Rector’s Notes: February 10, 2019
I request your prayers for me and my family. This coming Tuesday (February 12), I will undergo surgery to remove a tumour. As such, I will be away from the parish for two weeks, returning the last week of this month. Know of my prayers for you and gratitude to serve with you. As I shared in our Sunday liturgies this week, I couldn’t imagine a better community to be with.
While I will occasionally check my emails, and visiting clergy will celebrate our Sunday liturgies, we unfortunately have to cancel our Tuesday celebrations of Holy Communion on February 12 and 19. We are also postponing our Bible Study series on Luke and Sunday Study series on Being Christian. Know we will have those study programmes later this spring.
Thank You Jesse Lawrie!
As some of you may know, our Rector’s Warden, Jesse Lawrie, concludes his term as Rector’s Warden at the end of today’s vestry meeting. Jesse has been a vital member of our parish leadership team and has done much to promote the ministry of Christ Church. I am profoundly grateful for his thoughtful contributions and insights and hard-work these past few years. I am also delighted Jesse will continue to serve our community in other ways as we continue to grow in faith.
Appointment of Rector’s Warden and People’s Warden
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Juergen Schmelzer as Rector’s Warden and Kim Smith as Deputy Rector’s Warden. After thoughtful consideration, Juergen and Kim graciously accepted my invitation to serve in these ministries. They will begin their ministry after the conclusion of today’s vestry meeting.
I am grateful, as well, for Janet Niedoba’s and Ian Carter’s leadership and ministry to our community as People’s Warden and Deputy People’s Warden. We are blessed to have such talented and dedicated ministers.
Homelessness Memorial and Rally, Toronto, February 12, 12:00 p.m.
At noon on the second Tuesday of each month, homeless people and advocates gather at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Square to remember those who have died without a home. This past month has seen five deaths and the swelling of homelessness to crisis proportions, with 8000-9000 seeking shelter nightly. Join faith leaders on February 12 on the south side of the church to remember those who died, then rally at City Hall to demand action on shelter and housing.
Sexual Misconduct Training: March 17, 11:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to participate in our parish’s Sexual Misconduct Training, led by Pat Spiteri. Pat is an engaging facilitator and everyone who participated in the fall session found the session to be extremely helpful in their own life and ministry.
If you are in a ministry and did not participate in the session last fall, you must participate in this session if you wish to serve in ministries that involve parish finances and engagement with youth and vulnerable adults.
Again, know of my prayers and well wishes for you and your loved ones. May God continue God’s good work in us.