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October 2012
Vol 5 Issue 2

Practicing Month to Month

Dear friends,


I am sending the October Spiritual Practice a few days early so that I can also remind you about this evenings' Wisdom Centre event and Saturday's Installation of Bishop Kerr-Wilson. 


 This evening  at 7:30 pm at St. Stephens  Jennifer Mason will be speaking about her journey to spiritual awakening. More information

http://www.wisdomcentre.ca/events.html and tickets are only $10 at the door. 


Bishop Kerr-Wilson will be installed out our new Bishop this coming Saturday, September 29  at 11 am at the Cathedral.   A few notable guests include our Primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, our Metropolitan, the Most Rev. David N. Ashdown, and the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev. Mark L. MacDonald.  Our new Bishop will be interviewed on the Calgary Eyeopener this Monday, October 1 at 7:30 am on CBC Radio. You're welcome to listen in http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/


The Spiritual Practice newsletter for October is below. This year we are focussing on the practice of justice.  Long-time parishioner and Food Bank volunteer Art Yeske shares why this ministry is important to him.  Please have a read.  If you are able we'd also encourage you to give a Thanksgiving offering to the Food Bank.  We are not collecting dry goods during our time away from our buidling but will make a monetary offering on behalf of the church.  Cheques can be made out to St.  Laurence with food bank on the memo line. 






The Spiritual Practice of Justice

"For I was hungry and you fed me."

                    Matthew 25:35 Life Application Study Bible


When Reverend Anna left a phone message asking if I would write a short article about "Why the Food Bank is important to me," that was the first thing that came to my mind. And I guess it really is that basic. Man (mankind) needs food first. I don't ever remember being hungry as a kid, but I do remember how thankful my parents were when people brought us a Christmas Hamper shortly after we moved into our one room log house in Fort Fraser, B.C. Wow! As the expression goes, "I've come a long way, Baby."


And I now have the opportunity and ability to give back a little bit.


After I finish my 4 hour volunteer shift about every second month at the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (C.I.F.B.), I really feel good! I feel like I have done something tangible to help feed the less fortunate. (I know many others on the St. Laurence roster feel the same way.)


There are several things about the C.I.F.B. that I really like. First, it is Inter-Faith. No judging. No squabbling. Just satisfaction. "I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me." Matthew 25:40.


Another aspect is that they value and recognize their volunteers. They have a free Volunteer Appreciation and Long-Service Recognition Dinner every May. And they have annual volunteer Thanksgiving turkey and pot luck appreciation lunches and evening snacks. At times they even have free on-site 15 minute massages.

The Health and Safety Policies of the C.I.F.B. are enforced "to help everyone work more safely." You really have to be aware of the forklifts and pallet jacks. And on the personal side, if I can't lift the heavy boxes of cans, they have younger and stronger people who will do it as soon as I raise my arm.


The C.I.F.B. is a massive but extremely well run organization. Last year 146,947 Calgarians received food from an emergency food hamper and 42% of them were children. They distributed 17,909 hampers for the homeless and 5,361 baby hampers. Last year 4,379 volunteers gave an incredible 112,330 hours. The statistics prove to me how my small effort can help so many people in their basic need.


Art Yeske


This month at St. Laurence



Sunday, September 30th 9:15 am 

Service at Christ Church. Anna to celebrate and preach.  'Conversations' after the service about Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese


Thursday, October 4th 9:30 am  Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch at Lakeview United Church


Sunday, October 7th - 9:15 am Service at Christ Church. Thanksgiving Sunday.  'Conversations' after the service will include a slide show of renovation pictures.


Sunday, October 14th - 9:15 Cafe with Premier Alison Redford at Christ Church.  All are invited for continental breakfast and for discussion with Premier.  This will be followed by 10:30 am joint worship service.  Sunday School and Youth Group will also be combined this Sunday.


Thursday, October 18 -  9:30 am  Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch at Lakeview United Church.


Sunday, October 21 - 9:15 am Service at Christ Church. Don McLeod to preach and preside.


Sunday, October 28 - 9:15 am Service at Christ Church.




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