Memorial for the 20th Anniversary of Swissair 111
The parish of Blandford once again plans to mark the event with a memorial service. This year it will be Sunday, September 02 at 3pm at the Bayswater Swissair Memorial Site 9 (#4100 Highway 329). It will be followed by a reception at the Blandford Community Center (#30 Firehall Road, Blandford). We are currently planning and preparing the memorial service. Many individuals and groups who were involved after the crash have joined with us in the planning process. Any other churches, organizations and individuals who would like to participate in these preparations or who have other ideas about ways to make this day a meaningful memorial, please contact us. The disaster of Swissair 111 is an event which affected everyone in our communities and our region. It will be good for us to remember together.
This is event which has marked many people both inside and outside our communities. We invite everyone to attend and participate.
All Saints – August 12
Saint Cuthbert – August 19
Pentecost XII & XIII
Rev. Louis is on Vacation – August 18-21
Bible Study: No Bible Study until August 29
On Vacation Rev. Louis will be on vacation & out of the province for the next 2 weeks. For Pastoral Emergencies Please Contact:
Aug. 8-15 Archdeacon Ian Wissler: 902-275-3804 (St. Stephen, Chester)
Aug. 15-21 Rev. Laurie Omstead 902-406-2286 (St. Luke, Hubbards – leave a message) (Emergencies only: 902-401-8595)
Vital Church Maritimes: November 08 – 10, OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN HANDS at the Truro Holiday Inn. For more details check out the poster in the Church entrance, ask Rev. Louis or see the Diocesan website – https://www.nspeidiocese.ca/.
Mission & Outreach Ministry: Our calling as Christians is to serve all people and to preach & teach the Good News of Jesus Christ. We do this by our lives of service and our words of Faith, Hope, & Love. Anyone interested in what we can for our community and our world from our perspective as Anglican Christians of the Parish of Blandford, please speak to Rev. Louis.
Gaza Crisis Response
The Al Ahli Arab Hospital (AAH) in Gaza City has sent an urgent call for help, as the death toll in Gaza continues to rise. On May 14 alone, more than 2,700 citizens were injured and 58 killed. The situation is critical at all area hospitals.
The AAH is implementing an emergency response that includes a wing with additional beds and staff to treat the injured. The immediate needs include medical supplies, medicines, fuel for generators and support for those working non-stop to treat the wounded and traumatized.
AAH is a humanitarian institution in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Its mandate embraces a rights-based approach to treatment and provides health care without discrimination on the basis of faith, gender, social class or political affiliation.
Please support PWRDF’s response to the Gaza Crisis!
Donations can be made in the following ways:
Online Go to http://pwrdf.org/donate under “Emergency Response” specify “Gaza”
By Phone , For credit card donations contact: Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Gaza Crisis Response and send to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator
416-924-9192 ext. 321
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by the Gaza crisis.
Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org.
Our Lenten Offering Presented & Received
This year during Lent we hope to raise funds to help repair places of worship in the Anglican (Episcopal) Diocese of Cuernavaca Mexico. (Our contact person in Mexico – Rev. Gillian Ball)
In the summer of 2017 an earthquake, not far from Mexico City, caused over 200 deaths and much damage. In many rural areas the government of Mexico struggled to help people who were injured, whose homes were destroyed and who had lost infrastructure necessary for electricity and water. Our own PWRDF was able to meet some of the immediate needs, working with partners in the the most devastated area of Oaxaca.
The Diocese of Cuernavaca, although outside the hardest hit area, sustained substantial damage in six of it’s 22 churches. These church communities are smaller than our own parish. PWRDF is unable to support church repairs and the Government of Mexico has no money to help.
The Mexican Episcopal Church symbolically began with Mexico’s war for independence in 1810. Religious reform in 1857 secured freedom of religion, separating the Roman Catholic Church from government and politics. In 1860, the newly formed Church of Jesus contacted the Episcopal Church in the United States, seeking leadership, guidance, and support. In 1958, the fourth missionary Bishop of Mexico was the first of the Church’s Bishops to be consecrated on Mexican soil. The Church became an autonomous Province of the Anglican Communion in 1995.
(The Diocese of Cuernavaca is partly North and mostly West of Mexico City. Its bishop is The Rt Revd Enrique Treviño Cruz)
Reverend Gillian Ball joined with us to celebrate Holy Eucharist on Sunday, April 29. At that time our contribution to the Earthquake relief for the repair of the damaged churches in the Diocese of Cuernavaca was presented to her by one of our wardens, Lorna Mckay. We received Thanks and Blessings for our efforts from Bishop Enrique Trevino Cruz on behalf of the people of the diocese through Rev. Gillian.
Click here for a picture of the presentation …
Planting Night: This week: Friday April 20, 6:30 pm at the Blandford Community Centre.
Come out to join us to learn about …
… our World by Greening our Communities!
Come our to make plant pots, re-purpose plastics and sow seeds for Earth Week!
Come out to have fun, get your hands dirty, get your faces smiling and make your world happy!
Welcome to All!
An Easter Message
‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. MARK 16:6
We live in an alarming world. Events and actions of world leaders have brought the nuclear clock to its closet point to midnight – ever! Our mild winter has had so many storms and so much wind. There is unprecedented drought in many parts of the world (including our Canadian West). Island nations in the South Pacific and many coastal communities are concerned with sea level rise.
The followers of Jesus, too, were alarmed. The man that they had thought would bring about their liberation and the reign of God to the world was gone: crucified and dead. And now the tomb is empty – his body is gone. The three women who went to attend to the broken body of Jesus are told not to be alarmed.
The Risen Jesus is not to be found in the open tomb. Where we do find Jesus is in the gathering of his followers, where the message he preached is spoken and the work he did is still being done. For the followers of Jesus 2000 years ago and for his followers today, the world is an alarming place. It is also a place where there is hope because we know Jesus is risen. As long as there are people of good will who do the work of good and of God throughout the world, there is hope. This is the eternal hope of salvation that the short ending of Mark’s Gospel speaks of: And afterwards Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.
In an alarming world, may your lives be lives surrounded by hope as you gather with those you love and those who love you. May you find faith to believe in God and in Humanity, God’s creation. May you find faith in the Son who shows us the way. Finally may the new life of spring be for you ‘a sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.’
Parish of Blandford
Weekday Bible Studies during Lent are moved to the Rectory, 4821 Highway 329 at 7 pm.
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIBLE THEMES … BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK.
This year we will explore 5 different themes we find in the Bible using selections from the Sunday Scripture readings, short videos, reflections and fun exercises to check out what we know about the themes. We will also explore to see if these themes have anything to do with our lives today.
Week 1 – February 21 Covenant
Week 2 – February 28 Laws
Week 3 – March 07 Atonement
Week 4 – March 14 Justice
Week 5 – March 21 Agape/Love
Each session stands alone, however, there is a progression as we move towards Easter.
Notification of Special Congregational Meeting
Saint Barnabas Church
Concerning a bequest from the Estate of the late Granville Gates:
Saint Barnabas Church is named as a principal beneficiary of the Granville Gates trust.
We have received a request from the administrator of the trust to wind up the trust early. This requires the approval of all the beneficiaries of the trust, including Saint Barnabas Church.
Notice is given today, August 20, 2017, to the congregation of Saint Barnabas church of a special meeting of the congregation to be held:
September 03, 2017 at Saint Barnabas Church after Sunday morning service (11 am).
We will be discussing and voting on the administrator’s proposal. Details regarding the trust and the proposal to wind it up early will be available at the meeting.
This is an important meeting with financial implications for Saint Barnabas and the Parish of Blandford. We pray that as many members of the congregation as possible will be able to attend and participate in this decision.
Lorna McKay, Warden – Saint Barnabas,
Malcolm Boutilier, Warden – All Saints, Ken Miller, Warden – Saint Cuthbert