Dear friends
 
Blessings as we begin the month of September.  This morning we have the last of our joint services with St. Martins.  Please join us as we say 'see you next time' to our friends from St. Martins.  
 
Sunday, September 8th we will go back to our routine of  having Sunday School and nursery during the service   I am so glad that Tom Farquharson is back to lead the Sunday School.  
 
September 8th we will also resume having 'Conversations' after the service.  As usual there are always lots of interesting things to talk about.  September 8th we will watch an excellent video message from Judy Rois, the Director of the Anglican Foundation, talking about the future of the church.    September 15th we welcome as our guest  Daniel Christie, the Coordinator of Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) with the Mennonite Central Committee Alberta  He  will speak to us about CoSA, a restorative justice program.   This program 
increases public safety by assisting in responsible community re-entry for people with histories of sexual offending, focusing on individuals with practical needs and little social support. CoSA does this through "circles," which are groups of trained volunteers who befriend a former offender, offering them social and emotional support while holding them accountable.    September 22 we will have a debrief and discussion at what happened at the General Synod of the Anglican Church in July.  September 29 Norma and Bryan will lead us in a discussion on health care that started with their summer book club.   
 
Sunday, September 29th we are encouraged by the Calgary  Alliance for the Common Good to mark www.orangeshirtday.org  
Orange Shirt Day range Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments,schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
 
You are encouraged (but not required!) to wear an orange shirt to church on Sunday, September 29th.   If like me you don't have an orange shirt I will be placing a bulk order for the shirts pictured at the top of this email.  They are only $15 each and come in Youth XS, S, M, L and XL and Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.  I do not have sample shirts for you to try or any other insider information about sizing so you're just going to have to guess your size!  If you would like to order please email Kelly in the office  adminassist@stlaurence.ca or better yet put your name on the order form that will be available in church on  Sundays September 1 and 8.   We will be putting the order in on September 10th so make sure you have the order in by the 9th!   
 
Because of the long weekend September pub night at the Wild Rose Tap Room is Monday, September 9th.   Starting in October we will go back to the first Monday of the month.  
 
Looking ahead to the rest of the Fall our Harvest Lunch will be after the service on Sunday, October 6th.  Be sure not to miss out on turkey lunch! Sign up sheets will be up soon.   October will also include a Wednesday evening book study on Brian McLaren's The Great Spiritual Migration Wednesday evenings October 9, 16 and 23 at 7 pm at St. Laurence.  Don McLeod, John Pentland and I will lead these.  
 
November we look forward to our November 1-3 Wisdom Centre event with Brian McLaren  more infomation.  Wednesday afternoons in November we will also resume the ever-popular inter-faith Bible Study.  
 
In gratitude for our rich common life,
 
Anna  
 
 
   
September  at 
St. Laurence

Sunday, September 1
10:00 am 
Anna to preach and Natasha to celebrate. This is the last Sunday with St. Martins.  

Thursday September 5
10:00 am
Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch
   
Sunday September 8
10:00 am 
Anna to Preach.  
"Conversations Judy Rois on future of the Church. First day back for Sunday School and Nursery

Thursday Sept. 12 10:00 am
Prayer Group with Stuart McKay
7:30 pm Choir Practice

Sunday, Sept. 15
10:00 am 
Carolyn to Preach
"Conversations" with guest Daniel Christice of the Circles and Support and Accountability. 
Food Bank Sunday

Thursday Sept. 19 10:00 am
Contemplative Prayer with Geri Urch
7:30 pm Choir Practice

Sunday September 22
Anna to Preach
"Conversations" Debrief of General Synod.

Thursday Sept.26 10:00 am
Prayer Group with Stuart McKay
7:30 pm Choir Practice

Sunday, September 29
Orange Shirt Day. Anna to Preach
"Conversations" Better Health Care with Bryan Cummings and Norma Farquharson
  Social Events at
St. Laurence
  
Tuesday, September 3
11:30 am
Loretta's Lunch 
Lemongrass Restaurant 

  Monday Sept. 9
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Pub Night 
Wildrose Brewery 
Barracks Room 
   
  Tuesday, September 10
10:00 am 
Coffee and Chat 
Garrison Green Assisted Living 3028 Don Ethell Blvd. SW. 
 
Wednesday, Sept. 11
11:30 am Larry's Grill
Shillelagh Pub
 
  Tuesday, September 24
9:30 am Larry's Griddle
Grey Eagle Casino