July 29, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during our worship service this morning. If this is your first time here at Claude please know that our table is open to all, including children. We invite you to celebrate this sacrament with us.
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 consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Adult Bible Study
We previously announced that our weekly adult bible study get-togethers had been suspended for the summer months however some folks have indicated that they would like to have them continue throughout the summer. Rev. Benson is willing to lead bible studies if enough people are willing to attend. If you would like to participate in weekly Bible Study during the summer, please let Randy know. He will take it from there.
Our monthly book club group is taking a vacation for the summer. Hopefully you will continue to read throughout the summer and if you discover some “good reads” please share your findings with us when we start up again in the fall.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development programs that are raising awareness of human rights and assisting marginalized communities in addressing and overcoming injustices.
MONDAY, JULY 30
Pray for those who are relocating to a new home this summer. As they struggle to leave the old and embrace the new, may they find a welcoming church community.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
Pray for those who are confined to their homes and cannot get out to enjoy nature or to take a vacation away from home.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Thank God for the beauty of a Canadian summer. Take time to enjoy a flower, a tree, a bird, a wheat field, a summer sunset – whatever signs of summer surround you.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
Give thanks for those who grow and harvest the food we eat. May their
vocation be a source of pride and satisfaction, and provide them with a
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Pray for the Rev. Dr. Ian Clark and the Rev. Dr. Catherine Chalin, appointed for four months as Visiting Professors in Theology (Ian) and Christian Education and Health Science (Catherine) with the Presbyterian University of East Africa, Kenya.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Pray for ministers who are taking much needed vacations, that they will be refreshed and find renewed energy.
Jesus is where we meet God`s generosity.
Mark Vincent, A Christian View of Money
NATIONAL OFFICE: Equipping congregations
Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing enable staff at our national office to equip and support congregations of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in the areas of Christian education, worship, evangelism, stewardship, youth ministries, leadership development and justice work. Staff also administer pensions and benefits for congregations, look after archival materials, prepare for and oversee our yearly General Assembly, support ministry candidates and their presbyteries in discerning ministerial candidates’ call and encourage and support new clergy who have just begun their ministries.. Please pray for staff at our national office as they work hard each day to meet the needs of our congregations.
Improving Food Security in Pakistan
Families in Pakistan who lost everything to widespread flooding have been given a new sense of hope and opportunity thanks to the support of Presbyterians in Canada. Heavy rains and severe flooding destroyed harvests, farmland and wiped away stored grain reserves, leaving millions unable to access food or plant new crops. In response to the critical needs of so many in the area, PWS&D, in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, provided 2,000 farmers in Swat, Pakistan, with high quality seeds to grow crops of wheat, peas, beans, turnips, tomatoes and spinach, as well as new farming tools and fertilizer to restart farms. Farmers were also taught organic farming techniques to increase harvests, improve nutrition and reduce the impact of future disasters. In a similar fashion, 250 women received training on how to establish kitchen gardens—small plots of land dedicated to growing vegetables for the family to eat—as well as vouchers to purchase seeds. Another group obtained training in orchard management and were given 50 fruit trees, including walnut, apple, pear, plum and apricot. Together we are helping break cycles of poverty and ensuring there is enough food for today and the long-term. Families no longer need to take out high-interest loans in order to purchase expensive agricultural inputs but can use income from the sale of produce to invest in household necessities, education and health care. Thank you for your faithful, generous support!
Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Photos for Church Website
If you haven’t looked at the Claude Church website recently, we encourage you to do so now. Merle Harstone has completely rebuilt the website and has done an excellent job on it. She isn’t done yet. She is planning to include a “Family Photo Album” and an “Arts” page. Over the years, many of you have taken photos of events at Claude and so she is asking you to take a few minutes to dig through your albums or computer files and share what you have with the rest of us. The following will give you an idea of what she is looking for:
“Family Photo Album” - Our People and Our Places in pictures now and through the years … Windows of welcome, information, story, interests, play, family, worship, beauty, contemplation, rest ... [we are interested in photos that will lead people in contemplation and rest or that depict gatherings, personal enjoyment, …]
“Arts” - A celebration of creativity ... The arts and artful living ... creativity and creative thinking ... variety ... in the image of God ... organ, piano, fiddle, banjo, percussion, vocal, poetry, writing, photography, drawing, painting, craft, textiles, fashion, decorating, helping, sharing, parenting, grand- parenting, friendship, potluck meals, meals on wheels, volunteering, local histories and archives, teaching, leading, listening, collections, play, farming, gardening, baking, hosting, hospitality, networking, greeting and welcoming, cycling, video, choral reading, narrative tableaus, movement ... [we are interested in photos that show the things that the people of Claude have created with our own hands … be it baking, knitting, building, woodworking …]