Readings for Sunday 8th October, Pentecost 19, and Thanksgiving Sunday.
First reading: Exodus 20.1-4,7-9,12-20
Psalm 65.
Second reading: Philippians 3.4b-14
Gospel: Matthew 21.33-46

Psalm refrain: “You crown the year with your goodness, O God”

Live-stream link for this Sunday 8th October, 10.00 am service:

Office news. The office will be closed next week, October 9th to 13th.


Outreach for October is the CHRISTMAS BALE. For years now the ACW has been paying
for the shipping costs to send shipments of used clothing to the North. Currently we are sending
things to a store in Kenora called Twice is Nice. This store is affiliated with St. Alban the
Martyr, the cathedral in Kenora.
Early in November we send only new Christmas items to Kenora to distribute to those in need,
with guidance from the cathedral and social services. We have set aside a few new adult things
that have come in to the Nearly New Shop during the year.
In October we would like to focus on teen and children’s things. The woman who organizes this
is very appreciative and has suggested the following:
All ages: hoodies, pajamas, toothbrushes and tooth paste, mitts and scarves.
Cherie has purchased socks and hats in the spring that were on clearance so we will not need
those this year.
Children: crayons, coloured pencils, markers, colouring and activity books, comic books, smaller
child’s back packs, small stuffed animals, small toys and puzzles, playing cards, hockey pucks
and sunglasses.
Girls: Hair accessories, jewelry, jewelry kits, and dolls.
Boys: Wallets.
Cash Donations designated as “Christmas Bale” are also welcome. Cherie Laughlin and Marg
Bryant will do the shopping for you. (This is always fun)
Please have things to the church by October 29th.

Breakfast Program
Thank you to all who supported the Breakfast Program as the Ministry of the Month in
September. Your ongoing support and generosity makes it possible for us to serve a nutritious
breakfast, provide clothing, toiletries, and a safe space for fellowship. This past Saturday we
served 108 breakfasts and are preparing for similar numbers this coming week. The team has
changed over the clothing and footwear from summer to fall / winter stock. Needed are
toiletries for men including razors, shaving cream, deodorant, and soap / body wash.
Our next breakfast is this Saturday October 7th from 9 – 10:30 am. All are welcome.

St. Paul’s Food Bank
Our next Food Bank Sunday is this Sunday, 8th October.
They always appreciate spaghetti Sauce, canned meat, mac & cheese, peanut butter, cereals,
canned soup, etc., but they would also like shopping bags, plastic or other, since they are running
out, and they need egg cartons again.

Nearly New Shop. Fall clothing is now available, go check out the bargains! Also, they have
recently received quite a few “like new” Columbia coats, jackets and one pair of snow pants, all
size small. If you know of anyone who would be interested at very reasonable prices please
spread the word.

Learning Together

A Weekly Bible Study continues via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. Everyone is
welcome. You can attend every week or just occasionally if that is what your schedule allows.
We will hear a passage of scripture read a number of times. Each time the passage is read
participants will be asked to reflect on a different question. Following each reading of the
passage participants will be invited to share their thoughts and reflections on the question they
were asked to think about. This is a very informal approach to reading and talking about
scripture and again everyone is welcome.
Here is the link for the study: Join Zoom Meeting,

Please note: An Advent study series via Zoom from St. Aidan’s Church, featuring Brian Zahnd,
“The anticipated Christ: an Advent journey”, on 29th November, 6th and 13th December. See the
poster in the Narthex for full details, including how to register.

Covid update
The new Covid vaccine (XBB) is beginning to arrive in London, but is NOT available at the
Health Unit clinics, yet. Ministry of Health guidelines recommend waiting for the XBB vaccine
rather than getting one of the previous boosters.
When they become available, they will be offering only Moderna until Pfizer comes in, but it has
been shown that Moderna and Pfizer are interchangeable so if you have only had Pfizer to date,
please do not wait. I (Joanne) have mixed all my vaccines and have had no problems. These
guidelines apply to all regardless of age, health status, date of last booster, travel plans. Keep
checking for updates.
Please make an app ointment for your vaccine, as it is likely that walk-ins will not be accepted
at first. That does not mean there may not be a wait, as with any health care appointment.
Flu shots will also be available at upcoming clinics, and you can safely receive both vaccines on
the same day.
(You might also consider the RSV vaccine when it becomes available, for protection against this
rapidly increasing infection).

Let’s Celebrate

St. Jude’s Day 2023 On Saturday 28th October, the our patronal festival, and this year marking
70 years since the founding of the parish, our Social Committee is researching and planning
some special events. Details are being worked out, but it will be a day of celebration with all
kinds of interesting and enjoyable stuff, so plan on being there!!

Happy Birthday this week to Mikayla S. and Cindy W., (both on 4th October – today!),
Frances R. and Michael M. (6th), and Mary G. (7th). Hope you all have happy