At a Glance – Sunday, November 7, 2021
9:30am Zoom morning prayer
In-person services suspended until November 28!
As per the Diocese letter of Oct 27th, in-person church services are now being allowed for churches in the diocese, but no parish is compelled to return to in-person worship services and online services and other creative ways of connecting with parishioners continue to be encouraged. As well, Indoor social gatherings such as coffee hour, where food and beverages are served, are not yet permitted.
Given that our interim priest does not start until Nov 18th, it has been decided to continue with Zoom online services until Nov 21st. Our first in-person services will be planned for Nov 28th to start the season of Advent (trusting that no further Covid interventions happen before then).
Click here to read Archbishop Greg’s October 27 letter.
All Saints’ Sunday
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. Giovanni di Vincenzo to our Sunday zoom service to share in worship with us!
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
Holy Wisdom, Mother of God: Exploring the Divine Feminine – Friday, November 5 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 am.
To find out more, and to register, visit wisdom centre.ca.
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!
PWRDF is now accepting donations to support India as it struggles with the current COVID-19 outbreak, and to support St. Vincent and the people displaced by recent volcanic activity, in our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands.
How you can help –
Please keep the people of India and St. Vincent in your prayers. To give online, please click here. You may also donate over the phone by calling Donor Relations Officer Mike Ziemerink at 416-822-9083, or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call. Or, send a cheque with “COVID India Response” in the memo field to PWRDF, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2.
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.
2021 Offertory Envelopes are ready to be picked up from St. Andrew’s, whenever that is possible. Some have already been delivered and if you are concerned about receiving yours then contact John MacKinnon, 403-282-0074, email@example.com
and we’ll arrange to get them delivered. A few people will be using new envelope numbers as we order a smaller quantity each year.
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.