Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nativity Scene and Angel Displays Up through Sunday!

Nora Waddell and Joyce Colton from our parish have organized a beautiful display of Nativity Scenes and Angels in our church!  The Nativity Scenes are in the front Narthex and the Angels are along the window ledges inside the sanctuary.

The displays are available for viewing Thursday and Friday evening, November 30 and December 1, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday Deember 2 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. you may also view the displays before the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday December 3 and you would be welcome to join us at the 10:00 a.m. service.

Thank you to everyone who has brought in their nativity scenes and angels to share with us!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Building Repair Notes from Orvil!

Building Repairs, notes from Orvil!

The aluminum cladding on the fourteen glulam arches was removed this week and, as suspected, the lower portions of plywood were found to be rotted due to water infiltration at the lower seals.

Fortunately, the rot was confined to non-structural portions of the arches and was easily cut away.  Replacement plywood has been prepared and is ready to install.

Once the new plywood is installed, it will be covered with new metal cladding including two improvements over the old arrangement:  First, well-sealed flashings will cover the bases of the arches to prevent water infiltration; and Second, more durable steel caps will cover the top surfaces of the arches instead of the softer aluminum installed on their sides.  Steel will better resist crushing by ice and snow sliding down the roof.

This is a good news story because we found this problem before it found us.  Damage was minor, and was caught before it threatened the building's structural integrity in any way.  By fixing this little problem before it grew, we saved thousands of dollars and can take credit for being good stewards.

In further news, the contractor removed a few of the shingles at the southeast corner of the roof to explore the condition of the underlying deck.  So far, there is no cause for concern and you can see the aluminum patch that he installed while waiting for the new roofing material to arrive some time this week.

The job is still expected to be complete in mid-November whereupon we will receive the bill.  We have had several generous donations to the Building Capital Fund to pay for this work, but there is still space to contribute.  Also, don't forget there is still a little owing on the addition so please contribute to both the Building Capital Fund, and to the Building Fund.

          Please click HERE for more information and photos! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SHOW UP Sunday & Confirmation!!!!

You are invited to our Sunday Service on October 22, 2017 at 10 am. This is a very special Sunday service as everyone in the Parish is personally invited to "show up".

This Sunday will be a Confirmation service for those in our parish being confirmed into the Anglican Church.  Come help us welcome them to the church family!

We are thrilled to have with us with two special guests for this service. The Right Reverend John Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa will be joining us for his regularly scheduled visit and to help confirm our new members. 

The Most Reverend Suheil Duwani
Bishop John is bringing with him a very special guest from our partner diocese, The Most Reverend Suheil Duwani, The 14th Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, who will give the homily.

As Diocesan Bishop, Archbishop Dawani is the Chief Pastor of the 27 parishes spread through the five political regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. As Bishop, he is also Chairman of the Board of each of more than thirty institutions of education and healthcare spread throughout the five countries of the Diocese, including Gaza. The diocesan schools, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and vocational training centers provide the best possible services while reaching out to assist those who cannot afford to pay for services and strengthening the Christian presence in this region. 

This Sunday will also bethe launch of the "Living Witnesses" stewardship campaign. We believe that living out the love of God is a way of life, not just a Sunday experience.

After the service, please join us for lunch in the parish hall.

Please come, and be welcome.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Season of Giving

The work of the church is many faceted: We worship God and take care of one another, as well as reaching out to those in need as best we can; the standard biblical imperative for care being that we tend to the widow, the orphan, and the sojourner (Deut. 10:18).  That may not seem to describe a very wide scope of care but the point is not the magnitude of the work but the character of the vulnerability of those who are in need.  It is that vulnerability which the biblical wisdom highlights as it seeks to lead us to care for a broken world as a dynamic reflection of God’s will.

As with many Christian churches, the people of St. Barnabas spend time in late October and early November to prayerfully consider their continued commitment to the support of the in-breaking of the realm of God. While the familiar alliterative character of time, talent, and treasure help encapsulate stewardship they do not define it!  To my mind Stewardship is essentially another way of saying the “the way we live the Christian life,” how we take care of loving God, our neighbour, ourselves, and this beautiful planet in all its splendid fullness. 

The manner in which we share of that with which we have been distinctively gifted marks us as those who love God.  And it is this manner, this “way” (Mark 8:27-10:52) which, from the earliest days of the church, has baffled those who are unfamiliar with Jesus’ ethos of gifting.  His practice of indiscriminately gifting God’s life to others held captive by crippling vulnerabilities must inspire our “way” of living.  It makes me wonder if the church should begin a move away from the nomenclature of Stewardship to that of a Season of Gifting.   A season for us as we faithfully remind ourselves that the gifts we pass on to others are not about us but about our “way” of embodying the realm of God as a gift to the world! 

I hope you will join me in thoughtfully contemplating what, and how, you can gift of yourself to this community as we joyfully embrace God’s work in our midst and beyond. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blessing of the Animals October 8, 2017

Please join us at the 10:00 a.m. Service for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Please bring all your pets, whatever variety, to the service to be blessed.  Please know we are prepared for accidents, so do not worry!

Our pets enrich our lives in countless ways. This annual service provides the community with a way to share our love with you and your treasured pets!

Friday, September 29, 2017

St. Barnabas is taking its first steps to toward become a faith community that aims to practise a nut free policy.

Although we recognize that this cannot be guaranteed,  our hope is to reduce the risk to those children and adults among us who may suffer an anaphylactic re-action if exposed to nuts to which they are sensitive.

Our overall goal is to protect all those in our midst who may have allergies to nuts, bearing in mind that the spectrum of reactions may include life threatening circumstances.

Please see me if you have any questions.

Peace,  François.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Funeral for David Selander

At Deep River on Thursday, September 21, 2017. David Selander age 63 years. Loving father of Iris Pyne and her husband Colin of Guelph, Joseph, Luke and Claire Selander all of Toronto and their mother Teresa Selander of Toronto. Cherished grandfather of David Pyne. Dear brother of Valerie and Peter Voisey of Orillia, Mark and Margaret (MacPherson) of Edmonton, Timothy and Caroline (Ells) of North Bay and Peter of Deep River. Also remembered by a close niece Emily and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at the Valley Funeral Home, Deep River on Monday September 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. 

A Funeral Service will be conducted in St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Deep River on Tuesday at 11:00 am. 

Interment will be in the Deep River Community Cemetery. In memoriam donations to St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Deep River would be gratefully appreciated. 

Our church family is very thankful for the tremendous support we received from the Deep River community preparing meals for the Deep River Police officers and the OPP officers who were searching for David.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Celebrating our Youth Potluck!

We were able to have a lovely potluck after the service to celebrate our youth graduating and continuing on with education!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Father's Lesson From a Hospital Bed

During my recent stay in hospital the night shift nurses would check on me regularly during the night.  I was told that it’s standard operating procedure.  I am light sleeper so as soon as the hall light fell on my bed as they opened the door I would wave hello.  To me those checks while "SOP" became a symbol of the reassuring comfort of the constant presence of God’s love; they were a regular and reassuring reminder, even on the darkest of nights, that I was not alone.

To follow Jesus is to live and to love and we don’t do that alone.  From time to time we need to be reminded and inspired by the spirit of his life and actions.  And we need each other to remember how live and to love when we sometimes forget.

We are not called to carry this amazing message  with words alone, be they scripture, liturgies, or creeds, which are crucial, but can sometimes miss the mark by overlooking loving living.  We are called to carry them as Jesus did with compassionate actions in our lives, actions that reflect God's love for humanity.  Indeed, I have come to believe that Jesus saw that there is not one human soul on this planet that needs any less.

In the best sense a father's actions will constantly bear such love as well.  Let's remember and celebrate fathers on this day and pray that they may do their best to know the Father Jesus followed by living their lives and caring for their loved ones with the same loving actions Jesus did. 

To all fathers, Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Please Join Us For Easter Morning Service!!!

Please join us for our Easter Morning Service, Sunday April 16th at 10:00 a.m.

The Reverend Allan Studd will be leading our service as our Rector, The Reverend François Trottier, is still recovering from emergency surgery.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Daily Lenten Meditations and Prayers

This is the cover of the booklet.
Our parish is using the Henri J.M. Nouwen Daily Lenten Meditations and Prayers booklet, God's Abiding Love, to pray together during our Lenten devotions.

Henri Nouwen is one of the most widely read spirituality authors of all time. He has an almost uncanny ability to probe the depths of his own heartfelt desires and, in that search, uncover God’s abiding love for us. His search for God becomes our search for God. 

This Lenten booklet is available at the Church. Please be sure to pick one up and pray with us!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday Services

Join us for Ash Wednesday Services

Evening Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!!!!

Attention pancake connoisseurs! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 285:00-7:00 p.m., for the Annual St. Barnabas Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in our Church Hall. 

Please invite your friends, neighbours and co-workers. You will enjoy pancakes, sausages, fruit and other really yummy food. 

If you wish, you may leave a freewill offering, which will be shared between the Northern Clergy Family Fund and North Renfrew Family Services.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Our Response to Hate Violence in Québec City and SUNDAY'S PEACE WALK

The madness has found its way here...

I invite you to join me in prayers of mourning in these days that follow the planned assassinations of innocent people at prayer.  Join me in praying for the Muslim community in Québec City, here in Deep River, and in every Muslim community cross Canada as they pray for the six men who were shot and killed, the many injured, and for those families who contend with the grief of losing loved ones and friends as a result of the horrible consequences of such SENSELESS VIOLENCE.

This is what has found its way here to the shores of our country.  But something that has been here much longer must not be eclipsed, and it must not only endure, it must continue to thrive: our common and earnest desire as Muslims and Christians to live the life of peace which both the Qur’an and the Bible call us to embody and sustain in prayer. 

If we remain silent, if our prayers do not rise together as the children of Abraham and Sarah, then our silence will only contribute to the inertia which engenders these heinous crimes.   Please join me in praying for the peace which I believe can only be achieved and sustained nonviolently.

Salaam, peace,


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us Sunday February 12th for the Deep River Peace Walk.  We had an incredible crowd of people come out in the middle of the snowstorm to march and share the love of peace within our community!  Thank you to all those who helped organize this event!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lost in January.....

Looking out our back patio door to the laneway.
I was just shoveling snow.  But it was such a beautiful January day, as it can be here in Deep River.  The air was cold and crisp and there was no wind to make me change my mind about staying outside.  The snow was the kind that is mercifully light on my aging bones; there was little real effort involved in moving it around - even with 15 centimetres on the ground.  I had gotten into a rhythm that was not too taxing and I was able to just go along with what I wanted to do – and then I was lost!
I had thoroughly fallen into what I was doing; I was able to watch my breath leave my body, feel the weight of the shovel and its easy load, then heft it over the bank in the most satisfying arc.  It became magical, but not the kind of magic that makes you wonder how it’s done; it was the kind of magic that makes you thankful for being a part of that sense of wonder that is so delicious to behold.  I could hear the pileated wood peckers calling back and forth down in the park – must have been time for lunch! I could see the steam rise from my hat when I took it off, I could hear the sound of my feet sinking beneath the surface of the snow; a subtle sound that only happens when the snow is what the Inuit call pukak, little crystals on the ground.  I was standing in, lifting, and throwing little crystals!
I laughed out loud at the joy of it all.  I quickly looked around to see if the neighbours had heard me – my sanity was safe.  So, I gave thanks out loud for being reminded of just how wonderful it can be to be alive…