Friday, April 5, 2013

Calendar for the Month of April


THE MONTH AT A GLANCE:
Thu. 4th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Womens Bible Study (Bogani)
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home – 3404-114 St.)
Fri. 5th: 3.00 p.m. Corporation Meeting (Bogani)
Sun. 7th (2nd Sunday of Easter):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour between the services, and baptisms at the 10.30 service.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Worship Service at 4.00 p.m.
Thurs. 11th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Sat. 13th: 7.30 p.m. Fundraising Concert for World Vision with Alex Boudreau, Tim Chesterton, and Marty Pawlina (church).
Sun. 14th (3rd Sunday of Easter):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Holy Communion 4.00 p.m.
Tue. 16th:
·      11:15 a.m. Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
·      7:00 p.m. Planning & Building Committee (church)
Wed. 17th: Vestry 7.15 p.m. (church).
Thurs. 18th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Sun. 21st (4th Sunday of Easter):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m.
·      ‘Sundays@4’ Worship Service at 4.00 p.m.
Thurs. 25th:
·      7 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Bible Study (Bogani).
·      2 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Marg Rys’ home - 3404-114 St.)
Sat. 27th: 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. ‘Spaghetti Church’
Sun. 28th (5th Sunday of Easter):
·      9.00 a.m. Holy Communion
·      10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
·      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
Women’s morning Bible Study group starts new course: ‘Triumphing with GOD over the (d)evil’. Thursdays, 7 am, starting April 4, @ The Bogani Cafe. This study has three main purposes: to study Scripture to determine a) if there is a personal force/being such as “the devil,” b) to understand God’s response to evil/the devil, and c) to explore the appropriate response for us as Christians living in a fallen world.
 
What did JESUS actually say about evil and the devil, and what did he do and/or model for us in this regard? Our first six lessons will zero in on Jesus’ actions and statements about overcoming evil and/or the devil.  After gaining a thorough understanding of what Christ taught on this subject, the study will move on to examine what other passages in Bible reveal (four lessons). Finally, the Study will explore in six lessons what the Bible teaches on how Christians today can help God in His ongoing triumph over evil.  What habits and actions need to characterize our daily walk with God?  What marks us as forces for God and for good? 

If you are female and if you would like to come and join into the discussion, you would be most welcome.  You can come in and out of the study at any time.  A Bible is useful and a smile, required!  For more information, call Catherine at 780-434-1005.

Fundraising Concert for World Vision with Alex Boudreau, Tim Chesterton and Marty Pawlina: Saturday April 13th 7.30 p.m. @ St. Margaret's Church!
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.

In support of this, Alex, Tim and Marty return to St. Margaret’s for their third World Vision fundraising concert. Expect an evening of great music, with lots of variety and lots of fun! Tickets are available from Tim ahead of time ($10 each), and you can also purchase them at the door. There will be opportunities to make further donations at the event.

The Lunch Bunch meets April 18th 11.30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.  Please come and join us for a time of fellowship as some members of the "Lunch Bunch" will be sharing some stories with us.  If you would like to attend, please sign the sheet in the front foyer or contact Julie Holmes at 435-4208 or Lesley Schindel at 989-3833.  We will meet at the church around 11:30 a.m with lunch starting at 12:00.

The Lunch Bunch would also like to let people know that the date for the May lunch will be May 9th.  It is earlier than scheduled as we will be having a quest speaker, Virgina Haase.  Virginia will be making a presentation about their pilgrimage.  Please come and join us to hear about their incredible journey. There will be a sign up sheet in the front foyer or you can contact Julie Holmes at 435-4208 or Elsie McFall at 430-4627  if you would like to attend.

Planning and Building Committee update. The Planning and Building Committee has been exploring options to make our proposed extension project more affordable. We are now in conversation with the architect about the possibilities of a phased approach (i.e. doing the work in two or three phases), based around the question ‘What do we have to do as soon as possible?’ We will be sending out information as soon as it is available so that we can discuss this at an extraordinary Congregational Meeting on Wednesday May 22nd at 7.30 p.m. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in this important meeting.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD
Mothers’ Day BBQ for YC. Every year we help several young people in our parish attend the YC youth Conference on Victoria Day weekend. The main fundraiser for this is the Mothers’ Day BBQ which this year will be after the 10.30 service on May 12th. Hot dogs will be on sale that day and we hope you’ll participate and help our young people have another positive YC experience.

Garage Sale for the Building Extension Fund: Saturday May 25th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the church parking lot. We need items for the sale (already priced), and also volunteers to help out. For more information talk to Melanie Eriksen and Louise Popp.

Spring Congregational Meeting: Sunday June 2nd at noon. The main agenda items will be a financial update and the choosing of outreach projects that we will support through the rental income from our cell phone tower this year.

Our parish will be supplying lunch for the Habitat for Humanity volunteers at their building site in Rutherford on Friday June 21st, and the lunch will take the form of a BBQ. Stay tuned for opportunities to help with this event!

Saturday June 22nd: Parish BBQ at the home of Lorne and Beryl Rice. Time TBA.

Fundraising Piano Recital with Maria Thompson Corley at the Maclab Centre in Leduc on Thursday June 27th at 7.30 p.m. Maria Thompson Corley is a superb pianist and this event is not to be missed. There will also be a silent auction, and we will be looking for help with donations for this, as well as volunteers. Tickets are on sale now for $35 each, and all proceeds will go to our building extension fund.


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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