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  ANiC Newsletter: 15 October, 2012 ... pdf version
    

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ANiC and ACNA events calendar
October 18 -21 – Clergy Retreat for New England Archdeaconary in Kennebunk, Maine
November 4 – Pastor Shafeghat (Christ the Redeemer, North Vancouver) to be ordained a deacon
November 14-16 – ANiC Synod and episcopal election in Ottawa
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
April 18-19 – Regional ANiC assemblies in both Vancouver and Burlington
May 13-15 – ACNA clergy women’s retreat in Woodbridge, Virginia
October 2013 – GAFCon 2 (tentative)


Diocese appeals court decision not to award costs
In a decision released on September 26, Justice H A Rady of the Superior Court of Ontario denied the Diocese of Huron’s bid to exact legal costs from the leadership and parish of ANiC’s St Aidan’s (Windsor, ON). He says: “…I have come to the conclusion that it would be fair and just that the parties bear their own costs.” The Diocese of Huron had been seeking $445,486.37 from the people of St Aidan’s and has now appealed this decision. Your prayer support is appreciated.


Synod 2012, November 14-16 in Ottawa, ON
A draft synod agenda is posted on the ANiC website – where you’ll find other synod information. If you are a delegate, or planning to attend as an observer, please register as soon as possible.

Also, please remember to pray for synod. Not only will it mark ANiC’s 5th anniversary as an ecclesial body, but we will be taking the momentous step of electing a co-adjutor bishop to succeed Bishop Don when he retires in 2014. A prayer is posted to the ANiC website.


Spring regional assemblies planned
Regional ANiC assemblies are planned for 18-19 April 2013.

Presiding Bishop Hector Zavala (Southern Cone) will be a featured speaker at the eastern assembly, which will be held in Burlington at Crossroads Centre.

The western assembly will be hosted by Good Shepherd Church (Vancouver), with a speaker list that includes John Coles of the New Wine Network in the United Kingdom.

The Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) assembly will take place at Good Shepherd as well with some sessions combined with the western assembly.


Japanese ministry marks first adult baptism
The Japanese ministry in Vancouver which was recently launched by ANiC’s Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) will have its first adult baptism this month with the Rev Shihoko Warren officiating. Monthly services for the Japanese ministry are being planned.


Theological training opportunities
Ottawa Theological College, which is affiliated with Church of the Messiah (Ottawa) began offering classes this fall. Of the 13 people registered, half are from other denominations. The mission is to equip workers for confident Gospel ministry; the long-tern goal is for the college to offer a Master of Divinity degree, as well as incorporate a distance learning option. A week-long "Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch" course will run October 22-26, taught by Dr Carluci dos Santos. Some full bursaries are available for ANiC pastors and staff. See the college website <http://ottawatheologicalcollege.ca/> for course information. Contact John to register and to request a billet.

Saint Matthew’s (Abbotsford) School of Life and Ministry began its second term earlier this month, with an intriguing curriculum. Details are on the school’s website: www.smlm.ca


Artizo seeks a women’s trainer
As part of the Artizo Institute's efforts to raise up the next generation of Bible teachers and church leaders for Canada, it has created a new position within its ministry. The women's trainer position will be focused on identifying, encouraging, mentoring and training women with gifts for ministry, and helping them discern their future. A job posting is on Artizo’s website: www.artizo.org.


Pulpit supply and intensive teaching programs offered by Artizo
Artizo offers a “locum tenens” temporary preachers program designed for churches which need supply preachers and teachers to fill in for pastors taking holidays. If your parish will need a preacher to fill in during your clergy’s vacation next year, you might wish to contact Artizo now to make arrangements.

Artizo’s
Sharing a Deeper Faith program offers a systematic and intensive church-wide program of Bible-based teaching and preaching – for both adults and youths – that equips the congregation with the skills to engage with the Bible text to extract the intended meaning. As a result, lay leaders and congregation develop a deep hunger for studying God’s word.

The Sharing a Deeper Faith program provides parishes with experienced Artizo preachers and teachers, offering church ministers and staff a well-earned break! The program is ideal for the summer months but can also be run at any time. There are three set topics from which to choose. More information is on the Artizo website.


ANiC Men’s breakfast
Another men’s breakfast is planned for Southern Ontario, Saturday, November 3 at 9am at the Red Crest Golf Club west of Newmarket. The Rev Garth Hunt will be speaking on “Recovering our stolen identity”. Each of the previous two men’s breakfasts has drawn about 80 men for wonderful times of worship, teaching, fellowship – and food. For more information and registration instructions, see the poster on the ANiC website.


ARDFC news
ARDF, our sister aid and development agency, recently sent two people to Africa to investigate conditions in South Sudan, Congo and Rwanda and check on projects. You can read the Rev Bill Haley’s impressions on his blog. Earlier posts written during the trip provide specifics with many interesting tales of their travels.

He says Africa is “as complex as you are broad”, “…as beautiful as you are broken”. “Indeed, how you view Africa depends on what you see you, but more importantly, how you see. Seeing as a Christian, hope will always be deeper than the horror, love always deeper than the hate, God’s provision will always be more profound than the human deprivation, beauty always overcoming brokenness, light eventually but always piercing the darkness… Yes, there’s a lot of darkness on this continent. I won’t forget it soon. But I will also keep with me for a long time the example of God’s people here, by whose very presence and courageous and compassionate deeds, the light of Christ shines with hope. “


Clergy retreat speaker announced
Canon Phil Ashey, Chief Operating & Development Officer of the American Anglican Council, will be the guest speaker at ANiC’s 2013 clergy retreat in Sumas, Washington State, March 12-14.


Parish and regional news
St George’s (Burlington, ON) – A powerful demonstration of Christ’s self-sacrificing love is unfolding at St George’s as a parishioner prepares to become a living organ donor for another parishioner. The two men have been in the same Bible study group over the years. One is in desperate need of a healthy liver; the other has been lead by God to respond in a very personal way. You can read about Joe and Blair on the St George’s website here and here and listen to an interview with the two men here. Please pray for them; surgery is scheduled for October 17.

The Open Gate (Victoria, BC) The Open Gate ran a wildly successful soccer camp last August that taught 79 children from the surrounding community & wowed their parents. To read a bit of what God did in and through the camp, you can see parent’s comments on all the things the camp did to exceed their expectations. 

Church of Our Lord (Victoria, BC) – You can see photos of the official inauguration and celebration of the newly merged congregations that comprise Church of Our Lord. Also the ACNA website featured an article on the merger. ANiC’s news release is on our website.

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


Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) news

US state Supreme Courts hears cases involving ACNA members on October 16
The ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth under Bishop Leo Iker will be in court October 16 in its dispute with the US Episcopal Church. The same day, the Falls Church’s appeal of an earlier decision will be heard by the Virginia Supreme Court. Please pray for wise and just decisions.


ACNA website posting worth a look
The ACNA’s Anglican Scouting Committee has released its Fall 2012 newsletter with ideas on how to celebrate Scout Sunday, 3 February 2013.

In addition to the article on ANiC’s Church of Our Lord (Victoria, BC), the ACNA website features a heartwarming account of one of Sudan’s “lost boys” who was recently ordained a deacon. For the Rev Samuel Makuach, “[t]his moment represented a significant and joyful milestone on a journey marked by heartache as well as the promise of God’s sovereign provision, a journey that took Samuel from Pamakeer, South Sudan, to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya after being a child soldier for almost three years, and ultimately to Michigan.


ACNA parish in Pittsburgh gets clear title to its property
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Shepherd's Heart Fellowship in Uptown has reached an agreement with the Episcopal Church (TEC) Diocese of Pittsburgh that allows it to keep its property and continue its ministry to the homeless. This is a first for that diocese has allowed a parish to retain its property without forcing it to renounce its affiliation with the ACNA. “A joint statement from the Episcopal diocese and Shepherd's Heart stressed that its ministry to the poor was unique and that "this agreement should not be interpreted as a model for resolving other property disputes… Shepherd's Heart is best known for extensive work with homeless veterans. It has a 75 percent success rate of veterans achieving personal goals and moving to permanent housing.”


Other news in brief

Canada
The Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of Edmonton synod voted this past weekend to allow same-sex blessings.  According to the Edmonton Journal,
“After four hours of emotionally charged debate in the crowded hall at St Matthias Church, more than 200 delegates passed the motion by a healthy majority. With it, Edmonton became the seventh [ACoC] diocese among 30 in the country to take the step… The debate leading up the vote to bless the unions brought some delegates to the verge of tears. “We do not all see the resolution as being a faithful interpretation of scripture,” one member of the clergy said.”


LifeSiteNews reports that
“In what pro-life leaders are calling a stunning and unprecedented attack on religious freedom, Ontario’s Education Minister has apparently declared that Catholic schools can no longer teach that abortion is wrong. Laurel Broten, who serves under Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, said Wednesday that Catholic schools are barred from teaching this core moral belief because Bill 13, the government’s controversial “anti-bullying” law, prohibits “misogyny.”


The Rev Dr Murray Henderson, chair of the Anglican Communion Alliance (formerly Anglican Essentials Canada) is quoted in the Anglican Planet discussing the decision by his diocese – the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Toronto – to give $250,000 to the Diocese of New Westminster to help with legal expenses incurred in court cases involving ANiC congregations. He says that, as a member of the diocesan council,
“I spoke against the motion strongly, or rather the impression it would make on conservatives like myself. But in the end I voted for it. My view then was that this was not taking a position on the issue of same-sex blessing. The motion was saying that since New West had secured that the ACoC would now almost certainly retain any disputed church property, other dioceses such as ours might help with the legal expenses that produced that decision from the courts. We would not bear the kind of expense that New West did, so we ought to share in their costs.”


England
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has forcefully weighed into the debate raging in the UK over same sex marriage. According to the Telegraph, he has told the Prime Minister that his
“…plan to legalise gay marriage risks fuelling "Nazi" persecution of groups who disagree over the reforms...” Lord Carey also called for a stop to name calling by both sides in the debate.


Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has also jumped into the fray, writing political riding association chairs across the country. Noting that the proposed changes to the definition of marriage was causing concern at the grass-roots level about the long-term social impact, he said,
“I am therefore writing to… enquire whether I can provide any assistance in considering the issues surrounding this debate and the very profound impact that any change to the definition of marriage would have on our society.”


Thinking of the current search for a successor to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Canon Phil Ashey, in last week’s edition of Anglican Perspective, discusses the qualities needed in leaders of God’s people.


Ireland
Bishop Richard Clarke has been elected Primate of Ireland by the House of Bishops. Anglican Ink reports that he is considered to be “liberal”, but
“…has moved to the center in recent years, supporting the course taken by his predecessor, Dr Alan Harper in avoiding a clash between the liberal [South] and conservative [North] wings of the church.”


Africa
A Church of England article reports that Christians now account for more that 45 per cent of Africa’s people. Muslim’s comprise more than 40 per cent, while almost 12 per cent practice traditional African religions. The Pew Forum’s research indicates that in 1900, African’s overwhelmingly practiced traditional religions (76 per cent). Christians comprised nine per cent and Muslims, 14 per cent.


Kenya
Bishop Bill Atwood provides an excellent behind-the-headlines account of the leadership of the Anglican Church in Kenya and their godly response to the deadly terrorist attack on a Sunday School class on Sunday September 1. It is very encouraging and worth reading – as is everything Bishop Atwood writes! Anglican Ink provides the account of the terrorist attack.


Zimbabwe
The Church of England Newspaper reports that the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe will hear the dispute over ownership of Church property in that country the week of October 22. The dispute is between a renegade bishop, who was excommunicated from the church but is a close ally of President Robert Mugabe, and the rightful head of the Zimbabwe Church Bishop Chad Gandiya. Bishop Gandiya is appealing for prayer and financial support to cover legal costs.


South Sudan
Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, Bishop of Kadugli in the Nuba Mountains, met with the Archbishop of Canterbury to draw attention to the plight of his people. More than 850,000 have been forced from their homes in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan. While many have walked to refugee camps in South Sudan and Ethiopia, an estimated 650,000 remain in hiding in these areas where the government of Sudan has been bombing villages almost daily for two years. Unable to plant crops, the people are in desperate need of assistance, and yet the government of Sudan will not allow humanitarian agencies into the area.


Journalist Karen Stiller, a member of ANiC’s New Song Church in Port Perry, ON, has written an account in the Anglican Planet of her Samaritan’s Purse-sponsored visit to refugee camps in South Sudan.
“The conflict,” she explains, “is defined by North/South, Arabic/Black, Muslim/Christian differences with disputed oil supplies thrown in for good measure. The line that was carved across the two nations locked members of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) – who fought alongside Southern Sudan for the long disputed South Kordofan and Blue Nile states – into what is literally the enemy territory of the North, making them a target for the government of the North.”

To escape the merciless bombardment
, “Some of the refugees have walked for ten days and more to reach what they hope will be some kind of sanctuary. An entire school’s worth of children, over 400, has travelled for more than a week to reach the camp… What they find here, and in the other refugee camp we visit, are makeshift schools, churches and markets, a water supply on the verge of a deadly shortage, hundreds of children separated from their parents and the ever-present potential for a disease outbreak… Just two months after our trip the news reports from the refugee camps of South Sudan are alarming. Rainy season has begun. Latrines are overflowing, camps are floodiThe New York Times…”

The Episcopal News Service also provides a report on the appalling conditions in a refugee camp in South Sudan which is “home” to 64,000.

Bishop Trevor Walters (ANiC’s suffragan bishop for western Canada) is going to South Sudan, October 30 – November 12 in Sharing in Ministries Abroad (SOMA).


Syria
The Evangelical Alliance of the UK has posted an open letter from churches in Syria. The pastor recounts the some of the suffering, chaos and killing and dislocation. He write,
“Millions are not sleeping in their own beds, forced out of their homes to find themselves with their children homeless and living in public parks or in the wilderness… My people are hurting. I can cry like Nehemiah because the walls of our cities are burnt and the people are in great trouble and disgrace; the only good news is that the church is moving whole-heartedly to help relieve some of the suffering, and the Lord is surely opening hearts to receive the gospel… While we can see and sense the evil powers spreading a dark cloud over the country, closing the door for the light of hope, we still trust our all-sovereign God "who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ"… We deeply appreciate the prayers of God's people everywhere…” He requests prayer for peace, safety for the churches and wisdom for church leaders, and God’s empowerment as the churches attempts to assist the suffering and offer the “divine cure of the gospel”.


Soul food

What is killing the church?
Matt Marino blogs about shrinking churches. He says that “the youth group of today is the church of tomorrow, and study after study after study suggests that what we are building for the future is empty churches.”

He notes the statistics:
“20-30 year olds attend church at ½ the rate of their parents and ¼ the rate of their grandparents”
“78% to 88% of those
in youth programs today will leave church, most to never return”

The cause, he says, is that the churches are attempting to be “relevant” and “market-driven”, giving youth (and adults) what they want rather than what they need.
“Where we have opted for a relevant, homogenously grouped, segregated, attractional professionalized model; the early church did it with a multi-ethnic, multi-social class, seeker INsensitive church. Worship was filled with sacrament and symbol…. This worship was so God-directed and insider-shaping that in the early church non-Christians were asked to leave the building before communion! With what effect? From that fellowship of the transformed, the church went out to the highways and byways loving and serving the least, last and lost. In that body of Christ, Christians shared their faith with Romans 1:16 boldness, served the poor with abandon, fed widows and took orphans into their homes. The world noticed. We went to them in love rather than invited them to our event.”

He concludes,
“It is not too late. We can leave the culture-centered models we have been following for more Christ-centered ones. More ancient ones. More rooted ones. And the most beautiful thing is that students actually enjoy them.”


Forgiving an offense
Holding a grudge comes naturally; but overcoming evil with good is the response Jesus taught. Read this inspiring account of how Abraham Lincoln overlooked a monumental snub – and the good that resulted.


Resources
Catechesis – The Gospel Coalition and pastor and author Tim Keller are launching the New City Catechism – a joint adult and children’s catechism consisting of 52 questions and answers adapted from the Reformation catechisms. See the Gospel Coalition website for more information. In explaining the practice and necessity of catechesis, Tim Keller states that a “crisis of holiness” in western society necessitates a revival of the historic practice of catechesis. “The more the culture around us becomes post- and anti-Christian the more we discover church members in our midst, sitting under sound preaching, yet nonetheless holding half-pagan views of God, truth, and human nature, and in their daily lives using sex, money, and power in very worldly ways.”

ForgeryAlan Haley explains how the so-called “Jesus’ wife” fragment was quickly discovered to be a – not very good – forgery.

Marriage – A US-based organization has prepared a short, simple video explaining the importance of traditional marriage to the welfare of society.


Just for laughs
In saying her bedtime prayers, little Kelly would ask God to bless every family member, every friend and every animal. But recently she began to end her prayer by saying, "And all girls."

Finally, her Father couldn’t contain his curiosity any longer: "Kelly, why do you always add the part about all girls?”

Her response was: "Because everybody else always finishes their prayers by saying 'All Men'!"

www.mikeysFunnies.com


Thought
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” ~ Japanese Proverb


And now a word from our sponsor
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For,

“Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.


Hebrews 10:32-39 ESV



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