‘I Remember Mama’

Two North End residents and members of the Shoestring Players are taking part in a classic production to raise money for Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.

In May, the theatre group will be performing I Remember Mama, a play originally produced in 1944 by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, at St. John’s Cathedral. The original production is a compilation of six short stories from Kathryn Forbes’ book Mama’s Bank Account, about a Norwegian immigrant family and their struggles coming to North America in the 1900s. The play has been adapted to be set in 1910 Winnipeg, a time when many immigrants arrived.

“Right at that time, Winnipeg was enjoying its great expansion and immigrants were pouring in from Europe,” said Peter Spencer, the play’s director.

I Remember Mama speaks to the struggles and experiences many newcomer families are going through, Spencer said. HHRM is a non-profit organization that sponsors refugees, provides housing and support for up to 12 people at a time. Although many parishes and donors have supported their work, Tom Denton, HHRM’s executive director, said help is always welcome.

“Hospitality House receives no government funding whatsoever, and relies entirely on the generosity of the community to keep its doors open to serve thousands of refugees over the past 30 years.”

The cast of 17 local artists has been rehearsing since the end of February. Spence said it’s a short time for such a big production. The church will be adapted to become the stage for I Remember Mama.

“I think we have a strong cast and it’s been a lot of work and frustration, but putting on a play is problem-solving basically. As you run into problems you try to solve them,” he explained. “There’s kind of a miracle in theatre. The miracle is that it all seems to come together in the end. People make enormous strides in learning their roles. You get on stage, and almost all of it comes together.”

North End resident Robert Butler has been creating costumes for the Shoestring Players for over 20 years and said dressing up characters plays an essential part in any production. He researches the era and the characters in the production and then goes through the Shoestring Players’ stock, as well as thrift shops and available fabrics, to create something that will support the characters.

“If the costume is not working on stage it can be distracting for the performance. The audience is watching and thinking ‘there’s something wrong with that.’” Butler said.

All performances will be held at St. John’s Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave.) daily from Tues., May 16 to Sat., May 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and may be reserved by calling 204-475-6821 or email lindameckling@gmail.com

(Source: the Times newspaper, May 27, 2017)

 

Join The Shoestring Players at the Cathedral May 16th through May 20th for their presentation of ‘I Remember Mama’. Proceeds from the play will benefit the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.

 

Requiescat In Pace, Lennard Sampson

LENNARD WASHINGTON SAMPSON December 25, 1933 – March 4, 2017

With dignity and grace, our family Patriarch, Lennard Washington Sampson, died and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Saviour, surrounded by his family, at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. Len will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; six sons, Keith (Debbie), Kirk (Kim), Kerry (Sandra), Kester (Lorelei), Kordel and Kyle; 16 grandchildren, Korbin (Jenny), Kyra (Kyle), Kasandra (Aaron); Terrell, Kayne, Kareem and Kory; Tyler, Terrence and Taylor; Kyle (Joan) and Kayla (Arnie); Kollin (Kaytie) and Matthew, Noah and Owen; 12 great-grandchildren, Kali, Dominik, Melody, Aria, Taliyah, Chloe, Yazmin, Micheal, Vida, Drayden, Maleena and Olivia; his sister Cleorita Ramcharan and her family; sister-in-law Shirley Cooke and her family; brothers-in-law, Sherwin, Jack and Jeff Sheppard (Althea) and their families, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, a large extended family, and many dear friends. Lennard was predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Millicent Sampson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Augustus and Violet Sheppard; brother Livingston Medford; sisters, Ursil Charles, Velda Walters, and goddaughter Sherry Sheppard. Len was born on Christmas Day 1933, in Usine, St. Madeleine, Trinidad and Tobago, the youngest of five children and was educated in San Fernado. He was employed as a machinist with Texaco in Pointe-a-Pierre.

In 1968, he along with his wife and five young sons, immigrated to Winnipeg. Len was employed as the General Manager of Cyclo-Chrome Industries and later employed with Dominion Tanners. He was also an entrepreneur and owner of Trin-Tech Industries, and later owned and operated Krystal Crankshaft right up until his passing. Len was an ardent community servant and leader, often referred to as the Captain. He served on numerous committees and organizations including, Cari-Cana, Caripeg, Trinidad and Tobago Society, Barbados Association of Manitoba, Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Folklorama – where he served as an adult ambassador, High-Life Steel Orchestra, Independent Order of English Mechanics, Preston Unity, where he was the Grand Master of Canada and a member of the Supreme Council, London, England, and a member of St. John’s Cathedral for over 40 years.

Len was a family man, his family was always number one to him. He was also very respected and loved by all who met him. His home was always open to anyone and everyone. His kind and genuine nature, infinite wisdom, sense of humour, his many stories, his guidance and constant words of encouragement will be greatly missed. We are truly blessed to have had him in our lives. Viewing will be held on Friday, March 10, at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg, conducted by the Very. Rev. Paul N. Johnson with viewing one hour prior to service. Interment to follow immediately after the service in St. John’s Cathedral cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lennard Sampson may be made to ‘St. John’s Anglican Cathedral‘, 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 1E2.

Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end;
They simply mean we’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.

“Rest in Peace Daddy.”

CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL, Winnipeg

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2017

Ann Bailey – Requiescat in pace

FRANCES ANN BAILEY October 18, 1951 – February 13, 2017

ANN BAILEY died on February 13, 2017 at Victoria General Hospital, with her family by her side. Ann will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Gary Craven; her children, Trevor and Sara; her brothers, Ron (Sharon Goertzen) and Robert (Brigitte Insull); her sister, Mary Stanger (Ted); brother-in-law, Ian Craven (Barb); and sister-in-law, Sandra Craven (Clint Miller). Nephews and nieces treasure fond memories of Ann, including: Melissa, Graham and Emma Bailey; Margaret Stanger (Jerrimy Seavers); Melanie Gluchi (Kyle) and Curtis Craven (Patti). She is survived by her step-mother, Barb Bailey and her mother-in-law, Noreen Craven, as well as numerous extended family and friends. Ann was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Joan Bailey and her nephew Dustin Craven. Ann was born in Morris, Manitoba and grew up there until the age of five, when she moved to Winnipeg. She started her academic career at the University of Winnipeg and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She later moved to Ottawa for work but returned to Winnipeg to pursue her Bachelor of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1977. After her call to the bar, she practiced family law with the firm of Krawchuk Galanchuk before joining the Legislative Counsel Office of Manitoba Justice as a Crown Counsel in 1986. Ann was a dedicated public servant. Never one to be afraid of hard work, she had a deep respect for government and the process by which the law is made. With her commitment and hard work, she lived what she taught, “seat of the pants on the seat of the chair until the job is done and done well”. Her office benefitted from much more than her talent for drafting laws and dealing with clients, she took a personal interest in each co-worker and brightened spirits with her sense of humour. Public service was a natural fit for Ann since she always tried to make her community a better place. Volunteering with charitable organizations, supporting the arts, participating in sport and fitness activities and enjoying nature from Fort Whyte to baby falcons, she was always ready to contribute. Her actions reminded us all to patronize local artists and small businesses, protect the environment, drop off clothes to women’s shelters and generally be compassionate and responsible members of society. Throughout her life Ann loved to travel. She shared this love of travel with her friends and family through many wonderful trips. When they were first together, she accompanied Gary on his consulting work in the Caribbean and in Australia. They enjoyed sailing with friends in the Caribbean and many family trips throughout the U.S. and Mexico. While her daughter, Sara, studied in France, she met her there and they toured Italy. In recent years, Ann and Gary shared many wonderful vacations including travels to Europe and Asia. Ann was a loving wife, mother and friend. She was truly both the foundation and roof of her family, looking out for everyone and holding everyone together. Grounded and wise, her genuine caring and generosity touched all those around her. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and aids who professionally and skillfully attended to Ann during her stay at the Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, Hawaii as well as the nurses in the Community Palliative Care Program and at CancerCare Manitoba. Donations in memory of Ann Bailey may be made to the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, 100 – 4 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4;  Agape Table, 175 Colony St. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2W2 or a charity of one’s choice.

Her funeral service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 2 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 135 Anderson Avenue in Winnipeg, between Main St. and the Red River, just north of St. John’s Park (Main and Mountain).  There is street parking on every side of the Cathedral (and at least one gate) and time limits have been lifted for the afternoon.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Living Generously

Generosity Isn’t About How Much Money You Have

stewardship-living-generously
By Amalya Campbell, 25 January 2017

You haven’t “made it” yet. You don’t command a hefty salary or carry a sizable bank balance. No silver spoons have ever landed in your mouth. Congratulations! You’re in generosity’s sweet spot.

Believe it or not, the best time to learn generosity is when we have less, not more. Why? When we have more, we also have more to lose—and so we cling to it tightly, fearful it might escape our grasp. Often, too, we tell ourselves we’ve earned our bounty or that we’re reaping the rewards of our own hard work, diligence and savvy money management. These attitudes keep us from practicing generosity.

Yet when the next paycheck is the only way we’ll make this month’s rent or keep the lights on, we see it as a godsend. Because it is. We whisper prayers of gratitude, we acknowledge God’s guiding hand, and we recall that all we have is a gift. We are grateful, and gratitude is the birthplace of generosity.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/generosity-isnt-about-how-much-money-you-have#gJ4BpgI6TVyFoMrl.99

stewardship-living-generously

Amalya Campbell champions generosity. Harvard MBA, co-author of “Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World” with LaSalle Street Church pastor Laura Truax, and follower of Jesus…

TI.2017.Horizontal.V5‘Water Justice’ – An annual theological conference

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases.

From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

You’re invited to attend Trinity Institute, an annual conference that takes place in New York City and at partner sites around the world via webcast, including at St. John’s Cathedral. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Jeffrey Sachs, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

Join the water justice movement! We’ll develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water justice and climate change, and learn what we can do about water issues of access, pollution, drought, and rising sea levels.

featuring
Please see our poster and agenda. For further information click here.
To register, please download out our fillable registration-form and send to office@stjohnscathedral.ca.

High Feasts and Holy-Days…

IMG_1213_2Saturday, Christmas Eve
Family Service with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m., Dean Paul N. Johnson preaching and presiding;
Sung Eucharist (‘Midnight Mass’) at 11:00 p.m., Bishop Donald Phillips preaching, Dean Johnson presiding.

Sunday, Christmas Day, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., Dean Paul N. Johnson preaching and presiding.

First Sunday of Christmas, the Name of Jesus, January 1
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., The Rev. Julie Collings preaching and presiding.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 8
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.,  The Rev. Brian Ford preaching and presiding.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

thanksgiving-gods-goodness

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble…

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.  For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

Psalm 107:1-2,8-9

Dear friends, please remember to bring something to share tomorrow, Sunday, for our Thanksgiving offering;
non-perishable items for Winnipeg Harvest are especially welcome.  Also, you may give an extra financial offering and designate that for ‘Winnipeg Harvest’, cheque made out to ‘St. John’s Anglican Cathedral’.  Every dollar given is multiplied twenty times by Harvest, so any amount is a great gift also.

harvest-food-items

TEN MOST WANTED FOOD ITEMS (Winnipeg Harvest)

  1. Canned fish and poultry – tuna, or salmon (packed in water) chicken or turkey
  2. Canned fruit and vegetables (packed in own juice)
  3. Canned stew, chili, brown beans
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Baby Food – jars of chicken, beef, vegetables or fruit, infant cereal such as oatmeal, barley or rice, Formula with added iron (While donations of infant formula with added iron are needed, Winnipeg Harvest supports breastfeeding.)
  6. Whole grain pasta/whole wheat pasta
  7. Rice – brown, converted or parboiled
  8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
  9. Cereal – high fiber, non-sugar coated
  10. Canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable
Please share what you can spare of these non-perishable food items.
These food items reflect recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide and are supported by Manitoba Dietitians.


So far, as of today, Saturday, we are well behind last year’s Thanksgiving offering; if you’re coming to worship tomorrow, to give thanks as we do every Sunday, please consider bringing a generous donation, as generous as you are able, in your circumstances, either food or money, for Winnipeg Harvest.  If you come early, you can add it to the display at the altar.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Come and join us in giving thanks.

thanksgiving-at-st-johns-cathedral-11-oct-2015-2

Thanksgiving Offering 2015. Please bring what you can tomorrw and let’s see if we can’t share more with those who need it most. Thank you, and thanks be to God!

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.  And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Psalm 107:21-22

 

Welcome, sisters and brothers from Uganda!

img_1948-2

St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka, and Synod Office (right)

the-rev-canon-michael-lubowa-bishop-elect-central-buganda

The Rev. Canon Michael Lubowa, Bishop-Elect, Central Buganda

Thanks be to God!  We rejoice that we will soon receive six guests from our Companion Diocese, the Diocese of Central Buganda of the Church of Uganda.  Arriving this coming Friday evening, 7 October, will be our long-time friends Bishop Jackson Matovu and his wife, Perusi, The Rev. Canon Jason Musoke and his wife, Faith, along with the Bishop-Elect of the Diocese, The Rev. Canon Michael Lubowa, and his wife, Janepher Nankya Lubowa.  Official notice came from our own bishop just a couple of days ago:

img_1890

Faith and Jason+

“The planning for a visit from senior leadership in the Diocese of Central Buganda has been in process for over a year.  The goal was to bring retiring Bishop Jackson Matovu, new Bishop-elect Michael Lubowa, Archdeacon Jason Masoke (Orphan program) and their spouses (Perusi, Janepher and Faith, respectively) to our Diocese prior to the retirement/installation service taking place in Uganda at the end of January 2017.  The challenge was not knowing the identity of the bishop-elect until the end of August, and then gently discovering whether he was interested and able to travel to Canada.  This was followed up by the need to apply for and receive travel visas for the trip – which were approved and delivered in record time. (Thanks be to God!)  So the “green light” for the trip was obtained only yesterday. (Sept. 29)

“Hence – the lateness and urgency of this communique.  God-willing, the 6 of them will arrive at Winnipeg airport at 8:20 pm on Friday October 7.  Anyone is more than welcome to come out to the airport to “receive” them.  Our Companion Diocese Committee is busy putting together itineraries for each of them.  While their Sunday morning commitments are already set, and some other activities are in place, there are also open spaces for their time with us which concludes on the Sunday after our Diocesan Synod (they’ll be with us at Synod).  They fly out on Monday October 24.

img_2167

Bishop Jackson and Perusi

“There are two events in particular that will be excellent opportunities (for those within “range” of Winnipeg) and one event in northern Ontario to gather with the visitors:

Fri. Oct. 14 – A “party” being held at St. Francis Church, 253 Burin Ave., Winnipeg.  It will begin with a potluck supper followed by entertainment and fellowship.  Details of the exact time will follow.

Tues. Oct. 18 – 7 pm Choral Evensong and fellowship/refreshments at St. Luke’s Church, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg.

For Ontario parishes – 4 of the 6 visitors will be participating in the Archdeaconry/Deanery meeting scheduled for Sat. Oct. 15 in Dryden, ON.  This will be a great opportunity to interact with our companions from Central Buganda.”

Our guests will be with us here at the Cathedral on Sunday, 23 October, their last Sunday among us, and the day after the conclusion of our Diocesan Synod, where they will also be honoured guests.

 
img_1965It was my privilege to travel to Uganda last January/February and spend two weeks with our partners in the Gospel there.  It was my joy, as with all the clerics who went, to preach and preside both Sundays that we were their guests. I thank God that they have now received visas, our six guests, and will be with us in only a few days time.  I’ll be at the airport on Friday evening to greet them, and I hope that some of you will join us there, to give them a warm Rupert’s Land welcome.

With you in Christ’s glad service,

Dean Paul