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PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • Those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Allan, Alisa, Barbara, Bob, Brenda, Chantal, Doreen, Emma, Glenna, Helen, Jackson, Jim, Pat, Ray, Robert, Ruby, Sandy, Sarah, Tom and Wayne.
  • Those who have died and those who mourn.
  • Our Treaty Six First Nations brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Bishop Sixbert and the Diocese of Buyé. List of Twinned Parishes

DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Refugee Crisis - Many Ways to Help: 
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Diocesan Events

Nov 2-Jan 31: Bishop Jane on Sabbatical Leave for Study and Reflection

March 5: SSJD Quiet Day and Companion Program Presentation at All Saints' Cathedral


Parish Events

Nov. 29, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 Advent/Christmas Services

January 16: Community Dinner at Christ Church, Edmonton

January 17: Induction Service at St. George's, Devon


January 24: Feast of St. Timothy Curry Dinner at St. Stephen the Martyr, Edmonton

January 31: Black History Month Service at St. Faith, Edmonton
Worshiping Fully During Advent
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’ Luke 10:23-24

What is AnglicanismWant to know more about where Anglicanism comes from, where it might be going and what gifts it has to offer to the global Church? Sign up for ‘The Anglican Tradition,’ a 12-week course at Newman College in January. Led by Scott Sharman, Ecumenical Coordinator and University Chaplain for the Edmonton Diocese, the class will meet Wednesday evenings, from 6:30-9:15 pm, Jan 6-Apr 13.  For more info, email Scott at ssharman@ualberta.ca or visit www.newman.edu 

Ecumenical Taizé Pilgrimage: From July 22 to August 1, 2016 young adults, ages 18-29, will travel to the community of Taizé in France. If you'd like to participate in this pilgrimage please register at www.Taize2016.jimdo.com by February 29, 2016.  Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Reverend Cheryl Boulet via email: cherylboulet914@gmail.comAnyone can experience meditative and peaceful Taizé worship at All Saints' Cathedral on the second Sunday of each month at 7 pm. 

Alpha: Not Just for Youth: Invite Christmas visitors to explore faith, life, and God. Nicky Gumbel has recorded new talks for a new generation. Now is the time to gather a team to run alpha in the new year! Watch the first Episode. Everything you need is FREE when you register at alphacanada.org. Contact Alpha Coordinator, Amy Croy to help you plan and train your team  alpha@edmonton.anglican.ca
 
We Can Do It! As a diocese, we are aiming to donate 100 units of blood by the end of 2015. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to help save the life of a patient in need. Register at www.blood.ca/joinpartnersforlife using Partner ID: ANGL696986. To book an appointment to donate, call 1-888-236-6283 or visit www.blood.ca. 
 
Sharing Anglicans: a Space to Give and ReceiveLet's work towards a "sharing economy," caring for both our community and our environment. Visit www.share.edmonton.anglican.org to give away or request second hand items including furnishings, books, equipment, vestments, employment opportunities, or anything else you have that someone else might want.

To post an item that you need or have to give away, contact Community Development Facilitator John Gee: j.gee@edmonton.anglican.ca / 780-439-7344.

INDIGINEWS: Indigenous Community

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Weekly events (click each event for more information):

PARISH STORIES: An interview with Jasper's People's Warden about the process of refugee sponsorship

Nancy Addison, a retired teacher and the People's Warden at Jasper, was interviewed by CJFE's Kevin Sexton about her choice to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. An excerpt is found below:

"How it all started for me was just an idea in my head. Watching everything on television you just get tired of seeing it and thinking the world's going belly up and you just wish you could do something.

"I started researching it and I discovered that if you go to an Anglican church, or I suppose any church probably, a synagogue, anywhere, and ask for help, usually some sort of religious institution will help you. I went there and told them what I wanted to do. ... The people that were there offered to help me and they gave me a motion, which I needed to proceed.

"Then I drove into the city to visit a woman who works for the Anglican Diocese, her name is Gail Millard, and she's been working with refugees for the past 22 years. Her house is more like a command centre. She has applicants' papers there all over; she's missing pieces of furniture because she's given them away to refugees who've arrived in the country. 

"We went through the applications all together, and she steered me in the direction of two (families). One of them had children and this other one - which I eventually picked - didn't. She told me that children are very easily sponsored, people want to help children, but this family, because they're older, probably
would languish over there and never get any help. I picked up the letter from Reham, and by that time they'd ... ended up in a mountainous village in Lebanon. She was writing from there saying, please help us, we have no options. So after reading that, you know, I just said, 'I'll take these guys.'"

The interview also includes thoughts from Gail Millard, the refugee corodinator for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, as well as Farah Malik, a Pakistani refugee who came to Canada about three years ago. Listen to the entire interview (30 minutes long) at www.canadalandshow.com/podcast/bringing-refugees-rockies.

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christmas Events at All Saints' Drayton Valley (5212-47 Avenue) Sunday, December 27th, during our Christmas Sunday and Alms-Giving Service at 10:30 am, the gifts from our annual “Mission Tree” will be blessed and the donations of clothing and personal hygiene items will be distributed to the needy in both Drayton Valley and Edmonton’s inner city.
  • Watch Night Service on December 31st at 11:30 pm and a bonfire on January 1st at 6:00 pm following our New Year’s Day Service.
Christ Church - Community DinnersChrist Church (12116 - 102 Ave, Edmonton) hosts monthly Community Dinners at 5:00 pm, no charge, and everyone is welcome. The next one is on Jan. 16.

Devon Induction: The Rev. Christian Gordon will be inducted as rector of St. George's, Devon on Sunday, January 17 at 7:00 pm.

Feast of St. Timothy Curry Dinner: St. Stephen the Martyr ACW will be hosting a Curry Dinner on the feast of St. Timothy and St. Titus, January 24, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person. This is to be a fundraiser to help with the cost of the Church. There will be a service following the supper.

Black History Month ServiceSt. Faith’s Anglican Church (11725-93 Street, Edmonton) has been asked by the National Black Coalition of Canada Board to host "Unity in Diversity: Walking together as ONE," the Black History Month Service for Edmonton on Sunday January 31, 2016 at 3 pm. The celebratory service will be followed by a reception in the PrayerWorks Hall. This will be the second time hosting for the parish. All are welcome! Please share the attached POSTER and spread the word.
 
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BEYOND THE DIOCESE


No Room in the Inn: Help E4C "Make a House a Home."  By contributing to the 2015 campaign, your gift will help expand and beautify E4C's Elizabeth House kitchen: install new cabinetry, counters space and appliances; improve plumbing, electrical and ventilation.  Click here for more information. 

Donations to Bissell's White Gift Sunday: Bissell Centre aims to give more than 150 families (participants in their Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Services, Homeless to Homes, Family Support and Child Care Programs) the opportunity to “shop” for Christmas presents on December 21, 22, 23. White Gift Sunday drop-offs will be accepted on December 6 and 13, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, at Bissell Centre (10527-96 St, Edmonton). For more info, see attached Winter Wishlist

Our House Addiction Recovery Centre: Wondering where to donate this Christmas? Our House Addiction Recovery Centre, started by the parishioners of St. Stephen the Martyr in 1984, has evolved from a drop-in centre to a 60-bed residential program available to help men over the age of 18 and includes a range of recovery-directed programs for men and women which help recovery from serious addictions. To donate funds or in-kind gifts, visit www.ourhouseedmonton.com and go to their Donations/Wish List page. 

"Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy:" The Alberta Legislature is the final stop on the Canadian tour of the historic and foundational document, the Magna Carta. Explore the roots of democracy and personhood: 9am - 8pm weekdays, Noon - 8pm weekends. This is a free event. Video. Learn more here: www.assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre/borealis/magnacarta.html.

The Ronning Centre for the Study of Religious and Public Life invites you to the following event:
  • A special commemoration of "Milad-un-Nabi" held on Saturday 23 January, 4pm-6pm at the Royal Alberta Museum. RSVP by January 4 POSTER
The Star of the North Retreat Centre (located at 3A St. Vital Ave, St. Albert) is offering a plethora of programs this winter and spring, including: Colonization and the Doctrine of Discovery, Faith & Science in the Franciscan Tradition, Away Days, an Ignatian Retreat, Journal Writers Retreat Workshop, and many more! For details and dates, call their office at 780-459-5511 or visit www.starofthenorth.ca/documents/ProgramsJan-Aug2016.pdf.
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