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December 05, 2021 - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.   All flesh shall see the salvation of God.     Luke 3: 4, 6

Scripture Readings: Malachi 3: 1-4; Canticle 19a: The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1: 68-79); Philippians 1: 3-11; Luke 3: 1-6


Breakfast with Santa

ACW are hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 11th, from 9:00am – 12:00 noon, downstairs in the Parish Hall.  The cost is only $7 for children under 12 years old, and $15 for adults.  For more information, please contact Barb at 834-4795.  Everyone is welcome – so please invite your family and friends.  Advance tickets are not required, but will be paid at the door.


Blue Christmas Service

The Christmas season is often hard on those whose hearts are hurting.  All Saints Parish CBS will be holding its annual Blue Christmas Service on December 12th at 7:00pm.  Please join with us as a Church in special recognition of those in our congregation who may be struggling with the loss of a loved one, or any other pain they may be carrying.  As many of us tend to get caught up in the celebrations of the season, we sometimes forget those silently carrying a burden.

Candles will be lit as a memorial to those we love but see no longer.
  • The first candle is to remember those persons whom we have loved and lost;
  • The second candle is to redeem the pain of loss;
  • The third candle is to remember ourselves at Christmas time;
  • The fourth candle is to remember our faith, and the gift of hope.

Everyone is welcome to come along and to invite a friend.


Christmas Hamper Gift Cards

The CBS-Paradise Food Bank are not asking for Christmas Hampers this year, but instead are asking for donations to buy gift cards for families.  Special "Christmas Food Hamper" envelopes are available at the back of the Church, or from our Parish Office.   Alternatively, you may forward your donation to External link opens in new tab or windowdonations@allsaintsparish.ca, and kindly mark it “Christmas Hamper Gift Cards”.


Christmas Bulb Ornaments

We invite you to remember your loved ones this Christmas season by placing a Christmas bulb ornament on our Christmas tree which will be prominently located on our Altar.  If you wish to take them home to hang on your own tree, you can do so on Christmas Eve.  For your kind donation of $5.00 you can purchase these ornamental bulbs from the Parish Office.  Alternatively, you may email us at External link opens in new tab or windowoffice@allsaintsparish.ca and we can reserve one for you, and you can then forward your donation to External link opens in new tab or windowdonations@allsaintsparish.ca, and kindly mark it “Christmas Bulb”.


Bishop Sam's Advent Message

External link opens in new tab or windowClick here to read Bishop Sam Rose's Advent message.


Parish Hall Heater Replacement Campaign !!!

We asked for your help, and you are stepping up to the call.  To date we have reached the 55% mark, and with your continued support we hope to achieve our goal before too long.


The heaters will hopefully be arriving within the next couple of weeks, and then the installation can begin.  We know that the efficiency of these new heaters will help us reduce electricity costs going into the future.

 

Without these new heaters, and now that the colder fall and winter months are setting in, we run the risk of losing some of our much-needed revenue.  This includes a significant long-term rental contract, ongoing clinics such as blood collections, flu shots, and COVID vaccinations, to name just a few.  This facility is also used for a number of our own major internal fundraising events such as our Fall Fair, ACW Dinners and Take Outs, and other catered events.  As well, our weekly Wednesday Tea Room Luncheons could be in jeopardy, which in itself would once again be heartbreaking.

 

All monies are directed into a special “Capital Donations Account” that we use to track these funds, and we look forward to your continuing support with this special ask.  You may place an envelope marked "Heater Replacement Fund" in the offertory plate, or send along an eTransfer to donations@allsaintsparish.ca with a note indicating "Heater Replacement Fund".  Or you may simply drop by the Parish Office and use our secure drop-box, or pop into the office itself.  If you have a questions or concerns you may contact our Vestry via email at vestry@allsaintsparish.ca


Confirmation Class Schedule

Our next Confirmation Class is on December 10th at 2:00pm in the lower level of the Parish Hall.  It will be a 2-hour Sunday afternoon session.


If you have not yet registered, and will be age 11 by December 31, 2021, please contact: Joanne Simfukwe at 682-8103 or External link opens in new tab or windowjoannesimfukwe@gmail.External link opens in new tab or windowcom


Cormier Family Reunion Concert

Topsail United Church, presents the Cormier Family Reunion Concert, on December 28 at 7 P.M.  Featuring Mallory Johnson, Loretta Johnson, Randall Cormier, and Gordon Cormier.  Tickets $30 and are available by calling 709-685-1155 or 709-694-4825, e transfer available.  Vax Pass Required.


Flu Clinics at All Saints CBS Parish Hall

Eastern Health will be holding Flu Vaccination Clinics at our Parish Hall on December 9th, and December 16th.  If you would like to take advantage of this convenient location, why not take a moment and mark you calendar.


All Saints Tea Room - Resumes Wednesday, January 19th

We would like to thank all those who continued to attend and support our Tea Room Luncheon every Wednesday at noon.  We certainly always looked forward to seeing you each week for some great food, fun, and fellowship.  Our Christmas luncheon on December 1st had over 180 people in attendance, and all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Dinner.  Many thanks to Enid and her Team.  We will be returning on January 19th.  Please be aware that due to COVID regulations and limited seating capacity, you have to pre-register.  To help us avoid congestion at the door, especially with the unsettling fall weather, please contact Enid Haines at 682-9367, or Aura Farrell at 682-3775.


Parish Hall Available for Rentals

We are pleased to announce that our Parish Hall is once again available for rentals.  Please make yourself familiar with the new revised guidelines listed below.  Also, we encourage you to pass this along to family, friends, and business associates.


Do we have your eMail address ??

Now, more than ever, email is becoming one of the safest and quickest ways for our Parish to keep you informed. If we do not already have you email address on file, and you are not regularly receiving our bulletins and information updates, we would love for your to provide it to us.


Please email it to communications@allsaintsparish.ca, or simply please click here to complete our online email registration form.


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External link opens in new tab or windowClick here to view Anglican Life online, or contact Rev Fred Marshall, Officer of the Anglican Joint Committee at 709-727-7346, via email at fred.marshall@enljointcommittee.com


Meet Your Vestry

Many thanks to the 40+ Parishioners who attended our Annual General Meeting on Sunday evening (October 03).  It was great to see such a good turn-out, considering that COVID has caused us to defer it for two years.  There were six Vestry positions either elected or appointed as applicable, and the current Vestry membership which were commissioned at our 10:00am service on October 17th can be viewed External link opens in new tab or windowhere.


All Saints CBS is Live-Streaming 10:00am Services

Every Sunday morning at 10:00am, All Saints Anglican Parish CBS will be live streaming our Holy Eucharist service on External link opens in new tab or windowFaceBook, and it will later be archived on External link opens in new tab or windowYouTube as well.  While we are becoming familiar with this new technology, and adding a new feature each week, we may have a few bumps along the way.  Please offer us your patience and feedback in this regard.  We can be reached by emailing us at  External link opens in new tab or windowcommunications@allsaintsparish.ca


Alongsiders' Monthly Prayer Schedule

Our Alongsider's Team would like to make their current monthly prayer services available to you simply by External link opens in new tab or windowclicking here.


Alongsiders are members of our Parish who, due to circumstances of sickness, mobility, age, etc., can not physically attend a worship service at our Church.  However, they still want to be part of the worship, and where possible, to help from home.  The Alongsiders program accomplishes this.  Each month, a service for each Sunday is prayerfully put together, similar to the in-Church service, and is then delivered to each Parishioner as part of a home visit.  A vital part of our ministry is ‘praying alongside’ our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Currently we have 14 members in the Parish of All Saints.


Diocesan Guidelines for Worship and Parish Gatherings

“The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5.17 NIV)


The Diocese COVID-19 guidelines document, External link opens in new tab or windowThe New Has Come  is being continuously updated.  This new guidance has been devised based upon consultation and direction from Public Health, and is subject to change as further restrictions are eased or reinstated.



Now is a good time to consider signing up to our External link opens in new tab or windoweGiving program, which is an excellent way to continue your financial support of your Parish during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  It is a very quick and easy process.  The quickest and most convenient way is to complete the web-based form here.  As soon as you click the SEND button, your work is done, without even leaving your home!  You may also download a External link opens in new tab or windowprintable authorization form here, and when you have completed the form, you can email it to donations@allsaintsparish.ca  or you can place it in our mail drop-slot, which is located at the top of the stairs, just to the left of the main entrance of our Parish Hall.  If you have External link opens in new tab or windowany questions, please call our Office at 834-4501.

 

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The Candle - Our Weekly Newsletter

For many years now, our Parish has published our weekly information bulletin, The Candle, that was handed out at each Sunday service.  It was our way to keep our Parishioners informed about what was happening in our Parish, and a medium to seek support when we needed it.  The current COVID pandemic has offered many challenges to our community, none the least of which is our ability to physically gather together in person on a weekly basis for our faith worship.  We also loose the ability to "really" carry out some of our traditions that helped bind and grow our family spirit.


The Candle, like most other things these days, is now shared digitally, and can be found not only on External link opens in new tab or windowour website, but we also attempt to email it to those for whom we have contact information for.  To get added to that distribution list, simply External link opens in new tab or windowclick here to send us your details.


We would also like to ask you that if you have any items you would like to share, such as birthday greetings (oh how we miss the fun spirit of our Birthday Sundays) or anniversaries, or even an article that you may have seen or read that you feel others might enjoy, please feel free to pass them along to communications@allsaintsparish.ca.   Together we can start "feeling together" once more - if not in body, then in spirit.


Also, as you will note when you read The Candle, you have the opportunity to bring special attention to a loved one by actually sponsoring The Candle for a given week, or even place a full page memorial, complete with a picture.


Offertory Envelopes

If you have not yet picked up your offertory envelopes, please pop by the Parish Office to pick them up, or simply request to have them delivered.  In the interim, please continue using those you currently have, and simply place them in our mail drop-slot, which is located at the top of the stairs, just to the left of the main entrance of our Parish Hall.  If you do not have any Church offertory envelopes, please simply use a plain white envelope, and write your name and envelope number (if you know it) on the outside, and then drop it in the drop-slot.

 

You may also e-Transfer us your offering using your bank’s online Interac service simply by emailing it to External link opens in new tab or windowdonations@allsaintsparish.ca.  We always encourage you to consider signing up for our eGivings program which automatically sends us your offering at whatever interval you choose and are comfortable with.  Please External link opens in new tab or windowclick here to register online, or go to our website and download the External link opens in new tab or windoweGiving application.  If you have External link opens in new tab or windowany questions, please email your Finance Team at External link opens in new tab or windowfinance@allsaintsparish.ca, or call our Office at 834-4501.


All Saints Pastoral Messages

  • April 04 - Rev Wayne and Rev Sam Easter Message - External link opens in new tab or windowVideo
  • February 16 - Rev Wayne and Rev Sam - External link opens in new tab or windowVideo
  • February 10 - Rev Wayne - External link opens in new tab or windowLetter


Anglican Journal

Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere to view the January 2021edition of the Anglican Journal.  It contains a couple of interesting articles regarding transformations within the Church, and the use of digital technology.  The Anglican Journal is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada.  Editorially independent, the Journal publishes news, features and opinion related to Anglicanism and religion in Canada and abroad.  Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere to view the General Synod Weekly


Frequently Used Links

For those unable to attend our in-person Church services, we are continuing to pre-record weekly services.  These recordings may be viewed by clicking  External link opens in new tab or windowhere.  To locate the books below, simply click on the blue links.

External link opens in new tab or windowThe Common Lectionary - These readings are from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary

External link opens in new tab or windowThe New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of The Bible - Be sure to select the NRSV version, which is an English translation of the Bible published in 1989 by the National Council of Churches.

External link opens in new tab or windowThe Book of Alternative Services (BAS)The contemporary, inclusive-language liturgical book used alongside the Book of Common Prayer (1962) (BCP) in most parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada.


External link opens in new tab or windowThe Book of Common Prayer (BCP)The short title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion, as well as by other Christian churches historically related to Anglicanism.




Rev Wayne's Letters

  External link opens in new tab or windowPastoral Letter 210210 :: External link opens in new tab or windowAdvent & Christmas Message December 2020 ::  External link opens in new tab or windowPastoral Letter and COVID Appeal 201103 :: External link opens in new tab or windowCOVID Update 200329 :: Letter-1


Rev Sam's Reflections

 External link opens in new tab or windowChristmas Greetings December 2020  ::  External link opens in new tab or windowKindness is Contagious 200610 :: External link opens in new tab or windowGive Back - Pay It Forward 200516


Bishop Sam's Messages

   External link opens in new tab or windowCOVID Video Update 210209 :: External link opens in new tab or windowCOVID Video Update 210128 :: External link opens in new tab or windowChristmas Greetings December 2020  ::  External link opens in new tab or windowMessage to the Diocese 201216


Primate Linda Nicholls' Messages

External link opens in new tab or windowNew Year's Day Message January 2021




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