Third Sunday in Lent
March 03, 2013
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. John Meek, representing PWS&D, is bringing the message to us in worship this morning. John served for six years on the Committee of PWS&D, including three years on the Executive. He travelled to Africa (Nigeria and Ghana) with PWS&D while on the Committee and previously was in Malawi and Mozambique with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank viewing lots of church projects. He is a former Clerk of Session and is an inactive Elder at Tweedsmuir Church. Welcome to Claude, John.
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 return and consider worshipping with us on a regular basis. Please join us for a pot-luck lunch following this morning’s worship service.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, March 3 - 3rd Sunday in Lent
Pray for the ministry of The Rev. Herb Gale, that people and congregations will be inspired with a vision of grateful generosity as they learn how to be faithful stewards of their financial resources.
Monday, March 4
Pray for the Life and Mission Agency Committee as it seeks creative and innovative means to deal with challenges facing the agency.
Tuesday, March 5
Pray for Rockland Extension in Rockland, ON, as it develops a worshipping community and a Youth Drop-In Program, and as it builds bridges into the community.
Wednesday, March 6
Pray for young people who are considering applying for Youth in Mission trips this summer.
Thursday, March 7
Pray for theological students who are graduating and beginning the process of seeking a call to a congregation.
Friday, March 8 - International Women’s Day
Pray for women in Ghana and for Presbyterian World Service & Development partners as they work to overcome prejudices and help women accused of witchcraft find acceptance in their communities.
Saturday, March 9
Pray for the women of India who are speaking up in support of new laws that will protect women from violence and promote cultural values of respect and dignity for all.
Looking Ahead . . . .
Next Sunday – March 10
Rev. J. P. Smit will return to Claude to lead us in worship and then following the service we will meet with him for a follow-up discussion of where we see the future of Claude Church in this area. Laszlo Pándy will provide a light lunch/snack for us to munch on during the meeting.
CLAUDE SALON SPEAKER
A VISUAL MEDITATION OF CHRIST’S PASSION
Sunday, March 24 – 7:00 pm
Claude Presbyterian Church
Tickets available through www.ticketscene.ca
Cost is $5.00 if purchased on-line or $10.00 at the door
We welcome Tom Hayes as he leads us through the art of classical masters, scripture readings, and hymns, accompanied by Kay Hayes, to bring us the story of Christ's Passion "From Grief to Victory".
No worship at Claude however we are invited to join the folks at Tweedsmuir for worship at their church in Orangeville
Set your alarm clock early and come worship with us at the Badlands for a sunrise service at 6:45 am. Rev. Harvey Self and some of his folks from Tweedsmuir will join us there.
Easter Morning Breakfast
Following the sunrise worship service, we will gather again at Claude for our traditional pancake breakfast.
Easter Morning Worship
As we’ve done many times in the past our Easter morning worship service start time will be moved ahead to 9:30 am.
Balaka Food Assistance is Reaching the Most Vulnerable
Chande James is in her early 50s. She has seven grown children and is taking care of three grandchildren. Because of her vulnerability and food insecurity, Chande was identified to participate in the food distribution taking place in the Balaka District of Malawi. PWS&D partner Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission (BSHDC), with the support of Canadian Foodgrains Bank and PWS&D, is supplying five thousand food-insecure households – representing 25,000 people – with maize flour, salt and cooking oil.. The food aid is being distributed to the most marginalized within communities – including households headed by children, the elderly, females and the physically challenged, as well as households infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. After receiving this much-needed assistance, Chande now has food in her home and is able to devote her energy to working on her own farm, rather than working on other people’s farms in exchange for food. “I saw God answering my prayers,” said Chande, recalling difficult days. “I lost hope because of poor harvests during the last growing season. Owners of the fields we were working on had not harvested enough. Many people were looking for work, with few farm owners willing to hire them. The help from Blantyre Synod allowed us to work hard on our own farms, full of energy,” she said. “When I look at my grand children they have greatly improved. They eat three times a day. Before I was not providing them any food in the morning because I thought it better that they skip breakfast and eat in the evening. But now, I prepare porridge for them from the maize flour, salt and cooking oil we are given. This is something I have never done for them. I am grateful to Blantyre Synod,” explained Chande while sharing a meal with her daughter and grandchildren. Failesi Mwadala is also receiving food aid from this project. Suffering from epilepsy, it’s important for her to eat nutritiously in order for the drugs that manage her condition to work properly. “I take the drugs now as prescribed because we have enough food at home.” Failesi said while pounding maize. She also has the energy now to work her plot of land. “My parents assigned me a plot which I worked on and I can proudly take you around because the maize has matured. I am grateful because instead of working on other people’s fields for food, we worked on our own farm and we will reap greatly,” Failesi said with a smile on her face. Food aid will be distributed in Balaka District until March 2013. This relief is intended to help sustain or increase household food intake, protect livelihoods and reduce reliance on negative coping mechanisms that can lead to further hunger and poverty. Your Gifts Make a Difference! Through your generous support of PWS&D, others in situations similar to Chande and Failesi can receive food and other assistance. Make a donation today! Contact PWS&D by email or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291
Food Share Box
Many thanks to the folks who have been supporting our food share box by bringing a little something to add to it each Sunday. We appreciate your generosity and trust you will continue to support it. We encourage others to do the same. Bring a can of soup, a package of pasta or whatever. The need for supplies at the local food banks is great and each bit we can add to their cupboard sure helps.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), artist, poet and writer
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 7 pm at the Harstone’s. The next book we will discuss is Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill. Pick up a copy and come enjoy a lively discussion.
Helping orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi
Gifts to Presbyterian World Service & Development support Children’s Corners in Malawi—centres where orphans and vulnerable children go to share their experiences, play and receive a meal under the care of trained volunteers. This past November, PWS&D staff visited Malawi and received a very warm welcome. One child shared, “Here at the Lombure Children’s Corner there are 430 children and we meet every Saturday from seven o’clock in the morning. We do different types of activities – dances, poems, knitting, football, singing songs, reading from the Bible and writing in our memory books. Thank you very much for the assistance you give to us. We are very grateful.” Through Children’s Corners, orphans have their emotional needs met, learn to cope and are given the chance to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Please circle the date, Sunday, May 5th on your calendar as this is the day we will again go to Evangel Hall to serve their clients and residents a hot meal. We will be calling soon for volunteers to cook part of the meal ahead of time and also others to go with us to Evangel Hall to prepare and serve the food. It really makes it easy if we have lots of people pitching in to help so we hope you will be one of those who volunteer. A signup sheet will be available soon on the kitchen counter out back. If you can help, please be sure to add your name to the list. For further information you can contact Doug Lackie.
March 8 – International Women’s Day
International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
As we go out to live as faithful followers of Jesus, carry these words in your hearts: “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will provide the way out so you may be able to endure it.” In the name of Jesus Christ, may this be our message to world, wherever we go and whomever we meet.
(Based on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)