Live At Steve’s Place

Music is the great liberator. It cuts across all boundaries—social, economic, race, age—as people gather to celebrate the common of bond of being, simply, music lovers … which is to say, humans!

On Friday, May 11, St. Stephen’s is offering our own house concert, “Live, at Steve’s Place”, featuring local musicians, barista coffee and tea creations, desserts, and a great opportunity to gather with friends.

Ticket sales will support our sponsored refugees, the Al Jbawi family, as we come to the end of the year of their sponsorship.

Among the performers will be our rector, Brian Pearson, who is launching his new album, “Let the Dogs Run Free”, Jacquie Drew, Ginger Pear and Gavin Stuart.

Plan to hang with the homies, live, at Steve’s. The people’s music: Keeping it real … and bringing it home.

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This Week at St. Stephen’s: “PWRDF” [May 13th, 2018]

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF or, simply, the Primate’s Fund) is not an organization committed to the relief and development of apes. It is, rather, our link to the developing world … and our blue outreach envelope for the month of May. It is named after the top prelate in our national church, our Primate (pronounced prī-mĕt).

The Primate’s World Relief Fund was started in 1959 following the 1958 Spring Hill mine disaster in Nova Scotia that took the lives of 75 miners. Canadians scrambled to collect and distribute funds for the families, and the Anglican Church recognized the need for an ongoing organization that could respond quickly and effectively when disaster struck.

It later added “and Development” to its title as the Fund recognized how often disaster is worsened when local communities are underdeveloped and, further, that development happens best when those communities name their needs and develop their own long-term solutions.

The Primate’s Fund distributed almost $10 million in aid in 2017, over half of that to needs here in Canada. Funds are raised entirely from individual and institutional donors, and not from the annual apportionment we pay the diocese—it is our personal donations that support this good work.

Heather Dumka is our PWRDF representative at St. Stephen’s. This year she is portraying the effectiveness of our support by way of goats—how many goats would a donation buy for a village in a developing country? Visit the site: www.PWRDF.org. It’s not monkey business.

Renaissance Singers: A Tale of Two Cities

Join CRSP as we take you on a tour of Mantua and London with a motley mixture of madrigals and instrumental music to celebrate love, leisure, and the lilt of spring! Our concert will take a look at some of the best-known composers who lived in those cities in the decades surrounding the year 1600.

Cantare: Here’s To Song

The first of our split-summer concert series featuring our two youngest ensembles, Cantilena and Cantiga. The program will highlight our younger choristers incredible achievements throughout the year and feature a wide range of music that includes exhilarating Baroque pieces to contemporary songs.

This Week at St. Stephen’s: “NeST” [May 6th, 2018]

We are coming to the end of the year of our official sponsorship of the Al Jbawi family, refugees from the civil war in Syria. Along with members from St. Paul’s Church and the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, our coordinating committee (the Newcomer Settlement Team, or NeST) has helped the family find housing and settle into their new life in Canada.

The NeST members have enjoyed getting to know the family—the parents, Khalil and Kholoud, and their four children, Ahmed (16), Ayman (14), Layan (9), and Arjowan (7)—and feel privileged to have been so intimately a part of their lives this past year.

They have been inspired by Khalil and Kholoud’s heroic efforts to learn English (Kholoud is consistently at the top of her class); Khalil’s part-time employment at a restaurant, until opportunities open up in his field of cabinetmaking; the children’s unique and flourishing personalities, and their progress in school; and the family’s adoption of such classic Canadian activities as cycling, cross-country skiing, and perhaps even hunting and fishing.

The family’s resilience and ambition have deeply impressed the NeST members, not only their harrowing flight from Syria to a refugee camp in Jordan, but also their determination to overcome all obstacles and embrace their new life here in Canada.

This Sunday, the Al Jbawi family will join us during our coffee hour after church. They have come a long way to be with us. Please come out and meet this impressive family—and wish them well.