Burying Time Capsule

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

Friday, November 30, 2012

NetNews from the Diocese

     I'm signed up to receive the NetNews from the Diocese by email every week - the following announcement are in today's news -
     Bishop Sue is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Jody Clarke and the Rev’d Charles Bull as Canons of the Cathedral Church of All Saints effective December 1, 2012. On an appropriate occasion, they will be installed in their seats at the Cathedral.

     The Rev’d Ann Bush has been appointed Rector ½ time at the Parish of Port Hill, PEI, effective January 1, 2013.   Ann comes to us from the Parish of Fort Smith in the Diocese of the Arctic.

      On December 6, 2012 - Feast of St. Nicholas, The Rev'd Rob Elford and The Rev'd David Puxley will be ordained as Priests.  The ordination will take place at Trinity Church, Halifax at 7:00 p.m. The liturgical colour is white.  The offering will go to PWRDF for which envelopes will be provided.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2013 Canadian Church Calendar

     The 2013 Canadian Church Calendars are on sale now in our churches throughout Canada for $6 each - proceeds go to ACW, locally and nationally.  The Calendar is published by The Anglican Church of Canada
    Each month has a prayers excerpted from Celtic Prayers & Reflections by Jenny Child.   
 The Church on the cover of the Calendar is Cathedral of Holy Trinity, Quebec City.
The calendar is a great resource of the important days & events in the Church.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Treasured Talents - Anglican Church is truly blessed

     The Anglican Church of Canada has a new initiative in Treasured Talents whereby the Anglican Church of Canada recognizes the volunteers and talents of parishioners within our churches and parishes and will feature an individual for a month on their website .


Treasured Talents …The Anglican Church of Canada is truly blessed!

     Treasured Talents recognizes the generous gifts of time and talent that our church receives from volunteers across the country. The Anglican Church of Canada is truly blessed with volunteers of all ages who give in many ways—at parish, diocesan and national levels. They play an important role in the life of our church, making it possible for ministries and commitments to be carried out at home and abroad. Through their time and talents, they also serve as an example of how the Marks of Mission are being lived throughout our church.
     Submit your nomination online!  Each month, Resources for Mission will feature a story of a volunteer whose time and talent has made a difference. We look forward to sharing their inspiring stories of generosity with you and having the opportunity to say thank you.
     For more information on how to nominate and share the story of a volunteer that you would like to recognize, see the call for nominations or contact Shannon Cottrell, donor relations and volunteer coordinator, by email or phone: (416) 924-9199 ext. 334.
    Interested in learning more about the Marks of Mission and sharing how God’s mission is at work in your life? Visit the Marks of Mission website - http://www.anglican.ca/marks/
    See previous stories -  http://www.anglican.ca/gifts/get-involved/treasured-talents/archive
    Submit a nomination online - http://www.anglican.ca/gifts/get-involved/treasured-talents/nomination

Nominate a Treasured Talent

Do you treasure the time and talent of someone in your parish or diocese?
 Is there a story of an outstanding volunteer that you would like to share?
 Are you looking for a creative way to honour a generous giver?
     Each month, Treasured Talents will select a volunteer’s story to feature on the church’s website [hyperlink to section of web]. Nominations are currently being accepted for 2012 and we invite you to nominate and share the story of a volunteer you would like to recognize. Nomination guidelines can be found on the volunteer recognition form below. Please note that the individual you wish to nominate must consent to being recognized publicly.
Nomination forms can also be submitted  by email or to:
Resources for Mission
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2
     For more information, contact Shannon Cottrell, donor relations and volunteer coordinator, by email or phone: (416) 924-9199 ext 334.
     Interested in learning more about Marks of Mission and sharing how God’s mission is at work in your life? Visit the Marks of Mission website.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rev. Andrew Mortimer, New Regional Dean for PEI

     Rev. Andrew Mortimer was installed as Regional Dean of Prince Edward Island on Sat. Nov 10, 2012 at the 158th Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Church Society of P.E.I. (DCS) held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Crapaud. 
     The DCS annual meeting began at 9:30am with the Service of Word and Installation of the Regional Dean - the message was given by The Rt. Revd. Bishop Sue Moxley - she is just back from the ACC - Anglican Consultative Council (a world conference of the Anglican Communion) in Auckland, New Zealand - see below the Anglican Communion News about the meeting.  
     Following the service we had refreshments then carried-on the business portion of the annual meeting which was chaired by Bishop Sue.  The meeting concluded at noon followed by a lunch served in the Church Hall by the wonderful hospitality of the parishioners of St. John's Church. 
     Above: St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church located on Rte. 1 in Crapaud.  Designed by well-known Island Architect Wm. Harris and built in 1902.
     Above: inside St. John church - taking a coffee break between the service and the business of the meeting.
     The following news comes from the Anglican Communion website regarding Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand held the first week of November 2012.  http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/news.cfm/2012/11/7/ACNS5239 regarding resolutions of their 

Anglican Communion News Service

Final day of ACC-15: "About the relationships, always about the relationships"

On the last morning of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand the members considered a final set of resolutions, many of which reflected on work and conversations that had occurred earlier in the meeting.
Among the resolutions that were passed were a revision to the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion to include references to peace conflict transformation and reconciliation. This had been requested by the last ACC meeting.
The Council unanimously agreed to adjust the wording of the current fourth Mark of Mission to read: 
To seek to transform unjust structures of society to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
Among the other resolutions passed was a call for an increase of lay participation in the commission, councils and other bodies of the Anglican Communion and the hope that a Director of Theological Education be appointed to the staff of the Communion Office.
Two final resolutions gathered a great deal of support and unanimous agreement.
The first was moved by Harriet Baka Nathan of the Episcopal Church of Sudan entitled “practical strategies for implementing the Marks of Mission”. It called on the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion to identify practical strategies to support the provinces of the Communion in the areas of land disputes; the trade, diffusion and misuse of small arms; border disputes; narcotics and alcohol abuse; youth unemployment and crime; and the trafficking, abuse and abduction of children and women.
The last resolution came out of the conversations that took place yesterday concerning a better understanding the Continuing Indaba process.
A motion was brought by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Southern Africa in which he noted the adoption of the resolution of ACC 15-21 on Continuing Indaba and “Understands Indaba to be a process of honest conversation that seeks to build community energize mission and provide a context in which conflict can be resolved”.
All of the delegates who spoke to this resolution expressed appreciation for the helpful addition to the original resolution.
The final hour was spent in reflecting on the ACC meeting and offering thoughts and hopes for the future.
Two ecumenical guests, Rev Father Paul Patitsas and the Rev Prof Robert Griben (of the six ecumenical partners that were present), spoke of their experience at being at ACC-15. Father Paul highlighted that they had attended as partners and not guests and had been encouraged to comment on issues and felt “embraced in love”. He expressed the hope that all might continue to “work at being one” and offered a personal appreciation of the ministry of the Archbishop Rowan Williams as an Instrument of Communion. He also spoke on behalf of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who noted the concern expressed about the environment and also offered hope and prayers for Archbishop Rowan and for the selection of the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Rev Prof Robert Gribben also spoke, sharing some thoughts from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity which commented on our Covenant process and our Ecumenical agreements. He finished his reflection with the words, “We need you my brothers and sisters to be united so that you may be part of a strong ecumenical world, and you need us also.”
The ACC members were asked, “What is the headline you are taking home?” The laity shared their answers first. Garth Blake of Australia spoke of the great variety and energy at this meeting with so many aspects of mission. Lisbeth Barahona of Central America saw the work on justice and the elimination of violence as a key component. The youth member Sarah Tomlinson spoke of the “rebranding” of the Communion--that it was now deeply grounded in hope and justice. Suzanne Lawson of Canada the Anglican Communion “actually works and we are together.”
The clergy spoke of the diversity within the New Zealand church and how the Continuing Indaba process can be used in so many aspects of circumstances. Moses Chin observed to great laughter that, “It takes us a long time to agree on anything.”
The episcopal member from Nigeria Archbishop Nwosu talked about the future and “on the importance of maintaining the ACC”, while Bp Humphrey Peters of Pakistan called the meeting a “big love.” The Primus of The Scottish Episcopal Church, Bp David Chillingworth reflected that the ACC is “about the relationships, always about the relationships.”
A closing resolution was moved thanking Archbishop Rowan Williams for his faithfulness and ministry, his leadership of the Anglican Consultative Council and wishing him, his wife Dr Jane Williams and their children Rhiannon and Pip God’s blessing and peace. He was accorded a very long standing ovation from all.
The meeting closed with the singing of the doxology and the announcement that ACC-16 will take place in Lusaka, Zambia in May or June of 2016.
[Note: read the final resolutions as they are posted online here:http://www.aco.org/communion/acc/meetings/acc15/resolutions.cfm ]

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lest We Forget

Image cf. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Some+Remembrance+services+Edmonton+area/7527184/story.html

File photo of poppies at the headstones of soldiers, Edmonton’s Beechmount Cemetery in 2011

Photograph by: Larry Wong , Edmonton Journal


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 
- John McCrae

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Prayer

In busy days of noise and action - and especially when
my journey seems long
and my energy is spent - 
lead me to be still, Lord,
and discover anew
that you are with me.
Photo by C.W.Jeffery