Synod Scene January 3-6, 2013




Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. Luke 24:31


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, Sam and Valerie.
For those who have died and those who mourn: we continue to remember in our prayers especially the people of Newtown, Connecticut.
Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.

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 Queen Honours Parkland Anglicans for Significant Contributions to Canada

Parkland Jubilee Medal RecipientsThree members of St. Augustine’s Parkland have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. They are, from left to right, Ed Berney, the Rev. John Rushton (Honorary Assistant) and Allan Shenfield. Lt. Governor of Alberta Donald S. Ethell and MP Rona Ambrose presented Ed, John and Allan with their medals at a ceremony on November 15, 2012 and their outstanding community service efforts were acknowledged during a recent service at St. Augustine’s Parkland. Photo: Bill Courtis  


 We are pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2013, Mr. Mark Alexander has accepted Bishop Jane’s appointment as the Registrar of the Diocese of Edmonton.
We extend many thanks to Mr. Ken Holmstrom, QC for his work as Registrar over the last three years. Ken continues in his position as Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese.


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

Being Disciples - Vital Church Conference 2013VCC Earlybird Registration Extended to January 11th: 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. You now have until January 11th to register for the special earlybird rate of $275/person (conference only), or $588/person (with two night’s accommodation). For more info and to register, visit:

Centennial CrossWe all have a story – tell us yours!

 As the Diocese of Edmonton prepares to embark on a year-long Centennial celebration, Bishop Jane invites you to a conversation about why church and faith matter to you.

“We all have a story and it’s through sharing our stories that we are all enriched,” she says. “On a basic level Jesus’ ministry was telling stories.”

Between now and Pentecost (June 8th) 2014, Bishop Jane would like to hear “100 Stories of Faith”:

What do you like about church? What makes you feel closer to God? Where do you see God in your community?

We hope to share some of your stories in The Messenger and on our newly-launched centennial website

Please call: 780-439-7344, or email

March Messenger Deadline: The Messenger newspaper welcomes opinion, story and picture submissions. Please send submissions to editor Margaret Marschall by February 1, 2013 for inclusion in the March issue.

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’.

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

Ministry Positions:

St. Augustine Seeks Full-time Priest: 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.

Good Shepherd Seeks Full-time Priest: The parish of Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton is seeking a full-time priest who will provide leadership and growth within the parish. Job profile attached.
Closing Date for applications is March 15, 2013. Applications should include a response to the position profile plus a curriculum vitae.

For further information about these positions, 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:


Grandchildren Hear the True Christmas Story

Grandparents' SundayChildren gather in close around the altar as the Rev. Sheila Hagan-Bloxham celebrates the eucharist during a special Christmas Grandparent’s Service, held December 23rd at St. Augustine of Canterbury in Edmonton. In this Hebrew Seder-style gathering, children are encouraged to ask questions, such as “why do we give thanks and praise?” St. Augustine held its first Grandparent’s Service in August 2012. Grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandchildren and several have invited their neighbours and their neighbour’s grandchildren. The participation of children and their interests is at the heart of the Spirit-led intergenerational worship. The regular “Kid’s Talk” is expanded into a sermon all can enjoy, music is specially chosen for the children, the readings are done by young people and prayers focus on children of the world and their needs. Watch the February issue of The Messenger for Sheila Hagan-Bloxham’s article about St. Augustine’s grandparent’s services.                Photo: John Bloxham

Potluck, Prayer and Praise: The parish of St. Aidan and St. Hilda invites all to a casual evening worship service every second and fourth Thursday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Wabamun Seniors’ Centre. Special “theme” events are planned for the following dates:

  • January 24: Tropical Thursday – Fun, Frolic and Feasting!
  • February 14: St. Valentine’s Potluck Supper and Program
  • March 14: St. Patrick’s Irish Bash
  • April 25: St. Mark’s Strawberry Social

“Sundays @ 4”: St. Margaret’s, 12603 Ellerslie Rd., Edmonton, is launching an afternoon service. The Opening Service for “Sunday’s @ 4”, “Who Will You Follow into 2013?”, 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

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.

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


Infinitely More is Coming to Edmonton! Husband and wife duo, Gerald Flemming and Allison Lynn, blend Gospel, Praise and Worship, Hymns and Pop to create an uplifting and entertaining night of music and fun. Their signature blend of songwriting, guitar grooves, and vocal harmony appeals to listeners of all generations and denominations. The Toronto-based couple has brought their music from Nashville to Newfoundland, and everywhere in between. This past summer, they released two new CDs, and completed their second four-province East Coast Tour. Allison and Gerald are also worship leaders for an evening worship service called The Gathering at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church.

This January, Infinitely More will bring their music and ministry to churches in Edmonton and the surrounding area.The duo is available for concerts on January 22, 23, and 24, 2013.

To listen to music and watch videos, please visit Please contact Allison with any questions about bringing Infinitely More to your church:, or 416-792-2623.

King’s University College Events:

Community Chorus Looking for Singers: The King’s Community Chorus welcome new singers for the upcoming academic term. No formal audition! No previous voice experience required! The first rehearsal is on Tuesday, January 8th, from 7:30-9:45 pm. Last day to join will be January 15th. If you are interested, contact Dr. Melanie Turgeon ( or 780-465-3500, ext. 8028.

Free Conference: Justice and Worship – what is the connection between these two dimensions of the Christian life? What does worship become when there is no justice?
Is justice sustainable without worship? Can doing justice be a form of worship?

These are some of the questions we will consider at our semi-annual interdisciplinary studies conference JUST Worship on January 23-24. Admission is free and the entire conference is open to the public.

Featured speakers include: John Bell – musician, hymn-writer and preacher, Iona Community, Scotland, Ruth Padilla DeBorst – Latin American theologian, educator and justice seeker, and Terry LeBlanc – My People International. The conference will also feature a JUST Food Art Exhibit brought to us as a collaboration of the Canadian Food Grains Bank, MCC and FOMCU and CIDA. Handbill attached

Art Show Focuses on Immigrant Experience: King’s 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

Peacebuilders Learn About Faith: Do you know anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who is interested in learning more about faith? Then we invite you and those you know to participate in our JHC Peacebuilders program! This year’s theme is “Building Peace through Faith”. During this 12-week program (January 22-April 9, 2013), the JHC Peacebuilders will get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at eight different places of worship and spiritual centres around Edmonton, including:Indigenous, Catholic, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Baha’I communities. The JHC Peacebuilders will then use their learning and experiences to complete a volunteer placement with the John Humphrey Centre to plan and facilitate a Peace Camp for children in the summer of 2013. For more details on the program and to register, please visit our website. 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

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

Providence Renewal Centre Events:

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.

Democracy Action Circles Info Session: Trinity United Church, 8810 Meadowlark Road, Edmonton, will be hosting a Democracy Action Circles information session on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 pm. The session will explore the habits of the heart that Parker Palmer describes in his book: Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. There is plenty of parking across the street in the Meadowlark Mall parking lot, or on the streets around the church. Enter through the back door. For more information on Parker Palmer, his books and the Action Circles check out:

Free Evangelism Training Event Coming to Edmonton: My Hope with Billy Graham, a coast-to-coast ministry aimed at transforming lives through friendship evangelism, is coming to Edmonton, February 1st. Evangel Pentecostal Assembly, 4461-50th St., will host this event to help Christians learn to prayerfully build bridges to their neighbours, relatives, and co-workers by inviting them to their homes for a meal and a DVD or TV Gospel presentation by Billy Graham. Please contact Christy Nova at, or 1-800-293-3717 to confir our attendance. For more information, visit 

Happy Birthday Christie!

Happy Birthday Christ!Nativity

This beautiful nativity display was created by Archdeacon Jacques Vaillancourt’s wife Bobbi on the front lawn of their Camrose home. The signs read: “Happy Birthday”, “Jesus honoured guest”, “Christ-mas” reminding passersby that ‘Christ is the reason for Christmas’. One lady stopped her car to admire the display and read aloud: “happy birthday Christie.” She then exclaimed: “how nice that your family has a Christmas birthday!”

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