9:30am Zoom morning prayer this Sunday, November 21.
Our next in-person services will start on Nov 28th to begin the season of Advent. An 8 am BCP service and a 10:30 am BAS service will be held. The guidelines outlined in the Archbishop’s letter will be followed including communion bread distributed by the priest and persons taking the communion back to their pews where the mask can be removed and the communion consumed. Attendance will be limited to 1/3 of fire code capacity, masks are mandatory, distancing by 2 m, frequent hand sanitizing is recommended, prayer books and hymn books will be available and congregational and choir singing is permitted with mask and distance requirements. All persons planning to attend are requested to notify St Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) so capacity is not exceeded. Persons are requested to sign in and sanitize prior to entering the church. Come and meet our interim minister Rev. John Chuol.
The Reign of Christ
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.
Interim Priest for St. Andrew’s
Please take a moment to read the attached letter from Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson (click here) regarding the appointment of an interim priest to St. Andrew’s. This Sunday we welcome The Rev. John Chuol, our new Interim, to our Sunday zoom service to share in worship with us!
Attention Parishioners – your help is needed for:
DECORATING THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREES AND WREATHS
Traditionally the congregation has been adding decorations to the church
greenery put up/out for Advent Sunday, on the Sunday before Christmas
Eve – this year that is December 19th. At present Covid rules dictate 6
foot spacing so we need:
A family to decorate the the Angel Tree in the entry (decorations are in a box below the tree)
A family or couple to decorate the large Christmas tree in sanctuary – ladder work is required to reach the top branches. (Decorations should be in a box under the tree; ladder is in the furnace room in the basement)
An individual or several to grab some red bows and wire them to the wreaths in the sanctuary, on the outside doors and on the inside office doors (8 total). The bows are in a labelled box in the entryway below the cupboards.
Could you or your family help? I would normally coordinate this but will be away. Please contact me by email if you can help at email@example.com and I will slot you in. These are easy, fun tasks!
For your Christmas cards, go to https:// pwrdf.org/christmascards2021/ to see this year’s two beautiful designs. Cards come in sets of 12 (1 dozen) cards to a package with one design per package and are available for a suggested minimum donation of $25 (you will receive a tax receipt for your donation). Please order by December 1 to guarantee receiving before Christmas.
This month’s Anglican Journal includes the Fall 2021 PWRDF World of Gifts. PWRDF works with partners on the ground to ensure that the people themselves are able to direct support where it is most needed. One of PWRDF’s partner agencies is the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, rated one of the top one hundred charities by Charity Intelligence Canada (Click here for info.)
Of particular interest as we grapple with the recent discoveries and confront our role as Treaty People in the implementation of residential schools is a new initiative: Turn to page 4 of World of Gifts for information on PWRDF’s Indigenous Responsive Programs. You can also learn more at pwrdf.org/IndigenousGrants. You can order securely on-line at pwrdf.org/worldofgifts.
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.
Anglican Fellowship of Prayer
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer in the Diocese of Calgary
invites you to attend our Fall Conference entitled…
What does it mean to be an instrument of peace in times of crisis and chaos?
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Join The Most Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, The Ven. Alan Getty, The Ven. Dr. Pilar Gateman, The Ven. Dr. Stephen Hambidge, and The Rev. Joan Schellenberger for opportunities for Silent Reflection, Discussion and Prayer.
Register here. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants.
The Wisdom Centre
Finding Hope in Liminal Times with Bishop Anna Greenwood and Deb Koning
Over the weekend we will read texts and watch video to explore the theology of Advent. We will also use poetry and art as a way to explore the themes of Advent.
Sessions will take place at Sorrento Centre on Shuswap Lake BC from Friday evening Nov 26 to Sunday morning Nov 28. More information and to register follow this link:
More Information and to Register
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, Dec. 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 Sally Anne Guertin with any questions or concerns. Click here for the Zoom link (Mtg ID:812 7624 8665; Password: 1611).
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.