Bulletin Board Oct. 29

Posted on October 29, 2019

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Diocesan Business

Nominations invited for Order of the Diocese of Toronto
Nominations are invited for the Order of the Diocese of Toronto to recognize and honour members of the laity who have given outstanding service over a significant period in their volunteer ministry. This year, every parish in the following deaneries is eligible to submit one nomination: Victoria/Haliburton, North Peel, St. James, Toronto East and Nottawasaga. Send a nomination form to your area bishop by Nov. 22. Awards will be presented at the Bishop’s Levee on Jan. 1 at St. James Cathedral. For more information, visit the Order of the Diocese of Toronto page.

Auto-forwarding enabled on diocesan email addresses
In the spring, the Diocese introduced new diocesan email addresses for each congregation to improve security and confidentiality, particularly for those without a reliable email provider. Until now, the settings haven’t allowed auto-forwarding of incoming messages to a different email account. In response to feedback from clergy and congregations, Quartet IT Services has enabled that option. Be aware that auto-forwarded emails won’t be screened through Quartet’s filters, so every message – potentially including scams and spam – will be forwarded.

Archives closed for November
The diocesan Archives will be closed to visitors and research inquiries during November, reopening on Dec. 2, so staff can undertake inventory work and other much-needed projects. Urgent inquiries, including requests for certified copies, will still be processed during the closure, but all others will have to wait until the Archives re-opens. The staff regrets any inconvenience this may cause. For more information, contact Claire Wilton, Archivist and Privacy Officer, at cwilton@toronto.anglican.ca or 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 219.

Diocesan allotment calculations available to churchwardens and treasurers
Diocesan allotment calculations for 2020 have been mailed. If you have not received your notification, contact Sarah Fang at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 or sfang@toronto.anglican.ca. Appeals of allotment must be made in writing by Dec. 31 to the attention of Sarah Fang for the Executive Board. Congregations are encouraged to respond earlier so timely arrangements can be made. Appeals must be supported by:

  1. A letter stating the specific amount being appealed and the proposed allotment amount.
  2. Reasons for the appeal.
  3. Audited financial statements for 2018 if the Diocese does not already have them.
  4. Financial statements for the first three quarters of 2019.

Diocesan Events

Theology training day equips youth leaders
Youth leaders are invited to spend a day learning with Bishop Andrew Asbil, Bishop Jenny Andison and the Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity and Wycliffe colleges. Participants will be equipped and empowered to be confident in their theological knowledge and their ability to help youth explore theology. Topics will include prayer and the baptismal covenant, and the day will include an instructed Eucharist. The cost is $10 at the door (cash only). Register online.

Parish hosts mental health discussion
St. Barnabas, Chester is hosting a panel discussion on mental health, how we talk about it and what we can do to help on Nov. 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The panelists are Dr. Peter Gaibisels, Ben Bendosz, Lauma Stikuts and Matthew Dewar. Resources from a variety of agencies will be available. For more details, visit www.stbarnabas-toronto.com.

Save the date: ACW annual meeting
The diocesan Anglican Church Women will hold its annual general meeting and luncheon at St. Thomas, Brooklin on April 25, 2020. The theme will be “Hope.” More details to follow.

Church hosts event on Christian vocation
Grace Church on-the-Hill is hosting the Rev. Dr. William Willimon at “The Calling of Christians Today: Christian Vocation in an Anxious Age” on Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Willimon will be speaking with clergy, laity and those discerning their calling and vocation. The cost is $50 ($25 for students). Register online.

Dinner raises funds for West Indies 
Bishop Andrew Asbil will be the guest speaker at this year’s Bishops Basil Tonks and Arthur Brown Fundraising Dinner, held Nov. 2 at St. Andrew, Scarborough. The evening will begin with a Eucharist at 5 p.m. followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. The annual event, hosted by the Canadian Friends to West Indian Christians, raises funds for ministry in the Caribbean. Tickets are $60 each. For more details, see the poster and brochure.

Area Events

Save the date: clergy away day
Trent-Durham will hold a clergy away day on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at All Saints, Peterborough. More details to come. Contact your regional dean to register.

External Events

Workshop explores women in three traditions
“Wise Women in Three Texts and Traditions” is a workshop exploring the role of women in Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts and traditions. It will take place on Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mary Ward Centre, 70 St. Mary St., Toronto. The cost is $40 or $30 for students of any age. Register online.

Marriage prep seminar coming up
A fall marriage preparation seminar will be held on Nov. 16 at St. Stephen, Downsview. To register, visit www.marriageprep.com. There is also a webinar available with the same content.

Resources

Donate blood and be someone’s holiday miracle
Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. One blood donation – in just one hour – can save a life. The Synod Office staff are part of the Canada Blood Services Partners for Life program. Any Anglican who is interested in joining the Diocesan Partners for Life Program can donate blood at their local clinic (which can be found at www.blood.ca) and cite the program number ANGL012297. If your parish is interested in donating as a group, your local clinic can also help you set up a group donation.

Job Postings

Parish seeks music director
St. Thomas, Belleville (Diocese of Ontario) is seeking a director of music for 20 hours a week. For more details, see the job post. For a full job description, contact the church office at office@stthomasbelleville.ca or 613-962-3636. Apply by Nov. 15.

Director of parish operations wanted
Redeemer, Bloor St. seeks an individual with superior management, interpersonal and communications skills to become its director of parish operations. The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church, including facilities and property management, office services and human resources. See the job post for more details. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume in one file by email to humanresources@theredeemer.ca by 4 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Parish seeking building custodian
St. Mary and St. Martha is seeking a building custodian to support its ministry. The position will be 20 hours per week, starting in November. Employment benefits are available. For more details, see the job post. Send a cover letter and resume to office@stmaryandstmartha.org with “Application” in the subject line, or to Churchwardens, Church of St. Mary and St. Martha, 1149 Weston Rd., Toronto, ON M6N 3S3.

Staff Changes

Eva Masiewicz is leaving the Diocese as of Nov. 1. She has provided significant support to the Property Resources department since she joined it in February. We wish her success in her new position.

Jason Tompkins has joined the Diocese as temporary Property Resources Specialist. He can be reached at jtompkins@toronto.anglican.ca.