December 18-25

Christmas Memorial Flowers: The date for donations for seasonal flowers in our church next week is extended to December 19. What a wonderful way to honour the memory of someone special to you.

Igloo@206 Christmas Party: On Boxing Day Dec. 26, there will be a Christmas service in Inuktitut at 10:00 am, followed by an Inuit Christmas feast up the street at Assumption Church, 320 Olmstead (enter by door to hall on Cody Avenue). Donations of small gifts that can be distributed at the feast are welcome — bring them in with you on Christmas Eve or drop them off at the church office. This is our Igloo@206 Christmas Party that is funded in part by the Healing and Reconciliation fund of the Diocese of Ottawa. We are expecting a big crowd!

Parish Birthdays: Happy Birthday to you! We would like to wish a happy birthday to, Shoo Ooioosie and to any other church friends who may have a birthday this week.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Gift Bag Christmas Campaign. Rev. Jason dropped off more than a dozen attractive bags stuffed with warm clothes, Christmas treats  and good wishes from St. Margaret’s people. They were distributed at the Centre 454 Christmas lunch on December 14. We especially thank Moses and Cynthia Robinson for getting our project going, and Leslie McGillvray and Donna Mah for getting the consignment organized on December 10.

12 Days of Christmas Hot Chocolate: St. Margaret’s will be serving hot chocolate on the street again. Please sign up now for a shift! What a great opportunity to get to know the community of Vanier. See sign-up board in the church hall or speak to Rob Douglas for more info.

And elsewhere in the Diocese….Christmas Carol Sing and Concert: on December 20, 7pm, at St. Aidan’s, 934 Hamlet Road, Ottawa. Featuring the Vyhovskyi Strings, Tea Mamaladze and Friends. Reception to follow. Free will offerings for the Heron Emergency Food Centre and Church ministries will be gratefully accepted.

Women Helping Women Purse Project. Started by Heidi Danson, who works at our Diocese headquarters, this imaginative outreach project asks people to take an old purse and fill it up with anything a woman struggling with homelessness may use—then donate them to the cause. People are encouraged to bring donations directly to a women’s shelter of their choice, such as St. Joe’s Women’s Shelter at Laurier and Cumberland in Sandy Hill, or The Well at St. John Evangelist at Elgin and Somerset West. Remember, your contributions are providing these women with not only life necessities, but hope! This Project is supported by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and The Ottawa Police.

Photo below: Advent prayers in St. Margaret’s Sunday School, December 17, 2017. Photo: Vera Logan-Etches.