8:00 am (BCP) Sunday Service Has Resumed!
We will continue to wear masks; respect 2m physical distancing; and please follow the arrows for traffic flow.
Please bring your own BCP if you have one, though they will be available as needed.
Holy communion (bread only) will be distributed at a single standing station.
Coffee-time will be outside. Please consider bringing your own coffee (travel) mug.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Church Re-Roofing Project
The roof has been completed!!
Many thanks to those who have already donated to our building fund for this purpose. We are almost there! Please continue to consider a donation (for a tax credit, as always!) designated to our building fund, as you are able, so that we don’t fully deplete our capital reserves.
Many thanks… Executive team (Dave, Dick, Pat, Tom and Christine)
If you do enter the building, please ensure you wear a mask, sanitize your hands and sign in.
Before you come by St. Andrew’s, for any reason, please self-monitor for possible symptoms of Covid-19 by reviewing this document.
There is a visitor sign-in log at the front table that we ask you sign upon entry, once you have sanitized.
Christine will be on holidays from August 10-29. During this time, The Rev. Kersi Bird from St. Barnabas will take the 8am service and be available for pastoral emergencies. Zoom morning prayer will be very capably lay led.
Please take a moment to read the following letters about coming changes in the parish from the Rev. Christine and Archbishop Greg.
The Wisdom Centre
Two Fall Events:
As we continue to live in uncertain times, these two new events will be virtual. Registration opens September 1.
Freeing Jesus: Conversations with Diana Butler Bass about Re-Imagining Faith – October 20 & 21, 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Holy Wisdom, Mother of God: Exploring the Divine Feminine – Friday, November 5 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 am.
To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WYLD – September intake is now open. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE Imagine…. an amazing eight months at beautiful Sorrento Centre, living rent-free, earning and learning, and resume building, and making memories. Don’t miss out – find out more at https://www.sorrentocentre.ca/programs/wyld-winter-youth-leadership-development.
“All Verdant Greening” – The Right Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton, Bishop of Kootenay, will lead a retreat to explore the art and writing of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) from October 22 to 24. Themes of God’s energy in Creation will inspire and resonate with those finding a life-giving spiritual path. Get the details at https://www.sorrentocentre.ca/2021-fall-events/all-verdant-greening-the-most-revd-dr-lynne-mcnaughton
Discussion group: Indigenous Relations
Much has come to our consciousness recently regarding our historical relationship with indigenous peoples. We will continue our discussion on Wednesday, Sept 1 @ 7:00pm for mutual support and to review actions steps. Having begun with the Anglican video about the Doctrine of Discovery , we continue to hold up the TRC and its recommendations. Please don’t hesitate to contact Christine with any questions or concerns. Click here for the Zoom link (Mtg ID:843 0710 3855; Password: 1611).
Refugee Help Needed
Many thanks to those who have donated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund to assist a recently arrived parishioner to settle into good accommodation. Please stay tuned should further assistance be required.
Wrestling with the Truth of Colonization: With our hearts pierced by the news of the discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked grave at Kamloops Residential School, calls for action towards truth and reconciliation are growing louder. Click here for information on what you might do in response.
The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem
Please take a moment to read the attached letter from the Archbishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem. While calling for a cease fire on both sides of the Gaza conflict, he also highlights the need for support of the Al Ahli Hospital in the area that is working hard to tend to all those injured and traumatized by the conflict. Click here for the letter.
St. Edmund’s Food Bank Appeal
We are once again appealing for help with stocking our Food Bank shelves. We currently find that we are running short on canned goods – especially canned meats (tuna, salmon, ham, etc), vegetables, soups, beans, etc. as well as cereals, snack foods for kids, and jams. The Food Bank is open Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 for dropping off donations, or you can call Marilyn (our Food Bank Coordinator) at 403-288-6330 to arrange a time for drop-off outside of those hours (please leave a message and she will call you back). If you would like more information about our Food Bank and how you can help, please email us. Thank you for your support!
PWRDF is now accepting donations to support India as it struggles with the current COVID-19 outbreak, and to support St. Vincent and the people displaced by recent volcanic activity, in our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands.
How you can help –
Please keep the people of India and St. Vincent in your prayers. To give online, please click here. You may also donate over the phone by calling Donor Relations Officer Mike Ziemerink at 416-822-9083, or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call. Or, send a cheque with “COVID India Response” in the memo field to PWRDF, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2.
SeniorConnect is an online training program for any community member to identify seniors at risk, determine who to contact for assistance and understand the referral process. It is free and available anytime. Click here to go to the website. The program is run by Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society.
We are most grateful for your continued donations. If you normally donate by cheque, you can send it by mail. Pre-authorized debit continues and you can join or make adjustments by contacting John MacKinnon (email@example.com). We also have an “account” with CanadaHelps you can access here.
2021 Offertory Envelopes are ready to be picked up from St. Andrew’s, whenever that is possible. Some have already been delivered and if you are concerned about receiving yours then contact John MacKinnon, 403-282-0074, firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll arrange to get them delivered. A few people will be using new envelope numbers as we order a smaller quantity each year.
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good has received a mental health grant and can now expand our Calgary Neighbourhood Project. If you or someone you know is a great community connector, and interested in building relationships on their block, we’d love to have you join us. We meet monthly to build skills around community development, generate ideas and support each other as we work to build relationships and civic on a block level. Click here for contact information and more about the Abundant Communities work.
Did You Know…?
We have copies of the personal devotions “Our Daily Bread” at the church for for September through to November. They can be picked up in the narthex if you’re at the church or we can drop one in the mail for you if you contact us!
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Short reflections are published weekly. The latest is about “enlarging your perspective.” It can be found here.