Wednesday, 17 January 2018

 
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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 21 January, 2018
 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;  only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 21 January 2018
The Third Sunday after Epiphany

                       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:  Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Psalm 62: 6-12;
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

MUSICAL FRIENDS
  on Mon, 22 Jan 2018. 
Vintage Voices 1:00 pm;
Musical Friends Choir 2:00 pm;
Musical Friends Band 3:00 pm;
Tuneful Tots 4:00 pm.
All Welcome!

ANNUAL REPORT
 Requesting committee chairs e-mail or drop off
committee reports to the Parish Office
ready for inclusion in the Annual Report
as soon as possible.

PASTORAL CARE
The Breakfast Program at the school was
very grateful to receive the $200 donation
from our three churches.

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 MORE 
Diocese of NS & PEI Mission School
Module #2 – Focus on More
MORE  Mission Schools are getting rave reviews!
Close to 470 people attended Module #1.
You and your parish team don’t want to miss the next one!
MORE offers an exciting opportunity for us to learn together
how to be mission-focused and take practical steps to respond
to God’s leading for the future and making of new disciples.

Module #2, Focus on More, explores positive approaches
to resistance and challenges to being more missional.
The FREE workshop is for lay and clergy
with plenty of discussion and opportunity to ask questions.
If you missed the first module – no worries!
Each session stands alone.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

MORE is based on God’s desire to give the world
MORE of what it really needs – hope, love, and freedom. 
MORE is not a program, but a way of seeing ourselves
and our church transformed so we can grow! 
March 3 – Holy Trinity, 78 Alexandra Street, Bridgewater
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch Provided – Open to Everyone
REGISTER ONLINE:www.nspeidiocese.ca
(or call  902-420-0717).
Deadline is 28 Feb 2018.


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ST. STEPHEN’S PARISH
LENTEN STUDY PROGRAM 2018

11 a.m.  Tuesdays,
20 February -  20 March
St. Stephen’s Parish Centre

This year, we will study C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.
At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original,
C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence
of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood,
a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation
of an ordinary young man.
“The Screwtape Letters” is the most engaging and
humourous account of temptation - and triumph over it
- ever written”.

Participants are asked to acquire their own copies
(available both in physical and ebook form).
However, if you would like to participate,
and need assistance, please contact the Parish Office
not later than Monday, 4 February 2018.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 28 January 2018
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

                       8:00 am      St. Stephen’s,    Chester                       
        Holy Communion
                       9:15 am      St. George’s,     East River                   
                           Holy Eucharist and                
                                       Annual General Meeting                
                     11:00 am      St. Stephen’s,    Chester                       
     Holy Eucharist
4:30 pm     All Saints’,         Canaan
     Evening Prayer

                          Readings:  Deutoronomy 18: 15-20; Psalm 111:                   
     1 Corinthians 8: 1-13; Mark 1: 21-28

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 7 January 2018.
 
 
What wisdom can you find
that is greater than kindness
Jean Jacques Rousseau
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 7 January 2018
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

             8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester          
                       Holy Communion          
         11:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
                 Holy Eucharist and
                    Window Dedication
4:30 pm     All Saints’, Canaan   
          Holy Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1 – 6 ; Psalm 72: 1-7. 10-14;
Ephesians 3: 1-12;  Matthew 2: 1-12    

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
ST. STEPHEN’S
ALTAR WINDOW DEDICATION
  will take place this morning
at the 11:00 am service.

MUSICAL FRIENDS
will resume on Mon, 8 Jan 2018.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
 at 7:00 pm on Tues, 16 Jan, 2018
in the Tyler Grant Room.
Please bring Committee Reports
ready for inclusion in the Annual Report
to the Parish Council Meeting. 
If you are unable to attend the meeting,
your committee reports can be dropped off
at the Parish Office prior to the meeting.

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

Sunday, 14 January 2018
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

             8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester          
                  Holy Communion  
              9:15 am     St. George’s, East River        
                   Holy Eucharist        
         11:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
           Holy Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 1: 1 – 5 ; Psalm 29;
Acts 19: 1-7;  Mark 1: 4-11    
                                                                                                                     
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Thursday, 28 December 2017

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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 31 December 2017
 
Everything is beautiful in it's own way
Like a starry summer night or a snow covered winter's day
Under God's Heaven
The world's gonna find the way
Ray Stevens 
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, 31 December 2017 
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

            8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester          
                       Holy Communion          
         11:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
                 Lessons & Carols  

Readings: Isaiah 61: 10 – 62:3; Psalm 148;
Galatians 4: 4-7; Luke 2: 22-40

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PARISH OFFICE
Please note that the Parish Office
will be closed
from 25 Dec 2017 to 2 Jan 2018

PARISH POT LUCK
When you get your calendar for 2018,
remember to mark
the next Parish Pot Luck
on Friday, 5 January, 2018
6:30 pm in Tuck Hall.
All Welcome!

MUSICAL FRIENDS
Resumes on Mon, 8 Jan, 2018
All Welcome!

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK
Sunday, 7 January 2018
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

             8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester          
                       Holy Communion          
         11:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
                  Holy Eucharist and
                  Window Dedication
4:30 pm     All Saints’, Canaan   
          Holy Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1 – 6 ; Psalm 72: 1-7. 10-14;
Ephesians 3: 1-12;  Matthew 2: 1-12    
                                                                                                                     
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

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Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Parish Blog
for Sunday, 24 December 2017
 
I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens
 
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

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

CHRISTMAS EVE 
        10:00 am     All Saints’, Canaan             
        4:00 pm    St. Stephen’s, Chester      
         Creche Service
          7:00 pm     St. George’s, East River      
              9:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester            

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PLUM PUDDINGS: 
2017 Plum Puddings still available !
$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 

PARISH OFFICE
Please note that the Parish Office
will be closed
from 25 Dec 2017 to 2 Jan 2018

PARISH POT LUCK
When you get your calendar for 2018,
remember to mark
the next Parish Pot Luck
on Friday, 5 January, 2018
6:30 pm in Tuck Hall.
All Welcome!

MUSICAL FRIENDS
Resumes on Mon, 8 Jan, 2018
All Welcome!

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WORSHIP NEXT WEEK

THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
             8:00 am     St. Stephen’s, Chester          
                       Holy Communion          
         11:00 pm     St. Stephen’s, Chester       
                  Lessons & Carols  

Readings: Isaiah 61: 10 – 62: 3 ; Psalm 148;
Galatians 4: 4-7;  Luke 2: 22-40    
                                                                                                                     
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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