23rd Sunday after Pentecost
November 04, 2012
Thank you all for joining us in worship today. We also want to welcome and thank our Interim Moderator, the Rev. A Harvey Self 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.
Help Fill Our Food Sharing Box
At this time of year, all of the local Food Banks struggle with an increased demand for help from their clients and their supplies of food run very low. We appeal to you to bring an item of food with you each Sunday and place it in our Food Sharing Box which will be located in the Sunday School Hall. Please help us fill our box each week.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Pray for youth who are searching for truth and meaning in a society that encourages consumerism and greed.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Pray for the Life and Mission Agency Committee meeting at Crieff Hills as it considers directions and priorities for the agency.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Pray for the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod which gathers today to discern its future direction.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development maternal health programs in Malawi and Afghanistan that are working to making lasting improvements to the health and well-being of vulnerable women and children.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Pray for the Council Executive of the Women’s Mission Society as it meets to plan for the mission of the Society. May its decision-making be strengthened, focused and blessed by God’s presence.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Pray for the members of the Committee on Education and Reception as they meet with the candidates who have applied to be ministers in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Pray for our retired Canadian military members who served in WWII, the Korean war, the Vietnam War and Afghanistan. May they find a semblance of peace as they continue to journey through the memories of their experiences.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV
CANADA: Reaching up and reaching out
University Presbyterian Church is located in the busy, low-income Jane & Finch community in north- west Toronto. It is a very diverse neighbourhood, with one of the highest proportions of youth, sole-supported families, refugees, immigrants and public housing tenants of any community in Toronto. University Church is reaching out to the community through its “Reaching Up” program, which offers a homework club, music
school and youth mentoring. The goal is to promote educational excellence as the ultimate solution to overcoming poverty and violence. Presbyterians Sharing supports University Church as it reaches out to families who are seeking to give their children a brighter future.
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.
Giving the Gift of Opportunity in Nicaragua
“UNFORGETTABLE—that’s the word that most accurately describes the two weeks I spent in Nicaragua as a participant on a Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) Youth Food Study Tour,” says Colleen Borland. Along with eight other young adults from across Canada, she visited development projects supported by Presbyterian World Service & Development and CFGB to witness firsthand how food security and nutrition programs are changing the lives of small-scale farmers and their families. “If I had to choose one lesson that embodies my experience in Nicaragua, it would be this: the most valuable gift you can give someone is opportunity.” To learn more about Colleen’s experience and the work of our church in Nicaragua, read the latest issue of PWS Developments at: http://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/pwsdevelopments-2012-issue-4/
PWS&D is Accepting Donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief
The devastating consequences of Hurricane Sandy are being felt throughout the Caribbean and north-eastern United States. At least 170 people have lost their lives. Severe flooding, landslides and massive destruction of property and infrastructure has left damage estimates at over $50 billion. PWS&D offers our prayers and support to all who have been affected by this disaster.
PWS&D will be responding through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. Through the ACT alliance, local partners will be carrying out responses that range from food distributions, to psychosocial support and livelihood restoration.
You Can Help
If you would like to make a donation in support of Hurricane Sandy assistance, call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, donate online, through your church or mail a cheque to the office. Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Visit the PWS&D Facebook page.