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St.

Thomas Times September, October, November Thanksgiving, Fall/Autumn 2012

Please pick up a copy in the church foyer or for an electronic copy, visit our website: www.sttomsherwoodpark.com or email the office at sttomsherwoodpark@gmail.com.

St. Thomas Times


A Mission Church of Jesus Christ Seek, Shape, Serve

Parish Staff (780-467-5730)


Interim Priest-in-charge: The Venerable Alan Perry atperry@edmonton.anglican.ca Assistant Curate: The Rev. Chris Dowdeswell rev.chris.dowdeswell@gmail.com Interim Priest: The Rev. Maddie Urion murion@telus.net Interim Deacon: The Rev. Susan Ormsbee ormsbee@telusplanet.net Honorary Assistant: The Rev. Bruce Aylard jablay@shaw.ca Administrative Assistant: Kendra Hoffert sttomsherwoodpark@gmail.com

Regular Weekly Worship Times


Sunday 8:00 am Holy Eucharist Said service, no music Sunday 9:00 am Holy Eucharist Contemporary Music Sunday School after the childrens talk Sunday 11:00 am Sung Holy Eucharist Music blends contemporary & traditional
St. Thomas Anglican Church 4A Raven Drive, Sherwood Park, T8A 0C3 Office Ph: 780-467-5730 Emergency Cell: 780-266-4595 Fax 780-467-3110 New Office Hours: Tues: 9:00am-2:30pm Wed: 9:00am-2:30pm Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm

St. Thomas Vestry 2011-2012


Rectors Warden: Gordon Weighell (780-464-7905) gordon.weighell@gmail.com Peoples Warden: Ted Greenaway (780-995-1225) peopleswarden@iwonderonline.ca Assistant Peoples Warden: Alison de Haan (780-410-9848) alison_de_haan@hotmail.com Treasurer: Dale Purkis (780-467-5730) purkis@shaw.ca Maintenance Chair: William Jones (780-449-5129) wkjones@shaw.ca Stewardship Chair: Gordon Voth (780-417-2703) gorddivoth@hotmail.com Fundraising Chair: Betty Hopfner (780-449-2476) bettyhopfner@shaw.ca Youth Chair: Devon Goldie (780-461-0267) strawberry_dancer260@hotmail.com Project 2015 Liaison: Brian Jolly (780-467-9682) bjolly86@gmail.com Synod Delegates: Ruth Heine (780-462-3538) rlheine@shaw.ca Jim Revill (780-416-3245) jrevill@telus.net Roland Teape (780-449-9409) riffle@shaw.ca Alternate: Chad St. Jean (780-410-9494 chadstjean@gmail.com

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
John 4: 35

New e-mail address: sttomsherwoodpark@gmail.com Website: www.sttomsherwoodpark.com


BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY

SEPTEMBER 30

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St. Thomas Anglican Church

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Our mission is to be a welcoming, worshipping community, loving God and others Our purpose is to Worship & Glorify God; Foster relationships with God; Nurture a sense of belonging; Reach out to others; Love and care for our world as stewards of Gods creation

Christian Life
For queries on Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Funeral/ Memorial Services, or Pastoral Visits Church Office 780-467-5730
stthom@telus.net

Day Trippers Linda Cutler780-467-5254


cutlerg@telus.net

Worship
Choir
Connie cmclaws@ualberta.ca

Family Events Kim Wereley 780-464-5501


3guitars4life@gmail.com

Marriage Encounter Church Office 780-467-5730


stthom@telus.net

Tapestry Ruth Heine 780-462-3538


rlheine@shaw.ca

Hospitality Teams (9am)


vacant

Colchester Cemetery Church office 780-467-5730


stthom@telus.net

Ladies Potpourri Michele Clapp 780-461-2177


mclapp@chandos.com

Drama Agnes Pieracci 780-449-6970 Liturgical Dance Janet Kwantes 780-410-0365


janmarkwan@aol.com

Envelope Secretary Judy Purkis 780-467-5730


stthom@telus.net

Mens Crib Gene Miskiw 780-467-5400


gmiskiw@telus.net

Outreach
Church Office 780-467-5730
stthom@telus.net

Christian Education
stthom@telus.net

For information on Sorrento Centre Senior Ladies Church office 780-467-5730 Church Office 780-467-5730 Adult Studies Church office 780-467-5730
stthom@telus.net

Social Convenor agnes Pieracci 780-449-6970

Blankets for Canada Helen Cleveley 780-464-1528

Cursillo Jean Aylard 780-417-6433


aylard@telus.net

Campbells Soup Labels St. Thomas Newsletter Lesley Tarrant Belcourt 780-467-4023 Dave Cleveley 780-464-1528
herbel-h@telus.net

Children & Youth


Childrens Ministry Shannon Le Blanc 780-907-6590
rayshan@shaw.ca

Foster Child Helen Cleveley 780-464-1528 Knit 123 Sally Foss 780-467-6956 Primates World Relief & Development Fund
vacant

Lay Ministry/ Worship Support Lay Readers, Admin./Leader Training Church Office 780-467-5730
stthom@telus.net

Wacey Laderoute 780-570-4442


ace-of-hearts@live.ca

Fellowship
11am Greeters, ushers, coffee 780-467-5730 Book Club Linda Cutler 780-467-5254
cutlerg@telus.net

Junior Youth Kim Wereley 780-464-5501


3guitars4life@gmail.com

Refugee Committee Marion Bulmer 780-464-6927


marion.bulmer@shaw.ca

Janet Lockau 780-467-4825


jlockau@shaw.ca

Senior Youth Devon Goldie


strawberry_dancer-260@hotmail.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society


donations of household items & used furniture

CLEOs - Diane Duke 780-464-0170 ROMEOs - Jim Brown 780-464-3257

Loran Dietrich 780-464-0899

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FINDING US

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The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. ~Matthew 37

Childrens Ministry 14 Curates Message 6 Contact names 1 & 2 Family Fun Events 12 Finding Us 3 Fundraising 19 Holy Trinity, Tofield 10 Interim Priests Message 5 Keeping in Touch 20 Keeping in Touch Ministry 21 Mission Facilitator 9

Music, Drama, Dance Ministry 13 Nurturing Well-Being 17, 18 Photos of new staff 21 Prayer & Education Ministries 11 Reaching Out To Others 16 Rectors Message 4 Vestry 8 Wardens Word 7 Wit and Whit 22, 23 Worshipping and Glorifying God 10 Youth Ministry 15

St. Thomas This Summer If you have enjoyed your walk to the front door of St. Thomas this summer you will have noticed the blooming flowers, plants, neatly trimmed shrubs and lush lawn. Our beautiful pots, flower beds and shrubs are a result of Ed Hoppers weekly tender loving care, which is greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Our sincere thanks go to Sian Dominski and her family for their weekly lawn cutting. They even transported their own lawn tractor with them! As well, a sincere thanks to all those who have trimmed the grass this summer. St. Thomas has been a beautiful presence on Raven Drive. Linda Cutler

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MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW RECTOR

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Greetings friends in Sherwood Park and Tofield, My name is Stephen London, and as many of you know by now, on December 1st, I will be coming to be a part of your communities. I know that it was a bit of a surprise for you, and it was for me as well, but I am very excited. I am so looking forward to coming and getting to know you and to hear the history of your churches (I am a huge history buff!) and to listen to where you see God calling us in this next chapter together. I am guessing that you might want to know a little bit about me, so I thought that I would write this letter just to introduce myself. (I usually dont talk about myself a lot, but I found in a letter like this I had to. So please excuse all of the Is!)
Reverend Stephen London

I am a priest in this Diocese and have been the rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Edmonton for the last eight and a half years. My wife, Stephanie, is also a priest though she has taken a bit of time off to be with our children. We have three of them, and they are wonderful kids. Claire is 6 (almost 7) and going into grade two and Brownies; Sarah is four and is going into Kindergarten and Sparks; and Alex is only eight months old and is going nowhere at the moment. And, I have to confess I am not native to Alberta or even Canada for that matter! I am a Texan by birth, though by the time my wife found me, I had been living in New England for quite some time. We both ended up at the same seminary together in New Haven, Connecticut, fell in love and got married. Although I was ordained as a Deacon in the Diocese of Connecticut, there were no jobs, so my bishop graciously let me go, and Bishop Matthews invited me West. It has been wonderful; I am even a Canadian now. I absolutely love being a priest, and I love ministry. For me, the Gospel truly is good news, and I try to do what I can to show people that it is indeed good news in their lives and in our communities at large. I have a personal passion for preaching, liturgy, leadership and administration and teaching. My goal is to always strive to make the truths of the faith real, personal and transformative. You will find that I am a very enthusiastic person. I also love the Anglican Church deeply. I have a lot invested in the Anglican spiritual and theological project because I find it to be a beautiful and moving way to follow Jesus, and I very much want to see it thrive. My own churchmanship would veer more to the liturgical and sacramental side, but if yours is not, fear not; I can worship God gladly in just about all settings. For those of you who follow theological trends and want to categorize me, some of my influences in the 20th century have been Thomas Merton, N.T. Wright, Stanley Hauerwas, C.S. Lewis, Michael Ramsey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kenneth Leech among others. When not priesting I mostly hang out with my family and friends. But I also have lots of interests that I follow. I love to read, especially history and theology. I also follow politics quite closely. I am a runner and would be a better golfer if I had more time. I love to go to Edmonton Eskimos games, though I lost my football buddy to the Northwest Territories. When I have money I collect historical coins. My family also loves to travel. I enjoy finding the history of the places I visit and walking in the important parts of the area. There are other things, but that might be enough about me. I am excited about coming to Sherwood Park and Tofield. I always try to be very accessible; if you want to talk to me before I come, feel free to call me on my cell phone: 780-243-2212. I look forward to meeting you: God bless you all, Steve

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MESSAGE FROM OUR INTERIM PRIEST

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Welcome! This fall we have an opportunity to welcome people to our church. At the end of September we observe Back to Church Sunday, when we will make a special effort to be at our best as we prepare for newcomers and visitors to join us. Back to Church Sunday is more than just a special event, though. It is also an opportunity for us to practise the skills of inviting people to come to church and welcoming when they do. These skills are useful more than just once per year. It's also an opportunity for us to do a bit of a welcoming audit. What kind of impression do people have when they walk in our doors the first time? What kind of experience do they have? Does it match with what we hope they will experience? Do we intentionally welcome people the way we would want to be welcomed is we were the newcomers? Are there any ways in which we send the unintended message that newcomers are unwelcome or unimportant? These are not questions that are relevant only to St Thomas'. Every parish can benefit from exploring them. No matter how much we work at being a welcoming parish, there is always some room for improvement. Jesus said, whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. And the same goes for our welcome of the visitor or the newcomer. If we understand each person who walks in our doors as someone whom God has sent to us, when we welcome them we welcome God. In December we will also welcome a new Rector. The Rev Steve London and his wife Stephanie (who is also a priest) and their children will, I am sure, receive a warm welcome when they arrive. In the meantime we can prepare the way by practising welcoming everyone who comes to us, as though we were welcoming Jesus himself. Welcome!
The Venerable Alan Perry

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MESSAGE FROM OUR ASSISTANT CURATE


Greetings St Thomas!

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It is so good to be together with you. It was also so good to Come Together with you at our family festival only a few short weeks ago. I know for me it was a needed pick-me-up after learning that Fr. Christian wouldnt be returning to us after his leave. That was some difficult news, and we continue to pray for Christian and Lisa. But thank God the church is more than its clergy! Each of us have an important role to play in our life together. We are a community of faith that loves and supports one another, and reaches out together to the world around us with the love of Christ. Special thanks go out to Ruth Heine who spearheaded the Coming Together week, Herb and Lesley Belcourt who connected us with all of our featured guests, the volunteers who led creative stations (Lori, Gerry, Chantel, Audrey and Krista), and the many other volunteers who helped out in a dozen different ways behind the scenes each day. We had the opportunity over the course of the week to connect with over sixty adults and children who are not regular Sunday-morning worshippers. And most of these people were young families who live in the areas immediately surrounding our church. I cant think of many outreach opportunities we have that reach out so directly to this neighbourhood. It also provided a great opportunity for the parishioners who came throughout the week to spend some quality time with one another. All in all, it was a fantastic success in terms of relationships built with people both inside and outside the church! Now here is September. What do the next few months hold? We look toward the arrival of Fr. Steve in December. But until then we have a lot of things in the works. We reluctantly bid farewell to Richelle, our Administrative Assistant, this summer, and released her to go exercise her gifts at the Cathedral. This left us with a job to fill in the office, for which weve recently hired. Kendra Hoffert is our new Administrative Assistant. I hope you will join me in extending a heartfelt welcome to her and stop by the office during our new office hours (see front page) to say hi! The Administrative Assistant is such a key part of our ministries here at St Thomas, I hope for Kendra to feel as valuable as she truly is to our community. I know youll have the same warm welcome for her you had for me last year when I arrived, so Im not too worried. Back in May I returned from parental leave early to cover while Fr. Christian went on his leave, and now from Oct 6-Nov 16 Ill have the opportunity to take the rest of my leave. During October and November we will have two clergy coming to St Thomas to fill in and help Fr. Alan, each at approximately half time: Rev. Susan Ormsby (deacon) and Rev. Maddie Urion (priest). Susan was recently ordained a deacon, and Maddie is a priest and the spouse of Rev. Quinn Strikwerda, rector of St. Augustines Parkland in Spruce Grove. Maddie comes to us after completing maternity leave coverage in Devon. Susan and Maddie are both very talented clergy women, and we are privileged to have them share their gifts with us for awhile this fall. Continued thanks go out to Alan who will remain with us until Steves arrival. We are truly blessed in many ways. Let us pass these blessings on to others by inviting a friend to church for our potluck the evening of Saturday, September 29th, and maybe after meeting our wonderful community theyll come to Back to Church Sunday, the next morning. Blessings, +Chris

Rev. Chris Dowdeswell

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WARDENS WORD

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Alison de Haan Gordon Weighell


Rectors Warden

Ted Greenaway
Peoples Warden

Deputy Peoples Warden

Ahhh September. When we look outside, we see the unmistakable signs of the waning days of what was a beautiful spring and summer. It was a welcome addition to have non-stop, professionally led music this year. Music has proven to be a much cherished part of our worship experience and summer need not be an exception. A special thanks goes out to all of the sessional musicians and vocalists. And now, despite the flora beginning to take on a look of hibernation, St. Thomas is ready to launch another year full of worship and wonder. It was with much sadness that we learned Christian will not be returning to St. Thomas as originally anticipated. We continue to keep him and Lisa in our prayers and wish for nothing but the best in what lies ahead for them. During these past several months, we must thank God for the gifts of Chris and Alan. Of course, you know Chris shortened his parental leave (isnt Lukas a cutie!) to return early and Alans diocesan responsibilities have not been reduced any, even though he has taken on a leadership role with us. We owe these two gentlemen, and their families, a tremendous and heartfelt thanks one that I hope you all take the time to proffer in person. Recognizing St. Thomas has conducted two rector searches in recent years, your Corporation and Vestry unanimously agreed to accept a direct appointment of Rector in Charge. As such, we very much look forward to the arrival of the Reverend Steve London in time for Advent I (December 1, 2012). Some of you already know Steve, his wife Stephanie, and their three children, Claire, Sarah, and Alexander. While our gain is a tremendous loss for St. Michaels and All Angels, this reality doesnt dampen our enthusiasm for the gifts Steve will bring to us. Those of you who attended the congregational meetings this year will be familiar with the challenges weve faced in developing a budget for 2012. It is clear that maintaining fiscal discipline is important to you and, to this end, your Corporation and Vestry have worked diligently to strike the correct balance. For example, in an effort to reduce expenditures without detracting from the ministry of St. Thomas, this spring the custodial contract was terminated. You are acutely aware that this has required us to all weigh-in by occasionally pushing a broom or swinging a mop. Additionally, the administrative position has been restructured from 80% to 50%. Weve done our best to keep you apprised of our current fiscal health and would be remiss in not expressing our extreme gratitude for your efforts at maintaining your pledges over the summer. As we develop the strategic plan and accompanying budget for 2013, your input into where St. Thomas is called to shepherd its financial resources will be critical. Finally, I want to share with you the date of Back to Church Sunday. Please mark September 30, 2012 in your calendars for this diocesan-wide event, with which we will launch another exciting year. Stay tuned for further details as to how you can be specifically involved. Blessings to all, Gordon Weighell Rectors Warden

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ST. THOMAS VESTRY

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The following parishioners were elected as members of vestry at the AGM on February 26th, 2012.Vestry meetings are held at 7pm, 3rd Tuesday of the month Parishioners are welcome to observe. We invite your concerns, suggestions and ideas.

Roland Teape
Synod delegate

Synod delegate

Jim Revill

Synod delegate

Ruth Heine

Chad St. Jean


Alternate

Stewardship Chair

Gordon Voth

Devon Goldie William Jones Brian Jolly


2015 Representative Maintenance Chair

Betty Hopfner

Fundraising Chair

Dale Purkis Treasurer

Youth Chair

2015/Building Code Compliance Report


During the month of July all the families that had contributed to the 2015 Fund we're asked if they would redirect their funds towards the cost of bringing St. Thomas's Church into compliance with the current building code. The response was very positive and this will allow us approximately $58,000. to be used for this very important project. Thank you to all that have agreed to make this critical project possible. A meeting was arranged to meet with the County Health and Safety Officers together with the County Fire Chief to discuss our Engineering Report and a compliance inspection. It was a good engaging meeting between the parties with a cooperative approach by the County understanding that our facility is over 50 years old and that we did indeed comply with codes under the original and additional construction work that had been performed over the years. During the inspection they basically agreed with our proposed approach to prioritize fire protection ( alarm system, fire doors and frames, fire stops @ wall penetrations, fire extinguishers, fire dampers in ductwork, and emergency lighting ). Other items in addition to the above were discussed and agreed too but the aforementioned were critical. We were issued an inspection report and we have indicated that we will develop a program with a schedule and action plan and then meet again to ensure that we agree on our path forward. The good side of all of this is that we requested the meeting and this created a good working environment as opposed to the County just calling and inspecting the premises. When we reach agreement with the County the next step is to have the blessing from the Building Committee of the Diocese. Once this is given we can proceed with the actual field work. In closing I would like to give special thanks to Volunteers in the pie making group that really helped our inspection by giving a thorough clean up of the basement and likewise to William and Ted in helping prepare the mechanical rooms. Respectfully Submitted Brian Jolly

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MISSION FACILITATOR
Mission Facilitator Report

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After receiving a certificate in Mission Shaped Ministry in March, I was pleased to also be part of presenting the same to Judy Purkis and Laureta Blondin at services in June. Thank you to The Rev. Alan Perry for his prayers of blessing and commissioning. This course is offered through Fresh Expressions Canada and Wycliffe College Toronto. Another session will be offered this fall locally. It is open to all interested and is well worth taking to learn more and discuss how we as Christians need to look more outward than we have been and learn how to be church in a fast paced and ever changing world. Please contact me soon if you would like to enroll and take part. It wasn't only Together in Sherwood Park but the whole of the county who had a very, very, wet and cold experience trying to put on a Festival on Canada Day! Many thanks to all the volunteers from St. Thomas', Good News, and Fusion for all the preparation ahead of time as well as on the day. You were all amazing even through the storm ! Many damp memories were made while building community ! Richelle Malarsky & Joan Sturdy Wednesday evening Wonder wrapped up mid June with some moving and inspirational sharing from parishioner Betty Screpnek, followed by the usual discussion and fellowship. Thanks to all those who were a part of Wonder over the year. It was a truly wonderful and faith enriching experience for myself as well as all who came from the parish and the community. In June I attended a Fusion retreat which was a follow-up to their annual meeting in April. I continue to be blessed by this organization and their call to bless others with leadership and resources to work with church and community to build the kingdom. The Coming Together week was five mornings that did indeed come together beyond my expectations. Even though there were some changes in parish leadership and last minute preparation to accommodate various things, it was a time of fantastic community building and outreach. There are not adequate words to thank Rev. Chris, Fusion, Together in Sherwood Park, and ALL the volunteers for the endless hours of service and sacrifice put in that made the week what it was. Thanks be to God for the fun, fellowship, food and faith that was shared by all who came ! Let this only be the beginning of Coming Together and being a visible and accessible church ! Ruth Heine

Coming Together...see page 12 http://youtu.be/QuEKAk2ZgNE The Messenger (Oct. 2012)

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

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WORSHIPPING and GLORIFYING GOD


Jack and I travelled to Churchill, MB during this past summer and while we were there we visited the Anglican Church. The following historical information was of interest for us:

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Holy Trinity Tofield Celebrates 100 years

Surely the Lord is in this place. Genesis 28:18 The Parish of Holy Trinity, Tofield proudly celebrated its long and varied history on June 10, 2012. Diocese of Edmonton Bishop Jane Alexander presided over the eucharist in the oldest original church building still in use in Tofield. The original sanctuary was dedicated by Bishop Pinkham on July 18, 1912. Also present for the centennial service was Bishop Sixbert Macumi, who brought greetings from our companion diocese of Buy in Burundi, Africa. In a special moment of peace and warmth, he gave the final blessing in his own Kirundi language. Assisting Bishop Jane were the Ven. Alan Perry, Diocese of Edmonton Executive Archdeacon and the Rev. Chris Dowdeswell, Assistant Curate of St. Thomas, Sherwood Park, Holy Trinitys partner parish. Thanks were extended to Elizabeth Crispin as event coordinator, committee members Rob Hubbard and Lillian Andresen, Marjorie Dafoe for the cake, Ellen Prast for the beautiful condition of the flowerbeds, Gordon Kyle for his handiwork and repairs, Nola Herrick and members of the altar guild for the church preparations, Kathy Scheu for the welcoming banner, slide show and photography, Liz Hubbard for the two centennial banners, Sandi Lusk for the luncheon, the St. Thomas staff for printing the bulletin, Bob and Margaret Adamson for the music, and everyone present for sharing the celebration and memories with us. The Anglican community in Tofield began as a mission of the Church of St. James the Apostle, Logan, established in 1896 on the shores of Beaverhill Lake. The current congregation continues a 100-year history of serving the spiritual needs of its members and the community of Tofield and beyond. (Abridged and re-printed courtesy of Liz Hubbard, Holy Trinity for the Messenger, Sept 2012) PS. A delegation from St Thomas concluded the festivities in Tofield with a round of golf on the Tofield course and supper in town. What else can we tack a round of golf onto? Rest In Peace: ARCHIE FISHER, JUNE ASH, SANDRA SYDORUK, JIM ARMSTRONG

St. Pauls Anglican Church, the first prefabricated building in North America and a designated heritage site by the Province of Manitoba, is the oldest church in the North still in use. It originated as a kit of prefab components made in England, was assembled on the west bank of the Churchill River, then was moved in winter by sledge to the other side of the river followed by a final relocation to another street. St. Pauls also has ties to the exploration era Lady Franklin donated a stained-glass window in memory of her husband Sir John Franklin, the famous Arctic explorer. It can still be seen today (top right). Pearl Newman

Ecumenical Mission. St. Thomas is hosting on Monday, Oct 1 at 7:30.

We will be partnering with Mount Olivet Lutheran Church for "God on Tap" this fall. We will gather for worship, discussion and drinks at an area pub. Details to follow...

Welcome to DREW and SERENITY baptised on Pentecost Sunday LUKAS (right) baptised on Trinity Sunday PEYTON and MIA baptised on 8th Sunday after Pentecost

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PRAYER and EDUCATION MINISTRY


THE BIBLE

St. Thomas Times

This book reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practise it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the travellers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilots compass, the soldiers sword, and the Christians charter. Here, too, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement, and be remembered forever. It involves highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. OWNED, IT IS RICHES; STUDIED, IT IS WISDOM; TRUSTED, IT IS SALVATION; LOVED IT IS CHARACTER, AND OBEYED, IT IS POWER.
Submitted by Jean Aylard

(This excerpt is taken from the front of a Gideon-placed bible. I accented the last paragraph.)

BOOK THE WAY WE LOVE: TRIPPING INTO PURPOSE IN SOUTH AMERICA Written by Andrea Aylard It was the language, the tango, and the steak that drove Andrea Aylards decision to participate in an exchange semester in Argentina. Mostly, though, she knew next-to-nothing about the country, including that her travels there would affect the rest of her life. * Copies of Andreas book are for sale at her parents house: Jean and Tom Aylard; phone 780-417-6433. $15.00 each (and the autograph is free). : ) OR, go to Amazon.ca, and search Aylard. Andrea says Thank you to all who have supported me, and purchased my book! Happy reading.

In all things, give thanks. ~1Thessalonians 5:18

A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. ~Plato

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. ~Meister Eckhardt

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FAMILY FUN EVENTS


Coming Together August 20th 24th St. Thomas brought the community together by holding fun-filled intergenerational activities in a tent set up on the back lawn. Starting the morning off with coffee, fruit and muffins everyone was invited to enjoy the fun and laughter of community coming together through music, games, stories, art and snacks. Over sixty adults and children who were not regular parishioners attended at least one day of our festival during the week. Each day focused on a different characteristic of Jesus identity Brother, King, Guide, Saviour and God- with featured guests - Mayor Linda Osinchuk, Herb Belcourt CM, Kate Haginicolakis, Deputy Fire Chief Vern Elliot, and RCMP Constable Wally Henry. (more pages 13-16)

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BEING...

WELCOMING...

LISTENING...

SHARING...

REFRESHMENTS...

MUSIC... PHOTOGRAPHY... KNITTING...

GOOD COMPANY...

ART...

MAKING NEW FRIENDS...

NEXT BIG FAMILY EVENT TRICK OR TREATING OCTOBER 31ST Must come dressed up NO Costume, NO Treats!!! Hot chocolate provided

UPBEAT LEADERSHIP

CONVERSATIONS... More see pages 13-16 http://youtu.be/QuEKAk2ZgNE

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15

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MUSIC, DRAMA and DANCE MINISTRIES


Give Thanks Give thanks With a grateful heart Give thanks To the Holy One Give thanks For he has given Jesus Christ His Son

St. Thomas Times

WITH THANKS AND LOVE FROM PHILADELPHIA Greetings from The City of Brotherly Love! After a summer that felt much too short, university has resumed and the first week has already come and gone. In this past week I have been introduced to all the classes I am taking at Temple University and have had my placement audition to determine my placing in ensembles. I definitely felt God helping me through the preparation, the anticipation and the audition itself. I have yet to hear the results. My classes this semester are looking quite interesting! I am taking Music History and Music Theory classes as well as a few general education classes such as an environmental course and a mosaics/ classical literature seminar. I am excited for this upcoming semester and know I will learn a lot, both about myself and about music! I am also excited to continue to study under two great oboists, namely Mr. Jonathon Blumenfeld and Mr. Stevens Hewitt. Thank you to all of you who came to my August concert at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral and to those who were unable to come but were supporting me in spirit and in prayers. I am happy about how the concert went and how I played, but most importantly, I was able to enjoy playing the pieces and have fun. I still have much to learn and am looking forward to the continuation of my musical endeavors. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for me. I will see you in December! Katrina Kwantes Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Janet Kwantes (Liturgical Dance facilitator) and Derrick Kwantes lead the processional dance with their flaming banners in celebration of Pentecost on May 27th.

And now let the weak say I am strong Let the poor say I am rich Because of what the Lord has done for us. Henry Smith/Don Moen

Coming Together through music, games, stories and drama. August 20th-24th

FREE TO A GOOD HOME Alma McConnell parishioner of St. John, the Evangelist and sometimes attendee of St. Thomas Day Trips is looking for a good home for her Gulbransen President electronic organ. It has 2 keyboards, full pedal board, and includes pure piano and church organ tones. It has recently been tuned. FREE to a good home. If you know any individual, group or organisation who would like this generous gift, please contact Alma: 780-434-6502

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Gautama Siddharta

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CHILDRENS MINISTRY

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The children Coming Together designing musical instruments, making bubbles, creating paintings, getting faces painted, playing with hula hoops and balloons, exploring the fire truck and the RCMP car and just hanging out with friends of all ages.

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. ~William Blake

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YOUTH MINISTRY
The Youth raised enough money at their Bake Sale and Talent Show on Sunday June 3 to pay for some YC tickets and also donate to charity. Thank you to all our youth for doing an excellent job and thanks to all who supported them...

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Singing...

Playing piano... Performing skits... Telling scary stories... Working the sound system... Dancing...

September 12 Youth Group Kick Off Welcome back! Burgers, chips and pop provided! Bring a picture (or a couple if youd like) of something you did this summer September 19 Video Game Night Bring your favorite video games, gaming systems and your friends! (No M rated please) Snacks provided September 26 The Great Youth Group Cook-Off Bring $5 and your chef hat! Please let Devon or Kim know ahead of time of any food allergies October 3 Movie Madness Bring your videophones or cameras! Snacks provided October 5-8 BCYAYM Fall Conference; Merritt, BC *More details below October 10 Grammy Night Dress in your finest for our very own movie screening and awards night! Snacks provided October 17 Games Night Bring your favorite board game and a snack to share October 24 Zombie Night Dress warmly! Well be playing a giant game of Zombies in Centennial Park! Hot chocolate provided October 31 Family Event: Trick or Treating Must come dressed up No costume, no treats Hot chocolate provided. ALL AGESchildren, youth, adults!!!

COMING TOGETHER

THANK YOU Wed like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who donated pennies, came to our Bake Sale and Talent Show and to those who donated our new TV, new sports equipment and hockey tickets. Devon Goldie

*The British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement (BCYAYM) has invited the Diocese of Edmonton and Calgary to attend 'Into The Wild', their fall conference. This year Fall Conference is being held in Merritt, BC at St. Michaels Anglican Church from Friday, October 5th Monday, October 8th, 2012. The weekend is open to all youth in grade 8 to 25 years of age. Early bird registration (before September 14th) is $130 and $150 afterwards. Transportation will be provided . for more information, please contact Devon at 780.686.3384 or strawberry_dancer-260@hotmail.com

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REACHING OUT TO OTHERS

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Thanks to all who reached out to others by sharing their skills at Coming Together. A few of the many: Gerry Parlby & Chantel Cameron Photography ; Lori Anne Youngman Painting; Audrey Aylard Knitting COMING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY

Herb Belcourt, one of ten Mayor Linda Osinchuk siblings, was guest speaker spoke about her servant leadership role in the community for Jesus as Brother. on the day assigned for Jesus as King.

Local voice instructor Kate Haginicolakis who is legally blind shared her experience of being guided by others for Jesus as Guide.

Deputy Fire Chief Vern Elliot (right) and RCMP Constable Wally Henry talked about responding to people in crisis for Jesus as Saviour.

REFUGEES We will have a second interview for Abshir and Abdullahi and his family sometime in the fall. We made a personal appeal to the head of the Nairobi Visa office saying we felt their decision was based on a misunderstanding. Nasara had provided me with information which turned out to be untrue. We are attempting to clarify those errors. After attending meetings with other sponsorship agreement holders I was encouraged to write such a letter. For me this conference was a time of immense learning and encouragement. Our fundraiser on June 23 raised $1912.00. Thanks to those who helped out and thanks to MEIDD and in particular to our own Elizabeth Jolly who brought these singers to us and offered to do this fund raiser. We appreciate all of you who attended and donated money. The Anglican Diocese of Ruperts Land in Manitoba has filed a case against the federal government for taking away many of the Interim Federal Health Benefits which refugees in Canada received. The sponsorship community was particularly concerned about refugees in their first year, which is when most of the refugees received this benefit. The first year is a time of welfare rate incomes and of great adjustment for refugees. Most Canadians on social assistance receive such benefits. Plus for those of us sponsoring it will mean additional costs. There will be no drug and very little dental coverage. Winnipeg recently had a family arrive where the government did not advise them the refugee had been recently diagnosed with MS and would need expensive, extensive drug coverage. The sponsors would need to cover that, or allow her health to further deteriorate. Marion Bulmer A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. ~Cicero

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NURTURING...

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On May 25th, the Day Trippers headed to the Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum and Tea House where Agnes Pieracci's father Peter Bakker, our knowledgeable Tour Guide (above right) gave the group an interesting and fascinating glimpse of Parkland Countys history. Peter also entertained during lunch, reading some amusing poems, including The Lion and Albert by Marriott Edgar (1932). A great day out. Anyone who is free for a few hours during the day ( and some evenings) is invited to join the Day Trippers on these excursions. They are a wonderful way to discover local history and get to know each other better, too. Always lots of fun and laughter. Call Linda Cutler for more information and watch for the sign up lists in the foyer. WANTED Hospitality Teams Coordinator. (Sincere thanks to David Holehouse who has served faithfully in this role for the past three years!) The coordinator makes the schedule for the 9am hospitality teams and the 11am roster, and invites new members to the hospitality teams when needed. Chris Have You Read? Out of the Darkness by Steve Taylor fascinating real life stories of people who have found a transcendent, spiritual state of being after extreme suffering. All have in common the sense of being one with all things, with no separation from the whole of life. The Therapists Cat by Stephanie Sorrell explores the psychology of human relationships, spirituality, animal sentience and evolution, and psychosocial issues. Uncompromising about our treatment of animals and our own emotional health in relationship to the natural world.

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

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...WELL-BEING

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A sunny July 12th brought the Day Trippers out to the George Pegg Homestead and Botanic Garden north of the Hamlet of Glenevis. Self-taught, George Pegg made some of the first provincial identifications of many plants, including the great-spurred violet, the white angelica, mountain bladder ferns, and several bog plant species, and notably the identification of the bur-reed (sparganium glomeratum), a plant previously found in only four other North American locations. http://www.ruralrendezvoustour.com/our-members/george-pegg-botanic-garden.html 789-785-2957 Afterwards, the Day Trippers travelled to Val Quentin (below) for a light lunch at the Belcourts cottage on Lac St. Anne. Elizabeth Jolly took the opportunity to practice her kayaking in preparation for the 2012 National Masters in Dartmouth and World Masters in Turin, Italy in August 2013 .

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert Schweitzer

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FUND RAISING
FRUIT PIES 2012 As many of you know, we are done with the picking and cleaning of the fruit and preparing the fillings. We have made and sold the rhubarb/strawberry and the rhubarb/blueberry pies.

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What was very noticeable this year was Archie missing. He was always there to help set Turkey Pie Bee up and to be the gopher in every area of the pie making. If he had been there on Saturday, he would have noticed that the styrofoam pie plate was missing on top of the pies. I thought it fitting to share some of the pictures of him and other workers from 2011. Also missing-- but will return-- were Florence and Gene. Florence is doing well and said she needed time to grow her hair. Kinda cute, Florence. When we have our coffee break people share about the food weve eaten, Helens muffins being one of them. Roy and Kay picked, pitted and bagged the cherries from their tree. Roy said that he had seen enough cherries for awhile and probably will have the group help next year. We could send Bud over to pick, as he has the set- up for picking berries. We may have to call on Linda to make us some of these bags. We have had many new faces this year in the making of the pies. We could not have done the job without them. Dale and Jack have been coming and helping, giving us a laugh or two with their jokes. Of course, we have the regular group of ladies that are always there and they are so organized that we are breaking records for making the pies. A group of the ladies taught Fiona, who had never made a pie, how to roll and make the shell. We recruited a group of ladies that could crimp the pies. I thought I knew how to crimp, but let me tell you, it was suggested I do other jobs. I must admit that after I had seen the crimped pies, they were so right. There is an art to this part of the finishing of the pies. Linda has the cooking of four batches of filling on the two stove down to an art. The next two weeks we will be making the cherry pies. We will make some apple pies but to date not sure how many well have because of the hail damage. Please watch the board for the sign- up sheets.

~Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission... ~As a form a ministry, fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry... ~To raise funds is to offer people the chance to invest what they have in the work of God. Whether they have much or little is not as important as the possibility of making their money available to God. . . . God's Kingdom is a place of abundance where every generous act overflows its original bounds and becomes part of the unbounded grace of God at work in the world... From The Spirituality of Fund-Raising by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) a Roman Catholic priest who wrote many books an spirituality.

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

Food Bank is the first Sunday of the month

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KEEPING IN TOUCH...

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Renzo and I in Italy in May Renzo with the Lamborghini Superleggere that he drove, me with the Ferrari I drove.

Bob and Margaret Adamson at the wedding of their son David to Tina at St. Mark and St. Phillip Anglican church in Calgary on June 30. nature's nostrils Henry Victor PhD did the poplars beat paper calendars in announcing an imminent autumn arent they natures nostrils to smell air from far mountains, or that farther coast carrying the frost to soon churn them into soft snow to scatter in a sombre mood melting human arrogance to move faster and fly higher than the tallest hills soon windows and doors will be shut air-tight not to let grief of the deciduous to enter hearts of men, women, and children creating new music behind barred doors
For those who remember Henry as our associate priest, you may like to look at his blogs: http://isaachenryvictor.blogspot.com/

Brian McClatchie was busy growing delicious, juicy, very large vegetables again this summer...

The two of us, white water rafting in Canmore with friends in July (below). agnes Pieracci

On May 28 Herb Belcourt was presented with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal at Government House by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Donald S. Ethell.

See pictures of Pearl and Jack Newmans visit to St. Pauls Anglican church in Churchill, MB on page 9

Lillian Grace and Kim

Jim and Marcias granddaughter Brittany Tyerman (left) is featured on the front cover of WE Summer/Fall Magazine, along with a full article. At 16, Brittany in Grade 11 works part-time, is active in multiple extracurricular activities, does volunteer work, and is a member of the Edmonton Police Service Cadet program. A great role model, Brittany. If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner

Reverend Stephen London dropped by with his family to introduce himself at our Coming Together celebrations on August 21st . Stephanie and youngest daughter Alex pictured. Tom and Jeans daughter Andrea Aylard (left) has written a book called The Way We Love: Tripping into Purpose in South America. Great accomplishment, Andrea. (see
page 11)

Desmond, Kelly and Cheri

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KEEPING IN TOUCH MINISTRY

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KEEPING IN TOUCH MINISTRY


This fall, Keeping in Touch will no longer be just a section of our church newsletter! The Keeping in Touch (KIT) ministry has been developing over the past four months under the leadership of Rev. Chris, Judy Purkis, Gerry Parlby, and Ruth Heine. In June, a training day was held with a number of interested lay people, and a small team of lay visitors has been raised up to help us Keep in Touch. Households from our parish list will be assigned to members of the KIT team, with the goal of each household having the opportunity for a visit once a year. If you receive a call from one of the KIT ministers, please take them up on the invitation for a visit. The only goal of the visit is for you and the visitor(s) to get to know one another. You may even get some free prayer out of the deal!

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...SUMMER STYLE
MY SUMMER VACATION

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Can you guess who I am? When I was asked if I was going anywhere this summer, I said, YES, I am going to Drumheller, no matter what. I am going to Drumheller because I want to see the dinosaur exhibits at the Tyrrell Museum. I have been in Alberta for twelve years and never gone anywhere in Alberta for a vacation. Yup, twelve years. Vacation or not I havent really been anywhere in Alberta so it was time to start. I cannot say that now, thanks to three very special friends. These very special friends decided I should not go by myself, that perhaps they would come to Drumheller too. Not only Drumheller, but the Hoodoos, the eleven bridges to Wayne (actually 9) and two after the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne. Best burgers they ever had. I am fascinated with the terrain in this area and had no idea this is what I would experience. We left the Drumheller area next stop Calgary - and stopped at a little park to investigate a swing bridge and the view. No, I thought someone had to stay with the van. Well, truth be known, I like my feet on the solid ground. There was a cute little white Church just outside Drumheller and a view point on down the road with breathtaking views. A person should always learn a little history and this we accomplished by attending Heritage Park in Calgary. Never knew it existed but I do now, as one of my very special friends suggested she would like to go there too while we were touring. Why not? We were right in the neighbourhood. This was an entire day as there is so much to see, do and experience and my other two very special friends hadnt been for a long time and wanted to do this too. I told you I have three very special friends. Can you imagine they are doing this with me! The Calgary Zoo (phenomenal). If you have not been, treat yourself to an amazing all day trip to many parts of the world through their native animals. I did not last long in the snake section and opted to get some fresh air instead. I hear the ice cream is pretty good, as we needed a break and used ice cream as an excuse. There is a casino in Calgary I saw the inside of for a night or two. Yes, I must still work. There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb oh sorry, back to my vacation as we continue on to the next stop Elliss Bluebird Farm near Lacombe. We took the back roads to get to this location; different landscape again with many crops blowing in the breeze, puffy clouds, oil derricks and so much sunshine and blue sky. Such a peaceful place you could easily spend a day there too. Daytrippers, you will not be disappointed. Even the birds did not create a problem for one of my very special friends. Hungry? No problem, as there is a cute little caf with a chef on staff. How cool is that in the middle of nowhere. We had many laughs over seatbelts, a van door at the back that would not open, changing shoes, the right make-up for the outfit. And if all this was not enough we stopped at a huge mall, Cross Iron, and once again I was spoiled by my very special friends. I never had one of these before but my very special friends decided to refer to my vacation as my bucket list. Not a bad bucket list, wouldnt you say, and my very special friends certainly made sure I had a wonderful vacation and I hope they did too. I know you guessed who I am so please come and ask me about my vacation. A huge thank you to my very special friends. Submitted by Anonymous

First Nations Prayer Great Spirit of Love, we give thanks for animals, flowers and birds, for the great open spaces, for the sky and the running water and the roaring sea; for the quiet wonder of the stars and the moon, for the warmth of the sun, for the truth and loyalty of friends, for the food that sustains our bodies and the sweet essences of the spirit which sustains our souls.

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WIT and...

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Whatever comes today is the harvest of our own sowing. Therefore we accept this harvest with humility and thankfulness, knowing it comes to teach and to help us become humble, so that through humility and simplicity we may know the Creator. ~Prayer, Mindfulness and Inner Change

Shampoo Warning I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner! When I wash my hair in the shower, the shampoo runs down my whole body. Printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY" No wonder I have been gaining weight! Well, I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to shower with dishwashing liquid because its label reads "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE." ****** I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out my nose. ~Woody Allen

Ten reasons why men should not be ordained for ministry 10. A mans place is in the army. 9. The pastoral duties of men who have children might distract them from the responsibility of being a parent. 8. The physique of men indicates that they are more suited to such tasks as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be unnatural for them to do ministerial tasks. 7. Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment rather than the crowning achievement of creation. 6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. Their conduct at football and basketball games demonstrates this. 5. Some men are handsome which may distract women worshippers. 4. Pastors need to nurture their congregations. But this is not a traditional male role. Throughout history, women have been recognized as not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more fervently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination. 3. Men are prone to violence. No really masculine man wants to settle disputes except by fighting about them. Thus they would be poor role models as well as dangerously unstable in positions of leadership. 2. The New Testament tells us that Jesus was betrayed by a man. His lack of faith and ensuing punishment remind us of the subordinated position that all men should take. 1. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep sidewalks, repair the church roof, and perhaps even lead the song service on Fathers Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the church. ~Submitted by Jean Revill Be thankful were not getting all the government were paying for. ~Will Rogers

Reasons Not To Mess With Children A little girl was watching her mother do dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out on her brunette head and asked, Why are some of your hairs white, Mum? Her mother replied, Every time you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white. The little girl thought about this for a while and then said, Mummy, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white? ~Submitted by Roland Teape

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. ~Maya Angelou

How do you make God laugh? Tell Him your plans.

The children had been photographed and the teacher was encouraging them to buy a copy of the group picture. Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer. She's a lawyer. That's Michael. He's a doctor. A small voice at the back of the room rang out. And there's the teacher. She's dead. Submitted by Roland Teape

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...WHIT
Thankfulness

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~The art of true religion is to be thankful. ~Thankfulness is a Blessing. It is a form of Prayer. ~ God created the world, the heavens and all things. And God gave thanks. ~Put your heart into the continual outpouring of thanksgiving for everything: for life, for food, for the joy of living, even for those experiences which may appear to be bitter. ~Let us give thanks for all we have received, yet let us also give thanks for all we have been able to give. ~ We give thanks for the beauty we find in the hearts of men and women. ~We praise and bless You, Lord, and give You thanks, and serve You in all humility.~ St. Francis of Assisi The Kings Highway Once upon a time, a king had a great highway built for the people who lived in his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many of his subjects as desired to participate. The challenge was to see who could travel the highway the best, and the winner was to receive a box of gold. On the day of the contest, all the people came. Some of them had fine chariots, some had fine clothing and fancy food to make the trip a luxurious journey. Some wore their sturdiest shoes and ran along the highway on their feet to show their skill. All day they traveled the highway, and each one, when he arrived at the end, complained to the king about a large pile of rocks and debris that had been left almost blocking the road at one point, and that got in their way and hindered their travel. At the end of the day, a lone traveler crossed the finish line warily and walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king with great respect and handed him a small chest of gold. He said, I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the road. This chest of gold was under it all. Please have it returned to its rightful owner. The king replied, You are the rightful owner. Oh no, said the traveler, This is not mine. Ive never known such money. Oh yes, said the king. Youve earned this gold, for you won my contest. He who travels the road best is he who makes the road better for those who follow. Submitted by Jean Aylard

A leaf dances in the wind and does not mind what happens. If little tiresome things want to go wrong, let them have a good time. The best thing then is to laugh, cultivate a sense of humour. Let them go. It is you who is out of harmony, not the things which appear to go wrong... ~DISAPPOINTMENTS are Gods APPOINTMENTS ~As we have received, let us give. One Winter a man saw a snowdrop. He wondered that a fragile flower could break through the frozen soil and said, Snowdrop, tell me about yourself. The flower replied, I am no longer myself. I am now yourself, for as you see and love me, so I become your flower, blooming within your own heart. I am now the flower of God thrusting through the frosted soil which imprisons the heart. I am the promise of God within your heart. From me learn to endure, for I have braved all things to become yours. ~From The Man Who Talked To Flowers by Ivan Cooke Being thankful is not telling God you appreciate the fact that your life is not in shambles. If that is the basis of your gratitude, you are on slippery ground. Every day of your life you face the possibility that a blessing in your life may be taken away. But blessings are only signs of God's love. The real blessing, of course, is the love itself. Whenever we get too attached to the sign, we lose our grasp on the God who gave it to us. We are not ultimately grateful that we are still holding our blessings. We are grateful that we are held by God even when the blessings are slipping through our fingers. ~Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C S Lewis

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is grace, for it brings with us immense graces from Him. Gratitude is therefore the heart of the Christian life. ~Thomas Merton

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