Life & Work – January 10, 2016

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Thank you for your contribution to worship today, January 10, 2015:

Greeters: Judy Boulden, Kate Holmes, Pat and Jean ten Have   Lock-up: Colin Booth, Doug Pattison, Robin Sutherland, Virginia Landucci   Coffee Hosts: Coffee in the Narthex

Welcome to all our guests and visitors this morning. We are glad you have joined us in worship today. Please sign the Guest Register in the narthex.

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THEY HAVE ARRIVED!  At 11 a.m. on Thursday our Syrian family, a mother, father and two sons aged 10 and 17, arrived at the Victoria Airport.  We received the call at 9 a.m. telling us that they would be arriving at 10:30 – 1 ½ hours notice!  They were tired but happy to see a welcoming group from the steering committee and the mosque.  They are staying with a family in Saanich for the time being and when they are settled we will involve them in finding a suitable place to call home.          – Fran Stocks, Victoria Refugee Initiative

TODAY the Syrian Refugee Initiative is holding a fundraising dinner. Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum Road). Tickets $20. See Fran Stocks after the service today for tickets.

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Bazaar Update  Thank you everyone for working so hard on Bazaar 2015. Our final total is $36,106.10 Please check out the insert in your L&W to see how each stall did. We are now looking forward to Bazaar 2016, November 5. Please continue to support the bazaar and Thrift shop with your donations. The bazaar is a year round activity and there are many ways you can help. There are books to be sorted and priced, jewellery to be priced, toys to be washed and priced, knitting and sewing to contribute to the stalls, etc. Please contact Marilyn 250-479-5676 if you would like to be part of this fun event. We need you.

– Marilyn

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Gordon Head United Church Final Service As you may know, Gordon Head United Church has amalgamated with Cadboro Bay United Church and as of January 1, 2016, no Sunday worship services will be offered at the Gordon Head location. To celebrate the legacy and history of Gordon Head United Church, the congregation is hosting a service of celebration on January 17th at 2 pm .  They invite members of St. Aidan’s to join them in this  worship service, which will include some sharing of memories, communion and a ritual of closing.  The worship service will be followed by a reception in the lower hall. Please attend and show your support for the members of Gordon Head during their time of transition!

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QVC, A SOCIAL GROUP for Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Trans, Queer and Questioning Christians and Allies. Saturday January 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM – Pot Luck Supper & Discussion Time. For information e-mail: QVC@shaw.ca or telephone 250-652-2713. Sponsored by the Shady Creek/Brentwood Bay Pastoral Charge and Victoria Presbytery.

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CAMEO We are a friendly, inclusive gathering usually meeting the second Saturday of the month. Members take turns hosting, which involves planning a program, setting up and providing light snacks with the ehlp of others. The agenda could involve a speaker, a game, a powerpoint, or it could be an outing to a restaurant, a play, or mini golf — you name it! Give us a try. Contact Blair and Valerie Barman at 250-721-3841. Our next gathering is January 16, 2016 at 7:30. An RSVP is required for all meetings.

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The Friendly Octopus   Your Thrift Shop is having a half-price sale on EVERYTHING next Wednesday, January 13, 2016! So make sure you check out all the beautiful dishes, clothes and electronics. Also, we need very large plastic bags that a pillow or cushion could fit into,and grocery bags,  if you have extras of those. Thank you!

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Why not start a new 2016 practice of beautiful ecumenical music filled contemplative prayer in our Prayer and Music in the Style of Taize services? The next three monthly services are at St John the Divine Anglican (Quadra and Mason). Friday, January 15 @ 6 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Music rehearsal at 5:15 in the Denson Lounge for the pickup choir. Call Janet for more info 250-478-5066.

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TwelveTones is arranging a concert to raise money to perform in the European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland this May! The concert is on Friday, February 5th at 7 PM at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Cathedral, 680 Courtney Street. Along with supporting TwelveTones, $5.00 from every ticket sale will be going towards the Improv Program at Victoria High School, as well as to a scholarship for a choir student at Oak Bay High School. They have a big set planned with some music for listeners of all styles, and would love to see the St. Aidan’s community come out to what may be their only full-length concert of its kind! Tickets are $15 for students, and $20 for regular admission. Tickets can be purchased at The Little Cheese Shop at 1034 Fort Street, Victoria High School Drama Room (cash only) at 1260 Grant Street, and Long and McQuade (cash only) at 756 Hillside Avenue. If you have any questions for TwelveTones, email them at: twelvetonesacapella@gmail.com or phone them at: 250-532-3276 or 250-589-1428.

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SingYourJoy is back for the start of our 5th anniversary season. Our Winter season is 13 weeks long and packed with great opportunities for singers ages 16-29. Highlighting this season is our work with guest clinician/conductor, Willi Zwozdesky. There is no cost to singers (unlike most community choruses) and the benefits are far-reaching – participants build musical and leadership skills, make new friends and grow in a safe fun environment. And we always give something back to the greater community. Our last day to welcome new and returning singers is January 11th (doors open at 6 pm for registration). Weekly Monday rehearsals from 7-9pm in the great acoustic space of Oak Bay United Church.

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Family Faith Fair – February 7th, 2016. 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 7th at Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Rd (on B.C. Family Day weekend). The event is free of charge, with a nominal fee for treats at the World Café. Global events remind us of the need to celebrate our unity in diversity, the positive power of faith, and the need to work together for the well-being of the community and the world. The Victoria Multifaith Society has decided to combine World Interfaith Harmony Week with a fundraising effort for the Syrian refugee program, to welcome families who will be starting a new life here in Victoria. In addition to the World Café, the event will feature multicultural dance performances and colourful exhibits by a wide variety of religions such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. There will also be a keynote speech by educator Dan Vaillancourt on The Soul of Education, and talented storytellers with tales from different world faiths on generosity and compassion. It’s hoped that as many people as possible will participate in this effort to support the refugees and provide a fun and educational activity for people of all ages, budgets, backgrounds and beliefs. For further information please email victoriamultifaith@gmail.com.

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You are invited to a celebration with the Emmaus community (a new, monastic community in Victoria) on Friday January 15, 7:00-9:00 pm. The event will celebrate the reception of novices into the Emmaus community AND include the signing of the shared ministry agreement between the Emmaus community and Victoria Presbytery.  The service will be in the Abbey space – 1923 Fernwood Ave. (Across from the Belfry and beside the Cornerstone Cafe).  The celebration will include worship, communion and the aforementioned reception of novices and signing of the shared ministry agreement (passed by Executive following an approval in principle at the June 2015 meeting of the full court). After the service, people are invited to the pub across the street for libations should they wish to do so.

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