This Week at St. Stephen’s: “Feed the Hungry” [October 29th, 2017]

Every year at this time, for almost twenty years, dozens of St. Stephen’s members have skipped church to chop onions, plate salads, ladle soups and feed over 500 people a hot meal across town at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

For us it’s an annual service project but, in fact, the “Feed the Hungry” program happens every Sunday year-round, engaging thousands of volunteers, some from churches and some from businesses and community service organizations throughout the city.

Not only do we provide a small multi-generational army of enthusiastic chefs and servers, we also raise the funds to pay for the meal. So two of our monthly Special Outreach Envelopes (formerly known as “Pink Envelopes”) are designated for this work, raising over $2000 a year.

The need is obvious among our city’s most impoverished people—those without homes, without jobs, and without a place to belong. But the effects of the weekly meal go beyond a hot Sunday meal: those thousands of volunteers are meeting poverty face to face, hearing the stories, breaking down the walls of “us and them”, and creating the desire to end urban poverty and homelessness. Especially for children 

and young people, the program provides a safe “exposure tour” of the social needs of a big city, and a practical, compassionate, Christian response.

To learn more, go to www.feedthehungrycalgary.ca. Or speak with Blake Kanewischer, St. Stephen’s’ “Feed the Hungry” coordinator. Or, better still, sign up for next year’s dinner. It’s a life-changer … for all of us.

CALGARY NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017: The Rockeys Duo

Luciane Cardassi and Katelyn Clark present a diverse program of music for piano, harpsichord and electronics. This concert features an array of contemporary works for the harpsichord and piano. This combination of instruments has fascinated composers since the mid eighteenth century, as demonstrated through the duo work of CPE Bach, and the countless compositions that can be interpreted on either instrument. In our contemporary performance context, the combination of piano and harpsichord is unusual and deeply engaging, uniting and layering timbre and dynamics in completely new ways. This is explored through a variety of pieces on the program, all written by Canadian composers.

STONEHOUSE PUBLISHING CALGARY LAUNCH PARTY 2017!

You are invited to Stonehouse Publishing’s Launch Party.

Come hear Stonehouse authors read a selection from their forthcoming books, and enjoy drinks and refreshments with us as we celebrate the launch of the latest season of books from Stonehouse Publishing!

Doors at 6:30pm, readings begin at 7pm.

This Week at St. Stephen’s: “Facebook” [October 22nd, 2017]

Last weekend St. Stephen’s was a lively place. But it wasn’t the events themselves that had us spinning; it was the speed with which the news of those events got out, and the number of people who knew about them almost instantaneously.

On Saturday afternoon we learned that Mayor Naheed Nenshi might drop by for a “Meet and Greet” prior to the Sunday service. We posted the news on FaceBook on Saturday evening and by the next day almost 500 people had seen it.

Louise Gallagher spoke to us at the Sunday service about Inn From the Cold, suggesting ways St. Stephen’s and other churches might remain involved in tending to homeless families. A video touching on her visit was posted on FaceBook on Monday, where it reached over 600 people.

But the biggest news—Saturday’s vote by Synod to ask the bishop to permit same-sex blessings in this diocese—caught fire in a FaceBook post on Saturday night and to date has reached an audience of over 4600!

Sometimes the news isn’t the message but, as Marshall McLuhan told us, the medium is. Increasingly people are keeping up to date with St. Stephen’s not by the website, not by email, not even by being here … but by following us on FaceBook, where the news is delivered weekly, and whenever else it breaks. Maybe you should join us there. Our FaceBook page is “St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Calgary”. “Like” us, and you’re in.