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Choose a Bible Reading!

Last chance! 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 do this by Sunday 21 October.

What's New: 

Global Village Nanaimo supporting Fair Trade for everyone!  The Global Village Nanaimo seasonal Fair Trade Store is now open at 111 Terminal Ave. This is the bright yellow building on the corner of Terminal and Campbell in downtown Nanaimo. (adjacent to Costco, right beside Salvation Army).  This store is a not-for-profit social enterprise that sells only fair trade goods, including soaps, spices, coffee/tea, housewares, gift items, accessories, linens and Christmas items.  The store is only open until December 24.  Volunteers are also still needed for this season. For more information send an email to [email protected], or go to or instagram or facebook Global Village Nanaimo

Mystic Poet Pairing (Carmina Gadelica) with Allannah Dow & Leah Hokanson: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018  1:00pm  at the Bethlehem Centre:  Music, Meditation, Poets & Spirit.  Admission is by donation and supports the musicians and the Bethlehem Centre reflection. The experience of this event is grounding and leaves one with a feeling of calm and peacefulness. Join cellist Allannah Dow and pianist Leah Hokanson for a lovely hour of poetry and music .

Come, Learn and Discuss - 94 Calls to Action Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 27 St. John’s Courtenay, from 9:30 am – 4 pm.  Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator of the Anglican Church National will speak and discuss with us how the church can live out the 94 Calls to Action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission asked us to do. Lunch will be served. Please contact Sister Brenda Jenner by October 22 : [email protected]  or call 250-920-7787.

Gender, Justice and the Church - The John Albert Hall Lecture Series: 
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, 5:00 to 6:20 pm. The longstanding and systemic mistreatment, underpayment and sexual harassment of women and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community has been firmly in the public spotlight this past year thanks to movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up.
But how have Christian communities wrestled with these issues?
Have there been gains in equality, empowerment and safety in Christian settings?
Have Christians been advocates for change in wider society?
Three leading reformers reflect on the implications of biblical teachings and tradition in the struggle for justice in church and society.  The lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. See attached poster below for more information.

ADVENT IN NOVEMBER FILM-SERIES at the Ecumenical Centre:  That’s right!  Having offered a Lenten Film Series over the past four years, we are going to try our hand at an “Advent” Film Series.  But who has time for a film-series in December!  That’s why we’ll offer “our” Advent series in November.  Tuesdays @ 1pm at the Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Road, beginning November 6th.  The four scheduled films are:  
November 6th   The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut) November 13th Persuasion (Roger Michell) November 20th Water (Deepa Mehta) November 27th Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
Four thought provoking films, to which all are welcome.  Save the date…and invite a friend!  

SOLITARY REFINEMENT the Ecumenical Centre, located at 6234 Spartan Road, will be hosting a performance of “Solitary Refinement on Friday, November 16th, starting at 7pm: Incredible true stories from the Persecuted Church.  This production, sponsored by Voice of the Martyrs Canada, reminds us that not all Christians enjoy the freedoms and protections we here in Canada take for granted.  All are welcome/save the date!

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

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.

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, October 23rd, 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, October 25th at 7:00 pm.

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.

Remembrance Sunday Service:  November 11: Remembrance Day 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 an opportunity to come to the service and still be able to attend a Remembrance Ceremony as well.

News from around the Diocese:

There is a lot happening! We hope you'll join us around the diocese.
We have a lot to be thankful for with so many opportunities over the coming weeks to celebrate, learn and grow together in our faith.  Be sure to visit our website regularly to stay up-to-date on events and news.  There are also lots of resources and important diocesan information on the website. For example, did you know there is a whole section about what it means to be an Anglican (including terminology, practices and beliefs)?  Learn more here:

Induction of Clara Plamondon at St Paul's Nanaimo: The Celebration of Ministry and Induction of Venerable Clara Plamondon will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm in St Paul's Anglican Church, 100 Chapel Street. Bishop Logan McMenamie will be in attendance and presiding at this celebration.Following the service, there will be a reception in the lower hall of the Centre for Ministry. It will be an excellent opportunity to get to know the new Rector and to join St Paul's in their celebration.

Cindy Corrigan, has been appointed deacon in transition, to St. Mary, Nanoose Bay, effective Sep 26, 2018.  Cindy comes to us from the Diocese of Kootenay. She has been married for 35 years to Kerry, (a retired coal miner).  Both were born and raised in Fernie, BC and are blessed with a son, a daughter-in-law and with two grandchildren.   Cindy lived in Fernie and supported the needy and vulnerable.  Prior to her call to ordained she was very active in her church as a licensed lay minister.  She was on Fernie City Council as Councillor (6 years) and as Mayor (3 years).  If you wish to welcome Cindy, you can reach her at [email protected].   

Ross Bliss has been appointed as vicar to Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, effective January 1, 2019.  Ross comes to us from the Diocese of New Westminster where he serves at Christ Church Cathedral as Curate.    He holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies.  Prior to entering ordained ministry he worked at the Vancouver Public Library in the Lending and Circulation Services. He is passionate about learning, teaching and sharing ideas and is very drawn to icons and how they work as 'visual theology'.  Ross also holds a BA in Jazz Studies and is a jazz guitarist who specializes in Gypsy Jazz.  He also likes dogs.  If you wish to welcome Ross, you can reach him at [email protected].


Community News: 

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 two 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, 2018  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 Bell:  Climate 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