Announcements for March 4, 2018

Announcements for March 4, 2018

What's New: 

Voices of Hope:  Nepal 
For four days last August the rain came down in torrents in the Morang district of Nepal. Mano Mudiyari, 45, lives with eight other family members. “Everyone was crying and carrying their children in their arms and escaping towards the high land and the nearby school,” she recalls. The ensuing floods claimed 19 lives, two people went missing and 3,190 people were displaced from their homes. Just like that, their year’s supply of food grains, more than 800 livestock -- and their livelihoods – were washed away.

PWRDF, working with local and international partners, provided $27,000 towards a project to recover food and livelihoods, as well as provide shelter, clean water and sanitation facilities to sustain families for six months.

Now, the people of Morang have returned to their homes and are rebuilding their lives. “I have repaired my shelter making it better than before, roofed with metal sheet and iron pipe,” says Mano. Her family also has a household toilet and she says the sanitation training and community hand water pump has kept them healthy. Families have earned money by repairing roads and improving flood protection systems. They are growing rice, wheat and maize, and the vegetable gardens that were destroyed in the flood are yielding results again.

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

Ladies Group Meeting: An invitation to attend the upcoming Ladies  Group Meeting on March 1st @ 1.30pm. Maureen Lawrence will be our guest speaker and she will bring us up to date on the latest PWRDF projects. All are welcome!

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 eleviate 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!

4th annual Lenten Film Series: held at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, Spartan Rd. off Metral, Nanaimo. Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00pm for the movie, refreshment, and discussion. Led again by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed. The 3rd movie, for March 6th, is A Matter of Time featuring Victoria, BC musician Kathryn Calder. All are welcome, there’s no fee. 

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Sunday 11th March: On Sunday, March 11, the 8am and 10 am services will be taken by Brian Evans. Brian was Rector at St Paul's Nanaimo for many years, as well as being Archdeacon for the region. Although he retired from St Paul's last year, he is now the Diocesan Stewardship Officer.

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.

Spring Newsletter: Yvonne is working on the spring newsletter.  Please send your articles, stories, helpful hints, exciting family news, lovely photos etc. to Yvonne at [email protected]  

Lent Course 2018: March 7, 14 & 21 at 10:30. 

If you would like to take part in this year's Lent Course, please just show up!

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.

Stan and Hilda Jones: As many of you will know, Stan Jones died in January. His ashes, along with those of his wife Hilda, who died a couple of year ago, will be interred in the crypt at the Cathedral in Victoria on the afternoon of Monday April 9th. After the interment, there will be an afternoon tea and Celebration of Life in the Chapter Room of the Cathedral, to which everyone at St Philip's is invited to attend. If you would like to go down to Victoria for this, please can you let me know and we can hopefully arrange for a couple of car loads to go down.

I am also hoping that Stan and Hilda's daughters, Mavis and Margaret, will be coming to St Philip's for a Sunday service before too long, when we will be able to give thanks for the lives of Stan and Hilda as part of the 10am service.

 

Community News: 

World Day of Prayer: This year we will celebrate The World Day of Prayer at St. Andrew’s United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo BC, on Friday March 2, 2018 at 7:00pm.   The theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” from the women of Suriname.   On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 2:30pm we are having a World Day of Prayer planning meeting in our Church Hall at 2:30pm.  You are invited to have 1 or 2 of your church members to attend to: share ideas for World Day of Prayer or volunteer to be a reader.  All are welcome!   For more information call Janet McGregor at (250) 758-6384. Please join us!

Open House at Brechin United Church Sunday March 11th, 2:00-4:30 Remembering the life and times of Brechin congregation 1958-2018Brechin United Church are about to proceed with a redevelopment project which will offer a sustainable funding model, with affordable housing and space for a new church. As a result, the existing church building will be pulled down this summer and a new multi-purpose building will be erected on the same site. The new structure will have 74 apartments along with 7,500 square feet of designated space for church use. Thirty eight of the seventy four apartments will be affordable housing units. The last service in the present building will be Sunday, April 1, 2018. One of the farewell events being planned will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for those who have been associated with this Brechin Church building in any way, to come, reminisce, and share memories. Come to learn about the redevelopment plans for 1998 Estevan Rd.  Displays and refreshments in downstairs hall. Service of thanksgiving in sanctuary at 4:00. Further information visit www.brechinunited.ca or call 250-754-9212

  Diocesan Women's Spring Retreat

Diocesan Women's Spring Retreat:  April 6-8, 2018.  Through story, music , art and song we will explore the nature of God and Reacquaint ourselves with who and whose we are.  For more information and to register visit http://www.bc.anglican.ca/events/diocesan-womens-spring-retreat--92/2018-04-06 or see the poster and registration form located on the church bulletin board.

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! 

Spirituality Beyond Borders - Education for Transformation: Spirituality Beyond Borders is looking forward to an exciting year of events in 2018.  We have programs planned for the spring, summer and fall.  Our first year of programs in 2017 has been fulfilling, encouraging and transformative, and we have welcomed more than 100 participants and nearly 200 registrations.  We eagerly look forward to more of the same in the year ahead.  For information about our programs in 2018 click on this link: http://spiritualitybeyondborders.org/2018-events/