Stewardship

November is Stewardship Month

Stewardship can be defined as ‘what we do with what we have after we say ‘I believe”. This year, the month of November will have a stewardship theme, culminating in a ‘Celebrating Ministry’ Sunday on November 25. In preparation for this, we are inviting everyone in our church to submit a card that notes the ministries in which you are involved. Think broadly! Not just roles you fulfill in our church, but ways that you use your time, talent and treasure to serve God in your family, your neighbours, your friends, people in need, charities, environment, and so on. Please don’t be shy about this!! We want to celebrate all that each of us does to serve God in such various and oh-so-numerous ways. Please fill out a card and place it on the offering plate, a tangible symbol of the wonderful gifts you offer to God as you live.

‘Naming and Claiming Our Mission’ Event

As the Parochial Committee worked on our parish profile, our team became aware that, although we do lots to serve God as a church, we are more than a little vague when we try to describe that. We are also somewhat unaware of what our individual church members do beyond our church. We are also somewhat unaware of the needs of our community and the ways that we could partner with other organizations to address those.

On Saturday morning, November 24, Dawn Davis (Faith Formation Coordinator for the St. Catharines Area Churches) and Michael Mondloch (Outreach and Social Justice Ministry Coordinator for the St. Catharines Area Churches) will lead us in a session that will help us, as a gathered community, to ‘name and claim’ our mission. This will serve to further us in ministry; it will serve to improve our Parish Profile so that we/prospective candidates are in a better position to discern whom God is calling to be our next Rector.

The session will run from 9 am until noon, followed by lunch. We would love to have every one of our members participate in this event!

Please rsvp to Cathie at rector@thetransfiguration.ca so that we have numbers for lunch.

Bazaar

Please join us on Saturday, December 1 starting at 9:30 a.m. for our annual Comfort and Joy Bazaar. This year’s bazaar features homemade baked goods, preserves and jams, hand knits and crafts, 18″doll clothes and accessories (American Girl size), Jewelry, handbags and accessories, homemade deli, meat pies, and candy, Nearly New table, and a Penny Sale. Lunch will be served to begin at 9:30 a.m. St. John’s Anglican Church is located at 80 Main Street in Port Dalhousie

The Primate’s World Relief And Development Fund

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. This ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada responds to humanitarian and development needs, including clean water, health care, refugees, empowering women, food security, Canadian Indigenous People. The organization has an amazing track record for fiscal spending and improving quality of life.

There are a number of ways that you can support the PWRDF:

  • Do your Christmas from the World of Gifts Guide–perfect for the social justice minded and hard-to-buy-for people on your list (www.pwrdf.org or 1-866-294-6899)
  • Order PWRDF Christmas cards (see the notice on the church bulletin board; contact Ricky de Castro at 1-866-308-7973 or rdecastro@pwrdf.org)
  • Send a donation to: PWRDF, 80 Hayden St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2 or online at www.pwrdf.org

Community Care at Christmas

Did you know that Community Care offers the opportunity to ‘adopt’ a family in need for Christmas? The cost works out to about $100/person plus a grocery card to purchase Christmas dinner fixings. If you are part of a family who has been blessed with plenty, please consider helping those who are struggling. If you are unable to support an entire family, Community Care would be grateful for any donation you are able to make. For more information, please contact Community Care: 905-685-1349 or visit the website at www.communitycarestca.ca.

Prayers Of The People

At our October 28 readers/intercessors’ workshop, we agreed that our intercessors would no longer read through the lengthy list of those who are sick/shut-in each Sunday. This is not because we do not think praying for those who are unwell is important; quite the contrary, those of us who lead the prayers are committed to the difference prayer makes in our lives. However, when the list is so long that worshippers find the prayers boring and stop listening, our intentions are thwarted. Beginning this week, all names will be included in the bulletin so that we are all aware of those who have asked us to pray for them. All names will be shown on a screen during the intercessions and upheld to God as a group; the intercessor may also specifically mention a few people for whom needs are immediate and acute. Our parish prayer team will continue to uphold each person on our list in their daily prayers; we invite all members of the congregation to do so too.