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

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ANiC and ACNA events calendar
July 31 – Aug 1 – ACNA Archbishop’s Cabinet meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
August 1-2 - ACNA Executive Committee meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
August 3 – ANiC House of Bishops meeting in Vancouver at Good Shepherd Church
August 5 - Jared Driscoll to be ordained a deacon (transitional) at Good Samaritan (St John's, NL)
Aug 30 – Ordination & installation of the Rev Dr Timothy Fong, St Matthias & St Luke’s (Vancouver)
Sept 19 – Mr Lyle Lewis to be ordained a deacon at Living Water Anglican Church (Athabasca, AB)
November 14-16 – ANiC Synod and episcopal election in Ottawa
March 12-14 – 2013 ANiC Clergy Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington
May 2013 – GAFCon 2 (specific dates and location to be announced)

A webpage is now posted for ANiC’s 2012 synod in Ottawa, November 14-16. While registration for synod is not open yet, you can book your hotel. The theme Bishop Don Harvey has chosen for this year’s electoral synod,
“The night is far spent; the day is at hand”, comes from Romans 13:12.

Please continue in prayer for this synod and especially the election that will take place for a co-adjutor bishop designated to succeed Bishop Don when he retires as moderator in 2014. See the notice of election for more information.

Merger approved
The congregations of ANiC’s Christ the King (Victoria, BC) and a Reformed Episcopal Church in Victoria – Church of Our Lord – have both voted in favour of merging their churches. While currently in different dioceses, both congregations are in the same province – the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The transition will take several months with anticipated completion this fall. Please remember these merging congregations in prayer during the challenging days of transition.

Bishop Don has welcomed a number of clergy into ANiC recently.

Effective July 15, the following clergy, who transferred from the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA), became priests in the Anglican Network in Canada.
The Rev Dr David Bowler, Church of Our Lord (a missional community in Comox, BC)
The Rev David Hollebone, Church of Our Lord (a missional community in Comox, BC)
The Rev Simon Neill, rector, Immanuel Church (Vancouver, BC)
The Rev Benjamin Paulus, associate pastor, Immanuel Church (Vancouver, BC)
The Rev Ken Bell, St Timothy’s (North Vancouver, BC)

These five join the Reverend Barclay Mayo who transferred early this year, on the Feast of the Ascension.

Three priests were also welcomed into ANiC by Bishop Don, transferring from the Reformed Episcopal Church Diocese of Western Canada and Alaska.  
The Rev Dr Rodney Ellis, rector Church of Our Lord (Victoria, BC)
The Rev Richard Montgomery, honorary assistant pastor, Church of our Lord (Victoria, BC)
The Rev Peter Umland, assistant pastor, Church of our Lord (Victoria, BC)

A new ANiC project has launched in Sarnia, ON under the leadership of the Rev Robert Roe – who was also welcomed into ANiC by Bishop Don. The congregation held its first service July 22 with 88 people in attendance.   Please pray for this congregation as it becomes firmly planted.

Also several churches are transferring to ANiC from the Anglican Coalition in Canada (ACiC). While some church’s paperwork is still in process, two churches have been received recently:
St Timothy’s, a parish in North Vancouver, BC
Church of Our Lord, a mission in Comox, BC
Immanuel Church, a parish in Vancouver, BC

Please welcome and pray for these clergy and congregations as they adjust to our diocese.

Good bye!
The Rev Jennifer Wickham (Hub, Ottawa) has requested and received consent to be transferred from our diocese into the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA). Bishop Don says, “We thank Jennifer for her labours from the early days of our Movement and pray for her and her family as they make this transition.”

The Rev Jonathan Gibson, having resigned as rector of Grace Anglican Church in Calgary, on July 15, the following day renounced his orders as an Anglican priest and has reverted to lay status. Bishop Don says, “We are grateful for Jonathan’s strong pastoral leadership, especially during the sensitive years of transition as Grace Anglican was launched.  We pray for him and his family.”

Ordination and installation of new rector for St Matthias & St Luke’s, Vancouver

The Rev Dr Timothy Fong will be ordained as an Anglican priest and installed as rector of St Matthias & St Luke’s (Vancouver, BC) by Bishop Stephen Leung. The service will be held on August 30 (Thursday) at 7:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 320 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver. Those in the Vancouver area are urged to attend and everyone is invited to pray for Pastor Fong and his family as they move into ANiC, Vancouver and St Matthias & St Luke’s.

Dr Fong has been pastoring a congregation in Plano, Texas under the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) denomination. He has also served churches in Hong Kong and California before church planting in Plano.

Ordination on September 19 in northern Alberta

Mr Lyle Lewis will be ordained by Bishop Don Harvey to the diaconate on September 19. Lyle has served as lay pastor of Living Water Anglican Fellowship in Athabasca, AB, assisted by the sacramental ministry of the Rev Lynnette Kent. Please pray for Lyle as he takes this step of faith.

Job openings
St John’s (Vancouver, BC) is seeking a full-time children’s and family minister.  See the St John’s website for full details.

ACoC Diocese of New Westminster looks for more money from ANiC churches

The AEC blog has discovered that the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of New Westminster is searching for any possible additional monies it can collect from the four ANiC congregations which were in legal dispute with that diocese.  Apparently that diocese has completed an audit of the congregations books from 2002 to 2011.

Parish and regional news
Saint Timothy’s Anglican Bible Church (Montreal area, QC) had a successful Great Garage Giveaway Sale on the campus of Emmanuel Christian School, reports parishioner Lois De Jean. “We had gorgeous weather for the Giveaway. About 100 people came.  We were not as rushed as last year. We also had a better idea of what to expect. The youth group gave out free hot dogs. There was good fellowship. A couple from the parish who are members of the Gideons gave out quite a few Bibles and did effective evangelising.”  Photos are posted on the church website.

St Chad’s (Toronto, ON) is moving. As of August 5, Sunday services will be held at 260 High Part Avenue, in the High Park Korean United Church. Service time is 4:30pm.  

St John’s Vancouver is sending a team of four to serve with Helping Point India in August. They will run Bible Camps at St Simon’s English School and the Children’s Hostel, as well as lead Bible studies, preach at local churches and lead a church service for widows. They will also take video footage for promotional materials and give dental supplies and dental-hygiene lessons to the children. Please pray for the team’s preparations and for the trip itself.

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

ARFDC update – Peru and Myanmar projects close to completion!
We have the majority of the needed funds for our current project in Peru and all of the needed funds for the Myanmar (Burma) project. These microfinance projects are helping women launch small businesses to support themselves and their children – and, hopefully, permanently escape the poverty cycle.

We have 100 per cent of the $40,000 needed for the project in Myanmar, thanks to a large donation from Good Shepherd Vancouver, and over 60 per cent of the funds needed for the Peru project. We’d like to complete these projects by the end of August so we can launch a new project in the fall in the Diocese of Recife, Brazil.

Thanks so much for your faithful and generous support of ARDFC’s development projects in Global South countries.

Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) news

Women’s ordination to be studied
Forward in Faith North America, a fellowship of evangelical Anglo-Catholics which includes a number of churches, bishops and dioceses within the ACNA, has asked ACNA bishops to temporarily stop ordaining women to the priesthood while ACNA studies Scriptural teaching. The motion put forward by their council and approved by the assembly, which met recently in Illinois, requests
“a voluntary moratorium on any further ordinations of women to the priesthood until a comprehensive theological inquiry is undertaken and completed on the question of the ordination of women as it relates to the wider question of the nature of faith and order (ecclesiology).” 

ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan was consulted in advance about the courteously written resolution. Women’s ordination has been the “elephant in the room” since ACNA’s launch with dioceses hold differing positions on Scripture’s teaching. The July 27 Anglican Unscripted podcast also addresses this development.

The Rev William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, recently preached on gender, authority and sexuality.  The audio and video of this thought-provoking overview of Biblical teaching is available on the church website.

Church planting interview
In an interview, the Rev Alan Hawkins, the newly appointed Vicar for Anglican 1000, says he hopes church planting will become the norm within ACNA in the next five years.

Israel tour
Bishop Neil Lebhar (ACNA’s Gulf Atlantic Diocese) is leading a trip to Israel designed specifically for those wishing to lead future tours to the Holy Land. The dates for this Shoresh Leaders Tour are February 19-March 1, 2013. For more information see the Gulf Atlantic Diocese website.

Global Anglican Communion news

Global South Primates meet, denounce actions of TEC
VirtueOnline reports that 17 Global South Primates and their representatives met for three days in Bangkok recently as part of the week-long Global South Conference on the Decade of Mission and Networking. Four US Episcopal Church (TEC) clergy represented Biblically faithful Episcopalians at the meetings and apologized to the Global South for the action of TEC in walking away from the Communion. Their observations of the meetings are on the Communion Partner’s website.

In their communiqué, the Primates:
Announced a new Global South Primates Steering Committee with Archbishop Mouneer Anis as chairman.
Announced taskforces to on economic empowerment, theological resourcing, emerging servant leaders and inter-faith relations.
“noted with sadness” the actions of the US Episcopal Church in authorizing same-sex blessings, saying this confirms their view that TEC “…has no regard for the concerns and convictions of the vast majority of Anglicans worldwide”.

Other news in brief

The current edition of the Anglican Planet has several articles related to Northern Canada, particularly the recently completed translation of the Bible in the Inuit language, Inuktitut. The translation project, the work of 34 years, has been a labour of love for several clergy and bishops from the Anglican church of Canada’s Diocese of the Arctic.

The Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Saskatchewan has elected an indigenous bishop in order to provide greater self-determination to its Cree members – who, according to the Anglican Journal, account for about 60 per cent of the diocese’s 23,000 members. Meeting on July 28, the diocesan general assembly elected the Ven Adam Halkett, Archdeacon of Saskatchewan, as its first Diocesan Indigenous Bishop. He will serve along side Diocesan Bishop Michael Hawkins. His consecration will be in mid-October.

Anglican Communion Alliance (formerly Anglican Essentials Federation) chair Dr Murray Henderson has written ACA’s membership regarding the Diocese of Toronto’s gift of $250,000 to the Diocese of New Westminster to help with legal expenses incurred in extracting church property from ANiC congregations. He says in part:

“As a member of the Council which made the decision, I warned that conservatives would regard this action as a slap in the face… The money, a tithe from Toronto’s Ministry Allocation Fund, might well have been sent instead to a northern diocese in need… Instead, the Diocese of Toronto has chosen to share the money in a way which can only further divide the church. As one recommending that conservative Anglicans remain within the Anglican Church of Canada, my task has been made far more difficult.

“I further advocated at the Council Meeting that the announcement of the gift make it clear that this was not our taking a stand on the issue of same sex blessing, but strictly a matter of paying our fair share as a diocese and parishes which are interested in maintaining our ownership of our property. The Archbishop made this clear in his announcement last Saturday.”

United States
Nine TEC bishops threatened with discipline
Just prior to the start of the US Episcopal Church’s (TEC) tri-annual general convention, nine theologically “conservative” TEC bishops were notified that they faced possible disciplinary action for daring to publicly hold a view of church polity that differs from that of the Episcopal Church (TEC) elite. In two separate court proceedings these bishops had signed documents which challenged the official TEC position on the Church’s polity.  

Canon lawyer Alan Hayley sheds light on the motivation behind these spurious charges.   It would appear that the action was intended to intimidate one of the bishops who was scheduled to appear as a witness in the Diocese of Quincy court case. The charges came only a day before both sides were to file a list of witnesses in the trial scheduled for next April. Hayley reports that the intimidation attempt failed, however, as that bishop allowed his name to stand as a witness. Hayley further speculates – and provides compelling reasons – that the complaint against the bishops was instigated by the attorney’s working directly for the Presiding Bishop.

While there was a push to censure these bishops in the House of Bishops meeting held in connection with General Convention, that attempt failed.  However this does not necessarily end the discipline process.

To learn the full background on the stand these bishops have taken on the polity of their Church, see the Titus One Nine blog.

General Convention report:
Same-sex blessings were authorized at the discretion of the diocesan bishop.  The rites were termed “provisional” rather than “trial”, as previously intended, in order to skirt a canon that would have required assent by a super-majority of Bishops. George Conger writes that “While the resolution for “provisional rites” was adopted by the bishops on a vote of 111 to 41 with 3 abstaining, a vote for “trial rites” would have required 153 yes votes.”

As a result of resolutions passed, “gender identity” and “gender expression” may not be used to “discriminate” in employment, ordination and the life of the church, meaning that, for example, transsexual individuals will now be ordained and admitted to leadership positions in the church.  

Twelve bishops released a statement denouncing the decision to authorize the blessing of same sex unions. Following Convention a number of bishops wrote their clergy saying this rite would not be allowed within their dioceses

The bishop and the majority of the delegation from the Diocese of South Carolina walked out of the meetings in protest and to differentiate the diocese from the actions of the Convention. Later, Bishop Mark Lawrence wrote to the diocese explaining that the “…actions taken mark a significant and distressing departure from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ”. The Diocese of South Carolina bucked the trend in TEC by reporting a 22 per cent increase in communicants last year.

George Conger on the Anglican Unscripted podcast says that a big issue of General Convention was the structure and order of the church. The fight was not between conservatives and liberals but between those who wanted the Church to be smaller and leaner and those who wanted a more hierarchical, top-heavy structure. The result was that “lean” vision of the church won.

Dr Ephraim Radner, commenting in a National Post article on the actions of the US Episcopal Church to admit those of all gender expressions to church leadership positions, said
“This is crazy. They are getting their priorities wrong and it’s killing the church… This move is part of changing the definition of God… And [saying] that Scripture can no longer have any defining authority in human life… They’re following the secular culture completely and applying those standards to the church.”

In a detailed paper, the Anglican Communion Institute explains how the action of TEC’s general convention to permit the provisional use of rites of same sex blessings was
“…not just a legal nullity and theologically incoherent, although it is that. It is also profoundly unconstitutional in that it purports to do something General Convention is not authorized to do and encourages clergy to violate the canons, the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer and their vow to conform to the worship of the Church. But this is only one instance of the proliferation of unconstitutionally authorized liturgical materials for a church in liturgical, theological and canonical chaos.”

The American Anglican Council’s short Anglican Perspective video of July 17 deals with the danger of basing church policy and doctrine on the shifting sands of culture rather than the unchanging Word of God. Canon Phil Ashey comments, “
The real problem with the Episcopal Church is the fact that, like Esau, they have given away their birthright in the Holy Scriptures for a mess of cultural potage.”

An Anglican Unscripted news video provides a summary of TEC’s convention with commentary.

Commenting on the Gospel Coalition website on the decline in mainline denominations, Timothy George makes three points:
1. “There is an intrinsic connection between spiritual vitality and theological integrity.
2. “The continuing saga and approaching collapse of mainline denominations should prompt us to pray.
3. “Evangelicals have no room to boast or gloat over the "sickness unto death" in the [mainline churches]”.

Building on George’s article in his July 26th Anglican Perspectives 3-minute video, Canon Phil Ashey asks us to pray for the ecumenical movement bringing together Biblically faithful Christians from many denominations to work together in ways that minister to and witness to our culture.

A motion to allow women bishops was entertained by the Church of England’s General Synod this past month. However, instead of deciding on the motion, debate was adjourned and the motion was sent back to the House of Bishops to reconsider the amendments added in May by the Bishops which provided some security for those who in conscience cannot accept the ministry of female bishops. The House of Bishops will reconsider those amendments in September, and General Synod will reconvene November 19 in London.

Both the Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Primate-elect of Uganda have weighted in on the selection of the next Archbishop of Canterbury by expressing their concern that the Global South is no represented in the selection committee and saying a theological liberal successor to Archbishop Rowan Williams would only serve to further divide the Communion. Both also registered their support for the selection of Dr John Sentamu, who is currently Archbishop of York.

The Telegraph reports that the recent meeting of Global South Primates also wrote a letter to the head of the committee selecting the next Archbishop of Canterbury saying that “The next Archbishop must be willing to
“uphold the orthodoxy of the Christian faith” in order to secure the “future and unity” of the church…”

New Zealand
A General Synod in early July conclusively rejected the Anglican Covenant. It also rejected a motion calling for the blessings of same-sex partnerships, choosing instead to study the nature of marriage.

A New York Times article sheds light on the plight of Christians in Syria, who make up about 10 per cent of the population and who are caught between a brutal dictator and the radical Sunni Islamist insurgents. Thousands of Christians are fleeing. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada reports that,
“This past June, a group of armed rebels ruthlessly killed more than 200 Christians in the city of Homs, killing entire families with young children. More than 138,000 Christians have fled the city of Homs, where Christians have been tortured, terrorized, expelled and murdered.”  Please pray for Christians in the Middle East.

The Church of England Newspaper (CEN) reports that the countries of Sudan and South Sudan may be on the brink of full-scale war. On the first anniversary of the separation of the two countries, the Anglican Archbishop Daniel Deng and Roman Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukudu issued a statement saying “We reject war as an option to resolve disputes, and we call on all parties to respect the cease-fire and to withdraw their forces from the border region,”  CEN adds,
“The archbishops also called upon the Khartoum government to honor its commitment to allow a referendum for the oil-rich Abyei state, and stated the unresolved disputes over territory had grave economic repercussions for the two countries.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury also called upon the international community to take action in restoring peace between the Sudan and South Sudan and provide
“urgent humanitarian assistance” to the more than 100,000 refuges who have fled to South Sudan where the camps have woefully inadequate infrastructure and provisions.

East Africa
The Anglican Journal reports that
“Conditions in the Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya are worsening, one year after thousands of Somali migrants flocked to the settlement… The world's largest refugee camp is host to more than 500,000 migrants who fled conflict and famine, but many are without adequate shelter, water, sanitation, and health and security services, say the agencies.”  

Attacks of Christian villages continue in north and central Nigeria with the Islamist group Boko Haram taking credit for the violence.   International Christian Concern recently reported that 
“More than 5500 people fled their homes after attacks this month on mainly Christian villages in central Nigeria in which over 100 people were killed, the Red Cross said…”  Do pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Christian Post reports that a new study, co-authored by a George Washington University adjunct professor, has found that Christian girls and women in Egypt are increasingly being abducted and forced to marry Muslim men and convert to Islam.  Furthermore, this is a deliberate and orchestrated strategy used to persecute Christians.

Well over a million people participated in a “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo, Brazil recently. Evangelical churches are growing rapidly in Brazil.

Soul food

Anglican Expository preaching
Reformed Episcopal priest Father Bill Klock (Living Word Episcopal Church in Courtenay, BC) offers a blog
“providing resources to encourage expository preaching in the Anglican tradition”. Most recently, he published and is offering a new edition of a19th century work by Isaac Williams entitled “Sermons on the Epistles and Gospels for Sundays and Holy Days throughout the Year”.   Of this volume, Father Bill says, “These sermons are fine examples of the art of expositional preaching.  In each sermon Williams begins with a solid exposition of the day’s Epistle as a lead-in to an exposition of the Gospel.  He ties both together with the unifying theme of the day and then concludes with excellent devotional thoughts and practical application.  Every set of “propers” from the eucharistic lectionary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is covered.  These sermons are both an excellent devotional aid to the Church Year for laymen and a homiletic treasure trove for the preacher.” This and many other volumes are available via Father Bill’s blog.

Christian internet radio
Ligonier Ministries is offering 24/7 Christian internet radio featuring preaching, teaching, Scripture, news, music, audiobooks, and more. You can listen online or download apps for use on your iPhone or iPad. It
“…includes broadcasts from Alistair Begg at Truth For Life, John MacArthur at Grace to You, John Piper at Desiring God, Albert Mohler with The Briefing >and Thinking in Public, and many others. And you’ll hear daily news briefs from World Magazine and SRN News to help you stay current with that day’s headlines.”

Are Christians inconsistent eating shellfish but condemning sexual immorality? 
Pastor Tim Keller provides very helpful insight into the relationship of Old Testament laws to New Testament teaching and to our lives as Christians. He responds to the often heard accusation that Christians are inconsistent, ignoring many Old Testament laws, such as the prohibition on eating shellfish, and yet continuing to oppose sexual immorality and homosexual behaviour.

Keller distinguishes between moral laws and ceremonial laws. He says,
“Once you grant the main premise of the Bible---about the surpassing significance of Christ and his salvation---then all the various parts of the Bible make sense. Because of Christ, the ceremonial law is repealed. Because of Christ, the church is no longer a nation-state imposing civil penalties. It all falls into place. However, if you reject the idea of Christ as Son of God and Savior, then, of course, the Bible is at best a mishmash containing some inspiration and wisdom, but most of it would have to be rejected.

Just for laughs
An avid duck hunter was astonished to discover his new bird dog could walk on water to retrieve ducks and was eager to show him off. As soon as duck season opened, he invited his friend, an eternal pessimist, to go hunting with him.

Soon, a flock of ducks flew by; they fired and a duck fell. The dog immediately leapt into action, walked across the pond and retrieved the duck, never getting more than his paws wet. This continued all day. The pessimist watched carefully, but did not say a single word.

“Yeah, the poor thing can’t swim."

Any compromise between right and wrong is a victory for wrong.

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