Thursday, November 14th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10am-12:30pm. (Hey, someone from Holy Trinity, I’ve just noticed that I’ve been posting a time that’s different from what I put on our event calendar. Could you confirm the time for me and I’ll fix whichever needs to be fixed? Thanks a bunch.)
Friday, November 15th is the Soup/Sandwich Tea & Bake Sale at Church of the Redeemer in Thessalon (257 Main St.); 11am-2pm.
Saturday, November 16th is the Chili and Soup Lunch & Bake Sale at Emmaus, SSM (1643 Wellington St. E.); 11am-2pm.
Sunday, November 17th is the celebration of Muriel Hornby’s 35th anniversary of ordination at Church of the Redeemer in Thessalon; 2:30pm.
Monday, November 11th is the memorial of Martin, Bishop of Tours, died 397. Martin, against his will, was a soldier in the Roman army. While a soldier and a catechumen (learning the faith in order to be baptized), legend says Martin tore his cloak in half in order to share with a beggar. Martin dreamed that night that it was Christ who was clothed in the half cloak given to the beggar and, when Martin awoke, his cloak had been restored to wholeness. Martin petitioned the Roman emperor to leave the army saying that he was Christ’s soldier and not allowed to fight. He was charged with cowardice but offered to stand at the front of the battle line armed only with the sign of the cross. He was eventually allowed to leave the army. On Remembrance Day, as we remember all those who died or suffered harm during the conflicts of our world, I pray that humanity will embrace the way of God’s kingdom so that all swords will be beaten into plowshares and every spear be made into pruning shears (Is.2:4). For more info, go to p.340: http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf
Tuesday, November 12th is the commemoration of Charles Simeon, Church of England presbyter who died in 1836. “High Church” and “Evangelical” at the same time? Charles Simeon did it (and was criticized by people at both ends of the spectrum). He was educated at Cambridge and spent his entire ministry there as well. His influence is best summed up by this quotation from the Gregorian website: The influence of Simeon and his friends was thus described by the historian William Edward Hartpole Lecky: “They gradually changed the whole spirit of the English Church. They infused into it a new fire and passion of devotion, kindled a spirit of fervent philanthropy, raised the standard of clerical duty, and completely altered the whole tone and tendency of the preaching of its ministers.” For more information… http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/the_calendar_response.php?id=401112
Thursday, November 14th is the commemoration of Samuel Seabury, the 1st Anglican Bishop in North America, died 1784. Seabury was a medical doctor and a priest at the same time – talk about busy! He was chosen by the clergy of Connecticut in 1783 to be their bishop but, at that time, the Law forbade the Archbishop of Canterbury to consecrate a ‘foreigner.’ To get around this little glitch, Seabury traveled to Scotland to be consecrated in the disestablished Episcopal Church in Scotland. To read more, check this out: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Samuel-Seabury
Saturday, November 16th is the commemoration of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Helper of the Poor, died 1093. As queen, Margaret gave out large sums of money to help the disadvantaged people of Scotland, More importantly (and this still rings true today), Margaret made sure that institutions already set up to help the poor, actually helped the poor! For more information plus a wonderful reflection on being a ‘helper of the poor’, go here: https://www.ssje.org/2017/11/16/helper-of-the-poor-br-david-vryhof/
Hope your week is wonderful!