Tuesday Morning Hospitality
Every Tuesday morning, from September to June, the church doors open at 8:00 AM, and as many as thirty people from the neighbourhood troop in. There are muffins and other goodies to eat, and the coffee is hot. Several volunteer parishioners make every effort to ensure that all our guests feel at home. Some of them are “regulars,” some are just passing through; there are grizzled old men, and young mothers with their toddlers; there are people who spent the previous week living on the riverbank, and people who have small, well-kept apartments; but for the next hour they all enjoy a relaxed visit in a warm and friendly place. And, before leaving, each receives a small gift voucher which they can redeem at the local grocery store. On the streets, St. Luke’s is known to be a good neighbour.
We need and appreciate any contribution towards this program, big or small. Donations are tax-receiptable, and can even be made online right here (in the place where it says, “Fund/Designation,” select “Tuesday Hospitality fund.”).
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The Scanterbury Outreach
St. Philip’s, Scanterbury
St. Philip‘s Scanterbury* is a small church building and congregation on the Brokenhead Reserve, northeast of Winnipeg. Although, for various reasons, the church was at risk of closing, early in 2007 life began to return on Sunday afternoons. With the help of St. Luke’s an
St. James Beausejour, there is now a weekly gathering for worship and Christian Education. Clergy are involved, presiding at the Eucharist once or twice a month, but the project is anchored by lay people. The parishioners themselves, with support from their Band Council, are keeping the building in good repair; and two Lay Readers from St. Luke’s (Susan Roe Finlay and Doreen Blackman) lead prayers, present educational sessions, take Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in on request, and do what they can to build up the church community.
Officially, St. Philip‘s Scanterbury is a branch of St. James, the Anglican parish in the town of Beausejour. However, St. Luke’s has offered to be the congregation’s urban “twin,” providing a spiritual home for residents of the Brokenhead reserve whenever they happen to be in Winnipeg.
* It is said that the unusual place name, “Scanterbury,” is a contraction of “South Canterbury.” A community further north, now known as “Balsam Bay,” was once called “North Canterbury.” These names reflect the strong Anglican past of the native communities in that part of Manitoba.
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Our Partner Parish In Uganda
St. Luke’s is linked to a “companion” or partner parish in Africa: Lwanga parish, consisting of a main church of St. Peter, and six satellite churches in the surrounding villages.
Their pastor, the Rev’d Canon Patrick Lubwama, bicycles to a nearby urban centre where he is able to send us emails from time to time. He invites us to pray for his Parish Council, for the disabled, for youth and vulnerable children, and for some retired clergy and their wives. He rejoices to say that his parish has recently been able to purchase two bicycles for the Lay Readers to use as they travel between the villages of the parish. Lwanga parish is currently fund-raising to purchase a “boda-boda” — a small motorcycle for Canon Lubwama.
We hope to be able to post some pictures of Lwanga parish on this website in the near future.
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For every 15 people in Uganda there is one orphaned child.
HIV/AIDS, civil war, and malaria are leaving millions of Ugandan children parentless. Caring for orphans in Central Buganda falls on the shoulders of relatives, leaving some with the seemingly impossible task of providing for 15 to 20 children. Older children are often left to take on the responsibility of raising their younger siblings.
What can we do? We can share the burden. By supporting education, we help provide an opportunity that orphaned children may not otherwise receive. Basic tuition is paid for by the government up to grade seven, but the additional costs for uniforms, lunches, examinations, school supplies, and building fund are not provided. Your contribution will help decrease these costs for extended families struggling to house and care for orphans.
Why support school fees? Education is important to all children. Aside from the overwhelming benefits of learning, school allows orphaned children to develop a new sense of belonging as they develop their minds.Having strong, bright young people ensures a strong bright future for Uganda and brings hope for today.
What is the cost?
$150.00 will educate a primary school day student for an entire year. (Some of our orphans reside with relatives.)
$300.00 will educate and supply room-and-board for a primary school student for an entire year. (Many students require housing to be supplied by the school.)
$630.00 will provide education and room-and-board for a secondary school student. (All our secondary school students are required to live in residence.)
Administration costs are covered by the committee budget to ensure that 100% of your gift directly assists the orphans in the Diocese of Central Buganda.
You can help. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and can even be made online right here (in the place where it says, “Fund/Designation,” select “Mission & Outreach,” and, in the message line, mention “Ugandan Orphans”). Alternatively, you can send a cheque to St. Luke’s, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2H1. Indicate on the MEMO line of your cheque that the gift is for the “Ugandan Orphans.”
Joanne Tapscott will be giving a presentation in place of the homily on Sunday morning.
All are invited into Church House following the service for soup, sandwiches, and desert.
We have been fund-raising for a number of years to send students in Haiti to school for each academic year. In August last year St. Luke's sent off a cheque to send five students to school. In addition, a parish family is supporting Misedall Louis, and another family is supporting the Toussaint siblings. This is a remarkable achievement in a few years, and it could not be accomplished without the help of parishioners. We received an email at the end of September. Our cheque was received, and the students are funded and attending school for 2011-2012.
On September 18th we had a sale to support students in Haiti. We would like to give thanks to all parishioners who donated generously to the sale items, to parishioners who kindly baked and improved our food selection and to all friends and supporters who generously purchased items from the tables. With purchases and donations we banked $758.01. This was followed by a second event on October 9th when we raised $844. We are on track for raising the money to send students to school for the next academic year. Please join us in supporting this ministry by attending the Bake Sale this Sunday.
At the present time, it costs $350 to send each student to school. This includes tuition fees, school uniform and shoes which are a necessity, books and writing materials. If we send less, the students do not receive the books they require. Each year we send the donation to God's Littlest Angels, Canada, and it is forwarded to Haiti. We receive confirmation our cheque in U.S. dollars has been received in Canada and in Haiti. Students return to school if they pass their current grade. Sometimes we receive a copy of their reports and some cards from the children at Christmas and Easter.
We have fund-raised for Haiti in September and October. We have three sales each year, two early in the fall when produce is fresh and a final sale this Sunday. Please recycle unused gifts, books, magazines, DVDs etc and pass them onto us.
You can help. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and can even be made online right here (in the place where it says, “Fund/Designation,” select “Mission & Outreach,” and, in the message line, mention “Haiti Orphans”). Alternatively, you can send a cheque to St. Luke’s, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2H1. Indicate on the MEMO line of your cheque that the gift is for the “Haiti Orphans.”
Thank you so much for supporting this St. Luke's ministry.
- Elizabeth and Colin Briggs
On Sunday, 22 January, 2012, after the 10:30am eucharist, there will be a Bake Sale with books, magazines, DVDs and CDs. We will have a guest who has volunteered at God's Littlest Angels in Haiti. You will have an opportunity to learn from Glenn Thamer who has first-hand experience at the orphanage. Mr. Thamer will also be speaking at the 10:30am eucharist.
Photos of the students currently supported:
Sandra Francois Josué Francois Lonis Francois
Bibence Francois Fabienne Louis Misedalla Louis
Francesca Toussaint Shelove Toussaint
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Other projects, big and small
Every Sunday St. Luke’s makes a gift of food to Winnipeg Harvest, our city food bank. Non-perishable items, brought by members of the congregation, are put into a basket, which is then offered at the altar during worship (along with the bread and wine, and the weekly financial offerings). Later in the week, a volunteer delivers these items to the food bank. (Reminder: please do not put perishable goods (meat,produce etc), expired canned goods or opened items (rice, tea, powdered juices) into the food hamper.)
In Advent each year, St. Luke’s collects White Gifts to be given at the Christmas party of the St Matthews-Maryland inner-city ministry. As well, these White Gifts have been augmented in recent years by toiletry treats for the parents.
Individual St. Luke’s parishioners support PWRDF*, and devote many person-hours to city and Diocesan mission and justice initiatives.
From time to time St. Luke’s prepares and serves a meal during Habitat for Humanity’s “blitz build” week. Contact Susan Roe Finlay for more information, and to volunteer.
The parish has a Mission & Outreach Committee which promotes, supports, and monitors all the projects described on this page.
* “Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
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