May 26, 2013
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday , May 26 - Trinity Sunday/National Day of Healing & Reconciliation
Give thanks for local leaders in The Presbyterian Church in Canada who are working in their communities to build relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, based on mutual respect and love of neighbour.
Monday, May 27
Pray for those in the Order of Diaconal Ministries who are called to serve the church in areas of Christian education, pastoral care and social ministries.
Tuesday, May 28
Give thanks for The Rev. Dr. John Vissers, Moderator of the 138th General Assembly, as he faithfully reaches the close of his moderatorial year.
Wednesday, May 29
Pray for the wellbeing and effectiveness of the brave men and women of the United Nations who go into zones of conflict to maintain peace and prevent further violence.
Thursday, May 30
Pray for moderator elect, The Rev. Dr. David Sutherland, as he prepares for the moderator’s role at the upcoming General Assembly.
Friday, May 31
Pray for the 139th General Assembly as it meets at Seneca College. May commissioners discern the will of God for our denomination.
Saturday, June 1
Pray that this year’s General Assembly will be blessed with a spirit of love, visioning and courage as commissioners seek the will of God for the church.
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.
How do you reach university students who are spending less and less time attending on- campus events and more and more time connected to cell phones and other electronic devices? You meet them where they are at! The University of New Brunswick Campus Ministry has created a Facebook page, maintains a blog, and writes a bi-weekly column in the university’s student publication. In order to include some face-to-face outreach, the campus ministry also offers wilderness hikes, where students who feel drawn to nature are able to explore meaning in life while exploring the great outdoors. Your gifts to Presbyterians Sharing allow this Campus Ministry to share authentic Christian spirituality with students in ways that are accessible to them.
A Time Called … TRINITY SUNDAY
While there is much we can say about the Trinity, our words are never adequate and our analogies never sufficient. On Trinity Sunday, we explore one way to explain the mystery of God and deepen our relationship with the God who is three persons – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Historical Roots of Trinity Sunday
The early church struggled with the relationships of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Athanasian Creed from the 4th century is the Christian Church’s most profound confession of the triune God – three-in-one. In the West, the observance of this Sunday is first recorded in the 10th century. Spreading slowly, Trinity Sunday was widely observed during the Middle Ages. Rome officially adopted this feast in the 14th century. On this Sunday, we celebrate God in three persons through the church year cycle, beginning with the birth and life of Christ, the son, through to his Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. In this way, Trinity Sunday is different from some other church year celebrations, for it is a theological celebration, not an historical one.
Finding Meaning in the Tradition
Every Christian puzzles over the Trinity – its purpose, merits, correct use, and terms of definition – but it is somehow never compromised by the controversy or the mystery that surrounds it. The Trinity is so compelling as an expression of divine identity that it has become the common reference point for all Christians. When we invoke the name of the Trinity, we honour both the mystery of God that we never fully understand, as well as the person of God we may come to know intimately.
Questions for Personal Meditation
• When does the minister invoke the name of the Trinity?
• What does that reveal about its role?
• What other expressions of the Trinity do you know? (Some examples are: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer or Mother, Friend, Lover – from theologian Sallie McFague.) Are they helpful?
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. We are pleased to have the Rev. Wayne Maddock leading us in worship this morning.
Sunday, June 30th
Our annual church family potluck picnic and worship service at the Clarkson Farm.
Summary of Claude Presbyterian Church Session Meeting of May 14, 2013
The Session of Claude Presbyterian Church met on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The meeting began at 7:25pm following a prayer by Rev. Self.
Harvey Self, Richard Harstone, László Pándy, Russ McGillivray, Faith Clarkson
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
• MOTION by Richard seconded by Russ that the agenda be approved as printed. Carried.
• The minutes of March 22, 2013 were read. MOTION by Faith seconded by László that the minutes be approved. Carried.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
• The Clerk will provide a summary of each Session meeting to the congregation.
• There will be no plant sale this year.
• Manse sale to close May 17.
• The April 27 visitation and memorial service for Ted Sibbald was very well attended. $1,842.50 was very generously donated to Claude in memory of Ted.
• May 26 will be the next potluck and church visioning meeting.
• 14 people from Claude traveled to Evangel Hall on May 5th. 160 + meals were served.
• MOTION by László seconded by Faith that the April financial statement be accepted and the treasurer be commended. Carried.
• Discussion about putting the Manse sale funds into GICs.
FINANCE AND MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE
• MOTION by Faith seconded by Richard that László be the interim finance and maintenance person. Carried.
REACH OUT FORUM
• MOTION by Richard seconded by Russ that the Reach Out Forum be removed from the agenda. Carried.
• Harvey has arranged for pulpit supply through to the end of August.
• MOTION by Richard seconded by Russ that Faith represent Claude Church at Presbytery and Richard be the alternate. Carried.
• The McClure family will no longer be attending Claude Church.
• We will discuss the possibility of closing the church for the summer at the May 26 potluck.
• The Church potluck picnic will be June 30 at Clarkson farm.
• MOTION by Richard seconded by László that we accept Doug Lackie’s letter of resignation from Session. Carried.
Next Meeting, Tuesday June 11, 2013.
2013 Youth in Mission Trip – Malawi
Agriculture and Livelihoods in Malawi
Hello Katy Sniderhan here, I am 22 years old and from Madoc, Ontario. On Wednesday May 15, 2013 we went to see some of the livelihood programs sponsored by PWS&D in Lirangwe. Our day started with going to see a well that was built to give the people fresh clean water. They were so happy with the clean water that they have been given; they showed us what they had been using for a water source. It was an eye opener the water was so dirty. They told us how the children got sick from the water because of different diseases in the water. Now they don’t have to worry about their major necessity in life. Next we went to see a field that was created by a gentleman who received the education program offered by the BSHDC who are partnered with PWS&D. He was taught a sustainable way of “farming God’s way”, or farming naturally. He showed us how he uses the Maize stocks to keep his soil moist in the dry season. As we have discovered being here for almost 3 weeks now, it doesn’t rain often and when it does it is for a short period of time and dries out as soon as the sun shows itself. When you are trying to grow crops for a livelihood you need the moist soil. So by laying the Maize stocks down over the soil, it keeps the moisture in the soil and also keeps some of the insects away from the plants. The great thing about his plot is that with the education he has gained he has increased the number bags of Maize he can grow in a year from 3 50kg bags to 80 50Kg bags; also he can now take what he has learned and teach his fellow villagers. We then went to a village which has been given 7 goats; 6 Nannies and 1 Billy. The program layout was amazing; different families where given a goat. The deal is when the goat gives birth the first offspring is given to another member of the town. The member is chosen by BSHDC, the process is continued with the member who just received the offspring. It was amazing how proud these people were of their goats, there was a gentleman who was bringing his goat to tie out with the other ones and saw that I had a camera and he asked me to take his photo with his goat, he was so proud. At the end we asked if we could get a photo of the village and they said yes and all ran to get their goats. How amazing it was to see what 7 goats can do for one community. We also went to a village which had goats, fields and also a compost pile. The compost pile they flip every week to help evenly decompose it, and the layers are made up of grasses, organic garbage, and the manure from their livestock. Their fields were well planned and used; they use the squash as a ground cover, they plant maize and peas and allow the peas to grow up the maize stock. On Thursday, May 16th, 2013 we drove to Zomba City, to Namingazi Farm, where farmers from around Malawi go to learn the best way to farm with what they have. The area had all the plants that are native to Malawi growing so that farmers can see how to set up their fields. They also were trying different plants from around the world to see what can be grown in Malawi and can be taught to different farmers to broaden their crops. Namingazi has different animals on their farm, such as goats and pigs, so that farmers can learn how to take care of the animals that they have. They also hire workers from the community in harvest season to help with the harvest of the crops and women to shuck the Maize after they have been harvested. They sell some of the products to help support the program. It was a very educational 2 days and really helped to see what the funds from PWS&D go towards.
Hello everyone, Kaitlyn L here! I’m here to write about our Tuesday May 14th adventure. We went off to the Tidzalerana shelter for the morning. The Tidzalerana shelter is a place for people with disabilities whether mental or physical. It is run by an NGO in the Netherlands. We arrived at the shelter to be greeted warmly by all the residents. They gave us a tour where we were able to check out the rooms and meet all the residents. They were all so warm and welcoming and it was great. The staff members who work at the shelter are all amazing. They do amazing work with all the residents there. We got to spend some time in each of the rooms with the residents and I got to spend time with the two children who were there. Those two boys were great. One boy, Chisomo, has been at the shelter for about 2 years and Matt told us his story. When Matt visited Malawi last time, Chisomo had been at the shelter for a few months. When he was brought in, he could barely lift his head or move on his own. Through the work of the shelter, now when we visited, Chisomo was standing up. He was attached to an apparatus that had him strapped in so he was able to interact with us without much help. He was also feeding himself snacks. He had this smile that could light up your whole life. It was this goofy grin that instantly spread to my own face. The other boy, Emmanuel, has cerebral palsy. He was having physical therapy while we were there and he was just so happy to see us. The last time Matt was at the shelter, Emmanuel wouldn’t get out of his chair. He just wasn’t happy. This time, he wasn’t even in it for any time we were there. I am amazed at the work they do. It really gave me more reason for wanting to go into social work to help people and children like that in Canada. Without this shelter, most of these residents wouldn’t be here. They are the people who were left for dead and had no one to care for them. In the afternoon, we attended the weekly Tidzalerana club that happens every Tuesday. They met especially for us since Tuesday was a national holiday in Malawi. This club is supported solely by PWS&D and runs on a smaller budget than you would expect. We walked into the room and instantly, there were people smiling and welcoming us. We all spread out and sat with different members of the club. I myself sat near some children and then all of a sudden one of the young girls just plopped down into my lap. She was very sweet, didn’t speak any English, but had a giggle that made my entire day. We were greeted by the entire population of the club. They came up and shook all of our hands, and were so happy just to get a chance to interact with us. The club has a set structure with a prayer, activities, prayer, meal and leave. The activities included some medical care, physical therapy, colouring, education and just playing. I and a few others, were helping the children with learning English and some math skills. I couldn’t believe how much seeing all these people affected me. Hearing some of their stories just made me appreciate everything I have in Canada. I thank God for the people who run the shelter, and take the time to work at the club.
This being the last Sunday of the month we will gather after worship today for our monthly church family potluck lunch in the Sunday School room. We hope everyone will be able to stay and share this meal with us. Following lunch we will have another brief “visioning” discussion about the direction this congregation should be going in the future in this community. You will also be asked whether you think we should remain open throughout the summer or should we close until the fall. Your input is very important.
Let us lead a life worthy of our calling as children of God and followers of Jesus, clothed with humility and gentleness, speaking with patience, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.