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It’s September 2020 and we are in the middle of the “Season of Creation”, which lasts from September 1st until October 4tH, the Feast of St. Francis. This is a relatively new ecumenical celebration according to our Diocese: “Last summer, General Synod passed a resolution to adopt the Season of Creation as part of the Anglican Church of Canada's calendar. In this time the church celebrates and gives special focus to our life within God’s creation. But reverence for creation is not new to Christians. Throughout the history of the church, Christians have called creation or nature “God’s second book” alongside the Scriptures.”

Here is a relevant prayer from the Primate’s World Relief and Development fund (PWRDF): Holy God, earth and air and water are your creation, and every living thing belongs to you: have mercy on us as climate change confronts us. Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live, to reduce the energy we use, to share the resources you provide, and to bear the cost of change. Forgive our past mistakes and send us your Spirit, with wisdom in present controversies and vision for the future to which you call us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please note that there will be another in-person service on September 20th at 9.00am, and the zoom service will be at 11.00. For the first time since March, this will be a Eucharist!

Unfortunately, capacity for the service is still limited to 27 people, so Reverend Laurel will need to know if you are coming. Please phone or email the church as soon as possible (604 463 5733 or stjohnvicar@gmail.com) 

Later in the month, on Saturday September 26th, we will be undertaking our annual 5km walk for PWRDF. This year, we are registering through “Ride for Refuge”  and already have 5 team members! The advantage of using this website is that it will simplify donations and receipts. You can donate directly to our team “Divine Dashers” and if you give $20 or more online, you will be emailed a receipt.

Also, if you wish to join the team you can register there (Fraser Valley is the area). Donations of any size are welcome of course! If you prefer, you can leave it at the church in an envelope with my name and “PWRDF walk”. If you do this and want a receipt, I will need your address and email to enter it on the website. Otherwise, the donations will go in as a lump sum. Any cheques, please make out to me (Janet Coghlan) to deposit on your behalf.

The beneficiary of proceeds from the walk this year, is St. Jude’s Family Project in Uganda, which supports poverty eradication among smallholder farmers through integrated organic farming. It was founded 25 years ago by Josephine Kizza Alidekki and her late husband. The focus of the current project is to improve food security by teaching sustainable agro-ecological techniques to the community.

If you receive the Anglican Journal, you may have seen the article in the PWRDF insert “Under the Sun”.

Our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, is also entering into the spirit of fundraising during a pandemic with a sponsored hymn sing for PWRDF! You can even request a hymn

Fundraising at St. John’s As you may have heard, the Meridian farm fundraiser was very successful – we raised $2,124 for the church! We have also been fortunate to have a couple of movies renting space this summer.

However, we will not be able to host our usual Holly Tea and sale, so we will need to fill the gap. Church Committee have been looking at several possible fundraisers for Fall/ Winter – so watch this space!

Question of the month: What does the phrase “Season of Creation” mean to you?

For those of you who enjoy the recipe section, here is a favourite from previous summer picnics, courtesy of Betty Burton:                                             

Sauerkraut Salad                                           

1 litre jar of wine flavoured sauerkraut                        1 cup diced celery                                                      1 large raw onion                                                      1 red pepper, chopped                                              ½ cup Mazola oil (optional)                                        1 cup sugar                                                               1 green pepper, chopped                                          2/3 cup white vinegar                                            Method: In a large bowl mix sugar and vinegar to dissolve. Add all the other ingredients and mix together. Put in a sealed container and let stand2 or more days in fridge before eating. Drain liquid off to serve.