Life and Work, January 31, 2016

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Thank you for your contribution to worship today, January 31, 2016:

gold crossGreeters:  Alan Curtis, Gordon & June Robinson, Pat & Jean ten Have   Lock-up:  Paul Cobb, Colin Booth, Robin Sutherland, Virginia Landucci   Coffee Hosts: Pauline James and Win Schaufele (a new congregant from Gordon Head!)  Communion Servers: Helen Pinel, Pat Ridgers, Charles Maclean, Brian & Elsie Habbick, and Andrea Hubbard

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.

Picture of a very wet day in Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photographer: Ian Britton. June 23, 2007.Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License,
Picture of a very wet day in Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photographer: Ian Britton. June 23, 2007.Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

The 2015 tax receipts will be available for collection today after Service in the Narthex.

St. Aidan’s offers its condolences to Judy Boulden on the passing of her mother, Margaret Cunningham. Margaret passed away on January 24, 2016, in her 100 th year. Following a Celebration of Life service at First Met on April 2, Margaret will be interred in the Garden of Remembrance at St. Aidan’s.

Many St. Aidan’s folk enjoyed listening to the musical group Solaris last Sunday after church. They were terrific weren’t’ they? If you want to find out more about this group go to Now, how can we get them back?

On Wednesday February 3 at 1:30 pm, St. Aidan’s Bookworms invite anyone interested to join us to hear the podcast of Gretta Vosper and Connie Denbok dialogue on CBC: Atheist minister fights to keep her place in the United Church. Discussion will follow. Please call Janis Evans 250 383 1956.

ESL program – Teachers’ Workshop
Thanks to all the support and participation in 2016, there will be a teachers’ workshop sharing tips and experiences after the service today in room 2C.

Lenten Series coming up at St. Aidan’s
Caring for our Common Home — Beginning on February 14th with guest, Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich – Gulf Islands, and Leader of the federal Green Party. After the service there will be a light lunch and a question and answer session with Ms. May concerning the recent Climate Conference in Paris.

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. Two Workshop Times are available: 1 — 4 pm and/or 6 – 9 pm. 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!

The following letter was sent to the Imam at the Mosque. We thought St. Aidan’s would like to read it and know the huge amount of work accomplished by these young men.

Dear Imam Ismail,

As-Salaam- Alaikum.

For some time now, members of St. Aidan’s United Church have appreciated and been very grateful for the work done for our church by four young people from your Mosque. They are Mohamed Abu Jaffr, Marwan Abu Jaffr, Mosab Cellini and Sunad Gundi.

We would like you and the members of your Mosque to know that, while so many of us meet and talk about what we can do to build bridges, these young people have been putting words into action. They have done everything from heavy gardening work, repotting plants and shrubs, lifting and moving things too heavy for our volunteers to deal with, hauling truckloads of earth and mulch and generally helping out in any way they can. Their work has gone a long way to building understanding and friendship between Christians and Muslims.

A special word of thanks goes to Marwan Abu Jaffr, who has spent countless hours in the past three years helping in various ways – most of them requiring skill and creativity. And sometimes a lot of sweat. He has hung outdoor Christmas lights, planted delicate flowers, initiated design ideas, rebuilt broken benches and taken an active part in our yearly bazaar. His attitude has captured many hearts.

We also recognize the ongoing connection of our church and your Mosque regarding fundraising to help settle some Syrian refugees into life in Victoria.

We trust our two congregations will continue in other ways to get to know each other and to work in solidarity for the well-being of our people, as well as for the larger Victoria community.

On behalf of the members of St. Aidan’s United Church, Victoria,


Refugee Family Update
Things are moving along rapidly for the Sultan Family. They have now been here just over three weeks. On Friday, January 22, they found an apartment and will be moving into it on February 1. Both boys are now enrolled in school – the younger started on January 18 and the older has to wait until a new semester begins on February 1. Both boys are also enrolled in soccer programs. Husin, the father, was offered a scholarship for beginners ESL at the Stewart College of Languages and started that program on January 25. Last Sunday we transferred items we had collected at our Thrift Shop to Oak Bay United so they could choose furniture and household necessities.

Spiritual Care Volunteer Training
February 5 – March 18, 2016. 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, or contact Arthur Menu at (250) 370-5733.

The Friendly Octopus We are in need of books for 7 – 15 year-olds, sheets, cotton fabric and yarn. Thank you!

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: and

St. Aidan’s needs a Team Captain to organize our participation in the Coldest Night of the Year, a national fundraising walk. In Victoria, all proceeds go directly to The Mustard Seed. Our volunteer Team Captain will have fun and get a gift card for Tim Horton’s just for saying yes! Ready for a challenge? Oak Bay United has already raised $815 and Cordova Bay United has put together a team! Contact Dennis Oliphant, CNOY Volunteer/The Mustard Seed, 778-350-6078. For more info see