Stephen Laskey
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Notices for the Week of September 7th – 15th  

ACW Gathering – The ACW will meet this Wednesday, September 11th at 7pm in the upper hall.  All women are welcome.

Hike for the Season of Creation – Saturday, September 14th.  Gathering at Green Timbers Urban Forest at 10am, (South side parking lot on 100th ave. between 144st. and 148st) enjoying a hike as a part of nature, learn about creatures and vegetation, and eat lunch together.  We would expect to be finished up by 12:30pm  For more information about Green Timbers Urban Forest, Click Here

Readings for Next Sunday, September 15th – Pentecost 14  

Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28
Psalm 14;
1 Timothy 1:12–17;
Luke 15:1–10  

Deacon, the Rev. Jonathan Pinkney – Jonathan came to us here at St. Helen’s nearly two years ago at the end of October 2017.  He came as a student at VST.  During this time, Jonathan has gone through the selection and vetting process and was accepted as an ordinand in the diocese.  Finally, Jonathan was ordered to the diaconate last June and from that time he has been assigned to St. Helen’s as an honourary deacon.  We are happy to announce that as of September 1st Jonathan is no longer ‘honourary’ but is appointed to St. Helen’s by Archbishop Melissa as the parish deacon.  The appointment is expected to last until the end of next May or June.  This means that he will now be remunerated for the work he does.  The diocese is covering most of the costs of employment.  The parish share is to cover the employer’s portion of benefits.  Although Jonathan is still completing a number of courses, through to next April, he will be here most Sundays and will be working in the parish with a variety of duties and responsibilities one other day during the week; usually on a Wednesday.  As well as learning (OJT) how to administer a parish and care for its people, Jonathan will be working in the areas of outreach, helping to organize youth and children’s work, be an active part of parish council as well as have regular liturgical duties of a deacon.  Jonathan, we welcome you and look forward to you taking your place amongst us as we minister together.

It’s Jams and Jellies Time! – That’s right, in prep for the Bazaar you are invited to make jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles etc.  If you would like jars to put these in, please speak with our jar lady, Jacquie Stinson.  

Forthcoming Events and Fall Programme

*Cemetery Service – will take place on Saturday, September 28th at 11am in the cemetery. (or in the church if the weather is inclement)  

*Tri-Parish Quiet Morning – will take place on Saturday October 5th gathering from 9am and concluding at 12noon.  There is no cost and muffins and croissants, coffee, tea, etc. will be available.  If you would like to have some time to talk with a few others afterwards, please do bring a bag lunch for a time of fellowship following the quiet time.  

*Blessing of Animals Service – will take place on Saturday, October 5th at 1pm.  If the weather is fine, it is planned that the service will take place outdoors on the north lawn or the gathering area between the hall and the rectory and indoors if the weather does inclement that day.  

*Harvest Sunday & Pie Sale is October 6th.  Fresh baked pies will be on sale after the service to help your Thanksgiving table. be ready for you guests.  

* Lunch Bunch – the first gathering for the Lunch Bunch will be on Tuesday, October 8th.  Gathering is at 11:45 and lunch is usually served at 12noon.  

*Thanksgiving Sunday is Sunday, October 13th.  We will give thanks to God for all the blessings of life and community, protection and challenges  

Saints Days and Commemorations This Week
Today, Sept. 8 is the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus
Sept. 10 - Edmund James Peck, Priest, Missionary to the Inuit
Sept. 13 Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258 Mem
Sept. 14 Holy Cross Day HD  

Food Bank and Surrey Urban Mission – Please remember both the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Urban Mission as we move into a new season of gathering and sharing.   

Surrey Food Bank – you are welcome to bring non-perishable long-dated food items to the church which we will ensure gets to the food bank or, and perhaps even better, cash donations may be made directly to the food bank.  They can make their dollars go further than any of us can.  There are a few people of St. Helen’s who make a monthly cash donation.  

For the Surrey Urban Mission, there are always opportunities to help in voluntary ways.  Do be in touch with them to find out more.  Their phone number is 604-581-5172 and their website is www.sumsplace.com  - All of us can made a difference and that means that you too can make a difference by being a blessing to others. You will certainly be blessed yourself.