Saturday, 16 May 2015

Parish Email: May 14, 2015

Hello St. Paul’s Family
Here are a few things you may need to know.

May 22 – Friendship Friday at 10am – Guest Speaker - Speaker.......   Nicole.....juvenile diabetes in the home and management skills. All welcome!

Thank you to Jim Mitchell and Gordon Dove for finishing up my office and reconnecting my computer! It was a smooth transition thanks to them and it made my work life easier (which is a real blessing). Thanks guys – you rule!!!

Call for soup!
April has been another busy month for our soup program – we have had 41 people in for soup and treats. I am happy to report that the leftover treats and food from Louise’s farewell dinner are very popular and receive many nice compliments.
If you are able to make soup this week we would be most appreciative to receive it!!!

We now have a wonderful new Sound System.  It is working well, Louise commented that it saved her about ½ hour before the service in testing the system and making adjustment.  At the Dinner for the Dean we were able to use both the hall and cathedral sound systems to allow everyone to hear the announcements, whether they were seated in the hall or in the Cathedral.  This new system was a necessary, but costly purchase – about $25,000 and the money was borrowed from our trust accounts.  We will also need to raise some funds to cover the balance on the Chapel renovations.  We will begin a fund-raising program in September, to raise money to cover these funds.  If you wish to make a donation towards the sound system at this time, please do not hesitate to do so. Please make your cheque payable to St Paul’s Cathedral and in the memo line indicate sound system etc.


PWRDF & NEPAL Earthquake Disaster - The Needs are Great in Nepal - May 4, 2015 | By Simon Chambers – Submitted by Joy Gothard
The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 devastated a region from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, killing over 7000, damaging or destroying 700,000 houses, and destroying roads so that some remote districts are still only accessible by helicopter.
PWRDF has been responding to the needs of those affected by the earthquake through the ACT Alliance, a global alliance of 140 church-based agencies engaged in relief, development and advocacy work.  Through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), another ACT member, PWRDF has helped to provide food, blankets, and tarpaulins to 820 families in the hardest hit areas of the Kathmandu valley.
Volunteers are helping to pack up relief goods- 2kg of rice, six packages of ready-to-eat noodles, two packages of biscuits, a tarpaulin and a blanket- for distribution to families in need.
According to LWF, “Lack of shelter remains the biggest challenge.  The need for tarpaulins by far exceeds the number given out.”  With over 900,000 people still sleeping outside, this need is clear.
LWF and other ACT members are assessing the needs in the region, working closely with the Nepalese government to coordinate their relief efforts.  “We have started by working in government-managed camps,” said LWRDF emergency team coordinator Gopal Dahal, “but as we saw a great need for assistance in self-managed camps, we have also started to cover these camps and the affected population.”
Your help is needed to supply tarpaulins, blankets, food and other relief supplies, and to begin the rebuilding process in Nepal.
All donations to PWRDF between April 25 and May 25, 2015 for the Nepal earthquake relief efforts will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Government of Canada into their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which will be used to provide humanitarian relief in the wake of this catastrophe.
You can support our relief efforts in Nepal:
Please designate your  donation for “Nepal Earthquake”.

12 Words of Hope and Defiance - A workshop with the Rev Dan Hines
Saturday May 23, 2015
9:30 – 12:00 with a light lunch to follow
Summery: “Words matter. This morning retreat is an exploration into twelve words of hope and defiance. For this reflective morning retreat of liturgy and music, we will slow down, do more with less, and allow these words to reveal what they may.”

Participation is limited to the first 25
Sign up at the Cathedral by calling

7 spots left…… DO NOT delay!!!


BCYAYM – BC & Yukon Anglican Youth Movement – will be holding its annual Thanksgiving conference at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thanksgiving weekend Oct 9-12th ,2015.  St. Paul’s will be hosting approximately 60-70 Anglican Youth for the weekend.  One of our main responsibilities will be feeding these young people - looking after the different meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks).  Our hope is to have the different meals looked after by various groups (ie Men’s Breakfast group, Altar Guild, Cathedral Committee, groups from St. George’s Church etc.)

We are forming a committee now, so that it will be ready to begin planning in early September.  If you, as an individual or a group, would like to be involved in this project, please contact Claire in the church office at 250-372-3912 or by e-mail at

From your Bishop in Charge:
Excerpt from my sermon on April 10, 2015
I am pleased to announce your search committee - Jon Bucklehas agreed to chair the committee and serving with him will be Jennifer Cane, Kathryn Brisco, Joan Lukow, Jo-Mary Hunter, Tammy Davis, Lee Emery, Dwight Oatway and your consultant will be Brian Krushel, who serves as pastor to the North Thompson Shared Ministry.
They role is to work with me to put together a good parish profile – one that includes a process of deep listening to whatyou the community gathered envision for your future mission and ministry and to define the qualification of a new spiritual leader to assist you to live into that vision.  The task of interviewing candidates and making recommendations to me will fall to this group of faithful people.  If there are to do their job well, you will need to be engaged – offering your honest opinions, your best thought – your heart’s desire for this community to them.  And you will need to pray for them – constantly – in your personal prayers and in your corporate prayers.
It will be through your actions – the gathered community - as you enter this process of discernment that God’s abiding love for us will be revealed to all.  We who have receive the Holy Spirit and know the power of Christ’s death and resurrection are called to reveal that love to others by working together, offering ourselves to help where help is needed – doing a little overtime for Jesus as my friend used to say to me.  This is a journey that we must do together – your search committee has a task, your leadership team of Sandra, the wardens and others as we bring them on board – all will need your help.  Over the next months they will be a greater demand on your wardens – I know because I will put much of it on them.  We will need others to step forward to take some of their tasks from them and support them in whatever way necessary.  We will need to let some things go and re-evaluate other things in this time of transition. I ask you to pray for your leadership team, your wardens and all in leadership and to give them your full support.



A new feature for this weekly email is a glance at the Sorrento Centre offerings called

“What can YOU learn at Sorrento Centre?”

This week featuring this great learning opportunity

July 5 – 11 – Week 1
The Silent Crywith Dan Hines

“There is no experience of God that can be so privatized that it becomes and remains the property of one owner.” – Dorothee Soelle
Together, we will encourage one other to rediscover ‘blessed unrest’: a mystical resistance to the world as it is. This is a resistance found in inner integrity and divine love and its restless longing for a better reality.
We will seek to erase the distinction between internal contemplative experience and external political activism. We will explore both the inner light of being one with every living thing and also the courage to resist that which is death-dealing.
Stories, prose, poetry and film will serve as the reflective pieces of learning in a Circle of Trust® practice. 
Four guides will help us to explore stillness in action: the documentary film “Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action”, the German liberation theologian Dorothee Soelle, the diplomat Dag Hammarskjold, and the Quaker activist and writer, Parker J. Palmer.
“There is a freedom in the midst of action, a stillness in the midst of other human beings… In our era the road to holiness often passes through the world of action.” – Dag Hammarskjold
· Course Fee: $310

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