Swing into Summer Barbecue

Swing into Summer Barbecue

Next Sunday, June 12th, St. Philip’s will be holding our annual summer BBQ.

Doors are open at 10:00 am.  The service begins at 11 am. Immediately following the service there will be a BBQ on the front lawn. We should be ready to start eating at about 12:30 pm. Hot dogs, hamburger, and buns will be provided.  We hope you can join us at 11:00 am for our celebration of Holy Eucharist, but if you can’t please feel to swing by and join us for the BBQ. We would also like to encourage people to bring potluck salads, beverages or desserts for the BBQ. However, if you are unable to do so, we still invite you to stop for the chance to meet your neighbours at St. Philip’s.

Swing BBQ
Swing into summer at the St. Philips BBQ

The Barbecue will go on rain or shine. If it is raining, we will eat inside in the Memorial Hall.

Flowers Springtime

Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.
Saint Paul of the Cross

sign with flowers
The flowers are another welcoming sight at St. Philip’s

Last Wednesday, with the weather finally warm, though wet, we planted flowers here at St. Philip’s. Despite the rain it was a delightful event. Margaret Brook, one of our parishioners organized the planting. Rev. Donald was there and we were joined by members of the 153rd Sparks, and Brownies along with a couple of their leaders. It is always great when members of the various communities get the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better. We thank them for their willingness to partner with us. A special thanks to the Sparks and Brownies who outdid themeselves in their desire to help with the planting.

Green Door Flowers
This cluster is just next to the green door that leads to our offices.

As the quote at the top says, we believe that beauty is one of the ways in which God is made known to us. We hope that people who pass by the building or who are waiting for their bus may find their days brightened by the flowers, trees, and other plants around the building. We hope that they bring joy and gladness every day.

Flowers and Guy Letourneau’s Memory

This spring the planting of the flowers was a melancholy affair. For many years our caretaker Guy Letourneau had looked after the grounds and flowers. Sadly, just a couple of months ago, Guy discovered he had cancer. It was an aggressive cancer and on April he entered his eternal rest.

Guy took great pride and care with the grounds and the flowers.  Much of the reason that the grounds around St. Philip’s have always looked so beautiful was through Guy’s efforts. We miss him not only for his efforts but for his friendly, welcoming personality that had been an important part of St. Philip’s for the past decade.

Rest in Peace Guy, and rise in Glory.

Williams: What is Church

The video with this post features former Archbishop of Canterbury discussing “What is the Church.” For those unfamiliar with the way the Anglican Church is organized, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader of Anglicans around the world. Unlike the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury has no formal power outside of his role in the Church of England. However, the Archbishop stands as a figure of unity for Anglicans. In this video, Williams answers the question what is the church. In doing so he gives a couple of comments that are worth further reflection.

Two Comments from Williams

The first comment in the video that this post will reflect on is: “Church is what happens when people are touched by Jesus.” Williams suggests that church is the inevitable by-product of coming into contact with Jesus. We who are part of the church are part of it because of this contact. The second is that our primary duty as part of the church is “to keep yourself alert to the call.” In other words, remember that encounter with Jesus. All other things flow from these two.

A couple of Questions:

Williams talks of people being brought together, often unexpectedly. What does this tell us about being the Church? What does this tell us about the basis of our commitment to each other? How does remembering that the church is an “event before an organization,” help or hinder us in being the Church? These are just a couple of questions that come to mind. Perhaps you have other questions after watching the video. Perhaps you disagree with Williams idea of the church. Feel free to use the contact form on our home page if you have any questions or comments regarding this video or any other post on our site.

I came across these videos thanks to an excellent site known as The Englewood Review of Books. This site and it’s sister site, Thrifty Christian Books are worth bookmarking if for no other reason than they will help you discover videos such as the one in this post. St. Philip’s has made use of this site in the past as they directed us to the Stanley Hauerwas videos which we posted a couple of years ago.

Holy Week Services

We are well into the season of Lent. It will only be a few more days until Holy Week begins. During Holy Week we trace the last few days of Jesus’s life. This is the most important week in the life of the church. We will be gathering together several times over the course of the week.

Holy Week Schedule:

Sunday, March 20:  Palm/Passion Sunday. Service at 11:00 am. There will be no Eucharist this Sunday.

Holy Week starts
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week

Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday. St. Philip’s will be joining with St. Mark’s and St. Mary Magdalene for a symbolic Seder Supper. This begins at 6:00 pm and is being help at St. Mary Madgalene Anglican Church, 3 St. Vital Road. Rev. Donald will be taking on the role of the father in the Seder Supper. Maundy Thursday also marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, and the act of Jesus washing his disciples feet.

Holy Week Footwashing.
Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus washing his disciples feet as an act of servant leadership for us all to follow.

Good Friday, March 25 : Good Friday Service, 11 am.

Good Friday, Holy Week
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

Easter Sunday, March 27: Easter Morning Eucharist, 11 am.

Holy Week Easter
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

All are welcome to join us.

 

 

2016 Pancake Supper

It’s that time of year again. Lent is just around the corner. However, before that we will be enjoying the 2016 Pancake Supper. There will be a couple of changes for this year’s supper. The first is in whose putting it on. This year instead of simply being a St. Philip’s event, the Pancake Supper will be a joint effort by the three St. Mary’s Road Parishes. Those parishes are St. Mark’s, St. Mary Magdalene, and St. Philip’s. The second is the location of the supper. For 2016, we will be holding the Supper at the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion, Branch #43, which is located at 134 Marion Street.

2016 Bringing a new direction for the Pancake Supper

The reason for the change of locale brings us to the third big difference in this year’s Pancake Supper. This year, the funds raised through the supper will go to help support the Aulneau Renewal Centre’s new Family Sponsorship program. This is a new relatively new program from the centre. It recognizes that often the people who are in the greatest need of counseling services are unable to gain access to the services because of difficult financial situations. The Family Sponsorship Program will go a long way to helping to alleviate the stresses caused by a lack of funds. We hope that not only will the 2016 Pancake Supper raise funds to support this project, but it will help to raise awareness in the broader community of the availability of such a resource. Please consider taking the time on February 9th to come out, enjoy some pancakes, and help make much needed services available to people who need them.2016 Pancake supper1-page-001

Last year there were pancakes, sausages, syrup, whipped cream, and a berry compote on the menu. This year we hope to make the menu even bigger. Tickets are $7.00 per person and $17.50 per family.  We will be including gluten-free pancakes as part of the supper.

Tickets are available by calling 204-237-3650 and leaving a message. Or, you can email us at stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

 

Advent Through Christmas

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. We at St. Philip’s will be marking this season and the following Christmas season with a variety of services and events. We wish to invite any who do not already have a place to gather in community over this time to join us for any or all of these events. Advent is a time for waiting. For many people this is an increasingly difficult thing to do, particularly as they feel challenged by the fast pace that accompanies the approach to Christmas. At St. Philip’s we intend to honour this waiting time.

Advent is also a time of preparation. While we prepare for Christmas, we also prepare for the coming of Christ’s kingdom in it’s fullness. The themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are also characteristics of the coming kingdom that we can practice now. Come join us at St. Philip’s during Advent as we strive to together understand what these themes mean for our lives today.

St. Philips Advent wreath
Advent wreath at St. Philips.

Sunday, November 29, Advent 1

11:00 am Holy Eucharist. Reverend Donald is Preaching. The theme is hope.

Sunday, December 6, Advent 2

11:00 am Morning Prayer. Reverend Donald is at St. Mark’s so there will be a guest preacher. The theme is peace. Continue reading

Parish News

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There’s lots of things happening around the St. Philip’s parish in the next little while. Plus one or two items that are occurring at our neighbouring parish Saint Mark’s.

Saturday, November 21, 2015:

Snowflake Bazaar and Luncheon: This is taking place at St. Mark’s, 19 St. Mark’s Place, this coming Saturday. There is a lunch of Hot Soup, Buns, Dessert & Beverage. Cost is $7.00 per person, $3.00 Children under 12, or $16.00 Families. You can also purchase coffee and dainties only for $3.00. This is a good option if you want something lighter than lunch.

The Bazaar will feature, Jewellery, Jams, Jellies, Bake Table, Craft Table, New to You Table, and a silent auction. The bazaar is free to browse.

Thursday, November 26, 2015:

Service of Light: This service was formerly known as Blue Christmas, and is an opportunity for those who find the approaching holidays difficult, to spend some time in quietness and contemplation. The service begins at 7:00 pm.

As we prepare to enter into the season of Advent we all carry much burden in our hearts, be it from a loss of a loved one, a relationship that is not right or illness or stress – all of which is absolutely normal for us. Remembering pain and looking for hope is part of the Christmas story. Christmas is incarnation, God becoming flesh in the person Jesus Christ and in the promise that the future rests in God’s hands and all will be well. We invite you to join us for a time where we will soak in silence, listen to scripture, resonate with the music, light a memorial candle, and ask for healing or blessing all in the company of the Holy Spirit. Courtesy of the St. Mary Magdalene Facebook Page. 

Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29, 2015:

Forum Art Institute, our parish neighbours across Tache Avenue are holding their Forum Art Fair. Visit their Facebook page for more details surrounding the event.

Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 4, 2015:

Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, the high school just up St. Mary’s from St. Philip’s is putting on the muscial “Beauty and the Beast Junior.”  You can visit the events calendar at their website for information on times and tickets. The show is being held at the Centre-Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Boulevard.

Saturday, December 5, 2015:

One of our parishioners here at St. Philip’s also sings with the Assiniboine Show Chorus of the Sweet Adelines. They are holding their Christmas show, entitled “The Gift,” on Saturday, December 5, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Both Shows will be at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford St. Ticket prices and more are in the poster linked below.

Poster

 Saturday, December 5, and Sunday December 6, 2015:

Bolero Dance Theatre, who rehearse in our parish building, are remounting their production of Cinderella. Rev Donald went and saw it last year, and highly recommends it as a great evening out by yourself, or with family and friends. Hop over to their website to order your tickets.

Saturday, December 19, 2015:

St. Philip’s will be hosting an evening of singing for the season. The details of this event are still being worked out, but we will post them as soon as they are available.

 

Chili Cook-Off for Winnipeg Harvest

St. Philip’s is holding a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on October 2nd, 2015. The cook-off will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Fall brings about cooler weather, so it’s a good time to be thinking about hot food. The idea for the Chili Cook-Off came from one our parishioners and we talked about it we also talked about the idea of using it as a fundraiser. Given that the event will take place just before Thanksgiving, a fundraiser for Winnipeg Harvest seems liked a natural fit. So, the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off was born.

Chili Cook-off
The St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off will be offering plenty of hot chili for a cool fall day.

This contest will not just be for bragging rights. There will be judges, and their will be prizes. The judges for the event will be voting for first, second, and third place. As well, we will be offering a people’s choice award where everyone who attends will get a chance to say which chili they liked best. We’ve started a Facebook Event page for the cook-off and will be posting information about the judges and the prizes as the next two weeks roll along. We’ll have some cooks from St. Philip’s but we’re looking for others to join us. Here’s how you can do that. Continue reading

Narrative @ Noon Eucharist

Last week St. Philip’s began a new weekday Eucharist. Earlier in the year Rev. Donald started taking Wednesday Noon services for Holy Trinity. At the time we decided to put our mid-week service on hiatus. Starting earlier this week, that service is back. There are some differences though. First, we will now be meeting on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays. Second, we moved the time from 1:00 pm to Noon. Third, and the biggest change, we will be using the Narrative Lectionary (NL) for our Scripture readings.

Creation Narrative
The Narrative begins with creation.

What is a lectionary? A lectionary is a collection of Bible readings  that are pre-selected for every week of the year. It has it’s strengths and weaknesses, but one of the best things, is that it keeps preachers from getting on hobby horses where they preach a few select passages over and over. When that happens a lot of the Biblical story gets left out. However, even with the lectionary there are still large parts of the Bible that get less noticed.

Narrative Lectionary:

What is the Narrative Lectionary? You can read more about it at the Working Preacher site, but in a nutshell, it’s a lectionary that is based on the narrative of the Biblical story. So, every year the readings begin in the early chapters of Genesis. One of the features of the Narrative Lectionary is that it lays a greater emphasis on the Old Testament readings. Another feature is that the Narrative Lectionary works on a four year cycle. The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is on a three year cycle. In the RCL the Gospels of Mark and John share a year. In the Narrative Lectionary each Gospel gets a full year of focus. In addition, over the summer months, the Narrative Lectionary takes special care to focus on some of the lesser read Epistles and books of the Old Testament. As well, one month of the summer features a more topical theme for the lectionary.

This is not to say that one lectionary is better than the other. It does though, give us a chance to take a fresh look at Scripture. By using it on Tuesdays, it also means that people who happen to attend both Tuesdays and Sundays will get a chance to interact with more of the Biblical story throughout the year.

 

Fundraising For Friends

 

Fundraising for Pikangikum

The second fundraising opportunity is on Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Paul Fort Garry. This is a pub night fundraiser and it is designed to benefit the Pikangikum water project. The link will take you to the Primates World Relief and Development page to give you more details on the catastrophic situation that this First Nations community lives under all year round. If you remember the hand-wringing that came with Winnipeg’s short boil water advisory this past winter, imagine living with that on a daily basis.  We need to find permanent solutions. This will require government action, but until that happens, we must not let the people living in Pikangikum continue to suffer.

Information for the event is below. We don’t have any video of the Narwhals on their own, the video above is of them backing Rev. Donald at the St. Philip’s pub night, last December.

St. Paul’s Fort Gary is presenting a “Support for Pikangikum Pub Night6.”

Friday, May 22

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

830 North Drive

Music Provided by the Narwhals

Doors open at 7 pm,

Entrance $5.00

If you have spaces on your schedule on the next two Fridays, here is a good way to fill them up. We hope a lot of people will come together for these two good events.

The next two Fridays present St. Philip’s the opportunity to help some of their friends with fundraising efforts. The first of these two fundraising events is on Friday, May 15, 2015. Our friends at St. Mark’s Anglican Church are holding a fundraising Chinese dinner at the Norwood Legion, 124 Marion Street.

St. Mark’s Chinese dinner fundraiser will be held at the Norwood Legion at 124 Marion Street this coming Friday, May 15. We hope everyone will attend this event with family and friends. There will be a door prize and a silent auction during the dinner.  Tickets are 15.00 per adult, children 5-12 are 10.00, and under 5 are free. See the office, Judy MacDonald, Lynn Webster or the Legion to pick up tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 5:00. Dinner will be at 5:30.

fundraising for platform
The chair lift platform
Full life picture fundraising
The chair lift that St. Mark’s is fundraising for. Shown from the ground up.

 

In the past several years, St. Mark’s has been taking on projects to make their building more accessible to people living with physical challenges. The most recent change made was an upgrade to the elevator chair that takes people from the main floor up to the church hall which is on the second floor.