This Week: “Do Something” [June 4th, 2017]

“Doing nothing is not an option!” This was the rallying cry over ten years ago when we realized our ageing buildings needed some serious attention. The result was the beautiful and functional worship space we have today, along with an elevator and many necessary upgrades behind the walls.

But now the cry goes up again. The Memorial Hall, built in 1923, has been giving us warning signs for years: electrical short-outs, plumbing back-ups, and a boiler that is approaching its centenary! We couldn’t afford to include it in our last renovations. But we can’t afford NOT to face it now.

So with a new team of movers and shakers we are preparing ourselves for Open Doors: Part II (or “Open Doors Too”). Cam Bush, an electrical engineer and project manager, and also deputy Rector’s Warden, is chairing the new Reno Group, a group so newly formed it doesn’t even have a catchy name yet.

Gerry Deyell, a lawyer with experience in the diplomatic corps, brings a passion for civic-minded partnerships. Lynda Greuel is an Event planner with a background in Human Resources and much experience as an active church member. Tim Crowe, also an engineer, is a former churchwarden and strong stewardship advocate.

The skills and experience this team bring reveal our seriousness in tackling the challenges of our buildings—transforming them from problems into opportunities. We are exceedingly fortunate to have such stellar leaders in our midst and look forward to the possibilities they will explore on our behalf.

WHERE THE HEART IS

Love – there’s romantic love of course, but also love of comrades, country, god, family, friends, nature and life itself. The heart serves a variety of complex roles – Il Sono’s Where the Heart Is presents an evening of male-voiced music touching on some of them. Traditional Irish and Scottish ballads, a peppering of beloved Broadway show tunes, a Swedish ode to the evening, a hymn or two – and a premiered composition by our own baritone David Latos. Please join Il Sono f…or our final concert of the season – you’ll Love it! If you missed our last concert, Songs of the Ancient Sea, please click below to hear a sample of today’s Il Sono. It’s Sibelius’ Be Still My Soul, arranged by former Il Sono member Oliver Munar. http://buff.ly/2rQoy0E Tickets: $20 at the door 

PRAIRIE QUEER COMPANION

One Voice Chorus explores what it is to grow up queer on the prairies. The featured musical work will be the world premiere of Watershed Stories I by Regina composer David L. McIntyre, who based the lyrics on personal stories from the members of Prairie Pride Chorus. Guest artist: Rae Spoon. Tickets are $20 for Adults,$15 for Seniors and Students. Free for Children under 13. Tickets available at www.onevoicechorus.ca or at the door.

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!