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What's New: 

The church looked beautiful on Thanksgiving Sunday, with an incredible harvest display of pumpkins, flowers, fruit, gourds, and more.  Many thanks to Vicki Erickson and her team of volunteers for their hard work and artistic ability in creating this for all to enjoy.  The display will remain until after the October 14th Sunday service.




 Church  Rummage Sale: Friday, October 26 & 27 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Open for Donations Wed 9:30 am - 7:00 pm & Thurs 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. We are very sorry, but we are unable to accept: Mattresses, Bed Pillows, TVs, Suitcases or Computers. We do accept gently used clothing and bedding.  

Spare an hour or two! Help unpack and sort the donations, no experience necessary. Just show up anytime between 10 am to 2 pm on Wed or Thurs and give whatever time you can spare. 
Wednesday 9:00 am: Various tasks such as removing chairs, setting up tables etc.
Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 am: Help to sort sale items. We can use any help you are able to give. Bring a can of soup and stay a little longer!!
Saturday: We will need extra help around 1.45 pm to pack up left over items and set up the church.
As you can see we will have a very busy 4 days. This is a very big fundraiser for our church with money going to help our Outreach program.

 Synod highlights:  To watch a short video of Synod 2018 click on this link  
Or open the attached document located at the bottom of the announcements: Post Synod Highlights.

IMPORTANT! Remembrance Sunday Service
As Remembrance Day (11th November) falls on a Sunday this year, on that day there will be ONE service at St Philip's, which will start at 9am. This will give people opportunity to come to the service and still be able to attend a Remembrance Ceremony as well.


What's Happening at St. Philip's:

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm.

Sunday 21st October: On this Sunday, Marysia Riverin, who is the Spiritual Health Practitioner at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, will be coming to speak at St Philip's about her work in the hospital. She will be speaking at the end of the 8am service and will also give a brief talk at the start of the 10am service.

Choose a Bible Reading Sunday: For our services on Sunday 28 October, we are inviting people to choose a favourite Bible reading. If you have a passage from the Bible that you would especially like, or which has particular meaning for you, please list it on the sheet in the multi-purpose room. Please can you also indicate if you are willing to read the passage during the service and say why it is so special for you.

Community News: 

A musical invitation from Ron Klusmeier:  Hello Friends. Ron Klusmeier here. We want you to know about our newest Canadian Foodgrains Bank fund-raising project and invite folks from your church to participate. I’ve woven together ten Shirley Murray/RK Advent/Christmas songs into a cantata with projection images and narration. (A words & melody sample of the title song is at the bottom of this message.) We’re inviting anyone interested (regular choir member or not) to join an ecumenical massed choir to present this music. Trinity United Church in Nanaimo has graciously offered to host the concert event on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 pm. They have also agreed to provide us with choir rehearsal space on the following Fridays: October 12, October 26 and November 9, all from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
There are no tickets to be sold for this event, but we are encouraging people who are attending (including choir singers) to come prepared to make as generous a donation as possible. 100% of all donations received will go directly to Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Government of Canada matches whatever we raise on an incredible 4:1 basis — meaning every $1 donated becomes $5! 
We are hoping that singers from many area choirs will consider joining us to form a core choir. As with previous Canadian Foodgrains Bank concerts, we’ll be hoping to make them available to a few other churches and communities. Core choir singers will be invited to sing at any of the other venues, but should not feel any pressure to do so. 
It’s been a great experience to take these concerts 'on-the-road' and be joined by singers from smaller choirs, giving them the opportunity to sing with a larger group. More information will be forthcoming about that aspect. 
For now, I simply want to extend the invitation and for you to be aware of the Nanaimo rehearsal and presentation dates. It will help us plan in the preparation of music if you can let us know your intentions re: participation. 
Phyllis Thompson has once again agreed to look after registrations for us, so I’d ask you to send the following information by email to her: your name, your voice part, which rehearsals you can attend: (Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9) & your telephone number. Please send that information directly to Phyllis at [email protected]
Once we know more about any other possible dates and venues, we’ll contact those who have registered with Phyllis with a sign-up form. Prior to the first rehearsal, singers will be supplied with a link which will provide access to all of the music which can then be downloaded and put into a binder. For singers who do not have their own looseleaf binder, there will be some extras available at the rehearsals.  It will be so good to be together again and singing to benefit the hungry in the season of gifting! Blessings All, Ron (& Christina) 

94 Calls to Action Workshops:  Organized by Reconciliation and Beyond Vision Implementation Team.  How should we understand the calls?  Practice: Listening, Engaging, Responding.  There are three interactive workshops taking place with the closest location being held at St. John, Courtenay, on Saturday, October 27th from 9:30am - 4pm.  Please RSVP to Sister Brenda Jenner [email protected] or call 250-920-7787.

Interfaith Amigos Live at Bethlehem Centre:  Fri Oct 26, 2018 - Sun Oct 28, 2018 Join us in October for a very special weekend with the Interfaith Amigos. The weekend will include an opening event with the Amigos where they will share stories and reflections. Then on Saturday there will be 2 workshops and time for reflection. On Sunday morning we will enjoy a worship celebration with insights from all three of the Interfaith Amigos. For more information see

Music from St. John's Organ Extravaganza:  The Inaugural Recital of their new 3 manual Allen organ with guest artist Michael Bloss who is an internationally acclaimed organist and Director of Music of Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario.  
Date:  Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm.
Location:  Church of St. John the Baptist, 3295 Cobble Hill Rd, Cobble Hill BC
Tickets at a cost of $20 – adults, and $10 – children 12 & under and are available at Vines to Wines, Mill Bay, Volume One Bookstore, Duncan, the church office, and at the door. 
For more information contact 250-743-3095 or [email protected]

Healing Pathway workshop: Phase 1 Introduction to the Healing Pathway November 2-3, 201 at St. John Gualbert Anglican United Church, 175 Cedar St
Port McNeill, BC. The Healing Pathway is a program to help people develop the gifts and skills of energy-based healing within the Christian tradition, and to foster the development of healing ministries within faith communities.
For more information click on this link:  There is also a brochure/registration form on the bulletin board in the church hallway.

Where Spirituality Meets Community Cultures in a Climate Changing World with Mike BellClimate change is the greatest challenge facing local communities around the world. In this workshop Mike, who was a close friend of Thomas Berry, draws upon New Cosmology insights and the land-based cultures and spiritualities of Indigenous peoples to discuss the crisis of climate change. Date: Friday, Nov 9, 6:30 - 8:30 and Saturday, Nov 10, 9:30 – 3:30 Cost: $165 includes snacks and lunch 
Location: Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo, BC 
Register:  [email protected] 250-220-4601/ 250-888-7501