Dear friends
 
 
Welcome to the month of October! This coming Sunday, October 6th, be sure not to miss our Harvest Lunch.  After the service we will gather downstairs to share a turkey lunch.  Please bring a salad or pie to share and join me in thanking those who have volunteered to cook our turkeys and help with set up and clean up.   
 
The schedule for the rest of the month of October is in the sidebar.   Of special note is the Founding Assembly for the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good on Thursday, October 17 at Knox United Church.  Doors open at 6:40 and assembly starts at 7 pm.  
 
St. Laurence is a member of the Alliance and I serve as the chair of the board. Please plan to join the group from St. Laurence who are going (there is a sign up sheet in the narthex if you'd like to carpool).   When you arrive at Knox look for the St. Laurence sign and sit with our group.  It will be a fun evening out.   
 
The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good (CACG)
...is a community organizing and leadership training cooperative, part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, or "IAF" network. 
 
When our Diocese first became a member of The Calgary Alliance, there were only 7 member organizations.  Today, the Alliance includes 28 member organizations representing almost 30,000 people in our City and is growing.  CACG leaders also created the Calgary Interfaith Council.   
 
The Alliance's mission is to:
  •               Create a broad-based shared organization that is as diverse as Calgary, building relationships among organizations and people from various community, ethnic, non-profit, labour and religious groups. 
  •               Strengthen member organizations and leaders in order to develop a healthy and effective civic life,
  •               Use the principles and techniques of community organizing to effectively address the real issues facing Calgarians and our member organizations. 
At the founding assembly on Thursday, October 17, we will also launch our campaigns on the issues of Mental Health/Addiction, Social Isolation, Climate Strategies and hear of the continuing work on Indigenous Reconciliation.  The evening will also include singing by the Cantare Children's choir and Turkish dancers.   Please come out and support this important community initiative.  
For full background story of the Alliance, see  www.calgarycommongood.org
 
Looking ahead please mark your calendars for an Advent Potluck on Saturday, November 30th at 5:30.  Before sharing a meal together we will decorate advent wreaths that you can take home for your tables. I f you have your base from last year please dig it out and we will provide fresh greens and candles, if not we will have some new bases.  
 
Wednesday afternoons in November we will also resume the ever-popular inter-faith Bible Study.  
 
In gratitude for our rich common life,
 
Anna  
 
 
   
October  at 
St. Laurence

Thursday October 3
10:00 am
Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch
7:30 pm Choir Practice
   
Sunday October 6
10:00 am 
Anna to Preach.  
Carolyn to celebrate
Harvest Lunch after the service. All Welcome

Wednesday October 9
7:30 -9:00 pm
Great Spiritual Migration Book Study. All welcome even if you haven't read the book!
 
Thursday October 10 10:00 am
Prayer Group with Stuart McKay
7:30 pm Choir Practice

Sunday, October 13
10:00 am 
Anna to Preach
Thanksgiving Weekend so there are no "Conversations" today.  
 
Wednesday October 16
7:30 -9:00 pm
Great Spiritual Migration Book Study. All welcome even if you haven't read the book!

Thursday October 17 10:00 am
Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch
7:00 pm Founding Assembly for the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Knox United Church. Doors open at 6:40 pm.

Sunday October 20
Carolyn to Preach
"Conversations" Matthew Fox
Food Bank Sunday

Wednesday October 23
7:30 -9:00 pm
Great Spiritual Migration Book Study. All welcome even if you haven't read the book!
Sunshine Room

Thursday October 24 10:00 am
Prayer Group with Stuart McKay
7:30 pm Choir Practice

Sunday, October 27
 Anna to Preach.  Conversations "Brian McLaren 101" in preparation for next weekend's visit

  Social Events at
St. Laurence
  
Tuesday, October 1
11:30 am
Loretta's Lunch 
Lemongrass Restaurant 

  Monday Oct. 7 
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Pub Night 
Wildrose Brewery 
Barracks Room 
   
  Tuesday, October 8
10:00 am 
Coffee and Chat 
Garrison Green Assisted Living 3028 Don Ethell Blvd. SW. 
 
Wednesday, Oct. 9
11:30 am Larry's Grill
Shillelagh Pub
 
  Tuesday, October 29
9:30 am Larry's Griddle
Grey Eagle Casino