Readings for next Sunday, 22nd November, Pentecost 25, The Reign of Christ; First reading: Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95.1-7a; Second reading: Ephesians 1.15-23; Gospel: Matthew 25.31-46
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Rest in Peace: It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Doug McKenzie, son of long time parishioners Jan and Bob McKenzie. Doug grew up at St. Jude’s and was an altar boy for many years. A private service to celebrate Doug’s life will be held on Wednesday November 25th at 2:00 p.m. Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time. If you wish to attend, please register by clicking the link https://reopen.church/r/w6txhKi3 or calling the office.
Please pray this week for: Anne; Margaret and Jennifer; Toby- Lindsey- Erin- Theresa and family; Victoria; plus Karen and Debbie; Nelson; Ray; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Brenda; Laurel and Rob; Nancy June; Susan; Stephanie and Ron; Scott and Logan; Beth; Mary Anne; Cate; Don and Shirley; Cathy and Susan; Charles and Pauline; Irene and Yoli; Izzy; Phyllis; Jen; Alison; Donna; Wendy; Jamie and Cathie plus Keith; Lorraine and Gord and Diane; Paul and Jan; Fred and Marlene; Margaret and Anita; Davina and Sangeeta; Amanda; Fran and Bill; Brian; Sheila; Matt; Jennifer; Joanne and Baby Charlie. 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.
Pray for – all persons impacted by COVID19 during this wave 2 stage, as numbers continue to rise and care providers and resources are feeling the long term impacts. May Covid fatigue, complacencies and self- centeredness be managed so systems are not overburdened and other persons endangered. May the message of “love thy neighbour” ring true!
Pray for – those who confuse their wants for freedom and choices over the right of others to be protected, safe and well.
Pray for – our US neighbours as post-election fever continues to be high, and pray for a positive transition and a safe and effective transfer of power.
Pray for: Bishop Todd, and Fr. Bill, and all clergy who support and shepherd parishes through the ever changing pandemic reality. May they know they are appreciated.
Cycle of Prayer for November – Tend – Service “To respond to human need by loving service” is a central aspect of Christ’s call. Loving service engages finding real needs and offers service that is truly loving so all are changed by the encounter. Prayer: Lord you came to service and not to be served, fill us with the compassion and insight to respond to human need by loving service. Let your glory fill this place. Let your glory fill this world. We honour ministries in support of SERVICE: the Third Mark of Mission- ACW – Crafters, Catering, Pies, Caps for Caregivers, Masks Outreach – Daily Bread, Nearly New Shop, Kick Soccer, Bales to the North, Undies Sunday, Bless their Sox, Hospice comfort, Men’s Mission, Unity Project My Sister’s Place, ANOVA, CMHA Distress Center, ministry of the month St John’s Hospitality Dinners, Circles Dinners/ Bridges out of Poverty, Community Breakfast – in house and take away, Christmas Share, Christmas family support.
The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone once again for their generous donations toward the Christmas Bale to Kenora. These things are distributed to people in need under the direction of the cathedral there. The shipment of 7 boxes of various sizes weighing 200 lbs. included adult clothing, jewelry, children’s toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, cute underwear and sox. Pictures are available on the web site. The ACW pays for the shipping costs. The gentleman at the UPS store at Huron and Highbury continues to give us a discount.
An information piece from Cheryle Anne MacBelford: The Outreach Committee supports many agencies through funds from the Nearly New Shop, Broadway Singers and generous church members. Below is a partial list of some of the agencies. 1. Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that supports people seeking health, wellness and belonging. Indwell is moving fast to address a critical need, with three housing projects completed, started and targeted, in only one year. The latest is Embassy Commons, a 72-unit apartment building that will offer supportive housing. 2. Christmas Bale was supported this year by the Outreach Committee. These funds are used to send Christmas presents north to Kenora to distribute to families in need through the Cathedral. The presents, to name a few, are children’s games, books, toys, underwear, scarves, hats etc. 3. Men’s Mission of London is a 146-bed facility that serves men in need. It functions as an emergency hostel for homeless men age 16 and over (111 beds), as well as a residence for men who require longer term care and support (35 beds).
Community Breakfast Program – We are putting together Christmas gift bags for our Saturday Community Breakfast guests, and will give them out at the breakfast on December 19th. The bags will include gloves, socks, hats, toiletries, treats etc. In our ongoing efforts to care for one another, we have a couple of shoppers who will purchase the items rather than have multiple parishioners out in the stores. Financial donations towards the bags however, would be very much appreciated, and donations can be placed on the Offertory plate on Sundays, added to your givings with a note, or dropped off at the church office by December 1st. Your ongoing support of this outreach ministry makes a real difference to those in need in our community. Thank you! The next take out breakfast is this Saturday, 21st November, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Around the Deanery
Advent Study Series at St. Aidan’s Church – Deanery Advent Event Homelessness is a growing and increasing issue within our city, and the London Anglican Deanery has identified it as a concern. You are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Deanery Advent Event. A three evening on-line Zoom education opportunity, in line with Bishop Todd’s vision and mission for Huron. World famous speaker and author Rev’d Nadia Bolz-Weber will speak at 7:30 pm on November 25th and December 2nd, followed by a presentation by Indwell on December 9th. Indwell is a non-profit Christian based organization that is putting up affordable housing to help with homelessness in London. Parishes are being asked to consider making donations to their churches clearly identified for the “Deanery Indwell” project. (St Jude’s Outreach Committee, The Prayer team, and an individual, have already committed to this). It is hoped that contributions from the Deanery will help support this project, and our city’s most needy and vulnerable members. There is still time to register for this Deanery Advent session. If you want to join this study, please do so as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] or telephoning 519-471-1430. There is no charge for this series.
The Wednesday Craft Group has crafts and jams available for sale! To view pictures of these, please go to the church website (look under Update for 4thNovember). See the crèche Dave Cornelius made. It’s beautiful! Most of you know what we have but these are some ideas : kitchen towels, dish clothes, scrubbies, aprons, hot pads, micro bowl cozy, long dusters, catnip mice, cloth books, quiet books, crib quilts, knitted kids toys, knitted hats, scarves and throws, pet beds from sweaters, pet blankets, soup mix, chocolate chip cookie mix and much more. We do have a Christmas hanging, advent calendar, tree skirt and wreaths as well. We have some jam for sale thanks mostly to Dave Cornelius. Strawberry-gooseberry, gooseberry, black currant, marmalade, grape, 1 vanilla-pear-berry, cherry, and Governors sauce. Since we are not aware of any other arrangements being made for a Bazaar this year, Nancey and I are willing to meet people one on one by appointment. We would be pleased to meet anytime. Please call Nancey 519 453 2858 or Cherie 519 850 0582.
Advent Turkey Dinner – Take-out Advent Turkey Dinner will be on Saturday November 28th, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Pre-orders and pick-up time selections are now being taken. Please contact the Church Office at 519-660-6198 or [email protected]. Or contact Derek Shadlock at 519-672-0912 [email protected]. Thanks for all your support!
“Family” Newsletter –Cathy is working on the next edition, November, and would like parish members to help her with submissions. She suggests the theme of Remembrances, or stories of forgiving, i.e. how it felt to be forgiven, and/or Peace. You can send them to the church email, or her at [email protected]
Cyndi wants us to know that the photo directory draft is completed and the Directory should be available in January.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – this week to: Andrew Wenaus (18th November) Hope you have a happy day!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – Ruth and Clifford Giles, who celebrated their anniversary on 17th November.
Have a great day and stay positive!