There's that scary word again - Evangelization. But for those whose faith is strong and supported, we should not be afraid to share the Good News about our salvation and the security of being in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. Our faith lives are meant to be lived in community, and we should want to bring others into that community.
As Christians, we should be seeking to grow in our relationship with Christ, we should be actively participating in missional work on our own, and we should be working with fellow Christians to carry out missional work, with forethought, planning and prayer, as we seek God's will to discern where we need to go.
Start small. Bloom where you're planted. Share your faith story with those around you: spouses, children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, people you encounter in your day-to-day life. The more you share that story, the easier it will become - like exercising a muscle.
Take time to "bloom" this week.
- photo credit: Jim Tubman
Two new Priests:
We are delighted to announce that on Sunday, November 21, God willing, Archbishop Greg will be ordaining The Rev. Deacon Gillian Breckenridge and The Rev. Deacon Jason Carroll of St. Augustine, Lethbridge, to the Order of Priests, at St. Augustine, Lethbridge.
Two new Transitional Deacons:
We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday, December 8, God willing, Archbishop Greg will be ordaining Adam Bedford of St. Laurence, Calgary and Rob Petkau of Holy Trinity, Calgary to the Order of Deacons, at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.
Interim Priest at St. Andrew, Calgary:
We are delighted to announce that, God willing, as of November 18, 2021, The Rev. John Chuol, who has been studying at Emmanuel St. Chad Seminary in Saskatoon, will become the Interim Priest for St. Andrew, Calgary.
Associate Priest at St. James, Calgary:
We are delighted to announce that, God willing, as of December 1, 2021, The Rev. Dr. Carmen Maier, who has been Interim Priest for the Parish of St. Martin, Calgary, will become the new Associate Priest for St. James, Calgary.
We ask for your prayers as each of these faithful ministers transition to these new roles.
St. Paul, Hillsdown:
At the Diocesan Council meeting on October 23, Council concurred with the motions to Disestablish the Parish of St. Paul, Hillsdown, and to Establish the Mission of St. Paul, Hillsdown, under the authority of the Incumbent and Corporation of St. Leonard-on-the-Hill, Red Deer. St. Paul serves as a seasonal church, maintaining an historic Anglican presence in central Alberta. Please pray for this new Mission as it journeys forward.
The Diocesan office staff are mostly working from home at this time. Staff are available by email. Please email email@example.com for confirmation of contact information on the staff person you are wanting to reach.
First Aid - CPR 'C' - AED Course
Sunday, November 7 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm
St. Barnabas, Calgary is hosting a CPR/AED Course (in person) on Sunday, November 7 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. The course is being led by First Aid Training Calgary, and the cost is $75. Participants will receive certification. St. Barnabas, like many other parishes, has recently acquired an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use in a cardiac emergency, and would like to provide this opportunity for instruction for anyone in the Diocese who would like to become certified. Please contact the parish office to register.
Items for Sale
St. Martin Anglican Church, Calgary
As St. Martin’s has been moving into their new church building and going through the items that have been in storage, they have a number of items to sell. Solid oak wooden pieces, chairs, folding tables, and some small items are available. A complete list can be requested by emailing here.
Custom-made Tartan Kilts
made with the Episcopal Church Clergy Tartan
The Rev. Jerrod McCormack makes kilts in his spare time.
He is offering to do a custom run of the Episcopal Church clergy tartan (shown above) if enough clergy or interested people would like to have a kilt made. Rev. Jerrod can do custom-made kilted skirts of various sizes and prices. Scarves and vests are also possible. Please contact Rev. Jerrod if you would like to participate in this opportunity.
The Wisdom Centre
Please join us for the updoming virtual event:
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 or to register, please contact The Wisdom Centre.
Cursillo Ultreya via Zoom
Friday, November 12 starting at 7:30 pm
A Zoom link will be emailed out to the Cursillo Community.
If you are not receiving these emails, and would like to join us, please email Carol for the Zoom link.
AFP Fall Conference - Saturday, November 20, 2021
What does it mean to be an instrument of peace in times of crisis and chaos?
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.
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Shared Rector Position
St. Mary, Ponoka and Church of the Epiphany, Rimbey
The parishes of St. Mary’s, Ponoka and the Church of the Epiphany, Rimbey, are looking for their next rector! These two rural parishes are looking for an enthusiastic, shared rector ready to begin a new stage of their ministry.
Please email Jennifer Alexander to request the parish profiles. If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV and response to the parish profile by November 22, 2021. We thank you for your interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Part-Time College Chaplain
Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry
The Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry Society seeks a Christian Chaplain for a half-time position providing spiritual counsel and support to the Medicine Hat College community.
Interested persons should contact Dick Bide at (403) 528-2401 for a detailed job description. Deadline is December 31, 2021.
Pastoral Care Training
Do you have an interest, calling or are just curious about Pastoral Care? Maybe you want to be better equipped to support your church community, or friends or even your own family. We are all called to care and care deeply, as we are able, with one another. Maybe this is a “brush up” opportunity or time for skill refreshing; this is an invitation to join us.
Perhaps you know of someone in your church community that has taken this course or other pastoral training. Ask them about what they thought, what they learned; how things changed pastorally for them.
The Zoom course dates are set for Tuesday evenings, January 18 – March 1, 2022. The time is 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm. There will be some reading and/or reflecting as preparation for each of the evenings. There might be learning through new information, sharing and skill development. The course needs to have a minimum of 6 people and no more than a maximum of 15 people. Deadline to register is December 14, 2021 or a full class. Please register with Rev. Tracey. Questions are also welcome.
November 9 and November 10 to 14, 2021
Welcoming The Stranger - Profiling PWRDF Refugee Support:
This webinar introduces the work of the PWRDF in supporting refugees, including in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya and through the Canadian network of Anglican Sponsorship Agreement Holders. Presenters include Suzanne Rumsey, Public Engagement Coordinator and Refugee Network Coordinator; George Kimani, Programs Manager with PWRDF partner National Council of Churches Kenya; and Jane Townsend, Diocese of Huron Refugee Committee Chair.
November 9, 11:00 am ET. To register, click here.
Villages Calgary (formerly known as Ten Thousand Villages) has again this year generously invited PWRDF to partner with them for a shopping event.
Fifteen percent of in-person sales on Sunday, November 14 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm will be donated to PWRDF. Or, shop our Webstore using the online code "PWRDF" from November 10 to 14.
Villages Calgary is located at 220 Crowchild Trail NW in Calgary.
Friday, Nov. 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm & Saturday, Nov. 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
You are invited to a weekend workshop to explore and expand your relationship with the third person of God.
Speakers will be Pastor Jim Bredeson, The Rev. Oz Lorentzen and The Rev. Canon Gene Packwood.
All COVID restrictions apply. Please bring your own lunch on Saturday. Coffee and water will be supplied. Free Will offering at the door. Call Jenn to register at (403) 526-7713.
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Dying to Know
Fall Sessions 2021
Hospice Calgary's Dying to Know education program is for family caregivers, patients, volunteers working in any setting and anyone who is interested in the variety of topics from living with uncertainty to self-compassion.
The sessions are free on Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and feature professional, expert speakers.
Tuesday, November 16 - Funeral Planning
To download the printable schedule, click here.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Online event - Saturday, November 27, 9:00 - 1:00
This day marks the international day to build support and community for those left behind. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary. Join the event here.
For Such A Time As This
free eBook available
Many are fearful and anxious about their future as the pandemic lingers.
A free eBook created by St. Luke, Calgary continues to circulate, bringing encouragement and Good News to more than 1,000 readers. To download and share, please click here.
University of Calgary Department of Classics & Religion
The University of Calgary is offering two online lectures with Dr. Warren Kinghorn of Duke University, hosted by the Calgary Public Library.
- Friday, December 3, 3:00 - 5:00 pm: What Do Emotions Mean? Aquinas, Descartes, and Modern Mental Health Care
- Saturday, December 4, 1:00 - 2:30 pm: Why Mental Disorders Are Not Brain Disorders (Alone): A Holistic Christian Approach to Mental Health Care (The Chair of Christian Thought Lebel Lecture in Christian Ethics)
For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Muessig, Chair of Christian Thought, Department of Classics & Religion.
Advent Retreat: Finding Hope in Liminal Times - Join Bishop Anna Greenwood-Lee and musician Deb Koning as we begin the Advent season with an examination of what it means to be in liminal times. Advent has much to teach us about waiting, about preparation, about ambiguity, about hope, about daring to be incarnate despite the chaos and uncertainty of our world. Over the weekend, we will read texts and watch videos to explore the theology of Advent. We will also use poetry and art as a way to explore the themes of Advent. Begins Friday evening, November 26 until Sunday morning, November 28. More information and to Register.
RESTORE Online Conference
19 - 20 November, 2021
We'd Like to Hear from You
We are interested in what is happening in your parish and would love to highlight those events and news in our newsfeed.
We look forward to your contributions - feel free to forward your event announcements, your parish news, your stories. Send in your details and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember in your prayers:
- our clergy and churches as we continue to find our way forward in these strange times;
- those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, remembering those suffering from the Coronavirus and their caregivers, those feeling isolated and those who are vulnerable;
- for Michelle, Monica, Barb, Howard, and Travis;
- those who have died and those who mourn;
- the victims of violence and natural disasters and victims of racial attacks;
- our Indigenous brothers and sisters, especially remembering their hurt and grief at this time;
- our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands and their Bishop Leopold Friday, especially during these stressful days of volcanic activity on the island of St. Vincent;
- refugees, remembering those fleeing the Taliban regime.
Request a prayer:
Send prayer requests to email@example.com to let us know how we can pray for you. We will only use first names which will be removed after two or three weeks. We will also pray for you during our regular Chapel services each week. Please ensure that you have permission from those whose names you are submitting for prayer, and that they understand their name will be made public to all who subscribe to the Newsletter.