Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pledging for Accessibility

Now that St. Barnabas has overwhelmingly decided to carry on with its plans for accessibility,  I felt that the issue of pledging toward this project should be addressed.  From the outset I should outline the fact that all pledges are anonymous and that all contributions will be held in the strictest confidence.  Indeed, your contributions will be handled with the same level of confidentiality as our regular Sunday givings.  It is extremely important to both Parish Council and the Building Team that the parish's understanding be very clear on this issue.


While pledge totals will be made available for obvious reasons individual pledges and contributions will never be exposed.  The pledge totals help keep everyone abreast of just how far along we are at attaining some of the goals needed to move the project forward.  However, the meeting of those milestones is a parish wide accomplishment and will be recognized as such as we move toward our ultimate goal of completion of our accessibility project.

Whether deposited on the collection plate on Sunday mornings or dropped off in the Building Team mailbox (just outside the Parish office) handling all pledges as highly confidential is very important to me; previous experience has taught me that by seeing this undertaking as our church's collective response to present and future needs a pledge is best understood as a gift towards our collective future as a church - regardless of the pledge's source or its size.  I truly believe that "we live and move and have our being in God" and this manner of handling pledges and contributions helps reinforce and remind us of our collective reliance on, and response to God, without any untoward distractions.  If you have any questions about pledging please feel free to contact me at any of the coordinates found on our website.

Peace,

François

Thursday, June 23, 2011

INDOOR Yard Sale This Saturday!!

St. Barnabas Anglican Church will be holding an indoor Yard Sale this Saturday, June 25, from 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon in our church basement.

There will be hundreds of selections to choose from, including bicycles, dishes, glassware, collectibles, and MORE!!!! Something for everyone, so come and see what we have to offer! We have items too numerous to mention at great prices, so be advised, first come, first served!

Don't miss the largest INDOOR garage sale of the season!!

Everything priced to sell. No Early Sales!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Theology on Tap!!!

On the second and fourth Thursdays of the month a group of St. Barnabas' intrepid young adults, along with our Rector, meet at the Bear's Den in Deep River.  Beginning at 7:00 pm we greet one another, order suitable libations (and food) and begin a two hour conversation about just about anything to do with God, the church, faith, and what it means to follow Christ.  There are no out of bound ideas, no incorrect points of view, and no silly questions - everything is "on the table."  
 
This is a great opportunity to get together and talk about sensitive and probing faith-ethics issues.  And to do so in a safe, non-judgmental, and fun environment.  Regardless of your age and faith journey if you have questions about any aspect of faith, "spirituality," or what it means to be a Christian, this is the place to ask! 
 
The added bonus (apart from the libations and food of course) is that once the questions begin new ones follow with more ideas to take us deeper and deeper into the wealth of resources our 2000 year history of following Jesus' teachings has to offer.  Should any question be left unanswered or concept not happily addressed on the day it will be broached at the subsequent meeting.  There are no assignments, no required readings and no duties to be fulfilled; simply the opportunity to dig deeper together into faith questions and find our way to a more informed understanding of the gift of Christianity in our context.
 
If you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact François.