Advent & Christmas 2016



“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Luke 2:15

The Context of Advent…

Every day we face the choice between hope or despair.  We face the sometimes-harsh realities of our world and it is hard to forge ahead.  We are forced also to ask, “what are we to do?”  “How are we to respond.”  Advent invites us to face these questions and struggles with God.  The story of Jesus’ birth is not one of God avoiding these realities, but of God existing right in the midst of them.  It is as if through Jesus, God is saying, “I am not far away, but I am in your very self – in your very own body.  I am with you.”  In the sacred seasons of Advent and Christmas we face the mystery of this revelation, and seek to receive our Lord with an open heart.


You are invited to join the band of pilgrims at St. Augustine’s as we gather to hear the news told and retold in Advent that God is with us.  Sunday mornings the community listens to the scriptures and commemorates Jesus’ last supper in the Eucharist.  We light Advent candles as we discern God’s light in the midst of darkness.  We share in simple, but practical ways, of serving the needs of our community (Bissell Center + Terra).  We sing the songs that bring us into the imagination of Christ’s nativity. A simple (but awesome!) Christmas drama will be presented on the fourth Sunday of Advent at the 10am. 

 If you would like to share in the drop off of donation items, please speak to rev. Crane.

>NOV 27, Advent I – 8am/10am
Donation (Bissell):
Please bring Men’s Items–> Small Sweets/ Chocolates/ Gum, Razor/ Shaving Cream, Body Wash/Shampoo, New Underwear, Gloves/Toques/Scarves, Hand Warmers, Thermal/ Wool Socks, Deck of Cards, Travel Mug with Hot Chocolate Pack, Bus Tickets, Coffee Gift Card

>DEC 4, Advent II – 8am/10am
Donation (Bissell):
Please bring Women’s items–> Small Sweets/ Chocolates/ Gum, Shampoo/ Shower Gel/ Lotions / Razors, Cosmetics ( Mascara, Lip Balm, Eye Shadow), Small Perfume/ Body Spray, Hand Warmers, Thermal/ Wool Socks, Travel Mug with Hot Chocolate Pack, Bus Tickets, Coffee Gift Card, NEW underwear, Gloves/Toques/Scarves

>DEC 11, Advent III – 8am/10am
Donation (Bissell):
Please Bring Children’s gifts –> Infant (0-2): Clothes, Rattles, Plush Toys, Musical Toys.  Children (3-11): Coloring Books, Puzzles, Lego, Cars & Trucks, Barbies, Dolls, Sesame Street, Toys, Children’s Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Bubble Bath.  Teens: Remote Control Vehicles, Craft or Science Sets, Hand Held Electronic Games, Sporting Goods (Soccer/ Footballs). Cosmetics (Nail Polish, Hair Accessories, Makeup), Hoodies, Gift Cards

>DEC 18, Advent IV – 8am/10am
Donation (Terra): Diapers of all sizes.

>CHRISTMAS EVE       4:00pm           kid-friendly service
                                    9:00pm           Carol sing
                                    9:30pm          Candlelight Holy Communion
**All open Christmas eve offering will go to the “No Room in the Inn” initiative supporting this year the rebuilding of “A Safe Place,” a local women’s shelter in much need of repair.  Make any cheques payable to Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. and enter “No Room in the Inn” in the memo line. (Do not make cheques out for “No Room in the Inn”)



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