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  ANiC Newsletter: 3 September, 2012 ... pdf version
    

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ANiC and ACNA events calendar
Sept 19 – Mr Lyle Lewis to be ordained a deacon at Living Water Anglican Church (Athabasca, AB)
October 12 – Service in Edmonton to recognize transfer of the Rev Robert Gomowed to ANiC
October 14 – The Rev Denys Scully to be ordained a priest at Resurrection (Brandon, MB)
November 4 – Pastor Shafeghat (Christ the Redeemer, North Vancouver) to be ordained a deacon
November 14-16 – ANiC Synod and episcopal election in Ottawa. (Registration is now open)
March 4-6 – ACNA’s 2013 Anglican 1000 church planting summit in Wheaton, IL
March 12-14 – 2013 ANiC Clergy Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington
October 2013 – GAFCon 2 (specific dates and location to be announced)
May 13-15 – ACNA clergy women’s retreat in Woodbridge, Virginia


New look website for ANiC
Check out our updated website. Congratulations to Daniel Hartwig, ANiC’s webmaster and graphic designer, on this attractive and fresh – and yet inexpensive – redesign. If you have thoughts on how we can improve the website’s effectiveness, do let us know.


Synod registration is now open!
You can now register online for ANiC’s synod in Ottawa, November 14-16. And you don’t have to be an official parish delegate to attend. See our website for more details.


Two ANiC priests pass into glory
The Rev David Brown – David passed away on July 28 at the age of 86. Although retired from active ministry, he worshipped at ANiC’s The Open Gate (Victoria, BC). He served as a Royal Engineer in WW2 and later as a captain in the Church Army, before being ordained a priest. He made his commitment to Christ in1948 during a Billy Graham mission in London, England. Our condolences to David’s wife Dorothy and their family.

The Rev Jim Bennett – Jim’s funeral was held on August 31 at Marchmont Baptist Church in Orillia, Ontario. Jim, who was 80 years old, had retired from parish ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Montreal. He too had served as a Church Army officer and had fought in the Korean War. Jim came to Christ at a Leighton Ford Crusade. Our condolences to Jim’s wife Beth and the family.

We pray that both families will know God’s comfort and His peace during this time of sorrow.


News from our bishops
Please pray for Bishop Malcolm Harding, a retired ANiC bishop, who has been in hospital in Brandon, Manitoba for a gall bladder infection. He seems to be responding well to antibiotics. Please uphold him and his family during this anxious time.

Bishop Stephen Leung, rector of Good Shepherd, Vancouver and head of the Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada, has begun a well-deserved two month sabbatical.


Ordination in Manitoba, October 14
The Rev Denys Scully and his wife Sharon have moved to Winnipeg to pastor St David’s the Faithful. God willing, Denys will be ordained to the priesthood at ANiC’s Church of the Resurrection (Brandon) on Sunday, October 14. Bishop Don will officiate.


Welcome
Bishop Don recently gave an ANiC licence to
the Rev Fred Carson of Waterford, ON, a retired priest who transferred into ANiC from the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA).


News from ANiC’s Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC)
Pastor Ahmad Shafeghat, ministering to Christ the Redeemer, our Farsi-speaking church, will be ordained to the diaconate on November 4 in North Vancouver.

There will be a service in Edmonton, conducted by Bishop Donald Harvey, on October 12, to transfer and recognize the Rev Robert Gomowed as a priest in ANiC. Robert is ministering to Anglican Filipinos in Edmonton. He is currently a priest of the
Communion of Evangelical Churches in the Philippines.


Anglican Sojourners Fellowship launches website
A ministry of ANiC, the Anglican Sojourners Fellowship, has launched its website and with the website, its ministry to Anglicans and other Christians who are isolated by geography from Biblically faithful Anglican churches. The fellowship aims to “connect, support and nurture” these disciples.


Parish and regional news
Resurrection Anglican Community Church (Kelowna, BC) – After a year of meeting for Bible study on Wednesday evenings, the former Kelowna Project is launching as a church plant with 10am Sunday services beginning September 16. The newly christened Resurrection Anglican Community Church will meet in a lovely, old heritage church building at 2279 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna. We rejoice with them in what God is doing in BC’s Okanagan Valley and pray for His hand of blessing to be on them as they gather orthodox Anglicans and seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who need the Saviour.

St Andrew's Church (Delta, BC) is growing in mission and membership with a doubling of Average Sunday attendance (ASA) in 12 months. November 30-31, St Andrew's will host a residential healing retreat, together with Christ the Redeemer – a near-by Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) church – in the beautiful coastal town of Pender Harbor, BC. Please pray for the Rev Dr Michael Dobson as he gives leadership to this exceptional community.

Cornerstone Anglican Church (Sarnia, ON) – One of ANiC’s newest parishes is now named Cornerstone Anglican Church. It had been know simply as the ANiC Sarnia Project. This vibrant, energetic congregation already has an average Sunday attendance of more than 80.

The Way (Stayner, ON) – Bishop Charlie Masters has appointed a new lay pastor for The Way, an ANiC project in the Stayner/Wasaga Beach area of Ontario. Please pray for Marty Fraser as he leads this fledgling congregation.

Saint Timothy’s Anglican Bible Church (Montreal, QC)Saint Timothy’s has moved its Sunday services – which are now held at 3pm – to Lakeshore Evangelical Church at 470 Brookhaven Avenue, in Dorval QC. Please pray with this congregation as they seek a more permanent home.

St Matthias and St Luke’s (Vancouver, BC) now has a new pastor. The Rev Dr Timothy Fong was ordained a priest and installed on August 30. Dr Fong was previously a Lutheran priest in parish ministry in the US.

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


Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) news

New Catechism to be ready by early 2014
The ACNA website announces that a seven-member Catechesis Task Force is working toward a goal of completing a new Catechism for presentation to the ACNA House of Bishop in January 2014. The announcement says:

“The Ancient Church relied heavily upon the Catechumenate process, typically taking one to three years to bring pagans into the Church. Similarly, the Task Force recognized that our society was undergoing a paradigm shift and becoming increasingly post-Christian. From this, a vision was born to create a printed document totaling over 140 pages with 300 questions and answers, explanatory sections, material for catechists and new sections dealing with subjects that have not been touched on before now…

“The Task Force strongly believes that sound and effective catechesis is the means to make and nourish disciples of all ages, and that the time has come for parents to be firmly established in their role as the primary educators of their children in the Faith. By providing parents with the right resources and inspiring them to actively engage in their children’s spiritual growth, the Church can establish a multi-generational discipleship program…

“There are three goals for the Catechism: first, that it will faithfully communicate the revealed truth of the Scriptures; second, that it will be beautiful and memorable; and third that it will speak deeply to those outside of the Church so that an entire generation of people coming into the Church will be attracted by the Catechism’s clarity and representation of the Gospel.

“In addition to the printed version, the Task Force will be producing mobile apps to reach children, youth, adults, seniors, those inside and outside the Church, and everyone in between… While much work has been accomplished, the Catechesis Task Force asks for your continued prayer.”



Archbishop Bob Duncan comments on the disintegration of AMiA
In a very candid video interview with AnglicanTV, Archbishop Bob says that the crisis in the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) has been a “heartache” and a challenge to unity within Biblically faithful Anglicanism – both in North America and in the global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Archbishop Bob praises the AMiA’s church planting model as well as recounts the history of the disintegrating relationship. He talks about the “distress” and “scandal” among global Anglican Primates caused by retired Rwandan Archbishop Kolini’s continued involvement in AMiA when tradition dictates that retired Primates “stand down”. This caused a further distancing of AMiA from global Anglicans.
Archbishop Bob also discusses how the ACNA has attempted to accommodate those wishing to join ACNA despite the confusing polity of AMiA. Surprisingly, Archbishop Bob says that he has discovered that ACNA’s flexibility is actually exacerbating the “relational chaos”. The result is that ACNA is taking a less flexible stand in terms of providing oversight for parishes and bishops coming from AMiA. Archbishop Bob indicated that after October 31, AMiA bishops and congregations will need to choose between ACNA and AMiA. In the interest of clear Anglican order, they cannot continue with one foot in each.

He says,
“For the good order of the church… the Anglican Church in North America cannot participate in the confusion – which is an increasing confusion… spilling out over the whole communion... I hope there will come a day when the Anglican Mission as it gets reshaped… will want to come back and be in relationship with us…”

Archbishop Bob also talks about the growing trend to geographically based ACNA dioceses. He also touched on the growing unity among the GAFCon Primates – precipitated in part by the AMiA crisis.

Anglican Ink reports that Bishop Chuck Murphy’s efforts to find ecclesial oversight within the Anglican Communion are not going well. With the temporary oversight from the Archbishop of the Congo now ended, Bishop Murphy thought he had a solution when two African bishops – one in West Africa and one in Uganda – agreed to provided oversight. However, the Ugandan bishop has since withdrawn his offer, leaving only the option of the bishop of the Diocese of Dunkwa-on-Offin in West Africa.


Mark you calendar
The Daughters of the Holy Cross, a ministry of the ACNA, is holding its first national assembly on September 13-16 in St John’s, Florida. The Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross is composed of women who have committed their lives to the work and service of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Order's four-fold vow consists of prayer, service, study and evangelism. The order provides a community that helps members earnestly develop and practice each of these areas. For information and to learn more about establishing a local chapter, see the Daughter of the Holy Cross website. You can also hear Canon Phil Ashey talk about the Daughters in last week’s two-minute Anglican Perspectives video.


The next Anglican 1000 church planting summit is slated for 4-6 March at Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton, Illinois.


An
ACNA retreat for women clergy is planned for May 13-15 at All Saints Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. The keynote speaker will be the Rev Dr Alison Barfoot, who is responsible for international relations in the Church of Uganda. Alison has been living in Kampala, Uganda since 2004. Prior to that, she was in parish ministry in Kansas. More information will follow.


ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth gets court date
The Texas Supreme Court has set October 16 for Fort Worth’s appeal, granting the ACNA diocese its request for expedited oral argument. Canon law expert Alan Haley provides commentary on the issues in the case.


Dioceses featured
Diocese of Cascadia – The ACNA website features a growing congregation reaching its Bellingham, Washington community through aggressive involvement in community service programs. St Brendan’s, under rector Bishop Kevin Bond Allen, believes fellowship is key to evangelism and church growth.

Diocese of Mid-America – Another article features a small ACNA congregation in Joplin, Missouri which lost almost everything when a tornado hit on 22 May 2011. However, the congregation has been blessed by donations – from individuals, churches and dioceses within ACNA as well as from some in the US Episcopal Church. The article concludes: “Feeling immensely blessed by the love, prayers and donations from so many, Church of our Savior has come a long way since the tornado. Please join us in lifting up this congregation as they continue to search for a full-time priest and share their love for Christ in the Joplin community and beyond.” 


Multicultural ministry
An ACNA article tells the story of two young pastors/seminarians who decided to plant a multicultural church and along the way choose to become Anglicans and join the ACNA. The article goes on to mention some of the multicultural ministries in ACNA, including the Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMIC) under ANiC’s Bishop Stephen Leung.


Newly formed diocese gets its first bishop
The Rt Rev Steve Wood was consecrated bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas in August 25 by Archbishop Bob Duncan. Bishop Wood is also rector of the 3000+ member parish of St Andrew’s in Month Pleasant, South Carolina.


Account of recent Global South meeting in Bangkok, Thailand
An article highlighting the recent Global South leaders meeting in Thailand provides inspirational reading. ACNA representatives attended the missions conference and came away impressed by the growing commitment from more and more Provinces to the principles that undergird GAFCon and the ACNA. They also saw a growing desire to work together. Bishop Deng of Sudan expressed a desire to help the neighbouring Church of the Congo – despite the his church’s own poverty and problems.

Regarding the growing role of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and GAFCon, the article says:
“Reflecting positively on the meetings, Bishop Atwood concluded, “Bangkok provided a wonderful opportunity to build partnership. While the Global South Group will continue its networking and pursuit of mission, GAFCON/FCA has been agreed upon as a mechanism for global renewal. Biblical leadership offers bright hope for tomorrow.””


New missionary diocese
Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, was recently in Canada, visiting a church in Regina, Saskatchewan – Anglican Church of the Redeemer – which is part of the diocese launched by Archbishop Okoh in Indianapolis, Indiana in mid-August. The new Missionary Diocese of the Trinity is comprised largely of Nigerian congregations and is part of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) – which is both a founding diocese of the ACNA and part of the Church of Nigeria. The Rt Rev Amos Fagbamiye was enthroned as the first bishop of the new missionary diocese.


General Assembly video now available
AnglicanTV has now posted video of the key sessions from ACNA’s General Assembly in June held in North Carolina.


Other news in brief

Canada
A national Loving Muslims Together Conference is planned for October 25-27 in Toronto. This conference is focused on how we can lovingly and effectively introduce our Muslim neighbours to the Lord Jesus Christ.


A youth conference is planned for Toronto, October 12, 6:30pm through Saturday, October 13, 9pm. The
Change Conference 2012, an event about evangelism and empowering, will be held at Church on the Queensway. It is billed as “a special gathering for those who want to bring change to the spiritual climate of Canada and influence the world with Jesus’ love.” More information is on the event website.


The national Pro-life Conference is also in Toronto, October 25-27 at the Delta Toronto East Hotel. The theme is “Transforming our culture”. More information is on the website.


The Anglican Samizdat blog notes a survey conducted by the Anglican Church of Canada’s (ACoC) Anglican Journal. The readership survey found that 72 per cent of respondents were 65 or older. On the positive side, more that 87 per cent of responding readers attend church more frequently than twice a month. In the absence of statistics from the ACoC, these readership statistics are interesting. The ACoC website acknowledges that its last published statistics are from 2001 – making these more than a decade old. The website says, however, that work finally is underway to prepare statistics for the years since 2001.


The Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of British Columbia followed the Diocese of Toronto’s example in sending a large gift - $100,000 – to the Diocese of New Westminster to help cover legal costs associated with securing church property from four ANiC parishes. The Diocese of BC has had to close a number of churches and is selling several properties to help with strained diocesan finances.


The AEC blog draws attention to a Postmedia News story about a pair of extremely valuable 17th century Chinese chairs found in the church building which formerly housed ANiC’s Christ the King (Victoria, BC) congregation. The chairs, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s September 11, are expected to raise as much as $250,000 for the struggling Anglican Church of Canada St Matthias congregation.


United States
Bishop Mark Lawrence told his diocese – the US Episcopal Church Diocese of South Carolina – that he needed the summer to pray and consider the options open to the diocese following General Convention’s unbiblical decisions in June. The Church of England Newspaper says
, “Should Bishop Lawrence recommend the Diocese withdraw or distance itself from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church it is likely that a large majority will follow him. However a small number of congregations and clergy are self-identified supporters of the national Church and will likely instigate civil and canonical legal proceedings against the bishop and departing clergy should they secede. Should Bishop Lawrence recommend staying, it is likely that a number of the Diocese’s parishes will unilaterally withdraw.”
           
On the August 18th edition of the Anglican Unscripted video newsmagazine, Alan Haley discusses options for the options for the Diocese of South Carolina, including an option to not leave the US Episcopal Church, but yet withdraw from all meaningful participation in that denomination. Mr Haley also writes a three-part series of blog posts examining the options and likely outcomes: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.


A Living Church article chronicles the loss of “generosity of spirit” which, in the past, allowed those of differing persuasions to live together within the US Episcopal Church. The author recalls instances of TEC telling traditionalists
“Leave. Good-bye.” He says, “And the height of the irony in this situation is that many of us told “traditionalist Episcopalians” to leave while waving the banners of justice and inclusivity.”


England
The Church of England has officially voiced its opposition to the government’s plan to impose same-sex marriage.


The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is the most theologically “conservative” of any in the running for the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. In an interview with David Virtue, Dr Sentamu’s brother-in-law, who is also an Anglican priest, provides further insight into Dr Sentamu’s views.


Australia
The Diocese of Sydney has found itself in the media glare again. This time for a minor and optional rewording of the marriage vows which substitutes the word “submit” for “obey” in the bride’s vows. While the Australian Broadcast Corporation provides balanced reporting, earlier skewed stories in the Sydney Morning Herald provoked charges of “sexism”. The Diocese of Sydney responds by noting that the Biblical concept of submission has always been present in the Prayer Book.


Iraq
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that
“Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Baghdad, said it was "a major miracle" that a bus load of children returning from their First Communion were not killed in a double bomb attack.” The children were returning from the First Communion class. "As they were on their way home today, they were caught up in a major bomb. The bus was not too badly damaged and it continued its journey. All of the children started singing the Lord's Prayer. As they were in the midst of their prayer a huge bomb exploded. All the glass of the windows shattered, people fell to the floor injured and one of the teachers was in a very bad way. They were all taken to hospital, but were all discharged as none of them had life threatening illnesses… "It was wonderful seeing all the children, despite their injuries they were all smiling. Their parents however were not,.. The fact is that today was miraculous. When you see the state of the bus it is simply a major miracle that nobody died or was more seriously injured… Please pray for us as we try and recover from another trauma."


Nigeria
The Church of England Newspaper reports that
“The Archbishop of Kaduna has called upon Christians in Northern Nigeria to “stay and pray” in the face of sectarian attacks by Islamist militants and not respond to violence with violence.” Boko Haran, a militant Islamist group, has been responsible for repeated brutal attacks in the area resulting the deaths of hundreds of mostly Christian farmers and villagers. Some have speculated that the Islamists wish to provoke retaliatory attacks in order “to incite all-out religious war”.


Syria
A New York Times article reports that the rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria have become infiltrated by Al Qaeda fighters and manipulated by Saudi money. The rebels have turned on the 2.3 million Christians in the country who account for about 10 per cent of the population. It says,
“The seeming indifference of the international community to the worsening condition of Syria’s religious minorities — and the near total absence of censure of the opposition forces by the Western governments arrayed against Assad — is breeding a bitter anti-Americanism among many secular Syrians who see the United States aligning itself with Saudi Arabia, the fount of Wahhabism, against the Arab world’s most resolutely secular state… Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Syria is part of its effort to attenuate Iran’s influence and cripple what it fears is a growing Shiite corridor of power in the Middle East.”

An Evangelicals Now article adds, “Western governments are supporting the Islamists. What started out as a non-sectarian protest movement was quickly hijacked by sectarian Sunnis… The Syrian conflict evolved into a regional proxy war. The US, NATO and Turkey have allied with Sunni Arab Saudi Arabia and Qatar to pursue regime change in Syria believing it to be the best way to isolate and wound their grand nemesis: (Shi-ite) Iran.”


Indian Ocean
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that
“The Most Rev Ian Ernest has been re-elected as Primate of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean”.


Pakistan
The National Post reports that hundreds of Christians – as many as 600 families – have fled their homes and camped in a forest near Islamabad. The exodus was cause by violence brought by the accusation of a young Christian girl of burning pages from a Koran. The girl who was arrested and imprisoned is said to be have Down syndrome.


Philippines
Recent monsoon rains and two typhoons have hit an area of 2.4 million people causing more that 600,000 to evacuate to temporary shelter, while dozens have perished.


Soul food

Working with the media
Writing on the American Anglican Council website, Bishop Bill Atwood passes on helpful guidelines for engaging with the media.


Welcoming those who live in opposition of Biblical teaching
The Anglican Essentials Canada blog notes a “fascinating” Leadership Journal article that examines how Biblically faithful churches should carry on Christ’s ministry of welcoming and eating with sinners. The author, a Vancouver Island Baptist pastor, recounts his church’s prayerfully considered response to a married lesbian couple wishing to attend. The principles they used are well worth reading. The church leaders developed a proverb to guide them:
“When we speak truth, it should be so grace-soaked it's hard to reject; when we show grace, it should be so truth-soaked it's hard to accept.”


Books on preaching
The Anglican Church League (Australia) notes a compilation of “best books on preaching”. The growing list now includes:
1. I Believe in Preaching by John Stott
2. The Glory of Preaching by Darrell Johnson
3. Expository Preaching by Haddon Robinson
4. The Priority of Preaching by Christopher Ash
5. Preaching and Biblical Theology by Ed Clowney
6. Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd Jones
7. The Archer and the Arrow by Phillip Jensen & Paul Grimmond


Keeping children safe online
A US newspaper offers some parental guidance to help keep kids safe while they are online.


Abortion and rape
LifeSiteNews has an excellent article exploring the position that abortion is acceptable when the baby resulted from rape. The article points out that the humanity of the child conceived by rape is the same as the child conceived within a loving marriage. The article notes that
“Numerous testimonies by raped women who have chosen life for their child, which have been collected by the Elliot Institute (http://afterabortion.org/ , suggest that the raped woman’s loving affirmation for her child is the one thing that really brings her healing and restores her sense of self-worth.”

The article concludes:
“Each unborn child, conceived in rape or not, is a unique and unrepeatable human life destined for greatness. Julie Makimaa, who was conceived in rape and now works to defend the right to life of all children in the womb, said it best: “It doesn’t matter how I began. What matters is who I will become.””

Also, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) released a report on the government trend of suppressing data about abortion procedures performed in Canada and the new, unnecessary and undemocratic abortion data law the Ontario government quietly passed in January 2012.
Black Holes: Canada’s Missing Abortion Data - A Brief Examination of Canada’s Abortion Data Collection Policies and an Analysis of Ontario’s New Legislation can be downloaded from the EFC website.


Understanding the same-sex marriage debate
Dr Albert Mohler provides an excellent article posted on the Ligonier’s website regarding how faithful churches should respond to the same-sex marriage debate. His advice (summarized) is:

1. “Stand without compromise on the authority of the Bible and the principles of sexual conduct and morality that God has revealed so clearly in His Word.”

2. “Realize what is at stake”. Marriage is central to society, culture and morality. “Redefining marriage is never simply about marriage. It leads to the redefinition of reproduction and parenthood, produces a legal revolution with vast consequences, replaces an old social order with something completely new, and forces the adoption of a new morality.”

3. “Act quickly to teach Christians the truth about marriage and God’s plan for sexuality in all its fullness and beauty. We must develop pastoral approaches that are faithful to Scripture and arm this generation of believers to withstand the cultural pressure and respond in ways that are truly Christian.”

4. Focus on the gospel. “This challenge must drive us to the gospel of Jesus Christ… There is no rescue from the self-deception of sin except for the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ… the faithful church must center its energies on the one thing that we know we must do above all else — preach, teach, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ.”


In a YouTube video, Christian scholar and speaker Ravi Zacharias provides an able response to a question regarding the compatibility of homosexual practice and Christian conviction. He notes that sexuality and gender, like race and ethnicity, are sacred. Those with a disposition to homosexuality, with God’s help need not be act upon it. Similarly, heterosexuals, married and unmarried, are continually tempted to express their sexuality outside of Biblical marriage, but with God’s help can limit their sexual expression to stay within God-given boundaries.


Just for laughs
"What am I supposed to do with this?" grumbled the motorist, as the police officer handed him a receipt for his speeding traffic fine.

"Keep it," the officer advised. "When you get three of them, you get a bicycle."

As they were on the way up to the church service to perform a song, a Sunday School teacher asked her excited young students, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

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