Elizabeth Rushton Celebrates Her 80th

On the afternoon of Sunday, September 23, many of us gathered in our parish hall to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of our parish’s most long-time members, Elizabeth Rushton.

During the two hours of celebrations, Elizabeth was joined by her husband John; daughters Beverley, Carol, and Judith (who came from Adelaide, Australia); a couple of sons-in-law; three grandchildren; and dozens of friends and other family. Elizabeth was serenaded by the crowd in a rewritten song, penned by Fred Bryant of the Rexboro parish of St. Aidan’s and St. Hilda’s, sung to the tune of “McNamara’s Band.”

Photos (thanks to Paula Dunbar) of the event can be viewed here.

Extra Worship Services for Special Occasions

Please add these services to your personal calendars:

  • October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: We will use a Franciscan prayer service and there will be a blessing of the animals.  Please bring your pets outside at the main entrance.  Serive will be held outside of the church.
  • November 1 is All Saints and the will be Evening Prayer at 7pm
  • November 2 There will be Evening Prayer for All Souls day to commemorate and celebrate the lives of this parish.

Lunch and Learn Series: The Sacraments of the Church

  • September 29 at 12pm at the Church.  There will be a “taught” Eucharist to explore the rite, ritual and theology of why we do what we do as Anglicans.  Please bring your own bagged lunch.
  • October 20 at 12pm There will be a “taught” session on Baptism and Confirmation.  Please bring your own lunch.
  • November 17 at 12pm: There will be a “taught” session on Confession and Absolution.  Please bring your own lunch.

St. Augustine Theological Series

Theological Brewing

September 26 and October 24 at 7pm.

On September 26, we will meet at Perks Coffee shop at the King’s Street location.  There will be a discussion about faith related to current topics.

Please RSVP to Rev. Billy via email.

Film, Food, and Faith

October 10, November 14 and December 5 at 6pm.

Come join us in October for the film “Silence”.  It is about Jesuit missionaries who embarked to bring the  Good News to feudal Japan.  We will be serving supper so please RSVP to Rev. Billy via email as he will be preparing our feast.  The film is rated for ages 16+.

Scripture Harvest

October 17, November 21 and December 12 @ 7pm

Come join us at the Church to explore scripture using a technique called “Lectio Divina” aka Sacred Reading.  We will be using the readings from the upcoming Sunday lectionary to prepare ourselves for our Sunday worship.

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Brown Bag Book Club

This new book club group begins to meet on Monday, October 15 at the church at noon.  In preparation, please order the book Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer from Amazon.ca (You might also be able to buy or order it from Indigo in the Westland Market Mall.)

In advance of the first meeting of October 15, please read chapter one.

Please RSVP your intent to attend this weekly group meeting by sending Rev. Billy an email.


Girl Guides Earn Award for Auggie’s Café Volunteering

This past summer, our long-serving Auggie’s Café volunteers were given a break when members of the Stony Plain Pathfinders provided help with both the café and Monday evening bread-bagging duties. (Pathfinders are the aged 12-14 girls from Girl Guides Canada.)  This awesome gift of labour and talent did not go unnoticed when the girls received a first-place prize in the local Compete to Contribute competition! This prize is not just recognition for being the best at partaking in acts of service to better the community – it came with a contribution cheque for $10,860 for their group! The prize funds were raised from a few local businesses want to inspire breakthroughs in the way children see their community and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

St. Augustine’s – Parkland Anglican Church congratulates this fine group of young ladies who have contributed greatly to the operation of Auggie’s Café over the past three months and have learned valuable lessons – and hopefully instilled in them a love for public service and volunteerism.