St. Thomas of Canterbury
Week of October 8, 2017
From the Rector
Have you turned in your 2018 Gift Form
? If not, please take time this week to prayerfully consider the gifts of self, service, and money that God is calling you to share for the building up of God's household at Canterbury in the coming year.
This coming Sunday at 9AM we'll hold the first in our series of Budget Town Hall Meetings (10/15 at 9AM, 10/22 at 5PM, 10/29 at 11:30AM). Please join us as we discuss our proposed budget for 2018 and answer any questions you might have about the finances of the church. So far we've received financial pledges for 2018 totaling ~$64,000. We need an additional ~$92,000 to fund our basic operating expenses in 2018. This might sound daunting, but the good news is that we've already received more than one third (~41%) of the pledge dollars we need to move into the new year with an adequate and balanced budget.
Of course, money isn't the only gift that's needed as we continue to build up the household of God together at Canterbury! The gifts of love, labor, knowledge, and prayer that we offer are of tremendous value and importance! This week we give thanks for Bob & Barney, who installed new parking lot signs at the church. And Anne, who organized and hosted our terrific "St. Francis, Face to Face" fundraising event last weekend (pictured above.) And we give thanks for the many ways that our Canterbury Kids are choosing to share their unique gifts to help build up the household of God at Canterbury(see below)!
Thank you for gifts you bring, and the gift you ARE to this community! You are blessed, and you are a blessing.
For a complete list of scheduled events at the church, including weekly 12 step meetings and outside groups, visit our Church Calendar Page
Tuesday, October 10
Wednesday, October 11
11AM Prayer Group
12PM Holy Eucharist
Saturday, October 14th
10AM Funeral for Don Partridge
Sunday, October 15th
9AM Budget Town Hall Meeting
11:30AM Vestry Meeting
2PM World Food Day Interfaith Service (offsite, at B'nai Israel)
Diocesan Convention (in El Paso)
Sunday, October 22nd
3:30 PM Couples Class (Library)
3:30 PM Canterbury Growth Team (Parish Hall)
5PM Budget Town Hall Meeting (Potluck Dinner w/TODOS)
Youth Group Mission/Immersion Trip to Navajoland
Saturday, October 28th
Sunday, October 29th
Sylvia+ gone in the AM. Fr. Phil Dougharty to preach/preside at 8AM & 10AM
11:30AM Budget Town Hall Meeting
3:30PM Dance Rehearsal (for All Saints combined service 11/5 @ 10AM)
Sunday, November 5th
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
Please submit names for inclusion in our All Saints Day prayers & remembrances here.
9AM Men's Group
10AM Combined Liturgy for All Saints (10AM + TODOS)
12PM Canterbury Camino Inquirer's Retreat
For anyone discerning a call to baptism, confirmation, or membership at Canterbury
3:30PM Couples Class
Welcome David Poole to our TODOS Team!
We are delighted to welcome David Poole (and his wife Winona) to our Sunday night TODOS Team. David & Winona are excited to share their expertise and support in the coming months as we continue to build our capacity as a singing and music making community in our Sunday night services! David has been active as a church musician for over 30 years, serving Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal congregations. As a composer, he is a contributor to the Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God in addition to having published choral titles with a half dozen houses. He teaches each summer at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, including a one-week collaboration with Celtic author and theologian John Philip Newell. David is also the founder and Music Director of the a cappella men’s group de Profundis, an active baritone soloist and teacher of singing. We are so delighted to welcome David & Winona to our TODOS team!
Bishop's Call to Support Borderland Ministries
(Collection at Canterbury, THIS Sunday 10/15)
Bishop Michael is asking each congregation in the diocese to collect as many items as possible to support the outreach ministries of the churches along the
border. The delegation of each congregation is requested to bring these items to Diocesan Convention in El Paso in October (10/19-10/21), where the deacons of the diocese will sort and package them to be sent back home with the delegations of the recipient churches. These donations will then be distributed to those in need along the border prior to Thanksgiving. You can find the complete text of the Bishop's letter, and a list of requested items here.
Canterbury's Growth Team
We know that if our church is to survive and thrive, it must grow. This is true from both a practical and a spiritual perspective. There are a variety of areas that require commitment and focused action to facilitate church growth: prayer; communications; evangelism/outreach; newcomer welcome; newcomer integration. That's why we're convening a team of people at Canterbury who feel called to support the growth of the church in 2018.
Here’s what a commitment to serve on Canterbury’s Growth Team entails:
- Commitment to participate in 4 Growth Team Meetings over the next 12 months (Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5PM on 10/22, 1/14, 4/22, 7/8)
- Commitment to leadership, participation, or action in one of the following focus areas between each of our quarterly growth team meetings: Prayer, Communications, Evangelism/Outreach, Newcomer Welcome, Newcomer Integration
We already have a strong core team in place that has made a commitment to this work. If you feel called to join our team, please contact Sylvia+ or Eileen.
Canterbury's Bereavement Team
Bereavement and grief are part of life. Grief is hard and holy work, and it is work that we cannot do on our own. That's why we are forming a Bereavement Team at Canterbury to help support our members in the hard and holy work of moving through grief after a loss. It doesn't take much--a prayer, a card, a phone call, a cup of coffee--every little gesture can become a sign and instrument of God's comfort and presence in the wake of loss. We are in the very beginning stages of forming Canterbury's Bereavement Team. If this is a ministry to which you feel called, please contact Sylvia+.
Saturday, October 28th
Are you a crafter? Do you know a crafter? Reserve a table today to sell your creations at our Canterbury Craft Fair! (Cost is $20/table.) Limited space is available, so reserve your table soon! Info & vendor application forms available here. If you haven't got a crafty bone in your body, don't worry! Just come to shop and take care of all your holiday shopping at one time, while supporting local crafters and the church! The Craft Fair is one of four major fundraisers Canterbury hosts each year to help support the general operating expenses of the church.
Are you feeling called to explore baptism, confirmation, or membership at Canterbury? Do you feel God calling you to SOMETHING, but you're not quite sure what it is? A Camino at Canterbury is one opportunity to explore and deepen your spiritual life in this community in an intentional and supported way over the course of several months. Want to learn more and explore whether you are being called to undertake a Camino at Canterbury in 2018? Contact Sylvia+ and plan to join us for an Inquirer's Retreat on Sunday, November 5th at 12PM
Parking @ Canterbury on Weekdays
If you are coming to Canterbury on a weekday (for a class, appointment, group, worship, volunteering, or any other purpose) please try to park in a space FACING THE CHURCH. Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM the parking spaces facing the church are reserved for CHURCH USE, while the parking spaces facing the street are reserved for PERMIT HOLDERS.
This Week's Thanksgivings
We all "make church together" each week at Canterbury, helping out in a thousand different ways, small and large! We give thanks for all your good work--especially the many good deeds that go unseen! Whenever you catch someone doing a good deed for Canterbury, please mark it on the white board in the office, so we can say THANK YOU!
This week we extend special thanks to:
Bob & Barney: New parking lot signs
Anne: Organizing and hosting "St. Francis: Face to Face" special event & fundraiser
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG YOUR HOURS OF SERVICE ON THE SHEET IN THE CHURCH OFFICE! This helps us have a holistic picture of stewardship at Canterbury, and an accurate understanding of what it takes to run the church!
Pastoral Needs and Ministry Opportunities
Funeral for Don Partridge: Saturday, October 14th at 10AM
We plan to polish, shine, and set up the church & parish hall on Friday, October 13th beginning at 4:30PM. Come lend a hand with set up and service preparations, then (if you wish) stay for a potluck supper and "mini-wake" for Don when the work is done!
Ettajane Conant will be coordinating the reception following Don's funeral. Members of Canterbury are asked to help provide tasty finger foods (sweet or savory) for the reception. We'll also need lots of help with set up, clean up, and dishwashing! Please sign up in the entryway to the church, or contact Ettajane if you can help: 505-296-4781, email@example.com.
World Food Day 2017: Interfaith Prayer Service
Sunday, October 15th, 2PM at B'nai Israiel (4401 Indian School Rd.)
Young people from St. Piux X High School, Salaam Academy, Congregation Albert, Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Therese School, and ABQ Bahai Community share sacred texts, prayers, and reflections about hunger, social justice, and service to our community. Come at 1PM to participate in pick up choir (adult/youth) or dance choir!
LGBTQ+ Healthy Living Fair
Saturday, October 21, 10AM-3PM @ Highland High School
The UNM Truman Center is sponsoring this event, designed to connect LGBTQ+ and HIV+ community members connect with supportive organizations and services to encourage spiritual, physical, medical, occupational, financial, social, and emotional health. FREE admission, health screenings, healthy food, activities, HIV/Hep C testing, doorprizes and more! Interested in helping staff a table for Canterbury/the Hildegard Center? Contact Sylvia+.
Race, Law & Culture
Star Trek & Dr. King in the Age of Trump:
A call to new thinking, new leadership, & action
w/ The Rev. Hon. Wendell Griffen
Book Signing: Friday, 10/27 6PM at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW)
Workshop: Saturday, 10/28 4-6PM at St. Michael & All Angels (520 Montano NW); $35/in advance; $40/door.
Community Groups at Canterbury
Canterbury offers a space of spiritual refuge and healing, not only for our members, but for many others in our community including those who come for:
AA (Sundays & Thursdays, 7PM)
DA (Mondays, 5:30PM)
ACOA (Wednesdays, 7PM)
SLAA (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7PM)
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
Regular Weekly Schedule for Sylvia+
Monday 7AM-1 PM
Please Note: While I am engaged in church business during these hours, I may not always be in the office, as I am often meeting with parishioners or involved in other off-site meetings and events. The best way to contact me during my office hours is text or call the church office at 505-247-2515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to contact me on URGENT business or in case of PASTORAL EMERGENCY outside of my office hours please text or call me at 510-932-1315.
Pastoral Care at Canterbury
Each week we bring communion from our Sunday Eucharist to the sick and homebound. If you would like to join our team of Eucharistic Visitors, or if you desire a visit or other pastoral support, please contact Sylvia+ by email (email@example.com) or phone/text at the church office(505-247-2515) during regular office hours (Mon-Thurs 7AM-1PM) so we can help connect you with the support you need. In case of urgent pastoral emergencies, please text or call Sylvia+ directly (510-932-1315).
Canterbury Prayer Requests
Rota (Schedule of Lay Leaders for Sunday Services)
It takes many hearts & hands to make our liturgies happen each week! EVERYONE--newcomers and experienced leaders, youth and adults--is welcome and encouraged to get involved.
Simply sign up on the schedule posted in the entryway. Add your name wherever there's an opening. If you need information or training for any ministry, just ask!
Canterbury Communications is published each week. The document is sent to the parish family via e-mail. A few printed copies are also available each Sunday. The deadline for submitting articles or information to be included in the publication is Sunday at Noon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to recent vestry meeting minutes, financial reports, and committee reports to the vestry can be found on the website at the top our Vestry Page.
Current info about church finances can be found on our Stewardship & Finance page.