Summer worship pattern continues as we enter the fall:
8:00 am BCP Communion Service: in-person
9:30am Zoom morning prayer
Click here to read Archbishop Greg’s Sept 2 letter with renewed covid protocols.
Please note the renewed restrictions for in-person worship:
– masking and distancing (as we have been through the summer)
– hand sanitizing and signing in upon entry
– NO social events, including coffee time, inside or outside
Also note that a full suspension of in-person worship could come at any time, with short notice.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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.
Christine’s last Sunday in the parish will be Sunday, September 26, 2021. Her parish letter can be found on the table in the narthex for more information.
Please take a moment to read the following letters about coming changes in the parish from the Rev. Christine and Archbishop Greg.
Funeral Service – The Rev. Stephen Hallford
The family of the late Reverend Stephen Hallford, former priest of St. Andrew, Calgary, invites everyone to join them in celebrating the lives of Rev. Stephen, Don and Marianne Hallford, as a joint service due to the COVID restrictions. The funeral service will be limited to immediate family; however, the service will be available via a live link for anyone interesting in viewing the service virtually. This will begin at 2:00 pm ET in Oakville, Ontario (12:00 noon in Calgary) on Sept. 18. The link will be available for one month after the service.
The Wisdom Centre
Two Fall Events:
As we continue to live in uncertain times, these two new events will be virtual. Registration opens September 1.
Freeing Jesus: Conversations with Diana Butler Bass about Re-Imagining Faith – October 20 & 21, 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
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.
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good:
Mental Health First Aid (Basic) Course. Held at St. Andrew Anglican Church – Postponed (check back in November!)
2021 Mayoral Forum – Online – Thursday, September 30 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Please join this online forum to hear from candidates about their vision for Calgary. This event will be moderated by the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and Action Dignity. Not only is this an excellent opportunity to hear directly from the candidates, it also demonstrates to our future mayor that Alliance members (such as our Diocese) are engaged and paying attention – a strong and active community organization. Click here to register and learn more.
Chair of Christian Thought – Upcoming Lectures
Broken Promises, Broken Systems: An indigenous view of theodicy in the form of systemic injustice – Friday, 17 September, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne analyses theodicy – why a loving God should permit evil – and the ways in which our failure to act on the side of justice allows for the proliferation of evil in the form of systemic injustice. Register here.
The Chair of Christian Thought Iwaasa Lecture on Urban Theology: Lessons from the Streets: The liberative wisdom of Brene Brown in addressing multiple existential threats – Saturday, 18 September, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm In this lecture, Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne explores why empathy and courage are so deeply important to urban theology and our aspirations towards a liberative future. The streets of urban centres are often where those most marginalized in multiple ways end up. Their problems are a microcosm of all our problems, and without deep empathy and deep courage, we will continue to recreate and enforce the systems that continue to deeply stratify human existance at the expense of our planet. Register here.
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, Oct. 6@ 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 Christine with any questions or concerns. Click here for the Zoom link (Mtg ID:843 0710 3855; 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.