Synod Scene December 17-January 2

Members of Christ Church Sunday School sing during Advent Lessons and Carols Service


angelBut the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah,the Lord. Luke 2:10-11


Please remember in your prayers this week:

For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Alana, Brenda and Bill, Hope, Jean, Joy and David; John, Mark; Martin; Nancy and Sam.

For those who have died and those who mourn: We remember in our prayers especially the people of Newtown, Connecticut and the 26 people who were killed last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.

Toll-Free Number
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The Rev. Keith Denman appointed Interim priest of St. John the Evangelist, Cold Lake, effective January 1, 2013.

The Rev. Susan Ormsbee appointed Interim Deacon of St. Margaret’s, Edmonton, effective January 1, 2013. 


 The Synod Office will be closed for the Christmas break from December 24 until January 2, 2013. Have a very blessed Christmas and New Year!

Ordination to the Diaconate

It is our pleasure to announce that Bishop Jane Alexander intends, God willing, to ordain Jessie Pei and Arlene Young to the diaconate

on the Commemoration of John Chrysostom

January 27,2013

7:00 pm

All Saints’ Cathedral

10035–103rd Street, Edmonton

Your prayers and presence are requested. Clergy are invited to vest. The colour is green.

Fourth ELCIC Bishop to be Ordained: All are invited to attend the Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Kochendorfer as Fourth Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The service will begin at 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10014-81 Ave, Edmonton. Clergy are invited to vest. The colour is red. Clergy who wish to process are asked to RSVP to the Lutheran Synod Office at: 780-439-2636, or by Monday, January 7th. Poster attached

Three Faiths, One God

The Rev. Larry Wright introduces the Talmud Torah School ChoirOn Sunday, December 16th, hundreds gathered in the festively decorated foyer of Edmonton City Hall to sing, dance and, of course, be merry in celebration of Jewish, Muslim and Christian feasts. “A Celebration of Abrahamic Faiths” was presented by the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony and the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action.

The Very Rev. Neil, Dean of Edmonton and Rector of All Saints’ Cathedral described Advent and Christmas as “our season of hope”. Just as a barren tree can be transformed from ordinary to magical with sparkling lights and decorations, we, too, are transformed by God’s love. We areDr. Michael Frishkopf leads a Sufi music performance filled with hope as we anticipate the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he said. Rabbi David Kunin, spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Synagogue, and past-president of the interfaith centre, noted the strength in our unique lights shining together in community, much like the Jewish festival of Chanukah (Hannukah), observed by kindling of the eight lights of the Menorah. Noting the importance of sacrifice to Muslim people, Sheikh Imam Mustafa Khattab, of Al-Rashid mosque, described the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha, held in honour of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his first-born son to God.Shemesh-Aviv Israeli Folk Dancers

Sheikh Imam Mustafa KhattabThe Very Rev. Neil GordonRabbi David KuninThis joyous occasion, a shining example of interfaith dialogue, was further uplifted by song and dance. Grade 3 and 4 students from Talmud Torah School formed a beautiful choir, while the Shemesh-Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association performed a colorfully choreographed dance routine. A Sufi band, led by Dr. Michael Frishkopf playing the nay (a reed flute popular in Middle Eastern music) was another musical highlight, as were Christmas carols, including See, Amid the Winter’s Snow, played by violinists. Together, the congregation sang Let There Be Peace on Earth, before enjoying a time of fellowship which including festive treats, like Potato latkes and Noah’s Pudding. Watch the February Messenger for an article about the Abrahamic Faith celebration.

Clergy Online Forms Update:

Clergy Travel Claim Spreadsheet: As explained earlier in the year to clergy and corporations, the new diocesan policy on travel requires clergy who travel on parish or diocesan business to submit a log of their travel to receive reimbursement at the diocesan rate. The policy doesn’t specify a form for submitting the log, so clergy are free to use whatever format they choose, as long as a log is actually submitted. There are lots of possible ways to keep a travel log, from a paper log book to a smartphone app. In order to assist clergy looking for a system to keep a log, a new travel spreadsheet along with accompanying instructions has been prepared. Look for it on the diocesan website under “Forms”.

Financial Statistics Returns: Each year parishes are required to submit a financial statistics form, alongside the full financial statements and budget. Beginning in 2013, for the 2012 financial year, the Financial Statistics form has been revised and simplified. Two versions of the form are available on the diocesan website, one in Microsoft Excel format and on as a fillable PDF, which you can complete using Adobe Acrobat. Either may then be e-mailed to the Synod Office. Of course, you can also print one and mail it. Look for the new form, along with a guide, on the website under “Forms’.

Advent Candles CathedralAdvent and Christmas in the Edmonton Diocese: A schedule of Advent and Christmas services around the diocese is posted at To add a service, please email details to Margaret at

Parishes Invited to Share Christmas Offerings with Seniors: Seniors’ Safe House has been chosen as the 2012 project for No Room in the Inn, an ecumenical justice housing initiative supported by the Edmonton and District Council of Churches. Seniors’ Safe House provides temporary accommodation and support for women and men who have had to leave their homes after experiencing elder abuse. It is a program of the Seniors’ Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE), a community agency that has served seniors for more than 40 years. No Room in the Inn, now in its 14th year, is an appeal based on the story of Mary and Joseph, who arrived in Bethlehem to discover that there was no room for them at the inn and so sought refuge in a stable until Jesus was born. Each year, church organizations and parishes are invited to donate part of their Christmas Eve collections to the campaign. To date more than 60 congregations from eight different denominations have raised over $580,000 for projects aimed at providing safe and affordable housing for those who are in greatest need. For more information about the No Room in the Inn Campaign please contact: the Rev. Dr. Eileen Conway

All Saints' Cathedral CollegeAll Saints’ Cathedral College Christian Education Opportunities: All Saints’ Cathedral College (ASCC), a joint educational venture launched in January 2012 by All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral and the Diocese of Edmonton, is offering several Christian learning opportunities this winter. ASCC courses are designed to help Christians be a credible and strong voice in today’s world, while upholding The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Church of Canada: to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom; to teach, baptize, and nurture new believers; to respond to human need by loving service; to seek to transform unjust structures of society; and to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. ASCC virtual campus courses are open to both clergy and laity. For more information about All Saints’ Cathedral College courses and faculty, call: 780-429-6379, or visit:

Registration is now open for the following ASCC courses:

PAUL – Apostle to the Gentiles, and a Man of Letters

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Gwen Bright
Dates: Saturday afternoons, January 19, 26 and February 2, 9 and 16, 2013
Time: 1:00–4:00 pm
Location: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Avenue, Edmonton
Cost: $75 (to be paid at first lecture)

Called to be an apostle to the gentiles, Paul of Tarsus crisscrossed the Mediterranean world, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. He kept in touch with the young churches by means of visits and/or by letters. On 75% of the Sundays of each year, we hear a passage from one of those letters. Second only to Jesus, Paul is the most quoted (and mis-quoted) figure from Scripture. This course is designed to help us get to know the man behind the letters, and to reflect on what he is saying. Course participants are encouraged to invest in the purchase of: The New Oxford Annotated Bible (New Revised Standard Version) 2007

Church, Mission, and Gospel in the 21st Century

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Myron Penner
Dates: Saturday mornings, January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 2013, at Christ Church
Time: 9 am–12 pm
Location: Christ Church, 12116-102 Avenue, Edmonton
Cost: $75 (to be paid at first lecture)
This course focuses on two important questions:

  • What implications does the missional imperative to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom have for how we understand the Church of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century?
  • What implications does the missional turn in theology have for Christians as they navigate their identity in terms of what it means to be the Church of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century?

Syllabus attached

Messenger Deadline December 31st:: The Messenger newspaper welcomes opinion, story and picture submissions. Please send submissions to editor Margaret Marschall by December 31, 2012 for inclusion in the February issue.

Full-time Priest Needed for St. Augustine’s: The parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Edmonton is seeking a full-time priest who will provide leadership within the parish as they seek “to live Christ in the community through service”. Job Profile attached.

Closing Date for applications is January 31, 2013. Applications should include a response to the position profile plus a curriculum vitae.

For further information about this position, please contact: The Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander, Bishop of Edmonton, The Synod Office, 10035-103 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 0X5, phone:(780) 439-7344, fax: (780) 439-6549, e-mail:

Being Disciples - Vital Church Conference 2013VCC Earlybird Registration Deadline is December 31st: Being Disciples: Vital Church Conference Edmonton will be held February 5-7, 2012 at the Matrix Hotel. Meet and worship together with Christian leaders from a range of traditions and learn from pioneers in ministry how God is at work leading and building up His Church. Our conference will be led by Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions UK; James Penner, head of James Penner & Associates – Empowering Youth; and Terry LeBlanc, co-chair and founder of My People International. A highlight of the conference will be a time for ministry sharing in a trade show setting. Register by December 31st for the earlybird rate of $275/person (conference only), or $588/person (with two night’s accommodation). For more info and to register, visit:


Confirmation Service at St. Paul’s, Leduc

Confirmation Service at St. Paul's Anglican Church in LeducOn Sunday, December 16, 2012, Bishop Jane confirmed seven members of the Parish of St. Paul’s, Leduc. Pictured are, left to right, (front row): C.J Cayer, Rebecca Stamper, Bernice Meja, Bishop Jane Alexander, Sean O’Dwyer, Cheryl Thompson; back row: Melina Long, Rector Joanne Webster and Christopher McIntosh. Photo: Kevin O’Dwyer

Amahl and the Night Visitors: Holy Trinity, 10037–84th Ave., will host the edmonton coOPERAtive’s annual production of the wonderful Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 20 and 21 at 7 pm. This one-hour opera tells the story of a young shepherd who meets Three Kings following the light of a very special bright star. Suitable for all ages, there will be special seating at the front for children and parents with small children. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, available at the door, or call 780-270-4740.

Christmas Season Difficult for You? Loss, sadness, troubles, memories? A Service of Healing and Hope is offered on Friday, December 21st at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Leduc, 4416-50th St. Come as you are. All Welcome. Poster attached

“Sundays @ 4”: St. Margaret’s, 12603 Ellerslie Rd., Edmonton, is launching an afternoon service. The Opening Service for “Sunday’s @ 4” will be held on Epiphany Sunday, January 6th. This service will feature a variety of approaches to preaching and teaching, blend traditional and contemporary music and will be slightly more informal and shorter than the parish’s 10:30 morning worship. The parish is looking for people to join the “Sundays @ 4” ministry team. Sunday School teachers, scripture readers, greeters and sidespeople are welcome! For more info, click here

Holy Trinity Concert Series:

10037-84 Ave., Edmonton

January 6, 2013
In conjunction with Edmonton Recital Society
Sarah Ho, Piano and Kendra James, Viola

January 13, 2013
In conjunction with Early Music Alberta
Scona Chamber Singers

Friends of Sorrento to Hold Simultaneous Birthday Bash: Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre turns 50 in the New Year and parishes across Alberta and BC will host birthday parties simultaneously on January 25th. You are invited to a local celebration at Holy Trinity, 10037-84 Ave., Edmonton, at 7:00 pm. Cake and punch will be provided, please bring a snack to share. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Joanne Neal at 780-466-3720.


King’s Art Show Focuses on Immigrant Experience: The King’s University College invites you to visit Immigrant, an exhibition of 20 paintings by London Ontario artist Rosemary Sloot. In telling her own family’s story of post-war emigration from The Netherlands, Sloot is telling the story of many immigrants who left homelands shattered by war to begin a new life in Canada. The gallery is located in the Atrium at 9125-50th St. The exhibit will run until January 15, 2013. For more information, see

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop: Looking for a way to start of your New Year and begin preparing for Lent? A seven-session Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop will begin Saturday, January 26th (9:30 am-3:00 pm) at First Baptist Church, 10031-109 St., Edmonton. The workshop will continue on Tuesday evenings (January 29-March 5th). Facilitators are Mary Jane Yates from the FBC Centering Prayer group and Fr. Raymond Sevigny, a leader of the Centering Prayer movement in Edmonton. The fee is $60, or pay-as-you-can. Register by January 18, 2013, through the FBC Edmonton office, by contacting Tana Clark, or call 780-422-2214.

Caregiver Navigator Training: A one-day workshop to help professionals and volunteers provide support to caregivers is being offered by the Alberta Caregivers Association in January, 2013. The majority of caregivers do not self-identify until they are well entrenched in their caregiver role. This training will assist you to support caregivers early in their journey; helping them to develop self-care practices. The workshop will be offered twice, on January 15 and 31, 2013, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at Fulton Place School, 10310-56 St., Edmonton. The cost is $75 and participants must agree to take part in a phone evaluation. For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Hoffmann, Alberta Caregivers Association, at 780-453-5088, or Poster attached

Star of the North Programs:

Away Days with Sandy Prather

Each Away Day Retreat will focus on a different contemporary spiritual book. Through a combination of presentations and reflective time, we will explore the themes and ideas of the authors, and apply their insights to our lives. It is not necessary to have read the books.

Wed. Jan. 16: Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II by Richard R. Gaillardetz & Catherine E. Clifford, 2012.

Wed. Feb. 20: Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit by  Walter Brueggemann, 2007.

Wed. Mar.20: The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, 2010.

Wed. Apr. 17: The Active Life: A Spiritualty of Work, Creativity and Caring  by Parker J. Palmer, 1990.

9:30 am – 3:00 pm       Advance Registration:       $30.00/day     OR   $35.00 at the door

Love Yourself, Uplift Your Spirit, Heal Your Life®
This retreat will guide you to identify negative beliefs, like guilt, fear, anger, resentment and blame, which are blocking both your connection to yourself and God. This workshop will introduce you to transformational techniques to release your limitations and let them go.
6:00 pm Friday, Jan 25 to 4:30 pm, Saturday, January 26
Please register by Jan. 18
Facilitators: Dr. Colleen Orr, Reg. Psychologist & S. Anne Ferland, Reg. Massage Therapist This workshop is offered by LifeWork Soars which empowers you to love yourself and Heal Your Life® to reach for your Dreams.

For more info and to register:; 780-459-5511

Providence Renewal Centre Events:

Providence Renewal Centre will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd. You can still register for events online at We will confirm your registration with you when we return on January 2nd.

Opening the Door of Faith – Praying with Scripture
Saturday, January 5; Tuesday, February 12; Thursday, March 7
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Rita Sandmaier

January will begin the first of a series of sessions where we are invited to open the door of our hearts by praying with Scripture. This is a guided retreat day. To view monthly Scripture themes, go to the events calendar on our new website:
$40.00 each (includes buffet lunch) Register for all three for $115!

Sabbath Stillness Silent Retreat Days
Monday, January 14; Friday, February 1
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
PRC Staff

What does it mean to take a Sabbath day? Coming from the Hebrew Shabbat, it means “to cease”; it invites us to rest from all our activities. We invite you to take some time away in the quiet: to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). It is often only in the silence that we can calm and quiet our soul (Ps. 131:2) and become more fully aware of God’s presence in us and around us. Come spend a day in quiet, individual contemplation and prayer. Scripture passages and reflection questions will be made available and a single bedroom provided.
$35.00 each (includes buffet lunch)
Spiritual direction can be arranged in advance for an additional fee.

Register online at:,, or call Kathy 780-701-1854.

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