Stephen Laskey
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Notices for the Weeks of Oct 28th – Nov 17    

Dates for the Diary
Tuesday, Nov. 13at 7pm – Songs of Praise in the Church Saturday,
Nov 17–Tri-Parish Breakfast at Denny’s (see notice below) Tuesday,
Nov. 20 at 11:30 AM – Here Our Prayer               
   (St. Helen’s Prayer Circle meets for a light lunch then prayer together but everyone is invited to come)
Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7pm – Parish Council meets
Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7pm – ACW Dorcas Shower (Upper Hall)
Friday, Nov. 23 – Hall set up for the Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 24 – Annual Bazaar  

Study Leave – Our Rector, Steve, and Jos are leaving Tuesday and will be away until November 13th.  Steve will be in the Holy Land on study leave.  

Pastoral Emergencies – While the rector is away on study leave, if there is a pastoral emergency, please be in touch with one of the wardens through the office telephone (604-581-4800) who will be in touch with a priest who is covering for pastoral emergencies.  

Guest Presider and Preacher – For November 4th and 11th, the Rev. Gary Hamblin will be with us to preside and preach at the Sunday services  

The Next Seniors Lunch Bunch is on Tuesday November 6th at 11:45 am lunch at 12:00 noon. $6 per person. All men & women are invited.  

Advance notice of December seniors’ lunch is: Tuesday, December 4th at the Knight and Day restaurant,  9677 King George Blvd. at 11:30 am for Dinner at 12: noon. Cost $20.00 Turkey Dinner with a salad, coffee, tea and your choice of dessert of lemon or apple pie. Please speak with Joan Hnedish to find out more & to sign up.  

November 11th – Remembrance Day A very special service has been planned as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  There will be an act of remembrance and a trumpeter at our Sunday Eucharist.  Please let others know and invite them to come as this will be a special occasion not to miss.  

The Annual Bazaar – takes place on Saturday, November 24th.  Lynn Turner is taking the lead to organize and will be gathering those who would like to help to lay out the plan for this year’s event.  Set up will be the afternoon and evening of Friday, the 23rd.  We will have many of the usual stalls as in past years.  Lunch tickets will be available and there will be a raffle as well.  Donations of Baking, pickles, chutneys, jams and jellies etc. will all be very much appreciated. Start to spread the word now so that we are well advertised far and wide.  Make a special effort to invite people along.  Make this a wonderful occasion for one and all.  

Our Tri-Parish Family – of St. Helen’s, St. Michael’s, and Church of the Epiphany is gathering for what is being billed as a ‘Family Breakfast’ (a change from the Men’s breakfast).  It will take place on Saturday, November 17th gathering at 9am at Denny’s Restaurant on King George Blvd and 6th ave.  Everyone is welcome and pays for their own breakfast.  
Readings for Next Sunday, November 4th
Ruth 1:1–18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11–14; Mark 12:28–34  

Readings for November 11th Isaiah 40:28-32; Psalm 121; James 3:13-18; Matthew 5:1-12  

Saints Days and Commemorations this Week (a selection)
Saint Simon and Saint Jude 28 October Apostles — Holy Day
James Hannington 29 October Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, and His Companions Martyrs,
      1885 — Commemoration
John Wyclyf 30 October Reformer, 1384 — Commemoration
Saints of the Reformation Era 31 October Commemoration
All Saints 1 November Principal Feast
Richard Hooker 3 November Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1600
Charles Simeon 12 November Priest, 1836 — Commemoration For more about these Holy Days please do visit the website ‘For All the Saints’ at: www.anglican.ca/about/liturgicaltexts/  and click on ‘For All the Saints’.  Here you will find a short biography of the particular person or info about the Holy Day as well as readings and prayers for the day.  

The ACW Annual Dorcas Shower – We are again gathering items for the annual Dorcas shower taking place at the meeting on November 21st. These will be layette items for The Bales (clothing sent to Northern Parishes in BC & the Yukon) and other community organizations.  Suggested items include:  sleepers (6 – 24 months, blue, pink & yellow/green), onesies, hooded towels, receiving blankets, t-shirts and long pants).  It has also come to our attention that visiting Seafarers do not get shore leave so can only shop at The Mission to Seafarers Gift Shop.  Therefore, we are also gathering small children’s, women’s and men’s gifts for them to take or send home.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  If you are unable to shop, we will gladly accept financial donations.   

Tri-Parish Outreach for Christmas – Our three parishes (St. Helen, Epiphany, St. Michael) plan to help with a Christmas Luncheon at Len Shepheard Manor (101 Ave. near 152 St.) on December 17th.  We would like to have 2 or 3 people from St. Helen’s go on the 17th to help with set up, serving, and clean up.  The main cooking will be done by the staff.  St. Helen’s will also be helping out with costs towards goody bags.  If you would like to help out in any way or make a cash donation toward the cost, please speak with rector or one of the wardens  

And Now Looking forward to Advent and Christmas  
A Cultural Christmas Carol – For several years now we have had a wonderful gathering on the evening of the Second Sunday of Advent to listen to the Word of God in the languages of the people who make up St. Helen’s.  We also listen to Carols sung in the rich variety of languages of our membership and we sing Carols as well.  We begin in candlelight and we finish in the fulness of the Light of Christ.  This year the service will take place on Sunday, December 9th beginning at 7pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family join you for this intimate time of reflection, celebration, and simply being a part of the family.  

Pavilions of Light – Last year was our first year of setting up the pavilions of light to illustrate the Christmas story from the Annunciation to the Birth of Jesus.  We set up the pavilions on the north lawn of the church grounds.  There, people are able to walk the path of light from one pavilion to the next as the story of the coming of Jesus is told.  The path leads to the stable at Bethlehem where people enter to the sounds of the Angels singing.  Here they may sit and quietly reflect, light a candle, drink hot chocolate and be with others who have walked the path of light.

Some help is needed! The pavilions need to be put together again this year but that is a simple matter of reassembling the pieces from last year. Each pavilion though, needs to be decorated and can be done as a special project by you, one or two people, or your group.   If you or your group would like to decorate one of the pavilions, please be in touch with our rector, Steve.  We have most of the materials from last year and each one already has its theme to work with.  

Walking in the Splendour of the Light of Christ – This year the church will be open each evening from Sunday, December 16th to Sunday, December 23rd.  We hope to have various groups plan and host one evening each for this week-long event.  Let’s get our imaginations revved up about what we might do to make each evening an opportunity to share the Christmas story and warm the hearts of everyone who comes.  

A Services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – There will be the usual service times for Christmas Eve with candlelight services at 7pm and 11pm. Christmas Day service will be at 10am.