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What's New: 

Stations of the Cross
A big thank you is due to Sheridan Rosewall, who took the wood carvings of the Stations of the Cross to clean and oil them. They look wonderful now that they are back in position. As most of you will know, it was Sheridan's late father, Norman, who carved the Stations and donated them to the church in 1985.

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.

Bruce’s Bottles Returnables Recycling for the month of February:
Amount: $56.00 Items: 709 Towards our 4th goal of $5,000: $2,555.70. 
Did you know that “The United States throws out the amount of office paper it would take to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City (2,794 miles)”? (source: https://www.rubiconglobal.com/blog-statistics-trash-recycling/)

Kin's Koncert fund-raising event, Sunday March 3, 2019, 2 to 6 pm:   Aweys Refugee Sponsorship Group Fundraiser for Hamdi’s sister & family who are refugees from Somalia.  Free Admission for Food Court and sale items   Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge, 8-464 Island Highway East, Parksville (next to Boston Pizza). Tickets for concert (from 3-4:30) are $30.00 or 2 for $50.00. 

What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

Annual Meeting - Sunday March 3: Our annual meeting will be held on Sunday March 3. On that Sunday, we will be holding a single, joint service at 9:00, which will be followed by light refreshments. After that, we will move into our annual meeting, which we hope as many people at St Philip's will attend. This will be due to begin at 10:30. At this meeting we will be electing new Parish Council members and a warden, appointing delegates for the Diocesan Synod, and receiving the financial report for 2018.

Turning palm crosses into ashes: As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, I invite you to bring your palm cross from last year to church by Sunday 3rd March, so that the crosses can be burned and ashes prepared for the Ash Wednesday services.

St. Philip by the Sea Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - March 5th: Come and join us at the Pancake Supper, starting at 5pm. Serving until 6:30 - by donation. Invite your friends to come with you.

Ash Wednesday - March 6th: On Ash Wednesday, we will be having two services for the imposition of ashes. The first will be at 10:30am and the second will be at 7pm. All are welcome to either service.

Ladies  Group:  Thurs, March 7 at 1:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room.  We welcome all ladies from the parish to join us.

Men’s Breakfast:  Tuesday, March 12th, 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, March 12th, 10:00 a.m. in the library.  For more information contact Pat Wimmer at 250-760-0596.

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. If there is enough interest, we will also be running an evening session. 

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]

Flowers for the Altar:  There are still many dates open for 2019. Available dates are Apr 21, Jun 30, July 28, Aug 4 & 25, Sep 1, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 20 & 27, Nov 10 & 24 & Dec 29.  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]

Community News: 

St. Mary's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch:  Tuesday, March 5th.  Please see the attached poster below the announcements, for more information.

Preparing for Lent:  On Saturday, March 9th from  9:30 to 3:00 pm, St. John's invites you to join with them for a Quiet Day to begin Lent 2019. Place:  St. John's Anglican Church (corner of Jubilee and 1st in Duncan).  Retreat Leader:  Sister Doreen McGuff, SSJD.  Coffee, tea & refreshments provided.  Please bring a bag lunch for noon.   

t. 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.   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

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.

LENTEN FILM SERIES: the 5th annual film series is scheduled at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre.  Tuesday afternoons from March 12 through April 16, 1:00-4:00pm, for the movie, refreshment, and discussion.  All welcome, no fee, and information updates weekly.  Led again by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed, the films this year are: Hidden Figures, The Lady in the Van, Victoria & Abdul, Monsieur Lazar, Finding Your Feet, and Whale Rider.

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