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Notices for the Week:  Sept 25th – Oct 1st

Sunday– Bottle Drive pick up of recyclables after the service
Monday – 7:30 pm RMIT meeting at St. Michael’s
Tuesday – 7 pm Church Council meets in the lower hall  

Thanksgiving Pie Sale is next Sunday, Oct 2. Ladies (& gents!) who enjoy baking get your supplies ready to bake up a storm! This is a great little fundraiser but more so, to be of help to those who may not have the ‘baking gene’ themselves but would love to serve a homemade pie! Bake 1, 2 or a dozen because they will quickly sell according to last year’s selling frenzy. 

Harvest Thanksgiving – We are looking forward to our annual festival to celebrate the harvest.  Invite your friends for this special Sunday of colour, variety on Sunday, October 9th as we give thanks to the Lord of the Harvest for the bounty of the earth.  The Harvest Thanksgiving letter to the parish will be out next Sunday.  

Lunch Bunch – The next gathering for seniors to enjoy a delectable meal and fellowship is Tuesday, October 4th.  We gather in the upper hall at 11:45 am and usually sit to eat by 12 noon.  All seniors are welcome to attend.  Cost is $6  

Jam time-Don’t forget our Christmas Bazaar will be held on Nov 26th.  Preparations begin long before which makes it now time! With all the wonderful fruits and vegetables in season please think of the pantry stall.  Jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys etc. are all needed and welcomed.  If you have jars or need jars speak to Jacquie Stinson.  

Sunday Ministry Rotas – We would like to strengthen our Sunday Ministry teams.  Are you interested in reading a lesson on Sunday, becoming a server, helping with the coffee ministry, helping to greet people at the door, please speak with Marion O’Byrne.  Training and support will be offered for each of these ministries.

Mission, Ministry and Outreach Beginning today and throughout the month of October our Sunday Worship will have a focus on Mission, Ministry and Outreach to our Community.  We begin this morning with a focus on call and vocation.  Ordination as a priest or deacon is often what is thought when we hear the word vocation associated with the church.  Even so, there is an invitation to all of us to share the gifts we have within us for the greater good and the building of God’s Kingdom.  The weeks that follow will look at our focus from different aspects:
October 2nd – The Vocation and Ministry of Planet Earth: Opening our Eyes and ministering to the needs of the earth
October 9th – Harvest Thanksgiving will focus on the ministry of working together and sharing. October 16th – Guest Speaker – A staff member of Surrey Food Bank will be with us to share about the work and ministry of our local food bank.  Our focus will be on Foundations for Living.
October 23rd – We will celebrate the sacrament of baptism. The focus will be Commissioned to Minister.
October 30th - Guest Speaker - Mike Musgrove, the Executive Director of Surrey Urban Mission will be with us.  Our focus will be Building Community with those on the Edge  

Textile Drive – October 23rd.  As you may recall Fil Sotana has organized several textile drives over the last year or so.  It’s time for another.  We are asking everyone who has old clothing, shoes, handbags and similar items they would like to give to the drive to bring these to the church on the morning of October 23rd.   You might even ask your friends if they would like to donate as well. We may be able to accommodate your materials a few days before that date but please, please, please, do not bring them in before the last week.  We just do not have the space to store it all.  For more information, please speak with our People’s Warden Fil Sotana.  

First Thoughts about Christmas – Christmas is not all that far away and we need to begin preparing.  Last year we had our first Readings and Carols for Christmas celebrating the diversity of our St. Helen’s family.  We are planning to do this again.  The date set is the evening of December 18th when Bishop Melissa will be with us both in the morning and in the evening.  Please consider being a part of this celebration.  More information will be coming soon.  

Readings for Sunday, October 2nd  –  Pentecost 20th
Lamentations 1:1–6;
Psalm 137;
2 Timothy 1:1–14;
Luke 17:5–10