Please Note the change in our Sunday Schedule: Our Regular Sunday Service (10am) will now be at Saint Barnabas on February 03. On Sunday February 10 we will meet at Ocean Swells for Holy Eucharist at 10am followed by Parish Potluck lunch and our Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting of the Parish of Blandford:
February 10, 2019 – Ocean Swells Community Center, Northwest Cove
Reports: Please submit reports no later than January 31, 2019 to Susanna Johnstone or Rev. Louis.
Parish Council: A number of positions are or will become vacant at the end of this term (February 28) The following three positions will need to be filled by new people offering.
Warden – Saint Barnabas
Saint Barnabas – January 20, 10AM Epiphany II – Morning Prayer
Bible Study & Reflection: Bible Study at the rectory Wednesday, January 16. Next Sunday’s readings:
Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week: Wednesday & Thursday, January 23 & 24.
Mission School: Module #3, Seek MORE The FREE workshop is for lay and clergy with plenty of discussion and opportunity to ask questions. If you missed the first module – no worries! Each session stands alone. If you are unable to attend the session for your region consider attending one in another region. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! MORE is based on God’s desire to give the world MORE of what it really needs – hope, love, and freedom. MORE is not a program, but a way of seeing ourselves and our church transformed so we can grow! March 3 – South Shore Region Holy Trinity, 78 Alexandra Street, Bridgewater 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch Provided – Open to Everyone REGISTER ONLINE: www.nspeidiocese.ca (or call 902-420-0717) Deadline for Registration is Feb. 28
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: The Last full week of January (20-27) is a week set aside especially for prayer for the unity of all the followers of Jesus Christ. A regional service is currently being planned. The date and time of the service of prayer will be announced in the coming week. Please watch the bulletin for details.
A Christmas Message 2018
Have you ever been in a situation where there was no room at the inn? Maybe you began the year as the new kid in a new school. All friendships had already been set for years – there was no room for you. Maybe you started a new job and the office lottery group didn’t want any more partners. Maybe you or your ancestors arrived in a new country. You had no choice but to leave your home because it had become unsafe and unlivable. Maybe there were some who said there was no room for you in the community that you came to live.
Many of us have been in situations – small or serious, like Mary and Joseph where it seemed like there was no room for us. We are most aware of this feeling of exclusion or rejection when our need is immediate! When a woman is having a baby – she needs a place to have it RIGHT NOW!
There may be some of you who feel as though there is no room at the place where you really want to be this Christmas. All of us need a place to be welcomed, to be taken in – to be warm, safe, and loved.
We hope that the Church in our community of worship provides a place where there will be room, where you will be welcome and safe. This is what Christians are (or at least should be) all about! There may be times when the Church, like the inn in the Christmas story, may not seem to have room for all. For these times we ask forgiveness. We pray that you will know with assurance that even if we, the followers of Jesus, do not always make room for you, the God who sent the child of Bethlehem to us, will never fail to welcome you!
We pray. May the Parish of Blandford always be a place of welcome and refuge to you. May this Parish always be a place where there is room for anyone and everyone! May this be the place which provides the space and security for your faith to be born, nurtured, and grown. God is found in the most surprising places. May you find and know God today.
A special thanks … goes out to all members of our parish who have helped in the preparation for our Christmas celebrations!
Services During the Christmas Season
December 23: Advent IV – Holy Eucharist 10AM Saint Cuthbert
December 24: Christmas Eve Family Eucharist 4PM Saint Barnabas Sung Eucharist 8PM All Saints
December 30: Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols 10AM Saint Barnabas
January 06: Epiphany of the Lord – Holy Eucharist 10 AM All Saints
The Feast of All Saints – Remembrance of those who have died
The Feast of all Saints is November 01. This day recognizes all who have gone before us on the journey through life and death to the Eternal Life in God. Our faith tells us this is the final destination towards which we all journey.
If you have lost someone dear to you – family member or friend in the last 12 months, the pain of missing them is still fresh. Your memories may still be difficult.
We wish to remember with you, in faith, those you love who have died. We will remember that this year when we say “All Saints”, they are included in that vast number with God. They are numbered among those who live with God and who prepare a place for us in eternity.
On Sunday November 04 at 10 AM at All Saints Church, Bayswater (4122 Highway #329), a candle will be lit for each person named to celebrate that they too are now one with all the Saints. Your loved one will be remembered along with the loved ones of other members of our parish community who have died in the last 12 months.
This is an invitation for you to join us in remembrance on that morning. If you wish to light a candle for someone close to you who has died in the last 12 months please give the information to Rev. Louis (by email or in writing would be best). If you cannot be at the service, but still wish to have a candle lit remembering them, please pass on the information and we will be happy to remember them on that day.
Sincerely yours in the Risen Christ, our hope of Eternal Life,
Rev. Louis Quennelle, Rector, Parish of Blandford
Memorial for the 20th Anniversary of Swissair 111
Sunday, September 02 at 3pm, Bayswater Memorial Site. Reception to follow at the Blandford Community Centre. The theme will centre around REMEMBERING those who died, RECOGNIZING those who worked in the aftermath, and RESPECTING the memory of of the dead by living more fully and appreciating each day, and each person, as an irreplaceable gift.
This is event which has marked many people both inside and outside our communities. We invite everyone to attend and participate.
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.’