The Cathedral Chronicle, January 9, 2011

dates to remember…

Thursday, January 13, 12 Noon | Friendship Circle meeting
Friday, January 14, 10 a.m. | Bible Study
Wednesday – Friday, January 19-21 | Trinity Live Web Conference

Transition team…

The Transition Team asks that the congregation set aside the following 3 Sunday afternoons, after church, for congregational gatherings. Please mark February 6, February 13, and March 6 on your calendar! More information will be available within the next few weeks. Please continue to hold the Transition Team members – Terry Barber, Maureen Dolyniuk, Marlene Janzen, Peter Spencer, and Patricia Stagg – and the Cathedral leadership in your prayers.

Thank you…

This week we received a letter from Champlain School – “On behalf of the students, staff, parents and guardians of Champlain School, I would like to thank you for your generous donations. We are always in need of hats and mitts for our students. Partnering to assist members of the community speaks volumes to our ability to help each other and build community. We look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you again for your support, it is very much appreciated.  Sincerely, Maxine Geller, Principal

St John’s Prayer List…

We invite you to take Sunday’s bulletin home with you and to pray for the persons on St. John’s Prayer List in your devotions.

Coffee time…

We are still looking for volunteers to donate baking for our coffee time after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Thank you so much to those who have made baking contributions!


Stewardship – Faith on Fire, Hearts & Minds Transformed We all share in the baptismal priesthood. Stewardship is rooted in our baptism. How are you using your gifts in response to your baptismal call? Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg,

Trinity Conference…

The Cathedral will host the 41st Trinity Institute International Theological Conference January 19 – 21, 2011. The theme of this 3 day live video conference is Reading Scripture through Other Eyes. Speakers will address topics including:

  • What concerns do scholars have when reading Scripture?
  • What does an ordinary reader bring?
  • How does our culture influence what truths we may find in Scripture?
  • How do we read scripture together?

Speakers will include: Walter Brueggemann, Mary Gordon, Teresa Okure, and Gerald O. West.
Early Registration (before January 14):
Individual $55, Couple $90, Student $45
Delayed Registration (after January 14):
Individual $65, Couple $110, Student $55
Register by calling the Cathedral Office at 586-8385.

For further information, see the events page.


We are looking for a new Verger. Please speak to one of the Wardens if you are interested in serving in this position or know of someone who might be interested.

Prayer Circle…

Cathedral members are reminded that an email Prayer Circle operates from the Cathedral.
learn more about the Prayer Circle
make a prayer request

Main Street Corridor events…

Monday, January 24  – 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Anne’s Bible Study on “The Gospel of Matthew” using the two book series by Tom Wright entitled “Matthew for Everyone” – Cost of the two book series is $20. Please see the sign up sheet on the table at the back of the Cathedral.

S.M.A.R.T. Program…

(Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)
Exercise classes designed for seniors

THE TIME IS NOW. While it is true that we cannot stop the calendar from moving, exercise can do something to slow the aging process and even improve our health. Studies have shown that exercise can benefit our heart and respiratory function, lower blood pressure, increase strength, improve bone density, improve flexibility, quicken reaction times, reduce body fat, improve balance, and reduce susceptibility to depression, disease and injuries. It also gives people more energy to do other things that they enjoy. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO OBTAIN A POSITIVE RESULT THROUGH EXERCISE.

Tests have shown that no matter when a person starts to exercise, significant improvement can be achieved, and fairly quickly. Exercise also increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain which helps us to maintain good mental health. There’s no avoiding it — exercise benefits every muscle in the body, including the one between our ears. This program has been developed through the Victoria Order of Nurses (the V.O.N.) especially to help older adults become more fit and, consequently, less likely to be affected by disease or injury. People will be led to take part at their own pace and level of comfort as they increase their stamina, strength and flexibility.

It is a fun and gentle exercise program led by certified instructors who have been trained by the V.O.N., including Peter and Geri Spencer from St. John’s. The program is offered at various locations throughout Winnipeg, including at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. These exercises have been running since the Autumn of 2005 and we will be re-starting the groups at St. John’s Cathedral after the Christmas break. This program will again be held in the hall in the basement of the church on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., beginning January 11th & 14th.

A fee of $30 is requested to attend a ten week session on either Tuesdays or Fridays (or $50 for both days) but no one will be turned away if they cannot pay. Additional amounts will be accepted as donations and are greatly appreciated. A tax receipt will be given by the V.O.N. for donations of $10 or more. You will also need to have an exercise band for muscle work, which you
can bring with you or purchase from us. Everyone is welcome. Please join us to improve your fitness in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

For more information contact:
Raul Paragas, SMART Program Coordinator, V.O.N. Manitoba – telephone (204) 997-9105 (cell phone)
Richard Howell, SMART Fitness Instructor – telephone (204) 338-6929
Anna-Marie Lessard, SMART Fitness Instructor – telephone (204) 694-8159
Peter and Geri Spencer, SMART Fitness Instructors – telephone (204) 586-7994

Periaktoi news…

Be sure to check the periaktoi at the back of the church for current information announcements which may be of interest to you.