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  ANiC Newsletter: 9 April, 2012 ... pdf version
    

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News – ANiC and AEN

From our Moderator
THE LORD IS RISEN….HE IS RISEN INDEED!

The long season of Lent is past, and we have learned much from our studies and devotions. Passion Week, wherein we contemplated step by step the Way of the Cross, culminating with the Three Hour Watch on Good Friday when we became so aware of how our salvation was won for us, already is becoming a memory...

Because… Easter Morning has dawned, and once again we marvel at the empty tomb and become aware of His Resurrected Presence among us in the Breaking of the Bread just as surely as the apostles did at Emmaus.

May the joy of the Risen Lord be so evident in us that it will spread to those we encounter in the coming days.

A glorious Easter to you all!

+Donald 


ANiC and ACNA events calendar
April 14 – Good Shepherd, Vancouver celebration and consecration service
April 23-27 – GAFCon Leadership Conference, London, England
June 7-9 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
June 11-12 – Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) conference, Vancouver
November 14-16 – ANiC synod, clergy day and lay conference in Ottawa


Building relationships with Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC)
ANiC’s moderator, Bishop Don Harvey was featured in a recent Canadian Lutheran online magazine article. The article featured the growing relationship between ANiC and our Lutheran counterparts. The article noted that:
“Friendly relationships between LCC and ANiC have begun to develop at a grass roots level as well. Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vancouver, for example, welcomed disaffected Anglican congregation St Matthias and St Luke’s Church to share its facility after the congregation lost its property to the [Anglican Church of Canada]. Bishop Harvey thanked Bethlehem Lutheran for their generosity and hospitality, suggesting that the mutual congeniality between LCC and ANiC “comes from the discovery that our faith is built upon the same basic principles.””

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) website reports that leaders from both the ACNA and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) met recently to begin an ecumenical relationship. Future meetings are planning to strengthen the relationship and explore opportunities for joint mission and service work through Lutheran and Anglican relief agencies.


ANiC delegates appointed for the ACNA Assembly 2012, June 7-9
ANiC representatives at the 2012 Provincial Assembly in North Carolina in June by the following delegates:
Clergy delegates: the Rev Jonathan Gibson, the Rev Keith Ganzer, the Very Rev Archie Pell and the Ven Michael McKinnon (alternates: the Rev Dwight McPherson, the Rev Dr Joy Vernon and the Rev Tom Carman)
Lay delegates: Claus and Heather Lenk

While these are ANiC’s official delegates, all ANiC members are welcome. Full information on speakers and the agenda is on the ACNA website. A youth gathering for ages 13-22 will run in conjunction with the Assembly as well. You can register online now. If you wish to promote the Assembly in your parish, you can download resources – such as bulletin inserts and bulletin announcements – from the ACNA website. The ACNA says, “
Attendees can expect powerful worship that embraces the fullness of Anglican worship and identity and the beauty of our liturgy. Assembly 2012 will feature keynote speaker, Dr Ed Stetzer, and Bible teacher the Rt Rev Rennis Ponniah along with several other wonderful guests.” An interview with keynote speaker Ed Stetzer is posted on the ACNA website.


Parish and regional news
Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) has invited the Rev Sean Love, rector of St John’s Richmond, to hold a Bible-in-a-day workshop on April 21, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Registration is only $25. Email Isabella Shen, Good Shepherd’s evangelist, or call 604 872-1884 for information and to register.

Ontario men’s breakfast – Photos from the recent men’s breakfast are posted online for your viewing pleasure.

St Hilda's (Oakville, ON), after a full schedule of Holy Week activities, celebrated Easter Sunday with a Sunrise service at a local park, followed by breakfast and the Easter service. Photos of the Sunrise service are posted online. The congregation is planning a Women's Chocolate PJ Party and Movie Night in the near future, as well as their annual Garage “Sale” Give-away on May 12.

Holy Trinity (Marlborough, MA) was featured in the community newspaper recently as the congregation expanded its outreach by opening a new chapel – a second meeting location in another part of the city – as an extension of the church's growing ministry.
St John’s Vancouver’s old building has a new rector. The Anglican Samizdat blog notes that Bishop Michael Ingham of the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of New Westminster has appointed the Rev Michael Fuller as incumbent for St John’s Shaughnessy. The Rev Fuller comes from the Church of England and prior to his ordination served as CEO of Philip Morris Overseas Incorporated. See the Diocese’s website for more information.

Manitoba parishes – Bishop Don Harvey and Archdeacon Paul Crossland traveled over 3000 kms recently as they visited church leaders and congregations in Manitoba and Northern Ontario, including Church of the Resurrection(Brandon, MB), Church of the Redeemer (Dauphin, MB), St Bede’s (Kinosota, MB), Good Shepherd House (Sioux Lookout, ON) and St David’s the Faithful (Winnipeg, MB). The highlight was a joint worship service for the Manitoba churches on Sunday, March 18. Photos are posted online.

St James (Lennoxville, QC) – An editorial introducing
“A new Anglican Church at work in the Eastern Townships” was published in the Sherbrooke Record just in time to invite community members to the launch of regular liturgical services, beginning Easter Sunday. The Rev Jess Cantelon rector of St James also prepared a short video “commercial” inviting people to church services – as well as an e-poster. Also, St James has launched a community gardens initiative that will help provide food for those in need in their community.

St David’s the Faithful (Winnipeg, MB) has a new website. Check it out!

St Paul’s Anglican Bible Church (Stoney Creek, ON) also has a new website.

Please email parish news to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.


ANiC Synod 2011 audio files online
If you didn’t make it to ANiC’s synod last November – or even if you did and want to refresh your memory – audio of key sessions is now posted on the ANiC website.


Upcoming ordinations
Please pray for the Rev Anson Ann who will be ordained to the priesthood and Shihoko Warren who will be ordained a deacon, both on Pentecost, May 27, at 3pm at Good Shepherd (Vancouver).


Did you know?
ANiC’s graphic designer, Daniel Hartwig, has created logos for our parishes, plants and projects that incorporate ANiC’s crest. These are available on our website.
Also, Daniel has created a variety of communication tools for parishes, including templates for parish certificates, signage, invitation cards, letterhead and business cards. These templates, which are posted online – can all be adapted – both text and images – tor parishes at no or minimal charge.
ANiC offers two template parish websites which can be adapted by parishes, projects or plants at very low cost. See the ANiC website for more information.
ANiC parishes may use the ANiC logo as long as the graphic standards guidelines are followed. See the ANiC website for information.
ANiC encourages all parishes to appoint a communication liaison. The parish communication liaison relays news from the parish that would be of interest or encouragement to members of other parishes. Parish news should be sent to Marilyn Jacobson via email or by calling 1866-351-2642 extension 4020.


News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Archbishop Bob Duncan’s Easter message
Our Primate, Archbishop Bob Duncan focused his Easter message on the insurmountable task faced by the women who wanted to anoint Jesus’ body but did not know how to move the heavy stone sealing the tomb. He says,
“Followers of Jesus often face what seem to them insurmountable problems… God addresses our human challenges both naturally and supernaturally. He is God, after all. Our chief attitude needs to be to trust him, no matter what we face… There is now, with Jesus, no challenge we cannot face, not even death. For now the last challenge has been swallowed up in victory, and – for those who put their faith in him – no stones that cannot be rolled away… Rejoice this Easter Day! Rejoice like never before! Rejoice for the stone on the tomb proved no problem to our God.”


Writing about the joys of being a faithful Anglican
The next edition of our Province’s biannual publication, The Apostle, will focus on what it means to be Anglican. The editor is looking for short 250 word submission on one of these two topics:
What it means to me to be Anglican; or
How my life has been impacted by my involvement with my parish/ANiC/ACNA.

Photo submissions are also welcome. Deadline for all submissions is April 18. Email your submissions to Marilyn.


Find out what other ACNA congregations are doing…
The Anglican Church in North America website has an inspiring article about Church of the Savior (Ambridge, PA) and its ministry in a local housing development that is seeing tremendous response. Now 100 children participate in the weekly program that includes games, singing, Bible teaching and a hot meal.


Anglican Fourth Day (A4D) Province-wide conference

This year's Provincial Grand Ultreya and Conference will be held at Christ Church in Montgomery, Alabama, June 22-23. See the online flyer for full details on lodging and registration. Anglican 4th Day is a worldwide movement which seeks to bring people to Christ, helps Christians grow in discipleship and offers warm fellowship.


“Playbook” for disposing of troublesome conservative clergy
Bishop David Anderson, writing in the American Anglican Council’s (AAC) weekly email newsletter, exposes a process used by the Episcopal Church for removing “troublesome conservative priests”, saying that the AAC has counseled many priests over the years who had “discovered that their bishop, feigning genuine concern for the priest, was working to deftly remove him”. Bishop Anderson outlines the process used step by step. The process starts with a meeting called by the revisionist bishop who claims parishioners are worried about the priest’s emotional health; it then moves to a psychiatric evaluation; and ends with suspension from active duty. Bishop Anderson offers concrete actions the priest can take to thwart this maneuver.


Litigation in the US
The Anglican Curmudgeon, aka canon law expert A S Haley, offers an excellent “primer”, in layman’s terms, on property lawsuits in the US. He notes that state laws vary widely and the US Episcopal Church has won in nine states, but has been unsuccessful in eight others. Currently three cases are pending before the Supreme Court with a decision on whether they will be heard expect some time after June. He estimates that about $25 million has been consumed in more than 75 legal cases to date. He concludes: “Frankly, it's madness. Despite their protestations, the leaders of the [Episcopal] Church have not managed to preserve any assets "for future generations", and they have consumed far more of the Church's endowment on lawsuits than they will ever replace through sales of property.”


ACNA Diocese of Pittsburgh calls Assistant Bishop
Bishop Frank Lyons, bishop of Bolivia for the past 11 years, has accepted to serve as assistant bishop to Archbishop Duncan in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The diocese’s website states that
“As Assistant Bishop, Lyons will assist with pastoral care and oversight to clergy and congregations in the Diocese of Pittsburgh during Archbishop Duncan’s tenure as archbishop. Bishop Lyons will also exercise a special superintendence of diocesan congregations located beyond the Pittsburgh area… During his eleven year tenure as bishop of Bolivia, Lyons has seen that very small diocese triple in their number of churches and ordained clergy. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. During the crisis in the Episcopal Church, Lyons also assumed responsibility for 40 congregations across the U.S. and their clergy.”


Developments related to the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA)
The North American parishes remaining within the Anglican Province of Rwanda have successfully petitioned the Rwandan House of Bishop for permission to set up a North American missionary jurisdiction within that province. An article in Anglican Ink discusses the proposed relationship of these churches to the ACNA.

The Rwandan House of Bishops has written the AMiA bishops who have purportedly resigned from the Province, saying that:
“According to our Provincial Canons, there are only three ways that we may “release” clergy affiliated with us:
1. By transferring them to another jurisdiction within the Anglican Communion;
2. By their voluntary renunciation of orders;
3. By formal ecclesiastical discipline.
“Today we wrote to those AMiA missionary bishops who resigned and asked that if they wish to continue in episcopal ministry within another Anglican jurisdiction, that they please inform us of that jurisdiction immediately so that we may translate them appropriately… We encourage all North American clergy credentialed in the PEAR to join PEARUSA, which is our missionary district in North America, unanimously erected by our House of Bishops in our today’s meeting.”

An American Anglican Council Encompass article provides an overview of the schism.

The April 2 edition of Anglican Unscripted discusses the most recent developments with the sad schism in the Anglican Mission in the Americas.


Other news in brief

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
An Encompass article says that the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Leadership conference in London April 23-27 will, among other things, plan for a 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference. Please pray for this important gathering of global orthodox leaders and for Bishop Don Harvey and the Rev Ray David Glenn who will represent us at the event.


England
The Church of England has announced that “Any person wishing to comment on the challenges and opportunities that should be taken in to account in considering the appointment of his successor or who wishes to propose candidates should email, by Monday 30th April, to abc.vacancy@churchofengland.org.” Further information on this consultation and the process for appointing the next Archbishop of Canterbury is provided by the Anglican Communion News Service.


Egypt
Bishop Mouneer Anis, Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, discusses the politics and deteriorating religious situation in Egypt on last week’s Anglican Unscripted video newsmagazine.


Myanmar (aka Burma)
The military continues to harass Myanmar’s Christian minority, the Anglican Journal reports, ransacking and pillaging churches, burning Bibles, shooting at worshippers and conscripting Christians into forced labour. Christians comprise only four per cent of the population in the predominantly Buddhist country.


Global South
Canon Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council (AAC) and a speaker at ANiC’s last synod discusses
”the recent attempt by activists for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) causes to move their agenda to the continent of Africa”. He asks us to pray that our Global South brothers and sisters would not be drawn into the deception of endless dialogue on matters that Scripture clearly identifies as sinful. A detailed article on these attempted inroads into Africa is in the AAC’s Encompass publication posted online.


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Church planter interview
You can watch an encouraging and thought-provoking 15-minute interview with the Rev Josh Wilton, a church planter in Victoria, BC planting an innovative congregation known as The Table.


Thought
Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.


And now a word from our sponsor
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.


Psalm 86:1-13



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