Announcements for April 01 2018

Announcements for April 01 2018

Happy Easter!

What's New: 

Growing our own Thanksgiving: As part of our preparation for Thanksgiving this year, we are trying to make it possible for as many people as want, to grow their own Thanksgiving pumpkins. On Sunday 8th April, at both 8am and 10am services, there will be pumpkin plants available for you to take home and plant in your own yard. Nurture it through the summer and into September and then bring your pumpkins to church for part of our Thanksgiving display. Many thanks to Vicki Erickson for making these plants available to us. 

Accommodation needed: Rev Clara Plamonden will shortly be taking up the position as Rector at St Paul's, Nanaimo. She is looking to purchase a two bedroomed condo in Nanaimo. If you are aware of such a property that is coming onto the market, can you let David know and he will pass the details onto Clara.

Forward Day by Day - 2018 May to July: Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author.

There are a number of copies of the 2018 May to July edition of Day by Day now available at the church. Please feel free to take a copy.

Easter Letter from Bishop Logan: If you have not already received a copy, please go to the church website and download a copy of Bishop Logan's Easter letter to the parishes. Easter Letter

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Church office closure:  The church office will be closed from April 1 until April 9.  For administrative concerns or pastoral emergencies please contact Reverend David Chillman at 250-585-1345.

Easter Services:

Maundy Thursday: March 29, 7 pm Foot Washing, Communion, & Stripping of the Altar  

Good Friday: March 30, 10:00 am   The Last 24 Hours - a vigil for Good Friday  

Easter Sunday: April 1st 8 am “Sonrise Outdoor Service” at the beach (at Oar Rd) and 10am Easter Service with the Flower Cross at the church.

Stan and Hilda Jones: As you may know, Stan Jones passed away earlier this year. At the 10am service on Easter Sunday, April 1st, there will a brief opportunity to give thanks for his life and that of wis wife, Hilda, who died three years ago. We will also be re-dedicating the memorial table in the Narthex, which Stan and Hilda had dedicated in memory their son, Ivor.

Compassionate Warehouse: Leading up to Easter, we will again be collecting items to send to Compassionate Resource Warehouse and Canada Comforts. We are looking for donations of underwear for children and infants, towels (bath, hand and face cloth) and baby receiving blankets. All items can be left in the Compassionate Warehouse box which will be in the narthex up to and including Easter Sunday - thank you!

Easter Newsletter: The parish newsletter for Easter is now available on the church website. Newsletter available here. Hardcopy versions of the newsletter will also be available at the church on Sunday. Many thanks to Yvonne DOwney for all her hard work in putting it together.

Altar Guild Opportunity:  We invite you to become a member of the Altar Guild. We are a small group of people who prepare the Church for Worship, and work very closely with the Rector.    We set up the Altar for services, take care of the Altar vessels, linen and flowers, and prepare the Sanctuary for special services, such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The duties are not onerous, and the commitment is one Sunday per month.   If you think this might be of interest to you please contact David or Ann Smith. 

Your Spiritual Health Plan and MSP!   On the 1st of January, 2018 the Provincial Government gave each of us a monthly 50% refund on our Medical Services Plan payment, which means that most of us are paying at least $37.50 less per month for our medical health plan. But how about our Spiritual Health Plan? As most of you realize, your church has experienced three years of increasing deficits, and we are predicting a fourth straight deficit for 2018. If we all were to take $15/month of that MSP reduction and contributed that to St Philip’s, we would alleviate our financial troubles, and ensure that our Spiritual Health Plan was there to provide for us when needed. St Philip’s is suffering financially and needs your sustenance - please consider contributing an extra $15/month to return us to a healthy state; for most people that’s less than they spend on Timmy’s or McCafe coffee each month!

Project LED: Parish Council is moving forward with Phase 1 of “greening” the Parish to reduce our consumption of gas and electricity, thus reducing our carbon footprint. Phase 1 will involve the replacement of all incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LED bulbs. Obviously, this will require extra funds initially, but the savings should far outreach that expense. If anyone in the Parish wishes to help offset the costs, their contribution will be gratefully accepted - just place your contribution in the Offerings, clearly identifying the funds for Project LED, and your donation will be added to your Envelope Givings for the year and you will be credited on your 2018 Charitable Donation receipt. Another project under consideration is the installation of Solar Panels on the roof, which would result in annual savings on our electric bills in the order of $2,500-3,000. However, the cost of installation is substantial and the means of accomplishing this are still very much in the embryonic stages.

Community News: 

Voices of Hope:  Uganda 
After the death of his parents seven years ago, Kasiita and his brother Matoyu became caregivers for their three younger siblings in Kibonzi Village, Uganda. They are part of the Tulibumu Orphans’ group.

When staff from PWRDF partner Send a Cow Uganda (SACU) first met this family, they were in desperate condition. They had been branded as hopeless beggars in the community and unknowingly, they had accepted the title. Then Kasiita was elected a Community Resource Person with SACU. He received training in sustainable organic agriculture, social development and improved animal management.

Now the family grows vegetables and eats at least two meals a day. They are busy doing their own garden work and no longer have to exchange their labour for food. Improved hygiene has reduced incidence of sickness, especially skin-related diseases. Thanks to training in animal management, the family established pasture and built a cow shed, and this past October received a cross-breed cow. Now they have money for basic home items like paraffin, soap, salt and even sugar.

“I never thought that we would have sugar in this home but now we are able to buy it,” Kasiita says. “We are now Kati tuli bantu,” he says, emphasizing the words in his native language Luganda for ‘a people.’ “This world can turn around.”

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
the anglican church of canada 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, M4Y 3G2
www.pwrdf.org/donate

Community of Learning - Conflict: Language and Resolution:  The diocesan Community of Learning is a new educational approach to lay ministry leadership formation. Modules will be led by experts within the diocesan family and the program is designed to equip lay leaders to be ministers of reconciliation within and beyond the church. The first module is "Conflict: Language and Resolution" and will be take place at St Mary's, Nanoose Bay on Saturday May 5th. If you are interested in attending, or want more information, please check out the poster in the Multi-Purpose Room or go to bc.anglican.ca/events

Sorrento Centre Programming for 2018:   Registration now open!  Our 2018 program for Sorrento Centre has been making its way online over the last few weeks. There are more details to be added over the coming weeks, but our summer course list is online. Registration can be done online and over phone/email through our office. Visit our website to see the program calendar: www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca.  Go online to register or call/email Sorrento Centre: 250-675-2421 or toll free: 1-866-694-2409. Email: [email protected]  We look forward to welcoming you to Sorrento Centre this year!