Friday, January 4, 2013

January 2013


THE MONTH AT A GLANCE:
Fri. 4th: 3.00 p.m.: Corporation Meeting (Bogani Café).
Sun. 6th (Epiphany):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour between the services.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Worship Service at 4.00 p.m.
Thurs. 10th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Sat. 12th 10:30 a.m.: Making sandwiches for the Bissell Centre (church)
Sun. 13th (Baptism of the Lord):
·      Team serving lunch at Bissell Centre (a.m.)
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion 4.00 p.m.
Tue. 15th: 11:15 a.m. Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Wed. 16th: 7.15 p.m. Vestry Meeting (church).
Thurs. 17th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Sun. 20th (2nd Sunday after Epiphany):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour between the services.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Worship Service at 4.00 p.m.
Thurs. 24th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      11.15 a.m. ‘The Lunch Bunch’ (formerly the Seniors’ Lunch) at the church (see below).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
·      7 p.m. Planning & Building Cttee (church)
Sat. 26th: 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. ‘Spaghetti Church’
Sun. 27th (3rd Sunday after Epiphany:
·      9.00 a.m. Holy Communion
·      10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
·      4.00 p.m. ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion.
Thurs. 31st:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      Tim away at Clergy Day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Fri. Feb. 1st/Sat. Feb. 2nd: Christian Basics Course (7.30 – 9.30 Fri., 9.30 – 4.30 Sat.) (church)


Note:
·      Tim Chesterton’s days off are every Monday, and two Saturdays per month.
·      Jennifer ffolliott-Oujla works Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Jen does not work Sundays, so please do not ask her to!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
We are very pleased that Bishop Jane has sent us the Rev. Susan Ormsbee to help out as Honorary Deacon Assistant at St. Margaret’s. Susan is en route to ordination as a priest and will be attached to our parish approximately half-time for a few months until she has a permanent parish appointment. She will be assisting mainly with pastoral care, along with some Sunday worship duties.

ST. MARGARET’S EVENTS
Starting this Month: Sundays@4! This is a new service at St. Margaret’s; it will be about 60 minutes long and will be followed by a light soup and sandwich supper. It will follow the basic outline of our Anglican liturgy but will be less formal and very family-oriented, and will experiment with creative ways of exploring Christian teaching for adults and for children.

Note: we’re currently looking for volunteers to help with this service, especially Sunday School teachers and musicians. We’re also looking or folks to be the ‘seed’ of this new service and to invite new people to come and try us out. Talk to Tim if you’d like to join the team! See our website at http://sundaysatfour.blogspot.ca.

Bissell Centre. Our parish will be assisting with the lunch at the Bissell Centre on Sunday January 13th. There are signup sheets on the table in the foyer for food and financial donations and also for assistance in both Saturday sandwich making (January 12th 10.30 a.m.) and Sunday lunch serving. For more information please contact Maggie Woytkiw at 780-434-0311.

‘The Lunch Bunch’ Thursday Jan. 24th 11.30 a.m. After lunch Tim will show slides of the time he and Marci and the family spent in the Diocese of the Arctic 1984-91. Signup sheets coming soon!
Spaghetti Church Saturday Jan. 26th 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. This special time for families includes crafts, songs, Bible story, prayer and spaghetti! Signup sheets will be coming soon. For more information contact the Church Office.

Stewardship Pledge Forms. Have you returned your stewardship pledge forms for 2013? Please note that this is a vital year for us to know how much we can expect to receive from our members, as we have to make decisions about the viability of our building project. Whether you feel you can give a little or a lot, please let us know as soon as possible how much you hope to give in 2013, so that we can plan accordingly.

LOOKING AHEAD:
Christian Basics. This is a ground-level course in the essentials of Christian faith and life (‘Christianity 101’), and is recommended for parents who wish to have their children baptized, adult baptismal candidates, new members of our church, people looking into the Christian faith, and long-time churchgoers in need of a refresher course. It will run Fri. Feb. 1st (7.30 – 9.30 p.m.) and Sat. Feb. 2nd (9.30 – 4.30). Signup sheets will be out soon, or contact Tim Chesterton (stmrector@gmail.com or 780-437-7231) to register.

Annual General Meeting 2013. At present we are conducting a survey as to whether Sunday after church or a weeknight is better for our AGM. We will wrap this up in mid-January and will let you know the results as soon as possible!

Lent Course 2013: ‘The Story the Bible Tells’
Many Christians are familiar with individual stories of the Bible, but don’t quite know where to ‘hang’ them on the big ‘Story the Bible Tells’. This course is designed to give you an overview of the sweep of biblical history from Genesis to Revelation, and will also focus in on some individual stories within that big story.

The course will be held on the Thursdays of Lent; however it will not start on the first Thursday as this is Valentine’s Day! The dates and themes are as follows:
·      Thursday Feb. 21st: ‘From Abraham to Joshua’.
·      Thursday Feb. 28th: ‘From Joshua to the Exile’
·      Thursday Mar. 7th: ‘From the Exile to John the Baptist’
·      Thursday Mar. 14th: ‘The New Testament Story’
·      Thursday Mar. 21st: ‘Reading the Bible Today’.
Watch for signup sheets for this course in late January!

BEYOND OUR PARISH:
Vital Church Planting Conference 2013: ‘Being Disciples’ (Feb. 5th-7th at the Matrix Hotel, Edmonton).
Discipleship is what Jesus calls us to do: to be disciples, and to make new disciples. Vital Church Planting Conference 2013 is all about discipleship. Bishop Graham Cray (‘Being Culturally Relevant’) and other interesting speakers will offer talks and workshops on Being Disciples and Making Disciples.

Visit www.edmonton.anglican.org/vital-church for information and registration.

FINAL WORD:
This year we changed our Christmas Eve service pattern. We moved our 7.00 service to 4.00 and added an informal children’s play, plus birthday cake for Jesus and hot chocolate. We also moved our Candlelight Service from 11.00 to 9.30 p.m. We had an overall increase in attendance of 40% on Christmas Eve, so the moves were obviously successful! Thanks for all who helped out and for all who adjusted their Christmas Eve schedules to participate.

Also a big ‘well done!’ to everyone for a great year of fundraising for World Vision’s efforts to alleviate the famine in the Horn of Africa. As of December 31st the total stood at $18,983.35, and an anonymous donor from our parish has agreed to top it up to $20,000.

Let’s keep following our Lord Jesus Christ into 2013!

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