Synod Scene March 11-17, 2013

Winter Camp 2013




 Please remember in your prayers this week:

For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Alana, Aubrey, Brenda and Bill, Doreen, Doug, Elena, Fred, Hope, Jean, John, Mark, Martin, Maureen, Michael, Nancy, Paul, Rene, Robert, Ruby, Sam and Valerie.

For those who have died: Cecil, and those who mourn: the Dawkins 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.

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 Funeral Service for Cecil Dawkins: The Venerable Cecil Brian Dawkins died on March 2, 2013 at the age of 89. He is survived by his children, David, Heather (Alyson), Elizabeth (Leslie), Brian (Julie) and Mary, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Leduc, 4416-50 St.

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

Tony Campolo to Speak at Cathedral: The diocese of Edmonton and World Vision Canada invite you to hear one of North America’s most respected Christian leaders on Sunday, March 17th at 7:00 pm. Dr. Tony Campolo will speak at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035-103 St., Edmonton, on “Love Changes Everything: Living with Passion to Change the World”. Admission is free. For more info, contact: World Vision Canada (1-800-268-5863 ext. 3648). Poster attached

Clergy Day: Clergy Day will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at Christ Church (12116–102 Avenue), starting with coffee at 9:00 am. It will run until 3:30 pm. Please let Sarah know if you’re attending so that we have accurate numbers for lunch ($12.person). Please bring cash with you.

Centennial CrossCentennial Events:

Mark Your Calendars: To mark the start of our year of centennial celebrations we will be coming together for a diocesan-wide morning service on Pentecost, Sunday, May 19th, 2013. The Primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, will be joining us for this special event, to be held at the Winspear Centre at 11:00 am. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to worshipping together. Poster attached

Call to Choristers! The Centennial Celebration Service on May 19th, 2013 will feature a massed choir. Choristers from every parish are encouraged to participate in this joyous gathering in honour of our 100th Anniversary as the Diocese of Edmonton. We need your musical talents as we praise God in this special service at the Winspear.

The massed choir will be singing a selection of hymns and anthems. Participating choristers will vest in their own choir robes. The music will be available in advance and there will be a rehearsal on Saturday, May 18th at All Saints’ Cathedral (10035–103 Street, Edmonton) at 2:00 pm. The music directors for this event, Jeremy Spurgeon and John Brough, have asked that those able to participate, please send your name, your parish, and your voice to Richelle at, or 780-428-6323. Once we have received your RSVP, we will send you the package of music.

We are looking forward to coming together from across the diocese to celebrate this milestone, and to give glory to God for His work in our churches and our lives.  Please join us as we celebrate 100 years of proclaiming the gospel, making disciples and furthering the kingdom!

“Why Jesus for You?” 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

Parish of the Month: Beginning in May, The Messenger will feature a parish from each of the Edmonton and Athabasca dioceses. Forms were emailed to parishes in January. Please return these forms along with a picture(s) of your parish in action to

A Morning with Diana Butler Bass: You are invited to hear religion and culture scholar Diana Butler Bass speak at a public lecture on Saturday, June 22nd, 9:00 am to noon, at Christ Church, 12116-102 Ave., Edmonton. Bass is the author of eight books, including: Christianity After Religion: the End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. For tickets ($25/person), please call: 780-439-7344, or visit: Poster attached

Upcoming Cursillo Ultreya Dates: 15 March, 19 April, 17 May. All ultreya gatherings are held at St. Timothy’s, 8420-145 St., Edmonton, at 7:30 pm.

SJI Truth and Reconciliation Conference: The Social Justice Institute will present the two-part conference, Truth and Reconciliation: Churches Engaging the Legacy of Residential Schools, Friday, April 22nd at Trinity Lutheran Church, 81st Ave. (at 100 St.). A lunch symposium, “Why Now? Why My Church? Resourcing for Reconciliation”, will feature guest speakers, Marie Wilson, Commissioner Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Terry LeBlanc, Mi’kmaq-Acadian and Founding Chair and Director, North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. An evening gathering for church members and friends will focus on, “Revealing the Past, Covenanting for the Future”. For more information, visit: Poster attached

Winter CampWinter Camp 2013: Unplug for a Weekend of Fellowship and Community The annual Diocese of Edmonton Winter Camp, for youth in grades 7-12, will be held April 5-7th at Elk Island Retreat Centre. Experience nature’s wonders, outdoor campfire eucharist and bunk in trappers’ cabins. The cost is $55/camper. Please make cheques payable to: the Diocese of Edmonton. Registration deadline is March 28, 2013. Campers must have their own transportation to and from Elk Island. Registration Package and POSTER attached

ACW Canada “Called to Service” ACW AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Diocese of Edmonton ACW will be held Saturday, May 4th at St. Matthias Anglican Church, 6210-188 St., Edmonton. Guest speaker will be ACW National Past-President Marion Saunders. All are welcome!

Hastings Lake Bible Camp: The summer schedule for Hastings Lake Bible Camp (HLBC), celebrating its 75th anniversary, is now available. Located east of Edmonton near Tofield, HLBC offers camps for all ages, including family camps. Register before May 1st and receive an earlybird discount. For more info and to register, visit:  2013 Brochure

NCD Pilot Project Gathering: Clergy, parish implementation teams and coaches are asked to come together for an informal get-together to share your experiences with the NCD pilot project. Explore NCD experiences together in a supportive and informative atmosphere, Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at St. Matthias, 6210-188 St., Edmonton. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Carol Blair: Poster attached

Contemplative Tongues Prayer Retreat: Have you ever been condemned for not praying in tongues? Have you been curious about tongues? Have you ever felt superior to another Christian because you have prayed in tongues and they haven’t? Have you prayed in tongues, but not seen the point? Have you prayed in tongues, but not been able to sustain it?

A Contemplative Tongues Prayer Retreat will be held the Saturday before Pentecost, May 18, 2013, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Quiet Garden “A Place of Peace” (524 Wahstao Rd, Edmonton AB, T5T 2Y1).

The Apostle Paul noted that praying in tongues was “Speaking mysteries to God.” How great is that! Of course God is not the one who needs to be instructed by us. This retreat will look at how we can quietly pray in tongues for long periods of time so that our hearts remain submitted before God’s altar, receive His love, and be refreshed in His presence. There is no prior experience necessary in praying in tongues for you to receive value from this prayer retreat. Please call to register: 780-432-8166. There is no charge for this day but donations to the Quiet Garden are welcome. Schedule

Worldwide Marriage EncounterMarriage Encounter:

Our 2012 Marriage Encounter Weekend, held in November, was again a great success! Married couples gathered at the Providence Centre in Edmonton to participate in this unique opportunity to strengthen and deepen the quality of their relationship.

If you, or other married couples you know, have questions or would like to experience the journey that is renowned for making good marriages great, please see our information and registration brochure. The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held November 8–10, 2013 Invitation attached.

Mission BannersMinistry Positions:

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.

Diocese Seeks Rural Priests-in-Mission: The diocese of Edmonton is seeking two full-time priests to serve in rural communities 3 ½ hours outside of the city of Edmonton. We are looking for mission-minded priests who are willing to make a 5-year commitment to building up the church. Both parishes are fast growing centers of community and have solid parish bases on which to build. Both parishes have strong community involvement and active lay leadership. Start dates are flexible. Job Profile

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:


Jesus Christ SuperstarJesus Christ Superstar: The Trinity Players present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, March 22, 23 and 24 at Holy Trinity, 7:30 pm. The last weeks of the life of Jesus play out in this amateur production featuring local musicians and performers. Directed by Morgan Kunitz, with musical direction by Darlene Kunitz. Tickets ($15/person) at:

Voilà! Concert: On Friday, March 22nd, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Christ Church, Edmonton (12116-102 Ave.) musicians Shannon Brink, Jodi Penner, Andre Glaser and friends will present Voilà!, a variety of classical repertoire mixed with nostalgia, and original music, sung and played on guitar, penny whistle, and violin. Something old, something new, Voilà! Admission by donation. For more information, visit:


Welcome to All the Pleasures: On Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm, Da Camera Singers, joined by the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, presents music from Handel, Purcell, and Schubert at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209-123 St., Edmonton. This delightful afternoon of music will feature rarely performed works such as “Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day” by Purcell and “Mass No. 2 in G Major” by Schubert. Tickets: $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at the door or through TIX on the Square ( Advance tickets are available through Da Camera members for $15 and $10.

ICPM Annual General Meeting: Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) welcomes you to the Annual General Meeting 2013, Thursday, March 21, 5.30–8:00 pm, St. Faith’s Anglican Church (Prayerworks Hall) 11725–93 St. Light Supper provided. Speaker: Mark Holmgren, CEO Bissell Centre. RSVP by March 18th to 780-424-7652. Poster attached

ICPM Pastoral Associate: The Inner City Pastoral Ministry is a ministry of presence amongst Edmonton’s inner city community. The ICPM seeks to fill a 16-hour/week part-time salaried position providing ministry to people of the Inner City. The Pastoral Associate position begins on May 21, 2013; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter describing their background and experience, and arrange for three letters of reference to be forwarded to: Dr. Nancy Kerr, 302 Human Ecology Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1 or send to For more information, see attached Job Profile.

King’s Campus Visit Opportunities: King’s View Friday is a great opportunity for students to spend a day on campus. Students will take part in a full day of sessions on admission requirements, financial aid and student life. There will also be the chance to sit in on a class, tour the campus and chat with current students, professors and Admissions Counsellors regarding any questions you many have about university life. This winter we will be hosting King’s View Friday on March 22nd. For more information, see

Good Friday Outdoor Way of the Cross: Who is my Neighbour?, the 33rd Annual Edmonton Good Friday Outdoor Way of the Cross will be held March 29th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The two-hour procession through the inner city will begin and end at Hope Mission, 9908-106 Ave. The walk will include reflections on social justice issues and scripture readings, such as Romans 13:9, to “Love our neighbour as ourselves”, woven together with music. Light refreshments are available at the end of the walk. Please dress for the weather. For more info, call: Linda (780-466-6327) or Jim (780-218-6989), or visit Poster attached

Ronning Centre This Week:

For event details, please visit the Ronning Centre website:

Good Samaritan Chaplain: The Good Samaritan Society invites applications for a part-time (18.75 hours/week) chaplain at its Village by the Station facility in Penticton, BC. Start date is April 1, 2013. Please apply online at: Competition #: PT.13.014. Job profile 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.

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

Wednesday, 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

Welcome Home Congregational Workshop: A workshop to educate congregations about volunteer opportunities to assist men and women transitioning from homelessness to homes will be held March 13th, 7:30 pm, at Inglewood Christian Reformed Church, 12330-113 Ave., Edmonton. For more information, see attached poster

Shine FM Pastors’ Breakfast: “What Can Shine FM Do for Your Church?” Find out on Thursday, March 14th at a free Pastors’ Breakfast at Providence Renewal Centre, 3005-119 St. NW, Edmonton. The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 11:00 am and worship will be led by a Compassion Canada recording artist. Presentation topics will include: How do I effectively train people to disciple? As a pastor, where do I turn when I need help? and My hope and your church. For more info: 403-276-1111,, or

Providence Renewal Centre Programs:

Opening the Door of Faith – Praying with Scripture

Saturday, April 13; Friday, May 10; Tuesday, June 11

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Rita Sandmaier

Let us allow God’s Word to penetrate our hearts and speak to our souls. To view monthly Scripture themes, go to “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

$40.00 per session (includes buffet lunch)

Through the Eyes of Mary – Jesus? Life, Death, and Resurrection

Wednesday, March 13, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Teresa Hanlon

How would Mary, the mother of Jesus, see the life, death, and resurrection of her son? Through readings, a DVD of Mary’s Annunciation, a role-play interview with Mary, various forms of silent prayer, and the Way of the Cross, we will discover Jesus anew – through Mary’s eyes.

$60.00 (includes buffet lunch) Register by February 15 and save $5.00

Holy Week Retreat

“We Should Glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Sunday, March 24 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, March 31, (10:00 am)

For more information or to register call 780-701-1853 or visit our website

Gordon NeufeldRaising Kids in a Digital World: The Catherine Greeve Memorial Fund is hosting an evening with Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., author of the best-selling book Hold on to Your Kids. The presentation is entitled Raising Children in a Digital World and will take place at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre at 6:30 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Tickets are $15 each, available from Tix-on-the-Square: Poster attached

“The digital revolution has happened so quickly that it has caught most of us off guard and has significantly changed the challenges of parenting. Dr. Neufeld not only explains the drive underlying today’s digital technology but also points to a way through.”

Interfaith Housing Initiative General Meeting: The Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative General Meeting will be held April 9th, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 8421-101 Ave., Edmonton. Come and celebrate what has been accomplished since 2011, when Bishop Jane Alexander and 22 other Edmonton faith community leaders signed the Interfaith Statement on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Newsletter attached

Alberta 2013 Alpha Conference: Get informed, inspired and equipped at the Alberta 2013 Alpha Conference, Friday, April 19th to Saturday, April 20th, at Beulah Alliance Church, 17504 98A Ave NW, Edmonton AB. This two-day event will feature special guest speakers, Jamie Haith, Michael Harvey and others, with worship led by Ben Cantelon and team. Breakout session topics include:

  • Beyond the Church Walls: Innovative ways to run Alpha
  • Reaching the Next Generation: College/University Students
  • Why It’s Difficult to Invite People to Alpha (or to anything else)
  • Alpha 101: Love in the Details
  • Hosting a Dynamic Alpha Weekend Away
  • Alpha for 20-Somethings
  • Youth Alpha Film Series (new in Canada!)
  • Life After Alpha: Integrating Guests into the Church
    REGISTER TODAY for the earlybird discount rate: $109 per person (before March 15th); $99 per person for the group rate (3 or more people); $49 for student rate (high school or university)

Annual Interfaith Build: Starting May 1st, faith communities will team up for the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build and help bring an end to homelessness in Edmonton. This year, the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative Steering Committee aims to recruit groups of five volunteers per day, with at least two different faith communities represented each day. There are several ways to be involved:

  • Building Volunteers – Any skill level volunteer from absolute beginner to tradesperson is welcome. Tools, safety gear and training are all provided. Safety and hands on training for tasks are provided daily. Contact Kim Sherwood, Volunteer Coordinator:,  or 780-451-3416 ext. 232. Unsure about how to use tools? Habitat offers basic tool training workshops at least twice a month. Visit the website ( to sign up, or contact Shefali: at,  780-451-3416 ext. 234.
  • Lunch Teams – Since Habitat provides lunch for the building volunteers, teams willing to prepare food are also needed.
  • Prayer Leadership – An important part of our Interfaith Housing Build is the opportunity to pray together. We are inviting faith leaders to lead prayers at the kick-off event and before meals
  • Help Us Spread the Word – Invite each one of the members of your faith community, the interfaith build isn’t possible without volunteers. We can help you with posters, registration forms, website links, and we can even send a guest speaker to present the project to your community. If you would like to know more about this, please contact Angela:,  or 780-451-3416 ext. 223. Poster attached

Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders: “Spiritual Leadership: Helping the Church to Live From Its Centre”, the 6th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders, will be held April 30 to May 2, 2013, at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. The seminar combines insights from Christian spirituality, Christian theology and the modern leadership movement. Sponsored by Conciliation Services Canada, this ecumenical event is led by the Rev. Dr. N. Graham Standish, Presbyterian pastor, professor, counsellor, spiritual director, and popular Alban Institute author. The cost is $450 including taxes, lunches, and study materials. For more information, please go to or contact Nan Cressman at 519-742-2280 x 1.

Women’s Conference: Christcity Church invites you to its Annual Women’s Conference, Embrace, May 3-4, 2013. Guest speaker is Eileen Hunter, a world-renowned speaker passionate about raising up women for the cause of Christ. This workshop is designed for women of all ages. Specialized workshops will be offered for high school students, young adults and young moms, in addition to practical workshops on time and money management. You can expect: intimate worship, practical workshops, a complimentary spa and meaningful times of fellowship. Earlybird registration is March 26th. Please visit our website for all of the details including a video:

Introduction to the Bible: Dr. Steve Martin, Associate Professor of Theology at The King’s University College, will teach an Introduction to the Bible course May 6-24 (Monday to Friday), from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. The course can be taken for credit or audit and is open to all interested people. Watch this space for more information.

OSL Conference – Healing the Way Jesus Did: The Alberta Region of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician will present the conference, Your Kingdom Come: Healing the Way Jesus Did, May 10-11, 2013 in Edmonton. Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Mike Endicott. For more info, contact the Rev. Lesley and Charlie Hand at 780-835-5914, or email Poster and brochure attached

Fusion Canada Foundations Course: Fusion Canada presents the first-level Foundations and Youth Foundations (ages 12 to 17) training courses this summer, from August 4-10th, at the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose. The three areas of study will be: Living with God, Living with Yourself and Living with Others. Foundations draws on an understanding of contemporary culture, Biblical insights, experience in facilitating groups and community building across the globe. Learn from accredited trainers from all over the world with practical experience at the front lines of youth and community outreach. For more info and to register, visit:, or contact Jocelyn Hansen at 780-699-1087, or email: Brochure attached

Edmonton Remand Centre Seeks Chaplains: A new remand centre is set to open in north Edmonton. This 1952-bed facility is significantly larger than the current centre. Alberta Correctional Services is recruiting two full-time chaplains (one protestant and one catholic). If interested, please submit resume by March 15, 2013 to Fiona Lavoy: For further details, please see attached job profile.

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