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APRIL 2016

A Section of the Anglican Journal

April 2016

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Alleluia!
Christ Has Won The Victory!
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APRIL 2016

Archbishop Coffins
Easter Message

Young Sam came


home from school on
the last day before the
Easter recess. To his
horror he saw his German
Shepherd, Rex, with his
next door neighbours
bunny, Boris hanging
from his mouth. Boris
was dead.
In despair and fear
Sam figured that if the
neighbours found out
that Rex killed their Boris
they would hate him
forever and that he had
better sleep with one eye
open.
Sam quickly devised
a plan. He retrieved the
oversized Boris, stuffed it
into a bag and dropped it
off in the local dumpster.

Easter body was unlike


the man they had known.
The body that came out
of the tomb is unlike
the body that entered it.
While we may be lost at
the sight of him, we are
consoled by the other
senses.
In the Upper Room
Jesus eats their food

from their table on their


plates, and through this
they come to know him.
In the B & B at the end
of the Emmaus Road,
he breaks bread and it
dawns on them that he is
their Lord. On the beach
at the North end of the
Sea of Galilee, the sight

presence of Jesus
through smelling,
tasting, and eating
quickly takes them back
to the meal they shared
before his trial. From
then on, they and we,
through imbibing and
ingesting, living off the
kingdom, meal by meal,

Mission Trip to Guatemala

Article and photographs by


Shirley Wicks

Shirley Wicks of St.


Bartholomews Church
of Jacksons Arm, along
with 11 other residents
of various places in
Newfoundland, will be
travelling to Guatemala
February 27 - March
5, 2016. They will be
serving the Arms of Jesus
Childrens mission, a
Canadian NGO Christian
Charity Mission, which
seeks to better the lives
of poor children and their
families.
The team will be
working and interacting
with the children in the
Arms of Jesus school,
and teaching and playing
sports with the children.
They will also work to
improve the physical
condition of the school.

The team will also be


constructing 810 homes
in outlying areas. These
homes are donated
to the most needy
families; all materials are
donated by individuals
or organizations of
Newfoundland.
Th e t e a m w i l l b e
carrying hockey bags
of various items such as
medical supplies, school
supplies, knitted toys, and
hats, pillowcase dresses,
and clothes for all ages
which will be distributed
to the poor.
The Arms of Jesus
Mission has a sponsorship
program which all of the
team members are a
part of which includes
one or more children.
The sponsors have an

enjoy and feast on the


miracle of bread and
winewe in him and
he in us.
The core of the Easter
mystery is a matter of
transformation. Not a
magical replacement
of overweight Boris
with delicate Precious,
something old for
something new, but
an innovating change
from deep within giving
birth to fulfillment and
completion. Go and
tell the good news of
everlasting love lest we
become irrelevant.

and smell of charbroiled


fish awaken their senses
to him. According to
John, Mary recognized
him at the sound of her
name. For Thomas, it
was the sense of touch.
Easter becomes a
reality as the disciples
senses awaken. This
awareness of the

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If you dont like


change you will like
irrelevance a lot less

He then headed to
the nearby pet shop and
bought a rabbit which
he gauged to be a
reasonable replacement
for the dearly departed.
Back in the neighbours
yard he slipped the
newly acquired rabbit
in the open hutch. Later
that evening a knock
came at Sams door and
opening it he found his
neighbour bearing the
new rabbit in his arms.
Look! squealed the
neighbour, Yesterday
Boris was dead and we
buried him three feet
under in the back yard.
Today we come home
and find that he is not
only alive and well, but
has grown new teeth and
shed a few pounds. Its a
miracle.and we will call
her Precious. Oops!
Among other things,
the resurrection accounts
in all four Gospels are
amusing in that the
sightings of Jesus are
almost impossible
to recognizeMary
supposed him to be the
gardener, the witnesses
i n t h e U p p e r Ro o m
took him for a ghost or
wraith, while the men
on the Emmaus Road
walked and talked all day
without recognizing him.
Thus we gather that the

opportunity to meet these


children while they are in
Guatemala, and spend
time with the sponsor
children.
Pictured at right, Shirley Wicks on a
previous trip to Guatemala.
Pictured below is the ACW from St.
Bartholomews with their pillowcase
dresses

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More than we can ask


or imagine,
More than we could
ever desire;
Out of the dust Gods
building a kingdom,
Like wine from the
press, like bread from
the fire.
And we cry Glory!
G. Light
Common Praise, #86
Happy Easter,
+ Percy

APRIL 2016

Repaired Kneeler at Cathedral in St. Johns


A History of the
Kneeler at the High
Altar
The kneeler was
originally worked in
needlepoint by members
of the Altar Guild 1898
1899. Mrs. Bert Job was
the work Convenor at the
time, and Mrs. William
Job financed the cost
of the material. Some
of those who worked
on the kneeler were,
Mrs. W. and Mrs. B. Job,
Miss Clara LeMessurier,
Mrs. Hayward and her
daughter, Mrs. Annie
Hayward and Miss
Harvey, daughter of a
clergyman. This note
i s q u o t e d f ro m t h e
Christmas Messenger in
1983, written by Mrs. W.
Noel, who had been a
member of the Guild for
60 years.
In the spring of 2012,

the President of the Altar


Guild, Mrs. Joyce King,
and the Dean, Josiah
Noel, agreed to have
a consultant come to
inspect the kneeler,
which was badly worn
in the space underneath
the brass railing. Susan
Furneaux, who is an
expert in such things,
and who teaches at the
Anna Templeton Centre
for Craft Art & Design,
was called in, and she
thought that the kneeler
was worth saving. At
the request of the Altar
Guild, she drew up a plan
to stitch an eight-foot
section to cover the worn
portion.
In September 2012,
four workshops were
connected by Ms.
Furneaux to instruct the
Altar Guild members
on how to work on the
kneeler project. The
Altar Guild funded the

undertaking with some


additional donations
towards the cost.
Mr. Stephen Foster
made a beautiful

side. Work was begun


in January of 2013 by
Guild members Joyce
King, Elizabeth Stone,
Andrea Squires, Emily

The kneeler as it was before the repairs

frame which allowed


four people to work on
the kneeler on each

Photo by Donald Rowe

Article by
Joyce King

Rowe, Pauline Noel,


Phyllis Foster, Linda
Badcock, and Deanna

Janes. Additional team


members included
Donna Mctavish,
B a r b a r a E d d y, a n d
Donna Hamilton;
occasional help was
provided by Gertrude
Buckle, Pearl Janes,
and Anthea Donnan.
Bobby Green cheered
the work by providing
Guild members with a
hot cup of tea whenever
refreshments were
needed.
The kneeler was
finished in March of
2015, and thankfully
it was installed at
Christmastide of the
same year by European
Upholstery. The project
was a labour of love for
all of the people who
helped to make it, and
we sincerely hope that as
it is now dedicated to the
greater glory of God, it
will enhance the beauty
of our Cathedral.

The pattern, designed by Susan Furneaux

The kneeler as it is today, completed and installed at the cathedral

Photo by Donald Rowe

Dean J.
Noel and
the Altar
Guild at the
dedication

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Photo by Emily Rowe

Toasting
the finished
needlepoint
project!

APRIL 2016

This Isnt Funny Anymore

Allison Billard
Columnist

Recently I was part of


a discussion on sin, evil
and redemption. We got
into a conversation about
judgment, and while we all
agreed that we shouldnt
be quick to judge others,
we all admitted to being
judgemental at times. I
think it is human nature
to judge the actions

of others, but, as we
discussed that evening,
we must not overlook our
own shortcomings in our
haste to see those that
exist within others.
I am more than willing
to admit I am not without
sin, I am deeply flawed,
a n d I p ra y o ft e n f o r
forgiveness, guidance,
strength and wisdom.
Every day I recommit
to live my life as Jesus
instructed. As I am sure
you can relate, it is very
hard sometimes.
Someone around
the table said that they
felt some people need
judging. I will take
creative license here
and say perhaps simply
some actions warrant
judgement. It may be six
of one, half a dozen of
the other, I dont want to
get into semantics or split
hairs on this one.

The hot button issue


for me is the thought
burning in my brain that
Donald Trump cannot be
President of the United
States, and by extension
leader of the free world.
This isnt funny anymore.
The statements (memes
in social media) comparing
Trump and Hitler, eerily
similar, I might add, are no
longer humorous or even
mildly entertaining. This
is terrifying. Im not now,
nor have I ever been an
American citizen, but this
keeps me awake at night.
There are a great many
articles on this subject;
both for and against
Trump for President. I will
admit I have a great deal of
trouble reading anything
in support of Donald
Trump with an ounce of
objectivity. However, I am
equally dubious of some
of the posts I have found

against him as well. For


example, one Christian
paper doesnt want him
as president because his
sister (who he has said
he would like to appoint
to the supreme court)
supports the constitutional
right to abortion. Well, on
that particular issue I will
admit, I would not stake a
counter Trump campaign.
I am not fundamentally
against a womans access
to a safe abortion.
He has uttered so many
discriminatory, hateful
things, that I find it hard
to believe the American
people are really going
to support him. Thankfully,
at least some analyses of
voter tendencies show
Trump wont win, because
he cannot win the vote
among college graduates,
by which I mean anyone
young or old who has
been college educated.

Thankfully for the entire


world, those who are
college educated get
out and vote more and
so, God willing, Trump
cannot become President
of the United States and
leader of the free world.
So what is our role, as
Canadians without a vote
or voice in the outcome
of these elections, as
Christians concerned
about the fate of not
just the USA but the rest
of the world? Prayer.
Ceaseless prayer. For our
American neighbours,
that they see Mr. Trump
for the inappropriate
leader he is, for the other
candidates that they are
able to demonstrate true
leadership in the election
process, and for the rest
of us that we are able to
weather the outcome, no
matter how it turns out.
Please pray.

Port Rexton Potluck


Article and photographs by
Carolyn Folow

Go where life takes you, but plan ahead.

On January 6th, the parish of Port Rexton enjoyed the fellowship of a potluck
supper. It was well attended by young and old alike. Following the supper,
our Parish Band led a sing-along. A good time was had by all, as they say.

As a free spirit, you rarely look back. But you


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APRIL 2016

A. C. W. Holds Annual
Dinner Theatre

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The night started with a Hot Roast
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APRIL 2016

Bishop Torravilles
Easter Message

Little of what I will


s a y i n t h e n ex t f e w
paragraphs is original;
it makes shameless use
of Herbert ODriscolls
reflection on Easter in
The Word Among Us,
Year C Volume II.
A number of years
ago, the Grand March
at my sons prom night,
and I was looking at the
young graduates march
in; tuxes and formal
gowns, flowers and
grand music. I realized
that I was one of very
few people standing
still, watching the event;
almost everyone else
was rushing to and fro
peering through camera
lenses. It occurred to me
that the only experience
of this important event
was their experience of
recording and directing
it, smile, look at the
camera, stand straight.
The experience of the
actual moment was an
experience of picture

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taking, not an experience


of the graduation.
It occurs to me that
many experience Easter
the same way. At Easter
we become bogged
down in asking What
really happened? in
asking What does
resurrection mean?
that we have no time
to actually experience
Easter.
Easter is one of those

moments in life to be
experienced in the
moment, rather than
recorded and dissected
as it happens.
This year at Easter we
read the story of Mary
Magdalene, a young
woman who a couple
of years before had an
experience of Jesus
which changed her life.
She had led a broken
life, but when she met
Jesus her brokenness
was healed and she
became a follower. She
has spent the past two
years hearing about the
Kingdom of God and
traveling with Jesus. At
times, things had gone
smoothly, indeed at
times there were crowds
of followers. Of course,
there were arguments
among the followers
and disagreements
with authorities and
not everyone in the
crowd was pleased.
N e v e rt h e l e s s , J e s u s
moved through it with
compassion and mercy
and love. But lately
things had changed and
there were now more
enemies than friends.
M o s t re c e n t l y, t h e
same crowd which had

welcomed Jesus then


demanded his death.
Three crosses on a
hill. Most of the other
followers had left but
Mary stayed close. In
the evening she saw his
naked and bloodied
body taken from the cross
dead. She followed to
see where he was laid.
Then and only then she
left to get some sleep.
Here is where we
meet her on Easter
morning. She had not
been able to sleep well
and very early in the
morning, before dawn,
she drew near to where
she had seen the body
placed the night before.
To her shock, the stone
was rolled back - the
body gone!
She rushed to Jesus
followers, to her friends,
with the terrible news
Theyve taken him.
When they understand
what she means they
rush back with her John and Peter. John is
younger and gets there
first but hesitates; Peter
rushes past. They see the
funeral clothes and walk
out of the tomb and out
of the garden, in shock;
Mary forgotten. She

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lingers, sobbing, stoops


to look in but instead of
the darkness of a tomb
there is a blazing light.
She steps back and turns
to see a shadow of a
man questioning her
weeping. Then she hears
her name Mary and she
knows! Her lord is not
dead, but lives and she
returns with her news.
The first evangelist, she
proclaims, I have seen
the Lord!
This Easter may you
give yourself to the
story, not to evaluate or
judge. May you allow
yourself to walk with
Mary, experience what
she experienced and
be filled with the joy of
the risen Lord.
We will evaluate what
we believe and what
the Church teaches. We
have the coming months
to mull and discuss and
question and evaluate
but right now just kneel
and sit and stand and
then leave the Church
on Easter morning to
proclaim He is risen,
Hallelujah! And as with
Mary, let that change and
inspire your life!

APRIL 2016

Synod Facilitation
around the three themes
of dreaming, celebrating,
and learning.
Dreaming
affirm and give
permission to dream
put dreams into
practice
if we fail, to move on
and dream again and
try again
Submitted by
Leslie Giddings

As noted by Bishop
Pe d d l e i n h i s l e tt e r
regarding Synod 2016,
I will be joining you as
a facilitator from the
Anglican Diocese of
Ottawa. I am thrilled to
be invited to engage
with you in dreaming,
celebrating, and
learning in the context
o f re l a t i o n s h i p a n d
partnership. In Christian
community we are called
to bring Gods love to
the world around us. We
live in relationship and
each relationship is an
opportunity to partner
with others to share
Gods love.
There will be two
facilitated sessions open
for the entire diocese
at two separate events,
a Laity Learning Day,
Wednesday, April 20,
and a Clergy Learning
Day, Thursday, April
21, 2016. Then, Synod
delegates will have an
extended opportunity to
work together during the
Synod sessions.
The Synod Planning
Committee affirmed the
following starting points
for our work together

Celebrating
share experiences of
how partnerships are
formed
share current working
partnerships
create joyous
communities
Learning
acknowledge current
and past learning
open opportunity for
new learning
From my experience
as an educator, I know that
commitment to learning
arises from clarity of
purpose, understanding
and support for one
another. To this end, I will
endeavour to create an
environment that values
the wisdom in the room.
In practical terms, this
means that the diversity of
experience represented
by the diversity of parish
communities is an asset
in our work together.
Additionally, I know
that being upfront about
my goals is also critical.
I hope to accomplish
the following: involve
all participants in

contributing their
insights, create
possibility for creative
new connections, enable
a depth in our dialogues,
and catalyze your
ownership of the results.
Our time together will
conclude at the closing
worship where I have
been offered the sermon
time to reflect back to
you my observations
of our time together.
I am grateful for this
opportunity and I look
forward meeting you!

Biography

Leslie has over 10


years experience in
the education sector
where she contributed
in operational,
administrative, and
instructional capacities.
Currently, she educates
and advocates for
lifelong learning as the
Learning Facilitator with
the AnglicanDiocese of
Ottawa.In this role she
works directly with clergy,
parish committees, and
congregations to find
ways t o collaborat e
and share resources.
She supports Child and
Youth Ministry leaders
and collaborates with
parishes to develop
emergingministries. She
has an undergraduate
degree in Religion
and Psychology. Her
Masters in Education
degree includes
work in the following
a re a s : M u l t i c u l t u r a l
Education and Diversity;
Pe a c e , J u s t i c e a n d
Transformation; Teaching
and Faith; and Religious
Education.

Is General Synod
Right For You?
Cynthia Haines-Turner
Columnist

In Churchland, where
most of us feel at home,
we are used to seasons
other than Spring,
Summer, Fall and Winter.
Seasons like Advent,
Christmas, Epiphany and
Lent. But there is another
season that is as fixed as
those seasons and thats
the season for annual
meetings in parishes and
congregations across the
country. Its that time of
year when an interested
few will gather to hear the
reports from the past year,
pass the budget, and
make other plans for the
upcoming year, and elect
people to the various
positions of leadership
within the church. Just
recently, I attended a
Church where the
sermon time was mostly
devoted to the rectors
report as their annual
meeting followed the
worship - not everyones
cup of tea, but I admit
that I enjoyed hearing
about the activities of
another parish. Just like
the announcement time,
it helps give a sense
of the community with
whom you have chosen
to worship.
Annual meeting
season can also be a time
for community building
- a time to celebrate the
various ministries in a
parish and to recommit
ourselves in service
to God and to Gods
people. From the annual

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meetings come the


representatives who will
attend the diocesan synod
gatherings and who will
contribute to the ministry
at that level as the circle
of the community widens.
This July, we will gather
in Toronto for General
Synod - and the circle of
the community widens
again to include the
whole Anglican Church
of Canada. At its best,
General Synod is a time
to come together to
worship, pray, have Bible
study, forge relationships,
hear about the amazing
work and ministry that is
done on our behalf in this
country and globally, and
yes, to debate the issues
facing us as a Church.
Not everyone will gather,
in fact less than 300
Anglicans will gather in
Toronto but all Anglicans
are a part of it through
their prayers and support.
A s t h e c i rc l e o f t h e
community widens, so
does the participation
in the community as we
seek Anglicans across
t h e c o u n t r y t o o ff e r
themselves for the
ministry of the Church
through its various
committees and councils.
The General Synod elects
the coordinating and
standing committees,
but you do not need to
be a member of General
Synod to be eligible for
election to them. Are
you passionate about
justice issues or are
you particularly skilled
at understanding how
finances work? Do you
have a particular interest
in communications or
our global partnerships?
Are you good at writing
l i t u rg i e s o r h a v e a n
interest in the many
other areas covered by
the Faith, Worship and
Ministry Coordinating
Committee? Then there
is likely a standing or
coordinating committee
that can benefit from your
gifts: so please be in
touch with the General
Synod delegates from
your diocese to be
nominated. Its how our
l a rg e r c o m m u n i t y i s
built, how our Church is
strengthened and how
together we build up
the body of Christ as
the Anglican Church of
Canada.

APRIL 2016

News from Fogo

New Lay Minister

Submitted by

Lisa Snow
Articles by

Margaret Oake

Photo by Margaret Oake

Photo by Margaret Oake

A. C. W. Celebrates Anniversary

Pictured above is the group of women who attended the A. C. W. anniversary celebrations. The
cutting of the cake was done by Joan Collins.

In 1876, a group of
women in the community
of Winterton met with the
Revd George Gardner
and formed the first
branch of the Church
of England Womens
Association (C. E. W. A.).
On November 6, 1895,
the inaugural meeting
of the C. E. W. A. of Fogo
took place in the Meek
Memorial School Room,
under the direction of
the Revd W. C. White.
Mrs. White became the
first President.
O n
S u n d a y
November 15, 2015,
there was a service
of Thanksgiving in
St. Andrews Church,
Fo g o , f o r t h e 1 2 0
years of C. E. W. A. / A.
C.W.. The service was
conducted by the Revd
Ken Abbott, who was
also the preacher, and
it was a very uplifting
sermon. One of our

oldest members, Mrs.


Joan Collins, along with
Fannie Shears, brought
up the gifts for the
Eucharist.
After the service,
there was a potluck
lunch at the Church
Hall. Greetings were
read from Archbishop
Stewart Payne, and from
Eileen Colbourne, our
Diocesan President. We
highlighted some of the
items from the minutes
over the past years,
and sang some songs
from the old-fashioned
concerts, accompanied
by Ray Oake and Mark
Warrick. One thing
that stood out was the
commitment of those
women, who would walk
to their meetings in all
kinds of weather.
On the wall of the
Church Hall, there is a
picture of Dinah Payne, in
memory of her 42 years

of faithful service. She


was a founding member
of this branch (1895
1937). The picture was
a gift from her daughter.
We give God
thanks for the work
of the women in this
congregation, past and
present. Praise God!

On Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11, 2015, Kent


Froding of the Congregation of St. Andrews in
Fogo was presented with his Lay Ministers Licence
by the Revd Ken Abbott. Congratulations to Kent,
and may God continue to bless him!

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APRIL 2016

Syrian Family Welcomed by Good Shepherd


Submitted by

Claudia Yetman-Long

Over the past four


months Parish of the
Good Shepherd, Mount
Pearl has been on a
journey of faith, of hope,
of commitment, of love.
When Bishop Geoffrey
Peddle asked parishes to
take part in helping
the people of Syria,
this parish took the
directive seriously,
and after one
initial consultation
meeting, had an
enthusiastic team
in place to take on
the challenge of
family sponsorship.
A partnership with
the Association for
New Canadians
in St. Johns was
established, and our
private sponsorship
journey began.
The first big hurdle
was to secure enough
finances to make the
initial application, and
to support this family for
twelve months.
One of the beautiful
components of this
journey was the swiftness
with which church
groups and parishes
within our Diocese, as
well as churches from
other denominations
in Mount Pearl, came
forward to offer financial
support and be part of
the team. This support
was significant, and
truly encompassed the
compassion needed
f o r t h i s e n d e a v o u r.
Individuals also gave

generously when the


sponsorship was
announced. We secured
enough funding by
early January to make
application. We did
not know when the
family would arrive, but
we took a leap of faith
and sought housing,
furniture, clothing, and

nervousness they felt


as they walked down
those airport stairs. We
warmly welcome this
family from Syria, and we
wish them all the best as
they settle into their new
home. We thank them
for trusting us, and for
helping us learn new
customs, new culture,

Labrador City, strangers


came forward to support
this sponsorship. At
the airport strangers
came over to the
family to welcome
the family. Strangers
in the supermarket
came forward to help
find specific food and
products for them.

food to set the family


up when they arrived.
In addition to some
financial help, parishes of
other denominations in
the community of Mount
Pearl supported us in
many ways, including
outfitting some rooms in
the home, and helping
with the home set-up.
On February 11 this
beautiful Syrian family
of five arrived and the
next step of our journey
began. Many from the
sponsorship team were
are the airport to meet
them. It was a special
moment indeed. We
can only imagine the

and a new language.


They have become more
than the family we have
sponsored. They have
truly become friends.
Bishop Geoff
blogs regularly about
Moments of Grace. The
sponsorship team can
attest the many, many
moments of grace that
have been witnessed
a l o n g t h i s j o u r n e y.
The acts of kindness,
compassion, empathy
and love for humanity
have been extraordinary.
In addition to the financial
support from individuals
and parishes in Mount
Pearl, Upper Gullies, and

Archdeacon Charlene
was at a local store to
get information about
a purchase for the
family when another
c u s t o m e r, a g a i n a
stranger, overheard the
conversation and came
to her to give a donation
for the sponsorship.
Store managers have
come to welcome the
family when they were at
their stores. Businesses
and organizations
donated gift cards to
help the set up the family
and help them settle
here. A furniture store
donated a set of bunk
beds. Individuals were

g e n e ro u s w i t h t h e i r
donations of household
items and gift cards.
Doctors and dentists
took these new patients
graciously and willingly.
Schools welcomed the
c h i l d re n a n d f a m i l y
so warmly. Friends of
parishioners who speak
Arabic offered to help
with translations.
Members of the
Muslim community
have been so
h e l p f u l . Th e l i s t
goes on and on. It
has truly been, and
continues to be, an
amazing experience.
The compassion
and care shown by
parishioners of The
Parish of the Good
Shepherd, individuals
and groups of the
community of Mount
Pearl, the Diocese
of Eastern NL, and
the churches of other
denominations in the
community truly reflects
loving your neighbour
as yourself. It is indeed
faith in action.
We will continue to
support the members
of this family as they
establish themselves in
this province and country
over the next twelve
months. There is much
to learn, and much to
do as we move along
this journey. We feel
certain, however, that our
relationship with them
will extend far beyond
that year as our friendship
with this wonderful family
continues to grow.

It Is More Important to Belong Than To Believe!

Revd Canon Gerald Westcott


Columnist

Ive recently read


Nadia Bolz-Weber s
A c c i d e n t a l S a i n t s :
Finding God in all the
wrong people. Nadia is
a tattooed and cursing
L u t h e r a n Pa s t o r i n
Denver who founded
the House for All
Sinners and Saints. The
birth of this particular
community came from
t h e c a l l o n N a d i as
ministry to start a church
community for the
marginalizeda place
for people who didnt
fit in to mainstream
conservative church.
Nadia tells the story
of a middle aged gay
woman, who did not
believe in Jesus, but
who found meaning in

the belonging at the


House for All Sinners
and Saints. This person
found purpose in
simply belonging to
the community. After a
number of years of being
a part of this inclusive
church, the woman had
a crisis of faith, and
asks for a meeting with
Nadiashe was starting
to believe in Jesus!
Through her experience
of belonging to this
Christian community, as
she was, she eventually
came to faith in Jesus.
What a beautiful story
of transformation. The
Christian church, for far
too long, has been very
good at judging people,
telling people who was

in and who was out,


who was welcome and
who was unwelcome,
how to behave and how
not to behave, what to
believe and what not
to believe. And if you
didnt conform, you
were made to feel guilty,
and excluded from the
Holy Communion. The
beautiful truth is that
there is no one outside
of Communion with
Godand no church
denomination or world
religion can change or
alter that! Historically,
the church has been
more concerned
about being correct
than about being
connected. The Good
News in Jesus is not

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judgment, but grace.


Jesus calls us to open
up to what and who
we already are. We
are more than our ego
personalities. We are
more than our moral
b e h a v i o u r. We a r e
more than what we can
think or conceive. Our
deepest and truest self,
our spiritual hearts, are
one with the Divine Life.
It is the one Life and Love
that we all share. It is the
place where everyone
belongs. The call on
the church today is to
get better at helping all
people belongas they
are and where they are.
Belief in who Jesus is will
come.

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10

News From Marystown


Submitted by

The Revd Gloria Wendover

Photo by Ross Tilley

The Anglican Parish of Marystown


had 11 young people, and one
adult, presented to and confirmed
by Bishop David Torraville in June
of 2015. The class met throughout
the fall of 2014, and in the spring
of 2015. hey learned many things
about the life of the Church, and
watched a movie about The Gospel
of John. They ate together, sharing
popcorn and pizza on several
occasions. Also, they raised $400
for a local childrens charity, and
several of them assisted in serving
a meal to local First Responders.

Photo by Ross Tilley

St. Marys Church,


Marystown, presented
ten members of
their congregation
with a Certificate of
Appreciation for 25 +
years of service. These
members have been
very dedicated over the
years and have provided
leadership roles on
vestry, as church wardens,
on parish council, as
ACW members, and on
other committees. The
congregation is very
grateful to these and
others who continue to
use their gifts to serve
the Lord in the life of the
church community in
Marystown.

Photo by Ross Tilley

Third Back Row : Brady Saint, Revd Gloria,


Bishop David, Kira Hodder, Jennifer Hodder
Second Row: Robert Fudge, Jared Cribb,
Nicholas Hillier, Amy Fiander, Jo-Ella Power,
Chantelle Lovell, Olivia Strickland.
Front Row: Brady Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey Legge

Back Row: Edgar Lovell, Jim Blagdon, Nath Fudge, Abe Rideout, Gordon Revd Gloria and Meta Shirley, who was unable
Lomond ( Licensed Lay Minister)
to be present for the earlier presentation and
Front Row: Revd Gloria, Eva Cribb, Shirley Fudge, Sadie Lomond, Emily photograph
Cribb, (Eucharist Assistant)

in the Marystown area


and are quite good
at singing in a variety
of musical styles,
including gospel and
Irish/Newfoundland

Photo by Revd Gloria Wendover

A Place in Da Choir is
a singing group who
formed in the past year
at St. Marys Church in
Marystown. The group
sings at church services,
at seniors homes, in
gospel concerts, and
at many other events
to which they are
invited. The group
consists of a mother,
two daughters and two
friends. They are lead by
Ross Tilley, who provides
the music, sings, and
Sheila Edwards (mother), Melissa Hickman (daughter), Ross
does the coaching. They
Tilley, Danielle Moulton (daughter), Barbara Cribb
are becoming popular

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music. In this picture


they are having a rest
after a gospel concert in
support of the Diocesan
Refugee Fund.

APRIL 2016

Bishop Peddles
Easter Message

They say a picture


can be worth a thousand
words. Or more.
As I write I have before
me a picture given to me
by one Frances Rowe,
age 8, depicting Jesus on
his Day of Resurrection
outside his empty tomb
in Jerusalem. Frances
is the daughter of Fr.
Jonathan and Emily
Rowe of St. Michael &
All Angels Parish in St.
Johns. It has hung in my
office on Kings Bridge
Road for the past year.
Fra n c e s s p i c t u re
amazes me. I suspect
she might have been
inspired from the Easter
Garden at the Cathedral
with its stonework and
similarly empty tomb.
What really inspires me

in her painting is that


Jesus is facing a woman
whose face we cannot
see. She is alone. He
is alone. Clearly, it is
Mary Magdalene Jesus
is gazing upon and who
Holy Scripture records
as being the first person
to see Jesus after his
resurrection. You cant
see her face. But you
can see Jesus face. AND
HE IS SMILING! Jesus is
smiling at Mary! He has
just passed through the
horrors of his own torture
and death. He has taken
upon himself all of the
worlds sin. And now
he has come back. And
when he sees Mary he
smiles! His love for this
woman was stronger
than death and ... he
remembered Mary.
No relationship in
Holy Scripture fascinates
me as much as that
between Jesus and Mary
of Magdala. Dan Brown
and his Da Vinci Code
aside, Jesus loved this
woman. And she loved
him. I wonder deeply
about the nature of
their love. There is some
suggestion that Marys
life was not always a
good one and she was

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regarded as fallen in the


eyes of many. But not
in Jesus eyes! And not

to call her, The Apostle


to the Apostles.
Frannies picture of a

in his smile. Jesus saw


Mary for who she truly
was. It was Mary who
went to the disciples to
tell them, I have seen
the Lord! leading some

smiling Jesus enables me


to see his resurrection in
a new way. Of course
Jesus smiled on that first
Easter! I also wonder
if he chose that very

moment to appear when


he knew his beloved
Mary would be there.
And we are there too in
his smile and in his love.
Frannies picture reminds
me that God looks at all
of us through the eyes
of Jesus. Only he sees
us for who we truly are.
It reminds me that Easter
is about discovering joy
in the midst of sadness,
hope in the midst of
despair, life in the midst
of death. In Easter we are
invited to accept Gods
love for us ... forever.
Like Mary Magdalene
who went to the tomb on
that first Easter and found
life in all its abundance,
we too find life in all
its abundance this
Easter as we celebrate
the Resurrection of our
Lord and our own
resurrections one day.
Th i s E a s t e r, w i t h
Mary and with the entire
Christian community, let
us joyfully proclaim:

The Lord is risen!


He is risen indeed!
Alleluia!

Part Three of the series on formation and theological education in our three dioceses:

Theological Education Made To Fit


Tryphena Vallis

Guest Columnist

As a young girl I
attended worship at St.
Lawrence Church in my
hometown of Belleoram.
That big, beautiful old
church with its stained
glass windows, columns,
and candlelight was for
me a wonderful, mystical
place. Most of the service
was sung and I enjoyed
the scripture readings and
the hymns. Even though I
didnt understand what it
was all about I knew that
what was being said was
important and special, I
could just feel the power
in the words. It all sounded
so wonderful and gave
me such a great sense of
comfort and hope.
I moved away from my
hometown and over the

years I have served in many


ministries in the various
congregations I have
been a member of. I have
been involved with the
ACW, TEC, Alpha, Sunday
School and Confirmation,
Cursillo, Parish Council,
Vestry, Pastoral Visitor,
etc. A number of years
ago I felt that God was
calling me to ordained
ministry. I resisted at first
but eventually I tested my
call by attending an ACPO
(Advisory Committee on
Postulants for Ordination)
c o n f e re n c e a n d w a s
recommended for study
for ordination. Being of a
mature age and having no
undergrad degree I found
myself wondering what to
do next. While discerning
a way to move forward
I learned that I could
earn the Associate in

Theology, a program that


I had already completed
a course in, and build on
that toward a Bachelor
of Theology by Distance.
This was made to fit for
me and so I continued
on with my studies in
this program. The A. Th.
Program is a complete
program in itself and
involves six disciplines
and the student must
complete ten two credit
hour courses. The A. Th.
curriculum requires that
the student complete two
courses in Biblical Studies,
one course in Church
History, one in Theological
Studies, one in Pastoral
Studies, one in Liturgical
Studies and four electives.
Four courses in Pastoral
Studies, Youth Ministry
Studies constitutes a
major and two courses

in one other discipline


constitutes a minor. These
requirements must be met
within seven years. The
courses can be completed
on site at Queens or
by correspondence.
Studying for these
courses helped me to
better understand the
Christian faith and helped
in my personal formation.
I learned pastoral skills
that helped me to better
minister to others.
In order to enrol in
the Bachelor by Distance
program I needed
t o b e s p o n s o re d b y
my denomination for
ministerial training and
complete five extra A.
Th. courses. Another
re q u i re m e n t f o r t h e
Bachelor by Distance was
that I complete twelve
weeks in CPE (Clinical

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Pastoral Education), or
SPM (Supervised Practice
of Ministry), which is the
Queens equivalent. There
is some classroom time
involved in this but is
mostly spent in a clinical
setting. I completed my
twelve weeks at Hoyles
Escasoni in St. Johns
where I learned a great
deal about ministering
to people with various
stages of dementia and
other forms of diminished
mental capacity.
Completion of the A. Th.
program, the five extra
courses, and the SPM unit
constituted Phase 1 of
the Bachelor by Distance
Program. I had by no
means reached my goal
but I was well on my way.

APRIL 2016

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I and You or I and It


how to live the I and You
way.
Children experience
lifeas it is. It is akin to an
I and You relationship.
As they enter the adult
world, this changes.
The world of wonder,
spontaneity,and mystery
becomes one of reason,
logic, and conformity.
This is the world of I and
It. They gravitate to me
and mine instead of us
and ours. They move
The Revd Everett Hobbs
into a world of ownership
and possession, of
Columnist
division and conflict.
I and Thou by
When our primary
M a r t i n B u b e r w a s way of relating is I and
published in 1923. It It, we view the world
went on to become an as a series of objects
influential book about inincluding each other
relationships. Buber and we relate to them in
identifies two basic way a superficial, utilitarian,
of relating, experience d i s i n t e r e s t e d o r
and encounter. The destructive manner. The
first he expresses as most worrying example
I t a n d t h e s e c o n d today is seen in our
as You. It equals relationship with the
engaging the world as environment. We see the
an objective observer, Earth as an impersonal
while You equalsactive resource to which we are
p a r t i c i p a t i o n . H e entitled, and can exploit
contends that modern without restraint. The
life is based largely on consequences are now
the I and It mode in becoming very clear.
which we treat each other
In our relationship
as objects for our own with each other, our I and
benefit. This happens It approach is equally
in every sphere of life: damaging. People are
social, political, religious, d e p e r s o n a l i z e d a n d
economic etc. In his book, labeled according to race,
Buber offersguidance on religion, colour, culture,

sexuality, education, and


so on. We want to own
and controlothers, driven
by selfishness, power and
greed. Just consider
the many inequalities
and injustices in the
world. Too often our
relationship with God
becomes an I and It,
when we treat God as an
idea, a belief, a creed,
a doctrine, or an idol
to supply our personal
wants. In the Church an
I and It mode leads to
fundamentalism, ethical
absolutism, paternalism,
homophobia, and dislike.
A n I a n d Yo u
approach is one of
respect and reverence.
There are no longer any
Its. Even manufactured
goods are treated as
Yous all handled with
care. An early champion
of this approach was
the monk Benedict. In
his Rule he stressesthe
need for reverence in all
things. As an example,
he tells that we should
treat everything we use
with the same reverence
we have for the vessels
of the Holy Communion.
Benedict teaches
about the importance
of humility and doing
everything for the glory
of God.
Both Benedict and
Buber believed that God
is essential to a genuine
I and You relationship.
God is love and when
we engage with God
on this level, we relate
to the world with love,
compassion, mercy and
forgiveness. We look for
the divine You in everyone
and everywhere. The
Kingdom of God is where
everything becomes a
You, and nothing is an It.

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Lay Ministers have


always played an
important role in ministry
in rural Newfoundland
as in other rural parts of
Canada. Out of necessity
due to vacancies and the
many demands of multipoint parishes, the laity
has been welcomed to
share in ministry.
Lay Ministers are
committed Christian
v o l u n t e e r s w h o a re
licensed by their bishop
to assist in worship, to
administer the chalice
and carrying reserved
sacraments to the sick
and those too frail to
attend church.
My late father in law,
Sidney Shears, of Rocky
Harbour, was a teacher
as well as a Lay Minister,
and he shared many
stories of his experiences
while teaching on the
L a b r a d o r. H e h e l d
worship services, taught
Sunday school, and
presided over funerals.
Due to harsh winters
and isolation, the people
in those communities
would have gone without
ministry, when weather
and ice conditions
prevented the priest
from traveling there,
had there not been a
dedicated Lay minister
called to serve.
Our Parish of Cow
Head over the years
has had some very
committed Lay Ministers
one of which was Dr.
Henry N Payne a school
teacher who served
for close to fifty years.
He kept the doors to
our church open many
times while waiting for a
clergy to be appointed.
He certainly made no
bones about asking his
students why they were

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not in church on Sunday,


and you certainly had to
have a legitimate reason
for your absences. Of
course, that happened
back in the days before
demographics and social
changes brought an end
to the denominational
school system and
the churchs influence.
It would not be fitting
today to ask that type of
question to any student.
As in the past, the
Lay Ministers of today
still answer the call to
serve when needed.
The late Revd Charles
Abraham, who served
in our parish while we
awaited an appointment
of a rector, was the first
to encourage me in the
direction of Lay Ministry,
it a ministry I felt called
to do and have enjoyed
it to the fullest.
It is a ministry I have
shared with two other
dedicated Lay Ministers.
We kept the doors to our
churches opened as not
to interrupt the rhythm
of worship during a
vacancy. We delivered
reserved sacraments to
those who were too sick
and unable to attend
church: the need was
there due to the length of
time without a clergy. We
are all called to serve God
and others as a ministry
of love and care in the
power of the Gospel.It is
also important to realize
that we are all called
and gifted for ministry
by the power of our
baptism. We all have
different functions and
roles working towards
the same goal.
The church in every
age has been guided by
the Holy Spirit and we
trust the same Spirit to
guide us in the future.
This is the ground for
optimism and hope.

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Rocky Harbour News


Article and photographs by

Dale Decker

On Thursday evening, February 4, 2016 members of the


congregations of St. Matthews, Rocky Harbour, and The
Church of the Good Shepherd, Norris Point, attended a pot luck
supper, held in the Church Hall at St. Matthews, to welcome
Rev. Kay Short, and her husband Rick, to the Parish of Bonne
Bay North.
During the pot luck dinner, St. Matthews Church Hall was
officially reopened, and Shane Hynes (President of the Gros
Morne Kinsmen Club) presented members of St. Matthews
Vestry with a cheque in the amount of $5,000.00. This donation
was greatly appreciated, and it will assist with the outstanding
monies owing due to the over $31,000.00 spent recently to
renovate St. Matthews Church Hall.

Pictured above is the pot luck supper held at the newly reopened
St. Matthews Church Hall

Shane Hynes of the Gros Morne Kinsmen Club presents Beverly


Snow (Warden), and Cynthia Hynes (Treasurer) with a cheque

Everyone Up! in Bonavista


Submitted by

The Revd Shaun OConnor

On the fifth Sunday of the


month, the congregation of
Christ Church, Bonavista,
has an Everyone Up!
Sunday. All of the Sunday
School classes are present
during the entire Eucharist
service in order to help
integrate them with the
rest of the congregation in
our worship together. On
January 31, we had our
own Wheel of Fortune
game, during the
sermon, to help us learn
about Gods love from
the scripture reading of
the day, 1 Corinthians:
13. Contestants spun
the wheel, and then
chose letters, while the
congregation cheered
them on.

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14

Bishop of Ottawa Visits Newfoundland


Article and photograph by

Emily F. Rowe

The three Diocesan Bishops of


our province were pleased to welcome the Right Revd John Chapman
this past February. Bishop Chapman
is the Bishop of Ottawa, and was appointed as the Huron Lawson Chair
in Pastoral Theology at Huron College in 1999. His teaching focused
on Christian Spiritual Traditions, leadership development, and pastoral
proficiency. He was then appointed
Dean of the Faculty of Theology at
Huron in 2000, and continued in that
post until his election as the ninth
Bishop of Ottawa in 2007. Bishop
John has also served as a member on
seminary accreditation teams, and
has been a member of the editorial
board for the journal Theological Education. We are pleased to have had
him attend meetings in this province,
and welcome his contribution to
theological education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Left to right: Bishop David Torraville, Bishop John Chapman, Archbishop Percy Coffin, and Bishop Geoffrey Peddle

Retreat for Diocesan Anglican Mens Association


April 15th & 16th, 2016

Submitted by

Peter Stevenson

This retreat truly


is the highlight of
Diocesan Anglican Mens
Associations (DAMA) year.
Men are encouraged to
bring whatever they like to
make a joyful noise. After
registration on Friday,
we are always treated
to a wonderful cooked
supper. I have been going
to Lavrock since the late
1990s and have always
enjoyed the meals. After
and during the meals,
we of course catch up on
what our friends are doing
in their home parishes and
communities. We might
discuss the Newfoundland
Railroad, the current state
of affairs in the political
institution of your choice,
our friends in Belize, how
they play this or that game
of cards back homeyou
get the idea. Most years,
while the card games (and
bean bag toss) is going
on in one room, music is
filling the air around the
fireplace. This goes on
well into the night.
Saturday morning is
much more subdued. A
cup of tea or coffee (we
are, after all, civilized),
sometimes a bit of light
reading or conversing
make this time relaxing
while we wait for our
hosts to cook breakfast.

A few of us will prepare


for the morning Eucharist,
which is usually led by
our bishop. After being
fed by the Word at this
Eucharist, we eat our
prepared breakfast. As
you can see, fellowship is
a big part of this retreat.
After breakfast,
we have two morning
sessions followed by the
DAMA annual meeting
and yet another cooked
meal. This year, RNC Cst.
Ron Simms will return to
the DAMA lectern. He
will speak to us about
human trafficking in our
country and province. If
this session is anything
like his session on crime
scene investigation at
the 2014 retreat, keeping
our attention will not be
a problem! Cst. Simms
invites questions and
gives us a fresh view of
policing in our province.
Our bishop, likely
accompanied by his
Executive Archdeacon,
will lead the other
morning session. DAMA
is fortunate to have our
bishop at most of our
retreats. I expect Bishop
Geoff will give us the
lay of the land, as is his
style and practice. He
explains the whys and
hows of the happenings
in our church, and we
very quickly realize he

does his research. Bishop


Geoff will also share his
contagious optimism for
the future of our church.
DAMA will want to
give the folks at Lavrock
a fairly accurate number
of campers, so they can
prepare meals. To this
end, we ask men to advise
either the president of your
parish mens association
or you may contact DAMA
president Peter Stevenson
(709-753-8579 / peter.
stevenson@nf.sympatico.
ca). The deadline for
booking is April 6, 2016.
The cost of the event,
which includes meals
and accommodations, is
$50.00 per person.
As part of its
regular program and in
preparation for Lavrock,
DAMA held its Winter
general meeting on
February 28, 2016 hosted
by St. Augustines Mens
Service Club. Attended by
approximately 65 men and
some of their clergy, we
were treated to a hot roast
beef dinner and warm
hospitality. The format
was typical, involving
a meal, meeting and
concluding with a service
in the church. Some of
the topics discussed were
the upcoming annual
retreat and our project
for the Diocese of Belize.
During the meeting, some

of the groups took the


opportunity to present
their contributions for their
Belize commitment and
for parish contributions to
the recent Belize Appeal.
The event concluded with

the service of evensong


where those attending
delivered a stirring
rendition of By the Rivers
of Babylon in keeping
with the theme of the
service.

An invitation to everyone in the province of


Newfoundland and Labrador

Wine & Cheese Reception


Annual General Meeting

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and

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


5:45 pm Holy Eucharist
Presider: The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz
Homilist: The Reverend Canon Dr Judy Rois

6:45 pm Reception and AGM


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APRIL 2016

15

Do We Do Good Things?

Columnist

That is the question I


often ask congregations.
In other words: are we
worthy of support?
And, the answer is, A
resounding yes. Well,
in a recent conversation
with the Ven. David
Pilling of St. Augustines
Parish, he told me this
amazing story about an
outreach program that
illustrates that he and his
parishioners are indeed
doing good things.
Archdeacon Pilling tells
the story:
In late 2014, one of
our vestry members,
Zainab Jerrett, suddenly
asked for prayers for
her family in Nigeria.
She told us of an attack
by Boko Haram on her
sisters community the
night before and of an
amazing escape. Rebels
had forced everyone to
lie down in the centre
of the village while their
insurgents set about
burning the community
including the church and
school. Her sister and
brother in law, a pastor at
their church, were able to
escape. For 12 hours they
ran through the jungles,

Glorious Easter!

Ron Clarke

Columnist

The Golden Years,


as those of us in our
eighties know too well,
are not much fun.
Physically, and yes,
mentally too, it s all
downhill. Gone, more
and more, are the vigour
and sparkle of youth.
Gone too, one
after another, are the
friends and loved ones
we treasured so much.
D e a t h , m e r c i l e s s l y,
relentlessly, takes them
all.
Each passing day,
you know for sure, brings
you nearer and nearer to

We learned that to
send a child to school
for a year, including
books, school supplies,
mattresses and fees,
would cost $230.00 a
person.
To d at e w e h a v e
already received more
than 50 applications and
some are heartbreaking
to read. They describe
their plight and their
flight for survival. Others
tell what they witnessed,
including the loss of one
or both of their parents.
Among the applicants
are relatives of some of
the over 200 abducted
Chibok High School girls
who are still missing.
We have discovered
that in prayer, we also
are meant to become
involved in the plight
that our vestry members
family and many others
are now enduring. I am
happy to report that
our prayers have led
to action, and we seek
to make a difference in
the lives of some who
have suffered so much
at a young age. We have
awarded scholarships to
13 of the applicants and
they are now back to
high schools in Nigeria.
We hope to continue
fundraising to pay for
their education until they
graduate.

Pictured at left is
Zainab Jerrett, chef,
and organizer of
many outreach
events at St.
Augustines.

Pictured below are two events recently held at


St. Augustines. The top one is a multi-cultural
cafe, and the bottom one was taken at the supper
following the International Gospel Choir event.

All photographs are used with permission from St. Augustines, St. Johns.

Kevin Smith

seeking sanctuary.
As a Church, we had
all heard of Boko Haram,
and their kidnapping
young women and
holding them for ransom,
or worse, making them
slaves to their captors.
The plight that was
described to us, and
our prayerful response,
led us to put prayer
into action. We learned
of 50,000 plus young
women, now in refugee
camps in Nigeria, who
were not able to attend
school. They had a roof
over their heads and
basic foods only.
Our parishioner
f o u n d e d a c h a r i t y,
We Care Foundation
of Newfoundland and
Labrador and began to
seek funds to send some
of these young students
to school. In February
2015 our parish hosted
a concert to raise funds
to create scholarships for
these young women.
In 2016, our parish has
expanded our outreach:
We host a monthly parish
brunch, following a
Sunday service. We also
invited an international
choir to join us. So far,
we have Chinese and
Nigerian congregations
involved. For this brunch,
we ask for a donation,
with funds being equally
divided between We
Care Foundation
and our own refugee
program. We also have
started weekly midweek
lunches at our church
on Thursday, offering
(at affordable prices) a
healthy alternative to the
food found on campus.
Our outreach committee
aids in these endeavours.

Kevin Smith is a gift planning


consultant for the Anglican Church
of Canada. He can be contacted at
709 739-5667 or by email:
kevinsmith709@gmail.com

your own demise.


Very depressing??
Very frightening?? Could
be, but NO WAY!
Easter makes all the
difference!
Because Jesus Christ,
our brother, our Saviour,
and our very best friend,
died and three days
later came back to life,
to die no more, we know
for certain that we who
believe in him, will do
the same.
Easter guarantees
that we shall SURELY
have our own Easter
morning.

No other religion
except Christianity has
ever had a leader who
rose from the dead.
They died and theyre
still dead.
Our leader Jesus
Christ is very much alive.
And soon, VERY SOON,
shall come again a
second timeIN GLORY!
Death cant terrify
us! All we believers will
surely have our own
Easter morning.
Glory be to our RISEN
SAVIOUR Jesus Christ!

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APRIL 2016

16

Encountering the Risen Christ

Columnist

If Christ has not been


raised, then our proclamation has been in
vain and your faith
has been in vain
(1st Corinthians 15:14).
The Case for Christ
is a book written by Lee
Strobel. Mr. Strobel is an
intelligent man. After all,
you dont get to become
the legal editor of the
Chicago Tribune without
the education and
smarts of an investigative
journalist. I should also
mention that he was
an atheist. But, early
in his career, he could
no longer ignore the
facts that kept haunting
him about the person
of Jesus Christ, and
the claims made about
him, his crucifixion and
resurrection. Hence, he

was no resurrection then


our faith is in vain, which
ultimately means that for
those of us who believe,
we have been living a lie,
a fib (a made up story)
that has continued for the
past 2000 years.
Consequently, every
grave marker that bears a

death, that Good Friday is


Bad Friday, and that there
is no victory on Sunday.
But more than that, it also
means that every living
person (millions) who
has ever experienced
the transforming life and
power of the risen Christ,
including Mr. Strobel, is

Waiting For The Word, creativecommons.org

The Revd Gregory Mercer

launched an investigation
into the claims. Of the
Resurrection itself, he
looked at the medical
evidence, the evidence
of the missing body,
and the resurrection
appearances. He looked
at the circumstantial
evidence, and in each
a rea h e i n t e r v i e w e d
many professional
people including
medical doctors,
scientists, professors,
and so on. After 600
days, and countless
hours, his own verdict
for the Case for Christ
was clear. He couldnt
deny the evidence.
However, his satisfaction
at this level was only an
intellectual one. It wasnt
until he applied it on a
personal level, to take
that experiential step in
believing, did he become
a transformed follower.
Lee Strobels book is
not the first to question
and investigate the claims
of Christ, and especially
the Resurrection. For
years, apologists
have answered to the
questions of skeptics.
Saint Pauls statement
(above) is a response to
some who questioned
the resurrection. It is an
age old query that dates
back to the empty tomb.
There is no attempt in
this article to address
this question. However,
we cannot ignore Pauls
statement that if there

cross or scriptural quote


is nothing more than
nonsense. It means that
the foot stone at bottom
of our daughters grave
that says, I have gone to
be with Jesus is falsified.
It means that death is

Valentine Queen
Crowned!

also a living a lie: that


there is no forgiveness,
and therefore Christ died
for nothing. In fact, if this
is the case, there is no
such thing as divine love.
There is no God. Do you
believe this? I dont!

What continues to
amaze me about the
Resurrection story is
not the empty tomb
o r t h e R e s u r re c t i o n
appearances, but the
transformation that
occurred in the Apostles.
Fearful for their lives, they
abandoned Jesus in the
garden of Gethsemane
and went into hiding
after his crucifixion. Days
later, following their
encounter with the Risen
Christ, they emerged
from their hiding place
their cocoona new
creation. No longer
laden with despair, nor
were they ashamed or
afraid, but full of life and
courage and eagerness
to proclaim the Gospel to
whomever. Willing to die
for it if necessary and
they did.
This is the crux of the
matter. For those who
have NOT encountered
the Risen Christ, there is
birth, and there is death.
But for the person in
Christ, life is bounded by
new birth, and eternal life.
Oh, did I mention
that Mr. Strobel, this Yale
Law graduate and onetime atheist, has written
a number of books on
the person of Jesus and
his love, travels the world
talking about his grace,
and is a teaching pastor
at one of the largest
churches in the United
States

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evening of activities and fellowship on February 11th, 2016. It was
attended by approximately forty ladies from St. James (Port Aux
Basques), and activities included a potluck supper, and the crowning
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