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What's New: 

2019 Church Calendars are now available!  For sale at only $5.00 each.  They have beautiful photos of insides and outsides of Canadian churches.  Please contact Sheila Penney at church or 250-390-2499.

Taize gathering this Sunday evening, October 28 at 7 pm at Hope Lutheran:     2174 Departure Bay Church   Music practice for all interested at 6:15. Hope you can be there! 

Diocesan Refugee Program:  Tony Davis  will be giving a 30 minute presentation on the Diocesan Refugee Program on Sunday, November 18th, starting at 9:15. The hope is that people from both the 8am and 10am services will join together to get an update on how this very important ministry has developed across Vancouver Island and also look ahead to the future. Please try and make every effort to be there for this.

Icon Writing Workshop with Peter Pearson, Nov. 14-17, 2018 Each workshop participant will receive easy- to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and all materials necessary to complete an icon. Every session begins and ends with prayer and includes plenty of time for hands-on icon writing. 
The icon this year is based on the Russian Icon of the Angel with the Golden Hair.  A teacher of iconography for 25 years, Peter Pearson has studied with numerous masters. Over 45 years, he has created hundreds of icons for private collectors, churches and institutions around the world. 
Workshop hours:  Wed – Fri 7pm – 9:30pm, Sat. 9:30am – 4:30pm.    Dates:  Nov. 14 – 17.  Cost:  $425.00. The workshop will be held in the Crypt (Church basement) at The Church of St. John the Divine 1611 Quadra Street Victoria, B.C.  Deadline for registering is Thurs., Nov. 1st.  Call 250-383-7169 ext. 226 

Malaspina Choir presents Of Saints and Soldiers: Sunday, November 11th   at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam St., Nanaimo.
Sometimes Saints and Soldiers aren’t so far apart. Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas, one of the featured works in this concert, tells the life of the fourth-century Bishop of Myra in a work of great poetry and sensitivity. St. Nicolas is most famous for being the original Santa Claus, but he is also known for his  sacrifice, courage in facing danger and for performing  legendary miracles to  save others. The cantata’s libretto recounts some of his most celebrated acts. At the end of each half of the cantata the  audience  are invited to join in  the singing  of two beautiful familiar hymns. 
Also  on the program is contemporary Canadian composer Eleanor Daley’s Requiem which the choir is performing to  commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice ,the end of the First World War. Its texts come from the traditional Roman Catholic requiem mass, biblical psalms and contemporary poetry. The composition blends liturgical-type chant with a modern musical style fused into reflective, and expressive music, with lyrics that express hope for the future. 
Tickets: $20, Under 25: $10, eyeGo: $5, under 12: free and available to purchase b
y phone: 250.754.8550 or online:
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PWRDF Update for October 2018: Go to:


What's Happening at St. Philip's:

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 pm.

Church Rummage Sale: Fri & Sat, Oct 26 & 27 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Help on Saturday: We will need extra help around 1:45 pm to pack up left over items and set up the church. 

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:

At Synod 2018, the bishop announced that the diocese will observe a year of discipleship directly following Synod. During this year, we will focus on building up and equipping the ministry of the laity. There are a number of events to bring to your attention that will start to deepen the conversation around discipleship and lay leadership.
Firstly, the Reconciliation and Beyond Vision Implementation Team is hosting three workshops on the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action: 
Saturday,Oct 27 St John the Divine, 579-5th Street Courtenay
Sunday, Oct 28 St Columba Anglican-United 9190 Granville Street, Port Hardy
Saturday Nov 17 S. Peter, Lakehill, 3939 St. Peter's Road, Victoria
These workshops will help participants take the next step in the journey of reconciliation with our First Nations neighbours. It will provide us an opportunity to learn and understand what the calls mean for us, and how we can respond to them. Melanie Delva, the Anglican Church of Canada reconciliation animator will be there to help facilitate the discussion.

Secondly, the Emerging Communities Vision Implementation Team is hosting a weekend event called Resurrect 2018. This “learning party” will take place in Victoria over All Saints and All Souls, November 1-3 (Thursday afternoon until Saturday mid-day). With a quality line-up of experienced thinkers, planters and musicians there will be all the ingredients to have deep conversation about Christian futures in our Canadian and cascadian contexts. With support from the diocesan Vision Fund and the United Church of Canada’s Leadershift program, this event will be ecumenical and aimed at dreamers and planters who are thinking about what the church of tomorrow will look like.

Finally, there is an opportunity for those of us who minister to families and young people. The Youth and Family Life Vision Implementation Team is hosting an event called Things Hoped For: From Generation to Generation which is an invitation for youth workers across the diocese to come together in conversation about the future of listening to and equipping the young people in our communities. Hosted at St. George the Martyr in Cadboro Bay Victoria on November 30-December 1 (Friday evening –Saturday afternoon). With the help of skilled facilitator and Anglican deacon Alisdair Smith (Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver) we will enter a conversation about where we are and how we move forward with youth and family ministry in our communities. All three of these events have a conversational focus and are ministries that are often offered by lay leaders. In hosting these events, we acknowledge that change will not happen through conversation alone, but change cannot happen without conversation. I invite you to prayerfully consider attending one or two of these events as we continue to lift up the ministry of all the baptized through discipleship and deep conversation. For more information about any of these events, please visit the calendar of events on the diocesan website:


Community News: 

Interfaith Amigos Live at Bethlehem Centre: Fri Oct 26 - Sun Oct 28
 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.

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!  

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

SOLITARY REFINEMENT the Ecumenical Centre, located at 6234 Spartan Road, will be hosting a performance of “Solitary Refinement on Friday, Nov 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! 

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.

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