Annual Stewardship Emphasis
Every year at this time is our Stewardship emphasis. Its purpose is threefold:
*To give an account of how the gifts received by the parish are applied.
*To highlight the fundamental areas in the Christian mission of the parish.
*And to emphasize the central place and grateful obligation of stewardship in the life of every Christian.
Regular giving according to the standard of the Biblical tithe is one of the fundamental practices of a Christian. It is the offering to God of our first and best gift. It is the support of the body of which Christ has made us a part. For his sake, it is our hand extended in service to those in need and in invitation to those drawing near to Christ.
The annual Stewardship Letter to the Parish is attached.
SPARC- Thursdays 4:00 - 5:45 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: We’ve had a great response this fall and are now in search of one or two new volunteers to help tutor math and English, up to a Grade Six level. All materials are provided. If interested, please contact Kathy Barnes. High School students are most welcome and this voluntary service is eligible for high school community service hours.
SPLC Programs and Services Information Session: Sunday November 12th, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Byce Hall. Learn more about the various programs that SPLC (Senior Persons Living Connected) offers including: Care Management, GAIN (Geriatric Assessment Intervention Network), Caregiver Support Programs and much more. To register, call the office or signup in the narthex. For more information, call Elsa at 416-493-3333 ext 305 or email email@example.com.
Anniversary Sunday - November 19
Marking 183 years of service in the community and the 182nd anniversary of the dedication of the parish by Bishop John Strachan. Guest Preacher: Archdeacon Theadore Hunt. A combined service with the Tamil and Chinese congregations at 10.00 a.m..
The Next Service of Infant & Adult Baptism - Sunday, November 26th, 2023. The baptism will be taking place during the Feast of Christ the King. Baptism classes for adults will be held on Sundays at 4:30 pm from October 22nd to November 19th. Please see Fr. Dean for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Diocese of Toronto - Support for African Outreach Project
Last week we learned that a five-year application for the support of our African Outreach Project was approved by the The Project Enabling and Monitoring Group of the Diocese of Toronto, and ratified by Synod Council. This is great encouragement. We say our prayers and do our best - for the sake of those we serve and to the glory of God.
Adzua Fellowship - Immigrant Support Program
The next meeting is on Saturday, November 11. Fr. Pierre will talk about his experience moving from Burundi to Uganda and settling with his family here in Canada. Along with great singing, prayer and a great meal. Please sign up if attending. Kindly consider donating a dish.
African Service of Praise
This past April, along with St. George's, Yonge Street, and Nativity, Malvern, we hosted an African Service of Praise. It was a great evening and our hope was to have joint services also at Nativity and St. George. The next one will be at Nativity, Malvern, on Saturday, November 25 at 7.00 p.m..
All Saints Food Bank Drive - Every fall we offer our support to the Agincourt Community Services Assocation (ACSA) food bank. We are encouraging everyone to offer a gift from now. Today, the Feast of All Saints, is the last day of the drive.
Walk-a-Thon 2023 - a great day and over $11,000 raised so far. Thanks again for your constant help and support of our many outreach projects. This is our Main fundraiser.
St Paul’s Family Network: Children and Youth Basketball Programs - Youth Basketball Clinics have resumed: Youth on Mondays, at 6 pm and Children on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m. - at L’Amoreaux C.I. Register here: linktr.ee/splcyouth
A great start in both programs this year!
A New Book from Arthur Boers: Arthur's coming-of-age and coming-to-faith memoir has just been published! Shattered: A Son Picks Up the Pieces of His Father's Rage (Eerdmans), explores being the child of immigrants and learn English as a second language, a vivid Christian faith already as a child, and his father's dangerous PTSD that eventually focused dangerously on Arthur. If you would like to order one, you can email Arthur at email@example.com. You can specify whether you'd like it signed or personalized in some way. Arthur is selling the book for the Amazon-busting price of $25.
Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan - Postponed - Fall, 2024
Join us for a pilgrimage that includes Petra, Wadi Rum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, Bethlehem, and the Mount of Beatitudes. If you would like to visit Israel as a pilgrim with time to visit, pray and reflect in each holy place, you will enjoy our itinerary. We create many special moments such as a visit to the private garden of Gethsemane, a sail on the Sea of Galilee, Eucharist at the Mount of Beatitudes, a healing and prayer time at the Jordan River and a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Canon Kim Beard will be the group leader. Our flights will be direct with Air Canada from Toronto to Tel Aviv. If you would like more information, please contact: Canon Kim Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Service Zoom Link
The ordinary Church Service Zoom link is now back in use for all English church services which are streamed on Zoom, for the replay of the Sunday recording, for Evening Prayer on Sundays at 6.00 p.m. and for Morning Prayer, Monday through Saturday:
Meeting ID: 865 6634 7435
Pray for One Another
On Tuesdays, from 7.30 - 8.30 pm, Rajini Lyman hosts on Zoom a simple service of evening prayer with ample time for participants to pray for each other. In advance, you may wish to send the following to Rajini:
Contact Email Address:
Those interested are invited to send prayer requests to Rajini Lyman in person or by email: email@example.com
For this service, the alternate Church Service Zoom Link will be used:
Meeting ID: 416 985 1369
Wednesday Morning Eucharist and Bible Study - Wednesday mornings. Eucharist at 10.30 a.m. followed by the Bible Study with Don St. Kitts.
Young Adult Fellowship - Saturday mornings.
A great season of meetings ahead. We’ll next meet on Saturday, October 21 at 10.00 a.m.. For more information, contact Fr. Dean.
Interested in Volunteering with St. Paul's? Have a passion for teaching the word of God to children? We're looking for Sunday School teachers. Have great hospitality and organizational skills? We're on the hunt for a Kitchen Coordinator. For more information, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday Night Bible Study of the Acts - has resumed - in person and on Zoom. The study is on the Acts of the Apostles, the 2nd half of Luke's Gospel, using the study guide by N. T. Wright. Copies are available from Fr. Dean for $13.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
This Friday’s study on Zoom: Acts 20 and Lesson 20.
Regular Sunday Hours
8.00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9.15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
11.15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
1.00 p.m. - Chinese service
3.00 p.m. - Tamil service
6.00 p.m. - Evening Prayer (in person and online)
Regular Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday - 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Adult Choir - practices, Saturdays, 4.00 p.m..
African Caribbean Dance & Movement Program - Saturday Mornings 10:30 - 11:45 am. Come and move your bodies in worship to the Lord. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Sarah at email@example.com.
S.P.Y Network. - Friday Night Gathering for Youths. For more information, contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult ESL - Thursdays and Saturdays at 4.30 p.m..
Altar Guild Members who attend the 11:15am service and are interested in joining the Altar Guild, please contact Valerie W.
The Next Service of Adult Baptism - Sunday, November 25 - If interested, please contact Fr. Dean.
War in Ukraine
For those wishing to contribute to refugee relief, The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is now accepting donations to support those displaced by the war in Ukraine, here:
www.toronto.anglican.ca/news/pwrdf-accepts-donations-for-ukrainian-refugees/. Our Outreach Committee donated $2000 to refugee relief program.
History of the Steel Pans at St. Paul’s
Available on Amazon (search for "The Pans of St. Paul’s: A Brief and Affectionate History"). All proceeds go to the Community Youth Music Program.
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.
Thank you for your Faithful Gifts and Offerings - St. Paul's is a strong parish and has remained so throughout 2023 due to everyone's faithful support at a time when never has it been more important.
Gifts can be dropped off at the church or sent by mail. Kindly ensure that your name and envelope number is included. Or, members may wish to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Giving Program (contact the office). Members who use online banking can now make E-transfers (instructions here: www.stpl.ca/give.html). Gifts can also be made at our website through CanadaHelps: www.stpl.ca/give.html
NOTE: Of the various means for online giving, we recommend The Pre-Authorized Giving Program. It is regular, matching the regular responsibilities of the parish, and once initiated all it takes is a phone call or quick e-mail note to increase, decrease, or cancel the donation. The monthly amount is withdrawn on the 20th of each month, and the cost to the church is 50 cents per transaction, irrespective of the amount of the gift. This makes the PAG the most economical of all methods of giving.
Contact - The clergy of St. Paul's are permitted once again to visit in homes. Don't hesitate to call or write.
Website: www.stpl.ca; Church phone: 416-499-1545; Email: email@example.com
Fr. Dean Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.