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. 

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday in Advent. Our focus is PEACE.

Elf gifts need to be in this Sunday! Thank you!

Please get any 2017 receipts in to the office for reimbursement BEFORE December  15th so we can close off the year’s accounting. Thank you!


Please plan to join us for these upcoming seasonal celebrations:-

Saturday, December 16 from  1:30 – 3:00pm. And now for something completely different! - A Ukelele Concert to benefit NCS (Nanoose Community Services).  To support the Ukelele group fundraiser, St. Mary’s will provide coffee and tea in the hall after the concert.  The Ukelele group will provide the cookies and serve, but we need a couple of people willing to put on the coffee and tea and set up the cups. Please speak to Selinde if you can help out. Thank you! 

Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Our well-loved annual Carols by Candlelight! Come to hear young local voice students sing their hearts out and join in the community songs for a wonderful evening of spirit and light. 

Sunday, December 24th – we have our regular Sunday service at 10am and then we have our Christmas Eve service that night at 7pm. Please invite your friends and neighbours! 

Monday, December 25th at 10am we have our Christmas morning service. And afterwards….. plan to stay for a scrumptious Christmas lunch – turkey/ham with all the traditional trimmings. Everyone is welcome!!

Christmas dinner will be served again on Christmas Day this year!  If you would like to volunteer to prepare food, cook a turkey or ham, bake some Christmas treats or prepare some vegetables for the meal, please speak to Pat and Don Nicoll or Jean and David Russell. If you would like to help us serve, join our team and share a Traditional Christmas Dinner with us, please let us know!  All are welcome!

Come and celebrate Christmas with your church family this year!  Contact us if you can help!  Thank you! 

In closing, a word from your priest

Sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot with our enthusiasm and our good intentions.

So I just want to be clear -  at the Community Dinner (and other functions where people from the broader community attend), we need to be sensitive to the people from the community who may not feel comfortable with religion and praying out loud. That’s why we don’t say a prayer before dinner is served. 

And we mustn’t pressure folks into coming to church because, in essence, they have come to church. Together we are breaking bread and eating together, just as Jesus did with the people he had meals with.  He extended and received hospitality to those who were judged, excluded, and considered unworthy. His acceptance of them, without pressure to be or do anything else, fed them at a deep, deep level. And so we, following in his footsteps,  simply welcome everyone and accept them as they are. And hope that they will extend the same respect and graciousness to us. 

Now, if someone wants to see the inside of the church, or asks about our faith, of course we respond. But we have to be very careful that people know they are accepted just as they are…. no strings attached.

Make sense?   If you have questions or concerns, please come and see me! 

Thanks, Selinde

Our next FREE Community Dinner will be the Christmas meal on Christmas Day.  There will be sign-up sheets for volunteering as the event draws closer. Stay tuned! 

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.

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.

PWRDF - Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. This is our outreach as the National Church, working around the world to relieve suffering and promote justice, health and well-being.

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.