Synod Scene May 19-25, 2014




Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Jim, Julie, Paul, Peter, Robert, Sheila and Shirley.
  • For those who have died: Kathleen and those who mourn: Fr. Tom, Ivy 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.


Bringing Warmth to Homes and Families

IMG_1001 IMG_1029 IMG_1038 IMG_1041 IMG_1047It was a hard hat and steel-toed boots kinda day. Team All Saints’ – 10 volunteers from All Saints’ Cathedral and the Synod Office – demonstrated hidden talents for building, measuring, cutting and painting as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Third Annual Interfaith Works Project. On the morning of May 16, we met up at Neufeld Landing, the largest Habitat build in Canada. In a few months this brand new neighbourhood in the south Edmonton district of Rutherford will be home to 64 families.

Sporting mandatory safety gear and exercising muscle groups some of us didn’t know we had, we worked together to insulate a multi-level family unit. First-time interfaith build participants Alan Perry (executive archdeacon), Sharon Pasula (Oskâpêwis/aboriginal ministry), Rochelle Nieuwenhuis (office administrative assistant) and Charis St. Pierre (assistant to Bishop Jane) share some of their impressions:

  • Alan was impressed by the supportive environment created by Habitat personnel: “Their good humour and patience with volunteers had a calming effect and helped give a sense of confidence and camaraderie. I was amazed at how much we accomplished during the day, despite our varying skill levels.”
  • “It was an excellent team-building experience for me being the ‘new kid on the block,’” says Sharon. “I loved getting to know people in a different context. It was also great to meet a few of the other people who were there as a group from Norquest College, newcomers to Canada.”
  • “It was cool to learn new skills, while helping families and the organization,” said Rochelle. “It was a lot of fun being able to spend time with my colleagues outside of work.”
  • “I was curious about how the system would work, especially since most of us hadn’t done this type of work before,” said Charis. “Everything is so well organized and I’d definitely do it again.”

There are many ways for individuals and churches to become Habitat volunteers, from donating lunch or labour on the build site, to working in the ReStore, or helping with landscaping.

  • To book a construction date, contact: Kim Dedeugd (780) 451-3416 x 232
  • To book a ReStore or landscaping date, contact: Evan Hammer (780) 451-3416 x 234
  • Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness: Five-Year Update
  • The next Interfaith Housing Plenary Meeting for members of the Capital Regional Interfaith Housing Initiative will be held Thursday, June 12, 10 am to12 noon, at the Catholic Pastoral and Administrative Centre, 8421-101 Ave, Edmonton.
  • The Annual Homeless Memorial Remembrance Celebration is this Friday, May 23, 3:00 pm, at the Homeless Memorial Statue, just north of Edmonton City Hall.

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. 

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

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 

Jerusalem Sunday June 1 Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday

Jerusalem Sunday

June 1 Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday

Become an Invitational and Outgoing Church 

“God has done wonderful things in our midst and He has not finished.”

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

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 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 / BROCHURE / SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONgroup_photo

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.

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 / BROCHURE attachedJusticeCampPosterFinal


St. Saviour’s Mission Holds First Service in Wabamun

cake First ServiceNineteen people gathered at the Wabamun Seniors’ Centre, May 15, for the first St. Saviour’s Mission worship service. This new Anglican community, served by the Rev. Coleen Lynch, meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Everyone welcome! They are in need of 10 Common Praise hymn books. Please contact Coleen at 780-940-4733.                                      Photos: Sandy Cornell

Foote Triplets Warmly Received into Christ Church Community

Foote TripletsOn Sunday, May 18,Arianna Christina, Catherine Aurelia and Elizabeth Anne were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

After the baptism, Archdeacon Michael Rolph and parents Melissa and Tyler Foote take the identical sisters to meet their Christ Church, Edmonton family.

Community Involvement: The Rev. Julio Martin and Karl Peetoom of St. Mary and St. George’s, Jasper recently planted an apple tree in memory of a founding member of the Jasper Local Food Society. The Fitzhugh article can be read here:

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 to 1:00 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.

Fill 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 attachedFillTheSideWalk

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

St. Peter’s Centennial Service: St. Peter’s, 11035 127 St. Edmonton, celebrates 100 years! Join us for a celebration service with Bishop Jane on June 1 at 10:30 am.

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.

CommunityFestivalYouthChoirCropOliver Community Festival: Join the neighbouring churches of Christ Church Anglican and Robertson-Wesley United, the Oliver Community League and the 124th Street Business Association for the Oliver Community Festival Saturday, June 7. Festival goers are invited to take in the sights and sounds along 102 Ave between 121 St and 124 St, enjoying a free pancake breakfast at 10 am, live entertainment (choirs, bands, handbells, musical theatre, drumming, a fiddling group and circus act), bouncy castles and carnival games. Tour the historic churches, peruse the rummage, book and bake tables and check out the creations of more than 40 local artists and vendors. All proceeds from donations, sales, and a Toonie BBQ will support community outreach programs in the Oliver area. Visit, find the Oliver Community Festival on Facebook, or email:  POSTER

St. Mary’s Lobster Fest: Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Lobster Fest will be held Friday, June 13 at St. Mary’s, 5120-49 Ave, Ponoka. Choice of two seatings: 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm, and main course: lobster, steak or steak and lobster (meal includes salads and dessert). Tickets must be purchased in advance by June 8, call Deb @ 403-704-3152. POSTER

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

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:

  • 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

Conversations2014ACC Clergy Under 40 Conference: “Conversations 2014 – ACC clergy under 40 talk to God and each other,” a conference to be built out of the prayers and conversations of the participants, will be held June 17-19 in Montreal. Participants are invited to bring their questions and their ideas, their hopes and their fears, their expertise and their confusion so that together, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we may discover the way forward.

All ordained clergy in the Anglican Church of Canada born between 1973 and 1993 are welcome to register for the event:



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 / Bulletin Insert / Inukshuk Igloo TemplateOEWpic

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:

Young Adult Volunteers Needed: Sorrento Centre is inviting young adults in the months of May and June to come volunteer to help improve and prepare the site for this summer. There are opportunities to work on our organic farm, work on maintenance projects or on a number of other tasks that would be a huge help to Sorrento. For more info, see attached document

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

Prairie Centre for Ecumenism: The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is a three-year program, dedicated to forming Christians in the theology, history and practice of ecumenism within the churches of Canada and abroad. This summer, the program begins with a full first-year program consisting of seven modules. We will explore the ‘biblical foundations of ecumenism’, ‘spiritual ecumenism’, the ‘history of ecumenism’ and two modules on the ‘principles of ecumenical theology’. Along with these units, participants will share an introductory session dedicated to ‘mapping ecumenism’ and an integration session at the completion of our time together. Participants will complete their first year of studies with an eighth and final unit of self-directed study at home in their local ecumenical context. Registration is $300, deadline June 18, 2014. For more information about the program, please visit our website or contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism at 306-653-1633 or by email.

Child Development Employment Opportunity: If you enjoy children and you love the Lord, and if you are a Child Development Worker or Child Development Supervisor, we have the position you have been dreaming of! We are a Christian Out of School Care program on the grounds of Mill Woods Christian School. Email resume to Position is full-time for the summer with the possibility to be year-round.

Alpha Promo Kits Free to Parishes: Alpha Canada has promo kits leftover from the Alberta2013 campaign (includes 3×12′ banner, lawn signs and other materials). Some of the material is not date sensitive and could still be used. The original cost of these kits was more than $100 each, but they are now free. If you are in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie or Fort McMurray, they can be delivered at no charge. Otherwise, they will be shipped collect. If interested, contact John Kivell:

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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