Synod Scene April 28-May 4, 2014



Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for AnnE, Doreen, Fred, Kathleen, Jim, Julie, Paul, Peter, Robert 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.


May 1, 2014: the Rev. Coleen Lynch appointed Priest-in-Charge of St. Saviour Mission, Wabamun.

June 1, 2014: The Rev. Peter Yeung appointed Rector of the Parish of St. Philip, Westlock.


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.

Anglican Mission Takes Root in Growing Community of Wabamun: The Anglican Diocese of Edmonton is excited to welcome a new worshipping community. St. Saviour Mission will meet at the Wabamun Seniors Centre Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, beginning May 15, 2014. Everyone welcome! Services will be led by the Rev. Coleen Lynch, who also serves as rector of Holy Trinity, Tofield. St. Saviour’s mailing address is: Box 222, Wabamun, AB, T0E 2K0.

Lay Reader Training Course: The diocesan training course for prospective lay readers takes place on Saturdays (May: 10, 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.

ACW Conference Poster 3Come to the Water – Women of Faith, Women of Courage: 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). Please visit our website for more information, including group hotel rates. ACW members will receive registration forms by mail, after which the conference will be opened to general registration. POSTER

Ascend-logo-climbing-cross (1)Ascend Young Adult Ministry: In September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will move into Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton and live in community for 10 months. Monday to Friday, 9-5, these young leaders will have the opportunity to work. On evenings and weekends they will participate in project activities, including daily prayer, mentorship, and developing their spirituality and leadership skills through hands-on experiences. 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

Centennial Corner:Centennial Cross

What’s Your Story? Bishop Jane would like to hear “Why Jesus for You?” To share your story, call or email Margaret Marschall at the Synod Office 780-439-7344/ We also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to: Faith stories can be viewed online at

Parish of the Month: In celebration of our Centennial, The Messenger began a special series featuring parishes in the Edmonton diocese. To share the story of your parish in action, please complete and email the attached form along with one or two high resolution pictures, to

BaseCamp2014Base 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 teens on an outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay in William Switzer Provincial Park. Base Camp offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, Christian fellowship and much more in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains! More info at  POSTER

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

Hastings Lake Bible Camp: Register before 11:59 pm on April 30, 2014 to receive 5% off summer camp registration fee.

Register at

Adult Camp——————————– June 24-27

Kidz 1 ———————————- June 29-July 4

Family 1 ————————————–  July 6-11

Jr. Youth ————————————  July 13-18

Family 2  ———————————— July 20-25

Kidz 2  ———————————- July 27-Aug. 1

Single Parent Family ——————– August 4-8

Family 3 ——————————— August 10-15

Sr. Youth ——————————– August 17-22


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. 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


On June 1st, the Seventh Sunday after Easter commonly known as the Sunday After Ascension, Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday. Journey to Jerusalem Sunday is a multimedia project that spotlights Anglican ministries in the Holy Land and aims to build greater understanding of ongoing conflict in the region.

On June 1st, the Seventh Sunday after Easter commonly known as the Sunday After Ascension, Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday.
Journey to Jerusalem Sunday is a multimedia project that spotlights Anglican ministries in the Holy Land and aims to build greater understanding of ongoing conflict in the region.

June 1st is Jerusalem Sunday: On June 1, the Seventh Sunday after Easter commonly known as the Sunday after Ascension, Anglicans across Canada will observe Jerusalem Sunday.

In February, Anglican Video 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.

As the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to celebrate the inaugural Jerusalem Sunday, focusing on its companion relationship with the Diocese of Jerusalem, 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. For additional resources, visit:


C’mon Out in Support of Community Dinners: On Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm the C’mon Festival Prelude will take place at the parishes of St. Faith and St. Stephen the Martyr in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood. The proceeds from this fundraising event will be shared by the PrayerWorks Common Meals program at the church and the C’mon (Chamber Music Old & New) Festival to be held August 19-21. Admission will be by donation. An eclectic mixture of traditional and contemporary chamber music, the program will include the Schubert “Arpeggione” Sonata and a virtuosic rendition of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for trumpet and piano, as well as “Immer Kleiner”, a piece arranged especially for this concert that requires the gradual disassembly of a clarinet as the piece progresses! For more info, see attached Media Release


St. Matthias, Edmonton: On Saturday, May 10, from 2-4:00 pm, the ACW of St. Matthias (6210 188 Street) will hold a Strawberry Tea. Tickets ($5) are on sale now and available at the church office (780.487.0324).

All Saints’, Drayton Valley: 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!

Spring in Bloom at St. George’s, Edmonton:

11737-87 Avenue (two blocks west of the Butterdome)

May 10 (9 am to 3 pm): Cleanit Greenit Compost Sale (bedding plants also available)

May 24: (9 am to1 pm) Annual Spring Bazaar (compost, plants, garden décor, select treasures, books, baking and lunch)

For more information, call Lindsay at 780 438-8295.

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 CrucifixBadlands 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

There are 9 performances of the Badlands Passion Play, from July 11-27. This month there is a 10% discount on individual tickets. The Passion Play is donating $5 for every ticket sold to help a school in Nicaragua. Use the code “Gift2014” online or on the phone: 1-888-823-2001.

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: We invite you to consider several courses taught by David Goa:

  • June 21-25: “Faith and Culture,” at St Stephen’s College (see poster attached)
  • September 8-December 1: “Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age” at Augustana (see poster attached–members of the public welcome)

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;;;


 Stand 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“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 participate in a National Conversation on faith and child labour on May 7, and an opportunity 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)

EQ Introductory Workshop: The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills (EQ-HR) is offering a one-day introductory workshop, May 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10014-81 Ave, Edmonton. Participants will complete a personal EQ inventory and gain knowledge about the centrality of EQ in leadership effectiveness. The workshop is facilitated by Roy Oswald, executive director of the EQ-HR Center. The fee is $155 US (lunch included). Pre-approved scholarships available. For more info and to register, visit:

OEWpicBible 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 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:

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:

HfH_InterfaithKickoff_GroupCropHabitat for Humanity Interfaith Build: Habitat for Humanity kicked off its third annual Interfaith Works Project March 20th. Held in conjunction with the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative, this event invites faith groups to volunteer at Habitat build sites and ReStores. All training, tools, safety equipment and lunch are provided. No experience necessary. Participants must be 16 years old. To book a construction date, contact Kim Dedeugd:; to book a ReStore or landscaping date, contact Evan Hammer: For more info, see attached POSTER HfH is also looking for lunch hosts and lunch sponsors. For more info, see attached POSTER Additional opportunities for individuals and churches to support the Interfaith Build are listed HERE

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

Meeting God in the Mundane

Becoming More Mindful of God’s Presence
Do you recognize God’s presence in your everyday life? Has He “talked’ to you in a time of crisis or a time of quiet? This retreat will help you become more mindful of God’s presence in the ordinary events of everyday life. Why not give your mother, daughter, grandmother or yourself the gift of a day away – they (and you) deserve it!

Saturday, May 10
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Debbie Doornbos

$50.00 (includes buffet lunch)

Treat yourself to a longer retreat. Come Friday evening or stay over Saturday night for an additional small fee. Call Kathy for more information at 780-701-1854.

Go to or call 780-701-1854 to register or for more information.

Economic Conference at The King’s University College: King’s – along with the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics at the Institute for Christian Studies – is hosting a conference entitled: “Are We There Yet: Economic Justice and the Common Good” May 12 and 13 at King’s. Our featured speakers are the Hon. Diane Ablonczy and Dr. Bob Goudzwaard. There will also be panel discussions on such topics as Economic Justice and First Nations, Environment and Economics, the role of Business is promoting economic justice, etc. The conference’s website is You can register for the conference online and find out more about our program and our featured speakers. POSTER attached

Becoming a Missional Church and Leader: Alan Roxburgh, one of the foremost thinkers in everything missional, suggests that the missional church, ideally, is a unified body of believers intent on being God’s incarnational presence to the surrounding community. This intensive three-day workshop focuses on answering the question, “HOW do we become that church?”

Where: Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB,  7th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders

When: May 6-8, 2014

Cost: $450 including taxes, lunches, and materials (discounts available for groups of 3 or more)

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