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Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed the week of December 24 - 28 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd. 

What's New: 

Christmas Letter:  Attached below the announcements is Bishop Logan's Christmas letter.

Workshop on Prayers of the People and Bible Readings:  The churches of St Mary's Nanoose Bay, St Paul's Nanaimo and St Philip's Lantzville are working together to run a workshop on leading the prayers of the people and doing the Bible readings. This is a great opportunity to review some of the basics and also learn new creative ideas; there will be chances to practice and to share resources. This is open to everyone who currently takes part in these ministries and also for anyone who might want to try their hand. Saturday January 19, 2019, from 10:30-2:30 (lunch provided) at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road, Nanoose Bay. No charge to attend but please register so we know how many people to prepare for. If you want to come, please give your name to David or contact Lori at the church office.

Knitted Together in Mystery - Diocesan Women's Spring Retreat - April 5 - 7, 2019:  Join us as we explore what it means to be at home with God, self and neighbour. As faith detectives, we'll investigate holy encounters in scripture, our own lives and in the world. During worship, gather with Mary and Martha, Ruth and Naomi, the Syro-Phonecian woman and her daughter, along with a host of others. Bring your yard, deer stalker and magnifying glass as we engage in spirited sleuthing. Registration deadline: March 17, 2019.   For more information: visit https://www.bc.anglican.ca/events/diocesan-womens-spring-retreat--204


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

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:

Loaves and Fishes Depot for Lantzville: Debbie Heath, who is the Community Nurse for the Snaw-Naw-As First Nations reserve, is hoping to set up a Loaves and Fishes depot based at the First Nations Health Centre in upper Lantzville. This will be open every Tuesday afternoon and will be for all Lantzville residents. At the moment, she is looking for volunteers to act as distributors at the depot. If you volunteer, full training and orientation will be provided by Loaves and Fishes. It is hoped that the new depot will be up and running early in 2019. If you would like to volunteer for the project to serve our local community, please give David your name and phone number and he will then pass the list along to Debbie.

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.

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: 

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. See attached poster at the bottom of the announcements.

Moving Forward - a journey towards reconciliation: Hope Lutheran Church, 25 & 26th January. For more details, see the poster attached to the announcements.

Bethlehem Retreat Centre:  Many Ways to Celebrate the Season! Plus Retreats for the New Year. For more information click on this link:  https://bethlehemcentre.com/ 

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