Wednesday, 12 December 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish  Blog
for Sunday, 16 December 2018

Joy is prayer; joy is strength;
joy is a net of love by which you
can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 16 December 2018
 THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,          Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
  Morning Prayer
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
  7:00 pm      All Saints’,              Canaan
  Evening Prayer
                                  
Readings:  Zephaniah 3:14-20; Song of Thanksgiving;
    Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3: 7-18

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
***
HANGING OF THE GREENS
will take place on Sat, 15 Dec
Anyone interested in helping
(many hands make light work)
please call Joyce at 902-275-4812
or just join us.
The preparation is done in Tuck Hall
It’s a fun and heart warming
gathering – All Welcome!

***
PASTORAL CARE GIVING TREE
  Please take a tag from the tree at the back of
St. Stephen’s church.
This year, toiletries for men, women and children
are requested to help the Food Bank fill
Christmas socks for families in need.
If you are unsure of what to buy, money can be donated
and items needed will be purchased on your behalf.
Every single donation is appreciated. 
Items are required by 16 December.

***
FOOD BANK
  Tis the season!
Please donate crackers, cranberries, and
anything that could be added to make up a Christmas box

***  
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PLUM PUDDINGS 2018
 are available for purchase.
Puddings can be picked up at the Parish Office
or call Joan at 902-275-4585
(Large $20, Small $10).

***
MEMORY TREE LIGHTINGS
  will take place as follows:

9:15 am on Sun, 16 Dec. at St. George’s
call Sheila for a memorial tag at
902-275-5720 and

11:00 am on Sun, 16 Dec. at St. Stephen’s
call the Parish Office for a memorial tag at
902-275-3804
Please submit memorial requests to the Parish Office
by 13 Dec. 2018

*** 
SING CHOIRS!
Annual Concert will take place on
Wed, 19 December, 2018 at 7:30 pm
in St. Stephen’s Church. 
(Storm date 20 Dec).

*** 
PARISH POT LUCK
 will take place in Tuck Hall on
Sunday, 23 December after the 10:30 am service
in St. Stephen’s Church. 
All Welcome!

***
COMING UP
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
 at 7:00 pm on Tues, 15 Jan, 2018
in the Tyler Grant Room.  
Please bring committee reports ready for inclusion
in the Annual Report to the Parish Council Meeting
 If you are unable to attend the meeting,
your committee reports can be dropped off
at the Parish Office prior to the meeting.

MEN’S GROUP BREAKFAST
 will take place in Tuck Hall on Sat, 26 Jan, 2019.
‘Sadie Hawkins’ breakfast’ – meaning that women are welcome
but they have to bring a male with them.
  There will also be a guest speaker following the breakfast.
LCDR (Ret’d) Steve St. Amont has a passion for matching
names to the graves of unknown soldiers,
particularly those from the Battle of the Somme.
  His presentation is very interesting and enlightening.
  8:00 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Breakfast and
9:30-10:15 am Presentation with Q&A
(open to all) to follow. 
Please let Robert Manuel know if you wish to attend
902-220-1740 or rcmkamII@gmail.com

***

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 23 December 2018
 THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                10:30 am      St. Stephen’s,          Chester              
    Holy Eucharist

***  Followed by a Parish Pot Luck   ***
in Tuck Hall.
                                        
Readings:  Micah 5: 2-5a; Song of Mary;
    Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1: 39-45

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 9 December 2018

Pursue some path, however
narrow and crooked, in which
you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 9 December 2018
 THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
                                  
Readings:  Baruch 5: 14-1;: Psalm 25: 1-9;
    1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 25-36

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
***
 CHRISTMAS WREATHS
There are 5 wreaths left from
the Bazaar.  $14 each
Call Diana Hilchie at
902-275-4632

***
ACOUSTIC TILES
We have reached the target!
Thank you!  We are so
grateful to all who donated
and made this fundraiser such
a great success!

***
SHOEBOXES FOR THE SEAFARERS MISSION
Another great success!  Thank you
for the generous donations again
this year.  There were 31 boxes
delivered to the Mission from our Parish.

***
HANGING OF THE GREENS
will take place on Sat, 15 Dec
Anyone interested in helping
(many hands make light work)
please call Joyce at 902-275-4812
or just join us.
The preparation is done in Tuck Hall
It’s a fun and heart warming
gathering – All Welcome!

***
PASTORAL CARE GIVING TREE
  Please take a tag from the tree at the back of
St. Stephen’s church.
This year, toiletries for men, women and children
are requested to help the Food Bank fill
Christmas socks for families in need.
If you are unsure of what to buy, money can be donated
and items needed will be purchased on your behalf.
Every single donation is appreciated. 
Items are required by 16 December.

***
FOOD BANK
  Tis the season!
Please donate crackers, cranberries, and
anything that could be added to make up a Christmas box

***  
PLUM PUDDINGS 2018
 are available for purchase.
Puddings can be picked up at the Parish Office
or call Joan at 902-275-4585
(Large $20, Small $10).

*** 
LOBSTER DINNER
  St. George’s Annual Lobster dinner
will take place from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, 9 Dec.
at the Union Hall in East Chester.
  Lobster Plate $18, Turkey Salad Plate $9,
Child’s Salad plate $4.
Dine in, Take Out, Delivery within 10 miles. 
Pre-order supper tickets by 8 Dec by calling
Sheila at 902-275-5720,
Vicky at 902-275-4219 or
Hair Salon, 6 Pig Loop Road at 902-275-5966.

*** 
Bottle drive 10:00-6:30 pm
Please drop recyclable bottles at the Union Hall. 
Bake Table, country store table and
Angels for the Memory Tree Service at St. George’s.

***
MEMORY TREE LIGHTINGS
  will take place as follows:

7:00 pm on Sat, 8 Dec for All Saints’
(Canaan Community event)
call Maxine for a memorial tag at
902-275-3777

9:15 am on Sun, 16 Dec. at St. George’s
call Sheila for a memorial tag at
902-275-5720 and

11:00 am on Sun, 16 Dec. at St. Stephen’s
call the Parish Office for a memorial tag at
902-275-3804
Please submit memorial requests to the Parish Office
by 13 Dec. 2018

*** 
SING CHOIRS!
Annual Concert will take place on
Wed, 19 December, 2018 at 7:30 pm
in St. Stephen’s Church. 
(Storm date 20 Dec).

*** 
PARISH POT LUCK
 will take place in Tuck Hall on
Sunday, 23 December after the 10:30 am service
in St. Stephen’s Church. 
All Welcome!

*** 
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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 16 December 2018
 THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,          Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
  Morning Prayer
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
  7:00 pm      All Saints’,              Canaan
  Evening Prayer
                                  
Readings:  Baruch 5: 14-1;: Psalm 25: 1-9;
    1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 25-36

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish E-News
for Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sincerity makes the very least person
to be of more value
than the most talented hypocrite.
Charles Spurgeon
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 2 December 2018
 THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
            Carols and Lessons 
                                
Readings:  Jeremiah 33: 14-16: Psalm 25: 1-9;
    1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 25-36

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
***

ACOUSTIC TILES
We are SO close to reaching our target
for our Buy-A-Tile Fundraiser. 
The Parish Council wants to thank each and every person
who has helped get us to this point
and to encourage others to help finish the task. 
($250 per tile)
Tax receipts available for these donations.

***
PASTORAL CARE GIVING TREE
  Please take a tag from the tree at the back of St. Stephen’s church.
This year, toiletries for men, women and children
are requested to help the Food Bank fill Christmas socks
for families in need.
If you are unsure of what to buy, money can be donated
and items needed will be purchased on your behalf.
Every single donation is appreciated.  
 Items are required by 16 December.

***
MUSICAL FRIENDS
last session for 2018, 3 Dec.  1:00 – 4:30 pm.
  Classes resume 14 January 2019.

FOOD BANK
  Tis the season!
Please donate crackers, cranberries, and
anything that could be added to make up a Christmas box

  
PLUM PUDDINGS 2018
 are available for purchase.
Puddings can be picked up at the Parish Office
or call Joan at 902-275-4585
(Large $20, Small $10).

 
LOBSTER DINNER
  St. George’s Annual Lobster dinner
will take place from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, 9 Dec.
at the Union Hall in East Chester.
  Lobster Plate $18, Turkey Salad Plate $9,
Child’s Salad plate $4.
Dine in, Take Out, Delivery within 10 miles. 
Pre-order supper tickets by 8 Dec by calling
Sheila at 902-275-5720,
Vicky at 902-275-4219 or
Hair Salon, 6 Pig Loop Road at 902-275-5966.

Bottle drive 10:00-6:30 pm
Please drop recyclable bottles at the Union Hall. 
Bake Table, country store table and
Angels for the Memory Tree Service at St. George’s.

MEMORY TREE LIGHTING
  will take place on Sun, 16 Dec.
at 9:15 am at St. George’s
and 11:00 am at St. Stephen’s.
Please submit memorial requests to the Parish Office
for St. Stephen’s service
and to Sheila Hirtle for St. George’s.

SING CHOIRS!
Annual Concert will take place on Wed, 19 Dec.2018
at 7:30 pm in St. Stephen’s Church. 
(Storm date 20 Dec).

PARISH POT LUCK
 will take place in Tuck Hall on
Sunday, 23 December after the 10:30 am service
in St. Stephen’s Church. 
All Welcome!

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 9 December 2018
 THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
                                  
Readings:  Baruch 5: 14-1;: Psalm 25: 1-9;
    1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 25-36

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

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November 2018


A Letter from the Primate -  The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz :    Regarding the “Heartbeat of the Church” Conversation Circles

Dear Friends in Christ,

This month marks the 125th anniversary of  the formation of the General Synod of our beloved Church. It was a coming together of dioceses across Canada in the spirit of partnership in God’s mission in Christ. In marking this milestone in our history, I am inviting our entire Church to listen to its heartbeat through conversation circles in parishes, deaneries and dioceses—in homes, church halls, outdoors, or even online!

We will be aided in our conversations by a “Conversation Circle Guide” that will help us reflect on our personal faith journeys, and invite us to share with one another moments when our Church makes our hearts glad, causes them to ache or gives them hope.

The Guide is grounded in the conversation Jesus had with the disciples in the Upper Room and his prayer to the Father on the eve of his Passion, Death and Resurrection, as told in the Gospel of John. I hope our conversations can be focused on the very things of which he spoke – the disciples’ life in Him, their work in his name, and their trust in the coming of the Holy Spirit to strengthen, lead and guide them.

This time of sharing in conversation circles will lead us to consider our “heartfelt” prayers for the Church, and to share our prayers with our sisters and brothers across the country.

Our conversations will take place until May 7, 2019, the Feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist, in anticipation of the meeting of the General Synod in Vancouver in July 2019. The Heartbeat of the Church website page will provide everything you need to set up a conversation circle and to share your prayers for the Church.

As you have opportunity, I encourage you to participate in a conversation circle, and to renew our call to be faithful and fruitful in our ministries and united in our resolve to be the Church in and for the world.

With the assurance of my prayers,


Fred Hiltz



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St. Stephen’s is pleased to be hosting this series of Conversation Circles through Advent.  

All gatherings will start at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s and will last approximately two hours. Participation is limited to five persons per week.

Please express your preference for the evening on which you would like to participate on the sign up sheet at the back of the church.

Please be aware that because we will have the multiple copies of this form available at all of our churches, this will be an expression of personal preference only.

Please provide your phone number or email address so we can confirm your participation, or we can discuss with you an alternate date.

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 25 November 2018
  
The price of greatness is responsibility
Winston Churchill
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 25 November 2018
 THE REIGN OF CHRIST
               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
                                  
Readings:  2 Samuel 23: 1-7: Psalm 132: 1-13;
    Revelation 1: 4b-8; John 18: 33-37

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
***
2019 CHURCH CALENDARS
Available for $6 in
the Parish Office or the back
of the church.

***
ACOUSTIC TILES
are making a huge difference in Tuck Hall.
Tiles are still available (20 sold to date)
and cost $250 each.
Please consider purchasing one in support of
the project as a group or family or in memory of a loved one.
Payment can be made or sent to the Parish Office. 
Tax receipts available for these donations.

***
 MUSICAL FRIENDS
on Mon, 26 Nov 2018. 
Vintage Voices 1:00 pm;
Musical Friends Choir 2:00 pm;
Musical Friends Band 3:00 pm;
Tuneful Tots 4:00 pm.
All Welcome!

***
FOOD BANK
 All contributions are always
gratefully received.

***
PLUM PUDDINGS 2018
are available for pick up at the
Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 24 Nov
or the Parish Office.
$20 Large $10 Small

***
ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
 hosted by St. Stephen’s Hospitality Committee
will take place 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Saturday, 24 Nov.
  in St. Stephen’s Parish Centre.  Lunch 11-1 pm. 
Homemade soups, rolls/bread, pies, coffee, tea.
$8 Adults, $4 children under 10 .
Christmas wreaths, Plum Puddings,
new and used Christmas decorations, 
bake table, books and more.
Please drop off all donations
before 23 November.

***
ANNUAL SHOEBOX CAMPAIGN
In 2017, staff and volunteers gave out 1464 shoebox
gifts to the seafarers visiting the Port of Halifax during
the month of December. 
What a truly heart warming experience this is for all! 
St. Stephen’s Parish sent  30 shoeboxes to the campaign.
There are shoe boxes available in the vestibule
of St. Stephen’s Church
Items for shoeboxes include:
HAT, SCARF, GLOVES OR MITTS, SOCKS,
WRAPPED HARD CANDY (NO CHOCOLATE),
SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, TOOTHBRUSH,
SHAMPOO, SHAVING FOAM, RAZORS, DEODORANT,
LIP BALM, PLAYING CARDS, MEMENTO OF NOVA SCOTIA,
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND OR CANADA

If it’s easier for you to just put 6 pairs of socks,
or hats or mittens in a box, that’s great too! 
There should not be any liquor, sharp objects,
chocolate or flammables enclosed. 
We thank everyone who supports this campaign!
Boxes should be delivered by 30 November.

***
COMING UP – MARK YOUR CALENDARS

LOBSTER DINNER & BOTTLE DRIVE
 St. George’s Annual Lobster dinner
will take place on Sunday, 9 Dec.
4:00 – 6:30 pm at the Union Hall, East River
Lobster Plate $18, Turkey Salad Plate $9
Child’s Turkey Salad Plate $4
Eat in, Take out, Delivery within 10 Miles
Pre-order supper tickets by 8 Dec
by calling Sheila 902-275-5720,
Vicky 902-275-4219 or from
the Hair Salon, 6 Pig Loop Road
902-275-5966.
Bottle drive 10:00 – 6:30 pm please drop
recyclables at the Union Hall.
Bake table, country store table and
Angels for the Memory Tree for St. George’s.

MEMORY TREE LIGHTING
will take place on Sun, 16 Dec
9:15 am at St. George’s and
11:00 am at St. Stephen’s 
Please submit memorial requests
to the Parish Office before 13 December 

SING CHOIR
will take place on Wed, 19 Dec.
at 7:30 pm in St. Stephen’s Church 

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 2 December 2018
 THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
                                  
Readings:  Jeremiah 33: 14-1;: Psalm 25: 1-9;
    1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13; Luke 21: 25-36

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 18 November 2018
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

When you love, you wish to do for.
You wish to sacrifice for.  You wish to serve.
Ernest Hemmingway
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 18 November 2018
 TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
                8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
  Morning Prayer
  11:00 am     St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
  4:30 pm      All Saints’,              Canaan
Evening Prayer
                                
Readings:  1 Samuel 1: 4-20: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10;
    Hebrews 10: 11-14; Mark 13: 1-8

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
***
2019 CHURCH CALENDARS
Available for $6 in
the Parish Office or the back
of the church.

***
ACOUSTIC TILES
are making a huge difference in Tuck Hall.
Tiles are still available (20 sold to date)
and cost $250 each.
Please consider purchasing one in support of
the project as a group or family or in memory of a loved one.
Payment can be made or sent to the Parish Office. 
Tax receipts available for these donations.

***
FYI – GALILEO BAROQUE CHOIR
Galileo Baroque Choir, a new ensemble founded
by early music specialist Andrew Pickett,
will perform works by seven different members
of the Bach musical family in their d├ębut programme,
“Seven Bachs,”  on Sunday, November 18.
The chamber choir is made up of some of Halifax’s
finest choral musicians,  and will also feature guest artists
Garth MacPhee, continuo organ, and Hilary Brown, cello.
Concert will take place on Sunday, November 18
at 7:30 pm, at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St, Halifax.
Admission is $20 ($10 students) at the door.
The audience is invited to join the choir for
a small reception after the concert.

***
NO MUSICAL FRIENDS
on Mon, 19 Nov 2018. 
Back on 26 Nov 
Vintage Voices 1:00 pm;
Musical Friends Choir 2:00 pm;
Musical Friends Band 3:00 pm;
Tuneful Tots 4:00 pm.
All Welcome!

***
FOOD BANK
 All contributions are always
gratefully received.

***
PLUM PUDDINGS 2018
Please save some time on 16 – 18 Nov
for Plum Pudding Assembly.  We need help for:  
Thursday pm
pre-measure ingredients and set up for production. 
Friday
  prepare tins, mix batter cook puddings in private homes,
transport puddings and clean up.
Saturday
remove puddings from tins, wrap puddings,
curl ribbons, store and clean up. 
There is a job for everyone, young and old,
men and women.
Your help is crucial to the success of this project. 
Contact Gretchen McCurdy at g.mccurdy50@gmail.com
or 902-275-4058 if you can help. 

***
ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
 hosted by St. Stephen’s Hospitality Committee
will take place 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Saturday, 24 Nov.
  in St. Stephen’s Parish Centre.  Lunch 11-1 pm. 
Homemade soups, rolls/bread, pies, coffee, tea.
Adults $8, children under 10 $4.
Christmas wreaths, Christmas Puddings,
new and used Christmas decorations, 
bake table, books and more.
Please drop off all donations
before 23 November.

***
ANNUAL SHOEBOX CAMPAIGN
In 2017, staff and volunteers gave out 1464 shoebox
gifts to the seafarers visiting the Port of Halifax during
the month of December. 
What a truly heart warming experience this is for all! 
St. Stephen’s Parish sent  30 shoeboxes to the campaign.
Items for shoeboxes include:
HAT, SCARF, GLOVES OR MITTS, SOCKS,
WRAPPED HARD CANDY (NO CHOCOLATE),
SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, TOOTHBRUSH,
SHAMPOO, SHAVING FOAM, RAZORS, DEODORANT,
LIP BALM, PLAYING CARDS, MEMENTO OF NOVA SCOTIA,
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND OR CANADA

If it’s easier for you to just put 6 pairs of socks,
or hats or mittens in a box, that’s great too! 
There should not be any liquor, sharp objects,
chocolate or flammables enclosed. 
We thank everyone who supports this campaign!
Boxes should be delivered by 30 November.

***
COMING UP – MARK YOUR CALENDARS

LOBSTER DINNER
 St. George’s Annual Lobster dinner
will take place on Sunday, 9 Dec. 
More information to follow.

MEMORY TREE LIGHTING
will take place on Sun, 16 Dec
more information to follow.

SING CHOIR
will take place on Wed, 19 Dec. 
More information to follow.

*************************************
WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 25 November 2018
 THE REIGN OF CHRIST
               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester 
Holy Eucharist
                                  
Readings:  2 Samuel 23: 1-7: Psalm 132: 1-13;
    Revelation 1: 4b-8; John 18: 33-37

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