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Important Reminders about Health Matters:

St Philip's is a scent-free zone
The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies and other medical conditions. Out of love and consideration for others, please do not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave and other fragrances and instead use unscented personal care products.

Intinction (Dipping)
It is the policy of the Bishop and Diocese of British Columbia that intinction is not an acceptable practice for public worship. A combination of current literature and expert medical advice concludes that sipping from the common cup and sharing a handshake represent minimal risk of transmission of contagion and fall within the parameters of the normal risks of daily living. On the other hand, the practice of intinction is a higher risk activity; fingertips coming in contact with the bread which is then dipped in the wine or fingertips coming in direct contact with the wine may contaminate the shared wine with pathogens other than those found in saliva. The choice for a communicant, then, is to share the common cup or to receive in only one kind. Anglican sacramental theology has always held that the benefits of the sacrament do not require the reception in both kinds.

What's New: 

Day by day

Forward Day by Day: Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author.

There are a number of copies of the latest edition (May 2019 to July 2019) now available at the church. Please feel free to take a copy.

The Annual Romero Commemoration will be held at Hope Lutheran Church,  2174 Departure Bay Rd. on Sunday March 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m:  Gathering for Tea and social time: 3 to 4pm and Commemoration from 4:00 to 5 pm.  Our commemoration will feature Bishop-Emeritus Remi De Roo and special guest speaker, Geraldine Manson, Snuneymuxw & VIU Elder who will speak about Working for Reconciliation in Nanaimo.  Popular folk singer Sue Averill will provide music.  Rev. Terry Richardson will be Host and MC.  Everyone is welcome at this ecumenical event.  Admission is free! No collection will be taken but there will be a Donation Basket to support work in Central America and among First Nations in British Columbia.  Contributions of cake or cookies would be welcome.  


What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

Dial-a-sermon: Is there a Bible passage that you’ve never heard someone preach about before? Or a topic that you would like to hear someone preach about? Well now’s your chance! If you want me to preach on a particular passage (no matter how bizarre) or on a topic (no matter how controversial), please suggest it on the sheet in the Multi-Purpose Room and I will try and preach on it in the next few months.

Sunday March 24th - 8am service: On Sunday 24th March, the 8am service will follow the order of service for Holy Communion according to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer's second Prayer Book from 1552. This is a chance to see how Cranmer's ideas and prayers developed into what later came to be called the Book of Common Prayer. Much of the service will be familiar to those who know the BCP but some things will seem strange. I hope that people will enjoy stepping back over 450 years in time as we worship.

Sunday 24 March: On 24th March, Catherine Pate will be speaking at the 10am service. Catherine is the Diocesan Communications Officer and has been heavily involved in establishing the new set of parish websites across the diocese. 

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. in the library.  For more information contact Pat Wimmer at 250-760-0596.  

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm.

Lent Course 2019 - On the Third Day: Our Lent Course will be held on the Wednesdays in Lent, starting on Wednesday 13th March, at 10:30. This year's course is called "On The Third Day". The resurrection is the Big Story that turned a little Jewish protest movement into a world-transforming religion. And yet by Easter Monday we’ve almost forgotten about it and are planning our summer holidays. How can we re-capture the explosive power of the resurrection that ricocheted around the world? How can we live in the glow of resurrection and be an Easter people? How can ‘there and then’ become ‘here and now’?

There are 5 Sessions: 1. Have I got news for you! 2. So what? The implications of the Resurrection 3. ‘Let him Easter in us’ 4. Celebrating and praying Easter 5. A risen Church

If you would like to take part in this year's Lent Course, please sign up on the sheet in the multi-purpose room. 

Great Big Annual St Philip’s Plant Sale: Saturday May 11 from 9:00am–2:00pm.
This mild Winter has tempted a lot of us, including Mother Nature, to consider growing early but we need to keep an eye on the snow at the top of Mount Benson ... a sudden frost will wreke havoc on developing buds. 
We can, however, begin to divide and pot up perennials and sow certain more hardy seeds such as sweet peas, dahlias, delphinium, basil, begonias, chillies and eggplant. We can get into our beloved gardens and daydream about what will be going where, the best way to avoid powdery mildew and how many tomatoes we will harvest.
We also start planning which plant sales we will attend in the hopes of that extra special bargain and a chance to exchange ideas.
Which brings us to this year’s Great Big Annual St Philip’s Plant Sale. This is a good fund-raiser and outreach opportunity for our church as we see and chat with a lot of people at the sale. 
Anything, absolutely anything, garden-related in good condition that you do not want will be happily taken off your hands and put in the Great Big Annual St Philip’s Plant Sale which is on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am–2:00pm.
If you can donate any garden tools, decor, plants etc. please bring them along to the church on Friday 10 May between 2.00pm and 5.00pm when we will be setting up for the sale. If you are unable to deliver please contact Jude Chillman ([email protected] or 250 585 1345) or Yvonne Downey ([email protected] or 250 751 7897) and they will arrange collection. Donations of a non-organic variety can also be dropped off at the church when convenient – please put them tidily beside the shed.
If you are planting seeds, dividing perennials or taking cuttings please consider doing a few extra and donating them for the sale. Local plant sales help keep local bio-diversity strong by helping growers avoid the big commercial sellers whose plants are often bad for the pollinators on which we all depend.

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

News from the Diocese:

The Rev. William Hubbard has been appointed as incumbent for the parish of Christ Church, Alert Bay, effective May 12, 2019.

The Rev. Christopher Samsom has accepted an appointment to the Diocese of Caledonia in Fort St. John. We wish him every blessing on this appointment, and we look forward to welcoming him back one day to the Diocese of BC.

Job Opportunity:  St. Paul's Anglican Church is looking is looking to fill two positions; a Parish Administrator (25 hours per week) and a Facility Coordinator (12 hours per week).  Please see the attachment at the bottom of the announcements for more information.

Community News: 

Fifth Annual Lenten Film Series: held as before at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, Spartan Rd. off Metral, Nanaimo. Tuesday afternoons from March 12th through April 16th. 1-4pm, for the movie, refreshment, and discussion.  Led by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed. 

St. Paddy’s Sing Along: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - A 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.  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

Annual Faith and Fellowship Gathering: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - For all women of the Diocese of BC.  Please see the attached poster, below the announcements, for more information.

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

Music from St. John’s: Artists: Amy Stephen and Amir Haghighi
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 Time: 2:30 p.m.
The third and final concert of the inaugural season of Music from St. John’s promises to be an exciting conclusion to a remarkable year. We are very pleased to present internationally known artists Amy Stephen and Amir Haghighi. Amy Stephen (Celtic harp & whistle, vocals) and Amir Haghighi (vocals, Persian drum) have been performing their unique blend of Celtic-Persian fusion for several years. They have been featured in ensembles at the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and concert series and festivals around North America. They have been married to each other for 17 years and delve deeply into their respective musical traditions to both find common ground and celebrate the beauty of cultural distinction. For more information, please refer to the attached poster below the announcements.