Christmas Letter 2018

thGY7XL7RG

The Parish of Fundy and the Lakes

Dear Parishioner

As I sit here in the coffee shop waiting for my car to be looked at, I glance around and I see a number of Christmas decorations hanging inside and outside the store. This brings to mind how every year, people fall back on their personal traditions which surround this most important celebration.  For many of us, these traditions date back for many generations and they are very important to us.

As we go through all the steps of following and re-creating these traditions, have we ever taken the time to ask ourselves – why do we follow these traditions? Is it simply because our great grandparents or ancestors did them and we just follow suit?

There is a story of a mother who would always cut both ends of the pot roast before she put it in the oven. One day her young daughter asked her why she did that.  The mother replied it was because her own mother had always done so.  So the young girl went and asked her grandmother why did that.  She gave the same answer – because her mother always did.  The young girl then went to her great grandmother and still received the same answer.  Luckily for the young girl, her great great grandmother was still alive, so she was able to go visit her and asked the same question.  The older lady smiled, looked at her young progeny and explained that the cooking pan she had for roast beef was too small, so she had to cut the ends in order for the meat to fit in.  And so began a new tradition.

This year, my Advent challenge to all of you is that, as you prepare for the Christmas Season, you take the time to ask yourself – why do I do this? Why do I do it in this way?  When and why did it start?  Maybe even, why is this decoration, or is this pattern of decorating important to me?  We may awaken something deep within ourselves that brings special meaning or reminds us of a special moment in our lives.

In a few weeks, we will be celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. Perhaps we could begin a new tradition of taking a few minutes each day in the season of Advent to focus our thoughts on the reason we decorate our homes.  Let us take the time to offer a warm and festive welcome to the Christ Child who, each year, reminds us of His message of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy for our beloved world.

I invite all of you to join us throughout the Advent and Christmas Seasons as the parish family prepares and celebrates this most important time in the Christian calendar. The times and places of these services are enclosed.

May you all have a Blessed Advent and Christmas Seasons,

The Rev’d Canon Leo Martin

Rector

 

Worship Services

December 16, 2018 – Advent 3

8:00 am        –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

10:30 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

10:30 am       –           Morning Prayer – Saint Thomas

 

December 23, 2018 – Advent 4

10:30 am       –           Festival of Lessons and Carols

Christ the King

 

December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

4:30 pm       –           Holy Communion – Saint Thomas

7:00 pm       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

 

December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

10:00 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

 

December 30, 2018 – Christmas 1

10:30 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

Saturday, November 24th

Christmas Bazaar 2

The Ladies Guild will be hosting their annual Christmas Tea & Bazaar on Saturday, November 24th at the Church of Christ the King, 2000 Loch Lomond Road, Saint John.  Doors will be open from 11 am to 1:30 pm.  Admission is free.

A lunch of sandwiches, sweets and tea/coffee/ hot cider is available for $8.

Tables include Home Baking and Cooking, Crafts and New to You.

Everyone is welcome!

 

Give rest, O Christ to Your servant.

Janet Grace Edwards

1953-2018

Janet Grace Edwards

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Janet Grace (Claxton) Edwards announces her passing, which occurred on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Saint John Regional Hospital at the age of 65. Born in London, UK, she was a daughter of J. Kenneth Claxton and the late Grace Cooper.

Janet worked as a high school teacher in the UK before emigrating to Canada in 1998. She then served in the Church Army and at the Coverdale Centre in Saint John.

Janet is survived by her loving husband, David; her brothers Paul and Michael; sister Sarah; aunts Beryl and Pamela as well as many cousins in the United Kingdom. Janet is also survived by her stepmother Elizabeth Claxton and her stepfather Derek Martin.

Janet is predeceased by her mother Grace.

Arrangements are under the care of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, N.B. (634-7424).

Visitation will be held at Stone Church on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM & 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

A funeral service will be held from the Church of Christ the King, 2000 Loch Lomond Rd, Saint John, NB, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

An Interment will take place at a later date.

Donations in Janet’s memory may be made to Threshold Ministries (Church Army), Christ the King Anglican Church, Stone Church, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be placed at www.BrenansFH.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

ChrysanthemumA Letter from Reverend Leo…

Thanksgiving 2018

The summer has certainly blessed us with wonderful and warm weather, and now, the chill is slowly creeping over our area to announce the arrival of autumn. This season not only brings changes in the weather, but it also brings changes into our schedules as we all try to bring back some sense of normalcy to our every day lives.  The same applies to our parish and our church family.

While the summer period has been very busy with property demands, we now return to our cadence of regular meetings, classes and get-togethers to move the work of our parish forward. This fall, this will include our regular activities, our continuing pattern of worship, and in addition, the start of a Sunday School (October 14th) and major renovations at Christ the King to meet Safe Church standards.  It will be busy and exciting.

In this season of thanksgivings, we will hopefully set aside a brief moment or two in our busy schedules to offer thanks to our God and Creator for all the blessings He showers upon us. These blessings will be different for all of us.  In our personal lives, these may include family, friends, health, a new relationship, new employment, or even a new home amongst others.  On a church family level, it could include new energy, a renewed interest in some activity, or perhaps a new idea for ministry.  Our lists of thanksgivings are endless – sometimes, we simply overlook them.

As your Rector, I offer my thanks for the many facets of ministry which takes place in this parish. We have a large number of people involved in this ministry, at every level.  It is heartwarming and I find it to be a true blessing.  Our work together as a parish family is what allows us to face the challenges and joys which we encounter.  Together, we till this part of God’s beautiful garden.  Together, we get rewarded by its results.  Together, we offer thanks for our cornucopia of blessings.

May God’s love and blessings continue to lead us in our lives, and may we work and walk together towards the call which comes our way facing it with open arms and thanksgiving.

 

In His Service,

The Reverend Canon Leo Martin

 

Fall Schedule – Quick Glance

 

Oct. 7 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

  Nov. 18 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

Oct. 14 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

  Nov. 25 1030am

Christ the King – Combined Service

Oct. 21 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

  Dec. 2 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

Oct. 28 1030am

Christ the King – Combined Service

  Dec. 9 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

Nov. 4 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

  Dec. 16 8am – Christ the King

1030am – Christ the King

1030am- St Thomas

Nov. 11 8am – Christ the King

9am – Christ the King

9am- St Thomas

  Dec. 23 1030am

Christ the King

Lessons and Carols

 

Notes:

  • Watch for more information regarding the start of Sunday School
  • November 11th service times are changed to allow attendance at Remembrance Day Services.
  • Christmas Services will be announced at a later date.

Sing, Sing, Sing!

hymn-sing-1

Save the date of Sunday September 23!

Plan to join us for an evening of Christian music. We will begin at 6:30 pm, and we will all enjoy the combination of hymn singing and selections from local musicians.

A love offering will be received to support the ministry of Nelson and Kara Mejia – missionaries in Roatan Honduras.

And, of course, there will be a time of fellowship with light refreshments to follow.

Gardens are Wonderful!

IMG_3502

We all love gardens.  Some of us love to work in the garden, to create, to encourage and to reap.  Others prefer to enjoy the beauty that has been created by others.  Whatever the case, we all acknowledge that without God’s hand involved, all our efforts are useless.

This Sunday, July 22, the members of the Parish of Fundy and the Lakes will gather to dedicate this garden in memory of Mary Kellier.

IMG_3523

Mary was one of our very dedicated parishioners whose contributions of time and talents greatly benefited our church.  She is remembered with much love.

IMG_3499

Please join us at 10:30 am this Sunday at the Church of Christ the King for a Dedication service as we honour her memory.  We will share in Holy Communion, and then a time of fellowship and a “cup of tea”.

IMG_3500.JPG

There will be many friends and many memories, and we would like to share them with you.IMG_3515.JPG

If the weather cooperates, you may even get the pleasure of walking the grounds to see the beauty that has been organized in her memory.

And if we are really blessed, Mary’s favorite flower will bloom just in time for the service.

IMG_3524.JPG

Two days of warm temperatures and sunshine should bring these buds to full bloom.