Life and Work, January 24, 2016

Thank you for your contribution to worship today, January 24, 2016:

Greeters: Roger and Cherie Davidson and Pat and Jean ten Have Lock-up: Linda Francis, Scott Treble, Robin Sutherland, Virginia Landucci PowerPoint: Scott Treble Sound: Doug Koch  Coffee Hosts: Linda and Paul

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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A Message from Cheryl   Sunday, February 7 begins an action-packed week in the Christian year. The season of Epiphany comes to an end with the disciples seeing Jesus in a new light. On Tuesday of that week we remember the story of the Hebrew slaves getting ready to escape Egypt and begin their journey of liberation. This Tuesday is called Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, the final day of Mardi Gras, or Pancake Tuesday. On Wednesday we recognize the first day of Lent and remember that we are simple human beings who live and one day will die. This is called Ash Wednesday, and it is marked by having a cross put on our foreheads or our hands. On Sunday, February 7, our service will focus on seeing Jesus in a new way. After worship we will tell the story of Shrove Tuesday and eat pancakes prepared by the youth. Then we’ll take five minutes to remember the story of the ashes, and all who wish may receive the sign of the cross in ashes. What a rich day Sunday, February 7 will be. Hope to see everyone.

GUEST SPEAKER TODAY! This 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 to 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 given a 2014 honourable mention by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion, is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Palo Alto University, a Distinguished Alum award from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in transgender nonfiction. 

Spiritual Practices Day Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Cadboro Bay United Church. The Communities of Faith Circle of Victoria Presbytery invites you to this free event to learn or renew a spiritual practice (way of getting closer to God) to take with you as we enter the season of Lent! Two Workshop Times are available: 1 — 4 pm and/or 6 – 9 pm. Each workshop time will have a multitude of sessions available for you to participate in, some self-led and others led by one or more local resource people. Learn about journaling and Lectio Divina, chant the daily office, use the labyrinth, explore art as prayer, go for a nature/mindfulness walk, and much more… No registration needed — but please join us, and bring a friend!

Are you interested in emergency preparedness and helping your community? We are looking for individuals to volunteer with the Saanich Emergency Program. Enhance your own preparedness and learn skills to assist others during an emergency or disaster. We are recruiting for positions in Emergency Social Services and Emergency Radio Communications. All training provided. A volunteer Information Session will be held Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, in the Activity Room. For questions or to rsvp, please contact sep@saanich.ca or 250-475-7145.

Spiritual Care Volunteer Training February 5 – March 18, 2016. This training course for spiritual care volunteers in residential care facilities is open to anyone providing (or thinking of providing) spiritual care in a residential care facility. The course consists of seven 2-hour sessions over seven consecutive Friday mornings. The cost of the entire course is $20. The aim of the course is to impart knowledge and teach skills and attitudes necessary and useful for spiritual/pastoral care visitors in residential care facilities. The course includes training in spiritual/pastoral care for residents with dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions that impair cognitive functioning). For more information on the course, please visit Island Health – Spiritual Health, or contact Arthur Menu at (250) 370-5733.

Thrift Shop at St. Aidan's Mark your calendars for our next Saturday opening – January 3o from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. On sale will be winter coats, lamps & lamp shades, and books for ages 7 – 15. If you are cleaning out, at the moment we need fabric grocery bags, wool, and linens – sheets, towels, etc. Many thanks!
2015 Market Bazaar Icon There are many people who are knitting and sewing for the bazaar on these cloudy winter days, but they need supplies. If you have any yarn or fabric that you do not need, please think about donating it. It will be put to good use. Any questions about these two stalls contact Shirley or Sylvia. They would love your help. Also, the Jamie Oliver stamps that are being given out at Thrifty Foods is coming to an end on February 4. The bazaar is collecting them and we have 6 knives already. Please put any stamps that you have into the bazaar drawer or give them to the office. Thank you.   – Marilyn

Intercultural 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 nghongkong@hotmail.com.hk.

REACHING 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: scampbell6@shaw.ca and rjevans1@telus.net.

Saturday Night at the Movies  Join us to watch the film “About a Boy” (2002). St. Aidan’s United Church, Seminar Room. Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Discussion and refreshments will follow.

Historical Fashion Show and Tea Fundraiser for our partner, the Shelbourne Community KitchenBring a friend or family member to a delightful early spring afternoon tea and historical fashion show by Victorian Vogue on Saturday, March 5th at Lutheran Church of the Cross. Victorian Vogue’s fashion shows bring to life vignettes of history primarily from the Victorian and Edwardian periods of history. Many of the fashions are inspired by real people who lived and worked in society, and where possible the fashions are linked to historical times around the city of Victoria. The items are researched to the smallest detail from books and photographs and then sewn by the seamstresses and models themselves. In addition to the tea at 2 pm (with gluten free sandwiches and goodies) and the fashion show from 3-4 pm, there will be a silent auction of consumable items and door prizes. Tickets are $20 each. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be gratefully accepted. 250-477-6222.

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. 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.