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.
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.
Good Friday, March 25 : Good Friday Service, 11 am.
Easter Sunday, March 27: Easter Morning Eucharist, 11 am.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Although it seems that we’ve barely gotten through Christmas, Lent will soon be upon us. However, before Lent arrives there is that wonderful tradition known as Shrove Tuesday. Last year on Dining with Donald, Reverend Donald a little about the origins of Shrove Tuesday, and how pancakes became part of it.
This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17th. As has been our custom for many years, St. Philip’s will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday by offering a pancake supper. Last year the Pancake Supper was a terrific evening, and we hope to make it even better this year. The supper is still in the planning stages, so you will need to keep your eyes tuned to this site for information as it becomes available. 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 $6.00 per person and $15.00 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 on extension 2. Or, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also this year, Reverend Donald will be in the church on Tuesday from 11 am – 1 pm to meet with anyone who wishes to participate in making private confession.
Tonight St. Philip’s will be celebrating Christmas Eve. Our service will begin at 7:00 pm with a half hour of Carol singing, followed by our Christmas Eve Eucharist beginning at 7:30. Tomorrow we will celebrate our Christmas Day Eucharist beginning at 11:00 am.
Yesterday, after St. Philip’s had observed Remembrance Day, we held our annual Roast Beef Dinner. The roast beef dinner is one of the highlight events for our parish. The food is great, and you can read more about that over at Rev. Donald’s blog, Dining with Donald.
An event like this dinner can’t be accomplished without a lot of help. Much of this help came from within the parish, but we had other help as well. As we were planning we realized we didn’t have a big enough coffee maker. Fortunately, our friends at St. Margaret’s were able to lend us theirs. Thanks.
When it came to the kitchen, Christy Schmidt was in charge of the cooking and she did a terrific job making sure that everything was ready. On Monday she had great help from her husband Andy (our people’s warden), and mother-in-law Barb as there was a hole pile of slicing and dicing to do. Also, thanks to Bobbie Touga, Christy, and Rev. Donald for contributing desserts.
Of course, not only is there a lot of food that needs to be gotten ready, the tables and chairs have to be set up and made to look attractive. Thanks to Guy our caretaker for setting the tables up, and to Mike and Stephanie who did the necessary work to make them look great.
The food was fantastic. We enjoyed it so much that we were only able to get pictures of some of the items. Everyone was too busy eating most of the time. The gallery below contains pictures of only about half the menu.
On Tuesday Christy and Andy were joined by their friend Evan in the kitchen. He worked tirelessly to help get the meal ready. Areen and Marion got the desserts plated and ready to go. Gloria, who’s the Rector’s Warden was ticket taker.
When it came time to serve, the Guides under the leadership of Doreen and Laura Gooding made sure that there was plenty of food to go around, that people got coffee, and their tables were cleared at the appropriate time. At clean up, Stephen, Ryan and Ben, more friends of Andy and Christy pitched in to help us all get home at a reasonable time.
So, the food was well taken care of. However, the other measure of a good supper is whether or not everybody enjoyed themselves. On that account we would say the Roast Beef Dinner was a smashing success. The noise level in the room was at a dull roar all evening. The only thing that brought the conversation to a temporary halt was when Rev. Donald was calling out the table numbers for people to get their food.
Not only that, but not many people seemed to be in a hurry to leave. Sure there were a few who had to make an early exit, but generally people lingered over their food and conversations.
St. Philip’s has always had a good relationship with the local government representatives. Last night was no exception. It was a pleasure to meet our new city councillor, Matt Allard. Our local MP Shelly Glover continues to be a faithful friend and supporter of St. Philip’s, she was present last night, along with our previous city councillor Dan Vandal who has also been a faithful supporter and friend to the parish. In addition we had representatives from Premier Greg Selinger’s office along with retired city councillor Lillian Thomas.
Their were many other friends of the parish and supporters as well. It was great having the opportunity to meet the extended families of some of our parishioners. To all who came out, we thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again at future dinners and other events. The pictures that follow were taken by David Cain, a parishioner and buildings and grounds supervisor for the parish. If anyone has been left out in the thanks, please forgive us, we appreciated the efforts of all.