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Community News - November 5, 2017

Posted 11/2/2017
  • 2018 Canadian Church Calendars are now available.  This is $5.00 per calendar.
  • Operation Christmas Child boxes are available in the narthex.  There are boxes as well as unmade boxes (if you prefer to make them yourself).  Please return all boxes to the church by November 12.
  • Sobey's gift cards are now available for sale.  The gift cards in denominations of $25, $50, and $100.  These cards may also be redeemed at IGA and Safeway
  • The Adult Alpha Program meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm in the parish hall.
  • Christmas Then, Christmas NowTickets are on sale after the 10 am service, tickets are $10 each or $20 per family.  Please consider joining us at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 2 for an evening of great music, reflection, and fellowship as we commence the journey toward the crèche.  Tickets can be reserved by contact Angela or by speaking to a member of the choir.
  • ACW Diocesan Board Meeting being hosted by St. Matthew's Church Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 am.  All women in the congregation are invited to attend.  For further information, please ask Heath Leslie, ACW diocesan board member (Social Action).
  • Babies and Seniors, what do they share in common? Both these groups of people need your donations of knitted or quilted blankets to provide comfort.  We are collecting these items for the Kipnis Vetrans home and the Royal Alexandra and Stollery Hospitals.  Let Heather know if you have a gift of comfort to give.
  • Monday Morning Bible Study meets at the Church on the first and third Mondays of the month form 9:00 am to 11:00 am. We are beginning a new study on Psalms using a book entitled "Psalms LifeChange Bible Study" as a guide.  All are welcome to join.  For additional information please contact Joanne.
  • Friday Morning Bible Study group is meeting twice monthly this Fall - second and fourth Friday of the month  We will be looking at the lesser noticed parts of the first three Gospels.  Join us at 10:00 am in the parish hall.
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Community News - October 12, 2017

Posted 10/3/2017
  • Operation Christmas Child Boxes are available in the narthex.  There are boxes as well as unmade boxes (if you prefer to make them yourself).  Please return all boxes to the church by November 12th.
  • Annual Women's Retreat, Oct 13-15, will take place at Star of the North Retreat Centre and will be facilitated by Rev. Stephanie London - Crane.  This year's theme is "Wrapped in God's Love and Grace."  Total cost for the weekend is $180.00.  To reserve your spot, there are sign up sheets in the Narthex.  Have questions?  Speak to Marie, Jenny, Penny, Meghan, Angela, or Sandra.
  • An Adult Alpha Program will begin the week of Oct 22 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm (includes supper).  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith over an 8-12 week period.  Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation in an open, informal and honest space.  If you are interested in attending or helping out, please complete the form and return to Debbie or Sandra.
  • Monday Morning Bible Study meets at the Church  on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  We are beginning a new study on the Psalms using a book entitled "Psalms, LifeChange Bible Study" as a guide.  All are welcome to join.  For additional information please contact Joanne,
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Community News - August 27, 2017

Posted 8/24/2017
  • Fall Service Schedule: The 8 am worship service resumes on September 10, 2017.
  • St. Albert Farmer's Market: Our Parish will be m at 1anning a table at the St. Albert Farmer's Market on Saturday Sept 9.  Please stop by and visit.
  • Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion:  This special service will take place on Sunday, November 26 at 10 am.  There is a sign up sheet for anyone who is interested.
  • The Women's Retreat Committee will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 10 after the 10 am service.  The BBQ will include smoked pulled pork, hot dogs, salads, deserts, drinks, tea and coffee.  Cost is $10 per person or $20 for 2 or more.  Bring a guest (s) with you to church that day!  Get your tickets now.
  • Annual Women's Retreat, October 13 - 15:  The Women's retreat will take place at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert and will be facilitated by the Reverend Stephanie London Crane.  This year the Committee has chosen the theme "Wrapped in God's love and Grace."  Total cost for the weekend is $180.  To reserve your spot, please sign the sign up sheet in the Narthex.  If you have any questions, please speak to Marie, Jenny, Penny, Meghan, Angela or Sandra.
  • Christmas Then, Christmas Now:  If you listen carefully, through the sounds of summer, you can hear this fantastic opportunity calling YOU!  Please put this special event on your calendar for December 2!  A social evening of music and reflection written by our own Margaret will be brought to St. Matthew's to kick off the advent season.  We are currently looking for choir members who would be interested in singing: rehearsals will happen after coffee hour starting mid-fall with the occasional, additional practice.  You do not need to be a current choir member to be involved, simply a love for singing Christmas music.  If you are not a singer but willing to help, speak to Angela.  Sign up sheet is in the Narthex.
  • St. Albert Food Bank:  Support the Food Bank  by bringing in non perishable food items and placing them in the basket located in the Narthex. 
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Community News - July 2, 2017

Posted 6/29/2017
  • Summer Worship Schedule: St. Matthew's has resumed its annual summer worship schedule.  We worship on Sundays at 10 am.  You are warmly invited to join us.
  • St. Albert Food Bank:  Support the Food Bank by bringing in non perishable food items and placing them in the basket located in the Narthex.
  • SAVE THE DATE:  Annual Women's Retreat,  October 13-15, 2017.  The retreat is to be held at the Star of the North Retreat Center in St. Albert.  Details to follow.  To help with planning, please sign your name to the sign up sheet located in the Narthex.
  • St. Matthew's Golf Classic:  The 7th annual St. Matthew's Golf will take place on Saturday, August 5 am, at the Dragon's Head Par 3 Golf Course.  Green fees are $25 per player. Following the match there will be a BBQ at the home of Jim and Deb.  If you are not playing but intend to come to the BBQ, you are asked to pay $10.  Those attending the BBQ are asked to bring lawn chairs, salads or desserts plus the beverage of your choice.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and coffee will be provided.  If anyone wishes to donate "gifts" for the awards ceremony, they will be happily received by Jim or Deb.  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex to be completed by both those playing Golf and those attending the BBQ.  All fees are to be paid to Rick or Heather by Sunday, July 30.
  • St. Albert Farmer's Market:  Our Parish will be manning a table at the St. Albert Farmer's Market on Saturday September 9.  Please stop by and say "Hello".
  • Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM):  St. Matthew will be facilitating a luncheon at the ICPM on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  More details will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.
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Community News - June 4, 2017

Posted 6/6/2017
  • Summer Services:  St. Matthew's will be going to one service at 10:00 am starting July 2.  The last 8:00 am service for the summer will be on June 25.  The 8:00 am service will resume on Sunday, September 10.
  • St. Matthew's Annual Golf Classic:  This sublime display of shot making wizardry will take place on Saturday, August 5.  We will be competing for the coveted Kerslake trophy emblematic of golf mastery.  The matches will take place at the Majestic Dragon's Head Par 3 course. All are welcome!  Details and sign up sheet to follow.
  • St. Albert Farmer's Market:  Our parish will be manning a table at the St. Albert Farmer's Market on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
  • Save the Date:  Annual Women's Retreat, October 13-15, 2017. The retreat is to be held at the Star of the North Retreat Center in St. Albert.  Details to follow.  To help with the planning, please sign your name to the sign-up sheet located in the Narthex.
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Community News - May 21, 2017

Posted 5/18/2017
  • Global Day to end Famine: Today, May 21st, has been declared the Global Day of Prayer to end Famine in the World.  Please see the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information.  To donate to PWRDF (Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) East African appeal, go to: www.pwrdf.org/donate.
  • Special Vestry Meeting: On Saturday, May 27 from Noon to 2 pm, Vestry will be meeting to begin working the practical application of our priority visioning for St. Matthew's.  At our last regular Vestry meeting, we decided that there were two areas, we believed that we, as a community needed to be more diligent about.  These areas included: 1) Active outreach to St. Matthew's senior membership and;  2) Implementing The Alpha course for the adult members of the parish community.  Vestry saw both of these areas as being critical in the immediate future of our parish story.  As members of the general congregation, it is our hope that you will become part of these exciting initiatives.  Our goal as your Vestry is to develop the plan.  So stand by for more news and keep your Vestry team in your prayers.
  • Inner City Pastoral Ministry Luncheon: A special thank you to everyone who contributed food items or volunteered their time and talents to help St. Matthew's in the hosting of the latest luncheon at the Bissell Centre, this past May 14th.
  • Diocese of Edmonton Clergy Conference:  Archdeacon Lee will be attending the Clergy Conference from Tuesday May 23 to Thursday, May 25 at the Star of the North.  For pastoral emergencies, please call the parish office and leave a detailed voice mail message.  Archdeacon Lee will be regularly monitoring voice mail.
  • The ACW are once again collecting toiletries and used clothing for the Mustard Seed.  A receptacle will be provided in the narthex of our Church through May 28th donations.  The Mustard Seed has an ongoing need year round for such items which are made available to their increasing clientele.
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Community News - April 30, 2017

Posted 4/27/2017
  • Archdeacon Lee will be out of the office from April 30 to May 15.  For pastoral emergencies during my absence please call the Rector's Warden, Sandra or the People's Warden Rick.  Their contact information is located on the front cover of your bulletin.
  • Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) Luncheon:  St. Matthew's will be participating in the ICPM at the Bissell Center on Sunday, May 14.  The Bissell Center is located at 10527-96 Street NW, Edmonton.  Donations of sandwiches, veggies, desserts and other items such as pickles, serviettes, coffee, creamer, and sugar are very much appreciated.  Sign up sheets for these items are in the Narthex.  If you prefer to make a donation for these lunch items, please see Leslie or Lisa after the 10 am service.  Food items can be dropped off at the church on Saturday, May 13 between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.  Volunteers are also needed to help with serving the lunch.  The time commitment is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Carpooling will be leaving St. Matthew's at 8:30 am.  As per our Vestry decision, the open offering from Sunday, May 14 will be directed to the ICPM to aid in the continuance of their ministry.  Thank you for your support.
  • The Anglican Church Woman (ACW) once again are collecting toiletries and used clothing for the Mustard Seed.  A receptacle will be provided in the narthex of our Church from Sunday May 14th through to May 28th for donations.  The Mustard Seed has an ongoing need year round for such items which are made available to their increasing clientele.
  • St. Albert Food Bank - Support the Food Bank by bringing in non-perishable food items and placing them in the basket located in the Narthex.
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Community News - March 26, 2017

Posted 3/23/2017
Please join us during Holy Week April 9 through April 16 for the following special Holy Week Services:
 
April 9, Palm Sunday
    8:00 am - Service of Holy Eucharist
    10:00 am - Service of Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Eucharist
 
April 13, Maundy Thursday
    7:30 pm - a Service of Holy Eucharist, stripping of the Altar, and Tenebrae.
    9:00 pm (until midnight) - Prayer Vigil in the Sanctuary.  Sign up sheet in the Narthex for 30 minute prayer slots.
 
April 14, Good Friday
    10:00 am - Children's Way of the Cross
    1:00 pm - A Solmen liturgy of the word
 
April 16, Easter Morning
    8:00 am - Service of Holy Eucharist

    10:00 am - Service of Holy Eucharist with Brass Quartet from the Royal Canadian Artillery Band

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Community News - March 19, 2017

Posted 3/16/2017
  • Donation to St. Ann's Primary school, Belize.  On February 17, 2017 Heather and Rick visited the school and donated the proceeds of the gingerbread house fundraiser held in December.  Several other people also donated to the project bringing the total donated to $527 US dollars.  The school principal indicated the money would be used to pay the contractor who was hard at work on the concrete works on the second floor of the school.  Four new classrooms, a principal's office and staff room and new washroom are being added.  The school holds 150 children presently and could expand in the coming year.  The school principal sends her thanks for the generosity shown by our church.
  • Upcoming Lenten activities at St. Matthew's
  •   Come to the Desert:  is an opportunity to intentionally spend some quiet time with God in prayer and meditation.  The desert will be open on Lenten weekdays Monday-Thursday from noon to 1:00 pm.  
  • Wednesday Night Eucharist: During Lent a service of Holy Eucharist will be offered each Wednesday Night at 7:30 pm.   
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Community News - February 19, 2017

Posted 2/21/2017
  • Income Tax Receipts: You can pick up your income tax receipts for 2016 donations to St. Matthew's.  They are located in the nathex in alphabetical order.  Please pick yours up during coffee hour.  Thank you on behalf of the Rector and Corporation for your valuable support this past year.
  • Mark February 28th on your calendar as our youth are hosting our Annual Pancake Supper in support of our Foster Child.  We look forward to seeing you at this evening for food, fun and fellowship.  Please contact our Sunday School Teachers if you are able to help with this worthy cause.
  • Upcoming Lenten activites at St. Matthew's: Ash Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 pm:  A service of Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes;  Lenten Wednesday Eucharist  will be held at 7:30 pm each Wednesday night of the Lenten Season; Come to the Desert:  a time for prayer and meditation will take place every Monday thru Thursday at 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
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