ANNOUNCEMENTS – 14 January 2018

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Epiphany II
1 Samuel 3:1–20; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; John 1:43–51

Scripture readings for next Sunday – Epiphany III
Jonah 3:1–5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

Our Parish Community

** Vestry Reports: Our annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Sunday, 25 February. Anyone who is submitting a report to Vestry is asked to please give it to the Parish Office by Monday, 12 February, so that we have time to assemble the Vestry Package. Please see the back page of these announcements for the Social Justice Vestry Motion for 2018.

** 2018 Budget Preview: Sunday, 28 January, after the 9.30 and 11.00 am services. Review a draft version of the 2018 operating budget, ask questions, and give us your feedback! Electronic copies of the draft budget will also be available.

** The memorial service for Buffy Meredith will be held on Saturday, 20 January, at 1.00 pm, at Trinity College.

** Willan Concert: Friday, 16 February 2018, 8.00 pm. Pay what you can at the door. A concert to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan, who served SMM as its organist and director of music from 1921 until his death. Put it in your calendars!

The Choirs of SMM are holding a reunion on 18 February 2018 as part of our marking of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan. They will sing Evensong & Benediction that afternoon at 4.30 after rehearsing in advance with Giles Bryant – himself a Willan chorister. All parishioners are invited to attend the Evensong and reception. We can also use your assistance in spreading the word among choristers and your friends. Choristers can register at Eventbrite/SMM Chorister Reunion (no charge) to help us prepare appropriately for setup and the post-concert reception. For further information, please contact norahbolton@gmail.com.

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 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!

Spiritual Growth for Adults 

** Liturgy Moments: Our next Liturgy Moment (a brief talk on some aspect of liturgy or religious practice) will take place on Sunday, 28 January. Topic: The Eucharistic Prayer (or Canon) is the prayer that the celebrant prays at every mass which includes the narrative of the Last Supper. At SMM we use a variety of eucharistic prayers. Come to find out more about the history, structure, and meaning of these prayers.

** “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”: Wednesday evenings, beginning 21 February, 6.30–9.00 pm, at St Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue. A six-week Lenten series of prayer and reflection on the Gospel of John, let by Bishop Jenny Andison. Begins with a light meal and ends with Compline. Free-will offering. Register at https://www.toronto.anglican.ca/about-the-diocese/area-bishops/york-credit-valley-2/ycv_events/

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are currently reading 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.

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.

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Epiphany Faith at Home: “Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home and lives. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions. Chalk was blessed at Saturday’s Epiphany Mass and can be found at the back of the church. How to Chalk One’s Home: A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway, 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and 20 and 18 indicate the year.

Sunday School in Epiphany: Epiphany marks the beginning of the season of manifestation or recognition. The event we recognize at Epiphany is the Magi’s visit, but throughout this season we will also hear stories of Jesus’ baptism, many healing stories, and his transfiguration. In Sunday school we will be focusing on the Gospel stories each Sunday as we seek to better recognize and understand Jesus and his mission in the world.

Saturday, 27 January, 5.00–8.00 pm: All Ages Games Night! Join us for some fun! This is a drop-in program to play games, socialize and eat! Board games, a ping pong tournament, foosball, cards and more! Pizza, snacks and drinks will be sold for a small cost.

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner Outreach: Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 23 February, 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, 23 January, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.

MURP Update

Our new refugee family, who arrived in Canada at the end of November‎, are settling in very well. They have spent the last five years in sultry Malaysia, and so our very wintry December has been an adventure for them! They all have appropriate winter clothing, and have been enjoying typically Canadian activities with the help of the support group, members of the congregation, and our earlier Iraqi refugee! The family will be moving in the second half of January to an apartment at Bloor and Rusholme, at which point the children will begin attending school at Dewson. We are particularly grateful for the willingness of a member of the congregation to co-sign the lease, which allows the family to start building a credit history in Canada. Also because of the generosity and patience of the ‎congregation, we are in pretty good shape in terms of furnishing the new apartment. There are a handful of things they still need, and there will be some items that we need to purchase new. What is mostly needed at this point are gift cards for places such as IKEA, HomeSense, and Canadian Tire. Once the family is settled in their new apartment, they have expressed a desire to meet more formally with the congregation – stay tuned for a date in February or March when we will bring them in on a Sunday.

Become a regular donor!

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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