ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5 February 2016

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Scripture readings for this Sunday Epiphany V
Isaiah 58:1–12; 1 Corinthians 2:1–16; Matthew 5:13–20

Scripture readings for the following SundayEpiphany VI
Deuteronomy 30:15–20; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9; Matthew 5:21–37

Our Parish Community

Vestry Reports: Our annual Vestry Meeting is only one month away (Sunday, 26 February). Anyone who is submitting a report to Vestry is asked to please give it to the Parish Office by Monday, 13 February, so that we have time to assemble the Vestry Package.

Organ Recital – Michael Bawtree, Tuesday, 7 February, at 8.00 pm. A visiting Scottish organist, offers a concert featuring the music of Bach, Handel, Elgar, Judith Bingham, and Francis Jackson. Pay-what-you-can at the door. Proceeds go to support the Parish!

Boot Drive Report! Thanks to everyone who brought new and gently used boots for our Boot Drive. We collected 40 pairs, which are being taken to shelters for distribution. They will make a huge difference in the lives of people who live marginally and on the street.

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!

Welcome Packages. We have pulled together some materials into convenient packages intended to provide information about our parish to newcomers who are interested in learning more – they are in envelopes in the rolling rack at the back of the church, titled “Welcome to the Church of St Mary Magdalene. If you are new to SMM and want to know more, or if you are already a member and need an easy way to give a newcomer all the information they need, these packages are intended to do that.

Weaving the World: Schola Magdalena welcomes Darbazi Georgian choir, Saturday, 4 March, at 8.00 pm. Medieval liturgical music entwines with the earthy tones of Georgian folk music. Hildegard, Dunstable, Dufay, Georgian traditional chant, Appalachian folk song, and brand new music. Come as you are; pay what you can.

Throwing out your old Christmas cards? Stop! We can reuse and upcycle your old cards. Please speak to Lynn Singer, email her at hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca, or drop them off at the church office.

Spiritual Growth for Adults

Liturgy Moments are back! On Sunday, 12 February, join us after each service as we explore the role of the “Communion of Saints” in the worshipping life of the Church. Why do we have saints’ days? Why are our churches named after saints? Why do we have saints’ statues, images, and relics in our church? What is the meaning of our veneration of the saints? What do the saints have to do with us, and we with them? What is a saint anyway?? Come and find out!

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. The group is currently reading the Gospel of John, using a study guide by N.T. Wright. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please see 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 a video (Centering Prayer: Opening to the Presence of God) and discussion. For more information please speak with Mother Lisa or Mary Catherine Doyle.

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sundays after the 11.00 am Mass. Join us in this centuries-old form of meditation, which we pray in the company of Our Lady, who strengthens our faith with her own. Newcomers always welcome – rosaries (and instructions) are provided! For more information, please speak with Mother Lisa or Leslie Anne Chatterton.

** Collegium Magdalenae: Welcome to Christianity. Tuesday evenings, 17 January to 21 February, 2017, 7.00 pm–8.30 pm, in the lounge. This is a gentle six-week introduction to the core elements of the Anglican faith: God, the Bible, Jesus and the Christian Church. You are encouraged to bring any questions you have. All of your questions are good questions! This week’s topic: How did the Church get started? For more information, please contact Joanne Christiansen at jo.m.christiansen@gmail.com

Lenten Retreat: The SMM Lenten retreat (31 March to 2 April) is now full, with all fourteen slots spoken for. That said, the Convent has indicated that they could accommodate up to two more people, so if you missed your chance and are interested in joining members of the parish for a weekend of prayer, rest and reflection, please speak with me. David+

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Sock Drive: Many thanks to all the parishioners who contributed socks or money to help us to reach our goal of having 115 pairs of warm socks so that each guest at our community dinner could be gifted a pair. Special thanks to the members of the Wednesday Bible Study who helped us to finish our wrapping job. The socks were distributed on Epiphany – Friday, 6 January.

In Sunday School we are using a lectionary-based curriculum called Weaving God’s Promises. In December we learned about those proclaiming Jesus’ arrival on earth, and in Epiphany we will be learning what this means for others who encounter Jesus ministry for the first time and how it changed them.

Sr Sunday School continues with a Bible study of the book of Revelation.

Faith@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. 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 + 17. 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 2017 is the year.

SMM Calendars

SMM calendars are now available for 2017! Please see Veronica Allen if you would like to purchase one. These calendars list all the services (over 500!) that happen at SMM. $5.00 each.

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on Friday, 24 February. Set-up begins around 4.30 pm, at St Thomas, Huron Street. We are switching over to our hot meal program. 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, 28 February, at 2.30 pm. Our services at the O’Neill Centre are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, speak with Father David or Mother Lisa.

New Year, new opportunity to join the Prayer Shawl ministry. For more information, or to pick up some yarn, please speak to Lynn Singer at any time or email her at hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca.

Social Justice Vestry Motion 2017: Continuing the Call to Reconciliation. As part of our Church’s efforts to respond to Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the 2017 social justice vestry motion will once again focus on addressing these Calls to Action by encouraging parishes to carry out reflection and study within their congregations as well as calling on the government to implement one of the key elements of the TRC’s calls. More information will be distributed as an insert in your bulletin in the coming weeks. Or you may also: www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/social-justice-and-advocacy/social-justice-vestry-motion/

Financially Supporting SMM

The ministry of this parish costs about $1400 per day, and relies on the financial support of those who worship here. We invite you to support SMM through regular financial contributions. If you would like more information about making monthly pre-authorized donations, or weekly or monthly offering envelopes, please contact the parish office at 416.531.7955 x 2 or office@stmarymagdalene.ca

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