Second Sunday of Easter
April 07, 2013
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 the Rev. Wayne Maddock in our pulpit this morning. Welcome back to Claude, Wayne. 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
Upcoming Activities . . . .
April 14 – Anniversary Planning Committee - Earlier this year a group of folks agreed to form a committee to plan some special events for our 170th anniversary celebrations this coming fall. The first meeting of this committee will be held following our morning worship on Sunday April 14th.
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.
1,200 farmers received improved wheat seed, fertilizer and training to boost crop yields The cash-for-work program is helping provide families with a source of income, while repairing damaged irrigation canals.
Working the Land in Kanda Village
Fifty-five year old farmer, Noor-ul-Haq, takes great pride in his seven acres of land. Starting out with five acres handed down from his father, Noor-ul-Haq borrowed money to purchase an additional two acres of land. Currently he grows wheat, rice, corn, beans, spinach, turnip, okra and cucumber. “In a good season, I sell the surplus products at the market to meet my household expenses,” says Noor-ul-Haq. However, because of reoccurring droughts and the rising cost of agricultural inputs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for farmers in Kanda Village to get by. Noor-ul-Haq is among 1,200 farmers from four districts in Afghanistan’s Laghman Province receiving training, wheat seed, and fertilizer through a Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported program. “These seeds are high yield. I had a harvest of 1,680 kilograms of wheat,” explains Noor-ul-Haq. “In the past I would have had 1,120 kilograms and it wasn’t enough for my family.” The program, operated in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is also working to repair damaged irrigation canals. During periods of conflict, rural infrastructure wasn’t maintained, and in some instances, destroyed. “We frequently worry about water shortages,” says Noor-ul-Haq. He is one of sixteen community members in his district who have received training in water irrigation structures, canal maintenance and water harvesting techniques to help clean and restore canals and bring thousands of acres of land under proper irrigation. With this training, Noor-ul-Haq and others will be able to regularly maintain the canal system to ensure there is water for the future. Community members are further contributing by planting seeds along the canal. “Previously we relied on traditional knowledge. We now know how to make dividers and grow trees along the canal.”
With your support, farmers in Afghanistan, who struggle with hunger and malnutrition, are planting crops and repairing traditional irrigation systems to make the desert-like land bloom once again. A gift of $20 trains a farmer in crop management and a gift of $50 provides the tools necessary to repair irrigation canals. Make a donation online, through your congregation, by mailing a cheque to the PWS&D office, or calling 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291 Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For over 65 years, our church has been actively working to serve marginalized and vulnerable people through Presbyterian World Service & Development. While the global context has evolved since PWS&D was first formed, what has not changed is a commitment to Christ’s message of love through justice, poverty reduction and support in times of disaster
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, April 7
Give thanks for healthcare workers as they care for sick people with compassion and diligence.
Monday, April 8
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development programs in Malawi and Afghanistan that work to help women survive pregnancy and give babies a strong start in life.
Tuesday, April 9
Pray for the Atlantic Mission Society Executive as it meets to start planning the annual meeting which will be held in Summerside, PEI, in September.
Wednesday, April 10
Give thanks for music and for choir members and musicians who share their gifts in worship on Sunday mornings.
Thursday, April 11
Pray for Canadian delegates to the upcoming Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea, as they prepare for this important ecumenical event.
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13
Pray for chaplain Tim Nethercott and the chaplaincy program at the University of Calgary, where drumming is used to strengthen aspects of community life.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 7 pm at the Harstones, 16797 Kennedy. 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.
World Health Day – Building healthier futures in Nicaragua
If you woke up today in good health, you are truly blessed. In developing countries millions of people suffer from poor health, malnutrition and preventable illnesses. High rates of poverty and the rising price of seeds make it difficult for farmers in Nicaragua to grow enough food or balance their diets. Many children are chronically undernourished and experience delayed growth. With your support this is changing. Presbyterian World Service & Development is working in 17 communities to improve farming practices and introduce new fruits and vegetables into family diets. Community health volunteers are taught how to identify malnutrition and take action to get children’s healthy development back on track. With better health and more food, communities can overcome hunger and break cycles of poverty.
Easter Sunrise Worship Service
We were very pleased to see about 65 folks show up in the early morning to join us in worship at the Badlands. A majority of those folks were from our local community – not associated with Claude Church.
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.
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 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.
Financial Report – end of March
Treasurer Russ has provided a financial report as of the end of March 2013. A copy is included with this newsletter.
As Jesus assured his disciples and said, “Peace be with you,” we are able to claim that peace in our hearts and lives. Let the Holy Spirit inspire us to be sent into the world to proclaim that peace to all whom we meet. May we offer forgiveness to all as we have been forgiven.