Thanksgiving Food Bank Drive
Please consider a gift to the Agincourt Community Services Food bank during our annual Thanksgiving food drive. And this note - you can make your financial donation directly by contacting ACSA, or you can make it through St. Paul’s by using your envelopes and indicating that it is a "special" offering for "The ACSA foodbank". Doing it through St. Paul’s eliminates the commission fee for making a donation by credit card as well as contributing to the total gift from St. Paul's to ACSA. Donations will be accepted until the end of October.
Notes from Outreach
A couple of notes on behalf of the Outreach Committee. Several things are in the works, but these three are starting to roll.
First, the annual Outreach Walk-a-thon has been adapted. We are asking walkers:
1) To signup - (call the office or send an email)
2) To collect sponsorships as usual,
3) to complete a 6 kilometer walk on their own (which is the distance of our usual walk),
4) and then to hand in forms, donations and pledges on All Saints Day - Sunday, November 1.
5) And . . . take a picture and send it in (email@example.com). We’ll create a collection of all the trails our walkers walked.
The sponsorship form is available from the office or online: www.stpl.ca/outreach.html
Secondly, we are hoping to re-start the Thursday after school program, concentrating on tutorials in Math and English. Due to safety guidelines, the number of students will be limited to 12. We are now in search of volunteers willing to tutor in English and Math, up to Grade 8. Like everything else, this is tied to what provincial and diocesan safety standards and guidelines will permit and recommend.
Thirdly, start looking ahead for a "Virtual Maytime Melodies Concert" of St. Paul’s musicians, with proceeds to Outreach.
For more information, contact the office or Kathy.
Notes from Bursary Committee
– George Coomarasamy
The recipients for this year’s Bursary award are:
Leah Hope-Bachelor of Psychology at Ryerson University;
Aliyah Knetsch -Honours in Life Science at University of Waterloo;
Joshua Jayakumar -Engineering & Architectural Science at Ryerson University;
Jenifer Milton -Bachelor of Commerce at Ryerson University;
Ruby Chen - Seneca College.
They will receive an award of $600.00 each and this will be given at the 10am Service on Sunday Oct 11th. The awards come from two funds , Berthebell Moo Bursary fund and St.Paul’s Memorial fund. The Berthbell Moo Bursary has been made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Berthebell Moo. The St.Paul’s Memorial Bursary is an ongoing bursary with gifts given and received in memory of loved ones. I thank the current Bursary committee comprising of Fr. Dean Mercer, Doug Brawley & Kathy Barnes for their recommendations. I also thank the wardens, Bernie Bellis & Fr. Dean who make every effort to find the necessary funds to help the youths who are pursuing post-secondary education.
The Doors of St. Paul’s Have Re-opened - Sunday, September 13.
In a series of careful steps, the doors are re-opening and services and programs are being resumed - starting with Sunday Services. We are working toward the resumption of other services and programs over the next few weeks. However, because the virus remains active, safety guidelines are in effect and all online services will continue for the foreseeable future.
Four services are offered in the church. Ninety (90) people, which is 30% of capacity, are allowed in the church proper - main floor and balcony - at any one time. The hall, kitchen and rooms downstairs remain closed.
8.00 a.m. (at the church)
10.00 a.m. (at the church)
10.00 a.m. - Sunday School (online - see the church calendar)
10.30 a.m. - English service (online - see the church calendar)
1.00 p.m. (Chinese)
3.45 p.m. (Tamil) - also being streamed.
6.00 p.m. - Evening Prayer (online - see the church calendar)
Morning Prayer will continue to be offered on Zoom, Monday through Saturday, as of September 13th. Sunday School and the Sunday recording will continue to be offered.
As required, St. Paul’s is following the safety guidelines issued by the Diocese of Toronto which can be read on the Diocesan website
Other Services, Programs and Meetings - Gradually, we plan to resume other services, programs and meetings, but safely and carefully. Watch for updates and announcements.
Summary - Due to broad cooperation across the country, the safety guidelines ensure that it is relatively safe to come back to church in the same way that it is now relatively safe to go to the grocery store, drug store, or hardware store. We are grateful to the Bishops and Diocese for their guidance. Small steps, but all in the right direction. And, as has been true all along, the situation remains dynamic. We’ll do our best to keep everyone updated.
S.P.Y. - St. Paul’s Youth - Friday Nights, 7 p.m.
Looking for Work - If you’re looking, or know someone who is, here’s the national job site: www.jobbank.ca
Friday Night Bible Study - on Zoom - Next Friday, October 2. Revelation 11, Lesson 11.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
Have you moved? - If you have moved recently, kindly notify the office of your new address, phone number and e-mail address. We appreciate your help.
Gifts and Offerings - The emergency measures and suspension of all church services and programs presents a large challenge to churches and charities dependent on regular gatherings and fundraising events. 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 also make E-transfers (contact the office).
The clergy of St. Paul’s are all in the vicinity. If any one of us can be of service, don’t hesitate to call or write.
Church phone: 416-499-1545;
Fr. Dean Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.