This Week at St. Stephen’s: “Live … at YOUR place!” [May 20th, 2018]

Last week we had a successful house concert at St. Stephen’s—“Live at Steve’s Place”—featuring a barista, homemade desserts, and local musicians. We raised over $1200 for the Al Jbawi family, and had a lot of fun along the way. Now people are asking, “When’s the next one?”

So here’s a thought. Why don’t we have the next one at your place? That’s right, a house concert—with you as the hosts! Lynda Greuel, our event planner, has put together a detailed list of ideas and considerations, including the space you will need for the performers, how to set ticket prices, provisions for food and drink, and fundraising ideas. This is available in the narthex or here.

But think about it: your house, filled with friends, neighbours and family members, reclining around your back yard, or seated, crammed together, up the stairwell, all together to support a good cause, enjoying live music up close and personal, with you as the impresarios making it all happen.

And there’s no shortage of talent in this town, all itching for a place to perform where people are actually listening, and where they can try out new songs, or flog their most recent CD. If the event is a fundraiser you might get the artist to play for free, but provide them a place to sell their wares.

The church, in its infancy, met in people’s homes—life-changing events in small spaces. Maybe it’s time to return to our roots.

La Vie

La Vie is one of Calgary’s newest vocal ensemble featuring six of Calgary’s most exciting female voices. Consisting of three sopranos and three mezzo-sopranos. The singers of La Vie are Melanie Baux. Aoife Donnelly, Celia Lee, Catherine Lippitt, Sara Staples, Lauren Woods. La Vie performs a wide range of music from Baroque to contemporary, Acapella and accompanied. Join them on May 13th here at St. Stephen’s to celebrate motherhood. Tickets are $35 and $30 for mothers.

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.