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Notices for the week of October 18th - 24th

Christmas Bazaar and Tea - We are looking forward to holding our first “fun-raiser” in almost two years! Our Christmas Bazaar and Tea is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Tea Room will be open from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. This will be a somewhat smaller event than we have held in the past, and will be completely Christmas-themed. So definitely the time to pick up your jams, jellies, condiments from the Pantry, fabulous baked goods, and ideas for gifts for you and yours! We are bringing back the popular “Previously Loved Jewelry” and the “Christmas Decor” tables. Contributions of all kinds of preserves, preferably in smaller jars, suitable for entertaining at Christmas, baking, packaged nicely by the ½ dozen, (bags/cello provided) would be very much appreciated. Any questions? Just ask Lynn and/or Jacquie. We will definitely need help staffing the tables. The Raffle Tickets are now available, please make sure that you get a book or two or three from Judy Nicholson. Tea Room tickets will be available soon. So, mark your calendars, invite your friends and neighbours and please start planning how you will be able to make this a fun and most successful day!  

ACW Outreach Projects – Parishioners are encouraged to join the ACW in gathering new baby layette items (up to size 24 months/2 toddler.)  At their Dorcas Shower and monthly meeting, on November 6, these items will be displayed then given to the needy.  If shopping is an issue, cash donations are also welcome.  In addition, we are gathering good, used winter coats to send to Whitehorse in the Diocesan ACW Bales.  Men’s, women’s, and youth sizes are needed.  Also, winter gloves.  In order to make shipping deadlines, coats and gloves will need to be at the church by October 17.  Your donations may be left at the back of the church or given directly to Judy Nicholson.  Your support is greatly appreciated. 

2-bedroom apartment search – St.Francis-in-the-Woods is assisting a refugee family (mother with 3 children) in search of a 2-bedroom apartment in Central Surrey area starting November 1. They were hoping to be able to pay rent in the amount between $1400 and $1600 per month. The first year rent will be guaranteed by St. Francis-in-the Woods church.      

WE KNOW YOU CAN HELP!  Please have a look at the pink coloured volunteer opportunity sheet on the table at the back of the Church and answer this prayer for your help. Then speak to either Lynn Turner or Roy Francis, or any member of the Parish Council.  Everything from greeting on a Sunday, or making small maintenance repairs to arranging the Sunday flowers or putting on the coffee..there are many ways you can offer your gifts to the parish.   

Sunday School – With Covid, we are having a slow start for Sunday school.  Parents may not be quite ready for their children to be gathering outside of school.  But we do need to people to help with teaching on a rotation basis.  If you would like to offer yourself for the children’s ministry, please be in touch with Fil Sotana through the parish office. 

Flowers for the Altar – We are looking for people to sponsor the cost of the flowers on the altar for October, November, and December.   You are invited to contact Heather Herd 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 or by Interac e-Transfer. The email address to transfer electronically is: giving2sthelen@gmail.com   

Cameras for the Church Grounds - CCTV Surveillance –We have finished installing the CCTV system.  We thank those who have already donated, but we still need your help to cover our costs of the installation.   Donations 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. To contribute by e-transfer, the email to use is: giving2sthelen@gmail.com     

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.    

Dates for Your Calendar

Oct.31st - All Saints Sunday

Nov. 7th - Remembrance Sunday. (Poppy cross will be in the cemetery)

Nov 21st - Reign of Christ Sunday (Last Sunday of Church Year)

Nov 28th - Advent Sunday (Lighting of the Advent wreath) St. Andrew’s Day (Nov.30) celebration by the Anglican Church Women recognizing St. Andrew as the patron saint of the ACW  

Dec 4th - Mini Bazaar. (Christmas themed with Tea Room and raffle tickets)