Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 21, 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.
Food distributions give peace of mind in Balaka, Malawi
Before receiving food assistance, Alice Sapanga and her five children were often hungry. Weak and malnourished, the children were unable to go to school and Alice could barely manage to breastfeed her youngest. Like many other families in the Balaka region of Malawi, Alice’s crops of sorghum and maize failed after prolonged dry spells. Thanks to food distributions, Alice and her family have their energy back, and Alice is happy to see her children going to school again. Presbyterian World Service & Development, in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, provided 5,000 households with food packages between October 2012 and March 2013. Your support of PWS&D ensures families have nutritious food in times of crisis. Thank you!
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
Bringing Relief to Flood-Affected Families in Pakistan
For the past several years, families in Pakistan have experienced catastrophic flooding with devastating results. In 2010 massive flooding left 20% of the country under water and affected as many as 20 million people. In 2011, floods again caused extensive damage, displacement and large-scale food shortages. Pakistan is reeling yet again following another season of flooding. People are in desperate need of food and other basic supplies to help them recover and reclaim their livelihoods. In the country’s Sind Province, large amounts of agricultural land are inundated with water. Families who rely on agriculture for survival have lost seeds, crops and livestock. Vital infrastructure such as irrigation canals, health facilities, schools, roads, and markets are also badly damaged. Beginning this month, PWS&D—in partnership with Church World Service – Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) and Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB)—is supporting 3,000 families (nearly 18,000 people) with food rations, rice seed, and training in crop management and disaster plan management. This help will ensure there is food today and for the future. Communities will also learn how to better prepare and cope with future disasters. Respond with us by making a donation to PWS&D. Donations can be made through your church, by mailing a cheque to the PWS&D office, donating online, or calling 1- 800-619-7301 ext. 291. Please mark donations “Pakistan Relief.”
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 Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK)
Statement on the Current Situation in the Korean Peninsula in view of the Joint USROK
Military Exercises and Threats of War between North and South Korea
March 13, 2013
Stop the threats of war, without any conditions, begin dialogue and negotiations!
“God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4). We, in the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic Of Korea confess our faith In the God of Peace and have been working and praying for reconciliation and reunification of the North and South Korea and Peace in the entire Korean Peninsula. We offered our earnest prayers especially in this Lenten Pilgrimage carrying with us the concerns of the suffering of the people, justice, peace and abundant life in the Korean Peninsula. Yet, in spite of our earnest prayers, the North and the South are heading toward precarious armed confrontation. In view of the recent Joint United States-Republic of Korea Military Exercises which began on March 11 dubbed, ‘Key Resolve’, the North pushed to invalidate the Armistice Agreement signed in Panmunjeom in 1953, shut down telephone communication lines with the South. The confrontational exchange of words and propaganda between the North and South is just short of outbreak of armed conflict that may happen anytime in the Korean Peninsula, creating a very volatile situation. In this kind of situation we are mourning and in remorse like the prophet Jeremiah whose heart was broken and his bones tremble. Weapons of war and destruction and the ongoing military exercises will not bring about safety and peace in the Korean Peninsula. We remember the words of Jesus, "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). The Bible says that the way to achieve peace is not through an 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth' (Matthew 5: 38), but rather ‘to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ (Matthew 5:44).We Believe that in order to achieve peace in the Korean Peninsula, the South and the North should pray for one another, rather than with confrontation and posing tougher threats to each other and eagerly move forward on the path of reconciliation and peace through dialogue and negotiation. So, we in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, urge following God’s Purposes for peace ‘They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (Micah 4:3b):
1. We urge North Korea to stop the threats of war and the attempts to use nuclear weapons and not withdraw from the Armistice Agreement of 1953.
North Korea’s Launching of long range rocket and the underground nuclear weapons testing in December Posed a grave threat to the region which was met with additional economic and political sanctions that resulted from the recent UN resolution. The Withdrawal from the Armistice Agreement of 1953 and the declaration of war including threats of impending attack have created a volatile situation in the Korean Peninsula, the region and the world. In the event of nuclear war, “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13:2). As mentioned, nuclear war will result in unprecedented destruction of both the South and the North and the whole of life in the Korean Peninsula, but sadly enough the lessons of past history have not been learned, that war has Brought insurmountable pain and loss. North Korea should not make all of life in the Korean Peninsula collateral damage by posing threats and brinkmanship and withdrawal from the Armistice Agreement of 1953.
2. The governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea should immediately stop the
Joint Military Exercises!
The 'Key Resolve' training, state-of-the-art weapons and military exercises to maintain the safety and peace of the Korean peninsula, has heightened the threat of outbreak of war in the Peninsula, And the ‘Ulchi’ Military games which are in progress, a large-scale U.S. Military show of military deterrence joint training launched by US And the ROK, Should be stopped immediately. Also We strongly urge the government of President Park Geun-Hye To do its best to stop these large-scale military exercises which continue to escalate the crisis in the Korean Peninsula, And to start the dialogue and negotiation, build trust and be committed to the realization of a peace regime in the Korean Peninsula.
3. The hard-line response of the government of South Korea should be halted and negotiation and dialogue should immediately be resumed.
South Korea should immediately begin dialogue and negotiations to establish a peace regime in the Korean Peninsula, and stop its hard-line response, for this has led to intensified tension and deterioration to the brink of armed confrontation. South Korea’s government, denouncing North Korea's remarks and high-intensity action, has not changed the attitude of North Korea to bring about resumption of steps leading toward dialogue toward denuclearization. We urge the government of South Korea, more than anything, to strive to find creative alternatives for the making of a Peace Treaty and work out extra efforts for negotiations for the denuclearization of the North and whole of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The international community should immediately lift all sanctions on North Korea!
Fundamental alternatives for peace in the Korean peninsula is necessary, but the recent United Nations Security Council’s resolution has added more political and economic sanctions onto North Korea and deepened the conflict in the Korean peninsula. While the international community had not anticipated the growing tension, the international community must fulfill the role of conciliation and arbitration for peace in the Korean peninsula and withdraw the sanctions, and are urgently required put in place tenable solutions to the ongoing conflict. We, in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, marking the 60th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement in this year of 2013, earnestly pray to be free from the threat of war, urge the resumption of dialogue and negotiation to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the establishment of a peace regime without preconditions from the parties concerned. The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea reaffirms that the day will surely come when ‘they will beat their swords into ploughshares’ and renew this Land and march together to achieve peace in the Korean Peninsula. The peace of God will be done and we pray for the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, and the whole world!
REV. BAE TAE-JIN, General Secretary
As we go out into the world to love and serve our neighbour, may we know that we are known by God. May we hear the voice of Jesus and follow him like beloved sheep following their shepherd. Let our words and deeds point to the One who gives eternal life that cannot be snatched out of the Lord’s hand.