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What's New: 

Caleb Lawrence - 39th anniversary of consecration as Bishop This coming Sunday (January 6th) will see the 39th anniversary of Caleb Lawrence as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. To celebrate this event, Caleb will be preaching and presiding at the Eucharist at both 8am and 10am services. Please come along and make sure to join with Caleb and Maureen on this special anniversary.

Bishop asks for prayers for those affected by recent storms: Our prayers are with those in our diocese affected by the recent windstorms, for those who suffered in the tsunami in Indonesia and for the first responders who will care for them.

Flowers for the Altar:  There are still many dates open for 2019. 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's! 
A fundraising concert for St. Philip by the Sea will be held on Sunday, February 17th at 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) 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

Bruce’s Bottles Returnables Recycling for November and December, 2018:  
Amount: $121.30   Items returned: 1394   Towards our 4th goal of $5,000: $2,466.45  
Did you know that January is often a time of reorganizing and cleaning out our homes as a way of welcoming in a New Year with a “clean slate”? If you are doing this, don’t forget to bring your beverage bottles, cans, tetra packs and juice containers to the church to contribute to the 2019 recycling efforts. Every container can make a difference.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Merry Christmas!  With Advent and the first Christmas services of the season behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the New Year and the coming of Epiphanytide, during which we will be joining our brothers and sisters in faith across denominational lines in celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). During this week, parishes throughout the diocese will partner with neighbouring churches from other denominations for your own celebrations, and we will particularly give thanks for our shared ministries with The United Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  

Join us as we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with our brothers and sisters in faith in the Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran churches at a service of celebration January 20 2019, 1:30pm at St Peter Roman Catholic Church, Nanaimo. Reception to follow. For more information visit the diocesan website bc.anglican.ca/events.

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Men’s Breakfast:  Tuesday, January 8th, 9 am at Ricky’s Restaurant in Nanaimo.  All are welcome!  For more details, please contact Don Chamberlain: 250-390-4942

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, January 8th, 10:00 a.m. in the library.  For more information contact Pat Wimmer at 250-760-0596.  

Ladies  Group:  Thurs, January 10th at 1:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room.  We welcome all ladies from the parish to join us.

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is Thurs, January 10th at 7:00 pm.

Workshop on Prayers of the People and Bible Readings:The churches of St Mary's Nanoose Bay, St Paul's Nanaimo and St Philip's Lantzville are working together to run a workshop on leading the prayers of the people and doing the Bible readings. This is a great opportunity to review some of the basics and also learn new creative ideas; there will be chances to practice and to share resources. This is open to everyone who currently takes part in these ministries and also for anyone who might want to try their hand. Saturday January 19, 2019, from10:30-2:30(lunch provided) at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road, Nanoose Bay. No charge to attend but please register so we know how many people to prepare for. If you want to come, please give your name to David or contact Lori at the church office.

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: 

The John Albert Hall Lecture Series:  Christian Fascism and the Rise of Donald Trump:  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and NY Times best-selling author, Christopher Hedges, will be our featured speaker during the CSRS's second John Albert Hall Public Lecture event in Spring 2019.
Hedges, one of North America's most prominent public intellectuals, will comment on the current state of religion and politics in the US in his free public lecture, "Christian Fascism and the Rise of Donald Trump." The talk will take place at UVic on January 17, 2019 from 5:00-6:20pm, in Hickman Building 105, University of Victoria.  Light refreshments will be served. See attached poster at the bottom of the announcements.

Moving Forward - a journey towards reconciliation: Hope Lutheran Church, January 25 & 26th. For more details, see the poster attached to the announcements.

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/