Synod Scene May 27-June 2, 2013




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, John, the Rev. John Matheson, Mark, Martin, Michael, Nancy, Neil, Paul, Rene, Robert, Ruby and Sam.

For those who have died: Reg and those who mourn: the Alcock 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. 


June 1, 2013:             Sarah Holmstrom appointed Theological Student, Holy Trinity, Edmonton

July 1, 2013:               The Rev. Jonathan Connell appointed Rector, Good Shepherd, Edmonton

August 1, 2013:         The Rev. Madeleine Urion appointed Interim Priest, St. Luke’s, Edmonton 


It is our pleasure to announce that Bishop Jane Alexander intends, God willing, to ordain the Rev. Susan Ormsbee to the priesthood, and Fred George and Sarah Holmstrom to the diaconate
June 21,2013
the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer
7:00 pm
All Saints’ Cathedral
10035–103rd Street, Edmonton
Your prayers and presence are requested. Clergy are invited to vest.
The colour is red.

Faithful Steward Passes Away: Canon Reg Alcock (retired), a former priest of the diocese who retired to Calgary, has died.

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

ACW Cold Lake Regional: The Diocese of Edmonton ACW will commence its 100th Anniversary Year on June 1, 2013, with the Cold Lake Region Annual Meeting, to be held at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035-103 St., Edmonton. Coffee and registration will begin at 9:30 am, followed by Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am. Lunch will be served, followed by the meeting. The various ACW branches of the Cold Lake Region have been invited to contribute historical displays. The cost is $10. All clergy and ladies welcome! Please RSVP by May 24th to Willa Gorman: 780-476-2691, or email:

Cathedral Evensong: All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035-103 St., Edmonton, will hold an Evensong service this Sunday, June 2, 2013, the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The service will begin at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!

QueenElizabethIIQueen’s Coronation Anniversary: To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, a special prayer has been written by Westminster Abbey. This new prayer will be used during the Service to be held in the Abbey June 4, 2013. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. Dr. John Hall, said: “This prayer expresses our thanks to God for The Queen’s long and duteous reign and for Her Majesty’s example of faithful and committed service to the nation and Commonwealth.”

The Prayer has been commended for use throughout the Church of England by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. You can find the prayer HERE. The Coronation of The Queen took place in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, nearly 18 months after she succeeded her father, King George VI. For more information, visit the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee website:

2013_05_MessengerV2.inddMessenger Submissions Welcome!: The Messenger, the newspaper of the Dioceses of Athabasca and Edmonton, welcomes your articles, events, opinions and pictures. In May, we launched a centennial section to feature moments in our diocese’s past, present and future. Please send your thoughts and pictures to editor Margaret Marschall: The deadline for submissions to the “Summer 2013” issue is Friday, June 7, 2013.

Michael HarveyAn Evening with Michael Harvey: Sponsored by Diocese of Edmonton Cursillo, come and join us and spend some time with Michael Harvey, a Christian leader at the forefront of the “Back to Church Sunday” initiative. Bring your friends and colleagues to hear Michael speak on “Bring a Friend to Christ”, June 10th, 7:00 pm, at St. Matthias, 6210-188 St., Edmonton. Back to Church Sunday commenced in the English diocese of Manchester in 2004. It has become an integral part of the annual evangelistic and outreach endeavours of churches all over the world. Parishes in the Edmonton diocese have participated in this local church invitational since 2010. This year, we will participate in B2CS on September 29th. You can find more information about B2CS, as well as Michael’s “12 Steps to Becoming an Inviting Church”, on our website: Please display the attached POSTER in your parish.

Diana Butler BassA Morning with Diana Butler Bass: Religion and culture scholar Diana Butler Bass will give 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

Clergy Conference: A reminder to register for the Clergy Conference, which will take place June 19-21 at Star of the North Retreat Centre. The deadline for registration is June 11th. The registration form with further details is attached.

Education for Ministry (EfM) 2013 Graduation Service: (Please Note Date Change) Join us as we celebrate four members of the diocese who have successfully completed the four-year EfM program. The graduation service will be held Sunday, June 16, 3:00 pm, at St Timothy’s Anglican Church, 8420-145St., Edmonton. A warm welcome is extended to all EfM graduates, current students, families, friends, and anyone interested in learning more about EfM. For more information, please contact the Rev. Steve Hallford (Diocesan EfM Coordinator) at or 780-455-3665.

Bible ChallengeOur Bible Reading Challenge Has Begun! Bishop Jane has challenged every member of the diocese to read the entire Bible during our centenary year. Our Bible Reading Challenge began on Monday, May 20th. You can find the readings online, at The complete Bible Challenge schedule is also available for download in WORD or PDF, format. To add the schedule to your Google or Outlook calendar, simply log into your calendar and click the arrow to the right of “Other Calendars”, select “Add by URL” and paste in this link: The calendar may take a bit of time to load and sync to your mobile device.

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 Sessions:

On the Topic of “Reading Scripture for Sermon Preparation: Psalms”

June 1: All Saints’ Anglican Church (5212-47 Avenue, Drayton Valley)

June 22: St. Andrew’s Anglican Church (4713-50 Street, Camrose)

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

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. Start dates are flexible. Job Profile

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.

Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered last week’s question. According to the dates of establishment listed in the Centennial Service bulletin, Centennial Trivia Question Week 3our oldest parish is All Saints’ Cathedral (1875) and our youngest parish is Holy Trinity, Riverbend (1996).

This Week’s Question: This church (pictured at right) was erected in 1913, though the parish which built it was established in 1893. Name the parish and its creative mission statement.

Primate WinspearGood bandcloseYou can viewSturgeon County Bus photos (more will be uploaded this week) from the Centennial Service online at: and on our Facebook page.


ArtSpirit FestivalDon’t Miss ArtSpirit Festival This Week! The ArtSpirit Festival in celebration of Holy Trinity Old Strathcona’s, Centenary, runs this week, until June 1st. Be engaged by a multitude of artists and exhibits, from live theatre and poetry readings, to an IndieUnder 30 cabaret, to a film festival and dance party. For a calendar of events (most are pay-what-you-can admission), visit: and click on “Celebration 2013”. BROCHURE attached

Oliver Community Festival: The parish of Christ Church, along with neighbouring Robertson-Wesley United Church, the Oliver Community LOliver Community Festivaleague and the 124th Street Business Association, invite you to the Oliver Community Festival on Saturday, June 1st. Enjoy a free breakfast (sponsored by Duchess Bake Shop) from 10-11:00 am and a free BBQ from 12-2:00 pm. Proceeds from a giant rummage, bake and book sale will support the Community Dinner outreach programs at Christ Church and Robertson-Wesley. Activities spanning several city blocks along 102 Avenue, from 121 to 123 Street, will include live entertainment at three venues, historical church tours, a show ’n shine vehicle display, bouncy castles, face-painting and games for the kids and unique products for sale by local vendors. For more information, visit: Hope to see you there!

St. Matthias Trunk Sale: Saturday June 1st, from 10am-3pm, sell your stuff from the trunk of your car! The cost for a parking spot is $25/car, or a donation of 10% of sales. Come by and see what’s for sale! The total profit will be split between StMAC’s operating fund and purchasing footwear for students attending Edmonton’s Inner City Schools. To book a space or for more information please contact the church office at 780-487-0324, or Jon Connell at

St. Luke’s Mexican Fiesta: On June 8, 2013, 5:30-9:00 pm, come enjoy authentic Mexican food and a cultural presentation. Tickets are $15 in advance (call the church office at 780-466-2061), or $20 at the door.

St. Philip’s Centennial Celebration: St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Westlock invites you to its 100th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2013. Join Bishop Jane Alexander for a Service of Thanksgiving at 9:30 am, followed by dinner at 11:30 am. For more information, email Betty:, call Gwen: 780 349 4097, or leave a message on the church phone: 780 349 3483.

St. George’s ACW Turns 100: The ACW sisters of St. George’s, Fort Saskatchewan, 10029-99th Ave., invite you to their 100th birthday celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2013. You are welcome to dress in 1913 fashion to attend the Eucharist Service at 10:30 am, followed by High Tea in the Fane Hall, from noon until 1:30 pm. Please RSVP by May 27th to Jan at: 780-998-0645. BROCHURE attached.

St. Margaret’s Piano Recital and Silent Auction: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church will present Maria Thompson Corley, B.Mus ( U of A) M.A. and D.M.A. (Juilliard) in a piano recital on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, 4308-50th Ave., Leduc. Tickets, $35, may be obtained from 780-989-3833 (Lesley); 780-986-2105 (Eva) or 780-430-4734 (Brian). Proceeds are in aid of St Margaret’s Building Expansion project.

POSTER attached.

St. Luke’s Ministry Celebration: You are invited to celebrate the ministry of Canon Dan Van Alstine on July 14, 2013 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church from 2-5:00 pm. There will be a short presentation at 3:00 pm. Please RSVP to Gail Smith at 780-475-2301 or before June 1.

Cross Talk Day CampSt. Paul’s Cross Talk Day Camp This summer! St. Paul’s Cross Talk Day Camp 2013 is travelling down “Luke Street”, visiting the houses where Jesus healed and taught and shared with his disciples and friends. St. Paul’s day camp will run from July 8 to 12th, from 10 am to 3 pm, for campers aged 4 (going into kindergarten) to 12 (just finished grade 6). Campers participate in church on the morning of July 14th to end the camp. Cost is $40 for the week. To register, please contact the church office at 780-455-0771 or mail completed registration forms to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10127-145 St., Edmonton, AB  T5N 2X6. Registration forms are available at the church, at, or see attached.

St. Augustine Hiring Office Secretary: A part-time office secretary is needed for St. Augustine’s of Canterbury Anglican Church, 6110 Fulton Road (near Capilano Mall). The position is paid, and begins early-mid June. For more information see the position profile attached.

Pews for Sale: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church has 18 oak pews with kneelers for sale. They are 12 feet long and will be available until the end of June. Please call Jen at 780-437-7231 for more information.

Cathedral Parishioner Celebrates 101st Birthday 

Ragnhild Whiting with Bishop Jane Alexander May 19 2013 Ragnhild Whiting May 2013Raghild Whiting, born in Grefsen, Norway, on May 20, 1912, turned 101 the day after our Centennial Service. Raghild has been a member of All Saints’ Cathedral Parish since 1995. She was delighted to attend the Centennial Service in the company of Joe Simons. After the service, both Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Bishop Jane took a moment away from the crush of the receiving line to greet Ragnhild warmly and exchange a few words and best wishes with her. 


Alpha 2013 “Jump Start” Training Days: With the ultimate goal of engaging 30,000 Albertans, Alpha Canada is offering “Jump Start” local training events this spring. Mark your calendars for June 1 (Edmonton), June 8 (Cold Lake Region) or June 22 (West Yellowhead Region). Each training day will be packed with Alpha stories, interactive sessions, inspiring talks, prayer and worship. The cost is $30 (includes lunch). Register online at: For more information, see attached Postcard

Wisdom on the Journey: Walking to a Sacred Place: Come build and strengthen bridges of understanding and friendship among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Be inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and prepare for the TRC’s national event in Alberta. The event is hosted at the Indus Recreation Centre (15km southeast of Calgary) from Friday June 7 to Saturday June 8. Registration is $100 and includes two lunches, early light supper and a closing feast. Deadline for registration is May 31. To learn more and to register visit

Star of the North Retreat Centre Open House: Star of the North invites you to share in celebrating 60 years of retreat ministry by attending the diamond jubilee Open House, Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am in the Outdoor Grotto in conjunction with the St. Albert Parish Country Fair. Come for a tour of The Star, check out the displays, and enjoy a brief program at 1pm followed by cake & refreshments. The center is located at 3A St. Vital Ave. St. Albert. For more details call 780-459-5511, or visit

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.

Apply to or fax [780 458 8877] or by mail to  Director: Star of the North, 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert AB, T8N 1K1

Silent-Directed Retreat: The Providence Renewal Centre invites you to a retreat beginning Friday, June 21 (with supper at 5:30pm) until either Wednesday, June 26, or Saturday, June 29. The retreat will be led by Fr. George Morris and Patricia Macdonald. For more details and to register, go to, or call Kathy at 780-701-1854.

Welcome Home Anniversary Coffeehouse: Welcome Home is celebrating its first anniversary! Drop in at the Carrot Coffeehouse (9351-118 Ave) Monday, June 24th for live music and treats anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Learn more about Welcome Home, a unique program that is making a difference in the lives of Edmontonians in your community. For more information on Welcome Home, visit the website, or call 780-378-2544.

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.

“Economy, Nature, Morality” Course: This fall class is offered for credit to students and is open to members of the community as well on the topic of economy, nature, and morality. It is led by Dittmar Mundel, with guest lectures by David Goa and a variety of Ronning Centre fellows. The course will be begin Monday, September 9th at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on the Augustana Campus, Camrose. It will run Monday evenings until December 2nd. For further details, and to sign up, see the attached POSTER.

Lutheran/Anglican Lay Learners Retreat: The ELCIC Alberta Territories Synod invites Anglican lay learners to join them for the 10th annual Living Theology theological reflection retreat, to be held September 20-22, 2013 at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Canmore. Learn about “Good News from Old Texts” from guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto, assistant professor of Old Testament and Pastoral Care at Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. Registration is $199 (payable to ABT Synod). Accommodation is separate. For more information, or to register, please call: Jon Stolee (780-672-5234) or Kristian Wold (780-672-3659). Look us up on Facebook, or visit: POSTER attached.

Grey Nuns Seeks Chaplain: The Grey Nuns Community Hospital is seeking a part-time Chaplain to provide spiritual and palliative care. The deadline for applications is May 29, 2013. For more information, see attached Job Profile.

Administrative Assistant: Ascension Lutheran Church Edmonton is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Job responsibilities will include: receptionist, public relations, and clerical support to the ministries of the church. This is a part-time position of approximately 16 hours per week. To apply, please fill out the form online (, or send your resume by email to Review of applications will begin June 19, 2013. A complete job description is attached.

Children’s, Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministries Coordinator: The Cathedral Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Kelowna, BC seeks to hire a full-time associate, specializing in Children’s, Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministries. This is a new position. For a complete job description and/or to submit an application and resume for this position please contact: The Very Rev. Nissa Basbaum by email or by telephone: (250) 762-3321. Applications must be submitted by June 7, 2013. Job Profile

Athabasca Diocese Seeking Archdeacon: The Diocese of Athabasca is seeking a full-time Archdeacon for Mission Development. This is a new position with a focus on work with parish leadership in the formation of functional Christian community. The position requires travel throughout the diocese, both with the bishop and independently. For further details regarding this position please contact: Ms. Danielle McKenzie, Diocesan Administrator, phone: 780.624.2767; fax: 780.624.2365; email: The deadline for applications is June 15, 2013. Job Profile

Seeking Accommodations: Uchenna Ekenway, a Nigerian international graduate of Seneca College, Toronto, and previous member of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Igbobi, Lagos, Nigeria, wishes to move to Edmonton. Uchenna plans to arrive by June 19th to find a job, but has no financial resources to rent a room for a month or two while job hunting. If you are able to provide accommodation, contact Uchenna by email at:

Red Hymn Books to Give Away: Sherwood Park United Church has copies of the “Red Hymn Book”, the 1971 Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada, to give away. Interested parishes can email Barb Chapman at:, or call: 780-467-7377.

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