Friday, September 26, 2014

October 2014: Monthly Announcements

MONTH AT A GLANCE:
Note: The church is rented out every Monday 3.45 – 7.45 p.m., and every Saturday except the first Saturday of the month 7 – 10 p.m.
Wed. 1st:
·      9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.: Tim at Threshold Ministries gathering @ Providence Centre.
·      3.00 p.m. Corporation meets @ Bogani Café.
Thu. 2nd:
·      7.00 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies @ Bogani Café (2023-111 St.)
·      7.30 – 9.00 p.m. ‘The Red Letters’ Session 2 @ church.
Sun. 5th (17th Sunday after Pentecost):
·      9.00 Holy Communion
·      9.45 Combined Coffee
·      10.30 Holy Communion and Sunday School
Tue. 7th:
·      Noon – 2.30 p.m. Whitemud Deanery Clergy Meeting at St. Margaret’s.
Thu. 9th:
·      Jen’s holidays begin.
·      7.00 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies @ Bogani Café (2023-111 St.)
·      11.30 Lunch Bunch @ the church. We will be sharing ‘Summer Stories’ with each other.
·      7.30 – 9.00 p.m. ‘The Red Letters’ Session 3 @ church.
Sun. 12th (Thanksgiving):
·      9.00 Holy Communion
·      10.30 Holy Communion and Sunday School, followed by coffee hour.
Tue. 14th:
·      Office closed in accordance with diocesan policy re. long weekends (see below).
Wed. 15th:
·      7.15 p.m. Vestry Meeting @ church
Thu. 16th:
·      7.00 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies @ Bogani Café (2023-111 St.)
·      7.30 – 9.00 p.m. ‘The Red Letters’ Session 4 @ church.
Sat. 18th:
·      10 a.m. – noon: ‘Faith in the Workplace’ @ the church (see below).
Sun. 19th (19th Sunday after Pentecost) (Chaplaincy Sunday):
·      9.00 Holy Communion
·      10.30 Holy Communion and Sunday School, followed by coffee hour.
Tue. 21st:
·      Jen back from holidays.
Wed. 22nd:
·      11.15 a.m. Holy Communion @ St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital.
Thu. 23rd:
·      7.00 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies @ Bogani Café (2023-111 St.)
·      7.30 – 9.00 p.m. ‘The Red Letters’ Session 5 @ church.
Sat. 25th:
·      4 – 6 p.m. Spaghetti Church @ church
Sun. 26th (20th Sunday after Pentecost: ‘Good Works Fair’ [see below]):
·      9.00 Holy Communion
·      10.30 Morning Worship
Thu. 30th:
·      7.00 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies @ Bogani Café (2023-111 St.)
·      7.30 – 9.00 p.m. ‘The Red Letters’ Session 6 @ church.

Note:
·      Tim Chesterton’s days off are every Monday, and two Saturdays per month.
·      Tim is not in the office on Thursdays as this is his sermon preparation day.
·      Jennifer ffolliott-Oujla works Tuesday to Friday, 9.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
·      Jen will be on holiday this month from October 9th – 20th inclusive. In her absence Melanie Eriksen will be in the office on Friday Oct. 10th and 17th to cover essential tasks.
·      Diocesan Policy on Long Weekends. If clergy would normally be taking the holiday Monday as a day off anyway, they are required to take an additional day. Since Tim’s day off is Monday, he usually takes an additional day off on long weekends.

EVENTS THIS MONTH:
Saturday Oct. 4th: The Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network event announced last month has been cancelled.

Sunday Oct. 12th: Thanksgiving. Please bring your non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Bank. Also, for those who use church envelopes, there is an extra envelope in your box for this Sunday, and we invite you to use it for a special donation to support our World Vision child sponsorship appeal for Lemlem Fickre in Ethiopia.

Saturday Oct. 18th 10 a.m. – noon: ‘Faith in the Workplace: A Conversation’. You are invited to come to the church for coffee and muffins and a discussion built around questions such as ‘What do I do for a living?’ ‘What does my working day usually look like?’ ‘How easy is it for me to see my work as part of God’s vision for his world?’ ‘What challenges do I face in following Jesus at my place of work?’ ‘How conscious am I of doing my work in such a way as to honour God and build God’s kingdom?’ ‘How would I like my fellow-Christians to pray for me as I go to work?’ Location: the church.

Saturday Oct. 25th 4-6 p.m.: Spaghetti Church.

Sunday Oct. 26th: Good Works Fair at both services. Our annual opportunity to hear from agencies in Edmonton that do good deeds for those in need, and to find out how we can help them. Watch for announcements about who will be coming this year.

LOOKING AHEAD (St. Margaret’s and Beyond):
Sunday Nov. 2nd: Fall Congregational Meeting at noon.

Friday Nov. 7th: Annual St. Margaret’s Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction (held at St. Matthias’ Anglican Church).
Mark your calendars for this event. Melanie Eriksen is searching out donations for the silent auction; if you know of potential donors, please let her know, or forward a donor letter yourself. Silent Auction starts at 5.30, dinner to follow; Bishop Jane Alexander will be the after-dinner speaker, and there will also be live music. Tickets are $60 each or $100 per couple and are available by contacting the office (780-437-7231) and also after church on Sundays, or at Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-margarets-fundraising-dinner-silent-auction-tickets-13205288373.

Saturday Nov. 8th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: ‘How to Relax and Enjoy Evangelism’. Does your heart start to pound when you hear the words ‘witness’ or ‘evangelism’? Although we have experienced God’s presence, and Jesus has told us to share his good news with the world, we’re often shy or scared to talk about faith with people outside the church. Come join us, and learn why evangelism doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s time to stop living in fear.

Note: this is a diocesan workshop hosted by St. Margaret’s as part of the evangelism training program for all interested people in the Diocese of Edmonton. To register, please email assistant@edmonton.anglican.ca or call the synod office at 780-439-7344, or sign up on the sheet in the foyer at the church.

Saturday Nov. 8th 7.30 – 10.00 p.m. ‘Songs of War and Peace’. Tim, Bill Werthmann and Carrie Day will once again be presenting a concert for Remembrance Day weekend; it will be held at the Cha Island Tea Company, 10332-81 Avenue NW, Edmonton (see http://www.chaisland.com). Tickets are $10 each on Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/songs-of-war-and-peace-with-tim-chesterton-carrie-day-and-bill-werthmann-tickets-13071024787): proceeds will go to World Vision’s efforts to rehabilitate child soldiers.

Tuesday November 11th (Remembrance Day): the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network will sponsor the following events:
·      6.00 p.m. Prayer Service at McDougall United Church. Theme: ‘A God Who Loves His Enemies’.
·      7.00 p.m. Prayer Walk from City Hall to the War Memorial.
To find out more about EEPN, visit their website at http://www.eepeacenetwork.org.

Saturday Nov. 15th: ‘Voices for Habitat’, a fundraising concert for Habitat for Humanity, will be held at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, starting at 7.30 p.m. Ticket information to be announced.

Sunday Nov. 16th: Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland. Once again we will give thanks to God for the life of Margaret, whose name we bear.

Sunday Nov. 23rd (Reign of Christ Sunday): Bishop Jane will preside and preach at both services.

Sunday Nov. 30th (Advent 1) 7.00 p.m.: Annual Christmas Concert in support of our World Vision child sponsorship appeal. Ticket information will be available soon.

DIOCESAN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (‘REACH’ CAMPAIGN) UPDATE
Once again, the basics:
·      The Diocese is attempting to raise $5 million in the Reach Campaign, which will be split, with 50% going to the parishes, 40% to the diocese, and 10% to the national Anglican church.
·      The Diocesan share will go to help fund the following ministries:
o   The Indigenous Ministry Initiative (http://edmonton.anglican.org/reach/indigenous-ministry/).
o   New Worshipping Communities
·      Our parish share will be split 60% for youth and children’s ministry in our congregation, and 40% for our ongoing building work.
·      Parishes have been asked to consider a target of 115% of their 2013 envelope income. For St. Margaret’s, our target is $170,000, to be raised over five years.
·      Parishioners are invited to make pledges over a five-year period. We will ask each of you to look at your 2013 giving, multiply it by 1.15, and prayerfully consider whether you could pledge this amount to the Reach Campaign over a five year period without reducing your other church giving. This is sacrificial (it represents a 23% increase), but the projects are important.
o   For example, if my last year’s giving was $4,000, 115% of this would be $4,600, so I would be asked to consider whether I could pledge an additional $920 per year to the Reach Campaign, over and above my present giving.
We know that some will be able to go higher than this, and some will not be able to go as high. 115% of 2013 giving is the average we need to reach our assigned goal.
·      Our parish visiting team (Marci Chesterton, Tim Chesterton, Sally Floden, Rick Mogg, Brian Popp, and Doug Sanderson) is currently making visits to some members of our congregation. We would like to give you information about the various projects supported by the Reach Campaign, and ask for your prayers and, hopefully, your financial support as well. Note: we will not be able to visit everyone on our parish list as this would be a huge burden on our small visiting team.

·      For more information about Reach at St. Margaret’s, please contact Marci Chesterton at marcichesterton at gmail dot com or 780-432-2255.

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