12th Sunday after Pentecost
August 19, 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.
Adult Bible Study
Rev. Benson is willing to lead bible studies during these summer months 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.
The olde newsletter editor would like to know. If you have any information about upcoming events, projects, special needs, folks who are ill, or whatever, please let me know and I’ll gladly include it in our newsletters. I haven’t had much to publish recently about Claude and now with the September coming close and the church activities being planned for the next season there should be items of interest to all. Please forward anything you have to me. Thanks. Bill Horton E.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Pray for interim ministers as they provide vital leadership during significant transitions in the lives of congregations.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20
Pray for teachers as they prepare for a new school year, and for those who are seeking employment as teachers.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
Pray for international students arriving in Canada to begin studies. May they find lodging and a supportive community.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
Pray for the young people returning home after their Youth in Mission experience. May they be engaged in sharing what they have learned.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
Pray for all Canadian Forces members who are retiring – may they find fulfillment in their pursuits outside of the military life.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
Pray for all levels of the Women’s Missionary Society, especially those seeking new leadership.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
Pray for International Ministries’ global partners – for the richness and diverse gifts they bring to our partnerships.
There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.
Henry Drummond, poet
CANADA: African style worship
Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Toronto’s Nigerian Presbyterian Mission. The church offers both Sunday and midweek worship services, Bible studies, men’s and women’s groups, youth fellowship, and prayer meetings. Worship services are conducted in English so that they are accessible to both Nigerians and others who might prefer an African style of worship. The mission is helping integrate Nigerian Presbyterian immigrants into their new lives in Canada, providing them with a supportive faith community during an often difficult adjustment period. Let us pray for the Nigerian Presbyterian Mission as it works to build a strong, loving congregation that reaches out to Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike.
Presbyterian Church in Canada Sends Condolences to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa
Thirteen Woman’s Guild Members were killed in a road accident while on a Mission trip to Tanzania. The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) is mourning a devastating loss after terrible road carnage in Tanzania. The tragedy struck the 84 crusaders from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa Woman’s Guild members, who had gone from Kenya on a Gospel mission to Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania. Thirteen women were killed. Also involved in the accident were a spouse to a parish minister, one male elder and two drivers. The incident took place along Tanga Dar-es-Salam highway at 5:00 am Friday August 10, 2012 on Mandela Bridge in Chelinze. The women had earlier planned to take their mission to Uganda but later changed their itinerary due to the ebola outbreak. On receiving the news, The Moderator of the 20th General Assembly, The Rt. Rev. David Riitho Gathanju, took a flight to the scene of accident. He was accompanied by the National Director of the Woman’s Guild Mrs. Veronica Muchiri. President Mwai Kibaki sent his message of condolence to the Presbyterian Church and the bereaved families. A Kenya Air Force plane (Buffalo) was dispatched to assist the survivors to return to Kenya. The first plane returned with 39 survivors. A rescue team from the Red Cross was ready with ambulances and the survivors were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital for further medical check up. Family members camped at the gate of the airport and others kept vigil at Kenyatta Hospital. The Secretary General took charge to calm the angry relatives who were locked outside the airport gate. Deputy Secretary General Rev. Mutahi consoled the relatives who camped at Kenyatta National Hospital waiting for their relatives and asked them to accept the will of God. They both encouraged the members and prayed with them. A sigh of relief came to some when the medical practitioner at Kenyatta National Hospital read a list of 15 survivors who were attended and discharged the same night and the rest were admitted. The second plane carried several survivors and the bodies of the Woman’s Guild members who perished. The 84 Woman’s Guild members were from five congregations; Happy Valley, Kiganjo, Umoja, Emmanuel, Baraka and Kumuchu. They travelled in two buses. The second bus had an accident and called the first one for help. It was not identified what was the cause of the first accident. When trying to help those who were trapped in the bus, a truck rammed the other bus killing thirteen people and leaving 71 with minor and severe injuries. One woman has a spinal injury and is still hospitalized in a hospital in Tanzania. Some of the members who died were young mothers.
A Recipe for Ending Global Hunger
August 9, 2012 over 900 million people don’t have adequate food to live active and healthy lives. The causes of hunger are complex, but ways for people to take action don’t have to be. PWS&D is working in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to end global hunger with some important ingredients:
Thousands of generous Canadians – this means YOU. Nothing would happen without the support of those who donate time and money;
15 churches and church-based agencies (representing 32 Christian denominations in Canada)– the members that make up Foodgrains Bank and the channel for all international programming;
Hundreds of partners around the world – PWS&D and Canadian Foodgrains Bank work with like-minded organizations around the world. They have local expertise, knowledgeable staff, and understand the context and the best way to respond; and
One supportive federal government.
Why is the Canadian government a key ingredient?
Not only does the government have resources to offer, it also makes policies that affect people in the developing world. We want to encourage the Canadian government to consider the needs of people around the world who do not have access to adequate food for a healthy and active life. You will find a Recipe postcard in today’s bulletin. Please send it to the Prime Minister, reminding him that there are many Canadians who care about Canada’s role in ending global hunger.