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Notices for the Weeks of September – Jan 6th – 12th  

Bottle Drive – As you know the last Sunday of each month is a bottle drive and we are asked to donate all our returnable, recyclable bottles and cans for compensation. We want to thank everyone who has brought in their returnable bottles during 2018. We were able to raise $766 by this effort. Special thanks to Kelly and Les Foulds who have taken the bottles and cans to the depot each month. It is very much appreciated.  

Lunch Bunch – There will not be a lunch bunch gathering in January  

Job’s Daughters – Next Sunday at our 10am service we will welcome the Bethel #37 Branch of Job’s Daughters. Job’s Daughter’s is the young ladies of the Masonic order who have a church parade each year. We are happy to welcome them to St. Helen’s for their annual church parade.  

International Dinner – Last year our International Dinner was a great success. We are presently organizing the dinner for this year and expect it to take place on the evening of the last Saturday in February. Please put Saturday, February 23rd in your calendar. More information will be available next week.  

St. Helen’s Annual Vestry Meeting – Our AGM will take place on Sunday, February 24th following the 10am service. At our meeting we receive the reports of various committees, the financial reports and approve the budget for 2019.   All those who are to submit a report (electronic Word Document) should do so no later than January 27th. Reports may be sent by email to the office at:  

Readings for Next Sunday, January 13th – Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 43:1–7;
Psalm 29;
Acts 8:14–17;
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22  

Sunday Ministries – Each Sunday we have a great variety of people to fill various ministries. No one ministry takes a lot of time but each is an integral part of our time together right from greeting people at the door to serving refreshments and everything in between. We would like to add people to the teams for all our Sunday ministries. We know there are a good number of people who are assigned to a ministry at this time. All these ministries are a part of the work of all of us together. Our participation shows our commitment to our own church family. The list of ministries are the following Greeter/Usher Chalice Administrator Server/Crucifer Refreshments (coffee hour) Readers Altar Guild If you would like to know more about any of these, please speak with the rector who will direct you to the person in charge of the ministry.  

Sunday School Teachers – Would you like to become involved in the faith development and ministry to children. If so, please speak with the rector or with Fil Sotana  

Flowers for the Altar on Sundays Every Sunday the altar is adorned with flowers. The flowers are placed on the altar in memory of loved ones who have died or in thanksgiving to God for reaching milestones in life, as anniversary celebrations, graduation, etc. If you would like to make a donation for the cost of the flowers on any Sunday, please let Heather Herd know. Your name and the reason for the memorial or thanksgiving will be placed in the Sunday service sheet. People do ask how much should the donation be for the flowers. The simple answer is that we spend approx. $35 each week for the flowers and we hope that the flowers pay for themselves; but please make your donation as you feel appropriate. Your donation may be put in the offering plate on Sunday. You will receive a phone call a week before the notice goes in the service sheet as a reminder to be there on the Sunday for which you have sponsored the flowers.