Ascension News (April 23, 2021)

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Today is EARTH DAY 2021 with the theme ‘Restore Our Earth.’  The focus is to make us all realize the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation.  Let’s all do our part to protect our environment which is essential for healthy living for us today and for the future of our children. 

  • Just a reminder that if you would like to support the Parish’s spring fundraiser, as well as enjoy a cold plate or two prepared by Coffee Matters, the deadline to order is Tuesday, April 27 by 5 p.m.  These plates are $14.00 each and can be picked up at the church auditorium on May 1, between 3 and 5 p.m. (Masks mandatory!)  You can order by email: [email protected] or [email protected] or you can call the church office at 368-5693.  Payment in cash or cheque is due at pickup or you can e-transfer to [email protected].
  • I am sure you were happy to read the Rector’s letter sent via the Chimes and enews last week.  We finally get to have public worship again starting Sunday, April 25 at 11 a.m.  The same guidelines are to be followed as prior to our last closing.  However, public worship will not continue every Sunday unless there are enough teams consisting of FOUR people each volunteering for the services.  At present we have just TWO teams.  Below is a list of duties required of the team on duty.  This may help you to decide if you would like to be part of a team.
    1. Two people to greet, check names, and pew assignments at the door;
    2. One person to bring the person to the assigned pew;
    3. One person to use an orderly method of getting the people to enter the church while complying with social distancing;
    4. One person to explain the rules/processes (with notes) of attending services;
    5. All team members will be seated around the church during the service and given a couple of specific duties.
    6. You would have to arrive at church by 9:30 a.m. to place the order of the service in pews, etc. Also, at the end of the service, any papers left behind must be disposed of and things put in order once again.  You would be finished by 12:30.
  • This is all very similar to being a sidesperson.  You will be given a review of this before your turn.  Thanks, in anticipation of obtaining positive responses.
  • Even though there will be public worship on Sunday, it will still be live-streamed as before.  Again, if you have any difficulty connecting with these services, do not hesitate to call the church office (368-5693) and leave your name and number.  Someone from the audio-visual team will get back to you to help.
  • Sunday, April 25, is Birthday/Anniversary Sunday, and it will be a Family Service.  Don’t forget that if you would like to send a picture of yourself on your anniversary or birthday, you have to submit the picture as soon as possible for the month in which your special day occurs.  Send to [email protected].
  • Just a reminder that if you plan to order a dinner special or two from CLB, you have to place the order by 11 a.m. on Thursdays, and for this week, that is today. If you order five or more dinners, delivery is free.  Just call 722-1737!
  • Since January 2021, only $640 has been raised for our Pandemic Appeal.  Parishioners are encouraged to support our Parish by donating to this cause. Great thanks to all who have donated to date.
  • Congratulations to Sera Tulk, one of our young parishioners and a member of our youth group, on winning two awards for her creativity – one in the annual provincial Arts and Letters competition in the Junior French Literary category, and one in the Visual Art Category.  Read all about it in the ‘Shoreline.’  Well done, Sera!!
  • You know by now, that even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, you can still have a pastoral visit with Archdeacon David or Rev’d Lynn via telephone, email, or zoom appointment.  To set up an appointment, contact Archdeacon David by his cell phone 746-2095, or email him at [email protected], and Rev’d Lynn by her cell phone 682-8500, or by email at [email protected].
  • Tomorrow night (April 23) is the night when several supporters of ‘Heads without Beds’ campaign, are sleeping on the floor to raise money for this wonderful ministry (Home Again Furniture Bank).  Archdeacon David is one of them!  There is still time to support him in this campaign via ‘Canada Helps.’
  • A ‘Gathering Place, Welcome Home Project’ has begun! The Anglican Archdeaconry of Avalon is collecting gift cards from a supermarket or Walmart to aid Gathering Place in supporting clients who are moving into a new residence, gift cards which will be used to purchase fresh food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products.  Any financial donation or gift card is gratefully accepted.  Gift suggestions: $30 per person, $50 for 2 to 3 people, $75 for 4 or more. A tree in the church will be decorated with symbols indicating each monetary donation given so you can see how it is progressing each week.  You can drop your donation in the church mailbox (located on the front steps of the church) from now until the end of June.  Thank you all very much!

That’s it, folks!

Hope you have a nice weekend in the sunshine!
God Bless,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)