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What's New: 

The Anglican Foundation of Canada Update – Fall 2018:  Warning! May contain inspiring and uplifting stories of your donations at work. Reader discretion is advised.

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.


Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters: St. Philip by the Sea parishioners join the diocesan-wide support of the 6th annual Orange Shirt Day to help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.

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]

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

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) 

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Thanksgiving and Animal Blessing Service invitations: On October 7th, we will be having our Thanksgiving service at 10am and the annual Blessing of Animals service at 4pm. These are both great occasions to invite family and friends to join us. Invitation cards are now available for you to give to someone you want to invite to one of these services. Please think seriously about who you would like to invite.

Harvest Thanksgiving set up: We will be decorating the church for the Harvest Thanksgiving services on Sat 6th October, starting at 10am. All welcome. 

Donations for Harvest Thanksgiving display: If you would like to make a special donation towards purchasing some of the flowers for the Harvest Thanksgiving display, please put your donation in an envelope clearly marked "Thanksgiving Donation" and bring it to church on Sunday or drop it off at the church office through the week.

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, October 9, 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 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.

News from around the Diocese:

The Reverend Rob Hutchison has been appointed interim priest-in-charge at St. Peter, Comox, as of Oct 7, 2018. 

Community News: 

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser:  Nanaimo Community Kitchens invites you to our annual Oktoberfest fundraiser on Thursday, October 11th at the Queens in downtown Nanaimo. Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner is at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 each. Enjoy a burger and beverage and take part in the silent auction and 50/50 draw. You can also support Nanaimo Community Kitchens by making a tax deductible donation. For more information, contact Mary McDaid at (250) 390 0747 or [email protected]   

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

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.