Many thanks to Moya and Matilda for the beautiful flower arrangements in the church this Christmas and to all those who donated money towards the cost of the flowers.
Also thank you to all those who donated gifts, and money to purchase gifts, for the 62 residents at Opal (Stanmore) Nursing Home. While once again we were denied entry to sing carols due to Covid restrictions, they accepted the gifts to distribute to the residents on Christmas Day.
Wednesday 29th December – 10.30am service has been cancelled.
Sunday 2nd January 2022 — The 6pm service has been cancelled for January only.
Parish Office and the Opshop will be closed from 23rd Dec 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022. They will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
Fr Jeff will be on holidays from 3rd January to 17th January 2020. During this period Fr John Hawkins will be taking our Sunday Services and Fr Philip Bradford, our Wednesday services.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations. Please keep your donations to relatively small items like packets of noodles, microwaved rice, small tins of baked beans etc these are the most needed.
Food for our worms – Please note that while Fr Jeff and Michelle are on holidays do not bring food for the parish worm farms. Please DO NOT leave the material at the front door as there will be no one to collect.
EVENTS IN 2022
Mark the date: Saturday 12th February 2022 for a Wardens Dinner “Under the Stars”. Will be a catered dinner, $20pp with tickets on sale in the New Year.
Prayers for the sick: Maria Serafin; Andy Serafin; Ariel Sommer; Noel Jeffs; Joan Dale; Judy Jewson; Maryrose Crowther; Angus; John Bowen; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Peter Knox; Barry McKay; Ruth Dodd; Andrew Stratgolda; and Phillip Hall.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Nellie Potts; Elsa Clarke; Muriel Hackett; and Arthur Thomas.
Saints Commemoration: 26th: Stephens, Deacon and martyr; 27th: John, Apostle and martyr; 28th: Holy Innocents; 29th: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyr (d. 1170); 30th: Josephine Butler, social Reformer (d.1905); 31st: John Wyclif, teacher and reformer (d.1384); and 1st Jan: The naming and circumcision of Jesus.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Andrew Hiro Itadani; Ray Sommer; Robyn Oldfield; Isabelle Djorgjevic: Lyn Carrington; Stephen Thurley; John Dickson; John Hardy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Pauline Newell; Ann Connolly; Dayalan Saminathan; Kuwert; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Lochlan Landsborough.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Joyce Reddy; Eddie, Susan, & Stephanie Reddy; Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda, & Bryson Reddy; Edwin, Leilani & Carmen Reddy; Matilda Rinker; and Grahame Sadler.
Monday: Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj; and John Reimer.
Tuesday: Rajah Selvarajah & Greg; Peter Seymour; and Louisa Silverman.
Wednesday: Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; Ray & Laurel Sommer.
Thursday: Karlene Thompson; and Christine Thurley, Troy and family.
Friday: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pastoral care ministry at Bankstown Hospital and all those he ministers to.
Saturday: Dear loving Father, please deliver us from the coronavirus anlld 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 struggling with various COVID stains. Heal and comfort those who are sick and suffering. 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.
Readings for Next Sunday — The Epiphany of our Lord: First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-; Psalm: 72.1–7, 10–14; Second Reading: Ephesians 3.1–12; and Gospel: Matthew 2. 1–12
We appreciate things may have been financially harder due to COVID-19, but ask that you consider making a donation to support both the Christmas Bowl and ABM Advent/Christmas Appeals.
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 actofpeace.org.au/christmasbowl (our parish is registered as ‘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/Christmas21
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.