July 29, 2019
Special thanks to Deb Charnuski, Kerry Duncan McCartney, Sheryl Schoenthaler and Karen McKeown to accepting the challenge to come up with six words as a spiritual memoir of their time at St. David's. I would be hard pressed to limit myself to six descriptors of my years at SDUC. In 1971, we were looking for a church with an early service so that we could go to church then take a drive west for the day. The sanctuary was set up with tables for 12 and at our table was Rev. Jim Elliott. It was the 70s so we had no idea who the minister was as we selected our table. Six months later, we were invited to join the Church in Society Committee of the board with Ray Silvers, chair, and Thelma and Austin Thompson as fellow members. My, but 49 years slips by quickly.
We are borrowing wifi from Starbucks at Bremerton, Washington. I have my webpage to update and our grandson has a 1000-word essay to write as part of his application for a scholarship from AUPE. Just for fun, I wrote one, too so have reacquainted myself with the 100 year history of the CSAA/AUPE. Two weeks of holiday are behind us, with three weeks left.
Hugo and Iris have their birthdays in August. They will be celebrating in Vancouver, alas, while grandpa and grandma are in the states. Happy birthday, little ones.
July 21, 2019
I've just had the opportunity to read the text of Wayne's Reflection this morning. We are at dock at La Conner, Washington, heading south on our sailing holiday. Our grandson, Nic, who has just graduated from Diefenbaker, is with us for the summer and, in addition to our sail boat, we have our Ford as well. Actually today, Monday, July 22, 2019, I am updating our webpage from Oak Harbor, Washington's Starbucks.
I am counting on updates from those of you who are enjoying a staycation in Calgary to keep me informed as to activities at St. David's. I know that Rev. Murray Laverty and Chantal, our office administrator, are taking care of our church while Rev. Peggy and Rev. Deb are on holidays. In addition, we have had our own Rev. Dr. Wayne Holst leading service for the past two weeks and Deb Charnuski and team will be looking after the service on July 28. Brent has his summer itinerary of musical guests lined up so things are well under control. As well, our Ministry and Personnel Committee are accepting applications for our Sunday School Coordinator and Youth Coordinator for the fall term. P.S. Contact Kathy, Dana or Bill if you can help out.
Sunday mornings are certainly different for us. The regular routine is having Hugo and Iris awaken us, getting ready for church and an early visit to Starbucks before church. It will seem strange to have the left hand second row with four less members in attendance. So we move into week #30 of 2019. Enjoy!!
July 16, 2019
Week #28 of 2019 had many St. Davidians involved in the planning and execution for our Stampede Breakfast. The usual ‘clipboards’ had been passed around the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, seeking volunteers, and soon the list of twenty-some people had been drawn up, the menu planned and supplies purchased. When we arrived shortly after 8 a.m., the sun was shining and there were about twenty folks seated while an impressive team of ‘set up’ and serving folk were on hand to welcome guests as they arrived. As problems arose, volunteers came to the rescue. The coffee prepared by Starbucks Brentwood had to be picked up (surprise!) and soon the coffee along with juice, tea and hot water were set up and being enjoyed.
We had great music playing on the portable sound system which Colin Outtrim and Deb Charnuski had set up prior to the 8 a.m. Lots of visiting between the community diners and St. Davidians offered an aura of well-being.
Choosing the West side Parking Lot for table set up and food service worked very well and bless the folks who worked downstairs in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, and others who climbed the stairs with food to the main floor and then down the stairs to the West Parking Lot to feed the host of breakfasters. Initially there was little waiting for a breakfast of pancakes and sausages, but gradually a line up started and, at its best, winded a path almost back to the C-train station.
Our worship service started at 10 a.m. as usual but still the people came for their breakfast. About 80 of us were on hand to worship together. The enhanced Sacred Service team for this morning were kept extra busy.
Colin Outtrim and his Edge Committee are putting lots of energy into the “Leap” aspect of change at St. David’s. I am excited about the opportunities to volunteer and this morning’s service was a fabulous example of what we can do if we put our minds to it. Last week Richard Christmas reminded us that “It’s what we do with what we’ve got that counts.” We have a talented, eager and capable congregation at St. David’s and this morning we shone. Rev. Debbie and husband (and St. David’s treasurer) Mike, worked a craft table with the children after Debbie had volunteered to do “Faith Chat.” Kerry Duncan McCartney, counter and Sacred Service July team leader, led the singing. Deb Charnuski was on the sound board in the balcony after making coffee when the Starbucks coffee ran out, helping set up music on the West lot and working in the kitchen on food prep. Wayne had put together his team for worship which included Meryl Arnott, reading, and giving me the opportunity to lead the service. Chantal and Marlene had provided their technical skills in creating the Worship Folder and Bruce and Eileen, accompanied by her little dog, provided our music. What an opportunity to work in community!
That was week #28. Next week, Wayne will be presiding over the service. We won’t be on hand for first hand observation because it is holiday time for the Wallace-Laytons. I am working on the webpage as we drive through Golden, BC on our way to the West Coast and our sailboat, ‘good idea’, awaiting us at dock at Sidney-North Saanich Marina. Our grandson, Nic, is with us and we will be heading into the South Puget Sound area near Seattle for our sailing holiday. Every week, Chantal will be sending me the worship folders and I will be in touch to make sure that you are able to keep up with St. David’s News. Happy holidays!!
July 8, 2019
Someone jokingly said, in regard to rain this past weekend, that with the Stampede starting and the Spruce Meadows event underway, "What could we expect?" Anyway, today is a blend of sunshine and clouds with the possibility of a thunderstorm later on in the day. Last night, we watched the lightning show to the south as well as the incoming flights landing from the south from a high point in Cambrian Heights. We'd hoped to catch the fireworks from the Stampede grounds.
On Saturday, the community came together at Holy Cross Anglican Church to celebrate the life of Roy Skeet, beloved father of Diane Trew. The Skeet family are well known in our community as singers and Grandpa Roy loved to sing and play his guitar. Son Rob and grandson Dean were among the family who remembered Roy in their songs. Roy's brother, Rev. Gerald Skeet and Rev. Kyle Norman presided over the celebration which was followed by a Stampede Breakfast, an activity which Roy had so often enjoyed. His prowess as barbeque and flapjack chef was well known.
We were privileged to listen to Mike Grammer on the piano during service on Sunday. This Torontonian is well known to St. Davidians in that for the past several years he has been part of ACTS Monday Night Book Study. He shares his ideas with us on our St. David's AdultForum.
On Sunday morning, Deb Charnuski and Mike Stockdale presented the budget for 2019-2020. Following our Congregational Budget Meeting, June 2, 2019, Council and Trustees have been busy working on the budget for Revenue and Expenses expected during the next year. It was this budget that was made available following the service. Change is in the wind and as Richard Christmas reflected on Sunday morning, "It's what you do with what you've got that counts!" We have so much talent at our church and are so willing to work together, we just have to make it count!!
July 1, 2019
So Canada is 152 years old today. The sun is shining, the leaves are rustling and, in our family, some have paddleboarded on the river while others are sailing at Chestermere Lake. Guess where I am? Oh, well. SDUC.ca beckons so I am at task.
We have moved into the summer season at St. David's which means we have to follow the worship folder because PSALT's projectionists are on holiday. Over the next month, while Rev. Peggy is on holidays, we will be enjoying reflections from members of our congregation. July 7 will have Richard Christmas presiding, July 21 will have Wayne Holst, Adult Spiritual Development Ministry, presiding and on July 28, Debbie Charnuski and others will be presiding. Meanwhile I am hoping to be doing this update from July 15 to August 25 from the west coast. If you have updates, email me at [email protected] and I will make sure it appears on our sduc.ca.
Rev. Debbie will be on holidays beginning mid month so that Pastoral Care will be covered by a guest minister. Rev. Peggy is on holidays now and will be returning at the end of July. Summertime is truly at time to recharge (and clean out the closets, cupboards and corners!)
Make sure you mark your calendars for July 14, 2019 where we will be closing out the Stampede in fine form. If you can help out, contact the office. We'll find a place for you. The picture captures the July 15, 2018 appearance of our guest violinist with Brent on piano.