Calvin Congregational Announcements for the week of Dec. 18 – Dec. 25

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below are our congregational announcements for the week of Dec. 18th – Dec. 25th.

Seating Reminder for Sun. Dec. 19:

Just a reminder that this Sunday we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion.

As such, and in light of recent COVID-19 related restrictions, we are inviting you to once again request your seat at this upcoming Sunday’s service.  (Please note that with only 1 in-person service per Sunday, and with only limited seating being available under the new COVID-19 restrictions, those hoping to attend are invited to please be sure to register early in order to be assured of getting a seat!)

To request a seat for you and/or for your bubble group please click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cnnnowGPlwp8tO8mJcMHOVgvGZ5BAVcOR_zOftn9P-k/edit

(*** Social distancing remains an important part of helping to prevent the transmission of COVID 19, and people are still encouraged to sit ONLY with those people they have pre-registered with as a bubble-group)

Seat Booking for our Christmas Eve Worship Service:

This year, we’re currently planning to hold an in-person worship service of Lessons & Carols this coming Christmas Eve (Fri. Dec. 24) @ 7:00 p.m. For those unable, or uncomfortable, to attend, our hope is to live stream our service onto Calvin’s FaceBook page. (a recorded copy of the service will remain available on our congregation’s FaceBook page, and can be watched, even after the service ends!)

To request a seat for you and/or for your bubble group for Christmas Eve please click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eVcWWN9EJAhPrftvCKHqqxGBCDFhHUrkm2nPFAe9RUk

 

Service Streaming and Recording: 

For those who are perhaps unable, or who feel uncomfortable attending in-person worship at this time, we will:

  • We will continue to offer edited recordings of our service later in the day through our congregational website.

Christmas Communion Service:

Our next service of Holy Communion will be held this coming Sun. Dec. 19 @ our 11:00 a.m. service.  To do so, we will once again be using pre-packaged self-serve communion kits (see below). These kits open using simple pull tabs (like a restaurant style coffee creamer). The first tab unseals a single bread wafer which is on top, while the second tab unseals the juice cup below. These kits will be available on a table just outside the sanctuary doors. Participants will be asked to please pick up their communion kit on their way into worship, to hold on to them until we celebrate communion during the service, and to then dispose of them in the appropriate waste receptacles in the narthex and lobby on their way out of church.

Sunday School Christmas Break!:

Over the holidays, there will be no Sunday School of Sundays Dec. 26 or Jan 2nd.

Special Congratulations:

Our congratulations go out to Colin and Melba McEachern who celebrated their 70th anniversary this year! A wonderful achievement.
As well, our congratulations to Jim MacLean who received his 60 year pin from Scouts Canada!

Community Christmas Service @ Bayers Rd. Baptist Church CANCELLED: 

Due to the new COVID-19 related restrictions the community Christmas service at Bayers Rd. Baptist Church this coming Sunday evening, Dec. 19, @ 7 p.m.  has been CANCELLED!

Audio/Video Training:

Just a reminder to those who had previously volunteered, as well as to anyone else who might be interested, that training sessions for our Sunday services’ audio/video system will resume during Sunday morning worship services beginning in January 2022. Please speak to Tracy Koslowski now, about scheduling a training Sunday in the new year!

2022 Offering Envelopes:

For those who participate in the envelope program, please be sure to pick up your 2022 envelopes beginning this Sun. Dec. 19. Envelopes will be placed on a table in the Narthex, and they will be sorted alphabetically, left to right, so it should be easier to find the names on the top of the envelope boxes.

2022 Church Calendars are now available!:

The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s new 2022 church calendars are now available. Calendars cost $5, and are available on the table outside the sanctuary (money may be placed in the basket on the table)

Nursery Volunteers Needed:

We are currently looking for people willing to volunteer to help provide occasional nursery care during Sunday morning worship services for children under the age of 5yrs. Although we do not have small children with us every Sunday this is, nonetheless, an important ministry to them and their families when they do come. Our national church’s Leading With Care Policy encourages there to be 2 volunteers present when providing nursery care. And so, if this is something you might prayerfully feel led to help with, please speak with Murdena Dupont, or Chelsey Joudrie at 902-301-1867 or opendoorscoordinator@gmail.com.

Sunday Morning Offerings:

Just a reminder that as a part of our moving through Phase 5 of the provinces COVID-19 reopening plan, we would invite you to place your Sunday morning offerings into the offering plates on your way into worship. (These plates are located immediately inside the sanctuary on either side of the doors as you come in.) During worship, the offering will be brought forward as a part of our Prayers of Dedication.

Face Masks on sale!

As outlined in our Mission & Outreach Team’s Holiday Gift Guide, dish cloths and face masks are now available to purchase in support of Presbyterian World Service & Development’s (PWS&D) ongoing work in Afghanistan. Dish cloths are available at a cost of $5/bundle (2 dishcloths). Masks are available at a cost of $10/mask.  If you are interested in purchasing some dish cloths or a mask, please contact Chelsey Joudrie at opendoorscoordinator@gmail.com or by calling 902-301-1867.

Food Cupboard & Food Bank Requests:

Plastic Flyer Bags: The Missions Team is asking for people to please save the plastic bags that weekly fliers are delivered in to their mailboxes, and to donate them to the church. These bags are the perfect size for packing up 2 rolls of toilet paper together for placing in the Food Cupboard for people make use of. These bags can be either left in the cupboard, or given directly to Allison Power. Your help with this would be greatly appreciated!

Food Cupboard donations: If you would like to donate food – please consider cereal, rice, pasta, soups, canned milk, granola bars, canned vegetables, flakes of chicken and ham and canned tuna, dish soap, soap and shampoo. Monetary donations can be made with “Mission and Outreach Food Cupboard”. Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank donations are to be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex and monetary donations marked “Food Bank” Please contact Allison Power at patpower@eastlink.ca  or at 902-445-9161 with any questions or if you would like to arrange a pick up for any food donations. Thank you

FOOD BANK donations: Just a reminder that donations for the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank can be placed in the shopping cart in the church entry way. These items will be forwarded to the Food Bank, and will be greatly appreciated!

Sunday School Time & Drop Off:

Our Nursery and Sunday School programs begin each Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. Children of nursery age (0-4), and those attending Sunday School (ages 5+) are asked to go directly downstairs to Sunday School upon their arrival at church Sunday mornings. Parents may pick them up again downstairs following the service. (Please note, many of our children are currently unable to be vaccinated, and so these measures are intended to try and help keep them as safe as possible while at church. We appreciate your understanding in this matter! )

Peace,

Rev. Michael Koslowski
Calvin Presbyterian Church