Synod Scene February 3-9, 2014

The Rev. Jonathan Connell was inducted as rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Photo: Noel Yuen

The Rev. Jonathan Connell was inducted as rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Photo: Noel Yuen

The Rev. Ann Marie Nicklin was inducted as rector of St. Thomas, Wainwright on Friday, January 31, 2014 (right).

The Rev. Ann Marie Nicklin was inducted as rector of St. Thomas, Wainwright on Friday, January 31, 2014

The following morning, she was inducted as rector of St. Mary, Edgerton, with former rector the Rev. Peter Young present for the celebration (left).       Photos: Noel Yuen

The following morning, Saturday, February 1, she was inducted as rector of St. Mary, Edgerton, with the Ven Alan Perry and former rector the Rev. Peter Young present for the celebration. Photos: Noel Yuen

Ellis and Annette Jayakaran were confirmed by Bishop Jane Alexander (with rector the Rev. Tim Chesterton) at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Ellis and Annette Jayakaran were confirmed by Bishop Jane Alexander (with rector the Rev. Tim Chesterton) at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, on Sunday, January 12, 2014.



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: Don, and those who mourn: Margaret, Abbey and family.
  • 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.


Prayer Service for Don Marschall: A prayer service with a celebration Eucharist in honour of Don Marschall, who died January 27, will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 8 at Christ Church, 12116 – 102 Ave, Edmonton. All are invited to attend.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord. And let light perpetual shine upon him.

Prayers for the Sudanese Community: As the violence in South Sudan persists and peace talks are delayed, please keep pastor Akon Akon, deacon John Ayuen and the Dinka community at All Saints’ Cathedral in your prayers. Many family members have been displaced by the political turmoil.

In response to the tens of thousands of people forced to flee from their homes, PWRDF has also contributed an initial $20,000 to relief efforts. You can find the full story here.

There are several ways to donate to PWRDF’s relief efforts:

  • Online: designate your online donation to “South Sudan Conflict.”
  • By phone: call 416-924-9192 ext. 355, or 1-866-308-7973. Contact is Jennifer Brown.
  • Cheques: please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “South Sudan Conflict” and mail them to: The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, The Anglican Church of Canada, 80, Hayden Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2

It is our pleasure to announce that Bishop Jane Alexander intends, God willing, to ordain

Heather Liddell to the diaconate, and to install the Hon. Judge Kenneth Holmstrom as Chancellor

and Lois MacLean as Vice-Chancellor in the Diocese of Edmonton

February 16, 2014

Memorial Thomas Bray (Transferred)

3:00 pm

All Saints’ Cathedral

10035–103 Street, Edmonton

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

Please note that in an attempt to be cognizant of the travel conditions in February,

the time for the ordination has been set for the afternoon. 

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:

Getting Involved Forum: Hosanna Lutheran Church is hosting a forum with TRC Commissioner, Chief Willie Littlechild of the the Maskwacis First Nation. Chief Littlechild will provide historical background, information on the TRC event, and ways to get involved.
     Where: Hosanna Lutheran Church – Edmonton (9009-163 Street)
     Guest Speaker: TRC Commissioner, Chief Willie Littlechild of the Maskwacis First Nation
     Date: Sunday February 16th @ 10:15 am (coffee starts about 10 am)
     More information call: 780-484-3932

500 Prayer Shawl’s 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 contact .

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 resources:

Congregations can download a “Training for Reconciliation Resource Kit” from the SJI website:
For further information, visit, or

Christian Education Courses: All Saints’ Cathedral College, a virtual campus providing learning opportunities for both lay and clergy persons, is offering the following course in February:

The Paradox of Power
Instructor, the Rev. Dr. Joanne Neal
Tuesday evenings, February 4 through March 11, 2014
Based on Michael Crosby’s text of the same name (The Paradox of Power: From Control to Compassion), this course looks at how our understanding of power can shape our work as pastoral and spiritual leaders. What responsibilities do we have to be aware of the potential of power to create compassionate and transformative relationships? The Little Book of Conflict Transformation and The Scapegoat  will also be used. For additional information, please contact Joanne Neal at 780-428-6323. Please note that this course is available as a 6-module workshop series for rural clergy who would like to conduct the course themselves in their home parishes.

The registration fee is $75, to be paid to the instructor. For more info and to register, call: 780-428-6323, or visit: Spring 2014 Courses.

2014 Clergy Retreat: Clergy Retreat will be held February 25 to 27 at Star of the North Retreat Centre 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert. The retreat will be directed by Canon Stephen Cherry, Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral, Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support in the Diocese of Durham and author of Healing Agony and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2011 Lent Book, Barefoot Disciple. This is a silent retreat. Please bring your Bible, BCP, BAS and Common Praise (1998). The attached registration form must be returned by February 13 at noon.

There has been an IMPORTANT ADDITION to the retreat schedule. Immediately prior to the retreat, you are asked to attend a presentation from CCS, the consulting firm directing the Mission Fund Campaign approved by Synod in 2012. The presentation will be held at Star of the North on Tuesday, February 25. For those living in Edmonton the presentation is at 1:00 pm, and for those traveling from out of town the presentation is at 2:30 pm. Please inform us if you are registering for the Clergy Retreat but will not be able to attend this presentation.

Centennial 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

CentennialTriviaCentennial 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.

This Week’s Question:

For several years, the parish which is home to this stained glass window has held a “Blessing of the Fields” service during planting season. Which parish is it?

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.

Companion of the Worship Arts
Do you know a Canadian Anglican who has made a significant contribution to worship at the local, diocesan, or even a national level? Why not nominate that person for the Companion of the Worship Arts? The award will be conferred this coming year at the ELCIC/ACC national worship conference. Learn more about the award, or make a nomination

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 St. Peter Rector: God-willing, the Rev. Robyn Barnes will be inducted as rector of the Anglican Parish of St. Peter on Sunday, February 9 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the service at 11035-127 Street, Edmonton.

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.

St. Matthias’ 25th Anniversary Gala: “Let’s Dress Up and Celebrate!” On Saturday, February 8, St. Matthias (6210-188 St, Edmonton) will host “a fabulous evening of good food, music, reminiscing, dancing and much more.” Please share this exciting event with friends and family. Cocktails at 5:30 pm & Dinner at 6:30 pm. Prices: $40/Adult, $10/Child (12 yr. under); Kids free (2 yr. under). Personal and corporate donations (tax receipts issued) will be accepted to support the event as well as Legacy Projects planned for St Matthias. Please contact for donations. POSTER attached.

For the Love of the World: A Fundraiser for the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan: Come and enjoy a taste of international cuisine and entertainment. Cash bar! Door prizes! 100% of proceeds to support disaster relief. Monday, February 10th, 2014, 6:30 pm @ Naanolicious Restaurant, 10331-82 Ave, Edmonton. Tickets: $70, available at Naanolicious (780-705-5570), Holy Trinity Anglican Church (780-433-5530), Trinity Lutheran Church (780-433-7604) POSTER attached

“Measures of Mercy”: An Opportunity to Pray through Music
“Music has a spiritual power to speak to parts of our spirit that words alone may not reach.  It can heal, uplift, comfort and console. It can express and give voice to the deepest part of who we are, and center us in the love and mercy of God.” Rev. Kevin Kraglund.
St. Matthias Anglican Church is launching a unique prayer ministry using music and song to give voice to God’s people. Every Monday evening (excluding statutory holidays), you are invited to stop by anytime between 7 and 10 pm, and join us at St. Matthias Anglican Church as we as disciples of Jesus come asking “Lord, teach us to pray”, and seek to know God. Rather than having a rigid structure, this will be a time for personal devotion and you are welcome to request particular hymns or to receive prayer ministry. Come and pray with us for the needs of the world, the Church, your community, or your own personal needs.


Rural Ministry Course: Healthy Communities: This course will examine the ecological, economic, political, social, cultural and spiritual health of rural communities in an integrated and experiential way. Rural clergy and laity from all denominations are welcome. See course brochure for details.
When: February 10-14, 2014
Where: Messiah Lutheran Church, Camrose, Alberta
Academic Level: DMin; Available for credit or audit
To Register: email  or call 306-966-7856

StopHatePic2014Call for Youth Art: The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee plan to launch a public awareness campaign in April. Featured in the ad will be art reflecting how youth feel about hate and its impact on their community. Submissions are due February 15, 2014 and can be emailed to The winning submission will receive a $250 cash prize, a plaque, and a day tour with Edmonton Police officers. For further information, contact or see the attached POSTER

Job Opportunity: Alpha Regional Director: Alpha Ministries Canada is looking for a full-time Regional Director for Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. Please visit for more details. The job posting will be open until February 15, 2014.

Potter’s Clay Concert: a fundraiser for the 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.

 “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 has authored and co-authored several publications on topics including the ‘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. It is presented by the Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry (CiRCLe M), Rural Church Pastors Network (RCPN), and Cypress Hills Rural Pastors’ Conferences. For more info or to register, visit: POSTER attached

Embrace Charity’s Benefit Concert: On March 29, 2014, Embrace Charity will be holding 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

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-centre, 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.

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 3 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.

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 3-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:

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.

Foundations for Christ-centered Church Renewal: Last fall, the Rev. Ron Hörst took the Foundation course from the Springs Academy and found it a useful resource for ibuilding community and spiritual vitality: “This is a course for clergy using the book Springs of Living Water by David S. Young. In his career, David Young has helped bring vitality to various Anabaptist churches looking for greater depth through these disciplines. He now works with a variety of clergy from all manner of traditions. Classes, five as I recall, were conducted by phone and included individual coaching. I found these phone calls to be a great help. All in all, the material also dovetailed with other efforts my parish is doing to bring about a greater sense of community and spiritual vitality.”

For an Academy brochure, please email or call (717) 615-4515. The Springs website is

King’s University College Events:


“The Creator’s Sacrifice” Art Exhibit: King’s 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.

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).

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.

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, bpath@telusplanet.netJob Profile attached

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