Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap Year Web Log

OK – my first, ever blog on February 29th…!

We’re now in the season of Lent.  With this extra day in 2012, and the forty days of Lent, I’m conscious of time.

One of my disciplines for the season of Lent has been a commitment to go for a walk every day.  So, since February 22, I’ve gone out for about 45 minutes to walk along some local roads.  It’s pretty easy to get sedentary, doing office and computer work.  So, this clip also got me thinking about health and well-being, and my life-time.

Another part of the season of Lent has to do with ‘repentance.’  And, perhaps contrary to a common understanding of repentance being synonymous with ‘guilt,’ we might look at the word as ‘a turning.’  We are invited to reflect on our living, how it affects others, and consider changing our ways so that our living puts us in good relationship with people and planet.  This is somewhat contrary to a more self-absorbed lifestyle many of us lead.  So this clip is, both, funny and true.

For those who celebrate a birthday on leap-year, I send out a hearty ‘Happy Birthday‘ – since I read, recently, that occasionally their friends and relatives don’t feel they need a celebration on the years where there isn’t a February 29th on the calendar.

Life is a gift!  Time is precious!  Lent is a season to reflect on the precious gift we have.

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from February Advisory meeting…

Advisory Mtg, February 16, 2012
7:30pm at church-house

Present: Karen, Jesse, Paul, Tyler; regrets: Lynette

 

Follow-up from last meeting

 

   -Lenten (World Religion) series update

   -pledges from members – are people committing?  discussion

publicizing…

 

    -to congregation – make minutes/notes available on bulletin board and blog

   -to community – No paper ads; put poster on board in IGA, post on Castanet.

Collaboration conversation (and future of mission)
-Tyler to meet with Bp Privett Friday (Anglican Diocese)
-Faith Lutheran discussion

-next Table Talk: Feb 26

March calendar
-Congregational Meeting: March 25
-March 24 – Oscar Romero commemoration date
-reports for Annual Report due March 1

Souper Sundays
-Feb 19 – Economics of Happiness; soup – Mcintosh, Gingrich, Denney
-Jesse to bring buns, Paul cream & butter and cookies.
-March 18 (Lent 4); Marcus Borg vid (LTQ).
-April 15 (Easter 2)
-discussion re: cost of location for Souper Sunday

Looking ahead…
-Synod convention (May 10-13 in New West)

   -Ascension Day (May 17): Tyler to contact music people.

   -Campus Chaplains Gathering (June 3-5 in Cochrane, AB)

 


Other business

– YIG (United Way) grant: Coffeehouse with a conscience application not approved

     – Faithlife matching grant: April SoupSun(Campus ministry),

       Ascension Day (May-Kairos).

     -Shrove Tuesday/ash Wednesday (on wed), Gingriches to provide pancakes. Attendees to

       bring toppings.

Next meeting: March 15 (Cong Mtg. March 25)

 

from January Advisory meeting…

In an effort to convey more information about church-activity, I’ll be posting information from our monthly Advisory Council meetings on this blog (a print-out of the minutes will be posted on our bulletin-board at our church-house)…

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Advisory Council – Meeting, January 12, 2012 – 7:30pm at the church-house

Present: Tyler, Paul, Jesse, Lynette, Karen

Business arising from last meeting:
-web-site updates being done
-follow-up to Jack’s email – getting commitment from All Saints people for 2012 – Lynette to send out email to All Saints people

Relations with Faith Lutheran
-discussion of Dec 24 and Jan 8 services
-looking towards Jan 21 meeting

Souper Sunday
-Jan 15 – Curtis Aguirre presentation; soup – Sundmark/Stebner; buns/cream/butter – Karen; dessert – Paul/Myrle
-Feb 19 – discussion re: program; Tyler to plan it.

Dates in February
-RIC Sunday / OutWeek – Will do RIC Sunday on Feb. 5th to start up out week.
-Bishop’s Study Conference in Feb.12-15 Tyler to go.

Other business
-will do another faith [World Religions] exploration through Lent; Tyler is extending invitations to a couple of communities for conversation

Next meeting: February 16
Adjourned at 9:30pm

Towards a happier future

On Transfiguration Sunday – February 19, this year – we had our monthly ‘Souper Sunday’ gathering, since it was also the third Sunday of the month.  We shared in a simple meal, with a program that followed, as is our format for these evening gatherings.

We watched a film called The Economics of Happiness.  It’s a film that re-frames the trend towards globalization, which has sometimes been seen as a good or inevitable thing, as one where trade agreements have a corrosive effect on social connections and economy, and favour business interests.  It features a number of intellectuals and politicians who speak for localized food, economy, and culture (but not to the exclusion of cross-cultural relations), and who see the decline in environment as a problem with a solution if we were to, collectively, change our systems so we were not producing and consuming at the rate we have in recent decades.  Among the contributors to the program were Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and David Korten.

It seems to me that there are a couple of directions that people could go after viewing such a film.  It’s possible to miss the opportunities for growth that are suggested – like living with less, living on less, and seeking out good relationship with neighbours near and far.  So one might see such a film and say, “we’re sunk – our social and economic climate, along with the environmental crises everywhere, mean that there is no turning back”; alternatively, we might say, “we don’t need to feed into consumer-culture in the way we have for the past fifty years; let’s change how we live so all might have life!”

If we feel that there is no turning back, I think we might do well to ask ourselves how much of our living – and therefore our perceived happiness – is wrapped up in a culture and society where we’re told how to feel.  That is, we’re told we need to look a certain way, own certain things, consume certain products – and if we don’t, we can’t possibly be happy.  On the other hand, can we see ourselves embracing a way of life where we don’t need to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak?

To live differently will mean making choices about where one buys their groceries and daily needs; it means making choices when it comes to participating in the electoral process; it means making a conscious effort to support the living of others – people and planet.  So it’s not as simple as saying, “I’ll only stop shopping at that particular big-box store.”  It means looking at the labels and finding out where and how products are produced, and then choosing ones that are made in decent conditions, and not too far away.  It means researching the platforms of candidates and political parties to find out what their agendas really mean – and how those agendas affect others, near and far.

In the church-year, when we hear the story of Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9), we hear of Jesus and his disciples going to a place away from the public-eye.  As they are away, Jesus is ‘transfigured’ – his disciples see him in a new way, and his divine nature is revealed to them (even to the point of God’s voice coming to them in a cloud, “This is my son, the Beloved – listen to him!”).  Jesus’ life and words were about living in good relationship, and not accumulating things so that those with more were ‘rich’ and those with less were ‘poor.’  This continues to be a challenging word for us, today – living in such a way that all have enough, so that all might have a full life.

February 2012 newsletter

From the Pastor…

All who hunger, sing together, Jesus Christ is living bread. Come from loneliness and longing. Here in peace we have been fed. Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

(Worship hymnal #461)

We’re being pushed to new places!  We must take responsibility for our future as a community of faith!

This month, we will do two things that connect us with life around: we observe Reconciling In Christ Sunday on February 5th, and Ash Wednesday is February 22nd.  To where are we being called?  Is our existence, primarily, for ourselves, or do we exist for the betterment of life for all?  (And, if so, are we willing to work at laying the foundations for a community of faith that will continue into the future?)

The hymnist writes of how we are connected in the Eucharist, and how we are also connected in song!  There is also a statement of the reality in which many find themselves, today: loneliness, longing, unrest.  In the story of Jesus Christ, we are invited into living the hospitality, the generosity, the Sabbath rest, the non-violence, the non-covetous way, which we’ve seen in Jesus’ life.  We are invited into another way that challenges the way life tends to be around us in society.

Read the words about prophetic voice and discernment in this newsletter – collectively, as members of the body of Christ, we must discern  God’s call to us in this place at this time.  Yes, we are facing obstacles, but we’re a creative bunch!  We have gifts that need to be shared in this area at this time!

Seeing other congregations that have difficulty moving into new places because of issues around size and building, we are – by contrast – “unencumbered.”  How might our ability to provide a spirit of openness in this city be carried on through our currently-small size?  Let’s share ideas this month! -Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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THANK YOU…

– to Lynette and Myrle for the soup on the 15th!

– to Myrle, Jim, Delores, and Karen for their help on our collaborative service at Faith!

– to Delores and Karen for hospitality on the 21st

– to everyone for their kind support and prayers as Sarah was baptized on the 1st!

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“LOOKING TO THE FUTURE”

The Prophetic Voice and Discernment

Corporate discernment is, in almost every case, more reliable than individual discernment. The exceptions are those times when God requires an individual to be a prophetic voice to God’s people, or the voice of conscience to an irreverent community – a community that is pursuing comfort over discipleship, seeking solace and peace when there is no peace, avoiding action when deeds of justice and mercy are called for. In such cases, the voice of the community is not more reliable than the individual’s. Even in such cases, however, individuals who believe they have been called to be prophetic voices need to test what they discern as God speaking a prophetic word through them with at least one other person who is judged to be a child and servant of God, a person faithful in prayer and scripture reading.

Unless you perceive and have confirmed that God is calling you as an individual to be a prophetic voice to a faltering community, as you begin to think about engaging in a discernment process, we encourage you to invite all your members to engage in the adventure with you. You are trying to perceive God’s call to you as members of the body of Christ, a people desiring nothing less than to obey God’s desire for you as a community of faith.

Roy M. Oswald, Robert E. Friedrich, Jr, Discerning Your Congregation’s Future, pp.xi-xii

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There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.”
-George Sands (
Baroness Dudevant)

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Worship leaders in February

Feb 5 – Lynette, lector; potluck lunch; Myrle, liturgist

Feb 12 – Myrle, lector; Denney’s host; Darlene, liturgist

Feb 19 (Souper Sunday) – Mcintosh & _______ host

Feb 22 (Ash Wednesday) – Myrle, lector; ________, liturgist

Feb 26 – Jim, lector; potluck lunch; Myrle, liturgist

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We need to talk, as a community!

Come to church at our church-house on February 5th & 26th,

stay for a light, potluck lunch, and Table-talk!

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Saturday afternoon

Movies!

February 11 & 18

 3:00pm at the

church-house

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See our online calendar for times & places of our programs!