May 17, 2024

Dear St. Aidan’s,

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. We’ll read scriptures, sing songs, and reflect in the children’s moment and the sermon about the ways that we, as believers in Christ, are knit together with each other and with God through the Holy Spirit at work in us. Do consider wearing red, the liturgical colour for Pentecost, as one way to observe this joyous day in our church calendar.

I want to share with you a couple recent additions to our lay leadership team. Erin Charnish has accepted my invitation to serve as deputy incumbent’s warden, while Carissa di Gangi has been appointed as an at-large member of our Advisory Board. I am grateful to both Erin and Carissa for saying yes to sharing their time, energy, and perspectives as part of these behind-the-scenes leadership groups that provide guidance and advice for the present and future of our parish.

I look forward to seeing you at church soon,

Becky+

 Week of May 19 - NOTICES AT A GLANCE – more details below

  1. Live Streaming at 10:30 a.m., Order of Service
  2. Wear red for Pentecost on May 19
  3. The office will be closed on Victoria Day
  4. Save the Date, Planting Day, Sunday, June 9
  5. Coffee hour team seeking new hosts
  6. New East End Refugee Committee-sponsored family
  7. Altar flowers dedications
  8. Gardening Group seeks new volunteers
  9. Our annual Moorelands ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ campaign has begun
  10. Euchre
  11. Archive of sermon manuscripts
  12. Announcements for the Notices
  13. Offerings

 AND NOW THE DETAILS:

 1. Live Streaming at 10:30 a.m., Order of Service - The service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91628466455

Meeting ID: 916 2846 6455
Passcode: 548507
Phone: 647-374-4685

To access the Order of Service click here: 

https://mcusercontent.com/9602008078ea1b1ac17a38d52/files/08a5e054-b3d9-a1dc-d156-93ccdbab7ba8/2024_May_19_Pentecost_Worship_Booklet.pdf

 2. Wear red for Pentecost on May 19: At both worship services on Sunday, May 19, we will celebrate Pentecost, one of the major feast days of the church. Pentecost, which means ‘50 days,’ is considered by many to be the birthday of the Church, because 50 days after the Resurrection was when the body of believers in Christ (the Church) was first drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit. One way we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is to display the colour red throughout our worship space. Do consider wearing red to church on May 19 to express joy for the gift of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

 3. The office will be closed on Victoria Day.

 4. Save the Date, Planting Day, Sunday, June 9: The West Garden is nearing completion and we are excited to get our native plants and pollinators in the ground.  Please join us on Sunday, June 9, after the 10:30 service for a light lunch, planting instructions and planting in both the West Garden and the garden bed to the east of the driveway.  Register here or on the bulletin board in the Basement Hall.  BYO gloves, trowels and shovels.

 5. Coffee hour team seeking new hosts: Our coffee hour hospitality ministry team is urgently seeking new hosts. You can sign up as a family or with a couple friends to serve coffee, tea, and treats. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the basement hall or contact Michael Jones at staidanscoffee@gmail.com or through the Google signup sheet linked in the weekly e-notices.

 6. New East End Refugee Committee-sponsored family: Lian Za Cung, his wife, two daughters, and one son have arrived in Canada. The family is staying with Fausta and Jonathan Hendricks until we find a suitable apartment for them. Please keep them in your thoughts while the son is receiving care at Sick Kids. (Submitted by Sue Stuart.)

 7. Altar flower dedications: We include fresh flowers in our worship space to remind us of the wonder, joy, and provision God shares with us through the gifts of nature. Several dates from June to August are open.

See the sign-up sheet on the console in the church entry for a full list of dates. If you would like to donate to dedicate flowers for a specific date, please fill in the information on the list.

 8. Gardening Group seeks new volunteers: Do you enjoy gardening? Consider joining our gardening group as we work together on planting and weeding tasks around the church grounds this spring and summer. If you’d like to join us, please email Ian.

 9. Our annual Moorelands ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ campaign has begun. Please see the display in the Narthex (church entryway), or go to the Moorelands Kids website (moorelands.ca) for more information about their camp programs for Toronto children. It costs approximately $1800 to provide a child with a session of camp. Donations can be made to St. Aidan’s, and at the end of June we will forward 100% of the funds to the camp. Thank you in advance for your support!

To make a donation to this campaign:

10. Euchre: Join us on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. for a fun and friendly evening of progressive Euchre downstairs in the main hall. Beginners welcome. $5.00 to play. All proceeds go to our community outreach. Weekly euchre concludes its season on May 28 at 7 p.m.; euchre resumes in the fall, date TBD.

11. An archive of sermon manuscripts by Rev. Becky, along with sermons and weekly reflections by Deacon Michael, can be found on our website: https://staidansinthebeach.com/services/pages/sermons-and-reflections

12. Announcements for the Notices: Please submit announcements for the weekly notices to office@staidansinthebeach.com by Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Notices may be edited for clarity and conciseness.

13. Offerings - Thank you for your support. There are a variety of ways to make your donation: 

  • PAG – set up monthly pre-authorized debits from your bank account directly to St. Aidan’s by completing the authorization form found on the Giving page of our website https://www.staidansinthebeach.com/giving 
  • PAG Changes – to change the amount of an existing donation, send an email with the details to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • E-transfer – send to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • Envelopes to obtain a set of weekly offering envelopes, send a request to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • Cheques should be payable to and can be mailed to: The Church of St. Aidan, 2423 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, M4E 1H6, or dropped in our secure mailbox beside the front door.