Ascension News (December 24, 2021)

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‘…. For unto you is born this Day in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.’ Luke 2:11 KJV 

Special wishes for a Blessed Christmas Season filled with joy and love, and for a New Year full of God’s goodness.

  • Due to the recent increase in cases of the Coronavirus variant, the Health Department has issued a few new guidelines which have resulted in our diocese issuing some additional guidelines for us.  As of Monday past, only every second pew can be used at a service, and all must call to register although you won’t be assigned a particular seat.  This is to ensure that we only have 50% of the church capacity.  These measures are in addition to the guidelines that are already in place in our church.
  • Unless there is a further notice which you will hear about either via the church email or enews, the following services will be held:
    • December 23 @  7 p.m. (BCP/HE)
    • December 24 @  2 p.m. (Welsh Eucharist)
    • December 24 @  7 p.m. (BAS/HE)
    • December 26 @ 11a.m. (BAS/HE)
    • January 2 @ 11 a.m. (BAS/HE)
  •  Special thanks to Mrs. Kearley and the choir for putting us all in the spirit of the Season with the lovely singing both at the Lessons and Carols’ service and the evening carol sing during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the parking lot.  I am sure we are all truly grateful that through their dedication, we could enjoy these wonderful performances at this time.
  • The parish has received sincere thanks and appreciation to all who contributed to the Advent project.  Ms. Bethel said there were 201 books donated – enough for each child to receive one for Christmas.
  • There are still a few Advent Packages that have not been picked up or delivered.  So, on some mild day, when the roads are good, maybe some of you would like to drop by the church to pick up a few packages and deliver.  Thanks for all those who have helped to date.
  • If you are interested in honouring a loved one in our Christmas Memorial Booklet, information will be accepted up to January 16, 2022.  Please provide your name, envelope number, and the name of the honouree.  Of course, if you honoured someone for the Christmas Tree Lightning, the loved one’s name has already been added to the Booklet.  Booklets will be available by January 30. 2022.
  • You can read Bishop Sam’s Christmas Message online or you can pick up a copy at the church entrance.
  • Reminding you again that if you want your givings included on your 2021 tax receipt, you MUST have them dropped off to the church office no later than 12 noon on December 31, 2021.  You can also drop them in the mail slot on the front step, but they will be collected by 12 noon on December 31, so any dropped there after that time will be included on the tax receipts for 2022.
  • The church office will be closed from December 24 to December 30 and will reopen on December 31 from 9 to 12 noon to receive any givings for the 2021 tax year.  Then it will be closed on Monday, January 3, in observance of New Year’s Day and reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
  • Great thanks to all who donated to the Christmas Hamper Project.  The Hampers were delivered on Saturday, December 18, to 24 families, which means your kindness helps 24 families to enjoy a Christmas meal.  This is the true meaning of Christmas! (Hamper Team – Karen, Kathy, and Nickie)

Merry Christmas everyone,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)