Monday, 30 November 2015

Parish Email: November 30, 2015

Hello St. Paul’s Family
Here are a few things you may need to know.
Youth Group: Monday, November 30th for all young people in grades 4-12.
7-9pm in the Cathedral Hall.
It's Iron Chef Night this week!! Join us as we cook up a storm and begin our Advent journey.
All are welcome. Email Melissa for more
*if you're coming with dietary restrictions please give Melissa the heads up!

R.A.F.T. Update
We are pleased to announce that RAFT is sponsoring 4 families locally. 
We have yet to hear arrival dates, but we are working hard to prepare.  For those of you who have offered financial support, thank you!  For those of you who have volunteered, thank you and we look forward to working with you.
Our sponsorships include:
·         a family of five:  parents with three children

·         a family of four:  parents with a teen and a young adult daughter

·         a family of three:  parents with a toddler  (This family will live in Clearwater.)

·         a family expecting their first child
These sponsorships are all refugees from Syria.

As our financial capacity grows, so too will the opportunity to sponsor more refugees.  We have the human resources capacity (volunteers) to work with more refugee sponsorships, but must also have the financial resources in place (either money in hand or pledges) before we can make any further “expressions of interest” (the term for requesting sponsorship).

Thank you for your participation in this humanitarian response.

Patricia, for RAFT.
R.A.F.T. / Refugees And Friends Together
(Kamloops Refugee Resettlement Group)

PIT stop is a hot meal program which serves a nutritious dinner, without charge to people in our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. 
It is happening at St. Paul’s on Dec 6th from 1-5.   Volunteers needed for 4 hours or 2 hours either 1-3 for meal prep or 3-5 for serving and clean up.  
If you are interested in volunteering please email Kathy Moore
We need -----3 large crock pots for to use at the PIT stop on Dec 6th for cooking dinner.  Also we need all the toiletries that you collect at hotels.   Soaps and shampoos to give away.

On Sunday, December 6 from 5 to 8 pm, St. George's will be having their semi-annual fundraising night at the Fox and Hound Pub in Sahali Mall. The tickets are $15 each and include a dinner of chicken or ribs and a silent auction. This year we are blessed with many items and gift certificates that would be great stocking stuffers as well as a boat trip, kayaking day and a sleigh ride at Sun Peaks. Tickets available at the St. Paul’s Cathedral office (Wed-Fri from 10-1)
Please join us for a evening of food, fellowship and fun and a little Christmas cheer!

Chant, Chart, and Converse Workshop

“Behold what you are, Become what you receive”
Saturday December 5 – 9:30-1:30
St. Paul’s Cathedral – 360 Nicola
Light lunch provided
To register please call the office @250-372-3912 or

Participant are limited to 25


The TVO presents “A Christmas Tapestry” with special guests, SERIOUS OPTIONS CHOIR
on Sat. Dec. 5th at 7PM and Sun. Dec. 6th at 2PM. At Calvary Community Church 1205 Rogers Way.   Our guest MC will be Rev. David Sinclair

St. Paul's annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale.
Saturday - December 12th.......1:30 - 3:30.
Treasurers will be found in the thrift shop.
Baking for tea and bake sale gratefully accepted.
If you would like to Rae at 250-372-7582.

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life:
A Winter Courage & Renewal® Workshop
January 15-16, 2016     Dan Hines, Facilitator

We live in ever changing and challenging times.  As a result we are often caught in change and flux: living life in unexpected ways. We can become disconnected from the passion that once fed us in our roles and responsibilities.  We may be searching for our next step in life.  We begin to scan our inner landscapes for clues. We travel further on our journey toward an undivided life.  You are invited to slow down, listen and reflect.  Anyone desiring to explore solitude in community is welcome.  This workshop is an opportunity to renew and reconnect with the inner passion, courage and sense of purpose that gives meaning to your work and life in the world.

In these circles and with the help of conversation, creative process, stories and poetry, we will support one another re-discover the inner wisdom that guides and sustains us.  Circles of Trust® experiences are facilitated in various countries and settings: the circles include those who are serving in business, education, non-profits, health care, faith communities, and other organizations in service to others.  The workshop is based on the learning of the activist, social thinker, and writer Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. 

Program begins at St. Paul's Cathedral, 360 Nicola St. Kamloops, BC onFriday, January 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm. It continues the next day Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Program includes lunch on Saturday.

*Cost is recommended donation of $75 which includes workshop guide, Sat. lunch and program.  You can register and use credit card, or you can indicate 'check' on payment options and pay on Friday when the workshop starts.

                             Dan Hines is Courage & Renewal® Facilitator mentored by
                             Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. 
                             He is a coach and leadership consultant for business,
                             educational, and religious organizations. 

2015 Sunday School Christmas Bags
Note from the Boys and Girls Club: PowerStart Program
 We will be giving the gift bags from St. Paul’s Sunday School to our PowerStart children. PowerStart is an early morning breakfast program where we pick children up at their homes, drive them to school, feed them breakfast, help them brush their teeth and then give them a recess snack. PowerStart serves some of the most vulnerable children in our community. We currently serve 100 children each morning. 
Some items that may be beneficial in the gift bags: arts, crafts, socks, bath soaps for girls, games, nail polish, nice shampoos/conditioners, hot wheel cars, lego is a big hit.

Cathedral Sunday School Involvement:  We will be putting together Christmas Gift Bags for local Kamloops children through the Boys and Girls Club PowerStart program. We are inviting our Sunday School families and members of the parish to bring items to help fill the gift bags for boys and girls between the ages of 5 – 12 years.  A list of possible items is included. We will be filling the boxes on Sunday, December 13th in Sunday School and welcome items to be dropped off at the Cathedral prior to that Sunday. So, keep an eye out while you’re shopping for items that you can contribute!

If you have any questions talk to Melissa: stpaulscathedralyouth@gmail.comor 250-682-4866.

Suggested Items for Christmas Bags
·         Toiletries- bubble bath, shower gel, creams
·         Card games
·         Chocolates, sweets, gum
·         Mitts, toques, scarves
·         Slippers
·         Anything hockey or NHL related
·         Nail polish, lip gloss
·         Markers, pencil crayons
·         Art kits
·         Books, comics
·         Barrettes, ponies, hair clips,
·         Cozy or funny socks
·         Photo frame
·         Wallet
·         Items from Ardene's or Claires
·         Stickers, crafts
·         Stationary or note cards
·         Diary or journal
·         Lego mini
·         Noise makers (kazoo, shakers, tambourine, maracas, etc…)
·         Play dough, silly putty
·         Jewelry making kits
·         Puzzles
·         Colouring book
·         Game book
·         Iron bead kit
·         Magnets
·         LED booklight
·         Coffee/Team mug warmer
·         Decorative duct tape
·         Glow sticks
·         Funky erasers
·         Swim goggles
·         Crazy straws
·         Post it notes
·         Small puzzles
·         Small toys

·         Small stuffed animals

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