Readings for Sunday, 16th February, Epiphany 6 First Reading: Deuteronomy 30.15-20 ; Psalm 119.1-8 ; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3.1-9 ; Gospel: Matthew 5.21-37  

Please pray this week for: Rattan; Benjamin and Sarah; Helen and Cheryle Anne; Wes; Susan and Edward; Ray and Mary Anne; Lindsay and Dane plus Jack; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Dorothy and Tobin; Brenda; Laurel and Rob; Ruth; Julia and John; Karla and Rob plus Ben and Tom; Phyllis; Yvonne and Suzette; Chris; Amanda and Ash; Ellie; Debby; Jeff; Tracey; Mrs King and Peter, David, Jessica, Lia, Angela, Chita, Shawn, Val, Michael, Robin, David, Elizabeth, Nancy, Helen, Mary, Debbie, George, Joe, Kelly, Bill, Alex and Andy, Terry, Lee, Tom, Stewart, Tim, Tony, Frank, Barry, Cindy and Kevin, and those known to you alone.

Rest in Peace: Anne McKay, the wife of the Reverend Brian McKay (retired.),  Paul Conley, Joan Mathers  and the Reverend Roy Henly (retired). May the souls of our dearly departed sisters and brothers,  Anne, Joan, Paul and Roy, find rest eternal and have light perpetual shine on them as they rise in glory rise. Pray for family and friends as they mourn granting them strength and comfort at this difficult time. Pray for all lives lost, those infected, those in quarantine, and all others negatively impacted by the Coronavirus including all those providing care and support. Pray for the health and welfare of the planet, our island home, at this time of climate crisis throughout the globe. Pray for the St Jude’s IW ( intrepid women) as they travel and settle into a time of fellowship and renewal.

Appreciation  –  Daily Bread has changed its name to “St Paul’s Social Services Food Bank” and they thank you for your gifts this month:  Canned goods 15, cereal 4, diapers 1, packaged Mac and cheese 16, miscellaneous 16, Pasta pkg 1, snacks 6, soup 6, toiletries 7, egg cartons 61.                

Palm crosses.  In preparation for Ash Wednesday, we are invited to bring the palm crosses from last year to the church so that they may be used to prepare the ashes for our Ash Wednesday service.  Please put them in the offering bowl on the table in the Narthex.  Ash Wednesday is February 26th

Maple syrup Get some amazing Rolling Ridge maple syrup (they generously donate syrup for our pancake supper).  Last chance!!  Rick Kelly will take your order this Sunday, 16th February, and will pick up the orders and bring them to the church.

Fundscrip – orders for pick up this Sunday

Lent mid-week Eucharist services and studies Holy Eucharist.  Beginning on Wednesday 4th March there will be a mid-week celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9.30 am through the season of Lent.  In place of a sermon there will be an interactive conversation about the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  You do not need to be participating in th the SSJE lenten Study to attend the mid-week Eucharist, everyone is welcome.

Signs of Life; why the Church matters. This year’s Lenten Study organised by the brothers of the society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) will explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments.  This series will begin on Wednesday 4th March at 10.30 am and end at 12.00 noon at the latest.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this study series.

Events coming up –  Nearly New Shop is open Saturday, 9.00 am to 12 Noon.

Choir and Festival choir practice, Thursday 7.30 pm.  More voices will be welcomed!

Community Breakfast Saturday February 15th 9 am to 10:30 am

Men’s Coffee hour on Tuesday 18th February in the LGC Room at 9.30 am.  All men are welcome.

Women’s Coffee Hour! Friday February 21st  at 9:30 am. We are starting a monthly women’s get together over coffee. A way to get to know one another better and make new connections! Plan to join us in the LGC Room on the third Friday morning of each month. Hope to see you there.

Shrove Tuesday and our annual Pancake Supper, on Tuesday 25th February.  Parish Council members traditionally host this event, but will welcome any offers of help.  More details will follow, but plan to attend!

Ash Wednesday service  on 26th February at 7.00 pm, for Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist.  

Outreach Ministry for February The London Intercommunity Health Centre at Huron and Highbury provides inclusive and equitable health care along with social services to those who experience barriers to care. Daily programs are offered for a variety of clients. Needs include: toilet paper, canned goods, family and personal size toiletries, craft items, games for all ages. Collection box is in the Narthex. All contributions gratefully accepted. Thank you!

Cycle of Prayer Tell – Evangelism “To proclaim the good news of the kingdom” is to share the news that Christ God is reconciling the world to himself in words. Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, let your presence fill our hearts and overflow in our actions, that we may proclaim the good news of your kingdom. Let your glory fill this place. Let your glory fill this world!

We honour ministries in support of EVANGELISM the First Mark of Mission Liturgical Ministries: Priests, Licensed Lay Readers, Servers, Intercessors, Readers, Lay administrators, Chancel Guild, Seminary Student Committee, Prayer and Eucharistic services in area Long Term Care Homes, Funeral Home Services

Chocolate and Vanilla Girl Guide Cookies will be arriving at St. Jude’s in March.  The St. Jude’s Brownies rely on the profit from cookie sales to be able to order their badges and also pay for supplies.  Please place your order on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  Cost: $5.00 per box. Payment is due upon delivery of cookies. Your order will be greatly appreciated  

Lenten Bible Study.  There will be a Deanery Lenten Bible Study led by Bishop Terry Dance, starting Thursday March 5th   and continuing for five weeks, at St. George’s Anglican Church, Wharncliffe Road at Oxford Street. Start time is 6:45 pm. – Doctrine of Discovery, a movie and discussion about the early European explorers to North America, and their impact on the indigenous peoples. 

At St. Anne’s Church, 1344 Commissioners Road West in Byron. On 29th February, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.  See the poster in the Narthex for more.