Wednesday 2nd Dec — Advent Studies Begin:
After 10.00 a.m. Eucharist and Morning Tea and in the evening at 7.00 p.m.
We are using “Advent for Everyone – A Journey with the Apostles” by Tom Wright. I have some books for free or they can be downloaded instantly from Amazon via Kindle for a small cost.
Tickets for the Christmas Hamper are on sale today during morning tea.
|St Luke’s Mini Market — Saturday 5th Dec – 10am to 2.30pm
Annual fundraising event for the parish.
Preserves, Pickles, Curds & Jams, and Plants will be on sale, as well as reduced price items from the Opshop.
Tickets will also be on sale for the Christmas Hamper on the day.
If you have any questions, please see Andy Serafin.
Thursday 10th Dec — Pastoral Care Group: Meeting in hall between 12–2pm.
Next Week: Sunday 6th December an Evening Service will be held at 6pm.
Stanmore Nursing Home Gifts: Money can be donated via the offertory plate (placed in a separate labelled envelope) or the St Luke’s Church Working Account (see back of Service booklet for details). Please remember to reference your gift – S N Home. Even if we cannot sing Carols, we can still take chocolates etc.
Christmas Cards now for Sale: New 2020 stock –- supporting The Leprosy Mission, Australia-$10 per pack of 10. Please see Stephan Gates at the Community Resource Centre straight after the service.
Carolers Wanted! Our Carol Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday 20 December, outdoors in the carpark. If you have missed singing, this is your chance. With groups of five singers permitted, Jo Burton has kindly offered to lend her skills with ensemble singing to co-ordinate as many groups of socially distanced singers as is necessary for all to sing. No special expertise is necessary! Just a love of carols and singing, along with a willingness to attend a rehearsal on Sunday 13 December, immediately after morning tea. At the rehearsal, Jo will match the groups with carols. Registration is essential by Sunday 6 Dec for safe planning; please email Jo Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is looking forward to hearing from you.
A note from the Treasurer: It has been a difficult year for the parish in so many ways. However, congregational giving has remained resilient throughout, with all of us shifting our giving to internet banking during April and May, and 80% of giving remaining by internet banking. It is no small feat to have made such an adjustment, and we can all be rightly proud of this achievement. I would like to encourage all those who have shifted to internet banking to continue with it. The greater predictability and the administrative ease of not handling large amounts of cash is appreciated, and this will be particularly so as the holiday season comes upon us. Stuart Veitch
Christmas Services 2020:
Sunday 20th December – 6pm Carol Service (in Carpark)
Thursday 24th December — 11.00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
Friday 25th December — 9.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist
Poetry Board: Please see the board for poems from each of the poets from our ‘Word of Hope’ poetry day. A video of the day will also be available shortly
Attendance List: This is an essential part of our Covid-safe plan which has been lodged with the State Health Department. We request, once again, that you do respond, as it helps us with the planning needed to ensure a safe environment. Please RSVP via email@example.com, or ring Church Office (During office hours ONLY).
Life-Saving Phone numbers:
LifeLine: 13 11 14 Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 MensLine: 1300 789 978 Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Food for our worms – Food scraps (no dairy, citrus or meat) can be left in the bucket provided. This is part of our Parish environmental initiative.
Lea MacNeal has jam to sell and various sauces; please email her firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to give her an order. You may, of course, ask her what type of jam and/or preserve or sauces she has on hand. Donald, her husband can deliver your specific order to the Opshop where you are able to pay for it.
Living Well Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Can be downloaded from Amazon or purchased as a booklet.
This resource is ideal for individual use or sharing with a friend or two. It is available to download onto your phone or to a kindle device at a very cheap price –less than two dollars.
This 50-page guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Advent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas.
We appreciate things may have been financially harder due to COVID-19, but ask that you consider making a donation to support the Christmas Bowl
and ABM this year.
The Christmas Bowl Appeal — annual appeal of the Acts of Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches.
We encourage parishioners to donate online via the direct link: mycb.link/50145 to our parish page ‘Enmore-Stanmore Anglican Parish’, or call 1800 025 101.
ABM 2020 Advent and Christmas Appeal.
We encourage parishioners to use QR Code on the digital donation cards or make a donation online at abmission.org.au.
Please note: There are a limited number of donation envelopes in the church foyer for those who do not use mobile phones or have internet access
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Peter Seymour; Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; and Louisa Silverman.
Monday: Ray and Laurel Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham; and Karlene Thompson.
Tuesday: Christine Thurley, Troy and family; John Tonetti; and Nadia Wheatley.
Wednesday: Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton and Laurence; and Janet Walmsley.
Thursday: Janet Widmer & Cliff; and Kay Younie, and Natasha & Timothy.
Friday: Sally Woellner; Shirley, Barbara, & Jade Allen; and Victor Anyarisi.
Saturday: Dear loving Father, please deliver us from the coronavirus and limit its impact on Australia and the world. In your mercy bring a swift end to this crisis. Please protect with your loving care those we love — our families, friends and neighbours. Let your fatherly hand guide, shelter and strengthen them. Cast out all anxious fears and doubts. Give us an increasing trust in you and fill our hearts and minds with your peace. We pray for those around the world now Protect and guide the health professionals who are at the front line. Please give wisdom and courage to those who bear responsibility for confronting this challenge. We ask these things through the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Kevin Tibbey; Glen; Mary Middleton; Barbara Reyne; Fr John Bunyan; John Hardy; Louise Trott; She Kar Nair; Rev’d Val Tibbey; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Edna Chambers; Linda Macqualter; Esther Middleton; Meaghan Patterson; Peter Cinelli; John Dickson; Rita Muscat & her family; Rob Lake; Tamara & Craig; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Graham Waddington; Amanda Cowley; and John Tonetti.
Recently Departed: Walter Sommer (Ray Sommer’s Brother).
Anniversaries of the Departed: Clarrie Ayers; Gregory Joubert; and Jessica Juergens.
Saints Commemoration: 30th Nov: Andrew, Apostle and Martyr; 2nd Dec: Frances Perry, founder of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne (d.1892); 3rd Dec: Francis Xavier, Priest and missionary (d.1552); and 4th Dec: Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, man of prayer (d.1637).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Andrew Reddy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Suzanne Campton; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Ann Connolly; Fr Peter Carlsson; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Ron Nath; Ronan Nath; Veronica Nath; Rosemary Bradford; Rev Laurie McIntyre; Verity Wright; and Ruth Champion.
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Isaiah 1.1–9||Psalm 12||Luke 12.35–48|
|Monday||Isaiah 40.1–17||Psalm 73||1 Thessalonians 1|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 40.18–31||Psalms 75; 76||1 Thessalonians 2.1–12|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 41.1–16||Psalm 78.1–15||1 Thessalonians 2.13–20|
|Thursday||Isaiah 41.17–29||Psalm 78.39–70||1 Thessalonians 3|
|Friday||Isaiah 42.1–17||Psalm 81||1 Thessalonians 4.1–12|
|Saturday||Isaiah 42.18–43.13||Psalms 85; 87||1 Thessalonians 4.13–5.11|
Readings for Next Sunday: Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Isaiah 40.1–11 Psalm: 85.1–2, 8–13
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3.8–15a Gospel: Mark 1.1–8