Friday, December 16, 2016

This week at St. Margaret's

Events This Week

December 19th, 2016
Office is closed
December 20th, 2016
11:00 am Holy Communion @ Rutherford Heights Retirement Residence
December 21st, 2016
7:00 pm ‘When Christmas Hurts’ service @ St. Patrick’s Millwood’s
December 24th (Christmas Eve)
4:00 pm Family Holy Communion & Christmas pageant
9:30 pm Holy Communion by candlelight
Sunday December 25th (Christmas Day)
10:00 am Holy Communion

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

Giving envelopes for 2017 are out in the foyer for pickup.  If you are going to be giving via direct deposit for 2017, there are no envelopes set out for you for the upcoming year.  Should you wish to contribute during the year for something “extra” such as world vision or PWRDF, simply use the blank envelopes at the back of the church. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office at 780-437-7231 or email

Please join us for our Christmas services:
· Saturday December 24th (Christmas Eve): 4.00 p.m. Informal Holy Communion for Families. The first part of the service will be simplified and adapted and will include special activities for children, and much of it will be led by our children and youth. We hope that our families with pre-school children will find this a good service to attend.
· Our renters, the Malankara Catholic Congregation, will be using our church for their Christmas Mass 6.15 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.
· Saturday December 24th (Christmas Eve): 9.30 p.m. Holy Communion by Candlelight.
· Sunday December 25th 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion for Christmas Day.

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, email 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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