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What's New: 

TAIZE evening:  this Sunday, January 27 at 7 pm at Trinity Ecumenical Centre - 6234 Spartan Road. Our first "last Sunday of the month" gathering in this new year - all are welcome to join in this sharing of scripture, silence, prayer and meditative song.

Spring Newsletter:  Please send your articles, stories, helpful hints, exciting family news, etc. to Yvonne at yvo[email protected]

Reminder! Emergency Preparedness Workshops - January 28th: 
Melissa Tomlinson, the Special Projects Coordinator for Emergency Planning Services for The Regional District of Nanaimo will be leading a workshop on how we can prepare as individuals and a community for emergencies such as earthquakes or fires. There will be lots of practical advice on what we need to do to try and make sure that we are as prepared as possible for whatever may happen in our area. There will be two workshops on that day, one at 2pm and the other at 7pm. Please seriously consider coming to one of them and also inviting friends and neighbours to come with you as well. 

 Mark your calendars!  St Philip's Fundraiser: Saskia & Darell - The Great Plains. Tickets now available for sale after the 8 and 10 am services! Scroll down for more information.

2019 Co-Ed Cursillo Weekend: February 28th @ 6:30pm – March 3rd @ 4pm. Through this spiritual retreat the Cursillo Community works to revive the spirit and rejuvenate the church through the people. This weekend will provide a one of a kind opportunity to learn more about how to live your life in the way our Lord taught us, deepen your commitment to your faith walk and gain an amazing faith community to walk along and encourage you on your faith journey.  Please refer to the attached poster below for information on how to register.

St. Paddy’s Sing Along:  St. Andrew’s United Church Fundraiser: Last March, as DUBLIN2, Terry Boyle introduced the awesome sound of Martin Nolan with his Irish uilleann pipes and whistles to huge acclaim at St. Andrew’s United Church, Fitzwilliam St.. In November, he presented a concert of his original music to launch his new CD “Life’s Too Short” (available on ITunes).   On Saturday, March 16, Terry presents an entirely different show at St. Andrew’s.  This is a sing along show where everybody is encouraged to join in and sing out to well-known favourites such as “Black Velvet Band”, “Danny Boy”, “Whiskey in the Jar” and many, many more. Terry’s songs and stories as well as his sense of fun and humour are always part of a great evening out.   Terry will once again be joined on stage by Victoria fiddle sensation, Ceilidh Briscoe, a “Riverdance” touring member, who brings her own exciting jigs and reels as well as beautiful melodic airs to the evening.  Come join us. Sing. Dance if you feel like it, or just listen and enjoy the atmosphere of a truly Irish evening. You are also helping to fund roof replacement on this 125 year-old historic building.   When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 Where: St. Andrew’s United Church, Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo Time: 7:30pm   Doors open 7:00pm Tickets: $20 - available at Tom Lee Music, Fascinating Rhythm, Yours and Mine Boutique and at Church Office

Precious Jewels Ministry: February 5th. St. John the Baptist Duncan (486 Jubilee Street) invite you to lunch and a presentation on PJM by co-founder Yoke Bergink. Lunch @ noon; Presentation @ 1pm. There will be a free will offering taken to support the work of Precious Jewels Ministry.  Deadline – Sunday February 3. Contact: [email protected] ; 250-748-9830 All are welcome.

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is Thurs, January 24th at 7:00 pm.

Sunday 27th January: On 27th January, Rev. Cindy Corrigan will be preaching at both 8am and 10am services. Cindy was ordained last year in the Diocese of Kootenay and was subsequently appointed deacon-in-transition to the parish of St Mary's, Nanoose Bay. Cindy will be coming to St Philip's from time to time to help her develop wider experience of parishes in this Diocese. 

Flowers for the Altar:  There are still many dates open for 2019. Available dates coming up are Feb 3 & 24, Apr 21 & 28, Jun 23 & 30.  If you would like to bring flowers, please add your name to the calendar on the church bulletin board, and contact Patricia Thomson-Turner, our Flower Guild Coordinator, at 778-269-1054 or [email protected]

Come on out and support St. Philip by the  Sea.  Tickets now available!
A fundraising concert for St. Philip by the Sea will be held on Sunday, February 17that 3:00 pm.  Listen to some Fabulous Canadian Music with Celtic, Bluegrass, Country, Folk & Gospel Flavors - A Concert with Saskia and Darrel; The Great Plains.  Tickets ($15 adults & $10 youth (16 and under) available at the Church after services or at the door or call 250-390-3641. 
For those who do not know Saskia and Darrel yet, come on down to meet them, they are very friendly. They tour throughout Canada and Europe and are certainly no strangers to Nanaimo as they live in Comox. They are very happy to be coming to Lantzville for a "Spring" concert.     

Enjoy a heart-warming show filled with music, merriment, and mayhem as Saskia and Darrel deliver a fun blend of music, an unpredictable series of songs that change every time you see them. They delight their audience with tales about Grain Elevator, War brides, Patchwork quilts, and history makers such as Louis Riel and David Thompson. They will share some sweet songs about their own spiritual journey plus they might break into Swiss yodeling, or sing in Gaelic, Dutch, German or French.  

Great Plains are a veteran touring act; with an easy, crowd-friendly style that instantly endears them to any audience. This is true Canadiana; real songs, drenched in our culture and heritage delivered in comfortable highly skilled sets with oodles of self-poking humor. A taste of Celtic, a dab of bluegrass, a touch of folk all wrapped around extremely beautiful melodies. They perform throughout all of Canada and Western Europe and have cultivated  an immense following…… winning over their fans one town, one hall at a time. For more information or to have a listen click on the following links:   www.thegreatplains.ca     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC92P5A-gKG_TCB8_m3z_ZEA   https://www.facebook.com/greatplains.ca   https://www.reverbnation.com/saskiaanddarrel

Loaves and Fishes Depot for Lantzville: Debbie Heath, who is the Community Nurse for the Snaw-Naw-As First Nations reserve, is hoping to set up a Loaves and Fishes depot based at the First Nations Health Centre in upper Lantzville. This will be open every Tuesday afternoon and will be for all Lantzville residents. At the moment, she is looking for volunteers to act as distributors at the depot. If you volunteer, full training and orientation will be provided by Loaves and Fishes. It is hoped that the new depot will be up and running early in 2019. If you would like to volunteer for the project to serve our local community, please give David your name and phone number and he will then pass the list along to Debbie.

Community News: 

You are invited to attend The Ismaili Centre in Burnaby on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.   The Shi'a Ismaili Centre in Burnaby (ICB) designed by Bruno Freschi, is a synthesis of traditional Islamic architectural principles and modern construction techniques. From reports of people who have visited the Centre, we can assure you a most memorable day. The Centre, inaugurated in 1985, is one of BC’s best kept architectural secrets. Join Zahir Dossa and Naz Rayani C.M., Ph.C., LLD, and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society CSRS (Uvic) The TOUR of The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre Burnaby (ICB)
For information about the event, travel details and to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ismaili-centre-burnaby-icb-bc-on-wednesday-february-20th-2019-tickets-54546391726?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTU3MTU5ODgvc3RwaGlsQHNoYXcuY2EvMA%3D%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventimage&ref=enivtefor001  Please pass on the invite to your families & friends.  If the bus is full, Please register on the "WAITLIST"

Knitted Together in Mystery - Diocesan Women's Spring Retreat - April 5 - 7, 2019:  Join us as we explore what it means to be at home with God, self and neighbour. As faith detectives, we'll investigate holy encounters in scripture, our own lives and in the world. During worship, gather with Mary and Martha, Ruth and Naomi, the Syro-Phonecian woman and her daughter, along with a host of others. Bring your yard, deer stalker and magnifying glass as we engage in spirited sleuthing. Registration deadline: March 17, 2019.   For more information: visit https://www.bc.anglican.ca/events/diocesan-womens-spring-retreat--204

Bethlehem Retreat Centre: Retreats for the New Year. For more information click on this link:  https://bethlehemcentre.com/