21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 21, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you all for joining us in worship today. We also want to welcome and thank the Rev. Jim Cooper for leading 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 stay for a few minutes after this morning’s worship service and join us in the Sunday School room for refreshments and fellowship.
The Presbytery of Brampton has appointed the Reverend A. Harvey Self of Tweedsmuir Presbyterian Church, Orangeville, to serve as the Interim Moderator for Claude Church during our pulpit vacancy. If you have any immediate or special Pastoral needs please contact our Clerk of Session, Richard Harstone, at 519-927-5894 or Rev. Harvey Self at 519 941-1334.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 - Students and Colleges Sunday
Pray for those who serve as mentors to candidates preparing for ministries within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Pray for presbyteries, that they may provide compassionate oversight and strong leadership for the congregations within their bounds.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Pray for all our Canadian Forces members who are posted outside of Canada in places around the world. May they find a piece of Canada where they serve.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
Pray for congregations as they work to meet their Presbyterians Sharing allocations.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Give thanks for the new building at St. Andrew’s Hall that is being completed and dedicated this fall.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Pray for congregations who have entered into shared ministry opportunities; may they find new ways to celebrate the faith and reach out to others with compassion.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Pray for the Rev. Andrew Johnson who serves as the convener of the Ministry and Pastoral Care committee of the Presbytery of Ottawa.
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away. Elbert Hubbard, writer
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.
CENTRAL ASIA: Training leaders
Linda and her husband Sam work in Central Asia helping to grow the church in this primarily Muslim region. Linda offers a Christian counselling course to church leaders, which allows people to develop basic counselling skills – how to listen effectively and ask questions in a way that will lead to healing and restoration. This work has multiple benefits, as those trained can offer assistance to others, but also learn about themselves and grow in faith. Presbyterians Sharing provides assistance to Sam and Linda as they build-up the Christian community and commit themselves to serving those around them.
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. As is the tradition, we will again have a pot-luck meal immediately following the morning worship service. There is a signup sheet on the kitchen counter out back and we ask that you take time today to write in what you are planning to bring for this meal. Please plan on joining us for this special service AND our traditional pot-luck meal. If you know of any former members or adherents of Claude who haven’t been here for awhile, please extend an invitation to them to come and celebrate this anniversary.
PWS&D Announces Balaka Food Aid Project in Malawi
Presbyterian World Service & Development is pleased to share the news that a new program has been approved in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank—a coalition of 15 church-based agencies working together with the common goal of ending hunger. With the Blantyre Synod Health and Development Committee (BSHDC), PWS&D and CFGB* will be implementing a six-month, $920,000 project to aid farmers in central and southern Malawi.
Dry Spells Affecting 1.6 Million People
During the 2011/2012 growing season, central and southern Malawi experienced prolonged dry spells, causing crops to fail, affecting 1.6 million people. More than 40,000 farmers in Balaka are in need of assistance due to the drought. Families have harvested just enough food for one to two months and households do not have other sources of income to access food from the markets. During difficult periods like this, coping strategies often include selling assets (like land or animals), withdrawing kids from school and engaging in day labour during the farming season, leaving fields unplanted. All of these strategies make recovery that much more difficult further down the line.
Bridging the Gap
In order to help bridge the gap, PWS&D and their partners will provide food packages to 5,000 farm families (representing approximately 25,000 individuals) in the drought-affected Balaka District from October 2012 to March 2013. Families will receive maize, beans, salt and cooking oil. This relief is intended to help sustain or increase household food intake, protect livelihoods and reduce other negative coping mechanisms that lead to further hunger and poverty. The food aid will be distributed to the most marginalized of the food insecure groups – including households headed by children, the elderly, females and the physically challenged, as well as household infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. *This project is generously receiving funds from the United Church of Canada and Canadian Baptist Ministries through CFGB. Funds are also being maximized through the contributions of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Claude Book Club
After taking a bit of a break during the summer and autumn months the Claude Book Club is getting together again. They will be meeting quarterly on the last Wednesday of November, February, May, August and November. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 pm at the Harstones, 16797 Kennedy Road. The book they will review is The Wayfinders by Wade Davis. Titles of books for future discussions will follow. Pick up a copy of The Wayfinders and come join us for a lively discussion.
May the Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in all ways.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all for evermore.
(based on 2 Thessalonians 3:16,18)