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The federal government will match 1:1 donations to Rohingya relief efforts through its new Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund until Nov. 28. Since August, the world has watched in horror as refugees pour into Bangladesh with little to no resources. PWRDF has funded a response from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank along with World Renew and seven other Foodgrains Bank members in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh. Please share this information in your parishes, and if possible, consider using the bulletin insert at this link.
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Under the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program, the government of Nova Scotia announced Nov. 10 that Atlantic School of Theology has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity. They will sell their solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.
“This is a great opportunity for us to help reduce Nova Scotia’s carbon footprint,” said Neale Bennet, president of the Atlantic School of Theology. “We are delighted to be able to include new solar panels as an important part of our campus renewal plan.”
AST was one of 18 successful applications chosen across the province. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator.
The program will be offered for two more years.
PWRDF’s World of Gifts guide is ready. Share this link with your parishes and include in bulletins, if possible. Click here to view the guide.
Canadian Mothers’ Union council meetings are coming up in 2018. Please note these dates:
Jan. 27 – Trinity Church, Sussex
April 7 – St. John the Baptist Church, Riverview
Sept. 22 – St. John the Baptist Church, Riverview
(10 a.m. arrival, meeting runs 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; spiritual program and business meeting)
Also note Canadian Mothers’ Union Biennial Conference – Villa Madonna, Rothesay, NB scheduled for Nov. 16-18, 2018.
On Nov. 26, Pray for Religious Freedom in Canada
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities are asking churches, individuals, and groups to pray together on Sunday, Nov. 26. It is a day set apart to pray for the successful resolution of the Trinity Western University (TWU) case, which will be heard in the Supreme Court of Canada on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; and the future of religious freedom in Canada, given the broad potential implications of the TWU case.
Read more about this prayer day and download resources for yourself and your church, small group, and community, by clicking here.
If you are going to join in prayer, please let us know at facebook.com/CCCCCharities.
Threshold Ministries is seeking a new National Director who will provide leadership and oversight of the ministry and its projects, as well as seek to improve its financial viability through sound accounting practices and consistent promotion of this ministry. Competitive remuneration package with health benefits and pension.
Applications for the National Director of Threshold Ministries, Canada, will be received until Nov. 26 < ndsearch at thresholdministries.ca >
Click here for more information.
Treasures, an Anglican charity shop in the Village of Gagetown, will be open on the weekend of Nov. 25-26 for the annual Christmas In The Village event. It’s a popular weekend that features festive activities and Christmas shopping. Village stores, including Treasures, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Treasures will be decorated for the holiday season and stocked with lots of festive items. They invite everyone to visit, and return again next summer.
A message from Safe Harbour House
Safe Harbour House has been opened for just over six months now and we have had youth living in the home every night since we opened. It has been a very busy time as we have implemented a new approach and have been continuing to train staff and add new pieces to the program.
We deliver a transitional housing program for homeless youth, led by a registered social worker but we also have a full-time career counsellor on site and a full-time outreach worker who supports youth when they leave the home.
Over the last several months we have supported youth as they completed high school, found employment, addressed issues of addiction, rebuilt family relationships, moved into supportive housing and prepared applications for post-secondary education.
Thank you very much for your support, both financial and otherwise. It is making a significant difference.
John Sharpe-CEO, Partners For Youth Inc.
Dedication of the organ / Celebration of Ministry of Ven. Lyman Harding
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Parish of Saint John (Trinity Church); 155 Charlotte St. Trinity invites you to the evening service as we dedicate the new Phoenix digital church organ and celebrate the ministry of the late Ven. Lyman Nelson Harding who served our diocese from 1963-1999. His last 11 years of active service were spent as rector of Trinity. Following the service, all will be treated to a recital by our guest organist, Mr. Michael Molloy, featuring the Saint John Chorale guest choir. The Ven. John Matheson will share his reflections at this service.
CASSOCK & SURPLICE TO GIVE AWAY
Both items are in excellent condition. The cassock is a size medium and measures 54″ long from the back of the neck. The surplice is 38 1/2 ” long from the lowered back neck and is polyester. Please contact grandlake at hotmail.com for more information.
The Parish of Stanley would like to borrow copies of the book The Sparkle Box for the Advent season. Contact the Rev. Canon Bonnie LeBlanc < bonnie.leblanc at anglican.nb.ca >
Dinner theatre returns to St. Georges in Bathurst
SLEEPY HOLLOW is the fictitious seniors care home at St. Bart’s Church. The wardens of the church are hoping that turning the manse into a home will keep the “Wolfe” from the door! Laughter, song and dance will make it an unforgettable experience. It’s a dinner theatre production by the congregation and community friends that takes place Nov. 22, 24 and 25 in Bathurst.
Written, directed and produced by Mary Wolfe, it is a three-act play that includes a turkey dinner for two nights and a sandwich luncheon on day three.
For more information, contact Mary at 546-2692 or mdwolfe at onchaleur.net
Consider attending this one-day “Believeability Tour” that promises to provide practical steps to help churches of any size in Atlantic Canada get “unstuck.”
Don’t come alone! Bring a team of influencers. This is for all church influencers (key lay people, lay readers, vestry members, ministry program volunteers, parish staff, clergy and next generation leaders).
Friday, Nov. 17 in Moncton is a very affordable $10 one-day experience that will provide you practical steps and answers from Atlantic Canadian pastors who are seeing strong forward momentum.
Registration is now open. More information is available at www.ldbuckingham.com
CYWC Canadian youth worker conference is Nov. 24-25 at Hillside Baptist church in Moncton. This year’s theme is discipleship. If anyone is interested please contact the YIG team ASAP so we can register. More info: www.cywc.ca/moncton
Lunch and Learn – Keep Your Mind For Later Use. You are invited to hear guest speakers talk about the healthy brain and what we can do to maintain this. Programs will be offered Nov. 14 and 28. 12:15- 1:15 p.m. at Stone Church, Saint John. This program has been developed to help improve our lives, the lives of our fellow parishioners and our neighbors. The data show that active participation in a faith community plays a significant role in maintaining health. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please bring your own bagged lunch. Information: Beth Lawson, 642-7348.
Saint John Seafarers’ Mission Christmas Program
Each year during the Christmas season, the Saint John Seafarers’ Mission provides gifts to the seafarers who are visiting our port. These gifts are packaged with the goal of giving items of necessity, with a little something extra, at a time when these men and women are feeling the loneliness of being away from their families. Last year the Seafarers’ Mission distributed 219 Christmas packages to 11 ships during the Christmas season. The crew members were pleased!
Ideas for items you could include in a Christmas package:
• Toiletries: shampoo, shave cream, tooth paste, tooth brush, dental floss, mouth wash, body wash, deodorant, disposable razors, lip balm, comb, hand lotion, Kleenex
• Warm items: gloves, socks, scarf, toque
• A little something extra: playing cards, game book, pen, Canada souvenir (pin/magnet/key chain), candy (individually wrapped), chocolates, chocolate bars, Halloween sized bags of chips, gum.
• Christmas card
NOTE: Do not wrap individual items or the packages. Port security controls, in the US and Canada, require us to scan the contents of any parcels before they go aboard ships.
If you want to support our Christmas program but don’t want to do a package, you can donate some of the above items, earmarked specifically for Christmas or donate cash (tax receipts will be issued).
NOTE: We generally have a shortage of gloves, shampoo, deodorant, shave cream, hand lotion, lip balm.
Approximate sizes of ‘packages’ we use: medium size shoe box or Christmas bags 12” (h), 10” (w) and 5” (d).
Drop donations at the Mission (92 Tilley Lane, Saint John) Monday – Friday, noon – 5 p.m. For pick-up, call Bev at (506) 635-1731 or email < seaf at nb.aibn.com >
Thank you! Without help from others, we could not provide these gifts.
Everyone is welcome at Christ Church Cathedral each Friday at 12:10 p.m. to hear an organ recital on the magnificent pipe organ, performed by David Drinkell, Cathedral organist and choir director. They last about 40 minutes and people may come and go during the recital. David gives an informal, and usually amusing talk about each piece and/or the composer. Come and meet David and hear some wonderful music. Free will offering.
St. Lukes, Parish of Portland in Saint John, is looking for a volunteer hairdresser or barber to help with their outreach program, preferably on the first and third Monday of each month. Contact St. Lukes (693-4152) or Rob Pitman < rcmpitman at gmail.com > if you can help.
Trinity Church, Saint John is looking for used BAS books, and Common Praise Hymn Books or the green coil bound hymn books (Songs of Praise). If you have any you’d like recycled, contact the Rev. Steven Scribner: 506-693-8558.
Are you interested in attending CLAY?
The YIG team is looking for parishes to form a team or any youth interested in joining a team to attend CLAY 2018 in Thunder Bay, ON from August 15-19. The theme is Threads, weaving God’s story into our lives. This is a fantastic youth gathering for youth between the ages of 14-19. If you are seriously thinking of attending please contact the YIG team for more details (yigfton at gmail.com) or visit www.claygathering.ca
Anglican Healing Fund
For 25 years, the Anglican Healing Fund has financially supported local, community-led healing projects. As a response to the on-going legacy of the residential school system, grants from the healing fund are made to encourage and initiate programs that help heal, educate, and recover language and culture.
In 2017, our goal is replenish the Anglican Healing Fund through Giving with Grace for the next five years by raising $1 million. Join us in renewing our commitment to healing. Of projects funded since 1992, there have been nine in our diocese. The most recent was in 2016 at Tobique First Nation.
Click here to learn more.
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