7th Sunday after Pentecost
July 15, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Pray for faith and patience for interim moderators and vacant congregations
searching for ministers.
MONDAY, JULY 16
Pray that Presbyterian congregations will welcome new immigrants and provide
supportive, caring communities to help them settle into their new lives in Canada.
TUESDAY, JULY 17
Pray for vulnerable women in India who are struggling to build better futures for
themselves and their families by taking on small business initiatives with support from
Presbyterian World Service & Development.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
Pray for The Rev. Mary Fontaine and Hummingbird Ministries in Richmond, BC, in
their healing and reconciliation ministry, bringing people together from all cultures
THURSDAY, JULY 19
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.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Pray for all those involved in vacation church schools. May they be an energizing
presence in their communities.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
Pray for those attending Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith
Pre-Conference on HIV, which takes place before the International AIDS Conference in
PWS&D Loves Pennies
If you haven’t returned your box of pennies yet please do so no later than next week. We want to forward the pennies collected to PWS&D as soon as possible.
All coins collected through this project will be used by PWS&D for its programs around the world. Every bit counts, and when pennies are collected from across the country, they can make a real difference in the lives of others.
Materialism is not fundamentally an economic problem but a cultural one – a spiritual issue.
Robert Wuthnow, Rethinking Materialism
CANADA: Meeting students where they are at
With no common area for students to gather in a welcoming, safe and supportive environment, the University of New Brunswick’s Campus Ministry in Fredericton makes itself present to students in other ways. The ministry’s chaplain, The Rev. Kevin Burke, explains that most non-Christian students tend to have an aversion to any sort of organized religion and are unlikely to seek out the services of a clergy person. Kevin finds creative ways to connect with students “where they are at”, which includes the university’s pub! Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support UNB’s campus ministry and other chaplaincies across Canada. Let us pray for their unique ministries.
Photos for Church Website
If you haven’t looked at the Claude Church website recently, we encourage you to do so now. Merle Harstone has completely rebuilt the website and has done an excellent job on it. She isn’t done yet. She is planning to include a “Family Photo Album” and an “Arts” page.
Over the years, many of you have taken photos of events at Claude and so she is asking you to take a few minutes to dig through your albums or computer files and share what you have with the rest of us. The following will give you an idea of what she is looking for:
“Family Photo Album” - Our People and Our Places in pictures now and through the years … Windows of welcome, information, story, interests, play, family, worship, beauty, contemplation, rest ... [we are interested in photos that will lead people in contemplation and rest or that depict gatherings, personal enjoyment, …]
“Arts” - A celebration of creativity ... The arts and artful living ... creativity and creative thinking ... variety ... in the image of God ... organ, piano, fiddle, banjo, percussion, vocal, poetry, writing, photography, drawing, painting, craft, textiles, fashion, decorating, helping, sharing, parenting, grand-parenting, friendship, potluck meals, meals on wheels, volunteering, local histories and archives, teaching, leading, listening, collections, play, farming, gardening, baking, hosting, hospitality, networking, greeting and welcoming, cycling, video, choral reading, narrative tableaus, movement ... [we are interested in photos that show the things that the people of Claude have created with our own hands … be it baking, knitting, building, woodworking …]
Church Family Picnic
Last Sunday, most of our church family gathered at Helen and John Mason’s barn for worship and an excellent pot lunch picnic lunch. It was a nice hot day and hopefully everyone had a great time. A great big thank you from all of us to Helen and John – you are great hosts.
Up-Coming Events at Claude
Adult Bible Study
Our weekly adult bible study get-togethers have been suspended for the summer months. We will begin our weekly meetings in September. Watch these weekly newsletters for further information.
Likewise our monthly book club group is taking a vacation for the summer. Hopefully you will continue to read throughout the summer and if you discover some “good reads” please share your findings with us when we start up again in the fall.
Our June Financial Report is now available. If you’d like to see it, please pick up a copy in the Sunday School room after church this morning.