Message from the Bishop
In the light of the gradual “re-opening” of the province, Archbishop Greg released a letter on transition planning. “Not yet” is the primary message. You can read the full letter here: https://www.calgary.anglican.ca/news/the-archbishops-letter-on-transition-planning
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support for our church. St. Andrew’s is currently financially okay with donations to end of March, 2020 essentially the same as 2019. The church rentals have dropped right off as the church is closed, but revenue from the use of the parking lot is continuing. Similar to other parishes in the Diocese, we have reviewed our operating costs, made adjustments to cleaning and maintenance, and our costs for music are substantially reduced. As well, we are receiving the Diocesan grants that were applied for last year. The Diocesan Treasurer has indicated that they are working with other Dioceses and with the Federal Government to determine if any of the Federal programs apply to us.
We recognise that many people are in difficult situations and we hope that those who are laid off or temporarily cut back are able to get some of the government grants or relief packages. If you are having tough times, we completely understand that you may not be able to support the church in these trying times.
If you need assistance with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact Christine or the Wardens and we will see what we can do to help.
Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement concluded last Sunday with our celebration of Pentecost. Many thanks to Susan Chivers for coordinating our initiative and to Rosemary Christmas, Pat Kover, Victoria Michkofsky, and Jeanne Mosca for hosting our noontime services.
We have an updated parish list in PDF format. Contact the office if you would like a copy emailed to you, or we can mail a hard copy.
Drop In Centre
The Donation/Recycling Centre at 3640 11thA St. N.E. is still open (reduced hours and staff) and is accepting clothing, bottles/cans and furniture (no electronics at this time). It is open Mon.-Fri. , 8:30 to 3:30.
If you have clothing/bottle/can donations but are unable to transport them, Carole and Dave T are able to transport for you.
Covid-19 related Resource information:
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good has created a resource page with information about all the different government announcements. It can be found at: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/resources_to_help_during_covid_19
Church operations are obviously much different than they were just a few weeks ago, but we’re not closed! 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: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/129209680RR0001-st-andrews-anglican-church/
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good
The next webinar is on Thurs. June 11 at 7pm, about Trauma-Informed Care. It is about recognizing the prevalence and impact of trauma in our communities and then using that knowledge to influence how we interact with people to create emotionally and physically safe environments. A key component of being trauma-informed is reflecting on our own stress response, perspectives, assumptions, and building an understanding of how this might impact our own relationships. How might a trauma-informed lens transform your interactions with clients, coworkers, neighbours, and family?
Join us for a conversation with Agnes Chen and Vicki Park from CUPS.
For more information and to receive a zoom link, register here: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/trauma_informed_care_webinar
Thurs. June 25 – Domestic Violence and Covid
Ministry Opportunity for an organizer!
Adaptive (medical) equipment for homes is needed from time to time by various parishioners. I know there are a number of items “floating around” that people have used following replacement surgeries, for instance. It would be helpful for someone to coordinate a list of such items that could be available as needs arise. Please get in touch with Christine if this is of interest to you! Thanks!
Praying with PWRDF
This is an excellent opportunity for us to make connections during this time of isolation. We can come together by praying with each other from parishes across the county, with PWRDF staff and most importantly with and for our partners.
All the recordings from the past few weeks of prayers can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoQP475xxXQAyzjoXtC0ykA
To register for upcoming sessions, please click the following link: https://bit.ly/PWRDFPrayers
Did You Know…?
We have copies of the personal devotions “Our Daily Bread” at the church for May and also for June through to August. 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!
We have parishioners in need of accommodation. If you know of an available home for rent, please contact Christine.