Readings for next Sunday, 13th September, Pentecost 15; First reading: Exodus 14.19-31; Psalm 103. (1-7), 8-13; Second reading: Romans 14.1-12; Gospel: Matthew 18.21-35
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Please pray this week for: Toby- Lindsey- Erin- Theresa and family; Ruth; Nalini – Sangceta and Raj; Victoria plus Karen and Debbie; Mary; Nelson; Shirley; Myfanwy; Ray; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Brenda; Laurel and Rob; Ruth; Nancy June; Barry; Sarah, Mike and family; Susan; Stephanie and Ron; Scott and Logan; Beth; Mary Anne; Cate; Don and Shirley; Keith and Betty; Cathy and Susan; Terry and Mike; Brent; Victoria and Debbie; Charles and Pauline; Aldene; Jack and Nancy plus Cindy; Irene and Yoli; Izzy; Joe and Shannon; Phyllis; Jen; Alison; Norma; Joe; Elaine and Warren; Marg; Jennifer; Chris and JoAnne. AND for those who are in need of prayer but have no one today to remember them by name, and those known to each of you alone.
Rest in Peace – Wes Adam. May light perpetual shine on Wes and his soul find rest eternal and rise in Glory. Pray for Joyce and the whole family for strength and comfort as they deal with their profound grief.
Pray for – Bishop Todd and Priest Bill for their guidance and leadership during this pandemic, as they work diligently to cope with offering spiritual direction and worship. Especially now that we add in-person worship within our building space.
Pray for – children, teachers, parents, educators, and leaders as they move to having our most precious young people return to learning. Be it in person, on line or via home schooling. Whatever choice each determines to be the best way according to their unique individual circumstances.
Pray for – our environment, especially with radical weather and related events like fires, floods, drought, and melting ice. May the power brokers make a united and concerted effort to make right and just immediate and long term decisions instead of profit driven ones.
Pray for – all persons suffering from abuse, oppression and man’s inhumanity to man. May perpetuators find it within themselves to offer compassion, love and care.
Pray for – all who suffer the impacts of racism and prejudice because of class, race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other criteria. May everyone know, believe and accept that all human persons are beloved children of God and deserve justice and peace.
Pray for – all persons impacted by COVID19. May Covid fatigue, complacency and self- centeredness be managed so systems are not overwhelmed and other persons endangered. May the message of “Love thy neighbor” ring true!
“Our Daily Bread” booklet – The current edition, for September, October and November are available. Contact Sharon [email protected] or 519-933-3164 to receive your copy.
IN NEED OF PRAYER? KNOW SOMEONE IN NEED OF PRAYER? In the age of pandemic, we can no longer use the prayer request book in the church narthex to request prayer, but that does not mean the request for prayer is gone. There are many and different ways: – You can always contact Sharon Frank (prayer team leader) at 519-933-3164 or [email protected] – Convey your request via any member of “The Prayer and Pastoral Care Team”, who will pass it on to Sharon. – A request can be made via the church office Monday to Friday from 9:00am-1:00 pm at 519-660-6198 or stjud[email protected] . – There is a prayer request section on our own St Jude’s web site, www.churchofsaintjude.ca – For crisis, spiritual needs, and associated prayer, contact our priest, Bill Ward at 519-660-6198 or [email protected] .
Cycle of Prayer for September – 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, On Line Worship Services.
Community Breakfast Program Update – It’s hard to believe, but our Community Breakfast program has now served 539 take away meals to guests in the 6 months since March 21st! We continue to serve new people each time and welcome back a number of regulars. Clothing and personal items are displayed outside to make it easier for guests to see what is available, and with this change, a number of people have dropped by thinking we are having a yard sale. Some of those same folks have made cash donations to the program and we have invited them to our real Yard Sale coming this Saturday, September 12th. Our volunteers gathered information about children associated with the program and put together generous backpacks for 6 children which were passed along this past weekend. Financial support for the backpacks would be appreciated to cover the cost of $200.00. The success of the Breakfast Program is due to the faithful volunteers. Based on the solid teamwork and expertise established at St. Alban’s, the program has continued at St. Jude’s. With the onset of Covid 19, we have limited the number of volunteers to meet restrictions about the number of people in the church at any time, distancing requirements and concern for the health of our parishioners. Fewer volunteers means less exposure for all through streamlined prep and serving times and processes. Unfortunately, the cost has been that some long standing meal program volunteers have been unable to participate in this important ministry. Some may have even felt left out or that their experience and contributions are not valued, and it is our hope and our plan that as we move into the next phase of opening the church, these volunteers will return. Their skills and knowledge will be essential to re-establishing a safe and successful in-house breakfast program. Ways to support the program include: financial donations; personal care items such as razors, shaving cream, unscented soaps, shampoos; clothing such as socks, t-shirts. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Glenda Hayward at 519-951-8154 or [email protected] Thank you – for your prayers and your contributions – be they time, talents or treasures!
The next take out breakfast is Saturday, 19th September, 9.00 – 10.30 am.
Wes Adam Memorial Golf Day – Derek Shadlock is organizing a golf day to honour Wes Adam on Thursday, 24thSeptember at Dorchester on the Thames Golf Course. Dinner & Golf (incl. cart) $40.00. Dinner only is also available. Please contact Derek Shadlock, 519-672-0912 or [email protected] for a place.
Wednesday Crafters – The St. Jude’s Crafters are back!! Working as usual in the St. Martha room. The rules around physical distancing and masks will be in place. Crafters sew, quilt and do other crafts weekly from 10 am until 3 pm. Bring your lunch and favorite beverage and enjoy fellowship with others. For more information, please contact Nancey Orosz at 519-453-2858.
Yard Sale!! This Saturday 12th September, 8.00 am to 12.00 noon. Open to all parishioners. Tables will be supplied for you, but you must take away things not sold. Profits will be split 50/50 with the church. To book a table or ask for more info, contact Derek Shadlock 519-672-0912 or [email protected] or call the office (519-660-6198).
Pig Roast – The Fund Raising Committee are going ahead with the long planned Pig Roast (following up a highly successful St. Alban’s tradition). This year it will to be a takeout event. It’s on Saturday 19th September. Tickets are $20.00 each. Food will be served between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. We are scheduling the pick-up times in 15 minute intervals – 4:30 – 4:45; 4:45 – 5:00 – and so on until 6:30 (to avoid everyone coming at once). Mark your calendars – no need to cook that night!
Rhubarb Pies! – Thanks to your very generous donations of rhubarb, the ACW made rhubarb pies this week. If you would like to purchase one for $10, they will be available outside after the services on Sunday. Just send Glenda Hayward an email at [email protected] or call ahead 519-951-8154 to place your order. We are planning to make another batch of pies in a couple of weeks if this week won’t work for you.
Around The Deanery
The Deanery of London – invites us to attend a seminar, via Zoom, called “Dignity for All”, Honest Conversations about Racism. It’s on Thursday 10th September. The panelists include our bishop Todd Townsend. Full details can be found on the poster which we have forwarded to everyone.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This week to Pat Taylor (8th September), Heather Williams (9th), and Marilyn Makarich (11th). Hope you all had/have a happy celebration!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Cherie and Bill Laughlin celebrated on 8th September. Congratulations, and we hope you celebrated well!
Stay home as much as possible and stay safe, everybody!