TWENTIETH SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
OCTOBER 31, 2021.
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY BE TO HIM FOREVER!
TODAY AT ST. MARY’S
- 10.00 A.M. MORNING PRAYER.
- 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNION. Henry preaching
- 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY in the Worship Centre for children 3-6.
LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.
PARISH LIFE NOTES
WARM WELCOME to Revd. Paula Foster who has begun worshipping with us in preparation for the beginning her ministry on All Saints Sunday, November 7.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT! We give thanks and praise to God and rejoice with Terrance and Kelsi, on the birth of their son Dante Lucien Reign, and brother to Aelyn on Wednesday morning. May God grant him many years!
CONSECRATION SERVICE. Dean Mike Sinclair has announced that the Consecration of Bishop Elect Helen Kennedy will take place on January 22, 2022 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
REPORT FROM VESTRY
Vestry met on Tuesday, October 26th. The following are highlights from the meeting.
- Financial update (January – September):
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- We are grateful to Jennifer for sharing her musical gifts and worshipping with us this month. We are in conversation with Jennifer about coming on board as our new organist on a full time basis. We will update the congregation on this as events progress.
- Kathy’s Kitchen, the food service business that rents our lower hall kitchen, has agreed to provide food for funeral teas at St. Mary’s in the future for $2.50 a plate. This amount only covers Kathy’s costs, and so she will be joining in our ministry of hospitality to bereaved families by donating her time and talent for the enrichment of our community. We are grateful to Kathy for agreeing to partner with St. Mary’s in this important ministry.
- Nathaniel has included in today’s Parish Life Notes a request for our assistance for Yar’s sister Ayen in Uganda. Please join us in praying for Ayen and her family, that God would heal her body, and meet all their needs. Please consider if you are able to offer financial assistance to Ayen in seeking medical attention in the city.
- Our children’s ministry at St. Mary’s is largely on hold right now because of the pandemic and changes in leadership. Please pray for discernment for our children’s ministry going forward. What is God calling us into for our kids?
- We are grateful to the Refugee sponsorship committee for all their hard work, and to the congregation for their generosity. We have raised all the funds required by the Government of Canada to bring Deng and Elizabeth’s family to Canada! Praise God! We are now only waiting on the Government to finish processing their application.
- Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of our congregation who are experiencing ill health at this time. Please pray with us for God’s healing and provision in their lives. If you are looking for ways to help, please call Yvonne in the church office.
- Need for volunteers – Please consider if God is calling you to a new ministry at St. Mary’s. As we discern what God has for our church going forward, we will need volunteers for our Children’s Ministry, for our Refugee Committee, and to help out with funerals. If you would like to help with any of these ministries, please be in touch with the Wardens, Beth and Mary.
- We pray for a safe and happy sabbatical for Claude and Hilary, and we look forward to their return to us in May 2022.
The Vestry of St. Mary requests the congregation to help with diagnosis and treatment of Ayen, sister to Yar and sister in-law to Nathaniel. Ayen lives in a Ugandan camp with her six young children and husband. Ayen was living a normal life as a loving and caring mother until August 2021 when she experienced some dizziness and suddenly lost her eye sight. Ayen has tried to seek medical treatment through the financial help of Yar and Nathaniel but things continued to worsen. Ayen is currently guided by a child to walk around because she cannot see. Based on the estimate provided, the medical intervention, diagnosis and treatment will cost $2,000. One St. Mary’s friend has already donated $300, and we appeal to the congregation to help raise the remaining balance of $1,700. Please submit your donation to the parish and identify the gift with “Ayen Appeal” so that you can receive a tax receipt and make accounting manageable. Once the parish has received the donations, arrangements will be made with Yar and Nathaniel to send the money to Ayen in a Ugandan refugee camp. Your prayer and generous support will be greatly appreciated.
Attached is the photo for Ayen (in yellow) and her four children. The two sons appear a separate photo. Ayen has six children.
WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tuesday to Friday:
- Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and
- Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.