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January 19, 2018

 

 
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Readings for January 21 - Jonah 3:1-5, 10 * Psalm 62:5-12 * 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 * Mark 1:14-20
 
Readings for January 28 - Deuteronomy 18:15-20 * Psalm 111 * 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 * Mark 1:21-28 
 
The flowers at the High Altar on January 21 are given to the honour and glory of God by Bill Bohn in loving memory of Dayffd.
   
Please take particular note of the following changes in service times:
X On February 11 there will be 2 services only, 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP) and 10:00 am Cajun Mass.
X On February 18 there will be 1 service only at 10:00 am followed by the annual vestry meeting.
 
On Ash Wednesday, February 14, there will be one service only, Holy Eucharist (BCP) at 9:30 am with Imposition of Ashes. The rite of Imposition of Ashes will also occur on Lent 1, Sunday February 18 at the 10:00 am service. 
 
We are pleased to announce that we have earned $3141.02
from our Christmas Tree Project. Once again, thank-you to everyone who was involved in this successful fundraising project!!
 
We want to express our deep gratitude to Diana Chinnery for the days (and days!) of hard work painting the parish hall. We would also like to thank Pat Sproat, Dennis Brown from Tai Chi, Russ Amey, and Derryck Lowe. Diana also sends thanks to the secret kitchen ninjas who did the dishes left behind when she was too tired after a whole day of painting.
 
Free Community Pancake Breakfast - The Social Justice Committee and Transition Guelph are hosting a free pancake breakfast on Saturday February 3 from 9 until 11:30 am.   Please join us if you are free.  We are also looking for some volunteers to help out with cooking and clean up.  Please contact John Dennis at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-822-1061 for more details. 
 
The 2018 Annual Vestry Meeting will be held on Sunday, 18 February 2018. All groups in the parish are invited to submit short reports which will become part of the historical records of the parish and, as such, are very important. They need not be complicated - a paragraph or two on what your group accomplished during the year and what members were involved in would be very helpful. In order for the complete 2018 Annual Vestry Report to be collated and circulated before the meeting, we are requesting that your individual reports be submitted by 4 February, at the latest. They may be submitted to Ann Murray ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) in Word form electronically or in print form. Thank you for your co-operation.
 
The Reverend Ann Turner will be inducted as Rector at St. James Church, Fergus on January 28 at 4:00pm.
 
Introducing the Food Drive One a Week Challenge from now through to February 7 - 1 can of soup or 1 box of cereal or 1 jar of peanut butter, or ...... get the idea?? For a complete list of donation requests click on CCSC Donation Request List.
 
 
Sign up for CSA SharesOur Summer CSA provider, Terra Verde Farms, is offering vegetable shares delivered to our parking lot in the summer on Thursday afternoons. To sign up please go to their website at  http://www.terraverdehomestead.com.
 
Doors Open Guelph will be upon us soon enough and we need to settle on the design that St. Matthias and St. James want for the event.  Ideas have come forward regarding tour content, a musical component, some sort of art display, and food items produced in our kitchen.  Interested in helping at this planning stage? Join us Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 pm or contact Beryl Holtam to add your suggestions, 519 265-1370, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The church kitchen needs some attention. We plan to give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. Come and give us a hand. The more help we have the quicker it will be done. Join us on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 9:30 am. If you can help let Lynne Barker know,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519 824-5657.
 
Confirmations for the Wellington Region of the Diocese of Niagara will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 4:00pm at Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton. In anticipation of this, St. George's will be offering a Confirmation Preparation Program, and welcome youth from St. Matthias & St. James to attend. Starting on February 4, confirmation classes will begin at 11:30 am in the Library at St. George's Church. Youth will have a light lunch provided by St. George's on the first dates, after which each youth will take turns providing the lunch. For more information or to register contact call 519-822-1366. 
 
Volunteer Opportunities at St. Matthias & St. James
Property Management
 
X Committee to oversee and organize teams to maintain the interior of the physical plant. This will require a coordinator with a committee of planning and workers.
X Garden Committee: to add numbers and strength to the present committee.
X Sign coordinators (2) who will make sure the external signs are updated and made interesting.
 
Art and Worship
 
X Upkeep of brass, silver, linen, changing liturgical colour & banners, and setting up for services.
X Imagine and create seasonal ambience by decoration and design.  
 
Public Relations
 
X People willing to add to the present website committee.
X Official parish photographers who will record events and people.
Community News & Announcements
 
TaizĂ© Service at St James Church, Fergus: Wednesday, January 24th at 7pm. The theme this month is Friendship. Join us for an hour of quiet meditation, prayer and singing. An ecumenical service. All are welcome. 171 Queen St E, Fergus. [519] 843-2141.
 
The Chalmers Community Services Centre garage sale will be held Saturday March 17th from 9 am to 12 pm. Please note our new location - Centennial CVI, 289 College Avenue West. We will have five days to receive donations and organize them. Donations of quality household items, books, collectibles and small furniture can be made at Centennial CVI, from Monday March 12th to Friday March 16th from 9am to 3 pm each day. For donation information, or to make an early donation, please contact Steve at 519-766-0874 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The University of Guelph Symphonic Choir and Voices of Joy Community Choir present "United in Music, United in Joy" on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph, starting at 7 p.m. Each choir will present music from their repertory, and then the choirs will perform together, with audience participation encouraged. The Voices of Joy, a choir servicing developmentally challenged adults in Newmarket, Ontario, have been warming the hearts of audiences for decades. Please join us to witness the power of music to lift spirits and enhance life. Conducted by Richard Heinzle and Marta McCarthy. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd.
 
Join us for the Ecumenical Week of Guided Prayer and Spiritual Exploration, February 25 to March 3. This is an opportunity to develop, deepen, and explore your relationship with God, and learn ways to meet God meaningfully. Registration forms are available at www.guidedprayer.webs.com and will be accepted until February 19.
 
 
The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is hosting its annual Festival Gala Concert on Saturday, February 10th at 7:00pm at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.  Two stellar young musicians, Pianist, Morgan-Paige Melbourne and Singer/Songwriter, Mikalyn Hay will be the featured guest artists and other local professional musicians and talented students will be donating their time and talents for your listening pleasure. This elegant evening will feature a delightfully eclectic concert as well as a silent auction, live auction, draw prizes, raffle for a lovely watch from Knar Jewellery, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Wine and beer will also be available. Only 180 tickets available. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Concert Tickets: $25-Adults/$5-Students. Raffle Tickets: $5 each or 3 for $10.  Contact Festival Coordinator, Heather Fleming for tickets at 519-821-4365/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
The Reverend Canon Trudy Lebans
Priest-in-Charge   
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Wardens
Reta Craig -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-220-5506
Laurie Douglas -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-837-8647 
Beryl Holtam - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,519-265-1370
Joseph Odumeru -
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 519-763-7595
 
Office
519-822-1061, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
St. Matthias & St. James the Apostle is an Anglican Church that is committed to living the gospel of inclusivity, restoration of peace and justice for all, and joyful engagement with all who do this work, both in the name of Jesus and with other sources of inspiration.