Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Church News April 17

April 17, 2020

Holy Trinity will be sending out a weekly newsletter with updates, along with the bible readings and psalms for the week. If you have something you would like to contribute, please send to the church’s email address.

April 19, 2020 – Readings - Second Sunday of Easter     
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
I Peter 1:3-9
Gospel:  John 20:19-31

ALL UPCOMING MEETINGS AND SERVICES have been suspended until further notice

Holy Trinity has a group of volunteers that will be contacting various parishioners by phone to touch base and have a prayer, if needed.  If you would like to be added to the list, please call the office at 306-786-7131.

Pastoral Care will continue, no matter what.  You can ask to receive care or if you are in need of anything, please call the office at 306-786-7131 and leave a message or Rev. Deacon Luanne at 306-782-0018 and the church will respond in the best way we can.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.  He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.  Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.  He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never had a family or owned a home.  He didn’t go to college.  He never visited a big city.  He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where He was born.  He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness.  He had no credential but Himself.  He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.  His friends ran away. One of them denied Him.  He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.  He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.  While He was dying…His executioners gambled for His garments, the only property He had on earth.  When he was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.  Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.  All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that ONE SOLITARY LIFE.

If you would like to keep up with your pledge or weekly offering, you can mail a cheque to:
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
165 – 2nd Avenue North
Yorkton, Sask.   S3N 1G5

Remembering in Prayer all who are sick at home, in the hospital, grieving the loss of loved ones, those in crisis or those by special prayer request.

At Home:  Howard J, Donald, T, Michael J, Jim B, Faye M, David G, Ivan D, Trista S
Yorkton & District Nursing Home:  Albert Wasacase, George Sletten
The Bentley:  Jim Davis, Ernie & Dorothy Denysek
Yorkton Crossing:  Leighton & Lorraine Price, Ruth Bigg-Wilson, Francis MacDonald, Doris Thompson
Gladstone Seniors Residence:  Al Edwards

All Christians are asked to pray at home from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., covering the globe in 24 hours.  Pray for:
1.      The stop of the spread of the virus
2.      The recovery of those already infected
3.      Peace for the families who have lost loved ones.
4.      Restoration of the economies of the world.
5.      Wisdom for the governments who have to manage the outbreak.
Never before has there been a reason to call ALL Christians around the world to a global day of prayer against a threat that affects the entire world. Please let everyone know.  Let’s blanket the world in prayer!

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Regina will host a Sunday worship service on Facebook – search for St. Paul’s Cathedral, Regina and join in live at 10:30 a.m. or you can play the video link later, if you prefer.

Holy Trinity will continue to do and be about the work of being the Church, although it will be quite different.  Take care of yourselves and each other.
Believe that:
Ø  God is love and that all of creation and life itself is a reflection and expression of that love.
Ø  That God’s love and presence are a source of healing, forgiveness, peace and joy.
Ø  We will all be enriched by the ongoing story of God’s love by exploring our part in both receiving and sharing His gift of love.

Following is a letter from Bishop Rob Hardwick in regard to a Special Easter Offering appeal to enable outreach within our community of Yorkton during this time of pandemic.  For each donation Holy Trinity receives, the Diocese will match that amount up to $50,000.  All Special Easter Offering will be sent to Holy Trinity and receipted by Treasurer, Donna Evans.  If you would like to make a Special Easter Offering, you can leave your donation in the mailbox outside the church office or mail your donation to the church:

Holy Trinity Church
165 – 2nd Avenue North

Please clearly mark Special Easter Offering on your donation or envelope.  Donations will be accepted up to May 1, 2020 at which time a report will be sent into the Diocese.  The matching funds will be forwarded to Holy Trinity by May 14.  The Vestry will determine how and when the monies will be distributed.

April 9, 2020 

Dear friends,


The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the economic
downturn have affected our parishes, our diocese and
our communities. People are feeling isolated; some
are experiencing health crises; some are grieving; and some are struggling economically. In the midst of all this we proclaim that Christ is risen. Death does not triumph and God’s love always works to bring about healing and hope, care and compassion.

We may not be able to gather for Easter celebrations this year but we are still the church. Thank you for keeping up with your offering to your local church.  It is needed! Your church needs your ongoing offerings but so do many in our communities.  For that reason, I ask you to give an Easter thank-offering - from Easter Sunday April 12 to April 30.

All the special offering you give to your church will be matched by the diocese, pro-rated up to $50,000, to help your parish reach out to others in your local area. Your vestry will decide how it can best be used. 

To participate in this diocesan-wide effort to care for our communities in Christ’s name:
·         Please donate to your church by cheque or the electronic means set up by your parish and mark it “Easter Appeal.”
·         Some of you may want to give directly to the diocese. Mail a cheque marked “Easter Appeal” to Diocese of Qu’Appelle (1501 College St. Regina SK S4P 1B8).
·         Or donate through PayPal; go to https://www.quappelle.anglican.ca/ministry/p/donate.
·         Or donate to the Synod of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle through CanadaHelps www.canadahelps.org; write Easter Appeal in the message section.
·         If you have questions or want help in donating, please contact either your parish treasurer or our diocesan administrative assistant Ms. Cindy Sieferling (phone 1 306 522 1608 or email dio.quappelle@sasktel.net )
All money from matched donations will be forwarded by May 14, the feast day of St. Matthias

The ministry of the church is continuing. And in these extraordinary and challenging times, the Archbishop of Canterbury recently said, ‘it is not appropriate to continue to live our lives in what we thought was a normal way. God is calling us to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’ in new and responsive ways’. Together we can make a difference.

Please be generous to your church and to this special Easter Offering,
as your circumstances allow, so that we can be the church Christ
is calling us to be in this challenging time.  

God bless you.
Bishop Rob Hardwick

Friday, 27 March 2020

news March 27

We never saw this coming, did we!!!  I heard an interesting way to describe the isolation we are having in regard to the Covid19 virus – Tears --  Fears – Cheers.  Currently were are in the Tears and Fears stage and with lots of prayers and help from our front line workers we will soon have CHEERS!!!


The office will be keeping in touch with everyone by sending an email each Friday with any updates we have along with reading for the week. 


Holy Trinity Anglican Church

165 – 2nd Avenue North

Yorkton, Saskatchewan  S3N

Phone:  306-786-7131

Email:  holytrinityyorkton@sasktel.net


Thursday, 12 March 2020


Gail Jensen is away on vacation for January, February and March.  Donna Evans has volunteered to cover in the office while Gail is away.  Donna will usually be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Vestry: at 10:00 a.m. in the Narthex

Monday, March 23, 2020 - Altar Guild:  meet every second month on the 4th Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall – contact Luanne Hrywkiw

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Holy Trinity Brothers:  meet first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at Grumpy’s Restaurant – all men are welcome

Monday, April 6, 2020 - Anglican Church Women (ACW):  meet the first Monday of the month at time 2:00 p.m. in the St. Cecelia Room – contact Joyce Bagley at 306-783-4209

Remembering in Prayer all who are sick at home, in the hospital, grieving the loss of loved ones, those in crisis or those by special prayer request.
At Home:  Howard J, Donald, T, Michael J, Jim B, Faye M, David G, Trista S, Ivan D
Yorkton & District Nursing Home:  Albert Wasacase
The Bentley:  George Sletten, Jim Davis, Ernie & Dorothy Denysek, Helene Slusarchuk
Yorkton Crossing:  Leighton & Lorraine Price, Ruth Bigg-Wilson, Francis MacDonald, Doris Thompson
Gladstone Seniors Residence:  Al Edwards

The season of Lent is comprised of the forty days before Easter.  It begins Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  Lent was traditional a time of fasting to prepare for the feast of Easter.  The forty days represent the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry.  Since Sundays are always celebration days and not days for fasting, the six Sundays in lent are not counted as part of the forty days of Lent.  During Lent it is appropriate to prepare for Easter by examining one’s spiritual life and taking on spiritual disciplines such as fasting, prayer and service to others.


March 15, 2020 – Third Sunday in Lent – Holy Communion with Rev. Cheryl Johnson
March 22, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Lent – Morning Prayer wit h Evan & Janet Simpson
March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday in Lent – Reserve Sacrament – Rev. Deacon Luanne Hrywkiw

March 11, 2020 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity
March 18, 2020 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran
March 25, 2020 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity


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The Bishop of Qu’Appelle                                                                                                 1501 College Avenue
The Right Reverend Robert Hardwick                                                                                                       Regina, Saskatchewan
                                                                                                                                                                                S4P 1B8     CANADA
E-mail: bishop.rob@sasktel.net                                                                       
Website: http://quappelle.anglican.ca                                                                                                             Telephone:
                                                                                                                                                                                (306) 522-3101
                                                                                                                                                                                Fax: (306) 352-6808

Anglican Church of Canada
March 7, 2020
The peace of the Lord be with you.
Dear friends in Christ, as the Corona Virus spreads around the world, dioceses and denominations are now taking extra precautions for hygiene during Eucharist and other services and gatherings.  While we should not panic, we should be diligent in observing and practicing good hygiene protocols to ensure that parish life continues as normal as possible.

In addition to the usual good hygiene practices of frequent handwashing, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying at home if you are unwell, the following guidelines will be implemented in the diocese of Qu’Appelle:
1.       If it is the usual practice to pass the offertory plate to parishioners, I ask that people be invited to place their donations on a conveniently located plate instead.
  1. Please refrain from handshaking or hugging during the Peace. There are all kinds of friendly alternatives including, a wave, eye to eye contact, smile, and bowing as gestures for greeting of peace.
3.       At the end of worship, clergy or lay ministers will greet members of the congregation verbally only.
4.       All serving at the altar table will wash their hands before the service and will use hand sanitizer before the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
5.       Eucharistic Assistants will clean and revolve the chalice after each person has received the wine.
6.       More than one purificator will be used during the distribution of communion of more than 10 people.
  1. Only fortified altar wine, of at least 18% alcohol, be used.  No home-made wine, or favourite cabernet, or grape juice, only approved altar wine. 
8.       Hand sanitizer will be made available to parishioners during a service and at meals.
9.       Intinction (the dipping of the bread into the wine) is not permitted.
10.   Individuals should decide for themselves whether to use the common cup.
11.   It is more than acceptable to receive in ‘one kind’ only, or to abstain altogether and receive a blessing.
12.   Parishioners who have compromised immune systems or are at a greater risk during this outbreak may choose to self -isolate themselves. Remember to stay in touch with them.

In addition to these guidelines, I ask that during this outbreak:
13.   Clergy/Wardens communicate the above guidelines to their parishioners at the beginning of the services during Lent.
14.   Clergy, Church Wardens and vestry ensure the following precautionary measures in the church are followed:
a.       All door knobs, altar rails, the tops of pews and paper and hand sanitizer dispensers are wiped down with disinfectant wipes after each service (particularly when there is more than one service on a Sunday), since the virus can last for a few hours on hard surfaces.
b.      Ensure that all toys in the nursery or Sunday School are cleaned after each service and to remove all stuffed animals from the nursery.
c.       That all Eucharist ministers and servers wash their hands before the service.
d.      That chalice bearers be reminded or instructed to correctly wipe and revolve the chalice after each person and to cover the chalice is a person tries to instinct. 
e.       That best hygiene practice be observed in all pastoral contacts.
Finally, a message to clergy and lay leaders.  In our love for our congregations we often sacrifice our own health in service to God and the Church. This is not a time to do so.  Take all necessary precautions but be mindful of your own health.  I am sure that, neither you nor I, would want to be responsible for the further spread of this virus or put others at serious risk.  If you feel ill, even on a Sunday morning, give notice to others and stay home. If there are no other clergy or diocesan Readers in your congregation, forward your prepared sermon to the Wardens. Morning Prayer is always an option. If you have some warning, contact the Diocesan Office, and we will do our best to find a supply priest/deacon or diocesan reader.

Remember these are precautionary measures.  Measures applicable for a possible Covid 19 outbreak in Saskatchewan, or in any time of seasonal flu or contagious outbreak. 

Above all, remember to pray at all times and do not be afraid.
“Holy and gracious God, give us strength to meet the health crisis growing in our world. Enlighten researchers that they may discover the right vaccine against this disease. Bring together agencies around the world that they may work together to eradicate the virus. Guide the doctors and nurses and all medical staff working with those who are infected that they may be protected as they care for their patients. We pray for those who are ill or isolated because of this virus, that they may know your love and care as it comes to them through human hands. We pray also for those who have died and for the bereaved that they will know the consolation of your love. Keep us mindful of our responsibilities during this time of anxiety and enable us to do all we can in our homes, churches and communities to alleviate the risk of spreading the virus. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen”              (Slightly adapted prayer from the Episcopal Church – Diocese of Virginia)

If new information about Covid-19 is made available we will adjust the above precautionary measures accordingly.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

You remain in my prayers

The Right Reverend Robert Hardwick. 
Bishop of Qu’Appelle

Bishop Rob Hardwick Meeting with Holy Trinity
Sunday, March 1, 2020
On Sunday, March 1, 2020 Holy Trinity welcomed Bishop Rob Hardwick to preside at Holy Eucharist, then address the congregation after the service.  Holy Trinity will be moving toward a new concept called “Total Ministry” which can be referred to as Baptismal Ministry, a ministry of all those who are baptised.  Everyone has a ministry of their own. 

Search process will cease as of March 1, 2020

Rev. Deacon Luanne will be working toward special ordination to the priesthood.  Luanne needs a team to assist her.  Luanne will be an equal partner as our ordained priest along with a commissioned Ministry Team.  Leadership will be changed from hierarchy to collaborative.   One priest model will NOT be a part of Total Ministry.  There will be various ministries within Holy Trinity such as:  pastoral care, children, worship, bible study, preaching, altar guild, ACW, music, cleaning, coffee hour, setting up tables & chairs, etc.

This Total Ministry is based on a change in ministry at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Headingly, Manitoba.  Bishop Rob recommends that Holy Trinity, Yorkton invite Rev. Rick Condo from Winnipeg, who mentored Headingly, come to speak to us in preparing for this change.

Our Vestry needs to work on a Vision and Core Values before we move ahead.  The Bishop knows that Holy Trinity has leadership and he has faith that we will share our gifts in this Total Ministry.

Ask yourself “Where am I called to ministry?”

Rector’s Warden – Marilyn Pachal          People’s Warden – Evan Simpson
Vestry Members - Lois Smandych (Chair), Don Geddes, Jackie Hofstrand, Howard Jones, Karen Ransome, Johnny Ronn, Norah Wasacase
Synod Delegates – Janet Simpson, Lois Smandych, Susan Geddes (Alternate)
Secretary/Treasurer – Donna Evans

The office has had a complaint from our neighbours on Second Avenue – during church and church functions there are some people who are parking on the west side of Second Avenue.  There are several signs on the street that indicate there is no parking on the west side of the street.  Please do not park there or park in such a way that you block someone’s driveway.  Thank you

A couple of members of Holy Trinity took on the Ministry of Cleaning some areas of the church, parish hall and the kitchen.  As duplicate items were found in several places, the old Sunday School Room has been utilized as a common locked storage room.  If you are someone who may need access to this room, please speak to Donna Evans or Karen Ransome and they will show you where the key to the locked storage room is located.

On Sunday, March 26, 2020 after the morning service Holy Trinity will host a potluck lunch to honour Judy Berg.  Judy has been a faithful leader in Holy Trinity’s Music Ministry as organist for the past 15 years and will retire after the Easter Service on April 12, 2020.  We all wish Judy well as she relaxes and takes more time for family and friends.

 Diocese of Qu’Appelle
(silent retreat for women and men)

Friday, April 24, 5:00 pm to Sunday, April 26, 1:30 pm
Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre
Lumsden, SK
Cost: $285
Deadline: April 9
To register: Contact Cindy at dio.quappelle@sasktel.net or 306-522-1609

What is a ‘Normal’ Christian Life?
This topic will be explored during the diocesan retreat for lay people, to be held April 24 to 26 at Living Skies Retreat outside Lumsden.
In the five theme addresses, Rev. Nancy Yee will lead retreatants to explore different aspects of the “normal” Christian life.
Some questions the retreat will explore are:
-What can a Christian expect from living out faith in this broken world?
-What are our promises, victories, and empowering gifts to overcome evil, flesh and the world in Christ Jesus?
-How can we obtain the promises of God in Christ?
-What does the “normal” Christian journey look like?

Retreat conductor: Rev. Nancy Yee

Rev. Nancy Yee is an intentional interim priest in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle. She serves two parishes in Regina, St. James the Apostle and St. Philip,
and was recently charged with overseeing an urban indigenous ministry. She previously served two Anglican parishes in Colonsay and Watrous in the Diocese of Saskatoon,
as well as a Lutheran parish in Watrous. Having a curious soul with many interests, her current passion involves learning to express herself creatively in artistic projects
like collage and making junk journals. Nancy and her husband Tim have their primary residence in Saskatoon.
They have four adult children who, with God’s grace, are happily making their way in the world.
Retreat chaplain: Rev. Gene Packwood
He and his wife, Judy, were both born in New Zealand and immigrated to Canada in 1974. They have two grown married children
(one of whom is Kate Berringer, who is active in St. Mary, Regina, and the diocese) and four grandchildren.
Packwood was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1991 after seminary studies in Saskatoon. Before seminary he spent some 20 years making television
programs for a living, most recently with Alberta’s ACCESS Network. Since ordination he served eight years at St. Francis of Assisi, Airdrie, and 15 years at St. Barnabas,
Medicine Hat, before retiring in May 2014. Packwood has been active in Teens Encounter Christ and Cursillo, and has long had an interest in revival and in the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
He currently serves as Chairman on the board of Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada, has been a part of the presenting teams for several Schools of Renewal Ministry
and has spoken at numerous parish and diocesan renewal conferences. He resides in Regina, blogs somewhat erratically at GENEralities (kiwirev.blogspot.ca)
and putters about on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Cindy  - Receptionist/Office Assistant
Synod Office, Diocese of Qu’Appelle
1501 College Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 1B8     dio.quappelle@sasktel.net     Phone: 306-522-1609     Fax: 306-352-6808