Synod Scene July 8-14, 2013

Joint Assembly



Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Alana, Aubrey, Brenda and Casey Thunderspirit, Brenda and Bill, Doreen, Doug, Fred, Hope, Jean, Jim, John, the Rev. John Matheson, Mark, Martin, Michael, Nancy, Neil, Paul, Robert, Ruby and Sam.
  • For those who have died; and those who mourn.
  • The parish of St. Andrew’s, Morinville.
  • The flood victims in Southern Alberta.
  • 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.


July 1, 2013:  The Rev. Susan Ormsbee appointed Assistant Curate of the Parish of St. Matthias, Edmonton.

July 14, 2013:  The Rev. Dr. Eileen Conway appointed Interim Priest of the Parish of St. Saviour, Vermilion.

August 15, 2013:  Aaron Parsall-Myler appointed Theological Student of the Parish of St. Matthias, Edmonton. 


Joint Assembly: Several local clergy and lay delegates including Bishop Jane Alexander attended the first ever Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada last week, July 3-7, in Ottawa. Watch the September issue of the Messenger for thoughts and reflections on Joint Assembly. You can read more online about Joint Assembly proceedings at the Anglican Journal.

flood 2Southern Alberta Flood Relief: The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is providing a grant of $15,000 to the Diocese of Calgary for immediate needs as those affected begin the long recovery process. Support will also be provided for the town of High River. PWRDF is accepting donations for this response. Donations can be given online:; by phone: 1-866-308-7973; or by mail: The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, The Anglican Church of Canada, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, ON  M4Y 3G2. Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, and mark them Alberta Floods. For more donation information, email Jennifer Brown at

A pew bulletin insert for use in parishes can be downloaded here.

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Bishop of Calgary, reminds us to keep flood victims in prayer: “I am certain you already have been praying, but I would encourage you to persevere in that prayer for all who have been affected; remembering particularly those who have died, and for strength for those who are working to manage this crisis, particularly our emergency workers and civic leaders.”

To watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to this situation visit

TRCTRC Community Hearing: The seventh and final Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event will be held at the Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre, March 27–30, 2014. This summer an advance public hearing, “Share Your Truth”, will be held July 24 to 25, in Hobbema (see attached poster). “I do hope that some of you will be able to join me there,” says Bishop Jane. “I know that you will join me in prayers for healing, hope and reconciliation.” See attached poster.

To learn more about the work of the TRC and/or resources for prayer, please contact the Rev. Canon Travis Enright through the Synod Office: 780-439-7344.

For more information on the TRC visit If you cannot attend events in person you can still watch the audio and live video streaming of presentations at the community hearings online

Bible ChallengeBible in a Year: Don’t forget about our Bible reading challenge! You can find the readings online, at The complete Bible Challenge schedule is also available for download in WORD or PDF, format. We’d love to hear how you’re doing with the Bible challenge. Send us a tweet @dioedm or a Facebook message.

Old World Beer BrewingCentennial Anglikan HomeBrew Competition: Anglican homebrewers pitch your yeast!! As part of our October 5th Oktoberfest celebration there will be a homebrew competition. We will need three bottles of your best brew (any style, from kit or all grain) to be judged against the best of the Diocese. At least one of the judges will be officially licensed and will give you helpful feedback for the next batch. Start now with a new batch or save up a few bottles of a favorite you’ve already made. Registration process forthcoming.

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.

Trivia parish

Last Week’s Question: Congratulations to all those who sent a correct response to last week’s question. The parish pictured left is St. George, Fort Saskatchewan.


This Week’s Question: The Compass Rose Society is a group of international Anglicans/Episcopalians who seek to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury within our Anglican Communion. The Edmonton Diocese has been a member of the Compass Rose Society since what year?

2013 Lay Reader Continuing Education Sessions: To continuously develop their ministry gifts and expertise, licensed Lay Readers of the diocese are required to attend one course/event every four years. Every two years, sessions are offered throughout the diocese to provide, free of charge, an alternative to paying for third-party courses.

Upcoming Lay Reader Sessions:

On the Topic of “Leading Funeral Services”

September 21: Location TBA (West)

September 28: Location TBA (Edmonton)

October 5: Location TBA (East)

All sessions begin promptly at 10:00 am, and will finish at 4:00 pm. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 am, and to bring a bible, BAS, BCP, pen/pencil and paper for notes, and a bag lunch. Doors will be open, with coffee/tea available by 9:30 am. For further information, or to register for any session, contact the Chaplain of Lay Readers, the Rev. Cameron Burns, at (780) 469-7530, or via email at

Calling Musicians! Calling musicians and songwriters with an interest in getting involved in an evening church service that has a focus on early Christian expression. In worship, music (and other forms of art) helps us transcend rational thought and find deeper meaning. Music has the ability to diffuse, subvert and ‘tell in slant’ – a double duty combination of sound and psalm. If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts and becoming a part of a fledgling community that gathers in the evening, where silence is honoured, along with celebration, passion, grief and reflection, please connect with us! About music please contact, other questions to the Rev. Jonathan Crane:


St. Mary’s, Ponoka Labyrinth Prayer Walk: St. Mary’s is holding a Labyrinth Prayer & Compassion Walk for Calgary & Southern Alberta Flood Recovery on Sunday July 14, 2013 between 3-9 pm. An information sheet is attached.

St. Andrew’s, Morinville Confirmation Service: On July 21st, at 2:00 pm, Bishop Jane will confirm members of St. Andrew’s parish at a service which will now be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in St. Albert. Please continue to keep the Parish of St. Andrew’s, Morinville in your prayers.

Vacation Bible School this Summer! Is your parish offering a Bible day camp this summer? Send us the dates and we’ll mark them on the VBS calendar on the Diocese of Edmonton website. The following three day camps have been scheduled for this summer:

July 15-19: Holy Trinity Riverbend: Holy Trinity Riverbend is also running a “Luke Street” Crosstalk Day Camp, with activities for children aged 4 (about to begin kindergarten) to 12 (just finished grade 6). Camp runs from 10 am to 3 pm (campers bring bag lunches). For more information visit:

July 15-19: St. Paul’s, Leduc: Children, ages 4-12, are invited to take part in “Wild West” Vacation Bible School. Please call the church office for more info, and to register: 780-986-3447.

July 15-19: St. Michael and All Angels, Edmonton: Children, ages 4-12 (just finished grade 6), are invited to “Everywhere Fun Fair”, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Please call the church office for more information: 780-478-6741.

July 23-26: Grace Lutheran Church, Edson: Free fantastic Christian fun for children ages 5 through grade 6, 9am to noon. The week is being held at Grace Lutheran, 4407 7th Ave., Edson, but is also sponsored by St. Catherine’s Anglican Church. Call 780-223-4366 to leave a call back number for registration.

Holy Trinity, Strathcona, Prayer and Picnic in the Park: You are invited to join members of Holy Trinity Anglican Church and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for Prayer and Picnic in the Park! Held on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 11:00am in Victoria Park, Site #2 (12130 River Valley Road NW). Hotdogs, Corn on the Cob, and salad will be provided for lunch. Please bring your own lawn chairs, and games and toys for kids. Those who wish are welcome to supplement their meal with beverages, desserts, etc. In an effort to reduce waste we are encouraging everyone to bring their own picnic dishes and utensils.

Jasper Health and Wellness Proposal: An opportunity for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton to continue its support of Edmonton’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness is being considered by the Parish of Holy Trinty Riverbend and the diocese. The Jasper Health and Wellness Centre would like to build a 60-unit low income housing complex next to the church on 1.2 acres of undeveloped land in the south Edmonton Terwilligar community. This project embraces the principle of Housing First – that every person has the right to a safe and secure home. You can read more about the proposed housing development here.


The Canadian Badlands Passion Play: Taken solely from the Gospel of John, this play, held in Drumheller, communicates the “light that has come into the world”. There will be a total of seven performances: at 3:00 pm July 14, 20, and 21, and at 6:00 pm July 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19. A special church rate (15% off) for groups of 10 or more is available. For tickets, visit, or call 1-888-823-2001.

Ascension Lutheran Church seeking Part-Time Choir Director: Ascension Lutheran Church, 8405 – 83 St., Edmonton, is looking for a choir director to work one evening/week and most Sunday mornings plus prep-time. The position is effective Aug. 15th 2013 until May 31, 2014. Applicant must be experienced, available for Easter and Christmas services, passionate about music and preferably have a faith background. For more information please contact Lorraine Assheton-Smith at 780-466-6279 or

Providence Renewal Summer Retreats:

Calling all Pilgrims: Come journey with Debbie Doornbos and explore what it means to be a pilgrim by looking at your own journey and the journey of others. This overnight experience will include walking the labyrinth, walking in the river valley, the DVD “The Way,” and more! Friday, July 19 at 5:30 pm with supper until Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 pm.

Becoming Fully Alive!: The Glory of God is the human person fully alive, said St. Ireneus. Take this week away to learn spiritual practices that are practical for everyday living—in work and play, with friends, in solitude, nature, creativity, and more. Fr. Thomas Ryan will lead us on a journey of exploration in the new territory of holistic spirituality to orient us toward “life to the full.” Sunday, August 11 at 4:00 pm until Sunday, August 22 at 1:00 pm.

For more information and to register, go to or call Kathy at 780-701-1854.

Two-bedroom Basement Suite Available: Star of the North Retreat Centre, St. Albert, has available July 10, 2013 a two-bedroom suite. In exchange for subsidized rent occupant(s) will provide security for the building, do meeting room set ups, and be on call to provide assistance as needed. Applicants are required to be physically fit as well as have a sensitivity to retreat centre hospitality and ministry.Please forward your resume to the Director: fax: 780-458-8877

Star Seeking Guest Services Coordinator: Star of the North Retreat Centre is seeking a full time Guest Services Coordinator, responsible for coordinating the use of the centre by persons and groups, in keeping with the mission, goals and objectives of the centre, and for administrative support. The successful applicant will be well organized, hospitable and able to work on a team. Excellent communication and computer skills, including Word, Excel and Simply Accounting are required as well as a sensitivity to retreat centre ministry.  Start date to be determined. We appreciate your interest but only those short-listed will be contacted.


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