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September 2008 issue What’s Message from Mary Since the last time I wrote to you in the world and not the entirety of inside... the Elm Leaf, I have been to two God’s work in the world. very interesting conferences. The St Peter’s first was the annual Rupert’s Land God is at work in the world, Website .............2 Clergy Residential Conference. The reconciling the world to God. Dr. second was a course offered by the Van Gelder reminded us of the Let’s Rebuild an Interim Ministry Network, an essence of who we are — the body Orphanage ........3 ecumenical and international group of Christ, the communion of saints A Camper’s whose mission is to offer training — and that in this culture the church Perspective.......4 and support for interim ministers. is the only institution that has both the mandate and the power to be a The Cost of The speaker at the clergy conference reconciling force in society. Cheap ................5 was Dr. Craig Van Gelder, professor What if Jesus of Congregational Mission at Luther The parish of St. Peter’s is in the had a Blog? ......6 Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. very fortunate position of being in His theme was “The Missional an interim time, a time that can be 10 Years Ago in Church”. Often we talk about the likened to a retreat. You have the the Elm Leaf ...10 mission of the church. We write opportunity as well as the necessity Diversions.......11 mission statements for our parishes of taking the time to discern what and our dioceses. We begin to think God is doing in the world and how Vestry that the activities we are engaged in this parish is called to participate in Matters ............12 are ‘our’ mission. Dr. Van Gelder God’s reconciling mission. Then Creation Care asked us to remember that in fact you will be able to search for the Events .............13 God is the one in whose mission the person who can best provide the Upcoming church is engaged. leadership that you will need for the Events .............14 next stage of the adventure. Mission is not primarily an activity of Housing the church, but an attribute of God. The Interim Ministry Network Issues..............15 God is a missionary God. There is training program gave me some St Peter’s in church because there is mission, not tools that we can use in this process Pictures...........16 vice versa. The Church must not of discernment. Essentially you will think its role is identical to the Missio be looking at three things: your Dei; the Church is participating in the gifts, your passion, and the common mission of God. The church’s mission good. Imagine drawing a circle. is a subset of a larger whole mission. This circle represents the gifts that That is, it is part of God’s mission to God has given you. You can also 2 think of these as your assets. Now draw St. Peter’s Website another circle that overlaps the first. This one represents your passions, the things in life that The website is a pleasure to work on, but can be you are passionate about. Now draw another a challenge from the standpoint of getting the circle overlapping the first two. This circle information from parishioners. For those of you represents the common good. You might also who do not know, my email address is think of this circle as representing what God is email@example.com. I could use more pictures doing in the world, the Missio Dei. from parishioners, and the more pics the better. There should be a triangle where your gifts, The most popular page seems to be the your passions, and God’s mission in the world "upcoming events"; it's there that folks can find all overlap. The triangle represents your calling, out what's coming up within the parish. Most your part in God’s mission. visitors to the site are from Canada, with the U.S. as a close second, and some as far away as We will have several Interim Ministry events or Great Britain and Japan. workshops over the next year. We will be discussing together the gifts that God has given stpetersanglican.ca - Fast Facts St. Peter’s, what are St. Peter’s passions, and what is God doing in the world around us. We Number of hits (Jan 08 to end of Aug 08): 54,142 will see where they overlap, where God is Unique visitors (Jan 08 to end of Aug 08): 1347 calling St. Peter’s for the future. Top 10 most popular pages: In order to begin the process, it would be helpful URL Viewed if you could think of a time when you really felt / 89 that St. Peter’s was doing what God intended; a /upcoming.htm 52 time when you could say to yourself, “This is /groups.htm 28 what the church is supposed to be doing!” Then /services.htm 27 share your story with other parishioners. Ask /contact.htm 27 what their memories are. We will begin to /links.htm 26 create a picture of St. Peter’s strengths. /newsletter.htm 25 /newmembers.htm 23 Mary Lysecki /sitemap.htm 19 /GreeningChurches.pdf 19 Top 5 search keywords: Keywords Percent winnipeg 14.3 % anglican 8.2 % church 7.5 % peter 5.4 % st. 4.7 % The site is truly a labour of love, and also a work in progress; everyone's patience is appreciated. Norm Foster 3 Rebuilding an Orphanage in Uganda Let’s help rebuild the girls’ dormitory at the We will be looking for ways to support this orphanage in Nabusanke, Uganda! fund-raising and to work with St. Barnabas parish in this effort. If you would like to When Bishop Donald Phillips and his wife donate, you may send a cheque, written to St. Nancy worshipped with us in August, they Barnabas Anglican Church with “Uganda Fire noticed our outreach table in the narthex and Fund” on the memo line. Donations of any size the photo of children from our companion are welcome. diocese in Central Buganda. Nancy said that an orphanage in the companion diocese had Mail to: burned in July, and she thought the orphanage was located in the parish whose children were Envelope Secretary pictured in the photo. St. Barnabas Anglican Church 730 McPhillips Ave. Nancy was correct, and the Central Buganda Winnipeg parish is St. Phillip’s, located in the community R2X 2H8 of Nabusanke. St. Phillip’s is the companion parish of St. Barnabas Anglican Church here in Thank you, and please keep the children and Winnipeg. adults of St. Phillip’s parish, in the village of Nabusanke, in your prayers. All the children escaped the fire, but with just the clothes on their backs. The building Outreach Committee destroyed was a dormitory—home to 30 girls, their two caregivers, and a young child whose mother is one of the caregivers. So far St. Morning Bible Study Group - Barnabas has raised funds for bedding and mattresses for the children, but the cost of Come Join Us! rebuilding the dormitory will be about $14,000. Are you interested in deepening your spirituality and exploring your faith? The Each year, our Outreach Committee raises morning Bible study group meets Tuesdays funds, through our soup lunches, for the from 10:00 to noon beginning October 7 at Diocesan Orphan Fund, which helps children in the church. Central Uganda with school fees and other educational expenses. Rebuilding the dorm in “The weekly lectionary readings are Nabusanke will require additional money, explored through activities and articles that besides what we send for the Orphan Fund. encourage a rich engagement with the biblical text. Art images, contemporary St. Barnabas has established a fund for this writings, and consideration of current issues purpose. International financial transactions are offer meaningful ways to link faith and costly, so St. Barnabas will hold funds until life.” From Seasons of the Spirit. enough to make the transfer worthwhile has been raised. Then the transfer will be made For further information contact Ann through the Diocese of Rupert’s Land to Diocese Harwood at 477-4310. of Central Buganda. 4 Pioneer Camp - A Camper’s Perspective Manitoba Pioneer Camp is a Christian camp at Tip: don’t fall asleep in a canoe. Everyday, we Shoal Lake that is supported in numerous ways by slept at a different island. At the islands, we St. Peter. We collect monies at the pew level, some had fires, pumped water, and made our tents. parishioners volunteer and/or work at the camp, and, of course, some of our younger members attend the Evening games were a lot of fun. But there camp. I asked Ben to share his experience this were a few problems along the way. The forest summer. on the island is designed to torture you when you are running away or trying to catch I did a lot of things at Pioneer Camp this someone. Well, the trees have no leaves near summer, but here are some of my favourites. the base so you can’t hide and the bushes and The canoe trip was a lower branches are barrel of fun... we often bare and full of literally brought a thorns, perfect for barrel with us that was scratching you! The full of food. But one swamp is a problem cabin stole OUR cheese. because of 1 thing: I’m not saying any mud! One time, a kid names... cabin 2! We was running away canoed at least 3 hours from someone else in a day which, weirdly a game, and he ran enough, is considered a through the swamp. short canoe trip. On Soon he found he day 2 of the trip we was not wearing any paddled about 5-1/2 shoes, because they hours because we had been given bad directions had gotten stuck in the big honkin’ barrel of on how to get to Black Feather Coast. We were mud. Now, back to the games. We often played ahead and were canoeing really slowly and it games that somehow involved capture-the-flag was a very nice, warm, sunny day... I fell asleep. and was quite exhilarating. I soon awoke when the counselor in the stern of the canoe splashed me with ice cold lake water! And finally: clubs. There were many clubs (clubs are a once a day activity). There was an Ultimate club, a cliff jumping club, and a stalk- Hydro club (Hydro was a nickname for one of the counselors)! Those are just some of the fun things that happened at camp. Benjamin LeNabat A lways do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~ Mark Twain 5 Sunday School - The Cost of Cheap During the 2007-2008 Sunday School year, the provided by their employers. And we learned children of St. Peters spent time looking beyond that in many parts of the world, children their own little corner of the world to find ways younger than those doing the research were to help others. We made cookies as our forced into the same work environments as contribution to the Church bazaar, we made their elders. and sold Christmas tree stocking ornaments so we could buy warm socks for homeless folks, As we worked, the Sunday School students had we sent greeting cards, complete with some given their project the working title “China is very bad jokes, to Canadian soldiers serving in not Cool” a reflection of their initial concern Afghanistan, and we hosted a hot dog lunch to over poor quality products. As their learning raise money for Ronald McDonald House. grew and focused more on the people producing the goods, the project was renamed All of the Sunday School students, no matter “The Cost of Cheap.” The challenge to the their age, participated in our outreach programs youth at the beginning of the project had been but in the spring, the biggest kids’ class was to not only find out about an issue, something given a special challenge. They were asked to they did very well, but also to find a way that choose an issue - any issue they could think of. they could address it. Knowing how what they Their task was to learn about their issue, had learned had changed their attitudes, they determine what its causes were and who it felt that making other people aware of the affected, and try to find a solution. The issue problem was the best way for them to begin to the young people chose began vaguely as cheap find ways to solve it. So, again being modern plastic toys from China. News stories of toy children, they decided to create a web site. recalls were very current at the time and the They compiled the information, organized it, concern the class had was that the toys were and found appropriate images to speak when poorly made, unsafe, and didn’t really give they didn’t know what to say, then passed the good value for the price people paid for them. information to Norm Foster who agreed to design the web site for them. We began our project with an experiment making homemade “plastic” out of heated milk “The Cost of Cheap” report is (or will be and lemon juice. We considered what it might shortly) available by going to the St. Peter’s web be like for someone making plastic like ours all site (www.stpetersanglican.ca). Please look at it. day and then thought about how different it And think about what you learn from it when would be to use harsh chemicals to make real you go to the store looking for a great “Made in plastic. Being 21st century kids, the St Peter’s China” bargain. group continued their research by googling “cheap plastic toys.” We crowded around Yvonne Kyle Mary’s computer and started to learn about how the toys were actually made. The project I’d like to extend a big thank you to Ben, Noah, and expanded from its focus on toys to a look at Eric who were the prime authors of “The Cost of how many factories in China operate. We Cheap” and to Rebecca, Liam, Marissa, Adrian, and learned about unsafe and unhealthy work Sapphire who helped out when they could. And environments, underpaid workers working 12 thanks too to Mary for letting us hang out in her to 15 hour days, and staff forced to live in office for weeks on end, and to Norm for creating the crowded quarters and eat the meager rations web site. 6 What if Jesus Had a Blog? A blog is an internet site where the writer can now about 2000 years old, with gospels write or show pictures about something, every attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. day, updating it continually. Others can see the Each of these was written at least 30 years after pictures or what has been written, using their Jesus died. own computer, without leaving their house. The Cherry Street Habitat for Humanity project has There is controversy about exactly who the a blog where new pictures are posted every writers of the gospels were, and exactly which evening, to show the progress on the Cherry parts of each gospel each author in fact wrote. Street build. And there are differences among the gospels; there are inconsistencies in some of the reports Blogs exist on all sorts of subjects; about a particular incident or parable, some entertainment, politics, people’s trips or stories are only in one gospel, and so on. projects, medical topics, religion, and many Frankly this lack of knowledge about who the others. The computer age and the internet – writers were, and the differences among the including blogs – can overwhelm us with both gospels, has always bothered me. It makes the words and pictures. It used to be that, at least Bible less credible. with the written word, there were only daily newspapers – with the content Let’s consider, for comparison, a controlled by the owners – and modern person from about 30-40 books – which took a long time years ago who talked a lot; for to get written and published. example Tommy Douglas, the These still exist. Then came CCF Premier of Saskatchewan; or radio, then TV. These made John F. Kennedy; or Martin Luther information more quickly King. We have recordings and available, but were still films of exactly what they said on controlled by corporations. various occasions. We have their own writings and speeches. These But blogs allow opinions by an give precise information. individual to become very public very quickly. And often they permit others to link up and But in Jesus’ case apparently no one wrote add their own views or information. Contrast anything down for at least 30 years. Paul, who that to Jesus’ time: no computers, no blogs. He never met Jesus, started writing his letters to was just one person. And all he did was talk. He various cities after his sudden revelation or did not, as far as we know, write anything – conversion on the road to Damascus, about 5 except in the sand – although he could read. years after Jesus’ death. Imagine the arguments there would be over exactly what Tommy What if Jesus had had a blog? Or what if he Douglas or Kennedy or King said or did, if were alive to-day and was writing a blog? someone were writing it for the first time now, What would he say? 30-40 years later, or even 5 years later, without any previous written records, photos or videos! Let’s recall first what Jesus did do. He talked – a lot. But because he did not write, we rely on Who would you trust to give an accurate books, written years after he died, to tell us version? Fox news? CNN? The CBC? The KW what he said. We have the New Testament – Record? Stephen Harper? How accurate would 7 the writers be? How would they interpret • who can be a priest or minister (still going things, and would they add or leave out things? on) • who can be a bishop (still going on) And there are things in the Bible which are • who can be confirmed in a church (still impossible to prove: going on) • Jesus walking on water • who can be married in a church (still going • Jesus making wine from water on) • the feeding of 4000 people from the loaves of bread and fish brought by a boy The discussions over rules or dogma can, it seems to me, become so distracting that one can Should we believe these stories? What in the almost forget why the church was started. (For Bible can we really trust? How valid are any example, bishops from Africa boycotted the reports written, for the first time; 30, 40 or 50 Lambeth Conference over gay marriage, as if years after the events? Furthermore, what we this were Africa’s greatest problem. I can hear read is in English, not the original Greek. The my Malawian friends saying to each other: Bible has been translated, and edited, often by “Wow, that’s the church I want to join; they people with a vested interest in having us don’t let gay guys marry, that is really going to believe certain things. solve our problems. And we’ll get even more support from the PWRDF !”) Consider what has happened over the intervening 2000 or so years. The Christian But what would Jesus say, if he had a blog to- church has gone through many changes. First it day? That’s an interesting question. It requires was persecuted by the Romans and other Jews, research. In research about any subject one including Paul until his conversion. The starts by finding out what is already known Romans killed any Christians they could find, about the subject, largely through reading- or until the Emperor Constantine was converted in talking to people. Often there is quite a lot 313 AD. Christianity then flourished, but there known, and often it is inconsistent. One has to was collusion between the Roman emperors and decide what to accept, and what to reject from the Church. Who knows how that influenced what you read or hear. what written records were passed down? How does one decide how to proceed? You During the middle ages the Christian church have to first decide WHAT IS THE QUESTION split into various groups: Coptic Christians, YOU ARE TRYING TO ANSWER. It’s really Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox; there were important to be clear about this: WHAT IS THE 2 popes in the Catholic church in Europe QUESTION? around 1400, with real battles between their respective supporters; then the Anglicans split Which brings us back to Jesus. What question off, then the reformation came along and was He trying to answer? He said a lot of produced Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, things, and gave many parables. Some are Mennonites, and later Pentecostals, etc. confusing and can be interpreted many ways, In the parable of sowing seeds the gospel of There have been church councils to decide: Matthew includes an interpretation of what • what to believe Jesus was trying to say, but we have to make • what should be in the Bible our own decision about what that parable – or • what should be said during prayers any parable – really means. To-day we have • what should be in a Sunday service another parable about seeds of wheat versus 8 weeds, (Matt 13:24-30; 36-43.) with an But we know how difficult it really is, because interpretation, apparently quoting Jesus. our neighbour might not feel the same way towards us. Our neighbour is a weed. Or we What question do these gospels and parables disagree about something, which makes us address? To me the main question Jesus raised angry. It’s sometimes difficult to feel love even was: towards someone you profess to love, such as a “How should we live our lives?” :(6 words) spouse, a child or some good friend, if you have or, for an individual; a disagreement. “How should I live my life?”, (still 6 words) Love thy neighbour? That’s asking a lot! And Think about that question: “How should I live what does He mean by “Love thy neighbour”? my life?” To me it’s like you try to treat your family: with respect, help them, be useful – like wheat – talk In to-day’s parable, he’s essentially saying you to them, listen to them, enjoy each other’s have a simple choice; you can be wheat, that is, company, be supportive, don’t be a weed, smile be useful, like Wheaties, Breakfast of and be joyful with each other. Champions. Or you can be a weed, that is someone who obstructs progress, and works in Imagine if Anglicans loved Catholics during the opposition to those trying to be helpful That’s a time when Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic, was pretty simple choice. Every morning when you fighting with the Anglican Queen of England, wake up, ask yourself: what am I to-day? Wheat Elizabeth or if Catholics really loved so-called or weed? heretics during the Inquisition or if Jews loved Palestinians, and vice versa, to-day or if whites And then consider; what is Jesus’s answer? loved blacks, and vice versa or if Muslims loved What are all these parables and stories and Christians, and vice versa: no Sept 11 writings really telling us? To me the main message boils down to 3 words: “Love one The list is endless. Lack of love leads to conflict. another” or “Love your neighbour” or it is This remains the challenge: how to convince sometimes written, “Love your neighbour as people that love is the answer, when there is so yourself” (5 words) much baggage, so much bloodshed, so much disagreement over many things which seem With Google one finds that this phrase of 3 or 5 important to countries and individuals? words is in the Bible about 10 times: 3 times in Matthew, twice in Mark, once in each Blogs are one approach. Habitat’s blog spreads a of Luke, Romans, Galatians, James and also in positive message of love for neighbours. the Old Testament: Leviticus, Zechariah Perhaps progress also can come through other So the question: “How should I live my life?” (6 innovations of the computerized world: “social words) has a 5 or 3 word answer: “Love thy neighbour as yourself” or “Love one another” This is illustrated by the parable: wheat loves its neighbours, but weeds mess things up. That is what Jesus would talk about on his blog. A dolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 It sounds so simple. Love your neighbour. years. ~ Al Bernstein 9 networking”, as seen with Facebook: an individual links by computer with his or her The Story Behind the Sermon own friends and all these friends “love” or at Last July we drove to Waterloo, Ontario for the least respect one another: This makes one circle weekend. Actually it was to see our son Kyle of friends. Each of them links with all of their who is a new assistant professor at the friends, making more circles, all of which are University of Waterloo. connected, so you get to be “friends” with all of the friends of all your friends. At first this seems On Sunday, July 20, we decided we would attend to be very shallow. But Facebook and other the local Anglican Church, St. Columba’s. After similar networks, and blogs, allow people who dropping Kyle at the University, we arrived at are physically separated, with very different church and walked in and sat down. St. backgrounds, to band together to support Columba’s is a small church and visitors were causes, such as Obama in the ongoing US even more obvious than usual in an Anglican election. Church. The fellow next to us in the pew saw we were visitors and introduced himself. When There is no limit to the number of such circles: we explained we were visiting Kyle, he said “I all of them are linked, and in principle everyone know Kyle, he used to come to the faculty in every circle could be a friend. We would just lounge for coffee when he was a master’s student need to keep making more linked circles, here.” It turned out that Hugh Kerr not only including more people in circles based on love, remembered Kyle from his master’s days but he respect, hope, and peace. had talked to him recently at a faculty meeting. Love IS the answer. That is Jesus’s answer to his It also turned out that Dr. Kerr was giving the question about how to live our lives. It’s up to sermon that day. We were very impressed with us to pass it on. this sermon and asked if we could obtain a copy for publication at St. Peter’s in the Elm Leaf. He Hugh Kerr1 was only too happy to agree. This was Dr. Kerr’s St. Columba Church, Waterloo, ON last Sunday at St. Columba’s as he and his wife have since moved to be closer to their children in 1. Hugh Kerr is distinguished professor emeritus in mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo. Victoria. The final touch to this story was St. Columba’s use of “Eternal Father Strong to Save “ (the Navy Hymn) as the closing hymn. We had sung the traditional version at Lynda’s father’s funeral exactly one year previously, as he was a sailor during WW II. At. St. Columba’s the modern version – which is full of hope – was used and this seemed to be a message directly to us. Needless to say there were no dry eyes in our pew. It is indeed a small world and the Spirit works in it everywhere. Jim Daun 10 Ten years ago in After reading the Elm Leaf from September change, the more they 1998, I am struck by "th stay the same". Repairs e more things the reports of activities to the church (in this ca of parishioners, recrui se the roof ), Guild - all of these are tment for both the Ch as relevant today as th oir and Altar the names have stayed ey were a decade ago. the same. Even some of Some of you will no do ubt remember the new financial assistance of roof and insulation pu the Men's Breakfast G t on, with the wouldn't be surprised roup. I wasn't here at if the men contributed the time, but I one thing that will alw more than just financia ays be required of a bu lly. Repairs are it's in use. ilding like St. Peter's, given how often September is a time of new beginnings, and it in 2008. There was an was no different in 19 Adult Faith Diocesan 98 as it is today Junior Confirmation, an Group, a call for those announcement calling interested in well as registering child for teachers for Sunday ren, and a report from School as previous activities, as St. Peter's Seniors desc well as other upcomin ribing their g events. The report about the su ccess of the Plant Stan raised over $5,000 - w d really amazed me. Th hich is like, I don't kn is fundraiser exaggeration, but it is ow, $10,000 in 2008 do still an incredible amou llars (okay, a slight amount of effort and or nt of money)! I can't im ganization required to agine the people involved in it. achieve this, but kudo I'm sure it was also a s to all the great opportunity for fellowship. One item that particula rly resonated with me achievements of some was a list of academic of our young people. and athletic since graduation back Since this was the first in June, it included th issue published nice to be able to follo e awards won by seve w the accomplishmen ral students. It's parish. ts of our youth in thei r life outside the It was also bittersweet to read the names of pe Peter's. Yes, change is ople no longer involved inevitable, with people with St. to be able to reflect on moving away or passin how they made a diffe g away. It's nice rence in our parish lif e. Compiled from the Sept 1998 issue by Karen Sawatsky 11 Diversions The Ten Commandments Anagrams - Books of the Bible (sung to the tune of “Do-Re-Mi”) Unscramble the letters of these words to discover books of the bible. One, don’t worship other gods. Two, no graven images. seesign moodytenure Three, don’t take God’s name in vain. Four, the Sabbath is for rest. hemw a t t hobaida Five, respect your family Six, don’t ever, ever, kill. usedox ijeerham Seven, be faithful to your spouse. And don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t wish for visitclue hemplion others’ things. nailed ashoe nominaltaste tileaccesses violentera b e s h r ew Prayer in the 21st Century lastagain socialsons A mother was teaching her three-year-old hazephina s h i p i n p i pa l the Lord's prayer. For several evenings at bedtime she repeated it after her mother. a s h e e ps i n human One night she said she was ready to solo. The mother listened with pride as she onmars chairhaze carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer. "Lead us not into Stumped? The answers can be found on the bulletin board temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us in the church hall. some E-mail, Amen." 12 Vestry Matters While the minutes of each vestry meeting are Vestry also supported motions to replace toilets posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex for and the furnaces. These replacements have all to read, we thought it would be useful to taken place. The replacement of the 40 year old give a brief digest of what is happening at furnaces with new high efficiency models is Vestry and Corporation for each edition of the expected to result in a significant fuel savings Elm Leaf. This digest covers the period from commencing this winter. The low flow toilets the June 19, 2008 meeting of Vestry to the are also expected to reduce our water usage and September 09 meeting of Corporation. prevent overflowing. Vestry approved the outreach committee’s Vestry supported a proposal to hold an ‘invite a request for support of the immigration for visitor’ Sunday. This project is still in planning additional members of the Hamin family. This stages. should not place any financial obligation on the parish as Abdul Hamin (the local sponsor) has The finance committee reported that envelope been able to support family members who have giving was about $5500 below budget as at the immigrated to Canada in the past. Our last end of May. (It was $4100 below budget at the sponsored family has moved to Alberta. end of August). The finance committee Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council has a investigated the shortfall and determined that it fund that can also be used to support refugees if was due to the loss of members (through death necessary. or moving away) rather than to members not meeting pledges. Coffee Fellowship Ministry Vestry received a detailed report from the Coffee hosting volunteers needed! This Creation Care Committee and supported a important ministry of hospitality is a great motion to split the funds raised at the January way to meet and share fellowship with each 100 mile lunch between Fort Whyte Alive and other and to participate in the fellowship the development of a bicycle rack at St. Peter’s. services offered by our church. We are in (Additional funds for the latter to come from need of more couples or individuals to help general revenues). out if this ministry is to continue uninterrupted Sunday to Sunday. Corporation has ordered 1000 new visitor Otherwise, this important opportunity of envelopes based on an updated design. sharing will be impacted. Corporation approved a “Volunteer Fair” to be There has been a loyal group involved for a held on Sunday, September 28. This fair will long time and we need more volunteers. It allow the various groups at St. Peter’s to does not matter if you are available all year highlight their activities and hopefully to attract or part of the year — we just need to know new members. to schedule accordingly. To find out more about what is involved please contact Jim Daun Coordinator Garth Panting at 477-5719 or Rector’s Warden email at firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks for sharing your gifts. 13 Creation Care Events SUMMER problem and make a difference in our It is already the beginning of August, the week environment? St Peters has already made some after a group of 14 parishioners from St Peters significant changes in becoming more drove and cycled to Fort Whyte. There, some environmentally responsible. This week, two rode by buggy to see the bison following the high efficiency boilers were installed, the yard northern trail, others joined the Edible Wild Walk around the church is now a splash of colour — to discover nature’s gifts. It was a wonderful much of the waste for compost coming from those afternoon and likely to be repeated by popular living in apartments, while the church is now demand. cleaned using bio-degradable products. Research is underway to purchase a cycle rack. During this week, there has been further food for These are just a few recent tangible changes and thought, reflecting how in tangible ways climate if parishioners have further ideas, the Creation change is affecting lives. Stephen Womboga Care Group or Vestry are very open to from our companion diocese in Central Buganda suggestion. writes, “Your email found us not enjoying life that much because a lot of things have changed, one of FALL them being the climate… nowadays it’s very There are several opportunities to grow in unpredictable because we are having more dry spirituality and awareness during the months of spells than normal.” September and October. Further information is on the bulletin board: Knowing Stephen brings the reality much closer as we realize how the way we live our lives “The Eco-System Drama” - Putting it all together. 13 impacts those we know in Central Buganda. Our Sept 10.0 - 2.0 Field based discussion in the geographical distance from Uganda may tempt Pembina Valley with biologist Dr Staniforth. us to sit back, however, as Anglicans our fifth Families welcome. mission statement is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the “Pass the Living Flame.” Women’s Singing Circle earth” as was stressed at Lambeth Conference. with Caroline McDade at St Peters Church 25-28 Sept. “ To gather women to sing our love, our Bishop Sue Mosley, diocesan bishop of N.S and despair and our hope for all beings and for the P.E.I, wrote an inspiring and insightful article this earth. In song, silence and ritual, we will name week from Lambeth on the need for care of the that which we love, that for which we weep, and environment to become a priority for the Anglican give wings to our lives to move love into action” Communion. She writes “Environment is a top priority for some provinces and must be a high “Goose Flights” at Fort Whyte. End of Sept. priority for all of us. In the Global South, Watch the bulletin board space so you can then safeguarding creation is a day to day activity, not watch migration happening above your head. an intellectual exercise.” She goes on to define what the church can do through education, liturgy “Take and Eat”: A Conference on Food and Creation & worship, and empowerment for action. Care. Oct 3-5 at Providence College in Otterburne, MB. See list for impressive cross Often a call to action and responsibility is section of panelists involved. overwhelming. How can we as individuals and as faith community touch the near edge of a Fenella Temmerman and Maureen Tate 14 Mark Your November 1 r Calendars Christmas Bazaa eserves, Baking, books, pr accepted. crafts gratefully good time of This is always a n. Plan on fellowship and fu me shopping, December 13 coming, doing so stay for visiting and then Cookie Walk lunch. This is a great way to do your Christmas baking and have a good time doing it. We will be asking for LOTS of October 2 cookies. You bring a Parish Pot Luck Dinner batch (or 3 or 4) of your and Talent Auction favourite Christmas you can donate. cookies on the 12th and Start thinking of what talents someone's then come back in the Ideas from past years: cleaning to an morning to buy an empty eaves troughs, driving someone ating a box (or 2) and fill them appointment, cooking a meal, don a casserole or with a wonderful weekend at your cottage, baking or knitting, assortment of goodies. a batch of your specialty, sewing King will be our Stay for a cup of coffee, cleaning a flower bed etc. Brian evening of fun visit with friends and go auctioneer. This will be a great ing and inviting home with your Christmas and fellowship so plan on attend re is a sign-up baking finished. your friends and neighbours. The tion forms are sheet in the Hall and talent auc in the Narthex. the church If you need a ride, please phone office - 488-8093. T he secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible. ~ George Burns 15 Housing Issues for the Federal Election - Open the Door To Families “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the years. Now that a federal election is least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” underway, all of us have an opportunity to raise these issues with candidates. Please urge We are all familiar with our Lord’s words in your candidate to “Open the Door to Families”. Matt. 25:34-46 teaching us to see how we are to The “tear-away” box below is for your live our faith by loving and caring for each convenience – keep it at the door, or by the other. We individually support many good phone so that you can ask candidates their causes, but at St. Peter’s we have taken the position on the following questions, express decision to express our faith as a community by your concern on housing issues, and encourage becoming involved in housing issues in our them to take action. All candidates will have neighbourhood. Our national church, together websites and you can communicate that way with our Lutheran Partners, is also concerned too. with housing issues and has encouraged all churches to urge our governments to become Thank you for your action more active in ensuring adequate housing for low-income Canadians—700,000 of whom rely Outreach Committee on food banks each month, because so much of their income is needed to pay high housing (Questions 1-3 developed in a draft document by Murray costs. MacAdam, Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant, Diocese of Toronto on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada) At St. Peter’s, we recognize the fundamental Questions for Candidates for Federal Election: importance of adequate housing 1. Will you support renewed federal government funding for two for the health, key programs to help homeless people and low-income people education and (the Homelessness Partnering Initiative and the Residential security of children, Rehabilitation Assistance Program), both of which are due to families and expire in March 2009? communities. We acknowledge the 2. Will you support an expanded affordable housing program by the deficit of decent, federal government to replace the $1.4 billion affordable housing safe affordable program? housing and advocate for 3. Provincial housing ministers are eager to meet with federal housing programs. government leaders to discuss housing issues. Will you work We deplore the with the provinces to develop a comprehensive housing strategy waste of resources as part of an overall national poverty reduction strategy? in having 150 homes on the Kapyong site 4. Will you work to make the vacant houses on Kapyong base sitting empty, available to families and agencies on short term leases while the heated and long range development process for the area is conducted? maintained, for 4 16 St Peter’s in Pictures Anglicans are known for enjoying food & drink at any occasion and St. Peter’s is no exception. Here are some images from Bill an some d our welcome back grub fo Bob rustle u r the h p Sunday on ungry masse September 7... s iently ts in line pat Everyone wai e Anglicans like good littl A work ll this w s up or one’ ship s ap petite There’s plenty for ev eryone... plus leftovers Comfort foo d + fellowsh ip = soul foo d All original artwork used in this issue of the Elm Leaf was created gregation by Marissa Nociar. Photos a happy con A fed co ngregation is provided courtesy of Ian Chalmers.
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