THOUGHTS & SMILES:
When I was a kid, my Grandma liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day. On that evening so long ago, she had placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my Granddad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my Granddad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Grandma and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing - never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Grandma apologize to my Granddad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that night, I went to kiss Granddaddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Grandma put in a hard day of work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today - that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.
"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."
SERVICES, MEETINGS & EVENTS COMING UP:
Sunday Services & Sunday School at 11:00- followed by coffee time & fellowship.
Sept 27: Pentecost 18-Rev. Kim
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50
Oct.4: Pentecost 19- Morning Prayer -Rev. Deacon Luanne
Job 1:1, 2: 1-10 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2: 5-12 Mark 10: 2-16
Oct 11: Pentecost 20-Rev. Kim-Thanksgiving
Joel 2:21-27 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33
Oct. 18: Pentecost 21-Rev. Susan
Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45
Oct. 25: Pentecost 22-Morning Prayer-Janet & Evan Simpson
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52
Nov. 1-All Saints Day-Morning Prayer
Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44
Nov. 8-Pentecost 24-Rev. Kim Remembrance Day Service
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44
Nov. 15: Pentecost 25-Rev. Susan Dedication of Christmas Shoeboxes
Daniel 12:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-25 Mark 13:1-8
Nov. 22-Reign of Christ-Rev. Kim
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37
Sunday School: @11:00
Popcorn Church at 6:30-7:00 every second Friday of the month -Luanne-306-782-0018
ACW : 1st Monday of the month @ 2:00 pm (Joyce-306 783-4209) Watch for time change
Choir: (Judy-306 782-1531)
Holy Eucharist Weds. @10:00 a.m.
Vestry: Fourth Thurs. of the month Vestry @7:00 –Sept 24
Bible Study: Fri. 1:30-2:30 (Joyce-306 783-4209) –on hold until further notice
Holy Trinity Brothers: 1st Sat of the month at 9:00 am for breakfast & fellowship- all men are welcome Next get together at West Broadway Grill-Next Meeting: Oct. 3
Forward Day By Day (Aug-Oct) on the back bookcase
Vestry: Sept 24 @ 7:00
Sept 28: Altar Guild
FCC Drive Away Hunger: We are again helping the Farm Credit Canada with their food drive for the week of Oct. 13. Please leave non-perishable items in the purple tub in the Narthex. Some Brown Bags have been provided for your items. Envelopes for a money donation can be put in the collection plate and Don will look after that donation. Thanks for your generous help
PWRDF has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe and is responding through the ACT Alliance. ACT is providing food, water, shelter, health care, sanitation, education, and psychosocial support to over 300,000 refugees in Greece, Hungary and Serbia. Warm clothes and bedding will be provided for the winter months. PWRDF continues to provide relief through ACT and the Canadian Food grains Bank (CFGB) to displaced people within Syria, and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and through Refuge Egypt in Cairo.
The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015. For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian government will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund.
Donations can be made in the following ways:
On-line Go to http://pwrdf.org/donate
PWRDF Donations By Phone For credit card donations contact: Jennifer Brown 416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973 Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
By Mail Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Syria Response and send to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund The Anglican Church of Canada 80 Hayden Street Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
Envelopes are on the back bookcase-these may be put in the collection plate and
Don will send them in.
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at www.pwrdf.org.
Thank you for supporting PWRDF’s continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees
From the Synod Agenda Committee
Calling all artists and crafters
On Saturday, October 24, as part of the Diocese of Qu'Appelle's Synod gathering, we are holding an ART AND CRAFT SILENT AUCTION to raise money for an initiative in our companion Diocese of Muyinga, in Burundi.
Located in central Africa, Burundi is a small country, covering 27.834 km2. Burundi links Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. Its northern border is shared with Rwanda, the western with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the eastern and southern borders with Tanzania. The plan is to build a health clinic in the province of Muyinga, Burundi. The project will aid in the fight against poverty, will create jobs, and help to improve the hygiene, nutrition, and well-being of the population. The main goal of this project is to improve the health of the population, something which is absolutely essential to the development of the country.
The participation and understanding of the Anglican Church of Muyinga are critical to the success of the project. We wish to support them in this endeavour through prayer and monetary donations.
To that end, we are requesting donations of art work and craft items, completed by amateurs or professionals and by local artists or from farther afield. If you have an item to donate, please contact Kate Berringer at 306.530.7312 or email@example.com with the following information:
1. Description of item, including size and artist's name, if available;
2. Approximate value of donated item;
3. Reserve bid amount, if any.
Kate will make arrangements with each donor re: delivery to St. Paul's Cathedral, where the auction will be held, prior to October 24.
Everyone, whether a Synod delegate or not, is welcome to attend the auction during the day on October 24. Bidding will close that evening, at a time to be determined.
We thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile endeavour!
Executive Admin Assistant
Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle
1501 College Ave
Regina, SK S4P 1B8
Phone: 306.522.1608 x3
Living the Mission Appeal: If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please speak to Donna Evans (Rector’s Warden), Evan Simpson, (People’s Warden) or Rev. Kim
-“The Rock” Radio Station-98.5 FM sponsors a program from 11:00-11:30 am on the first & third Weds. Called “Everything You Wanted to Know” (talk with God)- with Rev. Ken Buchan and Pastor Rick Gibson co-hosting the program.
-Regina Hospital Chaplain: Anyone who is being admitted to hospital in Regina and would like a clergy visit, please phone the Hospital Chaplain at 535-3115.
Loving God, we come to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures forever. Look with mercy on those who are harmed or displaced. Give them strength to meet the days ahead, your peace which passes all understanding and new hope in the resurrection. Move in those who are able to give aid, that we may be your hands and heart on earth. Be with all who offer assistance, may your Spirit uphold them. As you have made water a sign of your kingdom, and of cleansing and rebirth, grant your people vision to see a new life on the other side of disaster.
To you be given all honour and praise, through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Amen