Every Sunday we are required to go to church as a base (yay!)
YWAM Radiant started their own little interdenominational church called Hope and Anchor community Church that I am happily starting to call my family. Now let me tell you:
Hope and Anchor started with just the people from our very, VERY small base in the basement of a Costa (it’s a coffee shop and it was very very small). Now, with so much prayer and God’s grace, Hope and Anchor takes place in a large local cinema in Camden town called the Odeon. We’re finally having people from this broken community, full of more spiritual warfare then I would have ever imagined coming from Okotoks, coming and meeting Jesus. We recently had an event out of Radiants new amazing coffee shop/hair styling salon/tattoo parlour called THINK coffee and ink, that allowed us to go “beyond the walls” of our church and actually connect with the community through a barbecue!
This barbecue happened on Sunday July. 28 and the following Sunday on the fourth of August I watched a homeless man who sat outside and chatted with people through the entire barbecue fall passionately in love with Jesus. And by the end, after the sermon and all of the worship, he left with tears streaming from his eyes and a huge smile on his face and everyone could feel how loved he knew he was after that. Hope and Anchor needs a lot more of this. It’s still a really small church community but it’s meant to do so much more and so it needs people, it needs lots of prayer. So please please pray for us!
On another note:
Every year London hosts the worlds second largest carnival in the world. The Notting Hill carnival. Our next mission is bigger than the barbecue we had. It goes BEYOND the walls. We are evangelizing the a lot world but in one small area through 12 days of hardly any sleep, crazy costumes and a lot of love.
During this time we move out of our houses (only to move back in after) and sleep on church floors with sleeping bags! This is one of Radiants biggest evangelism event that takes place in London. I’ll be sure to update you after it takes place, hopefully with more stories of how much I’ve seen God work in the lives of those in London.
Andy Read was born in Lewisham, UK and spent his youth growing up in a boarding school. He met his wife Glenda when they were 18 and they were married in 1975. He spent the first years of their marriage in the British Army and emigrated to Canada in 1988. They first came to St. Peter’s in 1999, partly because of the Youth Group which interested their children. They are the parents of one son Bryan Read who lives in Tsawwassen, BC and four daughters, Joanna Busse, Victoria Lockhart and Glennda Goudey all of whom live in Okotoks and Gelacia Goudey who lives in Calgary.
Andy and Glenda have 16 grandchildren all of whom are much loved.
Andy retired from his work days as Manager, Science Workshop at the University of Calgary five years ago and since then has been working in the Mission Field serving with Youth With A Mission. He and Glenda spent parts of four years in Vietnam with YWAM and he currently works at YWAM Turner Valley doing some teaching as well as facility maintenance. He has served at St. Peter’s over the years as a Warden, Priest’s Assistant and occasionally does some Sunday Teaching. He has led various home groups and is an avid supporter of the Cursillo Movement.
At present Andy is Assistant People’s Warden, a lay reader, Eucharistic Assistant, lay preacher, occasional Crucifer and the go-to guy for items at St. Peter’s which need repair or refurbishing. He’s pretty much a master at everything! He can repair the garden tractor, cut the grass, do plumbing, electrical and painting. And cook. And help do whatever else needs doing! Everyone needs a guy like Andy at home, but for those who don’t have one, he’s borrow-able. (However, check with Glenda first!)
Andy’s chosen Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:20 which speaks of being an ambassador for Christ This is how Andy looks at living in this world, bringing the world to God.
Rob was born in Grantham, England met his wife, Mary when he was 12 and she, 14. They attended an Anglican church in Edmonton after emigrating to Canada and came to St. Peter’s in 2006. They have three daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, all much loved.
Rob was educated at the University of Leeds graduating with first class honours. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Montreal in 2011. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Strategic Management and Organization, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise. He has written nine books and more than 130 papers.
Rob cycles in the summer time, enjoying Okotoks’ paths and parkways. He loves to walk and travel which fits with his “semi-retirement-part-time-jobs” lifestyle! As an Octogenarian, he still flies overseas to conduct teaching seminars and in the past year has taken on a consultancy position with the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Rob enjoys the Wednesday morning Bible Study and often does the Sunday Bible Readings as well as serving the Eucharist. Weekly days of Prayer at St. Peter’s are something both he and Mary look forward to. Rob was the head of the search committee which brought us Fr. Norbert.
Rob quotes Galatians 5:22, which speaks to the Fruit of the Spirit, as his favourite. He exhibits those fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self control in his daily walk with our Lord, and is an inspiration to all of us.
Norma was born and raised in Kent, South East of London. After graduating from Technical College in the 60’s she moved to London to work in the fashion industry. In 1968 Norma was sharing an office with Haydn’s sister and it was agreed that Norma and Haydn should meet at a party on a blind date. They were married in April 1971 and began married life in the British Army; moving about 12 times in 8 years.
Having accepted Christ in 1977 and Haydn in 1978, Haydn retired from the army to study theology at St. John’s College Nottingham. Upon graduation in 1983 Norma and Haydn joined the Diocese of the Arctic, where they adopted two children and served for 23 years before moving to Calgary (St. Luke’s) and then retiring to High River in 2012. During this time in the Arctic Norma has variously served as Lay Reader, Sunday School leader, teacher and Church Thrift Shop manager as well as working as a recreational therapist assistant for a while.
Norma is currently part of an inter-denominational leadership team that holds a monthly outreach brunch and she also leads a women’s weekly Bible study in High River. She is deeply committed to the presentation of the Gospel to women through these outreach events.
In addition to being an advocate for the children and grandchildren, she is an avid gardener and is using her talent and interest in flower arranging to present Biblical events and gospel teachings.
While claiming not have a ‘favourite’ verse, Norma appreciates Psalm 139 and Psalm 103:1-5.
St. Peter’s was first recommended by a friend to Michael-Anne over fifteen years ago. Not long after, she brought her fiancé, Ron to church with her and they’ve been here ever since. As God would have it, Michael-Ann and Ron were married at St. Peter’s in 2003. One of her bridesmaids even brought a favorite horse inside St. Peter’s West Wing at their wedding reception! (There’s nothing like a bond between a girl and her horse). She is (not-so-wicked) stepmom to Ron’s children and Grandma to their children. And of course, loving Mom to their Labradoodle, Chase! (pictured on the left with Mike)
Michael-Ann is an accomplished horsewoman who trained in the animal health industry. Her love of horses is fulfilled working with a friend on her ranch southeast of Okotoks where she spends many hours each week. Michael-Anne takes pleasure in hiking in the mountains and also thoroughly enjoys travel. She and Ron spent several years working in Trinidad and still maintain many friendships there.
Mike has been active in the Cursillo ministry working at Entheos during Cursillo weekends helping those who attend understand their calling to live out a Christian life. She works behind the scenes as part of the kitchen team at St. Peter’s helping out whenever possible cooking and serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners. She thrives on being part of services at St. Peter’s as Crucifer, Reader, and leader of Prayers of the People. She has a wonderful sense of humour and loves to laugh.
She and Ron have lived in Calgary for many years but recently purchased a home in High River. They will move this summer. We’re so glad to have them a little closer!
Philippians 4:4-8 speaks to rejoicing in the Lord always which is what Michael-Anne refers to for spiritual ‘food’ keeping her aware of presenting everything to God.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
St. George, Calgary and Clara King, their Priest
The Men’s Spring Cursillo – April 11 to 14
Our companion Diocese of the Windward Islands; the Cathedral Church of St. George (Parish of St. George & St. Andrew) with Transfiguration, The Ascension and Holy Redeemer and their priest Samuel Nichols
Diocesan Officers: Grenville John, Idris Baptiste, Clifton Nedd and Dionne John
Please keep in prayer:
After moving to Okotoks in 1998, Jacques and his wife Carolyn began attending St. Peter’s because the people were very friendly and the atmosphere so inviting. At home with his family, and in Quebec where he grew up, Jacques is actually “Jack”. Only in Okotoks and Calgary do people use the French pronunciation of his name. Go figure! They have one daughter, Dayna who lives in Lethbridge with her family including Jacques’ first grand-daughter Olivia. If he gets his hands on the baby, Grandpa is highly unlikely to give her up and Grandma is out of luck!
Jacques retired in 2017 and has had about enough of that! He is a professional Chef by trade, having trained in the Canadian Army based in Alert, NWT. At one time he was the Canadian equivalent to the chef on Air Force One in the US, and prepared meals for the Queen! He has done the catering for the many events we host; among them fundraiser dinners, women’s breakfasts and other celebrations. Under his direction, St. Peter’s Stampede Breakfasts for 400-500 people were a special favorite to those who attended, and except for one year when health issues prevented, Jacques has cooked St. Peter’s Annual Christmas dinner. His black forest cake is legendary! Since he’s been feeling better, he’s ready to get back into the swing of things and would welcome requests to cater.
He has served well on Parish Council and enjoyed that time but is most often found behind the scenes in the kitchen – acting very “chefly”, and creating teams of loyal sous chefs who are happy to work under his direction. Besides knowing what he’s doing, he’s a lot of fun! He’s avid about the Montreal Alouettes and Canadiens (or really, he just hates the Maple Leafs) and is another Dawg’s baseball fan who rarely misses a home game.
Jacques knows God will see him through anything because of the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul………Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
We pray for St. Mahloire, Drumheller, St. John the Baptist, New Brigden, All saints, and Catherine Holland their priest. In our companion Diocese we pray for St. Patrick, Barrouallie with St. David, Our Lady of Perpetual Succou, All Saints and Mary Magdalene on St. Vincent and Leopold Friday their Bishop
Please keep in prayer
Ken and his wife Marian moved from Fareham, Hampshire, England in 1981 with their two daughters to SE Calgary and some time later built a house in Bragg Creek. Following that, they moved to Okotoks and sought out St. Peter’s as they’ve always been Anglicans and our church became their home.
Ken is a retired Engineering Technologist, having worked for Fluor, in the oil and gas industry; (a great profession to be retired from, these days). He loves to travel and has been to many countries including India, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, many parts of the U.S., Spain, the Panama Canal, Nicaragua and most recently cruising (a favorite way to travel), to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. (He spent part of his school years in Malta!)
Ken loves woodworking and is also quite a handyman and gardener. He uses his love for these activities, especially the handyman part, to minister in our midst. You will find him behind the scenes (or when there aren’t a lot of people around) repairing things which need attention, crawling around the attic and clearing away items which can be disposed of from storage areas (like old files, empty boxes, scraps of lumber and other useless paraphernalia. He’s also right-hand man to his wife and is her go to guy when tables and chairs need to be set up for various hospitality functions and food needs to be hauled. He’s one of the people who gathers the offering on Sundays and who removes the cushions at the front. He’s always willing to help and is exceptionally able.
A favorite favourite Bible verse is Exodus 23:20, “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” This must be the place God had in mind and Ken is much appreciated for following His leading!
We are so excited to announce that StPO kids will be joining FCCO’s kids Grade 1-5 Fun Friday Program! This Friday, March 15th will be held at St. Peter’s Church in the west wing. It’s RETRO GAME SHOW NIGHT. We will be playing games then have snack and Paster Dave will do a teaching.