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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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FOOD BANK
 All contributions are always
gratefully received.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Thursday, 1 November 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 4 November 2018
All Saints’ Day

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems
in the world, but has not solved one yet
Maya Angelou
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday, 4 November 2018
 ALL SAINTS’ DAY

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester   
Holy Eucharist
                         7:00 pm       All Saints’,              Canaan                        
  Holy Eucharist

Readings:  Revelation 21: 1-6a: Psalm 24: 1-6;
Colossians 1: 9-14; John 11: 32-44 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Turn your clocks back on
Saturday night before
going to bed.

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ACOUSTIC TILES
are making a huge difference in Tuck Hall.  
This improvement makes our hall much more rentable!
Tiles cost $250 each and can be purchased in support
of the project, in memory of a loved one
or a group or family memorial.
To date 13 tiles have been purchased
11 are still available.
Payment can be made or sent to the Parish Office. 
Tax receipts available for these donations.

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INFORMATION SESSION REPORTS
Copies of the report and financial statement
distributed at the Information Session on 21 Oct
are available in the Parish Office. 

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PASTORAL CARE COMMITTEE
Meeting to be held on Mon, 5 Nov
Please contact Jessica Sawler
for details.

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MUSICAL FRIENDS
Mon, 5 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!

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FOOD BANK
 All contributions are always
gratefully received.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY
Please note that there will be
NO SERVICE AT 11:00 AM
as it would conflict with the
memorial ceremony held on
the Parade Square.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY
BELLS OF PEACE
On 11 Nov, at the going down of the sun,
communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary
of the end of the first World War with the ringing of 100 bells.
The bells will emulate the moment in 1918 when
church bells across Europe tolled as 4 years of war
had come to an end. 
At sunset, 5:00 pm in Nova Scotia,
when you hear the bells toll, take a moment to remember
all those who served and sacrificed. 
We Will Remember Them.

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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. 

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ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
 hosted by St. Stephen’s Hospitality Committee
will take place 10:30am – 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.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 11 November 2018
 REMEMBRANCE DAY

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
      9:15 am      St. George’s,           East River
Holy Eucharist
  11:00 am      NO SERVICE                         

Readings:  Ruth 3:1-5: 4:13-17: Psalm 127;
    Hebrews 9: 24-28; Mark 12: 38-44

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 28 October 2018
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

The only thing worse than being blind
is having sight, but no vision
Helen Keller
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday, 28 October 2018
 TWENTY-THIRD 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

Readings:  Job 42:1-6: Psalm 34:1-8;
Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 10: 46-52

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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ACOUSTIC TILES
  have now been installed in Tuck Hall
to improve the sound quality in the space. 
We are fundraising to help pay for this investment
in our facility.    Tiles cost $250 each.
They can be purchased in support of the project
or in memory of a loved one
(Think about getting a group of friends or family
together to purchase one for someone special.)
Payments can be made or sent to the Parish Office.
Tax receipts available for these donations.

***
MUSICAL FRIENDS
Mon, 22 Oct 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.

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ITALIAN NIGHT FUNDRAISER
AND
MUSICAL FRIENDS BENEFIT CONCERT
Both events last weekend were
HUGE successes!
Thanks to everyone who
participated.

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VITAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
to be held from 8-10 Nov 2018
at the Truro Holiday Inn. 
Register before 1 Nov, 2018
at nspeidiocese.ca

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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. 

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ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
While doing your Fall cleaning,
please set aside books and gently used Christmas items.
There will be a Bake Table (always a favourite) and
we would love to include hand crafted items
on the crafts table too.
The Annual Bazaar hosted by St. Stephen’s
Hospitality Committee will take place
on Saturday, 24 November. 
More info coming soon!

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

Sunday, 4 November 2018
 ALL SAINTS’ DAY

               8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester              
     Holy Communion
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,         Chester   
Holy Eucharist
                         7:00 pm       All Saints’,              Canaan                        
  Holy Eucharist

Readings:  Revelation 21: 1-6a: Psalm 24: 1-6;
Colossians 1: 9-14; John 11: 32-44 

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