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
Parish & Community Cookbook commemorating Saint Barnabas’ 150th Anniversary: last day for submissions to Claudia Zinck – April 21.
History of Saint Barnabas: The Saint Barnabas Guild is preparing a short updated history of the Church. If you have any photos, stories or documents which might help us tell our story, please contact Beverley McDonald at 902-228-2603 or contact us by email.
Evensong (Book of Common Prayer): Our first parish event celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Saint Barnabas Church. Sunday, May 7, 3 PM at Saint Barnabas. Music will be led by the Chancel Choir of Saint John’s, Lunenburg. A reception will be held afterward in the Multi-purpose Room, Blandford Community Centre. The service at 10 AM will be canceled on that day.
Saint Barnabas Guild Supper: Saturday June 03, Blandford Community Centre. Details to follow.
Feast of Saint Barnabas, Holy Eucharist of Thanksgiving for 150 Years – Saint Barnabas Church: Sunday June 11, 3 PM. Pot Luck Supper to follow at Blandford Community Centre. Please invite friends, family and former members of the community and parish. The service at 10 AM will be canceled on that day.