Friday, August 23, 2013

September Calendar


THE MONTH AT A GLANCE:
Sun. 1st (15th Sunday after Pentecost):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour between the services at 9.45 a.m.
·      Tim leaves Sunday evening for three weeks holiday in England.
Thurs. 5th: Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at Bogani Café at 7.00 a.m.
Sun. 8th (16th  Sunday after Pentecost):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour after the 10.30 service. Services will be led by the Rev. Matthew Oliver, honorary assistant at St. John’s.
·      Sunday School registration will also take place at the 10.30 service.
Thurs. 12th: Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at Bogani Café at 7.00 a.m.
Sun. 15th (17th Sunday after Pentecost):
·      Morning Worship at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour after the 10.30 service. Services will be led by Lloyd Thompson, and our guest speaker will be Mary Ann Provencal from World Vision, who will give us an update on the Darfur Education project.
Wed. 18th: 7.15 p.m. Vestry meets at the Church.
Thurs. 19th: Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at Bogani Café at 7.00 a.m.
Sun. 22nd (18th Sunday after Pentecost):
·      Holy Communion at 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. with coffee hour after the 10.30 service. Services will be led by the Rev. Matthew Oliver, honorary assistant at St. John’s.
Tue. 24th: Tim back at work.
Thurs. 26th: Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at Bogani Café at 7.00 a.m.
Sun. 29th (19th Sunday after Pentecost): BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
·      9.00 Holy Communion
·      10.30 Morning Worship followed by coffee hour.

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 (approximately!).
·      Tim Chesterton will be on holiday Sept. 2nd-23rd. Please remember Tim and Marci in your prayers as they go to the UK to spend time with Tim’s recently widowed mother.
If you need a priest because of a pastoral emergency during Tim’s holidays, please call the Rev. Susan Ormsbee or the Rev. Kevin Kraglund at St. Matthias’ (780-487-0324).

LOOKING AHEAD
Back to Church Sunday: Sunday September 29th. Theme: JOURNEYS OF FAITH
Back to Church Sunday is an opportunity to invite someone who does not normally attend church to come to church with you and experience the difference the Gospel of Jesus Christ can make to a community of people!
·      Ask yourself: ‘Why am I excited about being a Christian and being a part of the St. Margaret’s Church family?’
·      Ask God: ‘In my circle of family/friends/work colleagues etc., who would you like me to invite to church on Back to Church Sunday?’
·      Ask your friend: ‘Would you like to come to church with me on September 29th?’
Note that at both services on Back to Church Sunday, Catherine Ripley will be interviewing Tim and Marci Chesterton about their respective faith stories.

Confirmation
Bishop Jane will be coming to St. Margaret’s in mid-January to hold a service of confirmation. Confirmation classes will begin very shortly after Tim returns from holidays on Sept. 24th, and will likely last through October, November, and December.

What is Confirmation? In our Anglican tradition, we usually baptize people while they are still infants; their parents and godparents speak for them, making the baptismal promises and committing themselves to raise their children to learn to follow Jesus for themselves.

Confirmation is a mature commitment to Christ, made when a person who has been previously baptized is ready and willing to take the promises on themselves and say publicly before their church family and the Bishop “I want to follow Jesus”. At a confirmation service the candidates make their promises, and the Bishop then prays for them and lays hands on them, asking God to strengthen them with the Holy Spirit for a life of discipleship.

Confirmation does not usually happen before a person is in their teens. Teenagers and adults who have been baptized but not confirmed are welcome to present themselves for confirmation. Please note that it is not appropriate for parents to put pressure on their children about confirmation; the whole point of it is that this is a free decision made by the candidates themselves to commit themselves to following Christ as part of his Church.

If anyone in the parish would like to be confirmed in January, would they please contact Tim immediately (stmrector@gmail.com or 780-437-7231) to indicate this.

Sunday Oct. 13th: Thanksgiving Sunday. As is our custom, we will collect non-perishable items for the Food Bank on this day. Note that the special offering envelopes on Oct. 13th will go toward our World Vision project, helping to build schools in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

Sunday Oct. 20th 12.00 noon: Fall Congregational Meeting. The Building Extension Project will be the main item on the agenda of this meeting. More information upcoming soon.

Sunday Nov. 3rd (All Saints’): Baptisms at the 10.30 service. Those wishing to be baptized or to have children baptized should talk to Tim immediately as preparation will be necessary. Note that at St. Margaret’s it is not our custom to baptize people who are not in the habit of church attendance, as this is one of the commitments made in the baptismal promises.

BEYOND OUR PARISH
Diocese of Edmonton 100th Anniversary. There are a number of exciting events coming up in October, including an Anglican homebrew competition (!), a visit from ‘The Common Cup’ (a Canadian Anglican musical group), and, in mid-October, a ten-day visit from Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. To learn more, please go to the Diocesan website and follow the links to the Centennial celebrations:

Faith Corner: Bishop Jane invites you to share why your faith and church matter to you. Contact the Synod Office anytime over the year and they will be happy to set up a conversation time. They will share some of your stories on the centennial website:
They also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to:

A WORD FROM TIM
Many thanks to all the people who sent emails, cards, or Facebook messages of support on my father’s death on August 12th. As it happened it was a difficult week for my family, as my Dad’s oldest brother John died of cancer three days later. Your love and support mean a great deal to us in this time of sadness; thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Meanwhile, back here at St. Margaret’s, we’ve unfortunately had to put ‘Sundays@4’ on hold for the foreseeable future. This is entirely because of a volunteer shortage at our church, especially in the area of musicians and Sunday School teachers. I know everyone is busy and the call to spend more of your valuable time away from home doesn’t always sound like good news! Nonetheless, it is impossible for us to function without people who offer themselves for various ministries in the service of Christ. We particularly need Sunday School teachers and musicians; we have lost several of each recently. Please talk to me immediately if you can help.

Meanwhile, let’s keep growing in Christ, experiencing his joy and love, and sharing it with others.

Your friend and pastor,   Tim Chesterton

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