Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Dear St, Andrew’s Anglican Church.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever.” Amen. (Gal 1:3)
As you all know that the government of the Alberta as drops most of the covid-19 guide line down starting March 1, 2022. Archbishop and Task Force said “While measures such as masking and distancing are no longer required from a provincial standpoint, the Archbishop and COVID-19 Task Force continue to strongly recommend these protocols as best practices for mitigating the spread of the virus in our communities, and promote them as a positive expression of our consideration for others. Stage 2 includes the lifting of any remaining restrictions on social gatherings, which in turn eliminates any ambiguity around coffee hours and other church socials that we encountered in Stage 1. These are now permissible.” This is a short information about what they said in the letter, but you can read the whole message here.
As a Parish of St Andrew’s we will continue with masking during service, but if you really need to take your mask off you are highly welcome, masking is optional. As well we will continue using individual cup for communion for now; we are not going back to common cup right away. Coffee hour will resume this coming Sunday March 6 after the service for 8:00 and for 10:30 service, those who are involved in making coffee after the service are welcome to plan for it. We will continue to follow the guide line when we are here in the building.
Thank you all for your ongoing work.
May God blessed you all.
John M Chuol
SUNDAY Services 8am in-person & 10:30am in-person and on Zoom!
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).
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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.
Before you come by St. Andrew’s, for any reason, please self-monitor for possible symptoms of Covid-19 by reviewing this document.
PWRDF is supporting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion. The initial grant of $20,000 issued to an ACT Alliance appeal has been increased to $50,000. The grants will fund the work of Action by Churches Together (ACT) member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA). How can you help? To make a donation to this response online, click here. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and PWRDF will return your call, or mail your cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2. Please mark Ukraine in the memo field.40 Days with Henri:
A Lenten Devotional from the writings of Henri Nouwen
The season of Lent is a time of self examination and prayer; a time to evaluate our life of prayer, our involvement in Christian community, and our walk with Jesus.
Henri Nouwen speaks of these themes frequently in his writings. Although he died in 1996, Henri Nouwen is still considered one of the most profound and influential Christian writers today.
Take this opportunity to journey through Lent, allowing Nouwen’s insightful words to lead you to a deeper place of faith. Find out more information here.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.”Altar Flowers
Please contact Aline Greaves (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. A reminder: cheques for flowers are to be made out to St. Andrew’s Church and are eligible for a tax receipt!Tax Receipts
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.comWisdom Centre Book Club:
“See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love” | A 10-week Book Study
Join us for an energetic and engaging weekly discussion exploring themes from a powerful book by Valarie Kaur, “See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love”. The book study will be led by Don McLeod and include resources from the book and the Revolutionary Love Project, including short videos from Valarie herself.
This study is a simple online gathering on Wednesdays starting on March 16, 2022 for one hour per week (12 – 1 pm MST), and will be offered in two parts. There is no cost to join this session. Please register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom information to join the book study (see link below).
Please note, while the book is readily available, you don’t have to read the book to join in on the discussion! Each week a brief synopsis on the material will be prepared, and then we will engage in large and small group discussions.
Part One: March 16, 2022 to April 13, 2022 from 12 – 1 pm MST (Chapters 1 – 5)
Part Two: April 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 from 12 – 1 pm MST (Chapters 6 – 10)
About the Book
SEE NO STRANGER is a practical guide to changing the world, a synthesis of wisdom, a chronicle of personal and communal history – all joined together by a story of awakening.
In this book, Valarie begins by asking provocative questions: “The future is dark. But is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb? How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless?”Sorrento Centre
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.
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, March 30 @ 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:894 2853 3633; Password: 1611).
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good
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 -Pickleball is Coming to SAH!
The SAHCA Board has approved the addition of pickleball lines to one of the tennis courts in the community. The lines will be professionally applied and pickleball nets are being purchased. The plan is to have 2 pickleball courts on one of the tennis courts with portable nets that can wheeled onto the court when it is being used for pickleball. The nets can be moved to the side when players want to use the court for tennis. Initially the pickleball nets will be available from Monday to Friday and the court will be available for tennis only on the weekends due to high demand. Stay tuned for more details!
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.