Friday, 25 September 2015

Parish Update: September 25, 2015

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

Garage Sale!
Don’t miss out – there is LOADS of good stuff to buy
Come down to the hall and check it out – 9-2pm Saturday September 26

Next week both Centering Prayer (Tuesday, September 22@ 10am) and Bible Study (Wednesday, September 23 @ 12pm) Return from the summer break. Welcome back!

Public Invitation Notice | Refugee Sponsorship Information Meeting
About RAFT- Refugees and Friends Together
A refugee resettlement group began in the 1970’s through a collaborative effort of churches in Kamloops sponsoring families from Viet Nam, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Croatia and Bosnia. In the late 1990’s, in  order to respond to the need to sponsor refugees from Kosovo it evolved into  a community refugee sponsoring group called RAFT- which stands for Refugees And Friends Together. In the following years we sponsored families from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Iraq and Iran.
We have noticed over the past decade that while the number of refugees in the world has increased so have the many challenges and frustrating delays in refugee sponsorship in Canada. This is making it extremely hard for most of us to continue to sponsor refugees.
In light of the wide attention on the horrific refugee situation, we need community involvement to join in the support of refugee sponsorship with us in Kamloops.
To that end we are holding a refugee sponsorship information meeting to inform the public and recruit supporters.
Here are the details:
When: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where: Kamloops United Church 421 St. Paul Street
For more information visit: or call: 778.471.7631 

Thank you! 
A quick note of thanks to the “floor waxing team” made up of Ken Munro, Dwight Oatway, Jim Edwards, Reid Albright and Ron Sugiyama. They worked hard buffing and waxing the church floors. They look great guys! Good job and thank you!
The Dean’s office has a new email! Want to get a hold of Rev Sandra or David and don’t want to go through the office? You can now email them at the following address

Photos depicting who, what, where or how you are/have been inspired in faith and hope on your journey through this year of change at St. Paul’s.
  • Entry is open to all of God’s people.
  • Entries are to be submitted by the photographer
  • Entries are to have been taken within the current year – 2015.
  • Entries are limited to four (4) per person.
  • Please include your name, phone number on the back of the photo.
  •  A title and/or comments as to why the entry depicts FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY are encouraged.
  • Please indicate if you wish your photographs returned.
  • First, second and third place will be acknowledged with a certificate.
  • Two “Honourable Mentions” not already placed in top 3 will also be acknowledged with a certificate.
  • All acknowledged photographs will appear in St. Paul’s Circular.
  • All photographs will be displayed in the cathedral
  •  4 x 6 prints may be dropped off at 360 Nicola Street. 
  •  Prints may be sent by email (jpeg) to:


Fund Raising 2015 Committee
 (Elaine Parkes, Jim Edwards, Duncan Macrae, Jim & Diane Freathy)

When the chapel refurbishment and sound system projects were done, the money to pay for them was borrowed from the St. Paul’s trust funds on the understanding that these funds would be replaced.  Administration and Finance has tasked this committee to raise $50,000 to cover the costs of these projects as well as supplementing the sound system with a “hard of hearing” component.  The committee has met and planned the following events for the fall:

St. Paul’s Cathedral Spaghetti Dinner and silent “art” auction 

Sunday October 18, 2015
Doors open at 5pm – Dinner at 530pm
Tickets: Adults $15
Children $10
Family $45

Tickets are available at the office or call Elaine @ 250-374-2316

          Would you like to help with one of these events?  If so please contact Elaine Parkes at 250-374-2316 or

BCYAYM conference coming to St. Paul's October 9-12.  Kitchen helpers are still needed Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Joy Gothard 250-372-5594.

From the Peace & Justice Committee
Syrian Emergency Relief

PWRDF has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe and is responding through the ACT Alliance.  ACT is providing food, water, shelter, health care, sanitation, education, and psychosocial support to over 300,000 refugees in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.  Warm clothes and bedding will be provided for the winter months. PWRDF continues to provide relief through ACT and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to displaced people within Syria, and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and through Refuge Egypt in Cairo.

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.  For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian government will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund. 

Donations can be made in the following ways:

PWRDF Donations By Phone
For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 3551-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Syria Response and send to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development FundThe Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2
PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator
Naba Gurung
416-924-9192 ext. 321
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at
Thank you for supporting PWRDF’s continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees.

“What can YOU learn at Sorrento Centre?”

You don’t have to stop learning just because the summer is over. Check out the following fun fall program.

Silent Directed Retreatwith Rick McCorrister

his will be a time to enter into silence through the practice of inner stillness, prayer, and reflection with a trusted spiritual director/companion.
We will begin Sunday evening with an orientation to the retreat time: what to expect, any questions or concerns about how to be in silence, how will the days flow, times for spiritual direction each day. We will end our time with a prayer/worship time for entering the stillness.
Monday and Tuesday we will be in silence. We will have a prayer time each morning and evening to give structure to our day. In addition there will be opportunity each day for each participant to meet with Rick for a spiritual direction time.
Meals will also be in silence. Wednesday morning we will use our Morning Prayer time as our coming out of silence ritual. The rest of the morning will be a time to debrief the experience of practicing inner stillness. We will also spend time reflecting on the transition from this time of silent retreat into our regular lives beyond Sorrento. We will conclude with lunch together.

Registration Information
Course Fee: $572 includes instruction, meals Sunday supper through Wednesday lunch, and single based accommodation. 

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