WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR Sunday November 1st, 2020 All Saints Day PRAYER INTENTIONS 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 are honoured to hold in prayer – family, friends, loved ones, and all in need. We pray especially for those listed in the bulletin and those in our hearts this day.
Updating the Prayer List as of September 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: Al & Yvonne, Barbara D., Kelly M., Sandy M., Dianne, Linda R., Steve I., Kathryn H., Kathy G., Molly Rose, Susan U., Luke, Lucy, Jill, Jennifer A., Edi, Jerry, Carol, Hiba, Petra, Hailey, Phillip, and Jeff P., Nancy, Ted, Roseanne R., Phillip, Rebecca, Kyra, Diane, Barbara, Lisa, James, John & Val, Kristen, Kylee, Catalina, Soledad, Bea, Linda, Sandra, Peter, Diane, Peggy, Cheryl, John, and Krista.
Prayers for those in Long Term Care or Seniors Homes: Margaret K., Wayne, Betty, Diane, Noreen, Jim, Gene, Evelyn, Dave, Shirley, Rhiannon, Janet, Junia, Cliff, Shirley Mac, Florence, Leona, Laurie, Gloria, Joannie, Hazel, and Bob.
Those noted below have a place of importance for us as a parish family to honour and remember.
NOVEMBER ALTAR FLOWERS: Nov 1 – Given by Marcus Hahn in loving memory to the two loves of his life, Andria and Ruth Hahn. Nov 8 – Given by Mary Evans in memory of the hardworking veterans who started HTSSM now gone but never forgotten. Nov 15 – Given by Leslie Savard in honour of the soldiers and families that support them as they serve and continue to serve around the world. Nov 22 – Given by Deb Lafond in memory of Debbie’s parents, Nelson and Shirley Patterson. Nov 29 – Available for dedication. Please contact Anne Buchanan for details.
Various options are always available for regular tithing & contributions! Are you looking to ensure that you are still able to contribute on a regular basis? Here are some options available to you at any time for your convenience. 1) Pre-authorized payments on a recurring monthly date of your choosing. Please contact Jeanette in the church office for more information for set up. 2) If you would like to make your regular offering to the church directly from your bank account you may do so by using the Interac e-transfer option through your banking institution’s website. Simply select the ‘Interac e-Transfer®’ option, and then for the Recipient, please enter our parish email address: email@example.com. You may then specify your giving under “Comments” (e.g. Easter offering; Bread program; general offering; Crown the Lounge, etc.) If you should have specific questions or require additional instructions please consult your personal bank for further assistance. 3) Regular envelopes may still be mailed to the church or deposited in the church mailbox at 727 Southdale Road (cheques only please). Your contributions are always continually appreciated. Thank you for your faithful stewardship!
Virtual Morning Prayer and Coffee Hour Rev Rob invites you to Virtual Morning Prayer and Coffee Hour every Wednesday morning at 8am. Join us on Zoom for prayer and a chat. (Any morning beverage will do and PJ's and bedhead are encouraged!) Email Rob for the Zoom link. firstname.lastname@example.org
CHATTER BOX ANGELS During this Pandemic time, there are many of our parishioners who are unable to attend Church services. Some are enjoying watching via their home computer's, while others do not have computers. We would like to continue with a project that would connect seniors, and other families to the Church. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this ministry, please contact Beth McKinlay for more information. Beth can be reached at email@example.com or call 519-709-2123.
2020 MITTEN TREE!! Now that the colder weather is coming, please start thinking about our Mitten Tree. The need is always there but even more so this year. We will still be supporting the school but more so the Chaplaincy with toddler sizes going to Pat for the Salvation Army. We will have a container with a sign at the entrance for your donations. More details to follow. Thanks a bunch, Sharron
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Once again, our HTSSM Parish will be participating as a host of one of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. This will be held on Sat Nov 21st from 10-8 pm at White Oaks Mall just outside of Walmart. If you feel comfortable volunteering for this, please contactAnne by phone: 519-872-2997 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 1 hour time slot. Hugs, Anne Buchanan
2020 CHAPLAINCY WALKATHON!! The London Community Chaplaincy (LCC) participated in the 2020 Walkathon Fundraiser: “The GROCERY RUN” - A Solidarity Walk. This annual family event was held on Sun Oct 18th. Donations are still being accepted through to the end of November! For more info on how to make pledges please see below or call Lynda Sheils at 519-686-8867. Ways to Pledge: Receipts will be only issued for $20 or more. If you wish to donate, please make cheque out to “The London Community Chaplaincy” & seal in envelope, using one of delivery options below: 1) May be mailed or dropped off to my home @ 98 Glenroy Cres., London ON N5Z 4H7. 2) May be dropped into HTSSM church mailbox at 727 Southdale Rd, making sure to write “Lynda for Walkathon” on envelope. 3) May be placed on collection plate at 9 or 11 AM Sunday services, or hand to Beth @ 9 AM or Lynda @ 11 AM. IF bringing inside church - cash is fine, with “Lynda for Walkathon” on envelope. 4) Donations may also be made directly to the Chaplaincy by e-transfer at email@example.com or through Canada Helps. We are grateful for all the ways you bless us at the Chaplaincy! Have a safe & happy Thanksgiving weekend! ❤️ Lynda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
C. C. Carrothers SNACKS PROGRAM The Cereal Program is "on hold" until further notice. (breakfast program n/a) Snacks can still be donated. Please Note: MUST BE PACKAGE SNACKS ONLY. All donations can be left in the "plastic tote box", labelled "CC Carrothers." By the main church entrance, up the stairs in the right hand corner. Thank You, Liz.
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.
REQUEST FOR PICKLING JARS Carolyn and Pat have been making lots of preserves for the virtual bazaar (more details to follow), and they have used all of the jars that were turned in, plus spent a small fortune to buy new ones. They are asking for everyone to please save their canning jars, any size (125 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml or 1 quart size) and drop them off at the church whenever possible.
YAMAHA MUSIC FOR LIFE. It is with great sadness that the Wardens have accepted the Notice to vacate from Yamaha Music for Life as of December 31, 2020. Our tenants, Billy and Elise and their staff have rented the “old rectory” for over 12 years, but with the pandemic it has become impossible for them to continue with their teaching. We mourn the loss of their business with them and wish Billy and Elise all the best in their retirement. While this will mean a loss of income to the parish, we know that new opportunities for the use of the rectory will be opened to us. If we have learned anything during these past months, it's that through the gifts and vision of those at HTSSM, God continues to lead us into new ways to live out our mission. A working group has been formed at Parish Council with Rev. Rob, Dave Keegan, Pat Edgerton, and Paul Crowe to review the next steps and listen to what new opportunities God is leading us into. Stay Tuned! Blessings! The Wardens
Photo Directory NEW Update The latest update on our parish photo directory is that the company that is producing the directory (IPC) is now reopened and has received all our files for production. Thank you for your continued patience and we will keep you updated when we know more details!
New Daily Bread Daily Readings Booklets We have received the NEW Daily Bread Reading Booklets Sept/Oct/Nov/ 2020. We will continue to distribute 15 at a time in our front mailbox at HTSSM, and once depleted we will add more. Parishioners can continue to come by and pick one up from our mailbox. If there are none at the time, please call the office and they will be replenished. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, from Jeanette.
Reservations Required for Sunday Service! There are now TWO ways to reserve a seat: (1) Calling the reservation line 226-582-0439. Your call will go directly to voicemail where you will be asked to provide your name; phone number; the number of people attending; and the time you would like to attend, 9am or 11am. Please note: the cut-off time for telephone reservations is 12-noon Saturday prior to the service. PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive a confirmation call unless we are unable to reserve a seat due to space restrictions. (2) When attending worship you are now able to make your reservation with the Greeter for the following Sunday. We always look forward to seeing you at Holy Trinity St. Stephen's!!
Sunday Service Volunteers Needed! How to sign up: Please contact Kathy Belshaw, (Sunday morning Volunteer Coordinator) by email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Pop Tins Unfortunately, due to space availability, Pop can collection has been put on hold! We would ask that if you still would like to donate tins, please hold at your residence until we are able to advise when this program is up and running again!! Thank you for your ongoing support! The Wardens
Parish Council: The 2020 Vestry Report has now been posted to the website under Warden’s Page. Please contact a Council Member if you have any questions and concerns to be addressed.
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
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.
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