September Happenings

As September approaches it is time for new events and for regular routines to return. We hope that everyone has had a restful summer that has allowed them time to recharge their batteries before the return of work or school and other weekly activities. Here at St. Philip’s we are in the planning stages for getting things off the ground. At the same time some of the groups that meet here at the church will be starting up their routines as well.

September Parish Happenings:

Earlier in the year, we put our Wednesday noon-hour Eucharist on hold. We will be starting it up again in the next few weeks with a couple of twists. The first is that it will be moved to Tuesday at Noon from Wednesday at One. The second is that we will be using the Narrative Lectionary, instead of the Revised Common Lectionary. This is to give our parish a chance to look at a different approach to the Lectionary. We will still be using the RCL for our Sunday services. Our first noon hour Eucharist will be on Tuesday, September 8. If you wish to attend, please enter through the yellow door off of Eugenie.

Sunday, September 13th, there will be a games night at St. Philip’s. Details of the evening can be found on the St. Philip’s Facebook page.

Sunday, September 20th, we will be holding our Fall BBQ. Our 11 am service will be Morning Prayer, and the BBQ will follow immediately. In addition to Morning Prayer, we will also be having a gospel sing as part of the service. The BBQ is a potluck. St. Philip’s provides the meat and buns and we encourage people to bring along a potluck dish to share. However, if you aren’t able to bring a dish, please do not let that stop you from coming to the BBQ.Hamburgers and Hot Dogs September

Later in the month, or perhaps in early October, Reverend Donald will be starting a series on Tuesday evenings called Confirm not Conform. This is a course put out by Forward Movement. If you are an adult seeking confirmation, this course would be good for you. However, the course is designed to encourage anyone who may wish to take a refresher course on the basics of Christian thought to participate. It promises to be informative and fun.

September Tenant Happenings:

St. Philip’s has a few tenants, and we want to make sure that you know about what they are up to.

The Green Door Alcoholics Anonymous group still meets in the choir room, Sundays at 8:00 am. Entrance is through the Green Door.

The Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring Orthodox Mission meets Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays 9:30 am. You can find out more about them from their webpage. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.

Brownies, Sparks, Guides, and Venturers:

Throughout its history, Girl Guides of Canada has prepared girls to meet the challenges that they face in their lives head on. Whether it was girls learning to bandage wounds during the First World War or girls today working on their anti-bullying badge, Guiding continually evolves to reflect the needs and interests of contemporary girls and women. Today, Guiding’s innovative programming is helping the next generation of Canadian girls become confident, courageous and resourceful leaders. Come Join us at St. Philips Anglican Church.

153rd Sparks (ages 5-6) September 15 Guady Serrano 204-667-9560

153rd Brownies (ages 7-8) September 15 Doreen Gooding 204-294-0558

153rd Guides (ages 9-11) September 16 Gudrun Antosh 204-222-8245

153rd Pathfinders (ages 12-14) September 16 Lauralee Gooding 204-293-0258

153rd Rangers (ages 15-17) September 16 Lauralee Gooding 204-293-0258

Adults (18+) call Gudrun Antosh for more information on joining this women’s organization (204-222-8245)

The Bolero Dance Theatre meets on Thursdays and Sunday evenings in the Memorial Hall. If you are interested in Spanish Dance, they are holding open auditions in late September. Entrance is through the Green Door.
Also on Thursday evenings, there is an Al-Anon meeting in the Lower hall. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.
Friday Evenings Celebrate Recovery meets. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.


Roast Beef Dinner, St. Philip’s

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.

We served a lot of coffee.
We served a lot of coffee.

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.

Roast Beef Dinner settings
Table setting for the Roast Beef Dinner

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.

Areen and Marion Roast Beef Dinner
Areen and Marion getting the desserts organized

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.