Ministry Opportunity: Thelma Wynne Project

Thelma Wynne Project

This is the month we collect baby items for the Thelma Wynne Project which operates out of St. Matthews Church. Volunteers create bundles from all the donated items the project receives and distribute’s these to needy moms. A basket will be set up in the Nave for the next three weeks. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks from the Friendship Circle.

Ministry Opportunity: Sides-People/Greeters

Sides-People/Greeters

Sunday, March 4
12:30 pm | Meeting of Sides-People/Greeters

We are always looking for men and women to join us in this service, so if you see this as something you may be interested in doing come to the meeting and find out what is involved. Those interested in joining this ministry may also contact Ron Craig. Please try to be present and if you are unable to attend please advise so we can get your input for the meeting.
    find out more about the duties and responsibilities of this position

    Ministry Opportunity: Sides-People / Greeters Meeting

    There will be a meeting of Sides-people / Greeters on Sunday, December 11 at 12:30 P.M. All present Sides-people are requested to be present for this meeting. If there are others who would like to join us in this ministry you are also most welcome to attend.

    Those interested in joining this ministry may also contact Ron Craig in person or contact the Cathedral for his phone number.

    MInistry Opportunity: Choir

    A note from Tom

    Tom Packham, Music Director

    The satisfaction we feel as we do our ministry nourishes us. It is a deeply satisfying expression of our faith.

    As the choir reassembled last Thursday evening, the thought occurred to me that this was just about the most natural thing for this group of people to be doing. While that might sound patently obvious, it also includes a profound sense of collegiality and common purpose occurring in an environment of intense respect and support that is rarely found in life’s experiences. The satisfaction we feel as we do our ministry nourishes us. It is a deeply satisfying expression of our faith.

    So when we extend our constant invitation to all to join us, forgive our zeal. But do give prayerful consideration to the call.

    The commitment is huge:
    35 or so 2-hour rehearsals a year, plus a firm commitment to be in church every Sunday. (Let’s get real: life often gets in the way, but we do our best!) But to those of us involved in this work, we are hooked and we want to share the joy.

    In joyful service,
    Tom

    Thinking about joining? Here are the details:

    Choir Practice

    Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Commitment required
    New members are always welcome. Come and give us a try!

    Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process

    copied from “A Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process”
    by Michael Anne Haywood

    Everyone has spiritual gifts

    Everyone has gifts. No one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious and are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

    Everyone has gifts, useful, even necessary to the work of God in and through the church. The gifts we have are not the same gifts; each of us has something different that we can offer. No one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious and are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

    Paul writes in First Corinthians: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds oftongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ….. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.

    Discernment of spiritual gifts and ministry

    The discernment of spiritual gifts is a helpful process for those who would like to be involved in the church but who may not know what they have to offer. The Spiritual Gifts Inventory Test is only one step in the process of the discernment of gifts.

    The discernment of gifts is not a solo practice. One’s gifts should be affirmed by the community. Discuss your gifts openly with Christians you have a close relationship with. If you encountered surprises, share them. If you have some doubts, discuss them humbly. Ask for feedback, support, or clarification. Contribute to the affirmation process for the others in your group.

    After one has identified one’s spiritual gifts, the process of discernment turns to the discernment of one’s ministry, the use of one’s gifts — living out one’s baptismal vows — in the church and community. The List of Spiritual Gifts makes helpful suggestions of ministries where you can use your gifts effectively.

    Testing one’s ministry

    Your ministry should yield fruit; bringing forth in you positive feelings such as joy and peace, rather than making you feel anxious, impatient or imposed on.

    One means of testing one’s ministry is to match it against the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians: “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

    Ministry should yield fruit. For instance, if one has the gift of hospitality then having people in one’s home should bring forth feelings of love, joy, peace, etc., rather than making one feel anxious, impatient or imposed on.

    What are your Spiritual Gifts?
    Take the Test…
    The Spiritual Gifts Inventory Test

    Ministry Opportunity: Wechetowin Walk-a-thon

    Calling all Volunteers and Supporters!

    A fun morning of exercise and reflection on the progress of Healing & Reconciliation efforts in Winnipeg, thanks to the support of volunteers and people like you! 

    The 10km walk begins at St. Mary Magdalene walking north to St. John’s Park.

    Walking with Wechetowin
    2nd Annual Walk-a-thon
    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    From St. Mary Magdalene, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg
    to St. John’s Park at Main Street and Mountain, Winnipeg
    Registration 9:00 a.m.
    Barbecue 12 noon – 2 p.m.

    For sponsorship forms, to volunteer, or more information
    see the poster for contact information.

    An Urgent Appeal from PWRDF

    Responding to the Horn of Africa Drought
    July 14, 2011

    “Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”, communicated the Dadaab refugee camp in Somalia, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day.

    The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in six decades is currently affecting up to 10 million people.  The United Nations describes the situation in the region as the most severe food security emergency in the world today, with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warning that the response is “inadequate to prevent a further deterioration”. Levels of severe, acute malnutrition in this area, particularly among children, are also of great concern.  The mix of drought, skyrocketing food prices, food shortages, and deaths of livestock in large numbers has combined to make this situation a devastating one for millions of people in the region.

    PWRDF, through the ACT Alliance, is responding to this emergency.  ACT is a global coalition of 111 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance, and advocacy.  The current needs as discussed with ACT members are as follows:

    Kenya: Food distribution; supplementary feeding for nutrition targeting children, the elderly and nursing mothers; and water supply are the needs during the crisis phase. Farmers will need seeds, fertilizers and livestock restocking for the recovery process.

    Ethiopia: Food distribution, water supply– including the rehabilitation of water points and water harvesting; livestock restocking, and rehabilitation of pasture and growing of future animal feed.

    Somalia: The Programme Coordinator for the Somali Refugee Program who was in the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day, communicated on July 13, “Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”.

    To donate, visit PWRDF.

    A steady adult hand directs a cup of precious water to an infant in the Borena region of south Ethiopia. ACT/DCA/Binyan Mengesha