Third Sunday of Advent
December 16, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today.
At the close of the service this morning we invite you to stay and join us in the Sunday School hall for our Christmas potluck lunch. This is a good time to fellowship with your church family. There is always lots of food at these potlucks so even if you didn’t bring something to "add to the pot" you are most welcome to join us.
Our guest Pastor this morning is the Rev. Jim Cooper. Again, welcome back, Jim, and thank you for your leadership in worship.
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 remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, December 16 - 3rd Sunday of Advent
Pray for those who have lost loved ones during the past year, that they will find strength and peace.
Monday, December 17
Pray for those preparing congregational budgets, that they may be inspired by a spirit of mission and gracious generosity.
Tuesday, December 18
Pray for organizations and individuals working for the humane and dignified treatment of migrant workers and their families. Pray for migrant workers in Canada.
Wednesday, December 19
Pray for Tori Smit in her new ministry as Synod Education Consultant for the Synod of Central, North-Eastern Ontario and Bermuda.
Thursday, December 20
Pray for The Rev. Dr. John Vissers as he moves from Presbyterian College (Principal) to Knox College (Director of Academic Studies and Professor of Historical Theology) over the Christmas season.
Friday, December 21
Pray for the young people of the Blantyre Synod in Malawi as they gather for a weeklong youth conference.
Saturday, December 22
Pray for all our military families who have suffered loss and are grieving during the holiday season.
Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Eve is a time to relax and slow down and focus on the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. It is been a tradition at Claude Church for many years for us to have a Christmas Eve worship service of special readings and Christmas Carols. This tradition continues this year. The service begins at 7:00 pm and we hope to see you here.
Women and War
Being a woman and living under military occupation is dangerous. Women face harassment by soldiers, displacement, and even physical abuse. The impact of conflict on men sometimes expresses itself as abuse in the home. Presbyterian World Service & Development works in partnership with KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, to support Palestinian women in the West Bank. Social workers help address domestic violence by providing counselling for women and offering employment training. The program helps empower victims to become voices in their own defence and for community justice. Your support of PWS&D and KAIROS is improving the lives of women and girls living under military occupation on Palestinian lands.
It’s about identifying, for yourself, what you need as opposed to what you want, what purchases or types of purchases actually bring you fulfilment, what represents "enough" to you and what you actually spend money on. Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin, authors
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.
Guatemala Earthquake: Over 10,000 People to Receive Food Assistance before Christmas
A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on November 7, 2012, triggering landslides and causing considerable damage to infrastructure and agricultural land. Forty-four people were killed and hundreds injured. It’s estimated that 21,800 homes were damaged, leaving more than 3 million people affected. As a result, people have been left without shelter, electricity, clean water, and with their ability to grow food diminished.
For security reasons, families have constructed temporary shelters to protect their assets from looters and men are staying with their families, unable to travel to other regions for employment. As a result, families do not have the means to support themselves. In situations like this, with no assistance, many are likely to sell their household goods to buy food or restrict their food intake. These types of negative coping strategies put people into even more precarious situations, which can lead to further hunger and poverty.
To meet immediate needs, Presbyterian World Service & Development will help provide food assistance to 1,580 families – almost 11,000 people – to help them cope through this difficult period. The program will run for one month – bridging the gap until harvests begin in January. Many of these families are in communities where PWS&D partners are already working to bring about long-term development. PWS&D partners ASDENA (New Dawn Association for Health and Community Development) and AMMID (Maya-Mam Association for Investigation and Development) have been working closely with communities and local and national authorities to assess the damage and identify those in greatest need.
This project is made possible thanks to Presbyterian donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), with additional support from the United Church of Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
Your Gifts Make a Difference!
Through your generous support, people living with the results of natural disasters are receiving the support and assistance they need. Make a donation today!
Claude Book Club
The next meeting of the Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm at Harstones to discuss The Wayfinders by Wade Davis. If you enjoy reading, get yourself a copy of this book and then come and join in our discussion.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, both this day and forevermore! (Based on Philippians 4)