Synod Scene May 12-18, 2014

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!



Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Donna, Kathleen, Jim, Julie, Paul, Peter, Robert, Sandy, Sheila and Shirley.
  • 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.


Synod Office Closed May 16-19: The Synod Office is participating in the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build with All Saints’ Cathedral on Friday, May 16. Our office will be closed and will reopen on Tuesday, May 20. Happy Victoria Day Weekend! 

It is our pleasure to announce that Bishop Jane Alexander intends, God willing, to ordain the Rev. Armand Mercier to the priesthood; Arthur Dyck, Aaron Parsall-Myler and Adenike Yesufu to the diaconate; and to receive the Rev. John Mac Ayuen as a Priest.

June 8, 2014

The Day of Pentecost

3:00 pm

All Saints’ Cathedral

10035–103rd Street, Edmonton

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

Become an Invitational and Outgoing Church

LaunchPad“God has done wonderful things in our midst and He has not finished. As we look forward to our next 100 years as a diocese, are we ready to welcome people to be part of our worshipping communities? Across Alberta our communities are changing, many are growing and we have wonderful opportunities to live more fully into our mission to Proclaim the Gospel. Make Disciples and Further the Kingdom.”

Bishop Jane invites you to bring your dream for the church to “Launch Pad,” an evening of asking the big questions, hosted by Back to Church Sunday co-founder Michael Harvey, who has conducted a 10-year study on what it takes to create a culture of invitation. Free supper is provided at the Launch Pad sessions and we hope you can attend at a location nearest you:

  • Monday, June 16, 6:30-9:30 pm, Immanuel Wetaskiwin, 5103-46 Avenue
  • Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-9:30 pm, Good Shepherd Edmonton, 15495 Castledowns Road
  • Wednesday, June 18, 6:30-9:30 pm, St. Thomas, Sherwood Park, 4A Raven Drive

RSVP to the Synod Office by Friday, June 6, 2014. POSTER

Lay Reader Training Course: The diocesan training course for prospective lay readers takes place on Saturdays (May 24; June: 7, 21; September: 20; October: 4, 18) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, at St. David’s Anglican Church (corner of 79th Avenue and 85 Street in Edmonton). To register or for more information, please email the diocesan chaplain to lay readers, the Rev. Cameron Burns, at or call (780) 469-7530.

Ascension-Day-Invite-2014Ascension Day Service: On Thursday, May 29, you are invited to a special Ascension Day Service with Ascend Leadership Project directors Chris and Krista Dowdeswell at Christ Church, 12116-102 Ave, Edmonton, 7:00 pm. During the reception, hear from some of the people already accepted into the program and meet members of the mentorship team.

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. POSTER / FAQs For more information or to apply, visit


Jerusalem Sunday June 1 Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday

Jerusalem Sunday

June 1 Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday



Journey to Jerusalem Sunday: As the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to celebrate the inaugural Jerusalem Sunday, June 1, you are invited into the Old City of Jerusalem, to diocesan schools and hospitals, to settlements, inside an Israeli checkpoint and to the streets of Gaza and the West Bank.

National church staff travelled to Israel and Palestine to bring Canadian Anglicans a first-hand account of life for people in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. When they returned, they worked with the Anglican Journal to create Journey to Jerusalem Sunday The online multimedia project spotlights Anglican ministries in the Holy Land and aims to build greater understanding of ongoing conflict in the region. For additional resources, visit Recommended Reading

ACW Conference Poster 3Women’s Conference General Registration Now Open: Please join the ACW in celebrating 100 years of women’s ministry! A special two-day Conference will be held at All Saints’ Cathedral, Edmonton on Friday, June 6 – Saturday, June 7, 2014. The conference will begin with a Friday Celebration Banquet welcoming guests from our sister diocese of Buyé in Burundi. Saturday will include several instructive presentations on women’s ministry, including words from Clotilde and Bibiane, leaders in the Diocese of Buyé Mother’s Union.

Participants may register for the Friday banquet ($20), Saturday conference ($20 – lunch provided), or both ($40). To register, click on the attached REGISTRATION FORM / POSTER Please visit our website for more information, including group hotel rates.

Base Camp 2011Base Camp 2014 After a three-year hiatus, Base Camp is back July 7-13, 2014! Rev. Nick (Trussell) and Dr. Mark (Armstrong) are excited to lead kids in grades 7-9 on an outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay. Base Camp offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, Christian fellowship and much more in the foothills of the Rockies!! More info at  POSTER

Intro to Base Camp: During the morning service at St. Mary’s, 11203-68 St., Edmonton, Sunday, May 25th at 10:30 am, Base Camp directors and staff will lead songs and skits and tell stories about their amazing adventures at camp, while providing a sneak peek at camp this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience some of the fun of Base Camp!

Join the Base Camp Team! We are accepting applications for volunteer Camp Counsellor positions. If interested, please complete the attached application by no later than May 30, 2014. Base Camp Volunteer Application

2014NWCPostcardNational 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. Presenters and participants from across North America will explore diverse, yet intrinsic styles of worship. Early bird registration deadline is June 15! 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.

JusticeCampPosterFinalJustice 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 / BROCHURE attached


St. Andrew’s Camrose Parish Wishes Students “God Speed”

God Speed St. Andrew's CamroseOn Sunday, May 4, the parish of St. Andrew’s Camrose presented members Jonathan and Joelle Skinner with a framed pencil sketch of the church and a God Speed cake. The couple graduated this spring from the University of Alberta, Augustana (Camrose) Campus and plans to attend Teachers’ College at Concordia in Edmonton. Active members of St. Andrew’s and the Student Chaplain Peer Ministry at Augustana, they will be missed in Camrose. Joelle was baptized in the Battle River by Archdeacon Jacques Vaillancourt, rector of St. Andrew’s, and later married Jon, whose father is an Anglican priest in Saskatchewan. Photo: Bobbi Vaillancourt

New Community Needs Common Praise Books: St. Saviour Mission holds its first service at the Wabamun Seniors’ Centre this Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Everyone welcome! They are in need of 10 Common Praise hymn books. Please contact the Rev. Coleen Lynch at 780-940-4733.

St. Patrick’s Indoor Yard Sale: St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, Edmonton is having a Huge Indoor Yard Sale on Friday, May 16 (9 am-8 pm) and Saturday, May 17 (9 am to 2 pm). Come and buy a variety of gently-used items at reasonable prices. We are located one block south of 23rd Avenue at 85th Street.

ArtSpirit Festival Returns for Second Season: Join us for the 2nd Annual Holy Trinity ArtSpirit Festival from May 25th to 31st, 2014. For seven days at the end of May, Holy Trinity will open its doors to the community to join together in celebrating the arts. There’s something for everyone! For more information on the events and schedule, please see the attached Poster, or visit

WartimeYearsMusicTrinity Players Presents: Music from Wartime Years, a look back at the most inspiring and beautiful music from times of conflict in our century. This cabaret-style show with refreshments and licensed lobby is offered in conjunction with the ArtSpirit Festival at Holy Trinity, 10037-84 Ave, Edmonton. Showtimes are: May 16 and 31 at 7:30 pm. Admission is “PAYWHATYOUCAN,” all proceeds go to arts outreach at Holy Trinity.

Featuring: Historical Narration by war vet Ed Brownfield

Director- Morgan Kunitz

Musical director- Darlene Baker Kiel

Accompanist- Mark J. Fukushima

Upcoming Induction Services:

St. Michael and All Angels Edmonton: The Rev. Colleen Sanderson will be inducted as rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Edmonton on Sunday, June 1, 2014, 4:00 pm, followed by potluck supper. Everyone is invited to worship with us and join in the celebratory meal!

St. Augustine’s Parkland Spruce Grove: The Ven. Joanne Webster will be inducted as rector of St. Augustine’s Parkland, Spruce Grove on Saturday, June 14, 4:00 pm, supper to follow.

St. Paul’s Leduc: The Rev. Susan Ormsbee will be inducted as rector of St. Paul’s, Leduc on Friday, June 20, 2014, 7:00 pm.

St. Mary’s Ponoka: The Rev. Donna Willer will be inducted as rector of St. Mary’s, Ponoka on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 7:00 pm, preceded by supper at 5:30.

Strawberry Tea and Bake Sale: All Saints’, 5212-47 Avenue, Drayton Valley, will hold its annual Spring Strawberry Tea and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 24, from 1-3:00 pm. Everyone Welcome!

St. George’s Spring Bazaar::On May 24, 9:00 am to1:00 pm, St. George’s, 11737-87 Ave, Edmonton (two blocks west of the Butterdome), is holding its Annual Spring Bazaar, featuring compost, plants, garden décor, select treasures, books, baking and lunch.

FillTheSideWalkFill the Sidewalk: St. George, Edmonton is hosting a food drive for the Edmonton food bank with a goal of filling the church’s sidewalk with food! Non-perishable food items can be dropped off on Saturday, May 31, from 10:00 am -3:00 pm, or you are welcome to drop it off earlier in the week by calling the church at 780-439-1470 to make arrangements. St. George’s is located at 11733–87Ave NW, Edmonton. Poster attached

Badlands Passion Play Tour: The parish of Emmanuel, Gibbons is sponsoring a full-day bus tour to this summer’s edition of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play on Saturday, July 19. Tour will leave from St. Michael and All Angels (5003-146 Ave, Edmonton) at 8:45 am and return at 10:45 pm. Cost of $115/person includes motor coach transportation to Drumheller, admission to the play, lunch and dinner. For more info, or to register, please contact: Penny Pawlechko at 780-942-4554 POSTER / BROCHURE

Good Shepherd Seeks Music Director: The growing parish of Good Shepherd in northwest Edmonton is now accepting applications for the position of music director. Initially, the position will entail 5-7 hours per week including Sunday worship, one evening’s practice, and other occasional services during Holy seasons. Remuneration will be in accord with RCCO guidelines based upon experience and will be renegotiated as the ministry grows! Interested candidates should contact Jon at or on 780.456.4643. For more info, see attached document

Christ Church Seeks Online Media Coordinator: Do you love social media? Are you creative and tech-savvy? Do you want to use these gifts to serve the church? Christ Church is looking for a volunteer Online Media Coordinator to help staff curate the parish website and Facebook page and help find opportunities to use online technology in service of our church mission. Please speak to Rev. Chris if you think God might be calling you to this role: 


Ronning Centre Talks:

“Maidan the Church in the Public Square”:

Thurs, May 15, 2:00 pm, 128 Education Building (south), Edmonton

Thurs, May 15, 7:00 pm, St Johns Cultural Centre, 10611-110 Ave

Detailed information on POSTER

July 21-25 July at St. Stephens College “Faith and Culture” course with David Goa POSTER

Fall 2014 at Augustana “Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age” public lecture with David Goa POSTER

Sing and Celebrate! A joint choir of Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church, directed by Diana Wiens and St. John’s Anglican Church, directed by Kobie Kloppers present “Sing and Celebrate!” for Lendrum Community’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Come hear youth and adult choirs singing an eclectic selection of music. Free admission; reception to follow. Sunday, June 22 at 7:00 pm, Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church, 11210-59 Avenue. For more info: 780-434-4268;;;


No Child For SaleStand Up for Children: World Vision invites parishes in the Anglican diocese to unite with churches across Canada to protect children from abusive child labour. Around the world, more than 85 million children work in unsafe, slave-like jobs because of poverty.

“No Child for Sale” is a petition-based, advocacy campaign to address global concern over modern forms of child slavery. Parishes can support the campaign by making the petition available for people to sign at church. World Vision hopes to collect more than 5,000 signatures by June 12, 2014. The petition will then be presented to 10 key Canadian retailers requesting a commitment to protect the safety and rights of workers, including children.

Information about how to sign up for a weekly devotion and/or a quarterly newsletter, can be found here: Attached is a printable Petition and Background Information (signatures can be mailed to address at bottom of petition)

Bible Camp North of 60: On Eagle’s Wings has launched a short-term project to help bring summer Bible Camp to communities as far north as Ellesmere Island. It is increasingly difficult to fly volunteers to these communities, because of the high cost of commercial air travel to Arctic regions. Please consider sharing the attached bulletin insert with your congregation or include the information in your parish newsletter. One idea for congregational participation is to show an igloo or an inukshuk being built one block at a time through individual donations. Attached are diagrams of two well-known icons from the North to choose from. We ask that this be seen as a seedling of an idea, which we will water with prayer. For more info, contact Kathryn Scott, Ministry Support, On Eagle’s Wings: 1-867-875-8867 / kathrynannescott.wordpress.comBulletin Insert / Inukshuk Igloo Template

2014 Sorrento Centre Programs: The 2014 Sorrento Centre Program Guide is now available in parishes throughout the diocese. The guide can also be downloaded at:

Prayers for Lind Family: Christopher Lind, former executive director of Sorrento Centre, is in palliative care. Please keep Christopher and his family, Anne Elliott, Emily and Aaron Lind, in your prayers. Messages of support can be sent in care of Peter Elliott to: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St, Vancouver BC, V6C 2L1, or by email to

Online Crisis Response Training: The Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry (CiRCLe M) is offering free webinars on Rural Church and Community Crisis Response Training, May 15 and 22, 2014, to help churches, EMOs, and other local organizations prepare to respond when crises arise in rural communities. To register, contact CiRCLe M by phone: 306-966-7864; or email:

Providence Renewal Centre: 3005-119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T6J 5R5

A TASTE OF HILDEGARD Women’s Workshop: Friday, May 30 w/supper (6:00 pm) to Saturday, May 31 (4:00 pm)
Eva Bostrand and Gwen Bright present this opportunity to experience the world of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century abbess, healer, naturalist, musician, and mystic, through her letters and visions. We will also explore her remarkable music. You will eat meals inspired by her kitchen and garden, and marvel at how modern they are! To register or for more information, go to or call 780-701-1854. Register before May 16 and save $10.00!

Living Well with Depression: If you live with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder (DAB), plan to attend this upcoming workshop that will provide you with skills and insight to move beyond surviving to thriving. Together we will examine the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of DAB. While presented from a Christian worldview, this workshop will be helpful to anyone living with DAB.

Workshop information:

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1-4:00 pm

Location: 11111–57 Ave, Edmonton

(St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church)

Fee: $50 which includes a $25 discount for a counselling session with Cheryl Shea, RPC

For further information call 780-619-0755 or  POSTER

Extended Care Chaplain Needed: CapitalCare Kipnes Centre for Veterans ( is in need of a temporary extended care chaplain effective immediately until the middle of September 2014. Job Profile

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