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The bulletin and words for the hymns for the service for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 5, are posted below.

To read or download bulletins from previous weeks, click here to go to the Bulletins page.

THIS WEEK’S PARISH NEWS – December 5 – December 12 (**New Items, *Revised Items)

*Welcome to David Berry – We welcome David Berry back to the organ bench again this morning. Susanne is taking a well-deserved leave of absence this month and into the new year. During this unpaid sabbatical, please keep Susanne in your prayers, while she spends time with her family to recharge. This is her first big break from weekly organist/choir director duties at St. Luke’s since 2009. 

Coffee Time via Zoom will start at 11:45 am after the in-person and livestreamed service. Watch for the link, which will be sent out by e-mail and join us in your home via Zoom. Hope to see you there.  

Please register for next Sunday’s 10 am Eucharist Service by phoning (250-477-6741) or e-mailing the office (admin@stlukecedarhill.ca) before 11 am this Friday. (This will help us manage our capacity limits at this time.) You will need to wear a mask, be distanced in the church except within family groups or established bubbles, and use hand sanitizer when entering the church. The services will be livestreamed and recorded as well as being in-person. The Bishop encourages those who are unvaccinated to watch the online services. 

*Liturgical Assistant TrainingTODAY, December 5th, immediately following the 10 am service, meet in the Church Sanctuary. The training session will last approx. 1 hour and will focus on assisting in setting the altar for communion and other ceremonial information, to standardize our worship service. If you have any questions, please contact Sean Tiernay (worship@stlukecedarhill.ca). 

*Jazz Up Your Sunday Evening with a Jazz Vespers Service TONIGHT, December 5th starting at 7 pm  This hour-long service in the church will feature lots of jazz along with contemporary prayers, poems, and readings. Come and see and hear what it’s all about!

**The December Issue of Diocesan Post is available to read online at the link sent by e-mail or from the News page. You should also receive a paper copy in the mail. Copies are available in the church as well.

**2022 Contributor Boxes Your box of envelopes for 2022 is available to be picked up from the church or the church office. If you are not able to come to church or the church office, please e-mail (admin@stlukecedarhill.ca) or call St. Luke’s Office (250-477-6741) and we will arrange for someone to drop off your box. Even if you contribute by ECP (Electronic Collection Plate), please pick up your box. If at some point during the year you wish to make a donation for a special event or cause, such as for flowers, outreach, or a seasonal donation at Christmas or Easter, please use one of your envelopes for that additional donation.

**Christmas Stocking Project – As we have done in previous years, we have chosen a World of Gifts Project through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund as our Christmas Stocking Project. This year PWRDF is supporting three partners with goat distribution and training: the Episcopal Church of Cuba, TSURO Trust in Zimbabwe and Partners In Health Malawi. You are invited to drop your gold coins (Loonies or Toonies) into the Christmas stocking at the back of the church or to put a special donation into the collection plate labelled “Goats Project”. Money designated in the collection or collected in the stocking from now to Christmas Day will be sent to the PWRDF to fund these goat programs.   

*Repairs to the Rock Walls in the Cemetery Have Taken Place – The crumbling rock wall by the oak tree has been replaced and the leaning wall in the compost area was taken down, at a cost of just under $10,000. We welcome donations towards these repairs and to the ongoing maintenance of the cemetery. Thank you to parishioners, friends, and descendants of those resting in the cemetery who have made recent contributions. Donations to date for the rock wall repair total $5,414.00, more than half way to paying the cost of the repair. If writing a cheque, please make your cheque payable to St. Luke's Church, noting on the cheque and your donation envelope that it is for the cemetery (and the rock wall repair), and include your cheque in your donation envelope. You can also make an online donation by credit card through Canada Helps.  You can also make an online donation by credit card through Canada Helps. See more information and pictures at the News page

Thank You for Your Support for the Ongoing Ministry of St. Luke’s Church through your offerings by writing a cheque, making a donation online through Canada Helps, and by signing up for ECP. Note that the offerings will now be taken forward to the altar each Sunday during the service, but we aren’t allowed to pass around the collection plate at this time. If you miss putting in your donation as you enter the church, donations left in the collection plates after the service will also be collected.

**Welcome to Laura Stear, who is working for us for two months through a Canada Summer Jobs Grant. She will be continuing work on the St. Luke’s Library in the Lounge, researching the history of our stained glass windows and of people buried in St. Luke’s cemetery, and continuing with archival work and other miscellaneous projects.  

**Christmas with Edie Daponte – Sunday, December 19th at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm at Church of the Cross – A fundraiser for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. Celebrate the holiday season with vocalist Edie DaPonte and the smooth musical rhythms of the Bob Watts Trio. Featuring musical styles from jazz to gospel and spanning several musical genres, everything from jazz standards to holiday favourites. A generous anonymous donor has offered to match all funds raised through this event, up to a total of $25,000! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays, to double the impact of your donations, and do some good in our community. Tickets: $20/person available online via Canada Helps. See the Events page for more information.  

**Longest Night Service Tuesday, December 21st, 7 pm – The service this year will be held on the actual longest night of the year. Whether you have experienced loss in your life or simply are finding it difficult to enter into Christmas this year for whatever reason. Come and enter gently into a quiet holy time. This Longest Night Service, a service of Light in the Midst of Darkness, is open to everyone. You are welcome to invite a friend to come and share with you in this service of remembrance and hope.  

**Christmas Services at St. Luke’s will be at 4 pm, 7 pm, and 10 pm on Christmas Eve, and at 10 am on Christmas Day. Watch for more information to come.

**From Advent to Epiphany – In these weekly 2-minute sermons join Bishop Anna as we journey from Advent to Epiphany, remembering that history is always and everywhere being broken open with new possibility. In first reflection, we are reminded that the apocalypse does not, in fact, signal the end, but reveals what always was. Watch this video at the News page. These two minute videos will be available at St. Luke’s website each Thursday through to Epiphany. 

*Country Grocer Save A Tape Program Update – Please continue to collect your Country Grocer receipts and turn them in to the Church Office, mail them to the Church Office, or put them in an envelope in the mail slot. We have now collected $5,000.23 in grocery receipts and have reached our first goal of $5,000 in receipts to receive a $50.00 gift certificate. As of December 1st, we have $4,010.58 towards our next goal of $5,000 to receive a second $50.00 gift certificate. Please keep dropping off your receipts so we can reach another $5,000. See more information at the News page.  

Stamps for Cookware for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen – St. Luke's is collecting the stamps from Thrifty Foods for the Vivo pots and pans promotion. We did a great job collecting stamps for knives earlier this year. Now the stamps collected will be used to buy pots and pans for Shelbourne Community Kitchen. If you shop at Thrifty's and don't need the stamps, please consider collecting and donating them. The stamps can be put in an envelope and dropped off at the office or put in the mail box by the hall front door. While the promotion runs until March 2, 2022, the Kitchen is planning to give away some pots and pans at Christmas so we hope to have some for them by then. 

Fairway Market Community Shopping Cards We have now received our first payment of $274.49. Please continue to use your reloadable Fairway Market Community Shopping Card so that  St. Luke's can receive 5% from Fairway Market for every dollar loaded on the card. To join in this program, please pick up your reloadable card from St. Luke's Office. Please contact St. Luke's office or talk to Brenda Morgan for more information or visit the Fundraising page.  

Level Ground Fundraiser – We have now received our first payment through this program. $18.18 was deposited into our account for the orders received in last three months. Please continue to take part in this fundraising program to benefit St. Luke’s when you buy coffee, tea, and dried fruit through Level Ground Trading. When you order online at Level Ground Trading, St. Luke's will receive 15%. ONLINE ORDERING IS EASY! Visit Shop at Level Ground (https://levelground.com/collections). At checkout, use the code StLuke to ensure the 15% comes to St. Luke's. The minimum order is $40 for the 15% return to St. Luke's and this includes free shipping. See more information at the Fundraising page. 

**A Student Looking for a Place to Rent in the Gordon Head area contacted St. Luke’s Office. She is looking for a bachelor's or 1 bedroom suite, with a budget of around $1200. She is a Mathematics student, who tutors children and also teaches music/theory. If you have a suite or know of one which is available, the student’s contact information is available through St. Luke’s Office.