Friday, December 9, 2016

This week at St. Margaret's

Events This Week

December 12th, 2016
Office is closed
December 13th, 2016
11:15am Holy Communion @ St. Joseph’s
December 14th, 2016
7:15pm Vestry meeting @ church
December 15th, 2016
7:00am Men’s and Women’s Bible study @ Bogani Café
December 18th, 2016 (Advent 4)
9:00am  Holy Communion
10:30am  Carol Service – bring a friend!

Carol Service and ‘Bring a Friend’ Sunday December 18th 10:30 a.m.: The Scripture readings tell the story of Christmas, starting with the Old Testament prophecies; in between these readings we sing carols – plenty of them! – so, if you like the carols of Christmas, this is the service for you. This is a ‘bring-a-friend’ service, so please invite friends or family members who do not normally go to church; the service will be structured with them in mind. There are invitations on the table in foyer for anyone who would like to give one to a friend.

When Christmas Hurts’ Wednesday December 21st 7.00 p.m.
 Christmas is not a happy time for everyone. This service is designed to provide comfort and healing; it will be held in cooperation with St. Patrick’s, Millwoods @ St. Patrick’s, 334 Knottwood Road North NW, Edmonton

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards buying Christmas flowers, please place it in your offering envelope and mark accordingly. Thank you.

Advent Outreach Special Collections:
Bissell Centre: St. Margaret's is now collecting new items of warm clothing as well as filled cosmetics/toiletry bags and Christmas stockings (see the suggested items list on the table in the foyer) for the White Christmas celebrations at the Bissell Centre. All items must be in to the church by Dec. 18th at the latest.
World Vision: Our Sunday School coin collection for special gifts to our sponsor children has begun again. Last Advent's collection enabled us this year to send $200 each to our new children Daniel and Nahomi in Nicaragua, and $250 to Lemlem in Ethiopia. Thank you for helping these children and their communities as they work towards self-sufficiency.

Winnifred Stewart: Empties to Winn Project
Please feel free to bring some or all of your empty bottles (juice, milk, cans, and other beverage containers) and drop them in our bags. Next pick up should be Dec 22nd.  Thank you!

Opportunities for Growing as Followers of Jesus: January and February 2017

‘Christianity in Focus’: Saturday January 21st 10a.m. – 3p.m.
This is an introductory workshop for inquirers, new Christians, and people who need a refresher course in the basics. We will explore the big picture of the Bible story, focus on Jesus and what he is all about, and then zoom in on the Gospel and how we respond to it. There will be a signup sheet out soon; you can also register by contacting Tim Chesterton at or 780-437-7231.

Do you have friends who are curious about God/spirituality/faith? Why not do a bit of personal evangelism by inviting them and offering to come with them?

‘Pilgrim’ Course on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. Six Tuesday evenings starting January 24th, 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
One of the early Church Fathers said that the whole of the Christian gospel or ‘good news’ is in the Lord’s Prayer if we truly understand it. We are going to explore the Lord’s Prayer in these sessions as a gateway to the Christian gospel, as a guide to our own prayers, and as a way of deepening our relationship with God. Some of us have been enjoying the ‘Pilgrim’ course on the Eucharist on Thursday nights this Fall; this course on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ follows the same format.

Donations to cover the cost of materials (approximately $15 per person) are welcomed but not required. Signup sheets are now out. Note: we need to get registrations in as soon as possible so that we know how many books to order. Registration deadline will be Friday December 23rd at noon.

Inner City Pastoral Ministry Lunch (ICPM) at the
Bissel Center 10503 96th Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Sunday January 8th, 2017

St. Margaret’s, in partnership with St. Mary’s Church, will be providing and serving lunch at the Bissell Centre.  We normally serve about 300 people.  The following is required for the luncheon:

Desserts - finger food such as squares or cookies
Prepared raw vegetables - carrots, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower, peppers or cherry tomatoes, etc (please do not include dips)
Fruit - bananas, apples, oranges, melons, grapes, etc.

Over the last few years, our expenses have exceeded our donations. We will purchase all the sandwich ingredients as well as pickles, coffee, sugar, juice crystals, paper products and any extra fruit, veggies or sweets required.
If you prefer to make a donation, please enclose it in your Sunday offering and mark it ICPM.  All donations are gratefully appreciated!

On Saturday, January 7th, we need 10 people to help make these delicious sandwiches at 10:30 am at the Church.  If you have extra plastic grocery bags, please bring them along or leave them in the church kitchen.  We require about 100 to send out extra sandwiches to the homeless.

On Sunday January 8th , we need 10 people at the Bissell Center to prepare, serve lunch and clean up  (9:00 am - 1:30 pm).  During this time, feel free to engage in conversation with the homeless, listen to their stories and let them know you are there for them. There is rear parking at the back of the building (10503 96 St. NW).

If you are able to help on either or both days, please contact the church office at 780-437-7231, by email to or sign up on the volunteer sheet in the foyer. Please indicate the amount of food you will be providing on the sheet.

 Please check out our monthly announcement sheet for more upcoming events. If you have not received a copy or have changed your email address, please update your email with Tim or Melanie. Extra copies are available on the table at the back of the church.

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