17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 23, 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. Please stay for a few minutes after this morning’s worship service and join us in the Sunday School room for refreshments and fellowship.
Adult Bible Study
Rev. Benson leads an adult Bible Study group each Wednesday evening. It is open to all and you are invited to attend. Please contact Randy for further information.
An Invitation to All
On Saturday, September 29th at 4 pm a very special event will occur here at Claude Church when Dana Benson will be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Light refreshments will be served at the end of this service. This is a very important milestone in Dana’s life and it would be nice to see a good turn-out of Claude folk in attendance. Hope to see you there.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Pray for the Rev. Timothy Choi, the new minister and director of Edmonton Urban Native Ministry in Edmonton, AB. May this ministry be a blessing to those it seeks to embrace.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Pray that Women’s Missionary Society groups will be creative in their planning and faithful to God’s call as they begin a new program year.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Pray for our Presbyterian military chaplain, the Rev. David Stewart, who was recently posted to the chapel community in Uplands, Ottawa, as the Chapel Life Coordinator.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Pray for the congregation of St. Andrew’s, Melbourne, QC as it seeks to do God’s ministry in challenging times.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Pray for the children of our military members who just recently moved to a new community and new school. May they find friendship and joy in their new surroundings.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Pray for the fledgling Ghanaian congregation in Calgary which began worshipping together this year.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Pray for the Rev. Devon Pattemore and the people at Knox PC and Dunleath PC in Yorkton, SK as they work together to seek new ways of being vibrant witnesses in their community.
Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
TAIWAN: Translating the Bible
The Rev. Dr. Paul McLean has worked with a translation team over the past 26 years to translate the Bible into the Hakka language. Now that the Hakka Bible is complete, Paul is helping promote it in Hakka churches. He has also begun work as a consultant on three indigenous translation projects. He is helping teams complete the Old Testament in the Drekay, Paiwan and Bunun languages so that these native people in Taiwan will be able to read the whole Bible in their own languages. Presbyterians Sharing supports Paul as he works to enable various people groups in Taiwan to read, proclaim, teach and apply God's Word in the language of their hearts.
Thank You from Malawi – Presbyterians Sharing Update, September 2012
Presbyterians Sharing helps support Canada Youth, the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s triennial youth conference. Funds are also used to bring international youth to Canada to attend the conference. This year’s guests were from Taiwan and Malawi. The Malawian group consisted of five youth and a youth director from Malawi’s Blantyre Synod. During their nearly four week stay, they visited seven congregations in Ontario, spent a week at Camp Kintail, attended Canada Youth and experienced a little bit of life in Canada.
Thank You from Malawi
Dennis Mulele, the Blantyre Synod Youth Director, thanks The Presbyterian Church in Canada for the opportunity to experience mission and ministry in Canada. I really enjoyed being part of the Canada Youth 2012 conference. It was a very wonderful experience for me and the whole Malawi Youth group. Some of the things that we learned will be put into use in the coming year in our own context. Transformation of life or ideas does not only take place when one is in a classroom under a professor or a doctor whose reputation is quite considerable. The experiences that I acquired at Canada Youth were of the kind that completely changed my life and knowledge. The youth ministry training track helped me understand how different youth programs can be categorized in order to bring back the youth in the church, motivate them and have sound leadership skills. At worship, all the sermons that were delivered, the way they were articulated, helped me to see my life and those of the youth with positive glasses. The idea of dividing the youths into different training tracks has left me still admiring CY. The games that were played and the recreation at the fire pit every morning helped me realize that spiritual life also needs spiritual exercises. Learning together with youth leaders of different cultural and traditional backgrounds like the Taiwanese and Canadians showed to me that indeed we are one in Christ. My experiences will last for ages and will be retold to many youths of my church. I really appreciate the warm hospitality of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the host families and the churches that welcomed and supported us. I don’t take for granted the finances that the church spent for our air tickets, food and accommodation. I really thank God for your love, care and support. It was not boring because we were all kept busy laughing, working and sharing our experiences with different people. How I wish to be back and work for the youth of Canada! Visits to Canada’s Wonderland; the CN Tower; Niagara Falls; Camp Kintail; St James Community; Evangel Hall; Graceview, Etobicoke; Glenview, Toronto; St. Andrews, Owen Sound; Kirk on the Hill, Fonthill; Knox, Waterloo; Knox, Oakville; and Oakridge, London all helped me realize the importance of recognizing other people's talents and gifts of sharing. I really thank the host families for their tireless love and support to us all. They acted like our parents. They were very close to us, making us feel welcomed. The other five Malawian youths have now reported to their churches and presbyteries. They are looking forward to report to the Blantyre Synod Youth Conference, which will take place December 17-21, 2012. They have also stared implementing some of the activities they have learned from CY and Camp Kintail among their fellow youths of their congregations. Greetings to all, Dennis
You are invited to share in our Church Family Potluck
Social In honour of Randy, Dana, William and Alice
When? On Saturday, October 13, 2013 5:00 pm
Where? at the Harstones,16797 Kennedy Road, Caledon
Please RSVP and let us know what appetizer, salad, or main you'd like to bring (and how many attending).
Richard and Merle
One good deed invariably leads to another; an evil deed always brings another in its wake.