Our moderator, Jordan Cantwell’s Advent Message

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Christmas Hampers – 2017

 Our annual collection and distribution of food and clothing is quickly approaching. For clothing  we will be collecting hats and mitts, please place in boxes at both entrances. Food donations will be collected during Advent.

   Thanks for considering this needed Outreach 

No Way to Treat a Child campaign

No Way to Treat a Child: Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts each year. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military courts. Ill treatment, including torture is “widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process” according to a UNICEF report. The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. It advocates for American and Canadian policy makers to take a proactive role in safeguarding the rights of Palestinian children and ending the military occupation of Palestinians living in the West Bank East Jerusalem and Gaza. It is a project of Defense for Children International –Palestine (DCIP) and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) In the last three years they grown from a small group of activists in Chicago to a US – based movement, and are now expanding efforts to Canada. For more information on the campaign visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org.

What can you do?

Write to the Hon.Chrystia Freeland ,Minister of foreign affairs and your MP. Ask the Canadian Gov’t to pressure the Israeli Government to cease all settlement activity  intensify diplomatic efforts for just and lasting peace based on UN resolutions and international law.  Visit www.united-church.ca/social-action for sample letter

A Commitment to Prayer

A Commitment to Prayer

 “Prayer is the way to stay in love with God. Prayer is the way individuals, small groups and congregations grow and become vivid…Prayer is more about receiving from God than it is asking God for things or working hard at intercession…prayer involves effort, habit and focus; but it results in lightness and energy and excitement.”

                                                Martha Grace Reese    “Unbinding the Gospel” p. 51

 We make a commitment to pray…

 For our congregation:

  • for a renewal of prayer and faith
  • for visitors to our congregation on Sunday morning that they will feel a sense of God’s presence and know that this is a place where they can belong, grow, and give
  • for our financial needs that they will be met abundantly
  • for discernment of where God is leading us and the faith to follow
  • for every worship service to be an experience of joy and growth in faith and love

For one other and what’s going on in our lives:

  • that we will each give our time, choices, and decisions to God
  • that each person’s spiritual, emotional, and physical needs will be met
  • that each person will know the abundant love of God in Christ
  • that those who have not been active for a while will again find (your church) to be a place that gives them life

For our Council and other congregational leaders:

  • that God will show us what to do and give us the people and resources to do it
  • that we will share our faith stories with one another and help one another see and feel the presence of God in our lives
  • for creativity, courage, vision, and joy in our work

 

Prayer Tips

  • Try a daily prayer time. Spend time with God by yourself. Read scripture. Journal or pray for others. Sit quietly and listen to God
  • Pray with others. This is also a crucial aspect of prayer.
  • When you pray, spend more time listening than speaking and let your prayers follow the urges or ideas that come into your mind.
  • When you pray for others imagine the light of God shining on them and filling them, and ask God to meet the needs that you don’t know but that God surely does.
  • Before you come to worship on Sunday, spend time in prayer for all those giving leadership. Imagine the sanctuary filled with the light of God. Envision the fire of the Spirit burning over the head of each person.
  • Tell others – at Council, or UCW, or in a Committee meeting about the inspiration and ideas that come to you. Seek the wisdom and encouragement of others – none of us have all the answers. Help one another with discernment and accountability.

 

Syrian Refugee Crisis; an update and our moderator’s views

 

Syrian refugee update from the United Church of Canada – Dec 1 2016 

As of Advent 2016, UC congregations in Canada have raised over $8 million to sponsor more than 900 refugees. In addition more than $1 million was raised for the Syrian Refugee appeal for helping out  Mission & Service partners assisting refugee camps.   ( source – advent letter from Moderator – received late Nov. )

To donate to M&S  – go to UC web site or call 800-268-3781 x 2738.

Locally there are many United Church’s sponsoring Syrian families or fundraising to support other church’s. ie Calvary United, Byron United to name a few. If you want to help Calvary, the contact there is Steve Hebden at 519-636-8814.

For More Information – For more information about this humanitarian crisis and for details about how to make a donation, please visit The United Church of Canada’s webpage on the Syria Refugee Appeal.

See the thoughts of our new Moderator, the Right Rev Jordan Cantwell on this issue and 3 steps you can take to help. Moderator’s thoughts and plans re Refugee crisisportrait_cantwell