Friday, February 28, 2014

Quinquagesima Sunday, March 2, 2014

Services this Week: Anglican Parish of St Peter, Fredericton.


March 4            No Parish Bible Study                                      3 p.m.

March 5                 Ash Wednesday midweek service with Fr Langmaid     7 p.m..

March 6                 NO At home Confirmation class                                         7 p.m.

March 9                 First Sunday in Lent Fr Langmaid                            8 and11 a.m.

March 11               Parish Bible Study with Fr Hebb, Shannex Brunswick hall    3 p.m.

March 12               midweek with Fr Hebb                                                          7 p.m.

We welcome all who are visiting us for worship on this pre-Lenten season. You will notice that St Peter's is a specifically Prayer Book Parish theologically as well as liturgically. What this means is that traditional liturgy (services) are the worshipping expression of normative Anglican, (i.e., of the Anglican Communion) belief. We hope that you find your time in our midst spiritually refreshing and beneficial.

Fr Hebb will be on vacation (out of country) from Sunday afternoon March 2 til Tuesday March 11. Fr Stockall of St Mary's Devon will cover emergencies in his absence. if truly required his numbers are: Rectory 454-0245 & cell: 461-7685

 On Feb 23rd Vestry decided to commence a relationship with the Fredericton YMCA to rent the Parish hall for an 'after-school program' come next autumn. This will entail hall usage all five week day afternoons.
A container for donations to the Rector's Discretionary Fund has now appeared at the rear - please consider supporting this ever increasing need. As well as requests for groceries, Fr Hebb also fields requests for rent-top-up funds, help with heating bills and gasoline.
A big thank you to members of the congregation who supported the Valentine Bridge Party at Governor Hall, Shannex on Feb 13. The coffee cakes and sweet breads were delicious. We raised $945 and had lots of positive feedback about the event. Maybe we’ll do it again in 2015. Thanks from the organizing committee!
Last Sunday Vestry decided to cancel the Annual Shrove Tuesday Supper due to lack of available workforce during the March Break - an event has been proposed for after Easter.
This year World Day of Prayer Service: Fri. Mar.7, 2014 at Holy Family Church, Hanwell.
ACW meeting Monday March 3, 7 p.m. in Parish Hall
Unexpected situation: On the evening of Feb 2 sewage backed-up into both the rectory and the parish hall - this phase of the event was caught early and cleaned up. Sadly, fixing the origin of the problem was much more involved and stretched over all Monday and half of Tuesday. It involved pump trucks, an electrician, a plumber (2 days) and a steam truck and a front end loader from the city. The sewage from both buildings empties into a catch-basin (under the man-holecover) behind the hall and is then  pumped out to  the city line under the trail. Unfortunately, the line goes all the way beyond the cemetery before it joins the city sewage system and it was the end of line that was frozen. It caused our  lift pump to pump until it  broke off and burnt out -including the electrical connections. It took all day Monday to determine that this was the origin of the problem. Needless to say bills will be coming. Our insurance company has been contacted and we are in discussions but it is highly unlikely that insurance will cover all costs.

On Feb 25, Warden Bob Matthews, Fr Hebb & Dr A Klinck met with the Diocesan Property Committee in an effort to persuade them to reverse their recommendation to the Bishop NOT to support our Parish's application to Ottawa for National Historic Site status. We were able to make a spirited  presentation and answer questions and to reply to objections for over an hour. As a result, the Property Committee is revisiting their decision and will meet again later in March to reconsider our position.
Lenten Talks by Bishop Hockin & Dr B Craig for 4 Mondays in March beginning March 10 at 12:15, Crown Plazza, Queen St., "Bouncing Back from Crisis and Hard Times"