Thanks to all those who submitted reports! Here’s the link to the 2021 AGM Reports. Printed copies can be made available. If you would like to pick one up or have it mailed to you, please let us know at the office.
We still have room for additional Parish Council members! Don’t be shy about putting yourself, or someone else, forward to serve!
Peace and grace be with you all.
As you all know that Archbishop and test post give as a green light to re-opening the churches for in-person services. After consulting with our Wardens, we are to resume limited-capacity, in-person worship services beginning coming Sunday February 20th at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Services will feel similar to the way they were prior to the most recent suspension in early January 9: Holy Communion will be in one kind (bread only) with a communion wafer; masking, sanitizing, and distancing will be required; singing with masks will continue. At this point in time, registration will not be required.
Our maximum capacity remains at 50 to 60 people. Every parishioner is of course free to make their own choice based on their individual comfort level about returning or continuing to watch the zoom service from home. The safety, health, and wellbeing of everyone is and always will be our top priority.
My thanks to all of you for remaining vigilant during this most recent wave of the pandemic and for your ongoing prayers for the world and for our life as a congregation. My particular thanks to those who have been helping with a zoom service since we go to the zoom, Nancy, Susan, Adeline and Kara and all of you who have been helping with reading and response thank you all. Thank you to all of you who continue to generously support St. Andrew’s with your time, talent, treasure and your prayers. It is all greatly appreciated. As we re-open for in-person services again, I look forward to seeing those of you who feel they are able to worship in the church Sunday mornings and equally look forward to being with those who are joining us “in spirit” through the continued on line service.
If any of you are involved in specific Sunday ministries, I would be most grateful if you would please proceed accordingly with your plans to commence ministries begins on Feb 20,2022, or be in touch with your ministry coordinators. Thank you.
May the blessings of God lead us, to journey together to Fish for People.
Rev. John M Chuol
SUNDAY Service on Zoom: 9:30 am!
The service appears on your screen so you don’t need to print or otherwise have the liturgy to fully participate. The service is also recorded, so if you are unable to join on Zoom, check our Vimeo account (here) around 12noon Tuesday and you’ll be able to pray along. Please note that only “active speakers” appear in the video.
Join us at 9:30 am via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 859 3582 4614; Password: 1611).
*** Please note: This code remains the same each Sunday.
Or use the secure link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85935824614?pwd=RWt1bGFOL1J2azNtUnlDT1NDbWttdz09
For information on how to use Zoom or for the local phone number to call in click here.
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.
World Day of Prayer – Friday, March 4
Please join us for World Day of Prayer, a prayer movement that invites us to enrich our faith experience with the experience of Christians from other countries and cultures, and to bring hope to women touched by injustice. This year, the service was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To view the World Day of Prayer 2022 Service Video (55 minutes), use this link, and click on “World Day of Prayer 2022 Service Video.”
New Parish Council Members
We are in need of a couple of new Parish Council members! If you’re interested in being involved in parish governance for a two (2) yer term and/ or you know someone who would be great, please speak with one of the Wardens or John.
The charitable donation tax receipts for 2021 will be mailed in this last week of January 2022. I recommend that you review your receipt and summary of donations once you receive it and let me know right away if you have any concerns. Please file it in a safe location with your other tax receipts.
Any donations made via Canada Helps will receive a tax receipt directly from Canada Helps.
John MacKinnon 403-282-0074 email@example.com
Strangers No Longer – Black Anglicans Black History Month Service
Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 pm MST
Black Anglicans of Canada was established in 2018 to carry on the mission of Jesus towards equitable representation, participation, belongingness and empowerment of Black people within the Anglican Church of Canada. This year we will be hosting a Black History Service to celebrate Black presence in Anglican churches across Canada. This will be the first time Black Anglicans will be gathering virtually from across Canada for this service which will be aired at 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 27th on YouTube. The Annual Celebration of the Black Heritage of Our Church began in the Diocese of Toronto, 26 years ago and was inspired by the late Dr. Romney Moseley, whose life and witness we will remember this year, the 30th anniversary of his death.
As our work has extended for the benefit of the entire Anglican Church of Canada, we are inviting support from all Dioceses for this year’s Black History Month celebration.
Registration is now open for our Summer programs. Come for one week, or come for them all. You will find environmental and nature-based programs, as well as outdoor spirtuality and experiential spiritual teachings, including core Anglican, reconciliation and interfaith offerings. As always, you will have the opportunity to enrich your heart and soul through arts and craft-based playful creativity. Start planning here.
Donations Support Emergency Evacuees in BC
Since November 18, donors from across Canada have contributed more than $36,000 to PWRDF to support relief and recovery efforts in lower British Columbia where floods have destroyed farms and infrastructure. PWRDF issued an initial solidarity grant of $10,000 to the Diocese of New Westminster that will support vulnerable displaced people and migrant workers at an Evacuation Centre near the Abbotsford airport.
Thank you to all who have given generously to this cause.
2022 Church Calendars
2022 Canadian Church Calendars are available for purchase for $5 each. Limited quantities! To get your copy contact Pat Kover or the office.
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, February 23 @ 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 Sally Anne Guertin with any questions or concerns. Click here for the Zoom link (Mtg ID:893 7682 8532; Password: 1611).
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good
2022 Delegates Assembly (February 10th): On February 10th, we invite you to attend the online Delegates Assembly. During this Delegates Assembly, we will set our direction for the year to come, take action on our campaigns, prepare for a new listening campaign and amend our bylaws. We ask that each of our member organization’s delegates attend and that they bring their core teams with them as we come together to discuss, act, and work together. RSVP here.
Hamper delivery volunteers wanted: At the start of the pandemic we responded to the food insecurity it created by having our members volunteer to deliver food hampers to people in need. The Calgary Food Bank has now taken on this role, by starting their own in-house Hamper Delivery Project. The Calgary Food Bank would like to increase the number of hamper delivery volunteers in the effort to work toward meeting demand. If you want to reach out to the Calgary Food Bank about joining the project, please reach out to Laura Harrisson or Michelle Vetland.
St. Andrew’s Heights Community Association – Learn to Skate Program 2022
The Calgary Grizzlies Speed Skating Club (the “Grizzlies”) invites you to learn to speed skate!
All ages and skill levels are welcome, including those who have never skated before. The Grizzlies will provide nationally certified speed skating and high performance speed skater coaches skilled at providing a fun and exciting program for student skaters and their families delivering a high quality, low cost Learn to Skate program on our community’s outdoor rink. See Skating – St. Andrew´s Heights Community Association (standrewsheights.ca)
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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also have an “account” with CanadaHelps you can access here.
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.