Synod Scene February 17-23, 2014



Warm Welcome for New Deacon and Diocesan Officers

Diocese of Edmonton Clergy and Officers


On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Bishop Jane Alexander ordained Heather Liddell to the diaconate, and installed the Hon. Judge Kenneth Holmstrom as Chancellor and Lois MacLean as Vice-Chancellor in the Diocese of Edmonton.

In his homily, Dean Neil Gordon referred to the Gospel of Matthew (9:35-38) and our responsibility as Christians to share God’s love.

“More than consumers of God’s love, we are providers,” he said.


“Remember that Jesus is God’s greatest missionary and he involves His followers in His mission. You are to look for God in the situations and people you encounter. He may be hidden, but He’s there. Our God, the Christ, is always in the faces and hearts of those we


“Heather, as you engage in your diaconal ministry may you have the grace to learn that all you have to give or offer is what has been given to you. Today you feel Christ’s love and power in a very special way. May God bless you in your sharing of that love, in your sharing of His Gospel.”


Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for AnnE, Doreen, Fred, Hope, James, Jean, Joshua, Pat, Paul and Robert.
  • For those who have died, and those who mourn.
  • Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.
  • Bishop Sixbert Macumi and our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Buyé, Burundi Africa.


Clergy Retreat Reminder: Clergy Retreat is next week, February 25 to 27, 2014. Please bring your Bible, BCP, BAS and Common Praise (1998), and remember that there will be a presentation from CCS immediately prior to the retreat.

Ashes to GoAshes to Go returns on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Anglican clergy and lay people will offer blessings to early morning commuters at Edmonton LRT stations and to Whyte Avenue pedestrians during the noon hour. If you are interested in participating in the LRT Ashes to Go, or in establishing your own presence in your neighborhood or town, please contact the Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Pappas, Archdeacon for Congregational Development & Vitality at

Journey to Reconciliation Resources: The following is a list of resources and events congregations can access in preparation for the TRC National Event to be held in Edmonton, March 27-30, 2014:

Volunteers Needed for the TRC National Event, during March 27-30:

1.     Churches Listening Circle: Volunteers are needed to help with the Churches Listening Circle, a place where Survivors and their family members can share their experience with church representatives and receive a personal apology. Volunteers must have pastoral listening experience and will receive additional training before the event. For more information, please email Rev. Travis Enright at

2.     General Help: To help with other activities such as registration, photography and many others, please visit the TRC website at

500 Prayer Shawls Needed: Knitters, sewers and quilters are invited to create one or more prayer shawls or lap blankets. They will be given to survivors as a sign of our respect and compassion and desire for healing and reconciliation. The shawls should be large enough to be wrapped around the shoulders or are placed across the lap and can be any pattern or colour. As you create your shawl, please reflect and envision the warmth and good wishes for the one who will receive it. Shawls can be brought to the Churches Listening to Survivors Area at the Shaw Conference Centre on March 27, 2014, or may be dropped off (by March 25) at any of the following locations:

  • St. Faith’s Anglican Church: 11725-93 St. Ph:780-422-3240
  • Robertson-Wesley United Church: 10209-123 St. Ph:780-482-1587. Tues-Fri: 8:30-4:30 (closed 12-1 for lunch), and Mon, Tues, Thurs nights from 6-9 pm.
  • St. Albert United Church: 20 Green Grove Dr., St. Albert. Ph:780-458-8355. Mon-Fri: 9:00-4:30.
  • St. Paul’s United Church: 11526 76th Ave. Ph:780-436-1555. Mon-Fri 9-4 (closed 12-1 for lunch).
  • Sherwood Park United Church: 20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park. Ph:780-467-7377. Mon: 9:30-3:30, Tues-Thurs: 12:30-3:30.
  • Southminster-Steinhauer United Church: 10740-19 Ave. Ph:780-435-2028. Tues-Fri: 9-1
  • Trinity United Church: 8810 Meadowlark Road. Ph:780-489-0860. Mon-Fri: 8:30-3:30.
  • On Eagle’s Wings: 10072-164 Street. Ph:780-440-6594. Mon-Fri: 9-4.

King’s University College is offering a course on the history and legacies of the Indian Residential Schools and reconciliation efforts. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the lectures at no cost. The lectures are held at King’s from 6:30-9:30 pm most Wednesdays. For details see the attached POSTER or email

KAIROS offers several interactive day-long workshops on indigenous rights. The “Blanket Exercise,” is a workshop on right relationship that teaches our history and puts the residential school system in a larger context. Email KAIROS for a copy of the script and other

Congregations can download a “Training for Reconciliation Resource Kit” from the SJI website:

For further information, visit, or

InterfaceServiceInterface Easter Vigil: An Interface Worship Holy Saturday service is planned for April 19 at St. Paul’s, 10127-145 St., Edmonton. The alternative liturgy will be similar in style to last year’s Altarwalk Redux: Dead Man Waiting, which invited participants to ritualistically join Christ in His death and resurrection. More details to come.

Base Camp – Registration Coming Soon! After a three-year hiatus Base Camp returns July 7-12, 2014! Rev. Nick (Trussell) and Dr. Mark (Armstrong) will lead teens on a five-day outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay in William Switzer Provincial Park. Campers, ages 12-14, will hike, canoe, swim and sleep under the stars in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. More information coming soon.

Hastings Lake Bible Camp – Registration Opens Feb. 20! Register at

Adult Camp——————————– June 24-27

Kidz 1 ———————————- June 29-July 4

Family 1 ————————————–  July 6-11

Jr. Youth ————————————  July 13-18

Family 2  ———————————— July 20-25

Kidz 2  ———————————- July 27-Aug. 1

Single Parent Family ——————– August 4-8

Family 3 ——————————— August 10-15

Sr. Youth ——————————– August 17-22

TheFirst100YearsCentennial Corner:

What’s Your Story? Bishop Jane would like to hear “Why Jesus for You?” To share your story, call or email Margaret Marschall at the Synod Office 780-439-7344/ We also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to: Faith stories can be viewed online at

Parish of the Month: In celebration of our Centennial, The Messenger began a special series featuring parishes in the Edmonton diocese. To share the story of your parish in action, please complete and email the attached form along with one or two high resolution pictures, to

Centennial Trivia Challenge! Throughout the year, we will pose a weekly question about the people, places and events that have helped shape the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. You can enter to win a centennial prize pack (including a mug and t-shirt) by sending your response to Please type “Centennial Trivia Challenge” in the subject line. Every month, we will draw four winners from all the correct responses.

StJohnTheDivineThis Week’s Question: What ACC monastic community, which served in Edmonton (where it still has associates) from 1936 to 1967, celebrates its 130th anniversary this year?

Answer to Last Week’s Question: The objects traditionally presented to a priest during an induction service are: a Bible, keys to the church, prayer books, bread and wine, water symbolizing baptism, oil symbolizing healing, a copy of the canons of the diocese, and occasionally a stole with special meaning.

National Worship Conference: Discover how art, drama, food, fun, poetry, multimedia, music, movement, nature, spiritual elements, and storytelling can be interwoven with Anglican, Lutheran, and cross-generational threads, to create meaningful and transformational worship. The National ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference: “Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living” will unfold July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton. Together, presenters and participants from across North America will explore diverse, yet intrinsic styles of worship. For more information see the attached postcard and poster, or visit

Share the Gift of Music:
In preparation for the conference, congregations are invited to sing the hymn “Great God, Whose Story” during worship. Please email Margaret Marschall ( to share a videoclip of your congregation singing on the NWC 2014 website.

Justice Camp 2014 – “Land”: Registration Now Open! This summer, the Edmonton diocese will host the national Anglican Justice Camp, from August 15-21, 2014. Through a program of directed immersion experiences and hands-on workshops, including trips to Fort McMurray and Jasper National Park, participants will discover ways to safeguard creation. There are seven plenary streams to choose from, including: The Arts and Social Change, Inter-religious Perspectives, Food Ethics, Ecology and Conservation, Aboriginal Reconciliation, Urban Poverty and the Oil and Gas Industry. Through reflection, worship, and relationship building exercises participants will develop skills to become effective social justice leaders within their own local communities. Online registration is now open  POSTER attached 


Induction Service for All Saints’ Rector, Drayton Valley: God-willing, the Rev. Emma Vickery will be inducted as rector of the Anglican Parish of All Saints’ Drayton Valley on Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the service at 5212-47 Ave, Drayton Valley.

Ascend-logo-climbing-cross (1)Ascend Leadership Project: Apply Today! In September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will move into Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton and live in community for 10 months. These quality young people will participate in parish life and daily prayer, receive mentorship from community leaders, and develop leadership skills through hands-on experiences. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. For more information or to apply, visit

New Beginning’s Celebration in Camrose: You are invited to attend a New Beginnings Celebration at St. Andrew’s, Camrose, in honor of the parish’s three newest babies. The celebration, hosted by St. Andrew’s ACW, will take place immediately after the Sacrament of Confirmation service on Sunday, March 23. We are asking for a donation of one Toonie ($2) per person attending. The money will be sent to the Anglican Mothers’ Union, in our Sister Diocese of Buyé (Burundi) in honour of these three children, via the Synod Office.

green churchGreener Parishes: Parishes are reminded of the importance of environmental stewardship as we continue to put into action the fifth Mark of Mission “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

The Partnerships department of the Anglican Church of Canada offers the document Just Living as a starting point for parishes to consider and make choices about the challenges of economic justice and the ecological crisis of climate change.

Through its Green Church Program, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism offers an online toolkit to help Christian communities build environmental awareness. The kit includes ideas for recycling, improving the energy efficiency of religious buildings, green-themed prayers and liturgies and much more.

For more information about environmental stewardship, please email the Diocese of Edmonton Stewardship Committee: or visit

Christ Church Cemetery, Poplar Lake This historic Anglican cemetery, located at the North end of 82nd Street at Valour [195th] Avenue, has been restored and has very affordable grave plots for sale. Cremation plots, 4’x6′, are $400, and full size casket plots, 4’x12′, $800. The cremation plots, suitable for multi-generation family burials, are particularly well valued. The cemetery, a diocesan outreach activity, is under the care of Good Shepherd parish, phone 780-456-4643, See attached POSTER


Potter’s Clay Concert: Fundraiser for Hastings Lake Bible Camp: Come out to Messiah Lutheran Church, Camrose, for a wonderful afternoon of music on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm. There will be a free-will offering for Hastings Lake Bible Camp, with lunch and fellowship to follow. FaithLife Financial will give a grant up to $500 to match offering received at the concert.

ArtExhibit2014“The Creator’s Sacrifice” Art Exhibit: King’s University College is pleased to present a new art exhibit, “Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin (The Creator’s Sacrifice)” featuring the work of Cree artist Ovide Bighetty. This series of 17 paintings depict the Crucifixion-Resurrection story in Ovide’s unique Woodland Cree style. The series was commissioned for the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship. The exhibit is on display at King’s as part of our preparations for the Truth and Reconciliation commission events taking place March 27-30 and will be on display until then.


A Taste of Taizé Ecumenical Prayer:

  • Sunday, March 9 Lenten Prayer: 7:00 pm, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 8424-95 Avenue
  • Friday, April 18 Good Friday Prayer Around the Cross: 7:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre, 3005-119 Street
  • Sunday, May 4 Easter Prayer: 7:00 pm, St. David’s Anglican Church, 7751-85 Street

Embrace Charity’s Benefit Concert: On March 29, 2014, Embrace Charity will hold their annual fundraising concert and silent auction. This year’s event will feature Juno Award winning worship leader Brian Doerksen & Band, the Watoto children’s choir from Africa and live painters Lewis Lavoie and 5-year-old Kiya. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit / PowerPoint Slide


Christian Education Opportunities and Resources

Star of the North Retreat Centre Upcoming Events: Several day retreats and educational programs are available, including Away Days Retreats, Images of Hope: for Transformative Personal Growth and Healing, Returning to our Roots, and In Harmony with Creation: Restoring a Sacred Balance. For more details, costs, and registration information, see the attached POSTER.

Providence Renewal CentreUpcoming Events:

  • Unplug: It’s Your Day. Tuesday, February 25
  • Deepening Centering Prayer Retreat.  Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 2

To see all our upcoming programs, please view Program Guide on or by calling 780-701-1854.

carbonfast2014: The Anglican Communion Environmental Network challenges you to care for God’s creation and fast from carbon this Lenten season. Visit to download a 40-day guide.

Council of the North Seeks Lenten Partners: New Lenten resources are now available for download from the Council of the North website Each week’s bulletin insert will feature a unique ministry story and prayer related to the readings for that Sunday. Alternatively, parishes are welcome to have a special Council of the North Sunday featuring other resources (such as the Council of the North video), a coffee hour with bannock, specially chosen hymns, etc.

Epiphany Explorations: Now via Livestreaming: Saving you the inconvenience of a trip to Victoria, the Epiphany Explorations conference is now available through Livestreaming over a three- month period. These sessions are ideal for individual or group reflections over the Lenten season. Those who subscribe will be able to watch the presentations whenever and however often they wish between the time they are aired and April 30. Call 250-888-2150 or visit to register.

SorrentoSummerJobsSummer Job Opportunity: Each summer the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, located on the beautiful Shuswap Lake in the interior of B.C., hires a group of 15-20 youth and young adults to work in a variety of departments and experience living in a supportive and faith-based community. This is an amazing experience for young people and many life-long friendships have developed over these few short months. For details, visit or see the attached POSTER.

“Strengthening Ministry in Town and Country” Rural Ministry Conference: A conference for rural pastors and laity of all denominations will be held February 27 to March 1, 2014 in St. Albert. Keynote speaker is the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, who specializes in ‘sacramental connections between faith and the environment’ and ‘joining multiculturalism and evangelism’. The conference will include seminars, break-out sessions, worship, fellowship, and networking opportunities. For more info or to register, visit POSTER attached

Bible Study Through Choral Music: This 5-week theological and music history look at Handel’s Messiah will be held Monday evenings (7:30-9:30 pm) beginning March 10 at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209-123 Street, Edmonton. There is no cost to participants, but you may wish to make a donation to the music program at Robertson-Wesley. Register with the Robertson-Wesley office by email:, or phone 780-482-1587. Please provide your name, email and phone number. For more information, contact Tammy–Jo Mortensen: or phone 780-482-1587 ext. 230.

Holy Body-Talk: a Retreat for Women in Ministry: This retreat is designed for women employed in their respective churches as a time away to re-center, to pray for and with one another, to share joys and sorrows of ministry, and to support our mutual call to serve the Body of Christ in all of our churches. The retreat will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from April 27-29, 2014. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Becoming a Missional Church and Leader: Alan Roxburgh, one of the foremost thinkers in everything missional, suggests that the missional church, ideally, is a unified body of believers intent on being God’s incarnational presence to the surrounding community. This intensive three-day workshop focuses on answering the question, “HOW do we become that church?”

Where: Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB,  7th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders

When: May 6 to May 8, 2014

Cost: $450 including taxes, lunches, and materials (discounts available for groups of 3 or more)

More Information:

King’s Youth Ministry Course: As part of its Youth Ministry Certificate program, The King’s University College is offering a one-week intensive summer course entitled Spiritual Formation for Ministry taught by Dr. Syd Hielema (Youth Ministry Coordinator at Redeemer University College). Dates: Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27, 2014, on the King’s Campus. For more detailed information, visit the King’s website (, or contact Dr. Hank Bestman (780.465.3500, ext. 8047).

Learning Opportunities in Cambridge: The Institute for Orthodox Christian studies, located in Cambridge, UK, is offering a variety of courses and events in 2014 (PhD, MA, BTh, Certificate and Diploma in Orthodox Studies etc.) both on campus and by Distance Learning. For more details, visit or email

New Graduate Program at Wycliffe College: Certificate in Missional Leadership and Formation: This program will be both theologically rigorous and thoroughly practical in equipping experienced clergy with training and skill development for the following tasks: forming Christians in a post-Christendom context, cultivating missional practices in stressed parishes, strengthening preaching and worship for mission, and leading in times of change. See the attached POSTER or click here for more details.

Athabasca Bishop Seeks Christ Church Rector: The Bishop of Athabasca seeks to appoint a full-time rector of Christ Church in Grande Prairie. Interested clergy may request a parish profile from the synod office in Peace River. Applications will include a response to the profile, a current curriculum vitae, and a short description of their spiritual journey. Applications will be received until March 31, 2014. Diocese of Athabasca, PO Box 6868, Peace River, AB T8S 1S6, 780-624-2767, Job Profile attached

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