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  ANiC Newsletter: 30 January, 2012 ... pdf version

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News – ANiC and AEN

New multicultural ministries launched
ANiC’s Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) is launching new ministries among Japanese-Canadians in the Vancouver area, among Iranian-Canadians in North Vancouver, and among Chinese-Canadians in both Calgary and Toronto.

Japanese ministry is headed by Shihoko Warren who is currently building contacts and starting Bible studies. Church services may begin as early as May. Please pray for Shihoko and this ministry.

Iranian ministry is a partnership between AMMiC and St John’s Vancouver and involves an existing group meeting for Bible study in North and West Vancouver. Please pray that God will graciously prosper this ministry.

Calgary Chinese Bible study group that has been meeting for two years is a partnership between AMMiC and Good Shepherd Vancouver. The group comprises about 20-30 members, about half of whom are seekers. Bishop Stephen Leung, rector of Good Shepherd and bishop of AMMiC has arranged for the group to have part-time leadership from Tom Lo, an experienced evangelist and theology student in Calgary, beginning in February. Please pray for God’s blessing so that this group will ultimately form a church plant.

Toronto Chinese ministry is also in the works.

Please email Ka Man Ng at the AMMiC of call 604 872-1884 if you are interested in being involved or know of someone who would be interested in any of these ministries.

Archbishop Bob and Bishop Don call us to observe World Missions Sunday, Feb 19
Again this year, the last Sunday after Epiphany, February 19, is World Mission Sunday. Archbishop Bob Duncan asks that all Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) churches set aside this day to focus on missions as we work together to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

In a letter to congregations he says,
“On that day I am asking all Anglican Church in North America churches to highlight this call to world mission through prayers, testimonies, stewardship and education. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says, ‘And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.’ This is each Christian’s call to engage in mission at every geographical level, from local to global.”

Part of Archbishop Bob’s call includes the request that each congregation collect a special offering on February 19 for the work of missions. ANiC’s moderator Bishop Don Harvey asks ANiC congregations to participate in this missions focus and to consider taking a special offering for the work of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC).

Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC) launches new projects
With funding now received in full, ARDFC is wrapping up a project in the Congo which supported the Diocese of Kindu’s work in helping returning war refugees get reestablished with the seeds, tools and training they need to farm their land. In February ARDFC will launch two new projects – both conducted in partnership with Five Talents International (FTI) and the local Anglican dioceses and/or Mothers Union. Both projects will help rural women escape poverty by providing working capital to start small businesses.

Five Talents currently works with Dioceses in 11 developing countries throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, promoting the formation of savings groups, making small loans and providing business skills training as a way to create jobs and help whole communities to move from poverty to self-sustainability.

The two projects ARDFC will be launching are:
In Peru, for which we will be raising $39,200 US
In Myanmar, for which we will be raising $37,856 US

Lenten resources and ideas for World Missions Sunday, February 19
Our US Anglican aid partner, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) – which is a partner with, but distinct from ARDF-Canada, also known as ARDFC – has prepared some helpful Lenten resources available for use in your parish on World Mission Sunday, February 19 and during Lent.
DVD – Each ANiC parish should have a short DVD prepared by ARDF which you could show, if your congregation hasn’t seen it already. Check with your ARDFC ambassador for the DVD. If you don’t have the DVD, the video is available online.
Liturgy for World Mission [pdf] which includes a mission litany and prayers of the people.
Lenten Sunday School lessons - ARDF has prepared Lenten Lessons in Giving, a collection of Scriptures, stories, and activities to acquaint children aged 5-11 with world missions during the upcoming Lenten season. You can download these Sunday School lessons from the ARDF website.

ACNA and ANiC to be represented at the installation of the new primate of SE Asia
ACNA Archbishop Bob Duncan and ANiC’s Bishop Stephen Leung have been invited to attend the installation of the Rt Rev Datuk Bolly Anak Lapok as Primate for the Anglican Church in SE Asia. Archbishop-elect Lapok, who is Bishop of Kuching (which covers Sarawak and Negara Brunei Darussalam), will be installed on February12 at St Thomas’ Cathedral in Kuching, Sarawak. He succeeds Archbishop John Chew. Bishop Stephen Leung, together with his wife Nona, will also visit various SE Asian dioceses during this trip to strengthen our mission partnerships with them.

Dean Archie Pell represented ANiC and our Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada at our province’s Southeast Asia Mission Symposium in Bedford, Texas on January 26-27.

Please be in prayer for those who have just been ordained and who are being ordained to the priesthood and diaconate in ANiC. May God use ANiC clergy to make disciples, plant churches, and build the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ. ANiC clergy are strongly urged to participate in all ordinations in your area. Your support and encouragement for new ordinands is vital.
On January 22, the Rev Denys Scully was ordained to the diaconate at St Matthews Abbotsford, BC. The Rev Scully is a student at Nashotah House School of Theology.
On January 25, the Rev James Carriere was ordained to the diaconate. James will serve as associate priest at Good Shepherd.
On January 29, the Rev Garth Hunt was ordained to the priesthood at St George’s Burlington, ON. The Rev Hunt is responsible for ANiC’s national prayer ministry and men’s ministry, as well as serves as honourary assistant at St George’s.
February 4, Saturday, at 2pm, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Marlborough, MA:
- The Rev Bruce Thayer to the priesthood. The Rev Thayer is assisting pastor at
  Holy Trinity.
- The Rev Ronald Wheelock to the priesthood. The Rev Wheelock is assisting
  pastor at Holy Trinity and serves a small fellowship in Attleboro, MA.
February 5, Sunday, at 3pm at St John’s Richmond, 8140 Saunders Rd, Richmond, BC:
- The Rev Dr Michael Dobson to the priesthood. The Rev Dobson serves at
  St Andrew’s Delta, BC.
- The Rev Ben Roberts to the priesthood. The Rev Roberts is curate at
  St John’s Richmond.

A revised document outlining the ANiC’s ordination process is available on our website.

Job opening
St Matthias & St Luke’s Vancouver, BC has begun the search for a priest, a successor to the Rev Simon Chin, the current rector, who will be retiring in 2012. Full information on this – and other ANiC parish job postings – can be found on the ANiC website.

St Peter by the Park, Hamilton, ON is seeking a part-time rector to succeed the Rev George Quibell who has just retired. The interim priest is the Rev John McIllmurray who began January 29. Information about the position and how to apply can be found on the ANiC website.

ANiC clergy retreat, March 20-22: Register now!
Clergy are asked to register as soon as possible to the annual ANiC clergy retreat at lovely Cedar Springs, just south of Abbotsford, BC, on the US side of the border. The speaker is Dr Lyle Schrag, director of the Fellowship Centre for Leadership Development at the Northwest Baptist Seminary. Clergy outside of ANiC are most welcome, as well. For more information, see the ANiC website and then register online.

Parish and regional events
Anglican 4th Day events – If you wish to explore establishing an Anglican 4th Day (A4D) chapter in your area, please email the Rev Gary Stobbs, ANiC’s A4D coordinator, or call him at 604 854-5380.
Hamilton-area Ultreya – The Hamilton chapter of Anglican 4th Day (our version of Cursillo) holds Ultreyas (fellowship gatherings) on the 4th Friday of each month at St Peter by the Park, Hamilton. The event starts at 7:30pm and is open to everyone who is interested in coming. For more information, email St Clair Cleveland or call his at 905 632-6250 or email Zandra Pennylegion or call her at 905.975.6413.
BC Ultreya – The BC Lower Mainland chapter of Anglican 4th Day holds its monthly Ultreyas on the 3rd Friday of each month. Full information on these monthly meetings, which are held in different churches around the Lower Mainland, is available on its webpage. A men’s A4D weekend is planned for October 5-8 and a women’s weekend is set for October 18-21 – both in Abbotsford.

Ottawa-area ANiC men’s weekend, March 2-3 – The Rev Garth Hunt will offer a men’s seminar, “Rise Up, O Men of God”, at St Peter and St Paul’s, Ottawa on March 2-3. Please contact the Rev Hunt if you wish to explore holding a men’s weekend in your area.

Vancouver-area women’s conference, February 18 – A women’s conference, Out of Context – A Fresh Look at the Lord’s Prayer, will be held in Vancouver on February 18. Carolyn Hindmarch, an ANiC parishioner, will be one of the teachers. The conference will provide teaching on the Lord’s Prayer in a fresh, engaging and reverent way. The intent is that women who come will be encouraged to read the bible in a way that allows deep engagement with God’s Word. For more information see the St John’s Vancouver website and email Jan or call 604-558-4400 ext 225.

Parish news
St John’s Richmond (BC) asks for your prayer support as it searches for a new meeting facility. Ministry initiatives at Broadmoor Baptist Church, its home for the past five years, mean that St John’s will no longer have access to meeting space on Sunday mornings. A task group has been formed to find and evaluate potential facilities within Richmond. Join with the people of St John’s Richmond in trusting God to open up new opportunities for ministry in Richmond. More information is available at on their website.

St John’s Vancouver was an exhibitor at Missions Fest Vancouver on January 27-29. The exhibit provided an opportunity for the congregation to thank the broader Christian community in the Lower Mainland of BC for the tremendous prayer support offered over the last few years – and to let people know that St John’s is continuing with the Gospel mission. Missions Fest is an annual missions conference and exhibit held in downtown Vancouver at the convention centre.

St John’s Vancouver parishioner Dr Will Johnston has written a timely article in the Anglican Planet regarding assisted suicide: “A recipe for elder abuse and ‘suicide contagion’”. Dr Johnston is a family physician and chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of BC.

St Peter & St Paul’s, Ottawa – After a parish council discernment process, the Rev Paul Donison has been named as the next rector, effective June 16, when current rector, the Rev David Crawley steps back from full-time ministry. The Rev Donison is current associate priest for discipleship at St Peter & St Paul’s. The Rev Crawley will assume the role of rector emeritus. The parish will then seek a full-time assistant priest to assume responsible for youth and young family ministries, effective July 1. Please pray for the parish and clergy during this transition.

Please email your parish news and communication ideas to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 extension 4020.

ANiC and ACNA events calendar
February 19 – World Missions Sunday
March 6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church Planting Summit in Plano, TX.
March 20-22 – ANiC clergy retreat, Cedar Springs, WA
June 7-9 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
June 11-12 – Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) 2nd annual conference, Regent College, Vancouver

News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Church of England General Synod report on ACNA
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is welcoming a report to the Church of England (CoE) General Synod signed by the two senior Archbishops, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of York John Sentamu. The report was initiated by a General Synod motion on 10 February 2010 which recognized and affirmed the “desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family”. The report states that clergy within ACNA are viewed in exactly the same way as Anglican clergy from Communion provinces outside the CoE and are equally “interchangeable” in terms of their ministry. It also notes that the ACNA as an institution is in an ongoing process of “open-ended engagement” with the institutions within the Anglican Communion.

In their analysis of this report, on the video news magazine Anglican Unscripted, long-time Anglican journalists Kevin Kallsen and the Rev George Conger speculate that this Church of England report, had it come out a year earlier, would have changed the outcome of the Supreme Court of Canada case which awarded ANiC church properties in the Vancouver area to the Anglican Church of Canada. In their view, it places ACNA on an equal footing with the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.

In the ACNA’s response, Archbishop Bob Duncan said,
“We are encouraged by the desire of the Church of England to continue to embrace the Anglican Church in North America and remain in solidarity with us as we proclaim the Gospel message and truth as revealed in Scripture in the way it has always been understood in Anglican formularies,” said Archbishop Duncan… “As we have demonstrated successfully to the GAFCON primates, the Anglican Church in North America remains committed to our growing relationships with Anglican provinces outside of North America. Our biblical orthodoxy and ministries are strengthening our bond to our Anglican brothers and sisters around the globe. We are gratified that we are already in a relationship of full communion with many Anglican Provinces and look forward to expanding that circle. “In that regard, we appreciate the work of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England, whose report and recommendations to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York form the basis of the document now released for General Synod…”

Anglican1000 church planting summit registration deadline looms
The early bird registration deadline for this annual highlight for church planters is January 31! Rates increase after that date. Full details are on the Anglican1000 website. The conference runs from March 6-8 and features speakers: David Taylor, Mike Breen, Archbishop Duncan, Scot McKnight, and David Roseberry.

Youth ministry conference in Plano, Texas, March 5-6
Immediately prior to the Anglican1000 summit, a youth ministry conference is planned for March 5-6, also at Christ Church, Plano, Texas. This pre-summit event will focus on models to help church plants and small churches reach teens for Christ. The event is hosted by the Young Anglicans Project, an ACNA ministry. The ACNA website notes that,
“While traditional church youth ministry relies on large groups and paid youth ministry staff, this exciting conference will highlight alternative models for youth ministry that take advantage of the strengths of church plants and small churches to reach and disciple teenagers for Jesus Christ. There is no question that the models that work for large church youth ministry differ from the effective models for smaller churches. The cost for the conference is only $50, with a $20 discount for those registered for Anglican 1000 Summit.” You can register online here.

The continuing AMiA saga – but now some good news
Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda led a Sacred Assembly earlier this month attended by 300 representing 109 churches. ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan also participated. The statement from this assembly says it “was a rich time of worship, prayer, and communion with God… [which] featured … dialogue, reconciliation, healing, and – most importantly – listening to the Lord.” A team was formed to provide short-term leadership and care of clergy and churches wishing to remain affiliated with Rwanda. This team will work collaboratively with Rwanda and the ACNA to explore long-term options, including: 1) joining existing ACNA dioceses; 2) remaining affiliated with Rwanda while forming a sub-jurisdiction within ACNA; or 3) remaining affiliated with Rwanda and distinct from ACNA.

A clergyman who attended the “Sacred Assembly” of those who wished to remain aligned with Rwanda, provides an encouraging report of the meeting – which he says was entirely focused on prayer, worship, Bible teaching and repentance. He reports, “
I don’t believe I have ever been at such a large gathering where there was such intense seeking and subdued, worshipful, spiritual energy. To see such large number of clergy and laity seeking the face of God together in an atmosphere of open prolonged, sincere, and dignified worship, humility, sorrow for sin, confession, and repentance was an awesome thing.”

AnglicanTV has full video coverage of the key speakers at this Assembly.

Reminding us of how powerfully God has used AMiA in the past to plant new Anglican churches, Canon David Roseberry urges those in both ACNA and AMiA to not get distracted or discouraged by this attack on our unity, but to keep focused on our mission of planting churches and reaching North Americans with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for all those in AMiA – leaders, clergy and parishes. Pray that, where needed, there will be repentance, forgiveness, healing and restoration.

Archbishop Bob joins other church leaders in signing marriage statement
ACNA’s Primate, Archbishop Robert Duncan was one of 34 Christian leaders from a range of denominations to co-sign an open letter to Americans which defends the traditional understanding of marriage and demonstrates how the threat to traditional marriage is also threaten religious liberty. The document is entitled
Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together. An ACNA statement is here.

Vancouver area renewal mission, February 24-26
The Rev Ed Hird of the Anglican Coalition in Canada invites Vancouver-area Anglicans to the 25th annual Renewal Mission at St Simon’s which meets at Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. The speaker is the Rev Dr Bob Grant from South Carolina and the theme, from Joshua 1, is
Breakthrough into God’s Future: Entering the Promised Land. For information or to preregister, email Elsbeth Turner or call her at 604-929-4224.

Other news in brief

The Anglican Samizdat reports that
St John’s Shaughnessy, which is now in the hands of the Anglican Church of Canada’s (ACoC) Diocese of New Westminster, is having trouble bringing in both people and money. According to this report, the newly established ACoC parish is running a $20,000 per month deficit and often sees fewer than 13 people in services on Sundays. The ANiC congregation of St John’s Vancouver which left their long-time church building – which is now occupied by St John’s Shaughnessy – meets in a nearby 7th Day Adventist church building.

You can watch AnglicanTV video of sessions from the recent Mere Anglicanism conference in South Carolina. Speakers included: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop Ben Kwashi, Bishop Mark Lawrence (TEC Diocese of South Carolina), Bishop Richard Chartres (CoE Diocese of London), the Very Rev Dr Justyn Terry, Dr John McCardell, the Rev Dr Richard Turnbull.

An Ohio Beacon Journal article explores what became of five Anglican churches in northern
Ohio which lost their church properties in mid-2011 to the US Episcopal Church following a court decision. All have found new homes in the church buildings of other denominations, and are building new ministry relationships in the process. One rector said, “’One of the great things that has come from this is that we don’t just have a renter’s relationship with St Thomas [an Eastern Orthodox church]. It’s a genuine friendship,’ said the Rev Michael Kraynak, pastor at St Luke’s. ‘All of the five churches have been instrumental in unifying the Christian community because each is involved in a relationship where one Christian community is helping another… The Lord has done something in our vision and our heart to help us see that we can do much more to serve others when we are in relationship with others. Mission, for us, is more important than a building.’” Most of the churches former properties are now closed or are for sale.

VirtueOnline reports that a “reverse ordinariate” has been set up by the Anglican Diocese of Peru, which is part of the Southern Cone, to receive a Roman Catholic bishop and three of his priests. The article says indicates that most of the clergy in this Anglican diocese have come from other denominational backgrounds. It reports, “The Anglican Church in Peru has existed since 1849. Until the 1990s, it was largely an English Protestant Chaplaincy, working mostly with expatriates. Under Bishop Godfrey, who came in 1998, it has grown from four to about forty clergy and from about five to over fifty worshiping communities. We now have two bishops, a seminary, and are a dominantly Peruvian Church working mostly among the poor in shanty towns and rural villages and cities. They are developing their own liturgies as part of the development of a Peruvian Anglican Prayer Book.”

Due to church growth, the
Southern Cone is expected to petition the Anglican Consultative Council in October to divide the existing province into two – a western and an eastern province.

The World Evangelical Alliance is appealing for prayer for
Egypt on this 1st anniversary of the revolution. The Evangelical Fellowship, of which ANiC is a member, says that “Tension and fear are widespread as the Army and the Islamic Parties appear to be aligning together against all the other parties, especially the Revolution and liberal parties. Please pray for the sovereign Lord to grant genuine democracy in which all Egyptians, including the sizeable Christian community, can play their full part.” Please pray for Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis, bishop of Egypt and Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and for the Anglican Church and all Christians in that country.

A Sharia (Islamic) court in the northern India state of Kashmir has convicted an Anglican priest and another church leader of blasphemy for baptizing Muslims converts to Christianity.

Soul food

Why young people leave the Church
The Sydney Anglican website recommends a new research-based book that helps explain why some young people are disillusioned with the Church and offers ideas gathered from church leaders and young Christians for making needed changes. The author of You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith says that
“relationship is central to disciple making – and…the dropout problem is, at its core, a disciple-making problem”. For those interested, you can also see the book’s website.

Just for fun
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.
'What have you got there, dear?'
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear!'

And now a word from our sponsor
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16 ESV

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