Good Day St. Paul's,
Despite changes to governmental COVID restrictions, there are no changes to St. Pauls' COVID procedures this week. It remains important to observe the protocols and restrictions that we have in place. We will continue to meet together in person, but are no longer singing together. Please familiarize yourself with the protocols in the bulletin and on the website HERE.
This service will also be available online as a live-stream and we are allowing in-person attendance this week. Our bulletin is attached to this email and can be found on our WEBSITE and EVENTS page. To find our YouTube Channel, CLICK THIS LINK.
As always, please read on for more announcements.
St. Paul's Anglican Church - Edmonton
Community Corner for Sunday, February 13
February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
Each week we will highlight some resources for you to check out.
Thank you to Dan Lowe for sharing these resources with us.
Film: Older Stronger Wiser https://www.nfb.ca/film/older_stronger_wiser/
Poetry: Black Matters by Afua Cooper and Wilfried Raussert
Fiction: Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson
Non-Fiction: The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
Podcasts: Faith in a Fresh Vibe https://www.rohadi.com/podcast/
Supporting Indigenous Arts & Businesses in Edmonton is part of our ongoing participation in reconciliation. There are many Indigenous-owned businesses in Edmonton, such as the Samson Native Gallery in West Edmonton Mall, the Indigenous Artist Market Collective’s booth at our Downtown Farmers Market every weekend, Ôte Nîkân Papaschase Petro Canada at 3003 Calgary Trail. For more resources, please visit https://www.infoedmonton.com/article/indigenous-arts-businesses-in-edmonton/
Family Day is February 21, 2022 and there are many fun activities planned in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Many activities are listed on this website https://www.familyfuncanada.com/edmonton/family-day-in-edmonton/ with time, location and cost listed.
Coats at Street Entrance
There is a section of the coat rack at the west-facing street entrance that is reserved for storing coats for those in need during these frigid temperatures. If you have coats or supplies to donate, please place them in that section and notify Nathaniel or Michelle Schurek. If you do not wish for your coat to be taken, please hang on the north-facing alley-entrance coat rack.
Send Some February Love
The “Hands to Hearts” card group invites you to send a card (or 2 or 3) to someone in February. Perhaps you have not seen a fellow parishioner for a long time. Mail them a card! Maybe you want to thank a member of the music ministry team. Perhaps you want to say thank you to a health care professional or your favourite grocery clerk. The card boxes have been replenished, and cards and envelopes are available for you to take. Special thanks to Pat S., Pat H-B. and Barb D. who prepared cards this month. If you are unable to pick up cards from the church, contact the office to request having them mailed or delivered to you.
Return Palm Fronds
If you have palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday, please return them to the office so we can make ashes for Ash Wednesday. Palms must be returned by Sun, February 27.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Join us online from your dinner table for the art of pancake silliness before we hunker down to the serious business of Lent. The Zoom link will be opened at 5:45pm on March 1, 2022. Indulge in fun and antics from the comfort of your own home! You can plan and prepare your own supper (no charge to join the party), or order a Pancake Silliness Kit from Michelle for $25 (includes syrup, whip cream, pancake mix, uncooked bacon and decorations) NO LATER THAN February 22. Games and activities will be supplied at no charge! Looking forward to seeing the silly faces you can make on those pancakes. RSVP to Michelle Schurek or Asher Hebert for the Zoom link.
Lenten Embers 2022 – March 2
Lenten Embers is offered over Lent and is designed to serve worshippers devotionally while encouraging simplicity, discernment, awareness, and prayer. If you would like to participate, please contact the church office for a kit.
Ash Wednesday Service
On March 2, 2022, St. Paul’s will be having a short service on Ash Wednesday. Please plan to join in person or online at 10:00am. If you are able to assist with the service for Service Team, Tech, or Music, please let the office know.
St. Paul’s will be hosting a discussion with theologian Dr. Stephen Backhouse. Dr. Backhouse is the founder and director of Tent Theology, a project to help individuals engage with theology for every business, church, and network. These discussions will be happening over Zoom during the season of Lent. More details will be made available as they become settled. Find more information about Tent Theology at their website: https://www.tenttheology.com
Your Picture Is Requested
In our parish lobby, we have a picture board of our regular attendees. It is now time to update it with those attending both in-person and online! Please email a copy of your favourite photo to the office. Feel free to include your pets! If you do not have a photo and would like to participate, please email Asher in the office to arrange taking your picture at email@example.com
The office at St. Paul’s received word this week about the passing of former parishioner, Margaret Third-Tsushima. There will be no upcoming memorial service. If you know Margaret and would like more information, please contact Heather Dyckerhoff at 780-850-7650.
Church Retreat - May 13-15, 2022
Our annual church retreat is being scheduled for May 13-15, 2022. Please contact Michelle if you are interested in helping out, hosting, or involved in making it happen! Our retreats are one of the ways that we build and maintain our sense of community and grow together in Christ.
Youth Retreat - May 20-23, 2022
Over the May Long weekend, the Youth are planning to participate in the Young Sojourners Youth Retreat at the Sorrento Centre. This is the week after the church retreat. The theme for the retreat, "Better Together," will be focussing on rebuilding the connections of our youth that have been altered from the pandemic. While details of the event are still in their planning stages, Young Sojourners retreats in the past have served to be amazing opportunities for youth from many Anglican dioceses to connect and form relationships that have led to lasting friendships.
Daily Morning Prayer
Please join us every day at 8am for morning prayer on Zoom, except Thursdays and Sundays. Every Thursday we will meet in person at St. Paul’s in the Chapel. For more information, please contact Myron or the office. The Zoom information is available on the website HERE.
2022 Offering Envelopes
Envelopes are now available for pick up from the Office. If you would like envelopes or would like to stop getting envelopes, please contact the office.
Youth and Kid’s Club
Youth Group is for those in Grades 7 to 12. Led by our Youth Director, Abbi Harding, the youth meet most Sunday mornings during the service. There is a calendar already available for other activities that are planned for the upcoming year.Because of the ongoing pandemic, our services sometimes happen online only as needs arise. Information for in-person or online services can be found on our NEWS page. If our services are happening online, Children's Ministry will be available via Zoom. More information can be found HERE.