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nnouncements – December 9 - 15, 2018

Meetings up and coming:

1. Staff Meeting – Mon. Dec. 10  9:30 am

2. Bridge Club – Mon. Dec. 10  1-3 pm

3. Brownies – Mon. Dec. 10     6 pm

4. Zen Meditation- Mon.  Dec. 10   7 pm

5. Jr. Choir & Cherub Choir – Tues. Dec. 11   5:30 pm

6. Wednesday EUCHARIST – December 12   9:30 am

7.   Jr. Choir – Wed. Dec. 12   4:00 pm

8.  Youth Chorale -Wed. Dec. 12   5:45 – 7:30 pm

9. Jr. Choir – Thurs.  Dec. 13   4:30 pm

10. St. Thomas’ Choir dress rehearsalThurs. Dec. 13   7:00pm

11. Music Exams  – Fri. Dec.  14  (am)

12. Jr. Choir – Fri.  Dec. 14     6 pm

13. No Limits Youth Dance – Fri. Dec. 14  evening

14. Music Exams– Sat. Dec. 15   9:30  am -  5 pm

 

 Coming events/ Activities

The 2019  Offering Envelopes are ready to be picked up today in the Parish Hall.

 

The Advent/Christmas letters are available in the Parish Hall. Please pick up your neighbours and/or friends’ letters to help save on postage costs. Thank you for your assistance.

 

 CHRISTMAS SHARING DECEMBER 2018

The Christmas season will soon be here and once again the congregation of St. Thomas will be participating in the Christmas Sharing Program. The need for this program has increased greatly in the past few years and our congregation has stepped up to help with this need by preparing 45 baskets this year.

Slips of paper with food item donations are still available and gift angels for the children are available.

There is also a need for cash donations to cover the cost of perishable items; ie milk, turkey, eggs, etc., to make a cash donation simply include it

in your weekly envelope marking it clearly as Christmas Sharing.

All items need to be in by December 16th

Sorting will be done Wednesday December 19th and deliveries will be made Thursday December 20th .  Sign up sheets for volunteers will be available on the bulletin board soon.

Thank you for helping with this wonderful outreach program, the sharing

and caring of our congregation helps greatly in this program.

 

On Dec. 19th  at 11 am we will again be helping to deliver the food hampers from Bayside School. If you are able to help with the delivery please let Fr. Brad or the church office know (approx. 6 drivers)

Thank you for your assistance.

 

 

Would you like to spend a quarter on GRACE? The Grace of God will be the focus for a study group in the first quarter of 2019, following the Sunday morning service. The book, What's So Amazing About Grace by  Philip Yancey will serve as a foundation for an investigation of the subject.  Bernadette Hymus and Dawne Brown hope to bring together those who'd like to create a dynamic way to deeper understanding and shared experience of grace in our lives.  To keep it simple, we're suggesting a brown-bag lunch approach.  Those who are interested, please email Dawne -  dawne.brown@gmail.com or call Bernadette -  613-962-7926.

 

Monday, December 10

For International Human Rights Day, join Amnesty International’s Write for Rights, the world’s largest human rights event, by writing on behalf of prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders.  From 1 to 7 p.m. at Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge St. E., Belleville.  It makes a difference.   This year is the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Sponsored by AI’s Belleville Group 111.  For more information, call Jan at (613) 968-9659 or Connie at (613) 962-7416.            

 Eight women human rights defenders need our help.

 Stories and action instructions in parish centre.

 

Carols by Candlelight On December 16th at 4:30 PM, the Choirs of St. Thomas' Anglican Church, Belleville, will be presenting “Carols by Candlelight,” a   Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. The service will be presented in the traditional style of King's College, Cambridge. The congregation is also invited to join in singing some all-time favourites.

A reception will follow. Admission by donation.     

   

The Belleville Choral Society & Quinte Symphony Concert

                                    “Messiah”

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 pm

Bridge St. United Church

Adults: $25    Seniors: $20   Youth: $10  Children under 12 free

 

 Inn from the Cold 2019

We are currently in the process of recruiting volunteers for the Bridge Street Church meal program – Inn from the Cold.  Every night, from January 18 through February 28, Bridge Street Church will prepare and serve a nutritious, hot meal to anyone in need. 

Volunteer list is posted on the bulletin board near Fr. Brad’s office.

 

Sides People/Greeters for Christmas Eve Services

We are in need of 1 sidesperson for the early Christmas Eve service (6:30 pm) and 3 people for the 9:30 pm service. If you can help us please let the church office know. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Knife Sharpening – Now is the time to get those carving knives sharpened for Christmas. Bring them into the office and Bob Owen will sharpen them for you. The price list is posted on the Parish Bulletin Board. Bob will be graciously donating the fee back to the church.

 

Final, Final Bicentennial News!!

As you know, December 2 was our last St. Thomas Bicentennial Event celebrating 200 years of worship at St. Thomas. It was celebrated with the Confirmation of 5 of our wonderful young people and officiated at by Bishop Michael Oulton. This was followed by another delicious brunch at which time, the Bishop joined the rest of the food servers and served the ham.

At this time, we want to thank all the members of the congregation for their support over the year and many thanks to those who volunteered so willingly to help with each of the events.

This next paragraph is a repeat but we think it bears repeating. As one of the events of 2018, the Bicentennial Celebration Committee arranged for St. Thomas to be on the Belleville Doors Open tour in September. In preparation for that day, information about the interior of the church was gathered for our volunteer tour guides by Elizabeth Mitchell, Rev. John Uttley and Rev. Brad Beale. We realized that this information was too valuable to be lost so committee members, David Smith and Elizabeth Mitchell, arranged for it to be compiled into a booklet to be given to each of our parish families with extra copies for future use. The printing cost was covered by what the committee has called the ‘Strawberry Social Fund’ which is money raised during the 5 years the committee has organized Strawberry Socials plus other events held during 2018. Hopefully, you will find this booklet informative and will do your own tour of the interior of the church, book in hand, and then file it to keep with other St. Thomas documents in your home for future reference. (note: click here to access download.)

We hope that you have participated in and enjoyed this celebration year as we have!!

St. Thomas’ Bicentennial Celebration Committee