20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2012
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. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during our worship service this morning. If this is your first time here at Claude be aware that our table is open to all, including children. We invite you to celebrate this sacrament with us. Today is Pastor Randy’s last Sunday with us. Please stay for a few minutes after this morning’s worship service and join us in the Sunday School room for refreshments and fellowship extend our best wishes to Randy, Dana, William and Alice.
A Message From Our Clerk of Session
On behalf of the Session and congregation I wish to express our thankfulness for Randy’s nearly ten years of service to Claude Presbyterian Church. His contribution to the worship, learning and life of the congregation has been tremendous. Randy has guided us through several years of cogent and challenging sermons, enlightening Bible study and sermon discussions, encouraging us to allow Christ to live his life through us as a congregation and individuals. As well as his theological and teaching gifts, his contribution to the music ministry has been extensive, not only during Sunday worship, but to the broader community in and around Central West Caledon. Randy’s love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, his dedication to the Church, his passion for making the gospel speak to our lives in every way and his friendship has impacted our church and community and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and best wishes go with Randy, Dana, William and Alice as they embark on a new journey in their lives and we pray that they will be a blessing to the community of Owen Sound and be equally blessed in their new home. Richard Harstone, Clerk of Session
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 - CGIT Week
Pray for all who teach and mentor children and youth – in our congregations, schools and organizations.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
Pray for synods who are gathering over the next weeks for their annual meetings. May they discern and follow God’s will.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 - World Food Day
Pray for the partners of Presbyterian World Service & Development as they work with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to end hunger around the world.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
Pray that elected members of all levels of government will take steps to reduce poverty so that all people can live with dignity.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Pray for delegates to this year’s Caribbean & North American Council on Mission Conference (CANACOM) in Grenada.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Pray for participants of KAIROS’ intergenerational gathering in Cornwall, ON as they share ideas on how to build a more peaceful and just world for God’s people and creation.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Pray for congregations of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds that are forming partnerships. May they learn how to cooperate and share with mutual love and respect.
Trying to consume our way to prosperity, we have been exhausting ourselves.
Marilyn Ferguson, author
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – Oct. 17
October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Over twenty years ago, Parliamentarians unanimously supported a resolution to end child poverty in Canada. Today, one in ten Canadians are living on low incomes. Food bank usage remains at its highest levels since 1997. A disproportionate number of children from indigenous families, new immigrant families and families from a racial and/or ethnic minority background live in poverty. In love and justice, poverty reduction opposes prejudice and discrimination, and works to build the common good. Poverty can be reduced. There is a role for municipal, provincial and federal governments. There is a role for us. In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a special bulletin insert was created by Citizens for Public Justice, for churches to distribute today. A copy of the insert is included with this newsletter.
CHAPLAINCY: Growing together
Mission on a university campus can sprout up in new and varied ways each year. Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support the University of Toronto’s Ecumenical Chaplaincy. The chaplaincy runs an Ecology and Spirituality Group which, among other things, is exploring the link between faith and the environment through gardening. The group’s vegetable garden has become a medium for deepening interfaith relationships, creation centred spirituality, learning about food security and community service. The experience of gardening can be awe-inspiring for some students who have never before put seeds into the earth, tended plants or felt the joy of harvest.
September Financial Report
Copy of our latest Financial Report as of the end of September is enclosed with this bulletin. Please take some time to study it carefully.
Dana’s Induction Service
The Reverend Dana has extended an invitation to the folks here at Claude to attend her Induction Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The service will be held at 7 pm on Sunday, November 4th. It is a long drive from here but it certainly would be nice to see some Claude folks there to celebrate with her.
A Morning with the Psalms and Glen Solderholm
The Psalms are an essential tool for the journey of spiritual formation in Christ. In an intimate setting, Glen will lead the group into an engagement with the Psalter that will nourish the soul and provide valuable practices for one’s spiritual growth. We will sing, listen, pray, learn, and create together.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th 9:00 AM - 12:00
NASSAGAWEYA - THE RETREAT (www.theretreat.ca/)
11679 First Line, Moffat, ON
Cost: $25.00 (Refreshments & materials)
To Register: reply at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Anniversary Service
On Sunday, October 28th we will be celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of Claude Church. The Reverend Wayne Maddock will lead us in worship for this service. Please plan on joining us for this special service AND our traditional pot-luck meal.
The grace of the lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen