Thanksgiving Sunday October 10, 2021
Dear Friends,

In-Person Worship

Worship Update: Please note: As per mandates from the Archbishop, we will not be holding public worship for the next few weeks. September 26 - October 17 inclusive.

We will continue to keep you updated regarding Sunday Worship and the Covid situation.
Live Stream Worship
Adam Bedford is our speaker this week.
Please see the above link for this week's live streaming service. This link will bring you to the live service beginning at 10:00 am Sunday, you will be able to access the link at 9:50 am. To view our bulletin see here

Conversations: There will be no conversations this week.
Community News

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for the fall cleanup. We will continue our cleanup on Saturday, October 16, at 10 am. We will be raking leaves and gravel, clearing weeds, cleaning and edging flower beds, washing windows, and more. We are also looking for ideas for underused and under-loved areas of the gardens. Bring your favourite garden tools and your imaginations!
Wisdom Centre online event:
Freeing Jesus – Conversations with Diana Butler Bass about Re-Imaging Faith
Wednesday, October 20 – Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. 
“How can you still be a Christian?” This is the most common question Diana Butler Bass is asked today. It is a question that many people ponder as they wrestle with disappointment and disillusionment in their church and its leadership. But while many Christians have left their churches, they cannot leave their faith behind. In Freeing Jesus (HarperOne), Diana challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways. She encourages readers to “leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most.” These two informal sessions will be a combination of talks, Q&A and participant engagement. See here to register.

Holy Wisdom Mother of God: Exploring the Divine Feminine- A virtual retreat with the Rev. Matthew Wright. Join us for a virtual retreat with the Rev. Matthew Wright exploring the Divine Feminine in the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly under the guises of Sophia, or Holy Wisdom, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Drawing on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the mysticism of Thomas Merton, Holy Scripture, and the writings of early saints, we’ll discover Mary as a face of fierce compassion and as the God-birthing dimension of our own souls. The retreat will involve three online sessions: Friday evening, November 5, at 6pm MT, Saturday morning, November 6, from 10-12noon MT and Saturday afternoon, November 6, from 1-2:30pm MT. See here to register.
Retreat to explore the art and writing of Hildegard von Bingen, October 22 – 24th at Sorrento Centre. Hildegard (1098-1179) was a Benedictine Abbess, Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, prophet and poet. Her themes of God's energy in Creation will inspire and resonate with those seeking a life-giving spiritual path in our own time. Course fee: $135 + meals and accommodation. The Most Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton, Bishop of Kootenay, will lead the retreat; she has taught “Women Christian Mystics” at Vancouver School of Theology, and has led pilgrimages to the monastery of Hildegard, in Bingen, Germany along the Rhine Valley. If you are interested in carpooling to Sorrento speak with the Rev. Carolyn
PWRDF Christmas Cards - Visit pwrdf.org to view this year's Christmas cards. Please place your order with me by October 24.Thank you.
Carol Gardiner 403-249-9729

To view this months Voices of Hope bulletin please see here
Wondering about voting for Calgary's next mayor? Please see here to access the recorded version of the mayoral forum via facebook or here to access the recorded version via U Tube that was held on September 30th viz Zoom. The forum was well organized and included four mayoral candidates: Jeff Davidson, Jan Damery, Jeormy Farkas, and Jyoti Gondek. You are also welcome to share it with your family and friends
Ministries at St. Laurence; We are in need of people willing to help out with the various ministries. Greeters, sidespeople, readers, and leaders of the prayers. If you are interested in any of these please contact Kelly at adminassist@stlaurence.ca lettting her know which you are interested in and she will add you to the list.
We are in need of Readers and Leaders of the Prayers of the People and for the other ministries for the fall. Please sign up online or by contacting Kelly in the office.

Our Sunday worship services are the work of the St. Laurence community; readers and leaders of the Prayers of the People are needed for each celebration. You are invited to sign up online to participate in the Sunday services in 2021.

We have also added the other ministries to the signup beginning September 12th when we hope to be back to in person worship. If you would like to be added to any of the ministry lists please let Kelly know.

For readers please sign up here

For prayers please sign up here

For greeters please sign up here

For sides person please sign up here

For AV operator please sign up here