To learn more or to subscribe, go to pwrdf.org/Advent2021
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
The Vicar’s Season 5 lineup keeps growing with incredible guests. It’s already a great season if their first half is any indication! Discover them at http://www.thevicarscrossing.com/
Composting @ HTSSM For our gardens and the environment: We are going to try and compost at our church and are asking all parishioners and their families who do not compost themselves to bring compostable materials to the church whenever they wish and drop them in the compost bins at the end of the west fence (of the veterans garden) on the Rectory side. At this time we will start with two composters and begin with #1 and when full #2. If you think you need compostable bags, they will be hanging there but if possible, please bring your own container and dump them there. We will make arrangements for collection in the winter so you don't have to trudge through the snow. 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. All necessary grass clippings and leaves will be supplied from church property to give a nitrogen & carbon balance. Let's do our part. From your Friendly Gardeners on a Mission!
Fundraising School Supplies was a huge success! Well done Saraann! Lots of backpacks and school supplies were donated to Children's Aid in September. A Special Thank You to our HTSSM family for all your generous donations!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT! The totals are in for the 2021 Yard Sale… We sold $4,046.65, which includes the actual inside/outside sales (for both Friday & Saturday), meat pies, preserves, and the Book Nook. Thanks to everyone who helped with the endless hours of setting up, preparing items for sale, volunteering their time during the event, and participating in the activities! Jeanette would also like to extend her heartfelt thanks to Marg Waller, her ‘partner-in-crime’, whose expertise on Yard Sales was invaluable. Marg’s knowledge of antiques was extraordinary, and she kept the volunteers hydrated by supplying them with water, “since we currently can't have wine". Options for Tithing & Contributions! Although in-person worship has begun again, we’d like to remind all Parishioners that the following options are still available to help continue with their offertory. 1) Deliver to the office on Wednesday mornings during our regular office hours. Please call before you come to confirm availability. In addition, for those who may be unable to come to the church in person, Jeanette is now willing to pick up your donations of cash or cheque directly from your home. Please call her at the office at 226-456-8776 for more information. 2) Mail a cheque indicating your Envelope No. to HTSSM, 727 Southdale Rd. E., London, ON N6E 1A9. Mail delivery is checked each day by a Warden on Duty. Please do not send cash through the mail. 3) E-transfer your givings to email@example.com 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.
Check out the Vicars' Crossing Podcasts: Itunes, YouTube or Soundcloud OR simply go to Rev Rob's Blog page listed under "Rev Rob's Corner" and click the link to view the many podcasts available.
Delivery of Daily Bread Readings Booklets! Please call the office at 226-456-8776 to make arrangements for pick up or personal delivery. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, from Jeanette. CLOSED CAPTION - YouTube VIDEO OPTION: Did you know that if you are viewing the Sunday Services online, there should be a symbol on your computer, cell phone or iPad that shows a symbol indicating CLOSED CAPTION? If you click on the symbol you will be able to read what is being said. CHATTER BOX Phone Team The Chatterbox Phone Team have been calling parishioners who have been unable to come to services. Now that we are in lock-down, we will be expanding our lists to include ALL parishioners. As you can imagine this will be a large endeavour! If you are able to help us out, please contact: Beth McKinlay at: (c) 519-709-2123 ( h) 519-681-9530 or firstname.lastname@example.org _________________________________________________
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
REQUEST FOR SEASONAL ITEMS – Fall Edition London Community Chaplaincy continues to need warmer clothing, coats, hats, scarves, boots, bedding, blankets; AND on a creative note, LCC is embarking on a few creative projects. Therefore if anyone has any unwanted fabric materials, please contact Joanne Crow by phone: 519-681-1158 or via email: email@example.com for drop off details. Thank you for all you do! From Joanne.
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 Furniture Donations needed Ark Aid Street Mission is looking for donations of furniture for the new homes they are moving formerly homeless people into. WISH (Winter Interim Solution to Homelessness) Project is pleased to be supporting nearly 25 people in moving into their own homes by mid APRIL!! If you would like more details, please contact Rev. Patricia Allison at 519-666-0394, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the following link for more details. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4dafae2ba4fec70-weve _________________________________________________
Sunday Service Volunteers Needed! How to sign up: Please contact Kathy Belshaw, (Sunday morning Volunteer Coordinator) by email email@example.com or phone 519-685-0975. Indicate the date, service time, and position you can fill. Please note that some positions may already be filled when you contact Kathy (that’s a good thing!) We need the following roles at 9am and 11am Services: Welcome Desk Greeters; Ushers; Cleaners; and PPT operators.
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