Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 28, 2013
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, April 28 - Mission Awareness Sunday
Pray for Mission Awareness Sunday and the many special events to celebrate mission in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Give thanks for the ministry of the Women’s Missionary Society and the Atlantic Mission Society.
Monday, April 29
Pray for the candidates for ministry and for the guidance counsellors who are engaged in dialogue about calling and discernment during Guidance Conference at Crieff Hills, ON.
Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Pray for a Presbyterian World Service & Development ‘livelihoods’ program that is helping women and youth in Malawi to earn an income and support themselves.
Friday, May 3
Pray for those attending the Stewards by Design conference, that this event will be transformational in their congregations.
Saturday, May 4
Pray for the Women’s Missionary Society Council as it meets to conduct business on behalf of the entire Society.
What is the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), naturalist and author
Equipping children and youth
Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Flemingdon Gateway Mission. Serving children, youth and their families in Toronto’s Flemingdon neighbourhood, this mission is working to build resilience in children and youth. Homework support, leadership development, health and nutrition programs, structured activities and sports are enabling them to break through the poverty in which they live. Participants find love and support, gain leadership skills, overcome bullying, and make lifelong friends. The Toronto District School Board has chosen the Mission’s “Vision of Hope” summer camp as a placement site for summer students. Youth leaders have been mission speakers at congregations. Director Paulette Brown shares, “We are excited that the mission is building church – community partnership and offering possibilities for the development of young leaders who are equipped to lead in Canada’s diverse, cultural, racial and religious society.”
National Healing and Reconciliation Event
For over 100 years, Aboriginal children were removed from their families and sent to institutions called residential schools. These government-funded, church-run schools were located across Canada and established with the purpose to eliminate parental involvement in the spiritual, cultural and intellectual development of Aboriginal children. The last residential school closed in 1996. This past week, the Presbyterian Church in Canada has taken part in the national Truth and Reconciliation Event held in Montreal.
During the discussions, survivors told of physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse while at the Aboriginal residential schools. It was clear that so many have been deeply scarred by their experiences as young children. “I didn’t have a childhood,” said one participant. “It’s still like it happened yesterday,” said another.
“Hideous things happened there,” said one woman during a heartfelt testimony. “I learned anger, hatred, bitterness… I grew up angry.” The stories came in a steady flow, each one as disturbing and emotional as the next. And while so many survivors could barely speak through the tears and emotion, it was clear that telling their stories are crucial steps in their recovery. “There will be no justice if we don’t share our stories,” said Mary, who attended a school in Moose Factory, taken away from her family when she was seven-years-old and was never able to see her father again. During Mary’s story, the audience was moved to tears many times as she described sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and then the years of alcohol and drug abuse that followed. Before she completed her talk, she looked out at the captive audience. “Never judge a book by its cover,” she cautioned, “because you never know what’s happened to that person. The key to our healing is forgiveness… I was so damaged (but) I feel a lot stronger now.” If you want to read more about this event, please visit the P.C.C. website.
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Upcoming Activities . . . .
TODAY – Pot-luck lunch - Please remain after church today and join us for our monthly potluck lunch after which we will have a visioning discussion. We’d like to hear your ideas 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
Claude Book Club
The Book Club has decided to suspend their monthly meetings until further notice.