Weekly Notices

Visitors -   Welcome to St. Mary's!   If you would like to add your name  to the parish, please fill out one of the green Welcome Cards and  give it to a sidesperson, warden,  Selinde or bring it to the office during the week. 

The combined Tumaini and St. Mary's BOTTLE DRIVE and YARD SALE is this Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Bring in your bottles and support Tumaini and St. Mary’s!!  HELP is needed to sort and get ready this Friday (October 20th). Please consider volunteering even an hour on either Friday or Saturday. Thank you!

GREETERS We need more!! Be the smiling, warm face of St. Mary’s as you welcome visitors and regulars to worship on Sunday. This is an easy but very important position. Please consider this as your ministry to the community.  Speak to Sue Godfreyson or Selinde.

POINSETTIAS in all shapes, colors and choices! And what a wonderful gift too!  The deadline to order is Nov. 2nd.  Plants will be delivered on November 24th, the day before the Christmas Fair.  Order forms in the Office & Hall today.

The COMMUNITY DINNER was an incredible success this past week. Over 90 people came to enjoy a belated Thanksgiving Dinner and we had the most ever volunteers show up. Well done!! St. Mary’s does hospitality well, and Elaine sure knows how to plan a meal for the multitudes!  

St. Mary’s PARISH DIRECTORY Photos.  We need your smiling faces captured for our Parish Directory.  Many of you have had your photos taken by Onnig in his studio in Parksville.  For those of you who haven’t, Phyllis Thompson will once again take a quick snapshot of you after church this morning. Please take the few moments to get your photo taken so we can get this Directory finished! It won’t be complete without you!

ENVELOP SECRETARY – Jean Costerton is stepping down in the new year. We’d like to find 2 people to fill her boots. Please consider if this is a way you could serve our community!! Talk to Jean or Selinde if you want more information about the position. 

PARISH COUNCIL meeting next Wednesday Oct 25 at 1pm in the library. 

ORDERING ONNIG’S STUDIO SITTING PHOTOS.  For those of you who had your photo taken by Onnig in his studio, you can now order prints through Kat. Costs: 8”x10”  $25.00,  ”5x7”     $17.50, 4”x6”  $15.00. 10 or more, call Onnig. If you want a separate sitting fee for anything else the suggested donation is $50.   Thank you Onnig!!

ENVELOP SECRETARY – Jean Costerton is stepping down in the new year. We’d like to find 2 people to fill her boots. Please consider if this is a way you could serve our community!! Talk to Jean or Selinde if you want more information about the position. 

PARISH COUNCIL meeting next Wednesday Oct 25 at 1pm in the library. 

Join the CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS next Thursday, October 26 from 1-4pm. Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR is coming up in just over a month! Make sure to mark Saturday, November 25th on  your calendar and plan to come and help out.  We’ll need help the week leading up as well. And as you start baking for Christmas, plan to make extras for the Bake Table.  More to come from the organizers soon…..

BEAT THE CHRISTMAS RUSH AND BUY GIFTS that make a difference in the lives of those who live in poverty and distress. This year consider buying gifts and cards for your loved ones that support the work of Tumaini and PWRDF. Order forms in the Hall.

CHRISTMAS LUNCHGOOD NEWS! The Nicolls and the Russells have offered to put on a Christmas feast for the community. This will be instead of the regular Community Dinner and will be held after the Christmas morning service. If you would be willing to help, it would be good to get a sense of who will be available. Please indicate your availability on the sign-up sheet in the Hall after the service - thank you.   Already, at the Community Dinner this past week, people were asking about it so please spread the word! Last year was so much fun; this year should be as well!

The 2018 Canadian Church Calendars have arrived.  We don’t have many so get them while they are still available.  Suggested donation of $10 each.

Prayer Chain:   Please contact Donis at sagemountain@shaw.ca with your request and a team of parishioners will hold up your prayer for one week at a time. 

Memorial Garden -  If you are interested in purchasing a plot,  please contact the office for information.  

Outreach: 

Tumaini  -  Tumaini Crafters meet on the third Wednesday  of each m onth in the hall  (1:30-4:00pm) to sew and knit clothing,  blankets and personal care kits for girls  in support of the children  & poor families in Kagera, Tanzania. All Welcome!

Precious Jewels   Please continue to pray for this special ministry working with children in The Philippines and Africa.   

Nanoose Community Services   Housed at St. Mary's, supporting Nanoose residents. Anyone in need of assistance - the contact number is 250 468-9888.

Free Monthly Community Dinner. Every 4th Monday of the month from 4-6pm in the Church Hall. Everyone welcome to a lovely, sit-down meal.