22nd Sunday after Pentecost
169th Anniversary Service
October 28, 2012
Thank you for joining us in worship today. We are celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of our congregation today. At the close of the service this morning we invite you to stay and join us in the Sunday School hall for fellowship and a good old- fashioned pot-luck lunch.
Our guest Pastor this morning is the Rev. Wayne Maddock. Thank you Wayne for your leadership in worship. 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. 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.
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.
HISTORY OF CLAUDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
169th ANNIVERSARY -1843 - 2012
(142nd YEAR OF THE SANCTUARY)
Our congregation was founded in 1843. Worship services were first held in a barn on the Clark farm, located on the southwest corner of the Inglewood Sideroad. The congregation’s first building was constructed on the west side of Hwy. 10 across from the present church. Dedicated in 1850, it was a modest low frame building described by John Smith, M.P.P. as having a door at one end and three windows on either side. As the years passed, the congregation of Claude grew and eventually, a larger church was needed. In 1870, the site of the present church was purchased from James Campbell for $135.00. Local architects, carpenters, and bricklayers, designed and constructed the church. The building they created featured many characteristics of vernacular Gothic church architecture, including its polychromatic brickwork, Gothic style windows, a 120 foot tower and steeple, and it opened debt free! The steeple was originally clad of tin, but was reclad with copper in the summer of 1991. The original design of the church had a centre aisle down the middle however in the 1880's a decision was made to switch to two side aisles and to accommodate the change, it was necessary to add the two side porches that we still have today. The original Sunday School for Claude, located across the road from the church, was destroyed by fire in 1914. A year later, a new Sunday School / Church Hall was added to the rear of the church at a cost of $3,044.00. A cast-iron coal oil lamp from the original church building can still be seen in our church today, hanging in the front entrance. In 1907, brighter, brass, coal oil lamps were purchased. Two of the original 1907 lamps hang in the front of the sanctuary. They were converted to electric lamps when electricity was installed in the church in the 1930's.
The three musical instruments at the front of the church include the pump organ that was purchased in October 1905 for the sum of $127.00; the Heintzman piano purchased for $265.00 in 1915; and the Cantor electronic organ that was given to Claude Church by Hennie and John Van Ewyk and dedicated during the service of worship on October 14, 2001. Also rededicated on October 14, 2001 were the pulpit by the choir pews and the Communion table. These items were originally donated by the Berney family to Knox Church, Caledon East.
The large Union Jack flag that we have was given to Claude Church in 1958 by the veterans from the Earls Court Legion and Band, Branch 65. It is the actual flag these veterans carried with them during the Second World War.
Other changes that have been made in recent years include the construction of a stone cairn in the middle of the lawn on the south side of the church building in 2004. Many members of the congregation gathered large stones from throughout the community and they were used by John Mason to construct the cairn. It is a replica of a cairn in Cullodin, Scotland. In the same year, John Mason donated and installed a large bell in the steeple tower. The bell is rung each Sunday morning as people are arriving for worship. In 2005, a wheelchair access ramp was installed at the side entrance to the Sunday School Hall. This enabled a member to attend church on a regular basis whereas without the ramp, was only able to come out for special occasions. The following year modifications were made at the front of the church to install a short ramp that gives wheelchair access from the Sunday School room to the sanctuary. At the same time, a washroom was retrofitted to make it wheelchair accessible. In 2006, the Nursery/Sunday School room was renovated to make it more “baby friendly. Another project in 2006 was the paving of the church parking lot with asphalt - a great improvement!
Over the past several years, under the leadership of our past Pastor, Rev. Dr. Randy Benson and his musical skills, Claude Church has reached out to the community in a number of ways including providing and serving a hot meal to the clients of Evangel Hall, Toronto; visits to nursing homes throughout the Caledon region; entertainment at the Inglewood Farmers’ Market; weekly fiddle jams; concerts featuring local talent; and most importantly, regular educational Bible Studies.
Claude has joined the “computer age” and we now use a computer and projector to project the hymns, prayers and responses on a screen at the front of the church during worship services.
direction of our congregation.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 - Reformation Sunday
Pray that the church will always be reforming into the image of Jesus.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Pray for the Clerks of Assembly – Stephen Kendall, Tony Plomp and Don Muir – as they meet to discuss governance matters referred to them by the General Assembly.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Pray for all our military Mental Health Chaplains who serve a unique and important ministry to our injured soldiers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Pray for young mothers in Nicaragua learning about early childhood education and the importance of proper nutrition for their children through a Presbyterian World Service & Development program.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - All Saints’ Day
Pray for the Atlantic Mission Society executive as it meets in Truro, NS, to plan the programming for the upcoming year. May they be encouraged with new, creative ideas to serve our Lord.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Pray for the Rev. Dr. Paul McLean’s ministry upon re-appointment for a further five-year term as a Translation Consultant with The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Bible Society in Taiwan.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Pray for participants travelling to Ghana as part of the Presbytery of West Toronto’s mission tour.
A theology of money, a theology of what we possess, begins with the principle that what we have, we have been given. The source of these gifts is a God who loves us and wants the best for us.
John H. MacNaughton, More Blessed to Give
As you may have noticed in the Prayer Partnership section above, today is Reformation Sunday. This is the day that many Protestant churches commemorate Reformation Day otherwise known as the day on which Martin Luther nailed his “The 95 Theses”, (as it came to be known) to the door of Wittenberg’s Palace church, protesting the sale of papal indulgences, in 1517.
CANADA: Opening doors for employment Located in a community with high levels of poverty, addiction and violence in Montreal, Tyndale St- Georges Community Centre offers a place of refuge and safety. Its academic, recreation and leadership programs help people address the root causes of these problems. When Shalina and Mubarak’s family restaurant closed down, Shalina turned to Tyndale St-Georges. She completed the Pre-Employability Program, where she learned French and gained job search, computer and life skills. Now, Shalina and Mubarak run a brand new corner store. They plan to give back to the community by hosting interns from Tyndale’s employment program. Through gifts to Presbyterians Sharing Tyndale St- Georges is helping people to turn their lives around.
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.
On Sunday, November 4th our Interim Moderator, Rev. A Harvey Self, will lead us in worship and at the end he had asked to meet with the folks of our congregation to talk about our plans for the future now that our pulpit is vacant. This is a very important meeting and we need input from everyone so we really hope you all will be able to attend this meeting.