This Week: “Charmaine Evans” [May 28th, 2017]

The Rector and Churchwardens are delighted to announce the appointment of Charmaine Evans to our staff as Deacon and Program Coordinator, effective October 1, 2017.

Charmaine is a former member of St. Stephen’s who laid the foundations for our present-day Sunday nursery program. For the past four years she has been the Coordinator of Family Ministries at Christ Church, Elbow Park.

Charmaine has a head for business and a heart for people. Her formal education brought her an International Bankers Certificate and a Post-graduate Marketing Diploma, both from South Africa, and she has held several managerial positions in both South African and Canadian banks.

But her more recent studies have included Art Therapy, Pastoral Psychology, Mental Health and Case Management, leading her to work in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on family health and emotional wellbeing and developing programs for immigrants and refugees.

To meet Charmaine is to feel immediate warmth and acceptance, and to know the assurance of competent caregiving, as befits a deacon in the church. Her personal pursuits—art-making, culture, spiritual growth and education, dance and nature—reveal an integration of her deep interest in people, culture, faith, and a grounded spirituality.

Charmaine has two grown children. Alexandria is applying to medical school for the fall and Jonathan is studying New Media and Business at the University of Lethbridge.

Charmaine will be ordained to the diaconate by the Most Reverend Greg Kerr-Wilson on June 11 at Christ Church, Elbow Park, at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

This Week: “Reverend Donald Axford ” [May 21st, 2017]

He is one of the most charmingly irreverent Reverends we know, and he takes his place proudly as a member of St. Stephen’s: this weekend the Reverend Donald Axford is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate.

A graduate of Huron College in Ontario (M.Div), with two graduate degrees from St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton (MA, Th.M.), Don has served the church in Ontario and Alberta, concluding his active ministry as Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.

His longest ministry was at St. George’s, Stettler. He signed on for 3-6 months and left fourteen years later as Regional Dean—and Citizen of the Year. There, despite his own popularity in both the parish and the community, he witnessed the decline of the Anglican Church in rural Alberta—leaving him the only remaining full-time priest in the deanery.

Don has played many civic roles, including President of the Rotary Club, President of the Music Festival, and Padre to the Legion. He is a member of the Canadian Club of Calgary, the Calgary West Rotary Club, and the Eau Claire YMCA. His political activity is legendary and he has known just about every major Alberta politician of the last thirty years.

Don has survived the many battles of modern Christianity, from abortion to the ordination of women to same-sex blessings (Don was one of the “Rogue Six” who blessed a same-sex marriage at St. Stephen’s last year).

We’re just happy he’s here. Congratulations, Don!

SPRING IS SINGING

The Calgary Welsh Society proudly presents its Spring Concert for Mother’s Day. The concert features Soloists Laura Styler, Edith Pritchard, Matthew Bruce, Aaron Dimoff with Ron Bennie as accompanist. The afternoon with feature selections from musicals, opera and Welsh favorites. Celebrate Mother’s day and join us for this FREE Concert !

SING OUT WITH JOY

The Junior Choirs Cantilena and Cantiga (ages 6 – 11) present “Sing Out With Joy”. Cantaré Children’s Choir was formed in 1997 by Founder / Artistic Director Catherine Glaser-Climie to enrich the lives of children through the power and wonder of music.
Cantaré’s commitment to training young voices and the development of comprehensive musicianship skills and literacy is evidenced by the breathtaking magic of their performances and extensive range of choral repertoire at the highest artistic level. This unique program offers four ensembles to meet the needs of differing ages and backgrounds. Come and hear the beautiful sounds of children’s voices. Tickets are $20, available at www.cantarechildrenschoir.org

This Week: [May 7th, 2017]

St. Stephen’s’ members are creative people. It’s reflected in the way we’ve developed our worship space as a hub for the arts, and our Memorial Hall as affordable studios for artists. It’s reflected in our programming, which includes the Midtown Mosaic, a major annual art show curated by Ginny Binder—herself a successful artist.

Sometimes our members break through themselves and make us proud. Two weeks ago Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach launched their book on successful adaptation to unwanted change. “Spiders in Space” begins with the observation that spiders in the International Space Station re-learned how to spin a web in zero gravity. Todd and Rob then collect stories of local adapters who, similarly, have learned to thrive when adverse changes rocked their world; and they draw conclusions about the personal qualities of successful adapters everywhere. An inspiring read, and all the more so because we know the inspiring authors bringing us the story!

Then, last week, our own Maureen Jones won a Rosie Award for Best Narrator at the Alberta Film and Television Awards in Edmonton. She was cited for her work in the 2016 short fantasy film, “It’s All in Your Head”, a creepy bedtime story about a monster in the closet. Her voice is described as “eerie and menacing … perfect for the story.” But we already knew that Maureen’s voice is “perfect for the story” for all the times she has brought the Biblical stories to life for us! Our congratulations to each of you!