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News, Links, and Prayers for February 4 to 19

February 16, 2012

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:31)

There are 8 news items, 9 links, and 7 prayer requests for February 4 to 19.


A Special “Thank You” to Our New and Outgoing Parish Officers:

Huge thanks to Rick and Robbie Coller, Lucas and Mike Gillingham, and Allison Seidel, all of whom have ended their respective ministries at St. Paul’s, for their years of blessing us with their gifts in these capacities. And huge thanks to those who volunteered to take on offices in our Parish in 2012: Dinah Breu (Incumbent’s Warden), Dan Brisbin (Deputy Incumbent’s Warden), Kris Barton (Parish Council Youth Liason), Paul Bourgeois (Parish Council Clerk), Louise Mullaney (Parish Council Newcomers’ Liason), Allison Pierce (Synod Delegate), Joe Seidel (Envelope Secretary), and Laura Anne Fink (Synod Delegate). All of us commit ourselves to praying for you and working with you as you live out these ministries in our midst.

We are Still Seeking a Youth Ministry Leader and Sunday School Coordinator:

We are looking for a person with a passion for God and for sharing God’s love with young people. This ministry position would be part-time (13 to 20 hours per week), with compensation being provided, based on qualifications and experience. If you sense that the Lord may be leading you to become part of the ministry team of our Parish in this capacity, please talk with Fergus or John McIntyre (the chair of our Christian Education Committee). For more information, please click here.

January 29:

Thirty-three attended our Annual Meeting of Parishioners, and participated fully for an hour and a half in our celebration of our response to the call of discipleship at St. Paul’s in 2011 and in 2012 and beyond. Many thanks to everyone for your participation, and to Dinah Breu and Allison Pierce for arranging the lunch. Print copies of our Annual Meeting material are available on a card table in the Hall. Electronic versions are available on our website, and can be accessed on our website. You can access the Reports (including part 1 of my Rector’s Report) by clicking here, and part 2 of my Rector’s Report by clicking the Minutes by clicking here.

February 3:

Around 20 people came out to our Movie Night’s presentation of “The Blind Side.” To quote John McIntyre, our Christian Education Committee chairperson, the Night offered, “enjoyment and engagement. As per usual, some great comments and insights supplied by our attendees following this very inspirational story of human caring and accomplishment.” Thank you, John, Christian Education Committee members, and all who are offering their ongoing help, for arranging these excellent times together!

February 12:

Look for a Valentine’s theme to be part of the Services this day, with something special at the end of the 8:30 and 10:00 Services for all the ladies present.

February 19:

February 19 is Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday in the Season of Epiphany. Because the fourth Sunday in February is the First Sunday in Lent, we shall be having our second “Triple C” (Christ-centred, Creative, and Compact) Service on February 19, one week earlier than what will be our usual practice. In keeping with the Family Day weekend, we’ll focus on living as the family of God.

A special feature of the Service will be two videos from ”The Skit Guys“ website: “All Wives Want for Valentine’s Day” and “The Skinny on Prayer.” You can access more details about these videos by clicking here.

The Service will be around one hour in length (the third “C”); and Sunday School will be available for children the age of pre-school through Grade 6. Please come – and invite your family, friends, and neighbours to come with you – and share this different experience of worship at St. Paul’s.

February 21:

You are invited to our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Please click here for details.

February 22:

On February 22, you are invited to two Ash Wednesday Services – Please click here for details.

February 22 and 26:

These are the opening dates for our Lenten Study – Please click here for details.


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the February 12 News Bulletin; February issue of Living Waters; and February Calendars (print copies of the February issue of Living Waters, complete with the February calendar, are available on the magazine and handout rack in the Hall).] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. the February 8 Diocesan News Service;

3. – to national stories of interest, such as “Wills and Estate Planning” and “Faith and Politics;”

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as “Canon Kearon Preaches on 350 Years of the Book of Common Prayer” and “Classic Anglican Videos Available Online;”

5. and – to pdf and blog formats, respectively, of the social justice newsletter, “Many Hands,” by Deacon Sean Krausert from Canmore;

6. – to Sean’s “That Poverty Project” website and blog, respectively (Sean invites everyone to sign “A Declaration to World Leaders.” You can access it by clicking here. For a summary of this project, see the July 30 “News, Links, and Prayers” posting); and on the lighter side

7. – to a video, embedded below, of Jackie Evancho singing beautifully the beautiful song “To Believe” (Thank you, Dinah Breu!);

8. – to a set of “Ten Commandments” for living, such as: “Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey” (Commandment 1) (Thank you for these, Andrea Haynes); and, on the lighter side:

9. – to a collection of cartoons like the one embedded below (Thank you for this, Allison Pierce!).

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.


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 email Laura Anne at

Especially, this next 2 weeks:

We give thanks for the life of Bill McIntyre (John’s Dad), who, as John wrote, “has fulfilled his mortal mission, and journeyed to meet his Father and Saviour.” Rest eternal grant to Bill, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen. We pray for comfort for John, Rhonda, and all the family in their grief. 

We thank the Lord for the improving health of Bobby Harrison (Bob & Marlene Wright’s grandson), Lynda Mountford, Louise Mullaney, and Marlene Wright.

We pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Bobby Harrison (Bob & Marlene Wright’s grandson), Wes Hollings, Kelly and her baby, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Louise Mullaney, Norm Pemberton, Olive and Wayne Ponting, Art Trundle (Rhonda’s Dad), Eleanor Turnquest, and Derek Wood.

We pray for comfort for Joyce Brenton, Stephanie Evans, Bill HellyerMargaret Anne Knowles, Lisa Matthews, Lynda Mountford, and all the members of their families, in their recent bereavements.

We lift up the people who are suffering in our own city, our country, and all the world. In particular, we pray for healing for all who are enduring famine in East Africa and violence in Nigeria and Syria. May all experience the light of the Lord’s love shining in their lives.

We pray for your peace to reign supreme in the concerns about the nuclear aspirations of Iran.

And we thank God for our Annual Meeting of Parishioners, and the opportunity it provided to give thanks together for God’s goodness to us, and commit ourselves as one to God’s leading for 2012 and beyond. We pray that our Lord will reign with a free hand, and be glorified in all that takes place, in us and through us at St. Paul’s.  

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,


“Who are you, Lord?”
(Acts 9:5)

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