More Good News at St. Paul’s Centre
About five weeks ago, several residents tested positive for Covid-19 and campus wide testing showed that 13 altogether were known to be infected. These were the first known cases in the residence since the pandemic began. Two weeks ago, all known cases in the residence were cleared from quarantine and followup testing this past week revealed no new cases. The outbreak has ended.
In addition, all residents over the age of 80 will be offered vaccinations this coming week. This will be the first mobile vaccination clinic in seniors' multi-unit housing conducted by the Scarborough Health Network. When asked why we were the first, SHN said that "they have found us to be very good to work with and very organized." Our thanks and congratulations again to Executive Director Diane Duncan, Property Manager Vanett Hart - who is our on-site clinic organizer - and to the whole team.
The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine!
2020 Income Tax Receipts Completed and Sent
St. Paul’s income tax receipts were completed last week and distributed. Those who so requested have already received theirs by email. Those who requested pick-ups may do so now. All other receipts were mailed and should have already arrived. Our thanks to Daisy Lucas and Ruby Chen for dedicated service in an unusual time.
Considering Pre-Authorized Giving
Never has the support - and regular support - of the parish been so important. In response, a growing number are now using the Pre-Authorized Giving program, now counting for nearly a quarter of our annual envelope target. It is easy, safe, cost effective (cheaper than mailing a cheque) and simple to adjust. If interested, contact the office or check the website for more information: www.stpl.ca/give.html. Thank you for keeping St. Paul’s strong and ready to go when the doors re-open - made possible by your faithful and regular support in this irregular time.
The full schedule of in-person and online services and programs can be found on the online church calendar - www.stpl.ca/calendar.html - or here: www.stpl.ca/services.html.
Sunday Services by Phone on Zoom - Sundays, 11.15 a.m.
The weekly Sunday recording can now be heard by phone on Zoom on Sundays at 11.15 a.m..
By Phone: 647 374 4685; 647 558 0588;
Meeting ID: 854 0290 8277; Passcode: 970844
Sunday School Every Sunday at 10.00 on Zoom
Check the church calendar for links and information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html
Order for 2021 Church Calendars
Thank you for all those who ordered 2021 church calendars. They have arrived and are ready for pick-up during normal office hours.
Wednesdays in Lent
On Wednesdays in Lent, you are invited to Morning Prayer at 7:30 am and to an Ash Wednesday evening service on Zoom at 7.30 pm. A service of Wednesday evening Lenten reflection will take place at the same time throughout Lent. Zoom services are accessible by both telephone and internet. Check the online church calendar for link information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html.
Young Adult Lenten Study with Fr. Ajit John
Beginning Wednesday, February 24, at 7.00 p.m., young adults are invited to join Fr. Ajit on Zoom on Wednesday evenings in Lent for a study of After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by N. T. Wright (HarperOne, 2012). Check the online church calendar for link information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html.
Stewarding God’s Kingdom - Friday Night Gatherings in February of St. Paul’s Youth
As part of stewardship month, SPY is reflecting on stewardship devotions and talks. This past Friday evening, a presentation on financial literacy was offered by Paul McKay. The presentation was recorded and can be viewed here:
S.P.Y. - St. Paul’s Youth - Friday nights at 7 pm. Contact Sarah for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the online church calendar for link information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html.
For several years now St. Paul's has benefitted from the services of TAIBU, a community service agency which provides health care and related services for Black populations across the Greater Toronto Area. Through the assistance of Kareem Marshall, St. Paul's began a reading club and Saturday exercise program. Right now TAIBU is providing special services for those touched by COVID. Services include education support, household support, homelessness support, income support, mental health services, access to food, masks, shields and sanitizer, social connections, and support using the internet and online devices. For more information, contact TAIBU: 416-803-8654, or Covidemail@example.com, or www.taibuchc.ca.
Friday Night Bible Study - on Zoom - Fridays, 7.00 p.m.
Join us Friday evenings for Bible study and prayer. This coming Friday - March 12 - we begin an 12-week study of the letters to Timothy and Titus. Study guides are available online (www.amazon.ca or www.parasource.com or www.christianbook.com) or may be ordered through Fr. Dean. Next week’s study will be 1 Timothy 1.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
Smartphone Deal for Seniors, Families and Youth on Government Assistance.
Right now SPLC is recommending a $25 smartphone deal from Telus for seniors on government assistance (including those with disabilities, families and youth). More information is available here: www.telus.com/en/about/seniors/application
Gifts and Offerings - Your faithful support is as important now as it has ever been. Church Envelopes can be sent by mail. Members may wish to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Giving Program (contact the office). Or, gifts can be made online at our website through CanadaHelps here: www.stpl.ca/give.html. Members who use online banking may now make E-transfers (contact the office).
The 2021 Envelopes Now Available. Church envelopes are now available and may be picked up on Sundays or by appointment at the office. In the meantime, offerings can be forwarded in any envelope on which is written your Name, Date and Church Envelope #. Pre-Authorized Giving and Electronic Transfers are recommended as a safe, efficient and slightly less expensive alternative: www.stpl.ca/give.html.
We encourage every member to register their givings at St. Paul's as an act of membership and so that a record of your gifts can be included in the filing of your annual income tax form. For more information, contact the church office.
Contact - The clergy of St. Paul’s are all in the vicinity and visiting in homes again, though according to diocesan safety guidelines and by appointment. If any one of us can be of service, don’t hesitate to call or write. Website: [http://www.stpl.ca;/]www.stpl.ca; Church phone: 416-499-1545; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Fr. Dean Mercer: email@example.com; Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.