Announcements for April 15, 2018

Announcements for April 15, 2018

What's New: 

Garage Sale - Fri. April 20 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm - Sat. April 21 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 
Your church needs you!  Garage Sale setup: Wed. April 18 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thurs. April 19 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm All help is greatly appreciated even if you come for just an hour or two. We also need a couple of strong people, men or women, to help price tools and electrical items.
Wed. April 18 at 9:00 - we will need as many people as possible to remove chairs to the storage room and to setup tables in the body of the church.
On Wed. and Thurs. we will need help to sort and price items for sale.
We will accept items for sale from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wed. April 18 and 9:00 am to 3:00pm on Thurs. April 19.
We will need extra help on Sat. April 21 at 2:00 pm to pack up leftover items and set up the church for Sunday services. As you can see, we will have a very busy four days.
This is a very big fundraiser for our church. The Church Ladies Group are organizing this project but without all our parishioners we will not be able to make this happen.   Any help on any of these four days is appreciated. If you need items picked up, please contact Catherine Cembella - ph. 250 - 585 - 8309 or e-mail - [email protected]

Plant Sale: Please remember to drop off contributions for the plant sale which will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 9.00am to 2.00pm.  Pots etc. can be stacked neatly by the shed or let Jude Chillman or Yvonne Downey know that you have something that needs to be collected. Anyone who can help with set-up on Friday 4 May from 2.00pm will be very welcome. See attached poster below.

Indigenous Canada Course: Interested in learning more about key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical Indigenous perspective? Check out this free on-line course being offered by the University of Alberta. It’s run by Indigenous professors. Go to Indigenous Canada

The deadline for enrolment is April 16th

Secretary for the Ministry Discernment Team: The Ministry Discernment Team for the Diocese of BC is looking for a secretary, effective Jan 1, 2019. Ideally they would like someone from the greater Nanaimo area as the annual Ministry Discernment Weekend is held at the Bethlehem Centre.

The team is comprised of both lay and ordained folks from across the Diocese who serve as mentoring chaplains to those who are discerning a call to the Diaconate or the Priesthood. The team meets 3 to 4 times a year. They typically meet (12:30 noon to 3 pm) in Duncan, with the January meeting in North Saanich (taking the Mill Bay/Brentwood Bay ferry to avoid the Malahat during the winter).

The secretary's role is:

  • to take the minutes each meeting and distribute
  • to accept the candidate applications each year and contact the candidates' references
  • to organize the two-day Ministry Discernment Weekend (end of Nov or early Dec) at Bethlehem Centre
  • to provide the weekend assessors with all of the materials they need for the weekend
  • to maintain the applications of those who wish to be assessors and those who wish to be mentoring chaplains

If you are interested and want to find out more about this very worthwhile opportunity, please contact Joy Adams Bauer ([email protected] or 250.740.1162)

Bruce’s Bottles Returnables Recycling update from February to April 7: Amount: $105.35  Items Collected: 1,237  Towards our 4th goal of $5,000: $1,951.00   Did you know that even though the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange has been closed (hopefully temporarily), you can still take different items that don’t go into your regular home recycling to the Recycling Depot? Please check out their website for locations close to you as well as a list of the items that they will accept – while it is not as extensive at the NRE, it will help us to keep the amounts going into our landfill down.  Website:

SECOND SUNDAYS at FIRST invites you to enjoy singing The 10 Greatest Evening Hymns with choir, organ, piano, and brass at Ladysmith First United Church (Third Avenue at High Street)  on Sunday, May 13, 2018 4 pm.  Part singers especially welcomed. An offering will be received for First's Music Program. This is  an ongoing monthly series.  Other dates include: 4 pm on Sunday, June 10, 2018 - A Celebration of Organ Pot-Boilers/ 4 pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018 - A Potpourri of Patriotic Pleasers / 4 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2018 60 Years of Playing Organ Favourites Freeman Dryden’s 60th Anniversary as an Organist /4 pm on Sunday, Sept.9, 2018 The 10* Greatest Scottish Psalms /4 pm on Sunday, Oct.14, 2018 The 10 Greatest Hymns of Thanksgiving /4 pm on Sunday, Nov.11, 2018 A Remembrance of Remembrance Days Hymns, Anthems and Instrumentals with Choir, Organ, and Brass (time TBA) on Sunday, Dec.9, 2018 FIRST’s musicians will be at the Ladysmith Choirfest. 

Gospel Sing-Along Concert: Smaisim Sponsorship Group, is supporting the settlement of a Syrian refugee family in Nanaimo.  It is hoped the family will be arriving in the next few months, and we are busily fundraising for this.  Our next fundraising event is a Gospel Sing-Along Concert, which will be held at St Andrews United Church on Wesley Street Nanaimo on Saturday April 14th at 7pm.  This rousing Gospel concert will feature a four piece live band and singer.  As well, a storyteller will bring to life the poignant tale of a young slave girl in the Deep South, where gospel singing began, expressing the hopes and fears of the slaves in music and song.

Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy are coming to St. Andrew’s United Church on May 12th at 8pm. Tickets  are $30/person and available in the church office,  Carol Anderson, Yours and Mine Fashion, and Tom Lee Music.  Come help us celebrate our 125th Anniversary.

VOX ensemble Concert, “Behold the Lamb” - an Eastertide programme of Ancient, Renaissance, & Modern sacred music including timeless Gregorian chant. Music inspired by the ancient texts of the Christian tradition as arranged throughout the ages. A contemplative and historical musical journey of transcendent beauty. Including music by William Byrd, John Dunstable, Victoria, Bach, Faure, and Tavener.   Sunday, April 22nd, 7:30 pm -- St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo.   Proceeds to BC CANCER FOUNDATION. Info: Tickets: Adult $20, Students $10, Children $5, available at the door.

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

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. Over the next couple of weeks 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.

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: 

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


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