Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Anglican Church of Canada on Facebook

Be sure to check out the Anglican Church of Canada's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/canadiananglican

2011 PEI 4-H Rural Youth Fair coming to Alberton

Free admission. Join us at the Alberton Exhibition grounds on September 9 and 10
 to celebrate our 4-H members’ achievements for the 2010/2011 year.  The event begins Friday evening at 6:30pm with a Tug-Of-War competition for all ages, followed by our Opening Ceremonies and Turkey Auction at 8:15pm.
Also a live performance by Robert Lamar, a hypnotist and psychological illusionist! 
Saturday’s itinerary starts at 9:00am and is full to the brim with fun activities and livestock competitions. Some of the highlights include: 4-H project displays, Royal selection class for Beef and Dairy at 2:00pm, Best Dressed Live and Stuffed Toy Animal Contest at noon (the stuffed toy animal class is open to everyone – so dress up “Teddy” in his finest and bring him to the fair!), the Lawn Tractor Relay and Ultimate Frisbee at 1:00pm, Flower Arranging lessons, Turnip Bowling and more! For more info call the PEI 4-H Office at (902)368-4833 or email pei4h@gov.pe.ca.

PEI Student only Canadian at Cuba Youth Camp

Rebecca McLeod was interviewd this morning on CBC Radio Charlottetown - she told of her trip to Cuba to attend a Diocesan youth camp - she was the only Canadian to attend.  Here's her story from: http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2415; http://www.facebook.com/canadiananglican
 Adventures at a Cuban youth camp
written by Ali Symons, Anglican Church of Canada
August 19, 2011 -  Rebecca McLeod
Rebecca McLeod (right) enjoys the best bus ride of her life with new friends Aleanis (left) and Claudia (centre).
It was a hot day in Havana when Rebecca McLeod, a nursing student from Charlottetown, P.E.I., boarded a bus packed with Cuban youth. When the bus revved up, her fellow travelers pulled out a guitar and a hand drum, then launched into a 90-minute concert of folk music, all the way to their waterfall destination.
"It was the best bus ride of my life," laughed Ms. McLeod.
From Aug. 6 to 15, Ms. McLeod, 20, attended a diocesan youth camp in Cuba. Her trip added another link in the longstanding partnership between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba.
The formal relationship is this: since the Cuban church is currently not in a province of the Anglican Communion, the Canadian church assists with governance. The Canadian Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, chairs the Metropolitan Council of Cuba, which also includes the leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Church of the West Indies. Archbishop Hiltz and the General Secretary, the Ven. Dr. Michael Pollesel, visit Cuba yearly for the diocesan synod. They also speak monthly with the diocesan bishop, the Right Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio.
Out of this arrangement, deeper partnerships have grown. Thus, an invitation to the youth camp found its way to the inbox of Ms. McLeod, who had recently learned Spanish (and caught the travel bug) during a nursing practicum in Mexico. She applied for funding and the trip came together quickly.
"The day before I left, I began to panic," she said. "I'm the only Canadian going to a group of 80 or 85 Cubans. What am I going to do?"
But once in Havana, Ms. McLeod was embraced into camp culture. She stayed in the dorm, ate Cuban food, and studied the Bible with young people from across the island.
It was exciting for Ms. McLeod to observe Anglican similarities and Cuban differences. Familiar choruses had a new Caribbean swing. Baptisms were also splashier. In P.E.I. she was used to a light drizzling of water over the baby, but in Cuba, the bishop doused the baby with handfuls of water, leaving the two of them happily soaked.
During time off, Ms. McLeod's new friends showed her sights off the beaten tourist path. They rode city buses and ate at local cafes where they thanked God before any food or drink was consumed. Ms. McLeod remembers their toasts to "Friendship, love, peace, and our heavenly Father."
She admired their public witness. "You could really see God in these people and in the work they did," she said. "Even though they didn't have a lot of money they were still doing all they could to share and worship together."
Ms. McLeod learned much about the economic disparity between Canada and Cuba. Her friends spoke about the low value of the Cuban national peso, the currency most often used for salaries. The camp fee (approximately $2 CDN) was hard for many to pay.
Thanks to her diocese, Ms. McLeod was able to bring a financial gift for the camp, one of many gifts that have flowed through the Anglican Church of Canada for diverse Cuban needs—from theological education to vehicles for ministers.
"It's important for us as Canadian Anglicans to get an understanding of what life is like down there, including the hardships," said Archdeacon Pollesel.
"These visits are also important for Cubans so that they don't feel as isolated. They can know that we care and want to make it better for them in any way we can."
Ms. McLeod is now sharing her story in her diocese and home parish of St. Paul's Anglican, Charlottetown. Her trip was funded by the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island's social justice sub-committee and Lay Legacy Leadership Committee as well as the Lois Richards Fund of St. Paul's Anglican.
For more information about the Canadian-Cuban partnership, contact Dr. Andrea Mann, global relations coordinator, by email or phone (416) 924-9199 ext. 265. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thought for the Week

What will my actions today reveal about my faith?

cf. Parish Bulletin August 28th

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bishops Invite folks to Church - 2010

Bishops Sue and Ron invite folks to church at the Ferry Terminal on Halifax's waterfront.
cf. http://www.nspeidiocese.ca/B2CResourcesfrom2010.htm

Toronto Bishops Invite You Back to Church


Back to Church Sunday - Anglican Journal.com

cf.  http://www.anglicanjournal.com/nc/photo-video/gallery/article/back-to-church-sundaybrafter-40-years-9352.html

Back to Church Sunday, September 25th

For more information go to the Diocesan Website: http://www.nspeidiocese.ca/BACK_TO_CHURCH_SUNDAY.htm

BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY - What’s the Buzz about Back to Church Sunday?
Back to Church Sunday is now the largest single local-church invitational initiative in the world.  It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism - that we should invite someone we already know to something we love; invite our friend to our church.
Who are you going to invite?  Pray about them now.
BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY - What’s the Buzz about Back to Church Sunday?
How does it feel when a friend invites you to come along to a place that is special to them? For most of us, it is a pleasurable experience to go along with them. Back to Church Sunday is meant to be a similar experience of pleasure and comfort, as we invite a friend to come with us to a place that is special to us – our parish church. Back to Church Sunday is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism - that we should invite someone we already know to something we love; invite our friend to our church.

Hospitality is Always a Good Idea

Fall Programs, Meetings and Activities Begin Again Soon!

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of summer time. May our hearts be full of thanks and gratitude as we begin our fall activities. May we begin each day knowing that we do all things through the strength and peace that you give us. Bless the Church, our congregations, our communities, our families, our work, and guide our prayers that we may be willing and effective servants of your work fulfilling your purpose in our lives. You are our God and we are your people. Praise to you God, our heavenly and almighty Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

cf. Parish Bulletin, Aug. 21

Thought for the Week

God is preparing a place for each of us in eternity

cf. Parish Bulletin Aug 21

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Green Parish Accreditation

     The Green Parish Accreditation Program was developed to give recognition to churches that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship and in response to the Environmental Stewardship motion passed at the Diocesan Synod in 2009.
     Recognition will be made at each Diocesan Synod of all parishes that have met all the criteria in this document and several parishes that have shown progress since the previous Synod.
     It is recommended that the parish form a Green Parish Accreditation Committee with a designated Chair but other forms of organization are acceptable and should reflect the local situation in the parish. The parish should then write to the Diocesan Social Justice Subcommittee and ask to become registered as a candidate parish for the program. The parish then has twenty four months or until the next Synod to document completion of their progress against the requirements.
     Resources to support the work of to green your parish are available at http://www.anglican.ca/relationships/action/greening/
     Parish CD available from the Social Justice Subcommittee.
     Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of a Progress Report completed by the parish and sent to the Diocesan Social Justice Subcommittee. Parishes that meet all the requirements will receive a Certificate of Accreditation, the right to display the Green Parish logo on their letterhead and website and a Green
     Parish Banner to display in their sanctuary. Those parishes that are recognized for their progress in meeting the requirements will receive a certificate. Note: The Green Parish Accreditation was adapted from the Green Sanctuary Program developed by the Unitarian Universalists Diocese of New Westminster.and on the Ways to a Greener Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Moving Planet - September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
90 Seconds of Inspiration

Thought for the Week

Christian Community makes God's love real.

cf. Parish Bulletin, Aug. 14th

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The 30 Day 5 Point Challenge

1.    Every morning spend 30 minutes: 15 reading the Bible (preferably Book of Acts) and then 15 minutes writing in a journal/notebook, "What is God saying to me/us in this passage?"
2.    Share your faith with one other person.  Question "How /where did Jesus show up in my life this week?
3.    Give 10% of your weekly income, or 2 hours of your time to something as a way to move into generous giving as an attidtude for life.
4.    Meet together with a small group once a week to talk.
5.    Plan and do one intential act of kindness every day.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Thought for the Week

Romans 10: 9-10.   If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Jesus is Lord was the earliest Christian confession of faith probably used at baptisms.

in your heart: In Biblical terms the heart is not merely the seat of the emotions and affections, but, also of the intellect and will.
Jesus Lives!
cf. Parish Bulletin, August 7

Education for Ministry - Christian Education Course

Education For Ministry – Christian Education Course
All who are baptised are ministers for Jesus.
EFM is a program to help lay people understand, live and share their faith. This is a 4 year course of independent and group study. The cost is $375 per year. The weekly Tuesday night sessions (7-9:30) at the Alberton Rectory or St. Peter’s Church Hall run from Sept 20th to May 29th. For information and forms see Rev Andrew or Janet who facilitate this program, 853-2524.
Advance registration and fee required by August 19.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Take a Walk

cf. GRACE,  Autumn 2010 UK ( http://www.gracepublishing.net/ )

     If you're feeling down and dreary and your world looks grey - Take a walk, the country air will blow your woes away.  Find a hill, a stiff steep hill, and climb it to the top.  When you stand upon the crest you'll feel your troubles drop.
     Stride along some lonely road away from smoke and noise.  You'll get back your zest in life, your courage and your poise.  Look towards a far horizon, out into the blue.  This will teach you how to take the longest broadest view.
     Take a walk.  There's nothing like it whether fine or wet - Your humour you'll recover and your worries you'll forget...You will be surprised to find how good life is and sweet - the wind of God upon your face, His earth beneath your feet.

Monday, August 1, 2011

St. Luke's Hall Reno Progress 3

The renovation/addition to St. Luke's Hall is coming along well.  Here's a photo taken yesterday.  This the Kitchen Parties are being held weekly in July and August - every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.

Parish Combined Service at Holy Trinity Alma

A Parish combined service was held at Holy Trinity Alma Anglican Church on Sunday, August 31st.  We had a great turn-out.  Following the service a Potluck Lunch and fellowship was held at the home of Wilbert and Verna Jeffery.
 Holy Trinity Church was built in 1888 and consecrated in October 1890.
Below:  Photos from the service on Sunday (sorry, they're a bit fuzzy).
Below:  Our new flower beds between the church and cemetery are coming along well.
 Below:  Amazing daylilies from Red Lane Gardens (http://www.redlanegardens.com/)

Prince County Exhibition & Parade - Thanks!

Thank you to all who helped with the Parish Food Booth and with the Parade Float for the Prince County Exhibition!!   God loves generous and glad givers.  Blessing to you all!!!!!
cf.  Parish Bulletin, July 31, 2011

Also, Congratulations to all who participated in making the Kitchen Party float for the parade - it was awarded Best Community Float
 Below: Award-winning Kitchen Party Float (photo credit: MLA Pat Murphy)

Thought for the Week

Thank you God that Jesus feeds us with the
"bread of his life" and the "word of his kingdom"!

May we always remember, receive and share his gift of life.
 cf. Parish Bulletin, July 31, 2011