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THE ST. MARY’S PARISH FAMILY wishes to offer sincere congratulations to Fr. Lee and Alice Whitney on the official launch of their new book, Knowing by Heart: A Tribute to a Kennebecasis Valley Homestead Farm. This lovely volume, published by Chapel Street Editions, is a re-gathering of some of Fr. Lee’s weekly columns, written under the pseudonym Jacob Erdman, in the King’s County Record over more than 30 years; and highlights the gracious wisdom, gentle wit, and spiritual insight which filled those columns, including some of the trials of adjusting to farm life after giving up a career as an academic in the big city. We’re very pleased that the people of St. Mary’s will have a chance to hear some excerpts from the book at our very own Launch next Sunday, December 15th, during Coffee and Conversation. We hope that you’ll join us then.


WE ALSO WANT TO OFFER FR. LEE our equally sincere best wishes on the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate, which took place on December 16, 1979. The ministry of deacons in the Church goes back to the earliest days of the Church’s life; and deacons such as Fr. Whitney remind us of the servant ministry to which we are all called in the Body of Christ. Congratulations, Fr. Lee, on a long and deeply faithful ministry as a Deacon.


SOME OF YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THE ADVENT CONSPIRACY, a recent development in the efforts of Christians around the world to be more intentional in their Christmas preparations. The four tenets of the ‘Conspiracy’ are: Spend Less; Give More; Love All; and Worship Fully; which together will serve to put the focus of this joyful time more fully on Christ and how Christ calls us to share the Good News of His birth with our families, friends, and neighbours. Some family worksheets are available on the table in the narthex; and more information is available at: www.adventconspiracy.org. Have a look at this positive and encouraging programme. It may help shape what you and your family do this year and for years to come!


ST. MARY’S BRANCH OF ANGLICAN CHURCH WOMEN will be meeting on Monday, December 16th, in the Parish Hall, beginning with their annual Christmas Luncheon at noon. The women of St. Mary’s are warmly invited to join them. For more information please speak to Shirley Hupman.


THE COMBINED CHOIRS of Holy Trinity, Christ Church (Parish Church), St. Peter’s, and St, Mary’s will be offering a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 8th at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 2365 Woodstock Rd. This lovely service is a great way to set the right tone for the Season, so plan to join them on the 8th!


ST. MARY’S BRANCH OF THE MOTHERS’ UNION will be gathering on Saturday, December 14th, at 1 p.m. for lunch at the Ramada. They invite you to join them. For more information please speak to Shirley Hupman.


ALLAN AGNEW, OUR PARISH TREASURER, is preparing the 2020 offering envelopes, which should be available on December 15th. Current envelope holders will be assigned their current numbers. If you’re not currently using envelopes and would like a box for next year, please let Allan know. And if you’re not currently using e-offering and would like to join that very convenient programme, please pick up a copy of the application form from the table in the Narthex.


FLOWERS AT CHRISTMAS: Those who wish to place memorial flowers may do so by including a donation through the collection plate. Please ensure that your donation includes the names of those in whose memory the flowers are being placed, as well as complete information regarding the donor(s); and to help us to include that information in the Christmas bulletin, we’ll need to know by Thursday, December 19th. For more information, please speak to the Rector.


CHURCH CALENDARS FOR 2020 ARE NOW AVAILABLE on the table in the Narthex for a very reasonable $7. These lovely calendars are an ideal way of keeping track of the Church Year and are excellent small gifts for friends at Christmas. Please speak to the Rector if you can’t locate them.


Weekly Choir Practices will now be held each Sunday shortly after noon, following Coffee and Conversation rather than on Wednesday evening. Singing is a great joy and a wonderful way to share God’s gifts. So, if you’re interested, come along and give it a try.


We invite all young people and their families to join us each Sunday morning, from approximately 9:45 and continuing until about 10:20, for an exciting, fun, and informative programme of Christian Education. Janice offers an interesting mix of crafts and instruction to help our young people to grow in their faith and to engage the Scriptures. Plan to join us as often as you can; and please invite your friends to come along as well. Everyone is welcome! And anyone who would like to share in this wonderful and rewarding ministry is encouraged to speak to Janice or the Rector.

And, while the children are learning in one part of the Parish Hall, all adults are invited to a conversation each Sunday with the Rector on matters of faith and life. Bring your thoughts and questions!


A NEW LIST OF ITEMS needed for this year’s Hot Lunch Programme for elementary-aged children from the Boys and Girls Club, which runs each Wednesday at noon, has been posted in the Narthex. Please have a look and see if there is anything that you might be able to donate to help reduce the costs for this important outreach ministry.


CHIMO IS A PROVINCIAL CRISIS PHONE LINE, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to all residents of New Brunswick. Their mission is to serve the community by providing a competent level of crisis intervention, referrals and vital information in a caring, confidential manner. They provide compassionate care and services to all callers, but find that we are needing assistance with the calls. They are looking for volunteers who are willing to give back to the community in a meaningful way, while upholding the organization's level of care and compassion. All volunteers are interviewed and trained beforehand. To volunteer, or if have questions, call 450-2937 or go to http://www.chimohelpline.ca/


EACH WEEK PRINTED COPIES OF THE HOMILY are available on the small table on the right hand side of the entrance to the church for anyone who would like to reflect further on the issues discussed. Please speak to the Rector if you’re not able to locate a copy.


IF YOU LIKE TO QUILT, our Thursday Quilters invite you to join them each week. They work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., taking a break for lunch; and they welcome experienced quilters and novices alike. They’d also warmly welcome you to come by if you’d rather knit or crochet and just share in the fellowship. For more information please speak to Joyce Matthews or Doreen Lawrence.


IF YOU LIKE TO KNIT, ST. MARY’S MOTHERS’ UNION invite you to use up some of your surplus yarn and help a number of excellent projects. They have three different knitting projects: Comfort Bears for children at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Knitted Hats for Newborns, and a request from Knitted Knockers of Canada in support of women who have had mastectomy surgery. Instructions have been posted on the Mothers’ Union bulletin board in the hall. Feel free to pick up some and get knitting!


If you’ve not had a chance to complete the personal information form that the Parish is using to update our records please pick up a copy in the Narthex and return it to me or to Thomas Geburt, our Parish Safe Church Officeras soon as possible. Please note that the form is designed to be filled out by everyone, even those who did not choose to have their pictures taken for our Parish Directory. The form seeks to gather a lot of information, but you are only being asked to provide as much (or as little) as you wish. There are, however, two sections that are essential to us: the personal contact section at the top of the first page and the permission section at the bottom of that page. Please note that your forms will be kept securely; and the information will never be shared in any way which violates your expressed wishes. Please speak to me or Thomas if you have any questions.


Hospice Fredericton is accepting referrals for the Adult Day Centre at 621 Churchill Row. They are open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcome clients with cognitive or physical impairments of any kind that are 55 and older. The Centre offers a wide range of stimulating programs for memory loss, physical challenges, or social isolation. Activities will include music, games, trivia, bingo, and various exercise programs. For more information on their Adult Day Program contact Nicole Pike at 621 Churchill Row, by phone at 206-7955 or by email at hospiceadc@gmail.com

Letters, presentations, etc.

Christmas Letter

Renovation Project Update
(6 Jan 2019)

Chief Fitch's presentation (video)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2FKHx7MgBI&t=455s

 

On-going

Like to sing along to the radio? Enjoy singing to your heart's content in the shower? Are hymns some of your favourite things to sing? Then you just may be a prime candidate for the Parish Choir! Weekly Choir practices will run each Sunday at noon following Coffee & Conversation and we'd like to invite all enthusiastic choristers to come out. We don't expect professional grade performances (but we'd welcome you if you can!); we gather each week to share the gifts that God has given us to praise Him in word and song; and we have a fun time too! So please speak to Rector if you're interested.


Hospital visiting is an essential part of parish ministry because spiritual health is a necessary part of our physical health; and the Rector is always willing to visit those in hospital at any time, day or night. Recent changes in the way in which religious affiliation is recorded when people enter the hospital system means that the Rector is significantly less likely to know when members of the Parish have been admitted. Please let the Rector know if you or another member of the Parish (with their consent) is in hospital, including, if possible, the room number, so that the Church can minister to our whole Parish Family. And, unless you wish not be visited while in hospital, be sure to indicate on admission that you wish a pastoral visit. Otherwise your presence in the hospital might not be indicated on the records available in the Spiritual and Religious Care office.


In response to some members of the Parish who have indicated the challenges they face in hearing the homily because of hearing loss, we’re now producing a few printed copies each Sunday. If you would like to have a copy you’re welcome to pick one up from the small table at the main entrance to the church. Please speak to the Rector if you’re not able to locate a copy.


Have to be at work on Sunday morning? Have another engagement that will prevent you from attending? Not sure about the weather? Don’t forget that we now have a weekly Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. throughout the winter months. Please speak to the Rector if you have any questions; and plan to join us any Saturday evening if this time is more suitable for you or anytime that your schedule makes Sunday attendance difficult.


E-OFFERING: Did you forget your envelope this weekend? Instead of digging in your wallet for collection why don’t you set up E-Offering and forget about the hassle. E-Offering is an electronic offering that debits from your bank account. It is easy, no fuss and customizable. You can set up weekly, monthly and with any amount. Adjustments are easy to make. Please pick up a slip from the table in the narthex if you are interested or speak to Allan Agnew if you have any questions.


Are you looking for a new opportunity to show your love for Christ and for His Church as we begin a new year? St. Mary’s Altar Guild faithfully prepares the Church for our weekly celebrations and invite all the members of our Parish Family to consider whether or not they’re called to share in this joyful work. Please speak to the Rector if you are interested or if you have any question.


Are you called to be a Reader? If you believe that you have gifts to contribute to this important ministry please speak to the Rector.


How can we help? Some of our seniors and shut-ins may be struggling with the practical necessities that arise with changing seasons. Do you know of someone who could benefit from a helping hand with some of the chores around the house or yard, or even things as basic as a drive to an appointment? Please speak to the Rector if there is someone in our Parish Family, or beyond, that is in need of compassionate, respectful ministry. And, if you’d like to volunteer your skills and talents, please let the Rector know.


Two Minute Opportunity: After any service, take a couple of minutes to speak to someone you don’t know. Make it an occasion to create friendships and demonstrate Christ’s hospitality.


Our ACW branch supports all sorts of things that generally go unnoticed. Did you know, for example, that they sponsor a foster child ($420/year), the Farraline Home downtown ($200), $100 each this year to Camp Medley, the DECH Hospital Foundation and Bishop McAllister School in Uganda (where Fr Paul Jeffries is head master)? At Christmas they give to Transition House and Grace House. They also support our parish in many and various ways, whether by contributing financially to several funds and activities or by working at receptions and other functions, and cooking for them all. To raise funds, they put on a bridge party, with the help of the choir; and they help the choir with theirs. They also contribute to the memorial fund in memory of any parishioners who die, and they send cards and flowers to the sick and shut-ins, as well as visiting those in hospital. That’s a lot of work for a small group. But they’d like to grow; so if you’re interested in finding out more about the ACW, just ask a member. Many thanks, girls, for all that you do in the Name of the Lord!


Some scented products — perfumes, deodorants, after-shaves, etc. — can cause serious problems for someone around us. It may not ‘smell’ dangerous to the user. In fact, after long use, the user can’t smell it as strongly as others, which could prompt us to use more of it. And that makes allergic reactions worse. A few people in our parish have allergic reactions to certain scented products. So perhaps we should all consider how we can go light on nice-smelling cosmetics.
Donations to the Food Bank are always welcome. Place items in the Food Bank box (the drawer in the middle of the bulletin table). These offerings will be presented at the Altar by the Sunday School children.
Our monthly Parish Shared Meal (= pot luck) is the first Sunday of each month (except for the summer), to which all are welcome. A basic rule of thumb is that if you bring enough for your crew and one extra person, there will always be lots for every-one, including unexpected guests.

St Mary’s Mothers’ Union meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month (Sept. to June) at 7 p.m. All welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served.


Each Thursday morning the church is unlocked until noon for anyone who wishes time for private prayer or meditation. Morning Prayer will be said at 8:30 a.m. and those who wish to take advantage of this quiet may do so by dropping in for as little or as much time as they wish.


LIberty Lane is a safe housing and outreach centre here in Fredericton for women and their children trying to restart their lives free from the threat of abuse. Your support for their Kenny House Capital Campaign would be greatly appreciated. To donate or to learn about Kenny House, go to libertylane.ca or call 451-2120