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 recognize 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.
Mother’s Day Service – 9:30AM Sunday, May 10, 2020
As we are worshiping from our homes this Mother’s Day let’s add a special momentum or photo to our worship area beside our candle on this day to honour our mothers, grandmothers, spouses who are mothers, and all the special mother mentors in our lives, remembering their love, influence and nurturing which has so enriched our lives.
Your Parish Council
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
CACG is holding training / information webinars every other Thursday evening. Thursday, April 30 will focus on how to provide basic mental health support to friends and family. Register here to receive a Zoom link: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/events
Thank you to the Calgary Foundation for their support of our mental health work.
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.
Last week’s recording: https://zoom.us/rec/share/5uFzCOHdyzpIX6ORwhrzZ4gvJq7-aaa80XdL-fdemRl5lnhddIHl1VntEpIaFFze
To register for this Thursday (April 16, 1 pm Eastern) with Wade Zamechek from Village Health Works click on the link below. Wade is going to talk about the VHW work and partners in Burundi and what they have to teach us in this pandemic time.
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.