We provided 40 hampers filled with food and vouchers for local families in the Rowntree area.
” On behalf of the entire hamper committee, thank-you to everyone who donated food, hats, mitts, gifts, money and their time to this program. ” – Brianne , our hamper organizer.
Great job Rowntree people.
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
“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
- 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.