Chimes (December 5, 2021)


Advent II

Lections: Malachi 3:1–4; The Song of Zechariah; Philippians 1:3–11; Luke 3:1-6

11:00am: Holy Eucharist/BAS

  • Officiant: Reverend Lynn Courage
  • Homilist: Reverend Donna Mercer
  • Readers: Randy Mercer; Fronie Squibb

Hymns:102 All Verses; 106 vs. 1, 2, 3; 97 vs. 1, 2, 4; 116 All Verses; 111 vs. 1, 2, 4

Table of Contents

Ministry & Mission at the Ascension

  • Seating in Church:
    • For gatherings of which all attendees aged 12 years old and over are fully vaccinated (or have an approved medical exemption) and have provided proof of the same, physical distancing is no longer required to be provided for, or maintained, between individuals who are seated. In these instances, churches may utilize all pews for worship services and attendees may feel free to sit wherever they choose and with whomever they choose. No registration is required.
    • While in common areas, congregating should still be avoided. Physical distancing should still be practiced while in common areas. Attendees should be informed, and reminded of, this practice.
    • Masks remain mandatory upon entering the church and must remain on at all times.
    • If you have not previously provided proof of vaccine, you will have to show your Vaccine Passport, vaccine records or exemption status, along with a photo ID.
  • Christmas Hamper Project:  Our Christmas Hamper Project is underway and our Advent tree is up … Christmas is coming!  We are looking for donations of items to fill our hampers.  Please take a tag from the Advent tree at the back of the church. This will indicate the donation(s) you will be providing.  This year we need help providing children’s gifts so you will notice tags requesting gift cards and monetary donations, as well as grocery items.  These donations can be dropped off at the church office from December 6 -10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or you can bring your items to church on December 12. Monetary donations via Website or etransfer [email protected] password church (please reference Hamper Project).  Thanks for your support! Christmas Hamper Team – Karen Anthony, Nickie Butler, Kathy MacPherson
  • Online Fall Fair Auction: Thanks to all those who made our recent Online Fall Fair Auction such a tremendous success! To those who donated items, prepared items, who bid on and purchased items- a big THANK YOU. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise over $3000 to help support various ministries here at the Parish of the Ascension. 
  • Advent Project – St. Margaret’s Boat: This Advent we partnered with Daybreak Child and Parent Center to donate books for children ages 2-4. You may write a note or place a card in the book if you wish. New books only, please. All items purchased can be placed in the boat that is located in the side foyer. Books collected will be presented to Maureen Bethel, acting ED from Daybreak Parent Child Center, on December 12 at the 11a.m. service.  The children in this age group really enjoy interactive type books, diversity and multi culture and any type of visually stimulating books.
  • Advent Packages/Help Needed:  Your Advent Packages are available for pick up in the side foyer.  If you are able to deliver any to family or friends, please feel free to do so. Thank you for your assistance.
  • Church of The Good Shepherd:
    • Community Supper: The next take out community supper will be 6:30 p.m on December 15 at Church of the Good Shepherd. It will be Christmas Dinner – ham and all the fixings. Registration is required. Please call Church of the Good Shepherd at 747-1022 to register.  Take out meal will be distributed at Church of the Good Shepherd on Richard Nolan Drive. Covid protocols will be observed

    • Church of the Good Shepherd Carols in the Labyrinth and lighting of our Christmas tree will be on Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m.
    • Christmas Puddings: Parish of the Good Shepherd has Christmas Puddings prepared and ready for pick up. Anyone interested can call the church office 747-1022 or can drop by during regular office hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The puddings are $20 each.
  • Topsail United Church: We are pleased to present the Cormier Family Reunion Concert, on December 28 at 7 p.m. featuring Mallory Johnson, Loretta Johnson, Randall Cormier, and Gordon Cormier.  Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 685-1155 or 694-4825, e transfer is available.  Vax Pass required.
  • Three Key Messages from Vestry:
    1. In 2020, the Vestry voted to use a $53,000 bequest from the Clarke family in the follow manner:
      • $9,000 went towards Audio Visual equipment.
      • The remainder was used for operating costs during Covid. It is the hope of the Vestry that $44,000 will be reimbursed to this bequest in 2022, assuming there are no further set-backs.
    2. The Vestry is looking at ways to become more engaging to people who are not members of our congregation, regardless of age.
    3. On behalf of the Vestry, we would like to thank all parishioners for their prayers and support over the past year. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
  • Pre-Authorized Givings:  If you would like to set up pre-authorized givings, please contact the church office at 368-5693 for direction.
  • Church Envelopes and Donations:  Just a reminder to include your name, envelope number and amount of the giving on the envelope when you submit your donation.  This will ensure you receive credit on your yearly tax receipts. Thank you.
  • E-Transfer: What a great way to contribute to the parish for your weekly offering or special project! If you would like to use this alternate method of payment, please use the following email address: [email protected] and the password is church.
  • Food Bank:  We are resuming collection for food bank items, effective immediately. We have a bin located in the main entrance of the church for those who would like to bring any items on Sunday, and we will also have a bin located at our side entrance for those who wish to drop their items at the church between 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Thank you so much.
  • CLB Take Out Lunch: Each week the CLB offers take out lunch specials on Friday. If you are interested in purchasing for your home or office group, please call 722-1737 to pre-order. Orders must be received by Thursday at 11 a.m.  Free delivery for orders of five or more dinners.
  • Services During the Week:
    • December 12, 2021, Advent III: 11:00am - Holy Eucharist/BAS

Other Documents

Anglian Church of Canada One Licence #733242-A Book of Alternative Services The Taizé Community Book of Common Praise GIA Publications Wee Worship Book The Iona Community CCLI License # 1733318Resources for Chimes from the above sources