10th Sunday after Pentecost
August 05, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship 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 consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Pastor Randy is on vacation today and we are pleased to have the Rev. Hansel Chen leading us in worship this morning. Welcome to Claude, Hansel.
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, AUGUST 5
Pray for the young people who will be representing our church at the conferences of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission (CANACOM) in August.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6 - Civic Holiday
Pray for safety for all who are travelling at this time.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
Pray for those living on the streets. May governments, faith communities and our church work to end suffering for those who are without homes, family or friends.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
Give thanks for Project Ploughshares, a Christian voice working for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development programs that help indigenous Maya women in Guatemala overcome discrimination and poverty through small loans and literacy, business and agricultural training.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Pray for all our Canadian Forces members who are posted outside of Canada and seek to understand and engage in their new culture.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Pray for The Rev. Jeanie Lee and Knox Presbyterian Church in Neepawa, MB, that their ministry into the community will flourish.
The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1
Our Financial Report as of the end of July is available today. If you would like to have a copy, you can pick one up in the Sunday School hall at the end of today’s worship service. Please note that our income for the month of July is down by about $3,000 – a significant portion of our budget for the year.
CANADA: Feeding body and spirit
Livingstone Church has been serving Montreal’s Park Extension community for over 100 years. Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing help this church to serve a diverse congregation and welcome people from various nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. At a weekly lunch program, church members join guests for lunch and conversation. Stories and prayers are shared, and connections are made as people get to know one another. Guests receive spiritual and emotional support, which is often more urgent than the need for physical food. Let us pray for Livingstone as it reaches out to its community with the love of Christ.
Essential Food Aid for the Sahel
In the Sahel region of Africa, over 18 million people are at risk of hunger. Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding to urgent needs for food in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank. To date, a combined $9.7 million has been committed to projects in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, reaching over 257,000 people. According to Mary, a volunteer at one of the food distribution sites in southern Niger, the food distributions of maize, millet, beans and oil are already alleviating suffering in the villages. “Now people can prepare their fields for planting instead of spending all of their time searching for food,” she said. “The food we are providing will not only help meet immediate food needs, but also helps stop [people] from sliding into deeper impoverishment in the future,” said Canadian Foodgrains Bank Director, Jim Cornelius, after returning from a trip to Niger in May.
Help Make a Difference
You can make a donation through our church, mail a cheque to the office, donate online or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291. Please mark all donations as “Sahel Africa Relief.” PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), a coalition of 15 church-based agencies responding to global hunger. Donations to this program are matched by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Stand With Us, Canada
My name is Dr. Merry Mia-Clamor. I am a medical doctor from the Philippines. Together with 42 other medical practitioners and community health workers, we were victims of arrest and detention from February to October 2011 on allegations that we were members or sympathizers of an armed movement in the Philippines. This was how Merry introduced herself during a 2012 delegation that toured several cities in Canada as part of an international campaign to call attention to human rights abuses in the Philippines. Members shared experiences of torture and imprisonment that resulted from speaking out against the human rights situation—a grim reality that is affecting many Filipino churches. While in Canada, our Filipino sisters and brothers asked the Canadian government and public to join them to end impunity and human rights violations in the Philippines. KAIROS Canada and KAIROS members, including Presbyterian World Service & Development, hosted the delegation. Through PWS&D, a founding member of KAIROS, you support the education and action work of ecumenical partners in the global South who risk their lives to speak out against human rights violations.
Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit)—just as you were called to one hope when you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4 1-6)