Thursday, 7 December 2017

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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 10 December 2017
 
Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards. 
Soren Kierkegaard
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

ADVENT STUDY AND EVENING PRAYER
5 November 2017
6:30 pm    St. Stephen’s Church

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
10 December 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                               Advent Lessons and Carols
         4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan        
           Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                              
Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11;  Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13;
2 Peter 3: 8-15a;  Mark 1: 1-8

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO MUSICAL FRIENDS
 Musical Friends will return
on
Mon, 8 January 2018!

NATIVITY PLAY
Anyone interested in taking part
in our annual nativity play
should contact
Dawn Harwood-Jones at 902-275-5005
as soon as possible. 

PLUM PUDDINGS 
We still have some Plum Puddings! 
$10  small - 14oz pudding
$20  large - 28 oz pudding. 
 Call Joan at 902-275-4585
or
Cindy at the Parish office 902-275-3804. 
Pick up at the Parish Office
Mon-Thurs 9:00-1:00 pm
or if delivery required,
provide a phone number and civic address. 

COUNTRY JAMBOREE 
 Memory Tree Lighting 7:00 pm
on Sat, 9 Dec
in the Red School House, Canaan. 
 For more information,
call Maxine at 902-275-3777

ST. GEORGE’S LOBSTER DINNER & BOTTLE DRIVE
 10:00 – 6:30 on Sun, 10 December
– please drop bottles off
at the Union Hall ONLY on Sun, 10 Dec.
All recyclable bottles  greatly appreciated.   

DINNER from 4:00 - 6:30 pm
on Sunday, 10 December
Tickets for lobster must be
pre-ordered by 8 Dec.
To check on ticket availability
on Sunday
call Sheila Hirtle 902-275-5720
(You may not get lobster but the Turkey is
fabulous too!)

Also, there will be a Bake Table and
Memory Tree Angel ornaments ($5.00 each)
can be bought in memory of a loved one
for the Memory Tree service at St. George’s
on Sunday, 17 Dec at 9:15 am

PARISH ADVENT STUDY 
 The third week of study of the
nativity narratives in the Gospels
on Mon, 11 Dec at 6:30 pm
in St. Stephen’s Church with Evening Prayer
(last study on Tues 19 Dec).

ST. STEPHEN’S MEMORY TREE TAGS
Anyone wishing to make a
donation in memory of a loved one,
please contact the Parish Office
with the necessary information
before 13 December
(Forms also available at the back
of the Church)
 
SING CHOIR! ANNUAL CONCERT
7:30 pm on Wed, 20 Dec
at
the Chester United Baptist Church.
 
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ADVENT STUDY AND EVENING PRAYER
** Mon, 11 Dec 2017 **
6:30 pm    St. Stephen’s Church

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
17 December 2017
          8:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester        
             Holy Communion
      9:15 am   St. George’s,  East River
      Holy Eucharist
    11:00 am   St. Stephen’s, Chester   
       Holy Eucharist
      4:30 pm   All Saints’, Canaan        
         Evening Prayer  
                                  
Readings: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11;  Psalm 126;
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24;  John 1: 6-8, 19-28

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

 
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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 3 December 2017
 
Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter,
 and those who matter don't mind.  
Dr. Seuss
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

ADVENT STUDY AND EVENING PRAYER
28 November 2017
6:30 pm    St. Stephen’s Church

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
3 December 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                               Advent Lessons and Carols
         4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan        
           Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                              
Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9;  Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18;
1 Corinthians 1: 3-9;  Mark 13: 24-37

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

WARDEN UPDATE
Please consider stepping up –
if not now then for the election in February.
Contact Fr. Ian or Ian Gillis for  info.

MUSICAL FRIENDS
Mon, 4 Dec.   All Welcome!
Vintage Voices: 1:00 – 2:00 pm,    
Choir – 2:00-3:00 pm; 
Band – 3:00 – 4:00 pm;    
Tuneful Tots – 4:00-4:30 pm

PLUM PUDDINGS: 
2017 Plum Puddings available now! 
$10  small - 14oz pudding
  $20  large - 28 oz pudding
  Call Joan at 902-275-4585 or
Cindy at the Parish office 902-275-3804. 
Pick up at the Parish Office
Mon-Thurs 9:00-1:00 pm or
if delivery required,
provide a phone number and
civic address
or sign an order form (at back of church). 
 
To be able to make plum puddings again another year,
we will need new tins in which to bake them. 
Please save your tins -
14oz (beans, fruit, vegetables, etc.) and
28oz (tomatoes) are the sizes needed -
and drop them at the Parish Office. 
Thank you for your help.

PARISH ADVENT STUDY
 Study of the nativity narratives in the Gospels
on Tues, 28 November at 6:30 pm
in St. Stephen’s Church with Evening Prayer
(then  Tues, 5 Dec, Mon 11 Dec
and Tues 19 Dec). 

COUNTRY JAMBOREE 
 Memory Tree Lighting 7:00 pm
on Sat, 9 Dec
in the Red School House, Canaan. 
 For more information, call Maxine at 902-275-3777

ST. STEPHEN’S MEMORY TREE TAGS
Anyone wishing to make a
donation in memory of a loved one,
please contact the Parish Office
with the necessary information
before 13 December
(Forms also available at the back
of the Church)
  
ST. GEORGE’S LOBSTER DINNER & BOTTLE DRIVE
 10:00 – 6:30 on Sun, 10 December
– please drop bottles off
at the Union Hall ONLY on Sun, 10 Dec.
All recyclable bottles  greatly appreciated.   

Dinner from 4:00 - 6:30 pm on
Sunday, 10 December.
  Lobster salad and dessert $18.00. 
Turkey salad plate $9.00 
Child’s Turkey salad plate $4.00
Dine in or Take Out.    Delivery (10 miles)
Tickets must be pre-ordered by 9 Dec
 For tickets call
Sheila Hirtle 902-275-5720  or
Vicky Young 902-275-4219. 

Also, there will be a Bake Table and
Memory Tree Angel ornaments ($5.00 each)
can be bought in memory of a loved one
for the Memory Tree service at St. George’s
on Sunday, 17 Dec at 9:15 am

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

ADVENT STUDY AND EVENING PRAYER
5 December 2017
6:30 pm    St. Stephen’s Church

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
10 December 2017
          
          8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        9:15 am    St. George’s, East River
           Holy Eucharist
         11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester       
           Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                     
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11;  Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13;
2 Peter 3: 8-15a;  Mark 1: 1-8

Thursday, 23 November 2017

 
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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 26 November 2017
 
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
William Shakespeare
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

THE REIGN OF JESUS
26 November 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        9:15 am     St.  George’s, East River
            Morning Prayer
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                             Holy Eucharist    (BCP)      
                                                                                                                              
Readings: Ezekiel 34: 11-16;  Psalm 100;
Ephesians 1: 15-23;  Matthew 25: 31-46

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

WARDEN UPDATE
Please consider stepping up –
if not now then for the election in February.
Contact Fr. Ian or Ian Gillis for  info.

PASTORAL CARE COMMITTEE
Meeting on Mon, 27 Nov at 10:00 am
in the Tyler Grant Room.

MUSICAL FRIENDS
Mon, 27 Nov.   All Welcome!
Vintage Voices: 1:00 – 2:00 pm,    
Choir – 2:00-3:00 pm; 
Band – 3:00 – 4:00 pm;    
Tuneful Tots – 4:00-4:30 pm

PLUM PUDDINGS: 
2017 Plum Puddings available now! 
$10  small - 14oz pudding
  $20  large - 28 oz pudding
  Call Joan at 902-275-4585 or
Cindy at the Parish office 902-275-3804. 
Pick up at the Parish Office
Mon-Thurs 9:00-1:00 pm or
if delivery required,
provide a phone number and
civic address
or sign an order form (at back of church). 
 
To be able to make plum puddings again another year,
we will need new tins in which to bake them. 
Please save your tins -
14oz (beans, fruit, vegetables, etc.) and
28oz (tomatoes) are the sizes needed -
and drop them at the Parish Office. 
Thank you for your help.

DON’T MISS
ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
10:30 -1:30 Sat, 25 Nov.
All donations should be delivered
to the Parish Centre by
Noon on Thursday, 23 Nov

Lunch starts 11:00 (Soup, desserts)
Adults $8 Children under 10 $5.00 
Also books, bake table, wreaths, candy,
Christmas Nearly New, Crafts, Cookies
and Plum Puddings.

PARISH ADVENT STUDY
 A study of the nativity narratives in the Gospels
will begin on Tues, 28 Nov at 6:30 pm
in Tuck Hall with Evening Prayer
(then Tuesday 5 Dec, Monday 11 Dec
and Tuesday 19 Dec). 

ST. STEPHEN’S MEMORY TREE SERVICE
Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  It’s also a time
when we remember family members who are no longer able
to be part of our gatherings.
A Memory Tree celebration service will take
place on Sunday, 17 Dec at 11:00 am
Parishioners are invited to donate to this project by
completing a form (available at the back of the Church)
and submitting it before 13 Dec 2017.
Memory cards will be made up for
attaching to the tree.

 ST. GEORGE’S LOBSTER DINNER & BOTTLE DRIVE
 10:00 – 6:30 on Sun, 10 December
– please drop bottles off at the Union Hall ONLY on Sun, 10 Dec.
All recyclable bottles  greatly appreciated.   
Dinner from 4:00 - 6:30 pm on
Sunday, 10 December.
  Lobster salad and dessert $18.00. 
Turkey salad plate $9.00
.  Child’s Turkey salad plate $4.00
.  Dine in or Take Out.  Delivery (10 miles)
Tickets must be pre-ordered by 9 Dec
.   For tickets call
Sheila Hirtle 902-275-5720  or
Vicky Young 902-275-4219. 

There will be a Bake Table and
Memory Tree Angel ornaments ($5.00 each)
can be bought in memory of a loved one
for the Memory Tree service at St. George’s
on Sunday, 17 Dec at 9:15 am

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

ADVENT STUDY AND EVENING PRAYER
28 November 2017
6:30 pm    St. Stephen’s Parish Centre

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(Food Bank Sunday)
3 December 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
              Holy Eucharist 
         4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan        
           Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                              
Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9;  Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18;
1 Corinthians 1: 3-9;  Mark 13: 24-37

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

 
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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 19 November 2017
 
When it rains, look for rainbows.
When it’s dark, look for stars.
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
19 November 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        9:15 am    St.  George’s, East River
            Morning Prayer
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                   Holy Eucharist          
         4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan          
           Evening Prayer
                                                                                                                     
Readings: Judges 4: 1-7;  Psalm 90: 1-8;
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11;  Matthew 25: 14-30


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO MUSICAL FRIENDS
on Mon, 20 Nov.  
Sessions will resume on
Mon, 27 Nov.  All Welcome!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIRD WARDEN POSITION  
Those interested should contact Fr. Ian
for more information
as soon as possible. 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 pm on Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017
in the Tyler Grant Room


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PLUM PUDDING FUNDRAISER:
How to get yours ....
Plum puddings can be pre-ordered
*          by signing the sheets available
in church,                     
     *          by calling Joan at 902-275-4585 or
           *          by emailing g.mccurdy50@gmail.com 
Pre-ordered puddings can be picked up at:
*          St. Stephen’s Christmas Bazaar
on Sat, 25 Nov               
          *          At the Parish Centre after 25 Nov  OR
        *          Delivered – indicate this preference
when you order              
Prices
$ 10 small  14oz  (1lb) 
 $ 20 large  28oz  (2lb)  

ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
10:30 -1:30 Sat, 25 Nov.
All donations should be delivered
to the Parish Centre by
Noon on Thursday, 23 Nov

Lunch starts 11:00 (Soup, desserts)
Adults $8 Children under 10 $5.00 
Also books, bake table, wreaths, candy,
Christmas Nearly New, Crafts, Cookies
and Plum Puddings.

PARISH ADVENT STUDY
 A study of the nativity narratives in the Gospels
will begin on Tues, 28 Nov at 6:30 pm
in Tuck Hall with Evening Prayer
(then Tuesday 5 Dec, Monday 11 Dec
and Tuesday 19 Dec). 
    
SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN
When ships visit the Port of Halifax during the month
of December, each seafarer receives a shoebox gift.
For some this is their only gift. 
What goes into a box? 
A hat, scarf, gloves or mitts, wrapped hard candy
(no chocolate),
soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, shaving foam,
razors, deodorant and lypsyl
– or six pairs of socks, or hats or mitts in a box –
the volunteers in Halifax check to make sure
there is a variety for everyone. 
Whatever you give will be appreciated. 
Drop off in Church or at the Parish Office
before 1 Dec 2017.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

THE REIGN OF JESUS
26 November 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        9:15 am     St.  George’s, East River
            Morning Prayer
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                             Holy Eucharist    (BCP)      
                                                                                                                              
Readings: Ezekiel 34: 11-16;  Psalm 100;
Ephesians 1: 15-23;  Matthew 25: 31-46

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 12 November 2017
 
Educating the mind without
educating the heart is
no education at all
Aristotle
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
12 November 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
           11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
           Holy Eucharist
           4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan          
             Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                     
Readings: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25;  Psalm 78: 1-7;
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18;  Matthew 25: 1-13

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO MUSICAL FRIENDS
on Mon, 13 and 20 Nov.  
Sessions will resume on
Mon, 27 Nov.  All Welcome!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIRD WARDEN POSITION  
Those interested should contact Fr. Ian
for more information
as soon as possible.

MUSICAL FRIENDS
There will be
no Musical Friends sessions
on Mon, 13 and 20 Nov
 Sessions will resume on 27 Nov. 
All Welcome!

PLUM PUDDING FUNDRAISER:
How to get yours ....
Plum puddings can be pre-ordered
*          by signing the sheets available
in church,                         
      *          by calling Joan at 902-275-4585 or
             *          by emailing g.mccurdy50@gmail.com 
Pre-ordered puddings can be picked up at:
*          St. Stephen’s Christmas Bazaar
on Sat, 25 Nov                  
           *          At the Parish Centre after 25 Nov  OR
         *           Delivered – indicate this preference 
  when you order                 
Prices
$ 10 small  14oz  (1lb)  
 $ 20 large  28oz  (2lb)  

ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
 10:30 -1:30 Sat, 25 Nov.
Lunch starts 11:00 (Soup, desserts)
Adults $8 Children under 10 $5.00 
Also books, bake table, wreaths, candy,
 Christmas Nearly New, Crafts, Cookies
 and Plum Puddings.

SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN
When ships visit the Port of Halifax
during the month of December,
 each seafarer receives a shoebox gift.
For some this is their only gift. 
What goes into a box? 
 A hat, scarf, gloves or mitts,
wrapped hard candy (no chocolate),
 soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo,
shaving foam, razors, deodorant and lypsyl
 – or six pairs of socks, or hats or mitts –
 the Mission to Seafarers volunteers go
through the boxes to ensure
there is a variety for everyone. 
Whatever you give will be appreciated. 
Drop off in Church
or at the Parish Office.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
19 November 2017
          
            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
        9:15 am    St.  George’s, East River
            Morning Prayer
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester     
                   Holy Eucharist          
         4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan          
           Evening Prayer
                                                                                                                     
Readings: Judges 4: 1-7;  Psalm 90: 1-8;
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11;  Matthew 25: 14-30

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 5 November 2017
 
Knowledge planted in truth grows in truth
Strength born of peace loses
nothing to hate
Aberjhani
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

ALL SAINTS’ DAY
5 November 2017
          
           8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
              Holy Communion
        11:00 am    St. Stephen’s, Chester       
             Holy Communion
           4:30 pm    All Saints’, Canaan              
           Holy Eucharist  
                                                                  
Readings: Revelations 7: 9-17; Psalm 34: 1-10, 22;
1 John 3: 1-3; Matthew 5: 1-12

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTORAL CARE UPDATE
A big thank you for all the Food Bank donations
on Thanksgiving Sunday! 
We were also able to provide a thanksgiving dinner
for a local family. 
A note to all knitters and crocheters in the congregation. 
We would like to start a collection of
knitted or crocheted prayer shawls. 
It’s a great winter project with no deadline. 
We would be happy to use up any yarn
you may have too – all donations will be gratefully received. 
Patterns and materials will be made available
at the back of the church. 
Please submit the names of anyone that could be
a possible  prayer shawl recipient to Jess Sawler 902-273-2334. 
We hope to send Fr. Ian with a few shawls
for Shoreham Nursing Home too.

For the month of November,
we will be collecting any loose change (or donations)
towards the Breakfast Program at Chester District School. 
The program is offered each school day and
is available for all students. 
Many children arrive with empty bellies and
greatly appreciate the healthy breakfast provided. 
It is expensive to maintain this program
so please put what you can in
the jar with the school bus on it
at the back of the church.

MUSICAL FRIENDS  
Mon, 6 Nov.   All Welcome!

PLUM PUDDING FUNDRAISER
Plum puddings will be made on Fri, 17 Nov
and wrapped on Sat, 18 Nov. 
More volunteers needed please!
Also, we need to borrow more steamer/canners.
Please contact Gretchen by phone
at 902-275-4058 or

ST. STEPHEN’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
10:30 -1:30 Sat, 25 Nov.
Lunch starting at 11:00
(Soup, desserts- Adults $8 Children under 10 $5.00) 
There will be books, bake table,
wreaths, candy, Christmas Nearly New,
Crafts, Cookies
and
Plum Puddings
(small $10 large $20 )
Orders can be picked up
at the Bazaar

SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN
We are getting ready once again for
our annual Shoebox Campaign. 
When ships visit the Port of Halifax
during the month of December,
we ensure each and every seafarer receives a shoebox gift. 
For some this is their only gift. 
This campaign continues until all the shoeboxes
are handed out.  Last year 1600 boxes were handed out. 
What goes into a box? 
A hat, scarf, gloves or mitts,
wrapped hard candy (no chocolate),
soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo,
 shaving foam, razors, deodorant and lypsyl
– or six pairs of socks, or hats or mitts in a box –
the volunteers at the Mission to Seafarers
in Halifax go through the boxes to make sure
there is a variety for everyone. 
Whatever you give will be appreciated. 
Drop off in Church or at the Parish Office.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
12 November 2017
          
             8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester      
                Holy Communion
           11:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester     
           Holy Eucharist
           4:30 pm     All Saints’, Canaan          
             Holy Eucharist 
                                                                                                                     
Readings: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25;  Psalm 78: 1-7;
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18;  Matthew 25: 1-13

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