Weekly Announcments

For the week of December 9, 2018

 The church office will be closed from Monday, December 24, 2018 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

WORSHIP

MORNING PRAYER | Thursdays | 9:30AM | Sanctuary

All are welcome to attend our service of Morning Prayer with Rev. Jason.

QUIET CHRISTMAS | Tues, December 11 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

We invite you to slow down and join us for our Quiet Christmas service. This service will be a time when we can listen to familiar Christmas carols and take the time to quietly reflect and pray. As well, for many this can be a lonely time of year or a time when the losses that we experience in life can cause feelings of pain and sorrow. During this service we will hear of God’s love and grace through scripture readings and we will light candles, pray for hope and comfort, and participate in holy anointing with oil. All are welcome to attend this quiet time of contemplation.

STUDY

ADVENT STUDY SERIES | Thursdays | 10:00AM | Nailer Room

Join Rev. Jason for our Advent study series where we delve into the meaning behind some of our most beloved Christmas carols. Light refreshments served. 

REFRAME | Sunday Mornings September 30 to December 9, 2018 | 8:45AM to 9:45AM | Sanctuary

Join us either before or after your Sunday morning worship for a coffee and an engaging video-based group discussion where we'll go on a ten-week journey through the “big story” of scripture, examining how the Bibles message has shaped historical Christian communities and their cultures, and what its implications are for all Christians living in the world today. More Info

EVENTS

For Advent and Christmas events and services in Stouffville and surrounding communities, see our Community Events bulletin board located in the library.

ACW POTLUCK THANKS FROM ELEANOR WINTERS

We had 28 come out for our Christ Church ACW Christmas Dinner last night, including Rev. Jason and Jim Winters. Thanks you ladies for all your help setting up and taking down. A big thank you to my husband Jim for tables, chairs and kitchen help.  We filled the food bank barrel with your donations which are greatly received. The winner of our beautiful quilt was Elizabeth Austin.

MEN OF NOTE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS | Sat, December 15 | 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Performing a mixture of new pieces and old favourites, with special guests Susan Ryman and Aldbury Gardens Brass Quintet, be sure to join Men of Note for their annual Christmas Concerts.  Tickets $25 available at Barthau Jewellers and Card’s Appliances.

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR ARCHBISHOP COLIN JOHNSON | Sat, December 15 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM | St. James Cathedral

Anglicans will have a chance to say farewell to Archbishop Colin Johnson before he retires at the end of the year. A special retirement celebration will be held on Dec. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. All are invited. The celebration will include refreshments, a receiving line, speeches and presentations. It will conclude with a Choral Evensong at 4 p.m., at which Archbishop Johnson will preach.

WORLD VISION MEANINGFUL GIFTS OF LOVE | Until December 24

This Christmas Christ Church is supporting World Vision. You are invited to help us give a meaningful gift of love, like animals and medicines, through a donation to Christ Church (mark your donation envelope “World Vision”). At the end of Advent we will choose from over 50 unique gifts in the World Vision gift catalogue to help change lives. Every gift from the World Vision Gift Catalogue contributes to stronger, more resilient communities where children can reach their fullest potential.  If you prefer to make a personal donation, we invite you to take a catalogue or visit www.worldvision.ca.

BISHOP’S LEVEE | Tues, January 1, 2019 | 12:30PM – 4:30PM | St. James Cathedral

Please join Bishop Andrew Asbil and the College of Bishops to offer best wishes and prayers for the New Year. Said Eucharist at 12:30 p.m.

Receiving line and reception from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. with the ringing of the Bells of Old York.  Festive Music at 3:00 p.m. Choral Evensong at 3:30 p.m. with presentations of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto. All are welcome! Nursery care provided.

CHRIST CHURCH SKI DAY | Friday, February 15, 2019 | Devil’s Glen

Our annual ski day will be on February 15, 2019. More information to come.  Mark your calendars now.

MINISTRY MATTERS

ACW CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE | Until December 16

You are invited to help us decorate the Narthex Christmas tree with new socks, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves.  All donations will go to those in need right here in Stouffville. For more information, speak to Eleanor Winters.

2019 PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVINGS & OFFERING ENVELOPES

In preparation for 2019, please let Kathryn know if you would like to set up pre-authorized givings or if you don't have envelopes and would like some.   goldsmith.kathryn@gmail.com or 905-895-2935. If you have already opted for envelopes, they are available for pick up in the Narthex.

CORPORATION MATTERS

CHURCHWARDENS

As of Vestry 2019 Christ Church has two vital roles to fill: People’s Warden and Deputy Rector’s Warden. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to fill one of these roles that are so important to the operation of Christ Church. If you would like more information on what each role entails, please speak to our outgoing People’s Warden, Susan Walmsley and Rev. Jason Prisley.

PARISH LIST

A parish list has been prepared and posted on the bulletin board in the Great Hall in accordance with the Canon on Vestries of the Synod of the Diocese, of persons sixteen years of age and over who have been members of and worshippers with this congregation for at least three months prior to the annual meeting of the vestry. Applications to have names added to or removed from the list shall be made in writing to the Parochial Tribunal not later than the fourth Sunday in January. The persons whose names appear on this list shall be members of the vestry, and shall be entitled to vote at the elections thereof for the ensuing year. Please review the list for your name. If you are not on it and would like to vote at Vestry, having satisfied the above criteria to vote, please make your request in writing to the Parochial Tribunal (Rev. Jason Prisley, Trevor Smith, Susan Walmsley, Linda Parker and George Sled) and forward to the church office.

 NOMINATIONS LIST

The nominations list has been prepared and posted on the bulletin board in the Great Hall.  If you would like to nominate someone for an elected position, please speak to Linda Hadaway or Jim Winters.