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News, Links, and Prayers for This Week

June 6, 2011

While he was blessing them, he was carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:51)

There are 8 news items, 6 links, and 5 prayer requests this week.

NEWS THIS WEEK:

June 4:
Six people (5 actual ladies and myself as an honorary lady) attended the Ladies’ Luncheon on Saturday. Thanks again, Lynda Mountford, for organizing it!

June 5:
Extra print copies of the June issue of Living Waters are available on the shelves in the Hall.

Twelve people came to the Celtic Service on Sunday evening. Thanks again, Margaret Anne Knowles, for putting this Service together; and thank you, Becky Rand, for playing the keyboard!

June 10:
Don’t forget that the “Three Cantors” are giving a Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, to the Cathedral, to raise funds, through PWRDF, for the rebuilding of Slave Lake. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased ahead of time or at the door. For those who would like a ride, we’ll be carpooling from St. Paul’s at 6:30 p.m.

June 12:
This Sunday, June 12, is the Day of Pentecost. This day, one of the three main Feast Days of the Church Year, is known as the Birthday of the Church. So we plan to celebrate! Look for the Sanctuary to have special decorations(which can include you, as you wear red). Look for special “Pentecost” parts to the Service.

For example, as we have done for the past couple of years, we’ll be greeting each other at both 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services with the peace of the Lord in the different languages we speak in our Parish family. If you can say, “The peace of the Lord be with you” in a language other than English, please plan to do this when we pass the peace. Also, we shall all have the opportunity to receive anointing with oil and the laying on of hands with prayer to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.

Our 10 a.m. Service will end with the acts, fitting for a day on which we remember the Holy Spirit’s gifting the Church, of commissioning the members of our Pastoral Care Team and affirming the ministry of our Shepherds. After both Services, our celebration will continue with – what else – birthday cake!

Please spread the word, and invite your family and friends to share in the celebration!

Our passages from Holy Scripture will be Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; and John 7:37-39 and 20:19-23. I invite you to look at these passages as part of your preparation for this awesome day.

June 15, 22, 29:
“Hold Me Tight,” a three week DVD Study for “Marriage Hope and Health.” This Study shares insights into how to share a lifetime of love with our partner, from the work of Dr. Sue Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Colleen Eggertson, who has studied EFT, will be leading the study. This study is designed for all of those, presently in a relationship or single, who would like relationships of love that last a lifetime.

“Hold Me Tight” will take place at St. Paul’s at 7:30 p.m. on the last three Wednesdays in June: June 15, 22, and 29. For more information, please contact Colleen at 403-225-1086 or eggertson.gray@shaw.ca. If you would like to participate, please sign the list in the Hall, or contact Colleen or me (pastorfergus@yahoo.ca) by Monday, June 13, at the latest.

June 19:
Both Trinity Sunday AND Father’s Day. This promises to be another wonderful day together! Look for something special for all the men (hint: it involves the way to a man’s heart).

June 24:
Our annual Grad Celebration will take place this year from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Everyone is invited to come and spend a special evening honouring our Parish’s four High School Grads.

June 26:
We shall be sharing an intergenerational Service of worship at 10:00. At the end of the Service, we shall offer prayers and present certificates to welcome our new members (those who have filled our cards or otherwise indicated their desire to be part of our Parish family since June of last year). Just after the Service, over coffee, we shall have presentations for our Sunday School and Youth Group. And then, after this (around 12 noon), we shall begin our annual Parish Picnic, in St. Paul’s back yard. Hot dogs will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a salad or dessert, as they are able. NOTE: If you are a new member, please DON’T bring anything for lunch! You are our guest of honour! 

LINKS THIS WEEK:

1. www.stpaulscalgary.ca – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the May 29 News Bulletin; the May issue of Living Waters; the May Calendar (please look for the June 5 News Bulletin, the June issue of Living Waters, and the June Calendar to be posted by the end of this week); and several “Community Corner” announcements.] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. http://www.calgary.anglican.ca/News/dcns2011/11-011.html – to the May 29 Diocesan News Service emailing (this is sent out every other Wednesday);

3. http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories – to national stories of interest, such the article entitled “Prayers for Alberta Fires, Manitoba Floods;”

4. http://www.anglicanjournal.com/ – to further national stories of interest, such as “Listening Vital to Determine God’s Misson” and “Time to ‘Put Out to Deep Water and Let Down Your Nets” [about the visit to Canada of the Rt. Rev’d Stephen Croft, the Bishop of Sheffield and leader of Fresh Expressions U.K.];

5. http://www.freshexpressions.ca/ – to more articles about “fresh expressions” of the Church in Canada and throughout the world; and

6. http://acen.anglicancommunion.org/ – to the website of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN), which promotes local initiatives to protect the environment, and encourages the education of Anglicans, as individuals and communities, to become better stewards of God’s creation. 

PRAYERS THIS WEEK:

This week, let us continue to pray for those who have experienced the destructive force of flooding, fire, or wind.

Let us also continue to keep in special prayer Joanne Plant; Ronnie Gooder; David Simmonds; and Geoff Wilson (see May 28 “Prayers This Week” posting for details).

Let us pray for Joe Seidel’s mother, Pat, who is seriously ill.

Let us pray (with both petiton and thanksgiving) for Ansa Broadhurst, who is recovering from surgery last Thursday.

And lastly, let us commit into our Lord’s eternal keeping Karl Breu (the brother-in-law of Dinah) and Jean Wallis (the aunt of Nicola Peden), who passed into eternal life recently. Rest eternal grant to Jean and Karl, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May Diane, Dinah, Derek, Nicola, and all members of the families receive Your comfort, now in their grief, and always. We ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

 

 

 

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