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February 2, 2018


Readings for January 28 - Deuteronomy 18:15-20 * Psalm 111 * 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 * Mark 1:21-28
Readings for February 4-Malachi 3:1-4 * Psalm 24:1-10 * Hebrews 2:14-18 * Luke 2:22-40 
The flowers at the High Altar on January 28 are given to the honour and glory of God by Gerald O'Reilly in loving memory of his son
We welcome the Reverend Karine Snowden as guest celebrant and preacher at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 28.

The kitchen cleaning scheduled for Monday, January 29 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for a new date.  
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 lunch and the annual vestry meeting. Please plan to attend this important meeting. 
On Ash Wednesday, February 14, there will be one service only, a sung Holy Eucharist (BCP) at 9:30 am with Imposition of Ashes. On Lent 1,Sunday February 18 at 10:00 am, there will be an intergenerational Choral Eucharist with Stations of Commitment and Imposition of Ashes.

The Women's Group meets on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 pm to view Forest of the Dancing Spirits. For more information about this film go to  All are welcome! 
The Lenten Bible Study called 'Losing my Faith and Finding God', begins on February 21 at 7:00 pm. A video clip will be shown followed by discussion and then Vespers. More information will follow next week. 
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.
Bill C-262 is asking the Canadian Government to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.   You can support  Indigenous Peoples by asking Lloyd Longfield, our Member of Parliament, to vote for Bill C-262. Email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or get a post card from the office and mail it to Mr. Longfield.
The Reverend Ann Turner will be inducted as Rector at St. James Church, Fergus on Sunday, January 28 at 4:00pm.
Continuing 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. 
Volunteer Opportunities at St. Matthias & St. James
Primate's World Relief and Development Fund representative for the parish who:   
X Cares for sharing God's abundant blessings.
X Is committed to PWRDF's work as a vital part of the parish.
X Promotes this ministry through communication, fund-, friend-, and
X Initiates and connects.
X Has direct or indirect access to the internet, social media and email. 

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.
Due to the resounding success when implemented last fall we are continuing with the Adopt-A-Bill program! This program is designed to give parishioners and others affiliated with our church space an opportunity to help us meet our monthly operating expenses. Participation in the program is voluntary and in addition to regular giving.  
Eight bills from the church's operating costs (e.g. telephone) have been divided into 12 equal monthly payments and an envelope for each bill has been placed on the board to be adopted. The bills were chosen to give a range of amounts so everyone could participate if they wished. When an envelope is adopted and removed, a yellow ticket is uncovered that states "adopted." When the bill is paid, the ticket is then stamped as "paid." The only requirement is that the bill be paid by the end of the month for the monthly bill chosen. A person could also partner with others to take an envelope as a shared effort.
Envelopes can be placed in the weekly offering plate, or in the mail slot in the church library door, or mailed via Canada Post. Payments will be added to your charitable tax receipt at year end. For non-parishioners, please be sure to include your name and address so a tax receipt can be sent to you.
Everyone's participation in this program is appreciated - a big THANK YOU for your support!
Community News & Announcements
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 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 .