St. Francis by the Lakes Vision Statement

Journey with God, Journey with Each Other, Help Others Journey with God.

 

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Welcome to St Francis by the Lakes

Anglican Church in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

 

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Take care of yourself and your family.  Numbers 6:24-26

May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

MONDAY MUSINGS   June 7th, 2021

Ezekiel 36.26    "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
 
This past week has been filled with heart ache as we heard about the on going lingering damage of the residential school system. A cemetery filled with 215 children was discovered, and it is believed that there are more, perhaps numbering in the thousands, of unmarked graves at numerous residential schools throughout Canada. It makes the head spin and the heart to break. 
 
The Anglican Church of Canada was an active participant in this system. Our church, along with other denominations, together with society as a whole, our communities, our government, all of us, participated in this system. We have a tremendous amount of shame, guilt, and lament over what had taken place. 
 
In 1995 our Primate of the day, Archbishop Michael Peers, stood before General Synod, and on behalf of our church, apologized to the First Nations community. It was moving, it was touching, it was accepted. There was not a dry eye in the room. Our organist, Cynthia, was a delegate at that synod. 
 
We did not stop with an apology. This was more than just words. Our church began a process of reconciliation, putting our words into action. We sat together to negotiate a legal settlement to help individuals and communities. We also established a Healing Fund to go alongside the Reconciliation Fund. We, along with others, encouraged the Government of Canada to make an apology to the First nations people at a meeting of Parliament. We also encouraged and participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 
 
In order to give the First Nations peoples a stronger voice at the national level, the Anglican Church appointed Bishop Mark MacDonald as the National Indigenous Bishop in 2007. In 2019, as one of his final acts as our Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz elevated his position to that of Archbishop. 
 
Although our diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island was not a direct participant in the residential school system, we directly participate in the ongoing support. Our former rector, David Reid, chaired the capital campaign that generated the money to share in our commitment to the Healing and Reconciliation Fund of the National Church. We continue to support these funds. 
 
The last 30 years began with an apology, and was followed up with action. But this is only the beginning of this journey towards full healing. We have a long road ahead of us. But the steps we have taken so far encourage me in the hope that we will continue, and we will heal. 
 
I will leave us with the words of Bishop Sandra:
 
"The Anglican Church of Canada has acknowledged its role in the Residential Schools system and has apologized for spiritual, emotional and cultural harm and we continue to do so as part of our ongoing, lifelong commitment to the work of reconciliation. The establishment of the Anglican Healing Fund to support local, community-led healing projects is one example of that, and Anglicans across the country have contributed generously to make that possible."
 
Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Take care, and God bless
Rev. Mark Kingsbury
 

 

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A DEAL FOR PHIL MICHELSON WANNABES!
A set of left-handed Spalding Golf Clubs, a Wilson’s club bag, and a two-wheel black caddy cart  (all in excellent shape) for the bargain price of $150.00!  These were meant for our September 2021 Yard Sale, but why not buy them now and golf all summer!  For more info, contact Richard at 902-865-4422 or Elaine at 902-864-3634.
COLD PLATE SUPPER (take-out only)  July 24th
Our plan is to hold our Cold Plate take-out supper on Saturday, July 24th provided the number of COVID-19 cases is greatly reduced and Public Health has opened up all non-essential activities.  If we are able to hold this take-out supper, deadline for ordering is July 19th.  More "Calendar of Events", July for more details.  
Please stay safe,Blessings
Rev. Mark, Richard and Elaine

Message from Wardens:

Fundscrip orders for shopping cards for  July should be placed by 6 p.m. on July 4th.  (See Fundscrip list of retailers to the left of this screen). The  July Fundscrip pick up/envelope donation drop off  takes place between 10-11 a.m. on  July 10th.   You do not need to get out of your car. Please drive up the hill, all around the church and  stop at the Fellowship Hall door.  A runner will accept your offerings, donations and retrieve your shopping cards for you. 

Thank you!   Wardens

Take care of yourselves, your family, friends, and neighbours, and be healthly.



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