May 17 Sunday Service
May 17 Sunday Service

D ear friends,

Blessings for the sixth Sunday in Easter.  The 30 minute Sunday service video is above.  Thanks to everyone who is watching these, participating in these and taking the time to call one another after watching.    This week's service includes Juleta Severson Baker reading, Alison Longson  praying.

Note from Archbishop re: how we will not be resuming worship
You may have heard in the media that worship services are able to resume.  This is not the case for the Diocese of  Calgary.  The  Archbishop has written a letter about this which you can read here  the short story is that we are not permitted to gather for in-person worship until it is deemed safe.

St. Laurence and Covid 19 Survey
Please take the time to fill out this short survey about St. Laurence and how we are dealing with COVID. Please complete the survey by May 25th. You can access the survey  here:  

 A note from the Corporation  
 
First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU to those parishioners who have continued to make their contributions to the church in these different times. Whether it is by auto debit or by sending a cheque into the church, these contributions have allowed us to respond to our parishioners needs, provide services and sermons on the internet, and above all, allow Anna and Carolyn to do what they do best!
 
April contributions are down approximately 15% from March and rental income is down as well. The drop in is partially offset by some expense reductions, so we are able to keep going, and ask that if you can, please continue to make your contributions to the church.

Have any of you been wondering about the parking lot?
 
Negotiations are continuing with the contractor and if all goes to plan, we should see the work commencing within a month! The Parish council, have decided the church will cover the additional costs of $38,000 from reserve , with the intent to rebuild the reserve over the next 2 years. The budget is now $238,000.
 
All being well the new parking lot should be completed by the end of August.
 
Thank you to everyone who have been: contributing to church services, sermon ,maintaining social distancing, wearing masks , thanking nurses, doctors , first responders, cleaners, and each other for all that is being done to conquer this virus.
Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and each other.
Sincerely
Mike Campbell, Phyllis Hawley, Richard Hooper, Joyce Coleman and Anna Greenwood-Lee
 
St. Laurence and Calgary Alliance in the news because of our work on computers

CTV did a story about St. Laurence and the Calgary Alliance's part in collecting over 3000 computers for people in need in the past weeks.  Click here and then fastforward to minute 39.   There was also a print story that you can see here

   Calgary Alliance Delegates Assembly
Over the past year, the Research Action Teams of the Calgary Alliance, which include members of St.  Laurence, have worked to understand the key community issues identified from last year's listening campaign and to prepare recommendations for the Assembly being held on May 25th. In addition, COVID-19 uncovered several issues that impact our most vulnerable populations. The Alliance has added three of these issues where we believe we could have a positive impact. Please click here to see a summary document of the issues that have been identified.  The Alliance website also contains more information on  Turning the Tide in One GenerationTrauma-Informed Care,   Mobile Response team, and   Basic Income.
 
Prior to this Assembly St. Laurence is asked to deliberate about these issues.  We are invited to move beyond simply "yes" or "no" but to consider the following:
  • Are these issues that your members are willing to spend time and energy on?
  • Are there particular concerns about one or more issues that your members would need addressed before the Alliance could move forward?
  • Before moving forward on any issue would your organization need further education/information from the Alliance to remove an objection?
  • Are there people, relationships, or other resources your organization has that can be leveraged to address these issues?
  • Would moving forward on any of these issues lead to your organization leaving the Alliance?
On Monday, May 25 at 7pm any members of St. Laurence who are interested are invited to attend the online Delegates Assembly where these issues will be presented and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.  There will then be a breakout room so St. Laurence can discuss the issues just with one another before voting with one common vote as a congregation.  If you would like to attend please email Kelly so she can register you adminassist@stlaurence.ca

You are also invited to a zoom session that I will host to dive into all of this and get us ready for the assembly on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 am.  If you want to read the document above and join that session with your questions and comments we'd love to have you.  It will be a bit like a Sunday 'Conversations' session.  If you plan to attend it would also be helpful if you also let Kelly know so we can plan accordingly and send a reminder email.

Basic Income Webinar

We want to invite you to join us for our workshop, on Basic Income this upcoming Monday.
Basic Income has been described as potentially one of the most transformative social policies that we can enact. It has the possibility of ending poverty, releasing entrepreneurial potential, and increasing productivity by creating financial opportunities that would allow individuals to upgrade their skillset.

Yet, it has had its detractors. Others have described it as being as being prohibitively expensive, as paying for people to sit on their couches and as removing the motivation for work. So, what is the truth? 

Fortunately, Basic Income is a social policy that has been deeply studied with experimentation of it around the globe. 

Join us for a conversation with John Rook, as we discern if Basic Income is an issue that we want to support. John Rook has a wealth of experience from his leadership at several Calgary non-profits including The Calgary Homeless Foundation, Potential Place, The Alex Community Health Centre, and The Salvation Army Community Services. He is a leading advocate for policy change in Calgary. John is also a board member of Basic Income Canada Network. 
 
Join us:
Monday May 18th at 7:00 pm on Zoom 
Please register by clicking here:
The zoom link will be sent to you when you register. 

Documentary Film - view and discuss! 
The Story of Stuff community recently released THE STORY OF PLASTIC, a new 95 minute documentary film by Deia Schlosberg which exposes the local and global environmental, climate, justice, and health impacts of the plastic industry. 
This follows on beautifully from our Lenten fast from single-use plastics last year.  Donna Ruparell has obtained limited on-line viewing rights to the film to share with us.  This would involve her sending you a link for the film, you watching it in your own time and then joining in with a discussion on Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00 via zoom.  If you're interested in taking part, please send Donna an email ( donna.ruparell@gmail.com) and she will send you a link to the film.  The film must be viewed before the May  27th discussion as the link expires then.  Everyone is welcome to take part in learning more about this important environmental and human issue.  Please invite friends and neighbours who might be interested. 


With every blessing for the Easter season and the month of May. 

Anna