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.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the imaginary BAKE SALE last Sunday. Having sundaes on a Sunday was a big success! 

And thank you to everyone who helped out at the Community Dinner on Monday.  95 people attended with some take home meals too! 

Need a couple of Garden Helpers to work with Harry Costerton to cut and clean up, in the children’s play area, some blackberry bushes and cotoneaster bushes.  See Harry for a time. 

Something new in our narthex!  St. Mary’s has been gifted with a limited edition print by Kwakwaka’wakw artist  Frank Nelson.   The print speaks to how all and diverse peoples are welcome into the house of God.  You can read about the print on an information sheet just below the print. 

Tumaini Fund Canada Fundraiser;  Fundraising with Beautiful Flower Bulbs!  Deadline SEPT. 30, 2018 https://florissafundraising.com/tumaini-fund-canada/ 

This is our new Spring Bulb Fundraiser.  It is all on the computer so no paper copies.  Click on the link to order.  You can put in your order to be shipped to Elaine's address (Nanoose Bay) FREE, or have them delivered to your home or anywhere in Canada but that would be your separate shipping cost.  I bet you are looking forward to a beautiful Spring garden next year! 

Mark your calendars!  On Wednesday October 3rd from 5-7pm, Mary Holte will be hosting a Meet & Greet in her home. For those of you have not attended before, you won’t want to miss out on this event. It’s a great way to meet your fellow parishioners, ask questions and enjoy delicious food. Let KAT know if you plan to attend so we know how many people to expect. 

On Wednesday, September 26th Foster Freed, the minister from Trinity United in Nanaimo will lead our weekly Bible Study. Foster was raised a Jew and converted to Christianity. We have asked him to come and answer questions we have about the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Selinde has to go back to school. Not literally, but she will need to take time this Fall to finish up the 2 courses needed to complete her Masters degree. So to create study time for her, we are going to postpone both the Blessing of the Animals (scheduled for Oct. 7)   and the Open House (scheduled for October 15-17) until the Spring.  Thank you for your understanding! 

Hear Ye…hear Ye……RECYCLABLES NEEDED!   Our Joint Bottle Drive ( St. Mary’s & Tumaini)  on Saturday October 27; 10-2pm in our parking lot.  Don`t forget to tell your neighbours!  We are always looking for volunteers.  Ask Val Davies all about it.  Pick-up is also available. 

Our Christmas Fair Committee has been hard at work for months now.  This year mark your calendar on Saturday November 24,  2018 from 9:30am -2:30 pm. Please note the time change. JAM Info:  perhaps using some 125ml jars to offer one  or multiples for  variety.  Dehydrated fruits or leathers are also a nice choice.  Pickles, relish, chutneys and salsas can also be put into 125- 250ml jars.   Don’t forget some crafts, specific Christmas or other items are all welcome.

Do you have neighbours hosting a garage sale? Before they take the remainders away (no furniture) ask if they would be willing to donate them to St. Mary’s.  
We would be glad  to glean for the Attic treasures table.

Synod 2018 fast approaches. Please pray for the success of this gathering:

Gracious God, We pray for your blessing on the upcoming Synod. Prepare all who will gather at the end of this month. Help them arrive with open hearts; prepared to do your will. So that through your Spirit, you will enable those who worship in this Diocese to become the people you have called us to be.  Amen.

STILL WANTED:   Volunteers for the Sunday Morning Coffee Ministry.   Each Sunday after the service there are coffee and goodies for all to share.  It is a wonderful way to spend some time chatting with fellow Parishioners and new folks.  We are in dire need of a few more volunteers to step forward to help with this Ministry, once in about 9 – 10 weeks.   It is an easy task involving about 30 minutes prior to the service and about 45  minutes for cleanup afterwards. You will be asked to bring 2 dozen cookies, muffins, cupcakes or  whatever you please (home-made or store-made) when it is your turn and you will always have someone else working with you.  I will be very happy to have myself or a “seasoned” person work with you for the first couple of times.  Actually most of the folks we have at present have all been doing it for a long time and would be great companions to start you off.  If you could help us out, I would be so glad to talk to you.      Please contact me at church, telephone 250-951-2127,  jbjarvis@shaw.ca.   Blessings,  Brenda Jarvis 

Mark your calendar for MOVIE MONDAY, September 24; 4-6pm.   The movie selected this month is Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks as they make a witty team in “Defending Your Life”.   The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.  Plus there is also a cameo performance by another BIG star.  You are going to have to come to find out.  And popcorn & goodies too.  

Our Joint Bottle Drive (Tumaini & St. Mary’s)  is fast approaching on Saturday October 27; 10-2pm in our parking lot.  Start stock piling any and all of your recyclables.  Make sure you tell your neighbours too.  We are always looking for volunteers.  Ask Val Davies all about it.  Pick-up is also available.

Do you have neighbours hosting a garage sale? Before they take the remainders away( no furniture ) ask if they would be willing to donate them to St. Mary’s.   

We would be glad  to glean for the Attic treasures table.  

Synod 2018 fast approaches. Please pray for the success of this gathering:

Gracious God - We pray for your blessing on the upcoming Synod. Prepare all who will gather at the end of this month. Help them arrive with open hearts; prepared to do your will. So that through your Spirit, you will enable those who worship in this Diocese to become the people you have called us to be.  Amen.

Prayer Circle – If you have a prayer request, please contact the office forwarding information for the prayer circle.  You can also contact Selinde if you would like to serve on the Prayer Circle as someone who is willing to pray for those requesting prayer. 

MUSIC SUGGESTION BEAR – Do you have a hymn you would love to have sung in church on a Sunday? Drop your recommendation in the Music Suggestion Bear on Margaret’s piano. If it’s not in our Common Praise hymn book, please either leave your name or the music on your suggestion card. The Music Team will do their best to incorporate your choice into the liturgy. We can’t promise, but we’ll do our best! Thank you.  

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 3rd Monday of the month from 4-6pm in the Church Hall. Everyone welcome to a lovely, sit-down meal.