Christmas Newsletter: Yvonne is starting to work on the Christmas Edition of the Newsletter and would love to receive your funny/happy/sad Christmas stories, any other stories of interest, pictures articles, etc. Submission deadline is November 30th
Bruce’s Bottles Returnables Recycling for the months of September and October:
Total: $148.65 Items returned: 1,963 Towards our 4th goal of $5,000: $3,094.45
Did you know that there are different ways that you can enjoy Christmas and support the environment? Here are some suggestions from Calgary: https://globalnews.ca/news/4775995/reduce-reuse-recycle-calgary-christmas/
Christmas Cards: Maureen Lawrence, the parish PQRDF Rep. has PWRDF Christmas cards available. There are 2 designs, both Nativity scenes, and contain the message “Christmas Peace” in Oji-Cree, Inuktituk and the five languages of the Lambeth Communion; English, French, Japanese, Spanish and Kiswahili.
The pack of 12 cards and envelopes is available for a suggested minimum donation of $25 . Donations of $25 or more qualify for a tax receipt.
Nicole McDaid will have cards available at the 8:00 am service for those interested.
What's Happening at St. Philip's:
Salmon BBQ and Potluck - On Saturday November 16, we will be having our annual Salmon BBQ and Potluck Supper. Doors open at 5:30 and the meal will begin at 6pm. We are asking for donations at the door, with a minimum of $5 per person. Children under 11 eat for free. You will find a sign-up sheet in the Multi-Purpose Room, where you can indicate which how many people you will be bringing and if you intend to bring a salad, vegetable dish or dessert. Please take this opportunity to invite your friends and neighbours!
Doctrine of Discovery video: “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human”.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation.
This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
We will be showing this video at St. Philip by the Sea on Wednesday, November 20th at 2pm and again at 7pm. The video lasts just over an hour and will be followed by discussion on the issues that it raises.
Please make every effort to attend one of these showings.
Sunday November 24th: On Sunday November 24th, Rev Selinde Krayenhoff will be leading the services at St Philip's. The Ven. Clara Plamondon will be taking the service at St Mary's, Nanoose Bay and Rev David will be taking the services at St Paul's, Nanaimo. The hope is that this will help the clergy to get to know the parishes in our area and for the parishes to know our clergy, as we explore ways of working more cloely together. I know that you will give Selinde a very warm welcome.
Memorial Service for Susan Lancaster: The memorial service for Susan Lancaster will be held on Wednesday, November 27th at 1 pm, at St. Philip by the Sea.
Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain is a confidential group who pray for people and/or situations made at the request of people needing prayer. To ask for or to be willing to pray…. please contact Jane Gribling at [email protected] or fill out a prayer card, located in the narthex and leave in the box provided.
Pastoral Care: If you are interested in receiving a visit from our pastoral care visitors or know of someone that would like a visit, please contact Reverend David at 250-390-3641.
New Church e-mail addresses: The church e-mail addresses have changed.
Please note the new email addresses:
Reverend David Chillman: [email protected]
Office administrator Lori Tanner: [email protected]
Treasurer (Tony Davis): [email protected]
Prayer Chain: (Jane Gribling) [email protected]
Book Sale - Fundraiser
Do you have some books that you would like to put to a good cause? If so, please bring them to the church at any time and leave them in the library. We will incorporate them into the already set up shelves and they will go on sale! We have priced the books very reasonably, small paperbacks $1; large paperbacks $2 or $3; hardcover books from $3 - $5. There is a money box situated on the shelf and you can put the money in as you buy your books – on trust! Once you have read the books, please bring them back so that we can recycle them into the shelves and give someone else a chance to buy a very reasonably priced books. This project is one of the new initiatives that the parish is undertaking to try and help with the ongoing financial difficulties. Thank you. Parish Council
The Ladies Group has come up with an idea to help raise money. The travelling basket contains items that have been donated by people. These can be such things as knickknacks, hand made items or baked goods or an item that is no longer needed. All the items can be purchased by making a donation in the money box. Please do look and see what is in the travelling basket and also think about whether you have a small item that can be given to the basket.
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.
News from the Diocese:
It is with great joy that we announce that today Bishop Logan appointed and commissioned The Rev’d Ian Powell to the dignity of Diocesan Canon. The bishop had the pleasure of performing this commissioning at a meeting of the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria where he acknowledged Ian’s long-term contribution to both the diocese and to the greater community in Victoria in his role as “Priest to the City” over these many years. Congratulations to The Rev’d Canon Ian Powell!
We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Island Bel Canto Singers' annual Christmas concert, Let Heaven and Nature Sing.
Performances will be held: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:30pm at St. Philip By-the-Sea Anglican Church.
As always, Artistic Director Sharon Sinclair has developed an interesting, yet challenging, repertoire that ranges from the 14th century, right up to the 21st. With just over a month to go until the concerts, the choir members are working diligently to master the challenge of the music, for your maximum enjoyment. Be ready to join in on singing 2 of our favourite carols — Joy to the World and The First Noël — it's sure to be lots of fun! A reception will follow both concerts.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; children 12 and under are free. You can purchase your tickets online, from any choir member you know, or at the door. If you need any other details, feel free to contact Fiona at 250‑714‑4933.
Grief Support Group: Grief Share is a support group that provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. The group meets weekly at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd (Lower Hall Meeting Room). Date: Tuesdays, September 10th - December 13th. Time: 1:30 pm You are welcome to begin attending the group at any point. Each session is "self-contained", so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in the 13-week cycle. For more information about this group, contact the church office at 250-758-2676. For information about Grief Share visit www.griefshare.org
Ma’qa’th Food Program: The Ma’qa’th Food Program runs weekly, based at the Snaw-naw-as Health Centre in Upper Lantzville. This has been set up by Debbie Heath, who is the Community Nurse at the Health Centre and all the food is provided by Loaves and Fishes.
The program is open to everyone who lives in Lantzville and on the First Nations reserve. The Food Program runs from 2pm to 3pm every Tuesday. If you know of anyone who may like to benefit, please let them know about the Program.
Ma'q'ath Food Program Volunteers
The Ma’qa’th Food Program (food bank) is looking for volunteers. It is held at Nanoose First Nation Health Centre in Lantzville every Tuesday from 1:15pm – 3pm. Please contact Debbie Heath at [email protected] for more details.
For information about upcoming workshops visit https://bethlehemcentre.com/group-programs/
More fake e-mails: Another fake e-mail is circulating, claiming to come from David Chillman, asking for a favour, using the email address:
[email protected] If you should receive this e-mail:
- Do NOT open it
- Delete it
- Let David know that you have received an email from that email address
- If you have already received an email and opened it, please delete it immediately and run an antivirus software scan on your computer, just to be on the safe side.
These emails are fake and the fake email address has been reported to Google. Please accept David's apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
Additional advice on email security:
a) Always question up front whether someone you know would ask you to purchase anything on their behalf via an email. Follow-up with a phone call if you think it could be real.
b) If you suspect an email of being nefarious, do not respond to it. By responding to the sender we are encouraging them to keep trying.
c) If you receive an email from the church office or from the rector, always check that the sender is using an official email address before responding.
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.
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