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Many thanks to the members of the Sunday School who did some ‘Christmas Shopping’ on our behalf of everyone here at St. Mary’s. At their November meeting the Parish Vestry designated $1000 for mission, half for local needs and half for international. The $500 for local mission will go to Fredericton Homeless Shelters, who operate Grace House (for women) and S. John House (for men) and Brunswick Transition House. Last Sunday the Sunday School looked at the mission catalogues from the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and Plan Canada. From PWRDF they chose to buy a goat, to purchase a 20kg bag of seed for a small farmer, to help fund a vaccination clinic for a community, and to buy food supplements for 100 children in Burundi. From Plan Canada they purchased 3 hens and a rooster, a farm load of animals, HIV tests kits and training for a female health worker. In many cases, their contributions will be matched on a six to one basis by Global Affairs Canada, so the impact of their work will be many times greater! Thanks so much to the children for taking the time to make such excellent choices and, in the process, learn about some of the very serious needs of children and families around the world as well as our neighbours here in Fredericton; and thanks to the Parish Vestry for helping to make the funding available.


St. Mary's Branch of the Anglican Church Women will be meeting tomorrow December 11th, in the Parish Hall, beginning with their annual Christmas lunch at noon followed by a business meeting. The women of St. Mary’s are warmly invited to join them. For more information please speak to Joan Keswick at 472-2193 or the Rector.


St. Mary's Branch of the Mothers' Union will be meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:45 p.m., following the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. They invite everyone to join them. For more information please speak to Adele Knox.


Allan Agnew, our Parish treasurer, has prepared the 2018 offering envelopes, which are now available in the Parish Hall. If you’re not currently using envelopes and would like a box for next year, please let Allan know.


The Spiritual and Religious Care Department at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital is asking for help with their winter apparel drive. They’re asking for donations of new items of winter apparel: hat, scarf, gloves, mitts, socks, sweaters even coats/ boots (including items you may already have but just never wore) for those who are homeless and less fortunate. Drop off is in front of the Spiritual and Religious Care Department, in the main lobby by the Gift Shop from November 15th till December 13th.


Last week's Parish Bazaar and Chicken Pattie Tea was a huge success! Lots of happy people had the opportunity to share in the joy of our life together here at St. Mary’s; and a large and enthusiastic crew raised more than $2700 to date for our mission and ministry. Thanks so much to our many different team leaders for ensuring a smooth and efficient operation; thanks to those who offered their time and talents; and thanks to all those who came out to support the event. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!


A new edition of our Parish readers' schedule is due to be released very soon. If you’re looking for a new way to be involved in the ministry that we carry out here at St. Mary’s you might want to think about joining our list of Saturday evening or Sunday morning Scripture Readers. Please speak to the Rector if you believe that God may be calling you to this important ministry.


A few 2018 Church Calendars are still 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 the calendars.


In an effort to help as many of our choristers as possible to attend our weekly Choir Practice we’ve decided to try practicing each Sunday immediately following Coffee and Conversation rather than on Wednesday evening, starting today. We also hope that this new time might make it possible for others to join us who have not been able to come out on a weeknight. Singing is a great joy and a wonderful way to respond to God’s gifts. So, if you’re interested, come along and give it a try.


Would you like to see some of the difference you’re making by your prayers and financial support? The most recent update, with lots of great pictures, about the construction of the new library at Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary in Kyogyera, Uganda, where Canon Paul Jeffries is the Rector, has been posted to their webpage. The funds raised by the archdeaconry bowling tournament in March have helped to get this started. Go to: http://bishopmcallistercollege.com/library-construction-update/


St. Mary's weekly bible study is held every Friday, starting at 10 a.m. at the Rectory. We’re looking at the short but very important Epistle of St. James. Everyone is warmly invited to join us; and if your schedule only permits you to attend occasionally, please plan to join us when you can.


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.


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 the Rector.


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


If you like to knit, St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union branch invite you to use up some of your surplus yarn and help a number of excellent projects. In addition to their recent efforts to supply Comfort Bears for children at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, they have two NEW projects. Instructions have been posted on the Mothers’ Union bulletin board in the hall for Knitted Hats for Newborns and a request from Knitted Knockers of Canada in support of women who have had mastectomy surgery. Feel free to pick up some instructions and get knitting!

 

 

 

 

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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.


A variety of work sheets for children, based on each Sunday’s Scripture readings, are now available at the entrance to the Church. These are being provided each week with the assistance of St. Mary’s branch of the Mothers Union. Various exercises will help our young people learn in more detail what the Gospel passage is teaching us; and it is our hope that these can be used both during the service, as well as at home with their family afterwards. Please speak to the Rector if you are unable to locate a copy.


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.


Members of St. Mary’s are reminded of the importance of our outreach to the community in which God has called us to serve. One of the ways in which this parish has done that is through regular support for the Fredericton Food Bank (Greener Village Community Food Centre). Their recent donation ‘wish list’ indicates that they are in need of clean, reusable plastic grocery bags, in addition to: PEANUT-FREE GRANOLA BARS for school lunches; JUICE BOXES for school lunches; CHEESE & CRACKER PACKS – for school lunches; WOWBUTTER (soy-based) or CHEEZ-WHIZ for individuals with peanut allergies; PUDDING CUPS for school lunches; INSTANT SIDE DISH PACKS (e.g. Side Kicks, Uncle Bens, etc.); WHITE SUGAR; ALL PURPOSE FLOUR; PASTA SAUCE; KRAFT DINNER; JAM and CONDIMENTS: ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise Your donations can be left in the basket in the Narthex here at St. Mary’s. For more information please go to http://frederictonfoodbank.com


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.


You will have noticed in recent weeks the blue Order of Service booklets in the pews, which are replacing the previous version. These booklets are provided as a convenience to help both long-time members of St. Mary’s, and especially visitors, to be able to follow the liturgy more easily. A few small revisions have been made to the regular liturgy, primarily with a view to making the service a little more approachable to those unfamiliar with Anglican custom and increasing the participation by the congregation, while ensuring that the traditional forms that the people of St. Mary’s have learned to appreciate and value are maintained.