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What's New: 

Request for Baking: "REMINDER:  On December 1st, we will be holding our Annual Christmas Brunch and Bazaar.  Once again, the ladies of the parish are sending out a request for baking donations for the Bake Sale.  If you are able, would you please drop off some baking (wrapped or ready for us to plate) between 9am and 1pm on Friday, or after 9am on Saturday.  Thanks so much again for all your generosity.


Bruce’s Bottles Returnables Recycling for the month of November:  
Total: $37.00   Items Returned: 391  Towards our 4th Goal of $5,000: $2,521.35  Did you know that there are many different ways that you can have a “green” Christmas – protecting the environment and enjoying different traditions of the season? One, use a timer on your Christmas lights to reduce the amount of wasted electricity. Two, don’t purchase glossy or metallic gift wrap that can’t be recycled. Three, think about experience gifts rather than material items. The gift of our time can be one of the most valuable gifts. For other great ideas, check out: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/green-christmas.html


Advent & Christmas Services at 
St. Philip by-the-Sea 

Hope - Sunday, Dec 2nd - Hamperville Sunday: For the first Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing either a financial or food donation towards Hamperville.  This supports the Christmas hampers that are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday season. Please remember that for every dollar that is donated, Loaves and Fishes is able to purchase $3 worth of food.  Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip by-the-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to “Hamperville” for this collection.  If you would like to know more about Hamperville and also see how you might volunteer to help, please check out their website: Hamperville Nanaimo

Peace - Sunday, Dec 9th - Toy Drive Sunday: For the second Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing an unwrapped gift, book, game, puzzle or craft project for children aged newborn to teenager for the annual Toy Drive. Often gifts for the teenagers are the ones most needed. When in doubt, a gift certificate or financial donation is welcomed and allows the Toy Drive Elves in Santa’s Workshop to purchase items that are most needed closer to the distribution days.  Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip by-the-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to the “Toy Drive” for this collection. For more details about the Toy Drive, see their website: Nanaimo Toy Drive https://thegreatnanaimotoydrive.ca/  

Joy - Sunday, Dec 16th – Skivvies, Socks and Blankets Sunday: For the fourth Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider purchasing new, still in their packages, men’s and/or women’s underwear and/or warm socks.  Alternatively, you could purchase a warm blanket.  These items will be provided to local shelters to be distributed to those in need at this time of year.

Christmas Carol Service:  December 16th at 7:00 pm

Love – Sunday, Dec 23rd -  PWRDF Sunday (The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund).  The funds collected will be donated towards items in the PWRDF’s gift-giving catalogue by the Outreach Group, which includes Maureen Lawrence. Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip By-The-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to the “PWRDF” for this collection. For more details about the PWRDF and how it shares God’s love to those around the world, please visit their website: https://pwrdf.org/

Family Nativity Service:  December 24th at 4:30 pm.  Come dressed as a Shepherd or an Angel or Mary or Joseph.

Midnight Mass: December 24th at 10:00 pm

Christmas Celebration:  December 25th at 10:00 am

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Rector's Absence: David will be away in the UK until November 29th. For pastoral emergencies, please contact Caleb Lawrence at 250-729-0629.


St. Philip by-the-Sea Christmas Brunch, Bake Sale & Bazaar Dec 1st 10:00 am - 2:00 pm: 
On Saturday, December 1st, the Parish Ladies will be hosting the Second Annual Christmas Brunch, Bake Sale & Bazaar.  Please come and enjoy a tasty brunch (breakfast egg casserole - also gluten free version) and muffin, fruit, tea/coffee or juice.  
Adults - $12.00; Children age 6-12 - $6:00 ; Children under 6 years – free.    Just coffee and a muffin - $3.00. 
As well as the wonderful breakfast, we will have a full range of Christmas baking for sale in the library and a selection of new and gently used Christmas ornaments and gifts at prices to suit all budgets. Breakfast will be served between 10am and 2pm, and the bake sale and gift tables will be open during those hours.

Christmas Luncheon:  The Ladies Group is having their annual Christmas Luncheon on Dec 6, at 11:30 at the ABC Restaurant on Mary Ellen Drive. We would like to invite all the ladies from St. Philip by-the-Sea as well as their friends to come and join us. It is a wonderful chance to meet other members of the parish and share some time together. There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the multi-purpose room to give us #'s for the restaurant.   

Help Needed for Christmas Services: There are various opportunities for you to participate in the Christmas services at St. Philip by the Sea (see attached schedule below for a list of opportunities). You do not have to be a regular reader/sidesperson/etc. – this might be the perfect time to try the role out.   If you would like to participate, please reply promptly to either Yvonne ([email protected]) or Jane ([email protected]) or sign your name on the schedule posted in the multi-purpose room.

2019 Church Calendars are now available!  For sale at only $5.00 each.  They have beautiful photos of insides and outsides of Canadian churches.  Please contact Sheila Penney at church or 250-390-2499.

Christmas Newsletter:  Yvonne is now working on the  Christmas newsletter.  Please send your articles, stories, helpful hints, exciting family news, etc. to Yvonne at [email protected] The deadline to submit is Sunday, December 9th. 

Sunday lifts required: There are a number of people who would like to come to St Philip's on Sundays (for both 8am and 10am services), who would appreciate being able to have a lift to church from time to time. If you are able to offer a lift on an occasional or regular basis, could you let David know?

Community News: 

PWRDF's reflections Advent reflections:  PWRDF is pleased to offer its annual Advent resource, a collection of daily scripture, reflections, stories and prayer to take you through the 24 days of Advent. The entire Advent resource is available on their website as a PDF for download, or you can also subscribe to receive a reflection every morning in your inbox. https://mailchi.mp/acf5a417dbb5/sign-up-to-receive-pwrdfs-reflections-advent-reflections?e=c67b66a9fa    

Gender, Justice and the Church - The John Albert Hall Lecture Series:  
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, 5:00 to 6:20 pm. The longstanding and systemic mistreatment, underpayment and sexual harassment of women and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community has been firmly in the public spotlight this past year thanks to movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up.
But how have Christian communities wrestled with these issues?
Have there been gains in equality, empowerment and safety in Christian settings?
Have Christians been advocates for change in wider society?
Three leading reformers reflect on the implications of biblical teachings and tradition in the struggle for justice in church and society.  The lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. See attached poster below for more information.

Christmas Cookie Walk: Brechin United's 17th Annual Cookie Walk will be held on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 from 11 a.m. to NOON. Here's your chance to choose delicious festive treats to enjoy over the holidays. The location has been changed to HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH at 2174 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo just down the street from the former Brechin site. Please bring your own container. Cookies will be sold by weight. Cash or cheque. 

SHINE A LIGHT ON YOUTH WINTER CARNIVAL: This Christmas, Threshold Housing Society is Shining a Light on Youth Homelessness: We believe that every youth in our community deserves a safe place to call home. We hope to spread awareness of what we do to support at-risk and vulnerable youth in our community, and raise funds to support our program through our Christmas campaign.  
Date: Saturday, December 1st  Time: 1:30-4:30pm   Location: Bastion Square
Live music, hot chocolate, Santa Claus, a tree lighting

“Come Alongside: How to be a good friend to someone who is grieving.”  Every person grieves differently. Most don’t want to be counselled, fixed or jollied along. They want someone to listen and to care. Come and learn how best to support your friend or loved one. Please join us for this important discussion on Monday, December 3, 2018. 1:00 – 2:30pm at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road, Nanoose Bay.
In this presentation counsellor Deb Ribeyre will address:
What is grief?
What are the normal responses to grief?
What if our own grief is triggered by someone else’s?
What can I say, what can I do to support someone who is grieving?
What our Christian faith says about death, loss and grief.
How spirituality can affect our experience.
Deb Ribeyre is a counsellor from Qualicum Beach specializing in grief, loss, bereavement, trauma, end of life, dementia, caregiving and transitions.There will be time at the end for discussion and questions.
Fee by donation.  

Potluck Luncheon: St. Paul's Anglican Church Woman (ACW) Group invites you to their annual Potluck Luncheon on Wednesday, December 12th at 1:00 at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 100 Chapel St..  Please bring a potluck dish to share.  You are also invited to attend the 11:00 service prior to the event.

Hamperville Chrismas Volunteering:   Each December we open our doors to those who wish to help meet the needs within our community over the Christmas season.  We are grateful to the individuals, families, service and corporate groups who have made volunteering part of your Christmas tradition--we thank you!  For information on how you can volunteer please click on this link: http://www.nanaimoloavesandfishes.org/volunteers/christmas-volunteering/
Please remember to register early, as the number of people who desire to volunteer during the Christmas season seems to only grow!  We don’t want you to be disappointed!  Thank you again for your support!

The Global Village Nanaimo seasonal Fair Trade Store is now open at 111 Terminal Ave. This is the bright yellow building on the corner of Terminal and Campbell in downtown Nanaimo.  This store is a not-for-profit social enterprise that sells only fair trade goods, including soaps, spices, coffee/tea, housewares, gift items, accessories, linens and Christmas items.  The store is only open until December 24.  Volunteers are also still needed for this season. For more information send an email to [email protected], or go to globalvillagenanaimo.com or instagram or facebook Global Village Nanaimo

The John Albert hall Lecture Series:  Christian Fascism and the Rise of Donald Trump:  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and NY Times best-selling author, Christopher Hedges, will be our featured speaker during the CSRS's second John Albert Hall Public Lecture event in Spring 2019.
Hedges, one of North America's most prominent public intellectuals, will comment on the current state of religion and politics in the US in his free public lecture, "Christian Fascism and the Rise of Donald Trump." The talk will take place at UVic on January 17, 2019 from 5:00-6:20pm, in Hickman Building 105, University of Victoria.  Light refreshments will be served.