February 17, 2019
1. Family Day
Fr. Bill will take Family Day (Monday) off.
2. Sandwiches at Vestry
The Social Committee has offered to prepare sandwiches for Vestry attendees with an open donation. Many thanks to the team of dedicated members for preparing the food.
3. New Year Celebration Thanks
Thank you to all the members, small groups and the Social Committee for the delicious food and an amazing afternoon celebrating the Lunar New Year together yesterday.
4. Address Updates for Donation Receipts
If your address has changed recently, please contact the wardens or treasurer to update in our system to ensure receipts are printed with the right address and that it will be delivered to the right location if it is not picked up in person at church.
5. Mar - Apr Roster
Mar-Apr rosters are being prepared in the coming week. To help simplify the preparation process we would like to try something new. We ask all existing roster members and new members interested in serving to sign up for their postings on the blank roster sheet posted on bulletin board this week. Any remaining blank spaces will be assigned to existing members by roster coordinator. We will try this new process and review in May. Thank you for your support. Please contact Fenella with your concerns, feedback or planned absences.
6. Choir: Change in Practice Time
To enable members to attend rehearsals more easily, the choir will switch to a new practice time in April. Please be prepared to practice in the church from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on April 7 (Sun.), 14 (Sun.), and 19 (Good Friday). If you would like to join the choir, please speak with the Music Director, Joanne Loo, on or before February 24. Thank you.
7. Easter and Baptism
According to our tradition, Easter (April 21) is a good day for baptism. Please contact Fr. Bill as soon as possible for baptism preparation class.
8. Workshop on Active Listening
St E and Emmanuel Motion together will provide a workshop in Cantonese on active listening (for parents) from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb 23 (Sat). The theme of the workshop is "Heart to Heart Communication". This workshop is a sequel to the first workshop on "Active Listening". It will focus on speaking with understanding, affirmation and encouragement; using assertive communication to achieve a genuine connection. The series is an interactive workshop where attendants will participate and learn together.
9. Cantonese Spiritual Formation Nights
From Feb (Feb 22, March 22 and April 26). we will have spiritual formation session in Cantonese from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on every fourth Friday.
10. Workshop by the Rapha Association
We will together with Rapha Christian Development (Canada) Association offer a workshop on how the family of origin affects our emotion and behavior from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on March 4. Dr. Katherine Kot will be the speaker of the workshop and the workshop will be conducted in Cantonese.
11. Cantonese Tuesday Bible Study: Eternal Salvation
From January to April (January 15, February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 & 16), Fr. Bill will lead a Cantonese study (from 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.) on Eternal Salvation (sin, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification and glorification).
Our annual vestry will be today after Cantonese service. The name list of those parish members who are eligible to vote and be voted can be found on the notice board. Church members must meet with conditions stated in the Diocese Canon to be eligible to vote and be nominated as Advisory Board Members in Vestry Meeting. According to the Diocese Canon 14, voting members need to declare the following: "I solemnly declare that I have been a member of the Anglican Church of Canada and of this congregation for at least three (3) months, that I have attended regularly scheduled services of worship with this congregation at least three (3) times in the past year, that I am of the full age of sixteen (16) years and that I have not voted as a member of any other vestry during the previous three (3) months, nor do I intend to vote in any other vestry during the ensuing year". For any errors and omissions, please contact Fr. Bill.
PAB nomination forms for election at the vestry are available. Please nominate PAB members (or accept nomination) in a prayerful heart for the sake of His ministry.
If you know someone who is sick, hospitalized or needs pastoral care, please inform Fr. Bill Mok as soon as you can.
Church Donation Envelopes
Church donation envelopes are available on the front desk. For those who have donation numbers, you have four different kinds of envelopes: Operation, Thanksgiving, Building and Special. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10 within a year. If you are interested to have a donation number, please contact Josephine Cheung.
Starting in January 2019, our good stewardship program will be changed. To reduce the administration time and cost maintaining the program, we will join the Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program from the National office of the United Church of Canada. Over 100 parishes in our diocese are currently using them. For the existing donors on the good stewardship program, we will prepare the new registration form and our wardens will reach out to you in person for the transition process. This is also the best time for anyone to join the program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Good Stewardship coordinator Amy Chiu (email@example.com) or the churchwardens.
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