April 14, 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 Emma Duncan in our pulpit again 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 return and consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, April 14
Pray for congregations that are establishing and promoting a planned giving ministry.
Monday, April 15
Thank God for the gift of time. May we be good stewards of the time we have been given.
Tuesday, April 16
Pray for the Cameron Doctoral Bursary Fund Committee as it meets today and for Presbyterian ministers and candidates engaged in doctoral studies.
Wednesday, April 17
Pray for families touched by serious illness. May they will feel God’s presence, even and especially during difficult times.
Thursday, April 18
Pray for the members of the Committee on Education and Reception as they meet with candidates who have applied to be ministers in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Friday, April 19
Pray for Youth in Mission participants and leaders as they prepare for a busy summer of mission trips both nationally and internationally.
Saturday, April 20
Pray for new graduates who will be entering the workforce. Help them to find a job in their field of study.
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.
Imagine living in a country where every university is required to teach a course on HIV. In Kenya, HIV is such a major health and socioeconomic problem that it is a mandatory subject for students. “That’s my job,” says Dr Rick Allen, a community health physician serving the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. “The course I teach at the Presbyterian University of East Africa covers the many aspects of the HIV and AIDS issue, with a special emphasis on human rights. About 120 students take the course each trimester.” Rick is also helping with the Church’s ongoing HIV and AIDS training courses. In 2012, over 350 pastors took a one week course to learn skills needed when dealing with HIV in their parishes. Your gifts to Presbyterians Sharing are helping Rick Allen to carry out God’s work in Kenya.
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.
Claude Church Website
Merle Harstone continues to add new features to our website and the latest is an "In the News” page. If you are aware of any links to Claude Church in the newspaper, Presbyterian Record, online, YouTube, etc., please let Merle know so that we may create a link on our website to the news. If you haven’t looked at the Claude website for awhile, we encourage you to do so. It is a good source to keep up with what is happening at Claude and to share information. Our website address is www.claudechurch.com
Upcoming Activities . . . .
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.
May 11 – Annual Plant Sale – ( tentative ) - we haven’t confirmed the date yet but if you are looking for some good deals on plants for your garden please remember to come to our annual plant sale. More info to come in upcoming newsletters
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Ted Sibbald - Visiting and Memorial Service, Visiting and Reception 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Memorial Service 4:00 pm – Claude Church
The Rev. Dr. David Sutherland is the Sole Nominee for Moderator of the 2013 General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Art Show & Sale at St. Andrew’s, Maple ON
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Maple, Ontario (9860 Keele Street) is holding an Art Show and Sale on Saturday April 27 from 10am – 3pm. This is a community outreach event — and also a fund-raiser for specific restoration work on their heritage church building. Spring is the time for enjoying community events. Being held the same day is a studio tour of mixed-media artists through the King City area. Both shows are only 30 minutes north of Toronto, so make a day of it and go shopping for that special piece of art!
Author Dr. Kennon Callahan Book Signing Event at National Office in Toronto on May 1
The Stewardship Office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is pleased to announce an opportunity to meet prominent author Dr. Kennon Callahan at the PCC national office in Toronto. This is a great occasion to meet the Dr. Callahan in a small, intimate setting. He will share more about his book, Living in Grace, sign copies and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Kennon Callahan, an internationally respected pastor, theologian, seminar leader, researcher and teacher, as he launches his new book, Living in Grace, in Canada. In a collection of twelve stories, with an encouraging spirit, good humour and profound insight, Dr. Callahan shares lessons on finding grace, compassion, peace, and hope. People who have attended Stewards by Design and those who haven’t will enjoy meeting Dr. Callahan. He has worked with thousands of congregations for nearly forty years. Author of many books, his Twelve Keys to an Effective Church has helped many congregations of all sizes look at mission and stewardship in new ways. …
Honour the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 NRSV
As God sent Christ to us, so Christ sends us out into the world. We are here to proclaim Christ in word and deed. Jesus asks us, “Do you love me? Jesus also commissions us, “Tend my lambs.” May it be our joyful mission to humbly serve all those whom we meet in the name of Jesus Christ.