THIS WEEK at St. Michael and All Angels’ 23rd - 29th February

Sunday 9:15 am Choir Practice, 12 noon AGM

Tuesday 5:00 pm Pancake Supper

Wednesday 10:00 am  & 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service, 10:30 am Study Group

Thursday 10:30 am  Mobility Class

Friday 10:30 am Walking Group  

THIS WEEK at St. Michael and All Angels’ 16th - 22nd February

Wednesday 10:00 am Meditation, 10:30 am  Study Group

Thursday 10:30 am Mobility Class, 1:00 pm Pastoral Care Team Meeting

Friday  10:30 am  Walking Group   

Notices 

Coronavirus Precautions – As influenza season is upon us, and as the most recent strain (Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV) is spread globally, we’d like to encourage all parishioners to pay special attention to attending to their personal health and sanitary habits. If you are feeling even slightly unwell, please do not attend worship or church events. Please wash your hands frequently and make use of the hand sanitizer at entrances to church buildings as you enter or depart. It is the policy of the diocese that “intinction” (dipping the bread in the wine during communion) is NOT an acceptable practice as the risk of spreading viruses is greater from fingertips in the common cup than it is from sipping (when proper use of purificators and wiping is utilized). Remember, Anglican sacramental theology asserts that receiving just the bread is still considered full communion. During The Peace, please respect others’ choice to bow or nod rather than shake hands. If the whole community is conscientious, we can protect our children, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems from becoming ill this flu season.

Name Badges: If anyone would like a name badge, please sign the list at the entrance to the church. The cost is approx. $10.00, I will be putting  an order in next week, Catie.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Our always popular, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, will be held Tuesday, 25th February from 5:00-7:00 pm. The dinner menu will include both regular and gluten-free pancakes. There will also be raffle prizes and music by, Robert K. Admission by donation. Hope to see our usual large turnout of parishioners! From, Terry Willow 

Ash Wednesday Services: There will be two services on Ash Wednesday, 26th February at  10 am & 7pm.

A Walk Through Holy Week: An intergenerational Event including activities, art centres and story sharing. Palm Saturday, 4th April, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Maundy Thursday Soup & Service: Please join us for a simple supper of soup and bread in the parish hall 9th April at 6 pm. The service for Maundy Thursday commemorating the Last Supper will follow at 7 pm. All are welcome as the soup will be vegetarian and gluten free. A donation will be taken and offers of help with making soup, rolls, or set up appreciated. (Christine Eschman: [email protected], 250-658-8371)

Handel's Messiah: Handel's Messiah will be performed by St. Michael's Choir & friends with small orchestra. Directed by Tony Booker on Saturday, 11th April 3 pm here at St. Michael’s.

A.G.M.: The Parish Annual Vestry Meeting will be held on Sunday 23rd February, in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 am Service. The meeting will be preceded by a bag lunch (coffee, tea and juice will be provided.) Please plan to attend.  

Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday, 6th March from 1-3 pm at Central Saanich United Church 7180 East Saanich Road (formally Shady Creek) This year is featuring Zimbabwe. They are looking for reading volunteers. For more info please phone Phylis Fatt 250-544-0256.

Flower Chart: The Altar Guild would like to thank parishioners for their contributions of flowers through the year, which beautify our worship space. The flower chart for 2020 is posted at the back of the church.

Greeters: We have some openings on the Greeters Team, if you feel a calling to do this important ministry please let us know in the office.

Coffee Fellowship: We are looking for hosts for the coffee fellowship if you would like to share in this ministry of hospitality, please sign up on the rota at the back of the church. If you are unable to actually do the hosting, but would like to help out, please consider a small donation to fund the food and coffee or a gift of cookies, cheese, fruit etc. Shop baked goodies are perfectly acceptable. Thank you.

Mobility Exercise Class: These are free 1 hour classes for men and women held in the church hall. No special equipment or clothing is required, just comfortable casual clothes and shoes. For more information, please contact Valda Kitching at 250-544-1948.

Walking Group: Walks take place every Friday morning, weather permitting. They begin promptly at 10:30 am and last about an hour. Easy walks are generally flat, medium walks are level walks, but have more up and down inclines. The average distance is between 3-4 kms. Please phone Linda @ 250-479-0113 or email [email protected] if you plan to join in one of the walks. Everyone welcome!  

21st February Cordova Spit, meeting at 10:15 in the parking lot on Mt Newton Cross Rd just east of HWY 17. The parking lot is just beyond the three way stop with Lochside Drive. We will then carpool to the beach area where we walk. Easy

28th February Durrance Lake, meeting at 10:30 at the Ross-Durrance parking lot on Willis Point Road. Easy

6th March Horth Hill Park, meeting at 10:30 at the parking lot off Tatlow Road. Easy

13th March Elk/Beaver Lake, meeting at 10:30 at the Filter Beds parking lot. Easy

20th March Thetis Lake, meeting at 10:30 at the main parking lot at the end of Six Mile Road. Moderate

Craft Club: Crafts are not only a personally rewarding, they can be an environmentally friendly way to make gifts and a fun social activity. Crafts could include knitting, embroidery, jewelry making or any other craft of choice. If you are interested in this club and need more information please contact Wendy London at 250-727-3353 or email [email protected] The plan is to meet twice a month, on the 2nd Sunday and the 4th Tuesday of the month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Thrifty Smile Cards: Please remember to keep using your Thrifty Smile Cards. Monies raised support church projects. This year monies raised will be going towards repainting both levels of our hall. If you need a card, they are in the Narthex Post Boxes.

Returnables: We are off to a good start to the year and have raised $164 so far. The designated box for returnable bottles is now by the back fence. Last year we raised $1237 Please keep recycling, the money raised is given as a bursary to students at Camosun who have overcome obstacles to their education and are in financial need. For those who would like to recycle their own and have not been before to a recycling depot, here are some helpful pointers;

1. sort containers in metal carts

2. tell recycle clerks, charity number 185, prior to them counting the items

3. take receipt and initial beside amount in their clipboard

4. money is deposited into St Michael and All Angels’ account. Thank you for helping support this important work.

St. John the Divine Food Bank: Please put dried or canned goods in the marked box at the back of the church. Please ensure that they are unopened and within expiry date so they can be used safely. New hygiene products are also welcome. 100% of any donated funds go to the Food Bank. For further information please contact please contact Stan Willow 250-744-6786 or [email protected] 

Stamps & Labels: Please collect your used postage stamps and Campbell’s soup labels (including the UPC code) and place in the box at the back of the Church. Monies raised go to various charities. Thank you.

Peninsula Co-op: St. Michaels’ Co-op number is 9300 please use when filling up with gas or shopping. All proceeds help us with special projects around the church.

Dates for  Outreach Campaigns   

PWRDF                               Christine Eschman           1st March - 12th April

Sisters’ of St. John             Nancy Whysker                3rd May - 7th June

South Island Counselling   Sally Tuckey                     6th- 27th September

Threshold Housing             Helen Love                       18th October - 15th November

Christmas Help                   Peter Goddard                  22nd November- 20th December