Life and Work, January 17, 2016


Thank you for your contribution to worship today, January 17, 2015:

Greeters: Carol Turnbull, Dean Goard, Pat and Jean ten Have Lock-up: Scott Treble, Alan Curtis, Robin Sutherland, Virginia Landucci  PowerPoint: Scott Treble
Sound: Jim Upright  Coffee Host: Cathy O’Brien

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.camas bottom

SPECIAL EVENT – Caring for Our Common Home     A 5-week Lenten Series here at St. Aidan’s with worship, DVDs, food and discussion. The first session, on February 14,  includes a Q & A with Elizabeth May on the Paris Climate Agreement. See this week’s bulletin insert.

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 TODAY, 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!

UntitledThe Friendly Octopus   We have surprise sales ever Wednesday and so come on in and find out what’s on sale this week! Surprise, surprise!UntitledIntercultural Program – Basic ESL In 2016, we are trying to arrange a one-on-one learning program to best support the learners. We are open to accept both volunteer teachers and learners, a sharing workshop is being planned during the last week of January. For more information, please contact Julie at

UntitledREACHING OUT     The St. Aidan’s Newsletter will be sent out on February 8.  The theme of this edition will be “Spirituality:  what does it mean to us and how does it penetrate each part of our St. Aidan’s experience?” If you have words that express thoughts on this, please email them to both editors: and
UntitledGUEST SPEAKER NEXT WEEK!     This coming week is Epiphany Explorations  and many St. Aidan’s people are attending. As an official partner with First Met on this conference, we are delighted to welcome guest speaker Rev. Megan Rohrer next Sunday at St. Aidan’s. Megan Rohrer is the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Executive Director of Welcome—a communal response to poverty in San Francisco. Pastor Rohrer was a 2014 honourable mention by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion, recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Palo Alto University, Distinguished Alum award from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in transgender nonfiction.
UntitledSaturday Night at the Movies     Join us to watch the film “About a Boy” (2002). “About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it’s a feel-great movie — genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be, and funny from start to finish” (Rotten Tomatoes). PG-13 (for brief strong language and some thematic elements)

St. Aidan’s United Church, Seminar Room
Saturday, January 30th at 7pm
discussion and refreshments will followUntitled

Healing Pathway Instruction, January 30-31     Healing Pathway is a bio-field therapy-based approach to health and healing, first formalized by the American Holistic Nurses Association as Healing Touch and developed into the Healing Pathway by Naramata Centre. This entry-level workshop will train participants in grounding skills, compassionate presence, focusing of bio-field energy for the healing of self and others, and guided meditation. It will offer practical techniques for first aid, releasing pain, stress reduction, supporting life transitions, and spiritual awareness. The work will draw on the wisdom of hands-on healing practices from a variety of faith traditions, including Hindu, First Nations, Buddhist and Christian. Instructor: Leslie Black, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Healing Pathway instructor since 1997. Leslie has been in private practice as a Holistic Therapist in Victoria for over 19 years. Fee: $170 (special rate for students: $85). For more information contact UVic United Chaplain Henri Lock 250-472-4159.
UntitledEpiphany Explorations is fast approaching and if you are unable to attend you need not miss out.  With Live Streaming you can still be challenged and inspired by many of today’s top theologians.  You can watch live, or stream it later at your convenience.

We offer a variety of packages:

– Individual Live Stream – $150 ($50 if added to a conference registration)
– Group Package  – $275 ($100 if added to a conference registration
– Conference DVD’s – $200 for a full set or $20 per DVD

To register for live streaming or order the DVD set go to

First Met’s Climate Action Film Series
Films that take a closer look at Climate, Indigenous Rights and Right Relationships.
Mondays 7-9 pm. Room 200- 932 Balmoral Road. First Metropolitan United
All are welcome – no charge – refreshments

January 25th – Trick or Treaty ? By Alanis Obomsawin, 2014 (84 minutes), NFB.
How can we address Climate change without addressing our Relationships, past and Present?

February 22nd – The Carbon Rush by Amy Miller (84 minutes). What happens when we manipulate the markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?

March 14th – Directly Affected (20 minutes) and Reflections: Art For A Oil Free Coast (22 minutes). What is having a say in your community worth? Local films and very relevant to all of us here on coastal waters.

April 25th – TBA