Holy Week & Easter 2019

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Easter Joy 2019

 

The sap in the trees starts to run, wild geese can be heard

on their return flight and the sun feels warm on our faces.

 

We emerge from a long hard winter knowing that soon new life will begin to spring forth from those places around us that appear lifeless and rather barren. As Christians, we are people of hope and so, even when the evidence is to the contrary, we keep our eyes open and our hearts poised for signs of new life. We are on the lookout for what has been promised to us…light in the darkness, health and wholeness in the midst of brokenness and death being transformed into life even when it might seem like an unrealistic or extravagant dream. We are not limited by what seems improbable in the eyes of those who lack this same spirit of hopefulness, rather we are invigorated and enlivened by what might be possible…what our imaginations might be able to give birth to. Especially in this new season…we are hopeful.

As Christians, we tell our sacred stories year after year and they never get old. We work our way through the liturgical year and as we do we find a pattern that is both familiar and comforting. It gives our life grounding. As we journey through Lent we engage in self-examination and re-orient our lives towards God’s wisdom and life-giving path. It can be unsettling but it leads us to look at things with a fresh lens and perspective. It can bring divine purpose into focus for us thereby guiding us to make changes in our lives such that we essentially become the midwives of God’s vision for the world! As St. Teresa of Avila has written “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.”

Thankfully, as we approach Easter we already know how this story ends. We already know that love wins! This means that without being worried about the outcome we can let ourselves explore the difficult parts of the story of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. We can contemplate the feelings of those who journeyed with Jesus during his life and ministry, the wonder and perplexity they felt in being with him and how they were then confronted by his death. We can relate in some way to that experience and the roller-coaster of emotion including excitement, exhaustion, emptiness and despair. By walking that path in Lent and re-tracing those steps we position our selves to be surprised by joy as we reach Holy Saturday and Easter morning. Christ’s resurrection is the core of our tradition, the launching point for the eventual ministry of the Church (as the body of Christ) and the basis for our mission as disciples of Christ.                                                                                                                                     

Death does not have the final word. New life continues to spring forth and we can receive it, give shape to it and extend it to those we meet and journey with. Christ is Risen. Alleluia! Let us share this Good News with others.

May Easter joy fill your hearts and homes.

With our every blessing,

 Rev. Carolyn Seabrook and Rev. Allan Budzin 

 

Join us for our

Holy Week & Easter Services 2019

Parish of South Carleton

 

Apr. 14 Palms & Passion Services (regular service times in our four churches…see our calendar of events)

Apr. 18 Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service – St. John’s, Kars (6:30 p.m.)

Apr. 19 Good Friday

·       10:00 a.m. - Holy Trinity North Gower - ecumenical walk starts at Cornerstone Church at 9:30 a.m. with service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church - 2372 Church St., North Gower

·       10:00 a.m. - (Kars-Osgoode) – starts at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kars and processes to the Anglican and United Churches in the village of Kars.

·       1:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Metcalfe - Service in the church at 1:00 p.m.

Apr. 20 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil –7:45 p.m. Holy Trinity, North Gower

Apr. 21 Easter Morning Celebrations (regular service times in our four churches…see our calendar of events)

 

 

Christmas 2019

December 2, 2018

 Dear Friends,

 T’was the month before Christmas and all through the church…everyone was getting ready to celebrate Christ’s birth!

 There are a number of ways to mark the season of Advent in our parish this year. Whether you participate in our Advent program on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings; bring a donation for Share-A-Gift Sunday, join in a Messy Church celebration; help with or attend a Christmas bazaar, concert or carol sing; ride a float in a parade; build gingerbread churches together or help make Christingles for Christmas Eve … we hope that Church will play a meaningful role in your Christmas planning and preparations.

 We hope too that you are able to enjoy some quiet, peaceful moments amid all of the excitement and ‘busy-ness’ of this holiday season.  The profound meaning of Christmas is often found best in a few moments of silence, when the heart swells and the mind delights in the mystery of God made human in Jesus. This divine act of love, this self-gift of God, bestows upon us human beings a dignity, joy, and freedom that never diminishes.

We welcome you to join us for Christmas celebrations. Invite a friend or neighbor too!

·      Sun. Dec. 23 - Fourth Sunday of Advent   

                          9 a.m. – Holy Trinity North Gower (a joint service with baptism)

                        10 a.m. – St. Paul’s Osgoode (Lessons & Carols service)

                        10 a.m. – Holy Trinity Metcalfe (Lessons & Carols service)

·     Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve - Family Candlelight Services        

                        4:30 p.m. – St. John’s Kars

                        7:00 p.m. – Holy Trinity North Gower

                        7:00 p.m. – St. Paul’s Osgoode

                        9:00 p.m. – Holy Trinity Metcalfe

 

·      Dec. 25 - Christmas Morning Celebrations   

                        10 a.m. – St. John’s Kars

                        10 a.m. – Holy Trinity Metcalfe

As 2018 comes to an end, we thank all parishioners for the many generous ways they have given of their time, skills and financial resources to further the development and ministry of our parish. The vitality of the Parish of South Carleton bursts forth from the generosity and good will of so many committed members. Your support is very important to the life of our parish. Your financial contributions help to maintain the buildings and enable our parish to serve the community around us in the way God has called us to.

Please mark the following Annual Vestry meetings in your calendar and plan to attend.

·      Financial Vestry Meetings – (Sun. Jan. 27 – St. Paul’s Osgoode; Sun. Feb. 3 – Holy Trinity North Gower; Sun. Feb. 10 – St. John’s Kars; Sun. Feb. 17 – Holy Trinity Metcalfe)

·      Program Vestry Meeting (4 churches together) – Sun. Feb. 24 @ St. John’s Kars at 3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Finally, we are deeply grateful for the many kindnesses, warmth, support and hospitality we receive from so many parishioners. We wish you all a Christmas full of grace and peace, and a New Year of unending joy!

In the peace of Christ,

Rev. Carolyn and Rev. Allan

Come join us for our Harvest Thanksgiving Services

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Thanksgiving 2018

 

Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! This gorgeous time of year inspires wonder, joy, and gratitude among many of us. Celebrating all good gifts of creation, we can never say thank you enough.

For many people in our community this year, Thanksgiving will evoke mixed emotions, especially for those living in Dunrobin/Kinburn, Calabogie, Arlington Woods, Mont Laurier, Val-des-Bois and north of Otter Lake (Quebec). We keep in our prayers all those suffering from the devastating tornadoes.

Despite the uncertainty of life, Thanksgiving reminds us that faith is an abiding trust that life is a gift. As people of faith, we affirm that God is the gift-giver who values our gratitude. The best way we can thank God for the abundant gifts of creation is to use them responsibly and enjoy them with delight. These gifts are given to all God’s people, so we must also share them generously and justly.

As members of the Parish of South Carleton, we particularly have much for which to be grateful. We are full of gratitude for all parishioners past and present whose gifts of time, talent, and treasure have enhanced the beauty and invigorated the ministries in each of our congregations. Such generosity is still necessary as we practice the good stewardship that enlivens our parish. You will find in this letter a Thanksgiving envelope that may be used for a special contribution to support our ministries and maintain our beautiful properties. I also invite you to consider enrolling in the convenient and helpful Pre-Authorized Giving Program that automatically debits your contribution from your bank account on a monthly basis. Information about this program is available from the treasurer in each congregation.

We invite everyone to a special celebration that marks the first anniversary of the Parish of South Carleton. It is a joint service for all four congregations at Holy Trinity, Metcalfe on Sunday, October 14, at 10:00 AM. Please join us.

Finally, we thank all parishioners who so graciously and generously support our parish. We truly appreciate your fidelity, commitment, and dedication.

May God bless us all with abundant joy.

Sincerely,

+Rev. Carolyn and Rev. Allan

Area Parish Update July 2018

AREA PARISH UPDATE July 2018

Dear Friends in the Parish of South Carleton,

We are definitely into the summer groove now! We hope you get time to enjoy this season with your family and friends, taking a break to rest and renew and embracing the wonderful lazy hazy days of summer when you get a chance.
#1 - Stay hydrated! (seriously!)
#2 - Stay connected with your church family! Services continue in all four churches throughout the summer with the exception of the long weekend in August and Labour Day weekend when we will have two Sunday services in the parish (Aug. 5 – 9:00 North Gower and 10:30 Osgoode; Sept. 2 – 9:00 Kars and 10:30 Metcalfe). Another way to stay connected is to come to one of the new Midweek worship services so that you can continue your spiritual journey in new ways over the summer (7:00 p.m. a 45 min. eucharist service, alternating locations each week at Holy Trinity Metcalfe and Holy Trinity North Gower).
#3 – Please continue to contribute to the ministry of our parish over the summer as those expenses do not take a holidayJ

Area Parish News:

Grant: We have received news that The Parish of South Carleton has been approved to receive a grant of $20,000 ($10K/yr. for two years) from the Diocese of Ottawa. In the grant proposal we requested funds for the hiring of an Administrative Assistant, development of a new parish website, changes in signage to reflect the new area parish, training for lay readers and lay pastoral visitors and for participation in the new diocesan School for Parish Development. We are looking forward to moving these things forward.

Area Parish Council: A 4 hr. brainstorming and planning meeting of the Council in early June has resulted in a report that will help us with taking the next steps forward as a parish. The report will be circulated shortly. There was good energy around defining what an area parish means to us. Generally, there is a positive feeling about the first eight months of our life together. People are enjoying the combined services and social times and are looking for further ways to get to know one another better. The clergy team model has been well-received and continues to develop. In the Fall we hope to create opportunities for identifying a common mission and vision which will enable us to set some clear priorities for action.

With regard to finances, two important action items were identified including scheduling a meeting with diocesan staff to further clarify the payment schedule for our four churches and to explore possible ways of finding additional financial relief. Secondly, there is a desire to understand more fully as a Council, the financial picture of each church in the parish with the hope that we can then make decisions going forward that are in the best interest of all four churches. As a first step, we hope to get our Treasurers together to draw on their wisdom in developing a document that reflects the financial position of our parish as a whole and allows us to compare ‘apples and apples’ going forward. Increased communication will help with gathering and disseminating

information. The Area Parish Council plans to meet every second month and the Congregational Councils of each church will begin to meet every second month starting in September.

In addition, Council members expressed interest in working together as a parish on a shared project and agreed to come to the September meeting with ideas for a joint project (mission, fundraising etc.). Please let your Wardens know if you have ideas.

School for Parish Development: Four individuals from our parish are participating in this program. Rev. Carolyn, Paul Desbiens (St. Paul’s) Anne Galt (Holy Trinity NG) and Linda Ryan (St. John’s) have attended two intensive weekends thus far. We will attend 4 weekends/year for 2 years. We have already picked up some useful tools that we will be able to use in the near future to help engage the ideas, skills, strengths and commitment of our parishioners to help build up our parish and ensure its sustainability going forward.

Communication:
New Website and Facebook Group - We are excited to invite you to check out

our new parish website at www.parishofsouthcarleton.com A big thank you to Michael Garner (our Summer Intern) for setting up the framework of our new site and getting it up and running. It is still a work in progress and will continue to grow and develop as we add content to it and personalize it. We will be directing you to the website regularly to find out information about parish services and events. Also, if you use Facebook then come join our Facebook Group called The Anglican Parish of South Carleton (Kars- Metcalfe-North Gower-Osgoode). We post lots of parish news on there as well.

Email - We send out regular communication via email. If you are not currently on our email list but would like to be then please send Rev. Carolyn a message with your email address rev.carolynseabrook@bell.net

All ages ministry: Through Vacation Bible School, Messy Church and Messy Church On the Move we are reaching out to people of all ages to encourage your participation in the life of the church in a way that is meaningful and meets your needs. For those with young children we would like to continue to invite you and to find ways to work with you to ensure you and your family enjoy ongoing spiritual growth and have the support of a faith community in your lives. Please connect with us so we can grow in our understanding and be more effective in this area of our ministry and mission.

As you can see there are many wonderful things taking place and being planned for our parish. If you are not already, I invite you to become actively engaged so that your Wardens, Council members and Clergy are supported and encouraged in their work. The future looks bright but we need your help to bring some of these new ideas to fruition. Thank you to those who have tried something new related to our area parish and have gotten out of your comfort zone for the sake of God’s mission in our four communities. Together we can do more and I think we’re finding out that it’s actually a lot of fun!

Have a safe and happy summer!
God’s peace be with you,
Rev. Carolyn and Rev. Allan