ANNOUNCEMENTS – 12 November 2017

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Pentecost XXII
Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13

Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Pentecost XXIII
Judges 4:1–7; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

Our Parish Community

** TODAY! Corporation would like to consult with you about staffing for 2018! With Mother Lisa’s departure, we have moved from 2.5 clergy positions to 1.5. Our operating deficit has been reduced but not eliminated. Should we look at staffing a new clergy position? Half-time? Full-time? Leave staffing alone for 2018? A series of Town Halls has been scheduled to hear feedback: The last two are being held today, at 10.45 am and 12.45 pm. Information about our present finances and possible staffing options and costs is available. Everyone is encouraged to review this information and attend a to ask questions and state their views. If you can’t make it to a Town Hall, you can tell us what you think using an online form. All input will be considered as we draw up a staffing plan and budget for 2018.

** Camino Talk: Fr David will be giving a talk on his experience walking the Camino de Santiago this past spring – “Uphill. Downhill. And Everything in Between: The Joys and Sorrows of the Camino” – on Wednesday, 15 November, from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Come to hear about his experience and see some photographs. The talk will be in the church, and light refreshments will be available downstairs.

Please hold the date! The Annual Advent Bake Sale will be held in Hiscock’s Hall on Sunday, 10 December, after the 9.30 and 11.00 am services. Please see the Hospitality bulletin board to sign up to help out on the day, bring those specialties that come out of your kitchen and to order SMM favourites.

First Annual SMM Art Show & Silent Auction – Friday, 17 November, 6.30–10.00 pm. SMM is holding its first annual Art Show & Silent Auction. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at the office. We need: 1) donations of items and services to be auctioned – art, crystal, china, silver, rare books, small antiques, vacation rentals, tickets to cultural and sporting events, and other such items; 2) team members to help us plan, organize, and run the show; 3) contributors to provide hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages to be served during the event; 4) attendees! To volunteer, please speak to David Greig or Elizabeth Salvaterra, whose contact information you can find on the back of your leaflet.

Household furnishings for refugee family needed! We are expecting our family of four to arrive from Syria (via Malaysia) sometime between late November and early January. The last person we resettled lived in furnished accommodations for his first year, but we are going to need to set up an entire household for our new family. If you have furniture that is in good condition that you are looking to get rid of, please let us know! We also need things like kitchen utensils and small appliances, dishes, cookware, and so on. You can email info@murp.ca with the particulars. Thanks!

Save the Date – Friday, 16 February 2018: That date is the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan, who served SMM as its organist and director of music from 1921 until his death. We are planning an event that evening which will celebrate Willan’s contribution to the musical life of this parish and the entire Church. Put it in your calendars!

Spiritual Growth for Adults

** The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are almost finished reading Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. Our next book is The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Fr David.

Centering Prayer Group: Join us every Thursday from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm to learn and practice this form of Christian meditation. We gather for prayer in the lounge at 6.00 pm, followed by discussion. This fall we are reading The Heart of Centering Prayer by the Rev’d Cynthia Bourgeault. Anyone is welcome to join – we will give support for prayer practice and the text. For more information please speak with Mary Catherine Doyle.

Saturday, 18 November, 9.30 am–4.30 pm: Introduction to Centering Prayer. At St John’s Convent (233 Cummer Avenue). $30.00 if you bring a bag lunch; a hot meal is an additional $15.00. Registration deadline, 11 November. Email foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca.

Lenten Retreat: The annual Lenten Retreat at St. John’s Convent will be held from 4.00 pm on Friday, 9 March, until 2.00 pm on Sunday, 11 March. The retreat will be led by Sister Elizabeth, the Reverend Mother of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. The cost this year will be $220.00 per person, which includes simple accommodation and meals. There are thirteen spots available. If you would like to reserve your spot, please provide a $75.00 non-refundable deposit to Fr David with cash or a cheque payable to “SMM Discretionary Fund” (subsidies are available). For more information, please speak with Fr David.

Collegium Magdalenae: An Introduction to Ecotheology, Tuesdays, 17 October to 28 November, 7.00–8.30 pm. A six-week program on the meaning and implications of ecotheology. No previous background required. We will provide short readings, presentations and opportunities for discussion. Brian and Carole both hold Diplomas in Theological Studies from the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto. Both studied ecotheology, and Brian also holds a certificate from the Elliot Allen Institute in Ecology and Theology. For more information, please contact Brian Gibson at brian.gibson@utoronto.ca or Carole Giangrande at cgian@rogers.com. If you miss a session, notes can be found at www.stmarymagdalene.ca/christian-education/spiritual-growth-for-adults

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

** PA Day Camp – 1 December, 9.00 am–4.00 pm (Before and After Care from 8.00 am–5.30 pm): Come join us as we explore the Christmas Story – including taking a trip to see the Christmas film The Star! Cost $20.00.

** An All-Ages Night for Advent – Saturday, 2 December, 5.00–7.30 pm: Join us for a meal, songs, and stories, and make a wreath for Advent! $5.00/child, $10.00/adult, $25.00/family.

This month in Sunday School: In preparation for Christ the King Sunday we will be following the Gospel readings and parables, exploring what it means to be in the Kingdom of God and to follow Jesus our King.

Faith@Home: Read together, either from a Bible, or a children’s Bible, one or more of the parables about the kingdom of God. Talk about the imagery in the parable(s): What does this tell us about God’s kingdom? How is our family like God’s kingdom? How is it not yet like God’s kingdom? Then try to think of your own images or picture for God’s kingdom, for example, “The Kingdom of God is like a picnic—everyone brings different dishes and we play games together.” 

Get Involved

SMM Singers: All are welcome to join the SMM Singers in their musical offering at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist. We rehearse at 9.00 am every Sunday morning and are always delighted to welcome new voices and instrumentalists.

Flowers: There are still lots of Sundays when we need flowers for the church! If you are interested in giving flowers, please fill out one of the forms under the roster in Hiscocks Hall, and either put it in the offering plate, or return it to Carolyn McIntire Smyth or to the Parish Office.

We’re looking for teams to help out with the coffee hours on Sundays. We would like to arrange for 4 or more groups to handle the 2 coffee hours every Sunday. If you would like to be part of a team of people (2–4) to set up and clean up please speak to a member of the Hospitality Committee. There would be help in learning the ropes! And the “old hands” would be around on a regular basis. Please give this your utmost consideration. This is a wonderful way to meet your fellow parishioners and to serve in a meaningful way in our community. For more information, email hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca. There is also a sign-up sheet beside the kitchen door – please make use of it!

Our Prayer Shawl ministry continues. For more information about this project, or to pick up some yarn, please speak to Lynn Singer at any time.

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner Outreach: Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 24 November, at St Thomas’, Huron Street.If you can help with rich comfort food like scalloped potatoes, chicken, ham, or beef, vegetarian dishes, and casseroles, or with set up or clean up, please contact Brian Clarke at b.clarke@utoronto.ca or Joan Porter at porter.joanm@gmail.com. Financial contributions are always welcomed. Please mark “Community Dinner” on your envelope.

O’Neill Centre Nursing Home: Our ministry at the O’Neill Centre continues Tuesday, 21 November, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.

Thank You!

Thanks to all who made the All Saints’ Day potluck supper such a success – especially all of you who helped tidy up and wash the dishes with no hot water! You are true heroes! Our next pot-luck supper is for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on Friday, 8 December. A sign-up sheet is already set up in Hiscocks Hall. If you are able to help out with set-up or clean-up, please put your name down – it makes it much easier to plan these events when we know who will be there!

In the Wider Community

** Wednesday, 15 November, 7.00–8.30 pm. “Beyond Guilt: Canadians and the Future of Reconciliation” at St Clement’s, Eglinton (70 St. Clements Avenue). Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada, will speak on how non-Indigenous Canadians can move beyond guilt and into reconciliation as a spiritual practice. Free.

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The ministry of this parish costs about $1,400 per day. To find out more about offering envelopes or about pre-authorized monthly giving (bank transfer/credit card), please contact the parish office at 416-531-7955 x 2 or office@stmarymagdalene.ca.

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