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News, Links, and Prayers for This Week

June 14, 2011

There are 10 news items, 4 links, and 3 prayer requests this week.


June 10:
Everyone from St. Paul’s who attended the “Three Cantors’” Concert last Friday was blown away by the incredible music! The Concert was a great success, raising over $5,000 for the rebuilding of Slave Lake, through PWRDF. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

June 12:
Once again, a HUGE “Thank you” to Allison Pierce, for the wonderful decorations for the Day of Pentecost. Speaking of people sharing gifts for the common good: a great “Thank you,” also, Robbie Coller for the delicious cakes for both 8:30 and  10 a.m. post-Service coffee times!

June 15, 22, 29:
The “Hold Me Tight” Study has been cancelled, due to insufficent response. A heartfelt “Thank you” to Colleen Eggertson for offering to lead this Study, which offers 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. If you are interested in attending such a Study in the future, please let me know.

June 18:
All the men in the Parish are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Bring an appetite for great food and fellowship!

June 19:
This Sunday, we are celebrating both Trinity Sunday AND Father’s Day. Everyone is invited to come and be drawn up more deeply into the triune life of our awesome and infinite God. Please invite all dads and dads in the Faith to this Service honouring the ministry of fatherhood. There will be special reflections and prayers, and a special presentation from our Sunday School (hint: their name speaks of something affectionate from Pennsylvania).

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: Katelyn Black, Leonard Gray, Mark Harris, and Dylan Kew. Thank you so much, Ingrid Bolton, for all your work to make this an evening to remember for our Grads and their families, and all who attend!

June 25:
All youth entering Grade 7 next year all the way up to those presently in Grade 12 are invited, along with their families, to our Youth Group’s Year End BBQ at Lake Midnapore, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. It promises to be a great evening of food and fun! Please let Ally Seidel (403-873-1223) or Lucas Gillingham (403-452-0494) know if you plan to attend.

June 26:
On the last Sunday in June, 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. 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. Another HUGE “Thank you” to Len and Lynda Mountford for looking after all the food-side of the picnic (hotdogs, buns, condiments, pop, and chips). Everyone is asked to bring a salad or dessert, as they are able. On the day, we’ll also be welcoming help with setting up, cooking the wieners, leading the games with the children, and clean-up. NOTE: If you are a new member, please DON’T bring anything for lunch! You are our guest of honour!

July 3:
This will begin our combined summer Services: one morning Service, at 9:30 a.m., until the first Sunday in September. Look for a special Canada Day theme.

July 10:
This will be our annual Stampede Sunday Service. Look for a Western theme throughout (including songs like “I Saw the Light”), and a great Western BBQ following the Service (meat provided and potluck salads and desserts). Everyone is invited to wear their Western garb, and come ready for a “yahoo”-producing great time!


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the June 12 News Bulletin; the June issue of Living Waters; the June Calendar; and several “Community Corner” announcements.] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the June 15 Diocesan News Service emailing (this is sent out every other Wednesday);

3. – to national stories of interest, such as the articles entitled “New Zealand Bishop Fears Her Clergy Face ‘Exhaustion of Spirit’ Following Tremors,” “New Resources for National Aboriginal Day of Prayer [on June 21],” and “Five Generations of Youth Ministers Meet;” and

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as “Youth Ministry Needs to be Part of Mainstream.”

Please keep emailing me stories, videos, and other items to which I can include links in this section, for the uplifting of our Parish family.


Remember: This part of the blog is for new prayers or prayer-emphases this week. The complete Prayer List is included on the back cover of the weekly Order of Service. If you are unable to attend on a Sunday, and would like to have these prayers emailed to you, please contact Laura Anne at  

This week, let us pray for encouragement of heart and protection for the people of New Zealand, in the wake of new earthquake tremors.

Let us also pray for healing, wholeness, and peace which passes all understanding for Peggy Pingot, who has been in hospital; Pat Seidel (the mother of Joe); and David Simmonds, who is living with cancer.

And let us continue to pray for comfort and strength in their bereavement for Diane and Dinah Breu, and all members of the family of Karl Breu (Dinah’s brother-in-law); and Derek Wallis and Nicola Peden, and all the members of the family of Jean Wallis (Nicola’s aunt).

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,




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  1. Thanks, Mike! I’m enjoying communicating with the Parish in this way.

  2. Mike G. permalink

    Like the blog. Keep it up Fergus.

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