24th Sunday after Pentecost
November 11, 2012
Thank you all for joining us in worship today. We also want to welcome and thank Patrick Gushue 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 11 - Remembrance Day
Pray that we will remember the heavy cost of not working for the foundations that make for peace and justice for all.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Pray for the stewardship staff at our national office as they work to support and encourage congregations in their stewardship ministries.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Pray for parents raising small children and working full-time, that they might find time and patience to build healthy, joy-filled family relationships.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Pray for presbyteries as they imagine new futures and ways of being for themselves and their congregations, and as they risk the challenges and benefits of change.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Pray for young people as they seek to discern God’s call to participate in the Youth in Mission trips being offered in 2013.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Pray for the work of Michael & Debra Burns with the Blantyre Synod of The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). May they enjoy a sense of fulfillment in their ministry.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Pray for those living in abusive relationships. May the church be a supportive presence in their lives.
Elaine St. James, author
October Financial Report
A copy of our financial report as of the end of October is enclosed. You will see that our YTD offerings are about 10% less than last year. As we go through our current transition it is so important that you continue with your regular financial support.
CANADA: Building peace through the arts
Hummingbird Ministries in Richmond, BC is working to build relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in order to promote peace and reconciliation. The ministry offers an annual ‘Peace through the Arts’ festival, which brings together artists of many backgrounds for a day to meet, interact and create a sense of community. Arts projects include music, drama and dance. Presbyterians Sharing supports Hummingbird as it brings people together from all cultures and backgrounds to share their creative gifts.
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.
Today is Remembrance Day and we remind you to remember those from this area who had connections with this church who served and/or gave their lives in past wars. May they never be forgotten.
Our Rolls of Honour
John Wilbert Armstrong Wilmer Hunter Giffin Sarah Josephine Little
Stanley Mansfield Charles David McGregor Charles Murdock
James Henry Pearson Laura Robinson Arthur Graham Scott
Craig Smeaton William Smeaton Donald Alpine Smith
Samuel John Symonds Robert Oswald Standing Bertrand Stone
John Walton Albert Warren
Willie E Berney Arthur E Campbell Gordon A Chisholm
George Dennis Arthur Douglas William S Jones
Howard Martin Laurence V Matthews F A McElwain
James M Perdue James Ryder Russell Stewart
Bridging the Gap in Malawi
In Malawi, dry spells and failed crops are affecting 1.6 million people, leaving more than 40,000 farmers in the Balaka region in need of food assistance. In order to bridge the gap and help end hunger, Presbyterian World Service & Development is working with Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) and local partner Blantyre Synod Health Department Committee (BSHDC), to provide emergency food aid to 5,000 vulnerable farm families. This relief will help improve household nutrition, protect livelihoods and reduce reliance on coping mechanisms, such as selling assets, which lead to deeper hunger and poverty. You can make a donation through your church, mail a cheque to the PWS&D office, donate online, or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291. Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
The Presbyterian Church in Canada helps provide spiritual care to Canada’s military personnel and their families through the work of our military chaplains. The Canadian military chaplaincy is an honoured tradition in our country, providing an essential service to our army, navy and air force personnel, and thus to all Canadians. The Presbyterian ministers serving as military chaplains are at the centre of action, making a considerable contribution to the work and welfare of our Canadian Forces. The following is excerpted from a personal reflection and prayer written by Major Dwight Nelson, military chaplain at Canadian Forces Base, Gagetown, NB.
Sadly, war and death are a tragically necessary part of who we are as humans. I say this after witnessing first hand both war and its aftermath. There will always be those who will harm others in pursuit of their political and, as much as it pains me to admit this, religious goals. But there will also be those who will say this is wrong and place themselves in harm’s way to protect others. In Bosnia I spoke to, and worked with, victims of the war. I was a part of the national effort to make and maintain peace. I was also involved in the one- on-one projects that many of us engaged in order to bring some measure of comfort to those who had lost everything—including their dignity and self- esteem.
We were successful. I returned to that country for a second tour almost ten years after we had made the peace, and the difference was astounding. The countryside had come to life with new buildings, productive farms were in operation and plum orchards were in full bloom. The people were genuinely happy and spoke of the future with certainty and purpose. But at what cost?
On a previous Remembrance Day in Bosnia, chaplains travelled to every site where a Canadian soldier had been lost. There were three of us. We covered off about sixteen locations. Soldiers who had been involved in each altercation or accident went with us. They told stories of their friends who had made the ultimate sacrifice. We read scripture, we prayed, and we remembered. And that is what Remembrance Day will always be for me. Not about glory or honour or victory—but about standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, and standing with my flock of soldiers in the cold freezing wind of Bosnia, grieving for those we had lost.
Bless us, O Lord our God, in this time of remembering. We remember those who have perished because of war. May their passing not be in vain, but be for us an inspiration to persevere in the struggle to protect the innocent and bring justice to the afflicted. Be with those who mourn the losses of war. For them be a source of comfort and hope, a daily source of compassion and healing, that they may find they strength they need to carry the burden of grief. And be with those who continue to serve our country in our Canadian Forces. Guide the decision makers as they determine the directions and the tasks of those who serve. Bring wisdom and discretion to those who implement those decisions. May we as a nation never forget the debt we owe to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and may this day continue to remind us of what we have lost. Amen.
Coming to Claude
What? Claude Sanctuary Concert with Orange Peel Carollers
When? Sunday, December 9th – 7:30 pm
Where can I get tickets? Available online at http://www.ticketscene.ca/list.php?keywords=caledon at a cost of $5.00 or you can get them at the door for $10.00
The Orange Peel Carollers are a singing / Morris dancing group of local folks from the Orangeville area. Come and enjoy a festive and fun filled evening of seasonal music.