March 31, 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. We are happy to have Emma Duncan with us again this morning. Welcome, Emma. 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.
Wednesday, April 24 - Book Club, 7 pm at the Harstone’s - for directions email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next book we will discuss is Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill. You still have lots of time to pick up a copy and read it and then come enjoy a lively discussion.
Sunday, April 28 – Pot-luck lunch followed with another Claude visioning discussion (self-led). Please put on your thinking caps and bring some ideas to the table for engaging our community and being a "missional" church.
Sunday, May 5 - Evangel Hall - Please circle this date 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 is available on the kitchen counter out back. If you can help, please be sure to add your name to the list. Along with taking food we are also hoping to have a substantial quantity of good used clothing for the folks at Evangel Hall. Now is the time to purge your closets of all those clothes you no longer need or wear and put them to good use. Fill up a garbage bag and leave it out back in the Fellowship Hall. If you need further information you can contact Doug Lackie.
Thank you . . .
Thank you Faith and David Clarkson for organizing our pancake breakfast this morning. This is becoming a tradition that we look forward to each year. Thank you for your generosity.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, March 31 - Easter Sunday
“Christ the Lord is risen today!” Pray that the words of the hymn will be alive in our hearts, our minds and our actions.
Monday, April 1 - Easter Monday
Thank God for new life in all its forms – as we see it in our lives, in our congregations and even in creation all around us.
Tuesday, April 2
Pray for The Rev. Jean Morris who is the new Presbyterian representative on the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy (ICCMC) in the Canadian Forces.
Wednesday, April 3
Pray that the Committee to Nominate will make wise decisions as it proposes names for national committees.
Thursday, April 4
Pray for those who have suffered because of land mines in conflict zones, and for those who work tirelessly to have land mines removed and banned.
Friday, April 5
Pray for the young people who are preparing to travel to Malawi next month as part of a Youth in Mission delegation.
Saturday, April 6
Pray for Almanarah Church in London, ON, as it prepares for its 2013 vacation church school, engaging children with music and stories, and giving youth the opportunity to express and grow their faith by sharing in leadership.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. St. Augustine (AD 354- AD 430), philosopher and theologian
Mission Trips: A spiritual journey to Ghana
Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing help connect people in Canada with long-term mission partners through mission trips. More than an ordinary trip, a mission trip is a spiritual journey that can transform the lives of participants. In November 2012, a group from the Presbytery of West Toronto visited PCC partners in Ghana with PCC Mission Trip Coordinator Matt Foxall. The group was hosted by our partner church The Presbyterian Church of Ghana. Participants discovered the depth and breadth of this Church’s mission and ministry and offered encouragement and support along the way. They also visited projects supported by Presbyterian World Service & Development and Presbyterians Sharing.
Food Share Box
Many thanks to those who have been bringing items of food for our Food Share Box. We appreciate your generosity. To others, please remember that the need for food is a daily concern for many folks in our community. Please help us fill this need by bringing something for our box every Sunday. All we ask for is at least one item of food each week! If we can all remember to do this, we will be making a substantial regular contribution to a local food bank.
Last Week’s Sermon
Emma Duncan has kindly provided us with a copy of her sermon from Palm Sunday. If you would like to pick up a copy you will find them out back in the Fellowship Hall.
Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples what she had seen. “I have seen the Lord!” She bore witness to what Jesus had told her. May we go out into the world ready, willing and able to bear witness to the good news, pointing it out as we see it along the way. Christ is risen! Hallelujah! He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!