Updated: Mar 31
I was recently looking through the last copy of Parish Matters and I saw that we were welcoming people to come for our Christmas services. As you know we were shut down just before Christmas and the flowers and decorations shone in solitary splendor with no one to appreciate them.
This issue prepares us for Lent and Easter. Do we dare hope that these services will take place? According to the Province we have every reason to hope, but we are wary. We have been caught before. Also we are nervous. What a difference a day can make.
We do not really know, but what is certain is that we must make the most of every day. To keep saying, “One day it will be better,” means you do not enjoy what is happening now. Take a deep breath. Look at the signs of spring, even if they are little late this year. Look at the people around you, your family and friends, they are still the people you know and love. Listen to the voice of prayer and know that God’s love surrounds you always.
Easter is the season of the Resurrection, the season of a new birth. Maybe a new birth, a new outlook is what we all need. At least we can try. Come to church, meet people and feel the power of a worshipping community. You will feel better for it.
SPECIAL THANKS TO JOANNE AND CONNIE AT THE ORGAN
AND PIANO, AND SINGERS, ANGIE AND JEANNE WHO
KEPT THE MUSIC ALIVE IN OUR CHURCH.
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FROM REVEREND NITA
Much of what I can share with you is written in my annual AGM report so please pick up your copy and it will contain a summary of my thoughts over the past year and of what I have to share in regard to our ministries here in the parish. I hope the report will provide insight and understanding into the past year.
On March 21 all COVID restrictions will be lifted and on that day we will shift and change once more as a parish. Two years ago at the beginning of the pandemic I was quite sure that a new kind of normal would emerge and we soon discover how we have changed in how we proceed to open and to what extent we keep any of the preventative actions of the past two years. At present the diocese is attempting to develop a plan of reopening that will give us guidance on worship, and fellowship. I know that for myself I will continue to practice some of the safety precautions for an unspecified time after March 21.
Over the past decade we have all been influenced by politicians who upheld fake news, protesters who sought to diminish democracy, racial and indigenous injustice, drastic weather events, protestors encamped and occupying Parliament Hill, and now the war that Russia has declared against the Ukraine. Add to this whole mix of tragedies and turmoil we can include our own personal traumas whether it be a death in our family, possible income issues, or health concerns. Our emotional, physical and spiritual selves are frayed at the edges and we appear to be operating on autopilot. The season of Lent can be a time to deconstruct all these influences and balance them against what you have experienced in relation to our beliefs. Take time to read, pray, mediate, and reflect. Participate in a form of fast and out of an act of thanksgiving, or penance give an offering that will support a cause that you believe in and reflects God’s kingdom here and now. I invite you to observe a holy Lent by self examination, penitence, prayer, fasting and almsgiving , and by reading and meditating on the word of God. Take these tools of Lent, use them and then enjoy the benefit of falling even deeper into your understanding of God’s constant and abiding presence and of his love toward us.
Lukie is a Happy Mouse
I am a happy wee mouse these days! My human friends are coming into my church once more and I am not alone! It has been so long since I was able to share my church with my humans....too long!
It seemed like the big tree went up and –BANG– the place was empty! No big groaner up front making lovely noises, no folks in fancy red and white outfits , standing in the front, singing along with the groaner. No very important person standing at the table and reading to the humans sitting in the church. Just an empty shell with beautiful windows and lots of seats but no one there to make it seem alive and important and joyful.
I could tell that it was cold outside and snow was on the ground because the light coming in from out there was bright but crisp! I was very lonely sitting in my favourite spot in the corner .Rosie was feeling the same as she huddled in her place in the big hall. We sat and waited and shivered and , to be honest , we were getting quite hungry; no crumbs from when the humans had a tea party following their singing and praying and listening as in days gone by.
BUT!!! They’re BACK! Yes , my beloved church is once again welcoming humans to gather together. The tiny little ones are back ,playing very quietly in the corner with their toys and crayons The big people are still wearing their funny masks and not really singing too loudly but I do hear their voices coming from behind the masks as they say “Amen” at the right moments and I squeak out my mousie version with them.
I do hope this is the beginning of the end of my loneliness .You can be sure Rosie and I look forward to the time when crumbs are a weekly treat ,but most of all we look forward to seeing our church humming with activity and music and chatter and joy.
A JOYOUS EASTER FROM LUKIE AND ROSIE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM will be held on Sunday, March 13. The following people have put their names forward to serve on the Parish Council. Their names are subject to election at the meeting. Many thanks to all these people.
Wardens: Eric Hiscock
Council Secretary: Pauline Lowen
Parish Treasurer: Wendy Rickards
Synod Delegate: Peter Townsend
Members at large: Jeanne Fox
Saint Anne’s Camp: Angela Bucklet
Leprosy Mission: Florence Courtney
Envelope Secretary: Jeanne Fox
Regional Council: Eric Hiscock and Peter Townsend
PWRDF Nancy Anderson
Diocesan Times: Sarah Neish
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT
Lord, when we are wrong make us willing to change and when we are right make us easy to live with.
Before you give someone a piece of your mind, consider carefully whether you can spare any.
We are all shocked by the recent violence in Ukraine. Can we do anything when we are so far away?
First we can pray. This prayer was written by the United Church of Scotland.
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from political gamesmanship,
from being used and abused.
Give, we pray,
the nations of the world the courage
and the wisdom
to stand up for justice
and the courage too,
to dare to care―generously.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is helping and we can support them.
PWRDF is supporting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion. The initial grant of $20,000 issued to an ACT Alliance appeal has been increased to $50,000. The grants will fund the work of ACT member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA).
We can support any local initiatives in our own Province. The Red Cross welcomes help.
Above all we can be thankful we have a country where justice is honoured. Keep it that way.
LOOKING AFTER CHURCH PROPERTY
We have beautiful buildings in our church complex but they are large and, as such, involve a lot of expenses. Sometimes it seems never ending. WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET. If you can help or can think of ideas, please let Rev. Nita know. Even though you may not be coming to church because of Covid these things still need to be looked after, so keep your offerings coming. Projects that are urgent include:
The Rectory and Hall Roofs
Painting the Rectory
EXERCISES FOR OLDER PEOPLE
For those of us getting along in year, here is a little secret for building your arm and shoulder muscles. You might want to do this three day a week.
Begin by standing straight, with a 5 lb potato sack in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute. Then... relax!!
After a few weeks move up to 10 lb potato sacks, then to 25 lb potato sacks. Eventually try lifting a 50 lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms out for more than a full minute.
After you feel confident at that level, start putting a couple of potatoes in the bags
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR PARISH
Although covid has made everything very frustrating we are still trying to keep our Parish the vibrant and exciting place it should be. We really appreciate your support.
* We have an excellent web site. www.parishofannapolis.com thanks to Heidi. This web site can keep you up to date. Also, well worth your attention is a blog which can be linked from the website, written by Dr. David Tinker. It is a thought provoking and interesting read. Feed back is always welcome. Give it a try.
* Ivan Mailman is planning a Spring Recital of Secular and Sacred Music on Wed. April 20. Admission by donation. I remember how enjoyable was his Christmas recital, so mark this on your calendar as a must.
* We have not forgotten our youth. Pat Hiscock is planning a “Girls’ Night Out” soon. Watch the bulletin for details.
* Do you have good, used stuff that you would like to donate to our bargain box. Let Rev. Nita know and she will arrange everything for you.
* The Hall is again available for rent by community groups. Call the office for details.
* The Church Guild is planning a sale of gently used clothing later in the spring. Check the bulletin for details.
* The Welcome Table continues to support the Food Bank once a month by our presence and by giving out cookies and hot drinks. See Wendy for details and how you can help. We also continue to bring in non-perishable items for the Food Bank and there is a basket for them in the Nartex.
* Watch out for the Girls’ Night Out Club. Call Pat Hiscock for details.
The three pillars of Lent are fasting, almsgiving and prayer. This Lent you might consider a donation to the Indigenous Water Project Managed by the PWRDF. Let us continue to be part of the solution.
If you would like to give flowers in memory of loved ones this Easter please contact Judy Dickinson (902 532 5568) before April 10, 2022
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
May the Joy of Easter bring us all together. Come and worship.
Every Wednesday 9:30 AM Service of Holy Eucharist led by Fr. Donald
Every Sunday 10:00 AM Service of Holy Eucharist with music
Palm Sunday 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with distribution of palms
Maundy Thursday, April 14 7:30 PM Holy Eucharist with stripping of the altar
Good Friday, April 15 10:00 AM Special Good Friday Service
Saturday April 16 10:00 AM Decorating the church for Easter
Easter Sunday April 17 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music