Friday, March 1, 2013

March 2013


THE MONTH AT A GLANCE:
Sun. 3rd (3rd Sunday in Lent):
·      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. 7th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
·      7.30 p.m. ‘The Story the Bible Tells’ course – week 2 (church).
Fri. 8th: 3.00 p.m. Corporation Meeting (Bogani)
Sun. 10th (4th Sunday in Lent):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion 4.00 p.m.
Tue. 12th:
·      11:15 a.m. Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
·      7:00 p.m. Planning & Building Committee (church)
Thurs. 14th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
·      7:30 p.m. ‘The Story the Bible Tells’ course – week 3 (church)
Saturday 16th: St. Patrick’s Day Stew Supper (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.) (church)
Sun. 17th (5th Sunday in Lent):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Worship Service at 4.00 p.m.
Wed. 20th: 7.15 p.m. Vestry Meeting (church)
Thurs. 21st:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      11.30 a.m. ‘The Lunch Bunch’ (formerly the Seniors’ Lunch) at the church.
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
·      7.30 p.m. ‘The Story the Bible Tells’ course – week 4 (church)
Sat. 23rd: 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. ‘Spaghetti Church’ (tentative)
Sun. 24th (Palm Sunday):
·      9.00 a.m. Holy Communion
·      10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
·      4.00 p.m. ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion.
Thurs. 28th (Maundy Thursday):
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
·      7:00 p.m. Holy Communion, Footwashing, and Stripping of the Church
Fri. 29th (Good Friday): 10.30 a.m. Good Friday service.
Sat. 30th: 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. ‘Spaghetti Church’ (tentative)
Sun. 31st (Easter Day):
·      9.00 a.m. Holy Communion
·      10.30 a.m. Holy Communion (followed by Easter egg hunt)
·      4.00 p.m. ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion.

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.

ST. MARGARET’S EVENTS
Lent Sermon Series: Christian Generosity.
To Jesus, the way we handle money and possessions is a vital part of our Christian discipleship, but we rarely hear it addressed during Lent. This year our Lent sermon series is focusing on 2 Corinthians chapters 8 & 9, in which Paul discusses Christian generosity. We have already had two sermons; the remaining themes are:
·      Mar. 3rd: Kingdom Equality (2 Cor. 8:10-15)
·      Mar. 10th: Poverty and Generosity (2 Cor. 8:1-3)
·      Mar. 17th: Selfish Generosity (2 Cor. 9:6-11)

Sunday School Teachers Needed. Currently we have three Sunday School classes, two at the 10.30 service and one at Sundays@4. The teachers work on a rotation and our goal has always been that no teacher would need to teach more than once a month. However, we have recently lost a couple of teachers, and two more will be moving from Edmonton before the end of the year. This is making heavy demands on those who remain.

We have recently had a couple of new teachers volunteer and hope to bring them on board very soon. However, we could still use a couple more to share the load between the three classes. If you can help, please contact Tim or Jen immediately.

ST. MARGARET’S EVENTS

Easter Weekend Services –what to expect:

Maundy Thursday (March 28th).
This is the day on which we remember Jesus’ gift of Holy Communion, and his command to love one another (‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘maundatum’ which means ‘commandment’). We will meet for Holy Communion at 7.00 p.m. The service will include an opportunity to participate in a symbolic washing of feet or hands (optional), and will conclude with the stripping of the church for Good Friday.

Good Friday (March 29th).
Our Good Friday service will be at 10.30 a.m. It will include a children’s component, after which the children will go downstairs for their own Good Friday program. As part of this service we join together in reading the story of Jesus’ death from the Gospel of John (with different people reading the parts of the various characters); later, we bring in a wooden cross and gather around it to remember Jesus’ death and to pray for the world for which he died.

Easter Sunday (March 31st)
We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with services of Holy Communion at 9.00 & 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Easter Sunday. There will also be an Easter egg hunt after the 10.30 service.

Special Easter Offering: World Vision Schools Project in Darfur (south Sudan)
Three times a year our offering envelope boxes contain envelopes for special offerings, and we always give the proceeds from those special offerings away to mission work. This year we are supporting World Vision’s efforts to build new schools in Darfur in South Sudan. Fundraising is going on for this project right now, and it is hoped that building will start next year (2014). We will be fundraising for it until the end of September and hope to raise at least $7500 to help with this worthy cause.

Also, stay tuned for an announcement very soon about another concert by Alex Boudreau, Tim Chesterton, and Marty Pawlina in support of this World Vision project! Likely date – some time in April!

BEYOND OUR PARISH
Diocese of Edmonton 100th Anniversary.
2013-14 will be a year of celebration in the Diocese of Edmonton as we celebrate 100 years of ministry and mission in the name of Christ.

The celebrations will kick off on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, when Bishop Jane has invited the whole diocese to come and worship together at the Winspear Centre at 11.00 a.m. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, will preside and preach at this service.

I (Tim) asked Bishop Jane about this service last week, as she has indicated her desire that no other services be held in the city that morning, so that everyone is free to come to the Winspear. She indicated to me that the service will be about 90 minutes long and that they are currently exploring how an appropriate children’s program could be offered. Watch this space for more news. What we can say for sure is that Sundays@4 will go ahead on that day!

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