We're hoping to encourage a sense of community by watching altogether as if we're in Church for the regular Sunday service. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the video: it is public. Just click the link and watch along with your friends and fellow congregants! If you do have a Facebook account, you will be able to comment on the video.
Here are the usual service download links:
BCP audio: https://tinyurl.com/yxfgecf8
BAS audio: https://tinyurl.com/y2z88zqx
BAS video: https://tinyurl.com/y6r6vuue
Aug 23 Readings:
1st Reading: Exodus 1:8 - 2:10
2nd Reading: Romans 12:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Pastoral Care: Please contact Lois Ellis at 403-252-9503 or loisellis[at]shaw[dot]ca for more information.
Belated Notice: Mariam Jacob passed away in May; she would have turned 106 on July 4.
Office Hours: The office is open from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Anglican Diocese of Calgary Bi-Weekly Newsletter: Can be found by clicking HERE.
Donations: There are many options for your contributions to St. Peter's. Meredith or Linda can accept your offering between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are unable to get to the Church, Arnold Williams 403 – 251 – 4610 or arnoldegbertwilliams[at]gmail[dot]com will personally pick up from your home. You may have already set up a direct deposit with the forms provided by Meredith.
PWRDF Beirut Crisis Bulletin: The PWRDF has provided a bulletin regarding how to help Beirut in their time of Crisis. Please click HERE to read and go to the PWRDF website for an updated story on the emergency, https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-pledges-25000-to-act-alliance-for-beirut-response/.
From the Interim Priest-In-Charge:
When I hear comments from parish members such as:
“How long will he be around for.”
“I suppose the Parish Council has been fired.”
This reminds me to say a prayer that I had heard in a Uniting Church in Australia at a time when I was visiting my ailing parents:
“I am weary Lord. It’s not serving you that saps my energy. It’s the people you’ve given me to work with. They’re difficult. It’s not having a vision of your mission that’s hard, Lord. It’s the petty personality conflicts. Where is the vision that is big, at least bigger then our egos, bigger then the kingdoms we are busy building?
It is here, Lord, in your body, that we do the best job of wounding one another.
We find it hard, Lord, to name that here, in your church, we are the ones who impede your kingdom.” Amen.
Fall Fair: As the annual Fall Fair will not be possible in its usual form this year, Sheila will take orders for items from the Country Store, and curbside pick up or drop off can be arranged. Jams and jellies are available all year as Sheila freezes the fruit when it becomes available, but there are some time-sensitive items such as Peaches, Brandied Peaches, Dilly Carrots, Pickled Beets, and Dill Pickles which will be prepared in the next few weeks. Knowing the approximate numbers of each would be most helpful. Please contact Sheila Leigh at 403 281 1376 or sjleigh[at]shaw[dot]ca.
Courtyard Clean-up: We are looking for volunteers to come and help weed and clean the courtyard. Thank you to those who have come to assist. To follow social distancing guidelines, please phone the office ahead of time to arrange a time of your choosing. Linda or Meredith will let you in during office hours (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Warden's Update: The Wardens continue to meet two or three times each week to handle situations. The lawns have been aerated, fertilized and mowed. The gardens are neat and blooming. The Church has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. All the motion lights and security cameras are in place, functioning and being monitored. All the Parish contracts continue to be reviewed and revised.
Cormack Hall: The ACW (Mary Dymond, Mary – Anne Armstrong, Ann Bright) is closer to a decision for the renovations to the Cormack Hall Kitchen. Following the upgrades to the kitchen, it is planned to clean, resurface and polish the floor.
Firewood: Peter Leigh and a group of the men have kept busy chopping, splitting and stacking wood. Now is the time to buy for your fire-pit or your fireplace. Stack it high, and let it dry! If you need a full pick-up load for $100.00 delivered, contact Peter at 403-281 – 1376 or pjleigh[at]shaw[dot]ca.
- to the phoners who helped with updating the Church directory; Dolores C, Joan S, and Lynne A.
- to Barry O'Flynn for cleaning and polishing the Church downstairs floors
- to Bessie Romness who continues to deliver the Upper Room in our Narthex mailboxes
- to Sheila Leigh and team for making sure Ronald McDonald House receives a donation of $150 each month from St. Peter's, since Covid cancelled cooking the dinners.
Birthday: Happy 90th Birthday to David Bagley!
Things we've learned during COVID-19: Get dressed every day. Go for a walk each day, even a short walk in the rain. Remember that "if thunder roars, go indoors." Phone at least one friend each day. Use the church directory to phone a new friend each day. Take up a hobby. Learn a new language. Learn a new instrument. Redecorate a room by shopping at your house. Have you shredded that box of old documents yet?
Inventory: We have a volunteer who has stepped forward to update St. Peters's assets. Thank you, Richard, for doing this necessary and long overdue task.
Thought of the Day: Do things for people, not because of who they are or what they do in return, But because of who you are. Harold S. Kushner