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Weekly Bulletin

Our Annual Vestry Meeting takes place on Sunday, February 17th following the 10 am service. Please plan to attend if you can. We will share   in the celebration of 2018 and make decisions together about church leadership and budget decisions for 2019. If you are able, please bring some finger foods to share before the meeting.

“Frosty Frolics”- Family Winter Fun Day
Sunday, February 17th starting at 1:30 pm
Put on your snow pants, bring your toboggan or skates, and join your St. Paul’s Church friends at Laurier Park for some winter fun. Hot chocolate cookies will be ready in the parish hall whenever you want to meet back for some relaxed fellowship and children’s board games. 

The Pancake Supper is Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, 5 pm to 7 p.m. We'll serve pancakes with real maple syrup, sausages, Including gluten-free, home-made pie, fair trade coffee, tea, and juice,$10.00  for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Ash Wednesday – March 6th  - Begin your Lenten journey by attending a service of Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes, at either 12 pm or 7 pm.

Lenten Study & Worship
We are very pleased this year to be partnering with both Good Shepherd Lutheran and St Lawrence Anglican churches to offer a full roster of Lenten offerings. You may join any one or all three, either for one night or for all six weeks. Beginning the week of March 12th and ending April 11th  we offer the following:
Every Tuesday night at Good Shepherd we join for dinner (provided by our Lutheran Friends) at 5 pm, followed by a Eucharist at 6 pm
Every Wednesday night, here at St Paul’s, we gather for soup (provided by Pastor Lynn) and study from 5 pm-7 pm.
Every Thursday night at St Lawrence, we are invited to a time of meditation and walking the labyrinth beginning at 7 pm.
The theme for all three nights will be the same, but with a different format, to compliment each other. The overall theme follows Lenten study material from the Society of St John the Evangelist called “The Five Marks of Love”. Registration is required for Tue and Wed evenings. Sign up in the parish hall and speak with Lynn if you have questions. There will be an introduction to the whole series and pot-luck lunch on Sunday March 3rd at noon at St Paul’s.
 
At St. Paul’s we believe that all baptized Christians are called to ministry. There are many ways to be involved in ministry, both to fellow church members and to those in the community and world around us. 
Some of the community ministries that members are involved in include: Loaves & Fishes, the Commonwealth Breakfast Club, Girl Guides, Scouts, the library and hospital. We are the church wherever we go and we are called to share the love of Christ in all areas of our lives. Ministry to fellow members includes such things as altar guild, worship leadership, pastoral care, administration and financial stewardship.
There are a few areas of ministry that urgently need volunteers
Youth Group Co-Leader(s) 
Crucifer
Godly Play Helpers 
Please see the parish news bulletin board in the hall for more information or speak with Lynn+.
 
Soup for the Soul: Making a batch of soup? Have leftover chlili? Someone in our congregation could probably make good use of it! We share it with our families dealing with illness, loss of a loved one, or those having trouble making ends meet. Please label and date your donation.

Weekly e-news:  If you would like to receive a short spiritual reflection and news for the upcoming week, please email lynndillabough@gmail.com

 

Ongoing Ministry and Stewardship Opportunities   

Contemplative Tuesdays at 7:00 pm 
All are welcome to join us in various contemplative practices. 
1st Tuesday = Lectio Divina
2nd Tuesday = Taize
3rd Tuesday = Centering Prayer
4th Tuesday = Christian Meditation
5th Tuesday = The Jesus Prayer

Youth Group: We meet 1st Thursday night per month 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm., & host other events a few times a year. Contact Lynn for information. All middle school and high school aged youth are welcome. 

Caregiver Support Group:   3rd Tuesday of each month, 1-3 pm 
Information sharing, support and fellowship for caregivers. Every other month we have a guest speaker. To register: Jennifer: 613-423-3333 x 241.

Brockville Food Bank (Operation Harvest Sharing): We will continue to designate the 3rd Sunday of the month as a time to bring non-perishable food items to church.  We welcome any items but would like to suggest that cereals, peanut butter, jam, and pasta are items that they consider to be high on their "wish list".  Thank you to all who have donated in the past.

Women’s Study group: Tuesday 12:00 - 2:30 pm This group is now at maximum capacity. If anyone would like to join a second group, meeting on a different day (tba) please speak with Lynn or Janice Twaddle.

Bible Study Group: Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the home of John and Linda - 286 Church Street, led by Rev. Ted Guthrie. All are welcome.

Altar Guild Recruitment:  Because of changes in personal circumstances, the Altar Guild has lost some of its key members.  If you have some time and are looking to fulfill a role within the church, please consider joining the Altar Guild, the members of which are responsible for setting up the Altar once every four weeks.  No experience is necessary; you would be placed on a team who would show you what has to be done.  If interested, please see Dina Edwards (she’s a choir member) or call her at 613-342-4997.

Join the Parish Life Committee: This committee is looking for new members who are interested in connecting with both members of the parish and the wider community.  It meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month. For more information contact Flora Francis at 498-9859 or jffrancis@bell.net.

Ushers Needed:  Do you have a friendly smile?  Do you like meeting people?  Then we need you added to the St. Paul's usher roster.  We've had a few folks step aside for various reasons, and are seeking happy, friendly people to greet people, hand out bulletins, assist guests, take up the collection, etc.  If you're able to help please contact Chris Groenewoud 613-345-2944 or chris_groenewoud@yahoo.ca

Breakfast Club ScheduleSaturdays: March 2, 2019 - The Breakfast Club has a new venue. We will be meeting on the first Saturday of every month at 9 am. at Mike's Restaurant (Hwy 29 Plaza, east side, just north of the Tin Cap Farm). For more information please contact Ann Delaney at 613-345-0469. We would love to see you there.

Partnership with Brockville General Hospital Maternal Care Unit:  The following items are needed for New Babies-in-Need Baskets; Jackets, sleepers sizes 0-9 months, undershirts (onezies), small baby powders, small baby oils, small soaps, and receiving blankets, etc.. If you wish to donate, please place items in the basket at the back of the church or contact Bea at 613-342-5223.   

Get me to the Church: Drivers are needed to get people to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you can help, please contact Don Buffett at dbuffett@ripnet.com or 613-345-5150.

FundScrict TM Update:  FundScrip  The following is the schedule for FundScrip™ gift card orders for 2019: Feb 17th , March 10th , March 31st     .  Orders are received and submitted on the date below, and the cards are distributed the following week.  Please mark these dates on your calendar. Order forms are available at the back of the church and may be submitted at any time (with a cheque corresponding to the amount of the order) in advance of the order date with the understanding the order dates are firm.   

St. Paul's Hearing System:  St. Paul's has hearing devices available to use for those who may need assistance in hearing the services more clearly. There is no charge for their use. Please see John Sharpe for further details.

Cancer Treatment Drivers: The Parish Life Committee is also considering the possibility of trying to provide drivers to take fellow parishioners to cancer treatment appointments.  As a first step we would like to see if there are people in the congregation who would be willing to be drivers for this programme. Again, if you would be willing to drive these patients please contact Don Buffett at 613-345-5150 or dbuffett@ripnet.com.  Depending on the response we will decide what further actions can be taken.

The Elder Abuse Prevention Helpline: is now available in Leeds-Grenville to help victims of abuse, as well as people concerned that someone they know may be in an abusive situation.  Elder abuse is not a family matter.  If you fear that someone is taking advantage of a senior you know, please call our toll free, confidential, anonymous helpline.  We are available 24/7 for advice, referral to an agency - or just to listen.  1-855-542-1336 Sponsored by the Council on Aging.