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Ordination & retirement announcement

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It is Bishop Chapman’s intention, God willing, to ordain Mr. Michael Garner
transitional deacon and to ordain Ms. Tamara Connors and Mr. Steven Zytveld
vocational deacons at Christ Church Cathedral on The Feast of St. Michael
and All Angels, Monday, September 30th, 2019, at 7 pm. More details will
follow later in September. Please keep the ordinands in your prayers.

As well, Rev. Mervyn Dunn has received the Bishop’s permission to retire
from his ministry as Associate Priest of the Parish of March, effective

Orange Shirt Day

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Orange Shirt Day (Sunday, September 29, 2019) – Parishes in the Diocese of Ottawa are encouraged to observe Orange Shirt Day on Sunday, September 29, 2019 by wearing an orange shirt. The day is not intended to be complicated. Parishioners can simply wear an orange shirt that they already own or buy a plain orange t-shirt. If they so desire, parishioners could have the words “Every child matters” printed on the t-shirt. If parishes wish to order orange shirts, they will find that information through the link below.

What is Orange Shirt Day September 30th? An occasion to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and to learn more about the history of those schools.

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Energy benchmarking program

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March 28, 2019—At the Christian Council’s March meeting, a representative from Faith and the Common Good described the Greening Sacred Spaces project called the “Energy Benchmarking Program”. This program is to help parishes make decisions about “greening” activities and to suggest benchmarks by which to judge improvements in energy usage and cost savings. For churches, the first step is to get informed about the program, then sign permissions for program representatives to research your hydro and other energy bills.

The Rev. John Wilker-Blakley, diocesan ecumenical officer, attended the meeting and reports, “They have you sign permissions to research your hydro and other energy bills, and then they track them for you, putting them into a constant $$ value (for example, 2012 dollars) to remove the impact of inflation and energy cost rises. This enables a community to calculate simply…the increases, decreases of energy cost, and usage over a period of years as things like LED lights are installed, or solar panels are used. Especially if you are in an older building and have been making changes this can be a useful tool for helping to encourage further work. Did that insulation really make a difference…? The simple benchmarking reports will help you to determine the answer so that all can see it.”

http://www.faithcommongood.org/energy_benchmarking or contact Charlie Scromeda at greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com

Bishop update

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The Bishop’s Office is very pleased to let you know that Bishop John
underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove the mass on his right lung;
the surgeon was very pleased with the outcome. Bishop John will remain in
recovery and observation for 24-48 hours and we expect that he will be in
hospital for 3-5 days.

Catherine and the Chapman Family thank you all for your care, support, and
prayers.

The Office of the Bishop of Ottawa

 

Jen Crawford to leave Centre 454

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Jen Crawford, the dynamic director of our Centre 454 community ministry since June 2014, has accepted a new position beginning in early March.  She is to be Executive Director of the OutCare Foundation, an independent charity raising funds for community-based palliative care in Eastern Ontario

Registration is Open: Ottawa School for Parish Development

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Rooted in the Anglican ethos, the school shapes church leaders to support and foster healthy, sustainable congregations. The skills and knowledge learned equip people on the individual, team, and whole system levels. Completing the program, you will be prepared to recognize your current reality, discern the future, and offer strategy, goals, and actions to move forward.

Participants will learn through plenary and small group sessions about change processes, facilitation, congregational and organizational development, personality type, and trust development. Working a series of models, case studies, and facilitated conversations, you will finish the two-year program over a course of eight weekends, confident in our ability to put knowledge to relevant and productive practice.

Registrants are encouraged to come in congregational teams of at least two or three people, of clergy and laity, as teams are proven more likely to create successful, positive change.

Register Today

Municipal Election 2018

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As Christians, we are called to love our neighbours and to help those in need. Among those we are called to love and help are the vulnerable in our communities, many of whom are directly impacted by the homelessness and affordable housing crisis that is ongoing throughout our province.

What can you do?

  • Discuss the issue of homelessness and affordable housing with your Member of Parliament, Member of Provincial Parliament, and candidates for Municipal Election
  • Talk with your friends and neighbours
  • Vote during the upcoming Municipal Election

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