Notices for the Week of October 4th – 10th
The Season of Creation - Up to early October we are in a time of focussing on creation, giving thanks to the Holy One for all the blessings and bounty of the earth. We give thanks for all the creatures and all that grows in this world and reflect on our relationship with our environment and the world around us. As we approach Harvest Thanksgiving may we continue to remind ourselves of how dependant we are on the earth and the necessity for the well-being of every living thing that we may survive and thrive here alongside the rest of the creation. The earth, as a whole, has its life. What ways might you be able to express your gratitude for the blessings that come to us?
The Interim Priest - From October 16th, Phillipa will be our interim Priest-in-Charge guiding us into the future as we begin the search for a new rector. We welcome Philippa to St. Helen’s as we move into a new phase of our parish life.
Evening Prayer and Thanksgiving Liturgy – In celebration of the First Anniversary of the election of the Right Reverend John Stephens as Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, we are all invited to attend the liturgy service online this Sunday October 3 at 7pm via zoom. For more information, please visit the diocese website at https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/events/evening-prayer-and-thanksgiving-liturgy/2021-10-03
ACW Meeting – The ACW will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Upper Hall. This is a move to daytime meetings for the next few months. Please bring along your bag lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. All the women of the parish are most welcome this time of warm fellowship and sharing. Any parishioners wishing to support the ACW’s current outreach efforts, the gathering of baby layette items, are encouraged to do so. At their Dorcas Shower, on November 6, these items will be displayed then given to the needy. If shopping is an issue, cash donations are also welcome. Please speak to Judy Nicholson for details.
WE KNOW YOU CAN HELP! Please have a look at the pink coloured volunteer opportunity sheet that is on the table at the back of the Church and answer this prayer for your help. Then speak to either of the Wardens, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameras for the Church Grounds - CCTV Surveillance –The installation of the CCTV system will begin around October 5th, just a couple of weeks from now. Donations are still welcome. Thank you to those who have donated. 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 To contribute by etransfer: The email to use is: email@example.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)
Dec 4th - Mini Bazaar. (Christmas themed with Tea Room and raffle tickets)