"The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14
The first time that this prairie girl ever saw the ocean was on a family trip to Olympia, Washington. We drove out north of Gray's Harbor, to get to the beach, right to the coastline of North America, and found a very quiet stretch of beach. I was astounded by the endless expanse of water. Nothing broke the line of the horizon. The ocean was enormous.
"...filled with...the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." That's huge.
What are we doing to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord? How are we reflecting His glory, which has filled us, and pours out to others? Have we mentioned God's glory to anyone lately? Have we told anyone of how God has blessed us, or how God has worked in our lives, or how God has transformed us in some way? Have we taken a moment to sing His praises, even to ourselves? We are compelled to fill the earth with the knowledge of His glory, to share with others how awesome our God is, and to create "a sea" of praise and thanksgiving.
St. Benedict, High River:
Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, after consultation with the parishioners of St. Benedict, High River, is pleased to appoint The Rev. Haydn Schofield as their new Incumbent, as of February 1, 2022. Please pray for Haydn and the people of St. Benedict as they journey forward in faith together.
All Clergy in the Diocese of Calgary are invited to participate in a Zoom Clergy Day, on Tuesday, February 22 from 10:00 am to Noon. A Zoom link will be sent out soon.
The Diocesan office staff are mostly working from home at this time. Staff are available by email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation of contact information on the staff person you are wanting to reach.
St. Martin, Calgary
St. Martin's is one of the original Anglican parishes in Calgary and is located in an established community on the western edge of the city. Our unique new building, to which we have recently moved, has been extensively renovated. This offers exciting new opportunities for both Parish and community involvement.
We aspire to be a vibrant, multi-generational community of Christian faith, grounded in our Anglican heritage, yet open to innovation. We respect diversity in the Church and in the world, are responsive to those in need, and have a humble appreciation for the mystery of God.
We are looking forward to welcoming a new incumbent who will support us as we grow into our new Parish home. We are still accepting applications, and will continue until we have a successful candidate.
Our profile is available upon request; please email The Ven. Dr. Pilar Gateman.
Leading Reserved Sacrament Course
The Rev. Betty Piwowar
ACW Zoom Hymn Sing
Sunday, February 6, at 7:00 pm
To register and receive the Zoom link, click here to email, or call (403) 734-2130.
Group Marriage Preparation Workshop
Beginning March 8, 2022
Couples who are planning to get married are invited to register for this workshop as part of their journey to their wedding day.
This class will consist of four Tuesday evening meetings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, on March 8, 15, 29 and April 5.
Participants will receive information and resources, and be asked to complete "homework" between classes. Topics to be covered: Communication, Conflict Management, Family Culture, Finances, Goals and Values, Intimacy, and Spirituality. The program will be led by The Rev. Brian Way, Counselling Therapist and Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator. Couples interested can book a free half hour online consultation to get more information and to get registration information through this link or by email.
Sound Equipment Available
The Parish of St. Peter, Okotoks has several pieces of sound equipment available to a church or band that may have use for it.
Items included are a Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro, a DBX Equilizer/Limiter, and a Behringer Power Supply for an analog eurodesk board.
If you would be interested in any of these items, please contact Rev. Norbert at St. Peter's.
Black Anglicans Black History Month Service
Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 pm MST
Black Anglicans of Canada was established in 2018 to carry on the mission of Jesus towards equitable representation, participation, belongingness and empowerment of Black people within the Anglican Church of Canada. As part of the courageous conversations reignited across society after the tragic murder of George Floyd in 2020, the dedicated volunteers of Black Anglicans of Canada have done extensive work to educate the church on the shape of anti-Black racism in the Canadian context and church. We encourage you to visit our Black Anglicans of Canada YouTube channel if you have not yet viewed the array of informative programming produced last year.
This year we will be hosting a Black History Service to celebrate Black presence in Anglican churches across Canada. This will be the first time Black Anglicans will be gathering virtually from across Canada for this service which will be aired at 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 27th on YouTube. The Annual Celebration of the Black Heritage of Our Church began in the Diocese of Toronto, 26 years ago and was inspired by the late Dr. Romney Moseley, whose life and witness we will remember this year, the 30th anniversary of his death.
As our work has extended for the benefit of the entire Anglican Church of Canada, we are inviting support from all Dioceses for this year’s Black History Month celebration.
World Day of Prayer 2022
Friday, March 4
Please join us for World Day of Prayer, a prayer movement that invites us to enrich our faith experience with the experience of Christians from other countries and cultures, and to bring hope to women touched by injustice. This year, the service was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To view the World Day of Prayer 2022 Service Video (55 minutes), use this link, and click on "World Day of Prayer 2022 Service Video."
2022 Delegates Assembly (February 10th): On February 10th, we invite you to attend the online Delegates Assembly. During this Delegates Assembly, we will set our direction for the year to come, take action on our campaigns, prepare for a new listening campaign and amend our bylaws. We ask that each of our member organization’s delegates attend and that they bring their core teams with them as we come together to discuss, act, and work together. RSVP here.
Hamper delivery volunteers wanted: At the start of the pandemic we responded to the food insecurity it created by having our members volunteer to deliver food hampers to people in need. The Calgary Food Bank has now taken on this role, by starting their own in-house Hamper Delivery Project. The Calgary Food Bank would like to increase the number of hamper delivery volunteers in the effort to work toward meeting demand. If you want to reach out to the Calgary Food Bank about joining the project, please reach out to Laura Harrisson or Michelle Vetland.
Say Yes! to Kids
April 1 to June 30, 2022
Who is eligible? Any parish in Canada with a vision for ministry and outreach to young people.
When? Apply now and campaign alongside your peers nationwide from April 1 to June 30.
- to raise funds needed to bring your church's vision for youth ministry to life
- to receive fundraising and communications mentorship from AFC's experienced team
- to reconnect with families in your community by raising awareness about your youth programs
- to benefit from an AFC-led effort to secure leadership donations, including matching gifts.
I'm interested. What next? Visit our website and register for an upcoming webinar.
Sorrento Programs in 2022
Registration is now open for our Summer programs. Come for one week, or come for them all. You will find environmental and nature-based programs, as well as outdoor spirtuality and experiential spiritual teachings, including core Anglican, reconciliation and interfaith offerings. As always, you will have the opportunity to enrich your heart and soul through arts and craft-based playful creativity. Start planning here.
Join our summer team for part or all of the summer. We will be building a dynamic team of young people to help make the "Summer at Sorrento Centre" experience extraordinary. We will be hiring staff for the kitchen, maintenance and housekeeping areas, as well as lifeguards, early childhood educators, videographer, etc. We will be posting several seasonal employment positions in the coming weeks.
Day Camps in 2022
With the hope that communities will be more confident about opening their doors to summer activities, Crosstalk Ministries is offering Day Camps for Summer 2022.
This year, the theme is "Follow the Leader" to be offered in three formats:
- A virtual experience, which families can hold in their own backyards, or share among neighbours
- The Super Day Camp Experience, with virtual mentoring for communities new to our materials
- The Basic Day Camp Experience, a community-led program that includes all the resources needed to host a Day Camp.
For more information or to order the resources, please contact Valerie, Day Camp Director
Phishing Scams Happening Again
Once again, there have been several phishing attempts reported to the Diocesan Office. If you receive a request from one of our staff asking for your help, and you are suspicious, please do not respond and delete the email.
Phishing emails may look extremely authentic. Here are some tips on how to protect your confidential personal information:
· Do not click on links OR open attachments in emails or messages from people that you do not know.
· Remember that the Archbishop or the staff would never ask you for assistance in this way.
· Look out for spelling or grammatical errors.
· Check the sender’s email address. Is this address the same as you would usually see from this person or organization?
· Be cautious with any unexpected messages. When in doubt, delete.
These emails are not harmful to your computer, just annoying.
We'd Like to Hear from You
We are interested in what is happening in your parish and would love to highlight those events and news in our newsfeed.
We look forward to your contributions - feel free to forward your event announcements, your parish news, your stories. Send in your details and pictures to email@example.com.
Please remember in your prayers:
- our clergy and churches as we continue to find our way forward in these strange times;
- those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, remembering those suffering from COVID-19 and their caregivers, those feeling isolated and those who are vulnerable;
- for peace and safety in our Nation's Capital at this time, and for those whose decisions will lead to the resolution of this alarming occupation;
- for Michelle, Monica, Howard, Travis and Barbara W.;
- those who have died and those who mourn;
- the victims of violence and natural disasters;
- our Indigenous brothers and sisters, especially remembering their hurt and grief at this time;
- refugees, remembering those fleeing the Taliban regime.
Request a prayer:
Send prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can pray for you. We will only use first names which will be removed after two or three weeks. We will also pray for you during our regular Chapel services each week. Please ensure that you have permission from those whose names you are submitting for prayer, and that they understand their name will be made public to all who subscribe to the Newsletter.