Nov 22 worship
Nov 22 worship

Dear friends,

Anna and Carolyn are pleased to welcome Rabbi Rick Kline, MJS, LLB, MBA, BCC to St. Laurence this Sunday. Rick is our guest preacher and will join us for Conversations via zoom at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday. He is looking forward to meeting parishioners and responding to questions and comments about his sermon on forgiveness.
Rick was ordained at Hebrew College, Newton Massachusetts, May 2015. He also received a Masters in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. He studied at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem from 2008 to 2010 and at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 2012-2013. He was trained as a chaplain both at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Hebrew Senior Life, Boston MA, from 2013 to 2016 working on the Oncology and Palliative Care units.
He currently works as a full time Spiritual Health Practitioner at the Foothills Medical Center, Calgary, on the Renal, Neurology and Oncology/Hematology Units. Rabbi Kline worked at Bethany Seniors for 2 years as a Chaplain working with seniors as well as extreme dementia patients and their families.
 Thank you to Marg McKay for reading the lessons and Adam Bedford for the prayers. 

Please join us for "Conversations" on Zoom at 11:00 am.    Zoom link here. This link is the same for every Sunday.

This Sunday marks the last Sunday in the Christian year. In other words, next Sunday we begin a new Christian year with the season of Advent!   It is time to locate last year's advent wreath frame and find imaginative ways to spruce it up. More than ever this year, it is important we anticipate and celebrate the light of the coming of Christ into our world.
The church has a supply of Advent candles in all colours. If you would like a set for your wreath, please contact Kelly at the church office at (403) 249-6184, or  by email  to arrange to pick-up the candles. A donation of $10.00 for the candles would be appreciated.
Sunday November 22 is the Festival of Christ the King. Anna is the guest preacher at Christ Church Calgary for their on-line worship as they mark their patronal festival.   Christ Church sponsored Anna for ordination and she then served there as Curate and Assistant Priest.    If you'd like to watch part or all of that service it will be posted on Christ Church's Youtube page 
Transition Plans
The Corporation is pleased that the Bishop has appointed The Rev. Dr. Jane Rowland to be the Interim Priest In Charge. Jane will begin work on December 1st so as to have two weeks with Anna before she leaves.   
The Rev. Dr. Jane Rowland is an Anglican priest, artist, and theologian. A passionate and dedicated teacher, she has over thirty years experience in paid and volunteer lay ministry, theological education, and ordained ministry. Most recently, Jane served as the Interim Priest for Word and Sacrament at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Calgary.

 She holds a Master of Divinity from Regent College, Vancouver, and a PhD from St Andrews University, Scotland, where she wrote her dissertation on Spiritual Mothers and Prophesying Daughters: The Practice of Female Ministry among North American Radical Evangelicals, 1875-1943. Her current theological explorations are in the areas of trauma and theology, and trauma and spirituality.  
Jane also draws upon her background in graphic design to create intricate pen and ink images inspired by the ancient practice of manuscript illumination. Recent art work explores themes of faith, trauma and hope through the lens of the biblical book of Jonah.  
Other interests include wandering the range lands of the Eastern Slopes, photographing and drawing wildflowers, gardening, and reading science fiction.
Diocese Suspends All In-Person Worship

As you can read in the letter below, due to rising COVID cases the Diocese has suspended all in-person worship until at least December 13th.  As such we will no longer be offering Tuesday Eucharists or Thursday contemplative prayer

The Interfaith Bible Study Thursday afternoons in person at Beth Tzedec from 1 - 2:30 pm or by Zoom. Either way you need to register by sending an  email or by phoning 403-255-8688. Please indicate whether attending in-person or by Zoom.    
Memory Books
If you would like to include a message in Anna's memory book, please send it to Kelly  or Phyllis by December 1st. 
For the Love of Creation is hosting a Fall Online Forum every Monday evening in November on Zoom 7:30-8:30 pm Eastern Time.  Guest speakers, faith leaders, and members of the Love of Creation working Group will present, facilitate and offer prayers for the series. We hope you will all be able to participate.
Topics are;
Nov. 23: Creation Care: A Letter of the Faithful
Nov. 30: Climate Action Now!
Click here to register on Zoom. 
With every blessing, 

This week at 
St. Laurence

Thursday Nov. 26
Bible Study Beth Tzedec