Friday, December 2, 2016

This Week at St. Margaret's

Events This Week 

December 5th, 2016
Office is closed
December 8th, 2016
7:00am Men’s and Women’s Bible study @ Bogani Café
11:30am  Lunch Bunch @ church
December 11th, 2016 (Advent 3)
9:00am  Holy Communion 
10:30am  Holy Communion
6:00pm Youth/young adult fellowship 

Annual Christmas Variety Concert and Pageant is Sunday Dec 4th at 7pm. This concert will be a fundraiser for the World Vision Raw Hope project. There are still a few tickets available for $10 each or $30 per immediate family. 

Please join us for Lunch Bunch on December 8th at St. Margaret's Church at 11:30 a.m.  We will be celebrating the Christmas season with a carol sing-a-long under the direction of Tim. Everyone is welcome.We will also be having a small gift exchange.  If you would like to participate, please bring an unmarked, wrapped gift for around 5 dollars.  Further details to follow at the lunch. If you would like to attend, there is a sign up sheet in the front foyer or contact the church office at 780-437-7231 or

Our parish has begun our annual Fall Stewardship Initiative. Letters were emailed out to everyone for whom we have an email address and mailed to those for whom we don’t have an email address. Please return your “statement of intent” form by Sunday December 11th.  

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.

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 he church office at 780-437-7231 or, 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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