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Sunday August 22nd - Pentecost 13

News and Notices for the Week of August 22nd – 29th
Please do join us this Sunday, August 22nd at 10am for our in-person gathering for the Holy Eucharist.  We are still livestreaming on our Facebook page, and will continue to do so for those who are unable to come in person. This Sunday we are reminded that for many of Jesus’ followers it was decision time, and some decided to leave him because some of what he said was just too hard.  Jesus asked the twelve whether they would also leave him.  Peter said, ‘Where would be go?  You have the words of eternal life.’  

Parish Council Meets Monday, August 23rd at 7pm in the upper hall.  

Welcome Back Sunday – It is just 3 weeks to our annual fall reconvening, and we hope to see you on Sunday, September 12th at our 10am service for a huge welcome back.  The service will be followed by a potluck meal for us all.  Please get this into your calendar and plan to attend.  Please do bring your favourite dishes to share with others.  Everyone will be doing the same so it will be a great time of welcoming each other back and sharing in fellowship around a wonderful meal.  There will also be corn on the cob to enjoy which the parish is providing.    

The Last Sunday of our Rector – Our Rector, Steve is retiring and his last Sunday with us will be Sunday, September 26th.  A potluck luncheon will follow the Sunday service that day with the opportunity to say goodbye.    

Sunday School – will soon be up and running.  We will need a few people to help with teach on a rotation basis.  If you would like to offer yourself for the children’s ministry, please be in touch with Fil Sotana.  If you do not have her contact details, you can leave a message on the office phone or send an email to the office and it will be forwarded to Fil.  

Safe Church – As you all know, the Diocese ensures that our parishes operate with a high degree of safety for all which includes ensuring that those who volunteer in certain areas of church life including serving on the parish council, working with children and vulnerable adults have a Criminal Records Check and that those who volunteer in  particular aspects of our church community have some training regarding how to recognize behaviours that put people (children or adults) at risk.  We need to update everyone at this time and those involved will be contacted and given letters to take to their local RCMP detachment to get a Criminal Records Check.  These are updated every 5 years and is a part of ensuring a loving, caring, safe, environment for everyone.  Anyone who volunteers with other organizations will be familiar with this process.  

Flowers for the Altar – Thank you to those who have contacted Heather Herd so far.  There are openings over the all the Sundays of fall and you are invited to contact Heather to donate the cost of flowers for a memorial or thanksgiving, or as an expression of gratitude to God for blessings. You may make your donation by cheque made out to St. Helen's Anglican Church and send it in the mail or leave it in the offering plate on a Sunday.  You may also make your donation using Interac e-Transfer.  The email address to transfer electronically is giving2sthelen@gmail.com  Please indicate on your cheque or in the email that it is for the flowers.  

Cameras for the Church Grounds - CCTV Surveillance – We are presently getting quotes for equipment and installation.  There will be more information about this in the coming weeks.  Donations for this work are requested.  Thank you to those who have donated already toward this project.   Your donation to St. Helen's may be made by cheque or by electronic transfer.  Please earmark a cheque or the electronic transfer for the CCTV system. The email to contribute by etransfer is: giving2sthelen@gmail.com     

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) PWRDF is seeking our support in a number of areas right now.  The immediate needs are for the people of Haiti and there will be an appeal for Afghanistan for priority support for food, blankets, tents, healthcare etc. organized.  PWRDF is continuing to give support to ‘The Territory of the People’ in and around the Lytton area.  It is also helping with funding for displaced people in Myanmar/Burma where many ‘Karen’ people are on the move to Thailand to avoid the military.  We at St. Helen’s know something of the plight of the Karen people from Father Gregory Lah and the Lah family.  PWRDF is also supporting people in India regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.  Hospital work in the Gaza strip, along with other international and domestic relief efforts are a major part of the work of the Primate’s Fund.  This is how our Anglican Church of Canada reaches out in aid to the world, working alongside other agencies here in Canada and with other outreach groups in other countries. To find out more about what PWRDF is doing go to their website: www.pwrdf.org where you will find all kinds of info and updates on their programs.  Click on ‘Give Today’ to take you to the page where you can decide which particular effort you would like to support. Your giving can be done online or you can phone in your donation.  All the info needed to donate can be found on the website.  

Sunday Ministries and other Opportunities to Help – More of our congregation is returning for live-in-person worship which means we need people to step up to take on a Sunday ministry as more people become comfortable to return for in-person worship and other gatherings.  Reading a lesson, greeting at the door, helping with refreshment set-up as well as helping with the altar guild and flower arranging. If you would like to help out in any of these ways, the people to contact are:  John Palmer for reading and greeting.  Lynn Turner for helping with refreshments for the short term. Heather Herd for altar guild and flower arranging.  If you do not have contact info for John, Lynn, or Heather, please send an email to the parish office or leave a phone message.  Your name will be passed on to them.  We do not give out phone numbers or email addresses of individuals in the parish.  These can too easily be made public.   

Other Ministries – If you think there is some other ministry you might be able to step into which you would like to undertake, handle, or help with, please speak with one of the wardens, Lynn Turner, Rector’s Warden or Roy Francis, People’s Warden.    

Daily Prayer - Please join us weekdays Tuesday to Friday for Daily prayer livestreamed on our Facebook page.  This begins at 9:30am and can be watched anytime during the day if you are unable to join us right at that time.    

Prayer Requests to the Prayer Circle – please be in touch with Judy Nicholson who will receive and forward your prayer requests to the prayer circle.  If you do not have her contact details, please send an email to the office email address and it will be passed on to her for distribution.    

Are you Vacationing? We continue to wish all those on vacation well and hope you experience a time of relaxation and restoration. Please, let us all stay safe and well. If you have not done so yet, you are encouraged to be vaccinated for the Coronavirus. We are working together to overcome this pandemic. Please continue to pray for health care workers at this time.  As we are in the midst of raging wild fires, please do pray for all who are working to fight these fires. There are a lot of people working very hard on behalf of all of us.   

Take Good Care of Yourself!! -   It isn’t just the pandemic that is causing great changes in our lives.  Even though the last few days here have been cooler than earlier in the summer, there is still the need to be careful of the Heat.  Please do remember to stay hydrated.  Drink lots of water. Stay in the cool.  Sit it a cool bath.  Heat can be very overwhelming.  Sometimes we do not realize that we are overheated and simply collapse.  Please do not let that happen to you.     

Blessings, peace, and well-being for the week ahead, Steve