Sunday, March 26, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

 

The theme for our services in March is Restore us, O God!

Sunday, March 26, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection Part 5
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 4
Sermon                         The Future City
Scripture                     Jeremiah 29:1-7, Hebrews 13:8-16
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song leader               Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Kids Time                   Jonathan S.
Wee Wonder           LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Sunday, April 2, 2017                                      
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Hymn Sing
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 5
Speaker                       Anthony Y.
Worship Leader     Jessie Y.
Song leader               Dalton J.
Piano                            Roger H.
Children worship with adults – art table provided

Call to worship

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to worship.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to see you.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to perceive you in all your glory and beauty.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Remove our blindness so that we might see ourselves honestly, and humbly worship you.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  O God, you open our eyes to see what is true.  We confess that sometimes it is easier for us to stay blind than to embrace the fullness of your truth.

All:          We admit that it is scary and unsettling to fully accept what you want us to see.
 
Leader:  Your truth exposes our hidden secrets, upsets our expectations, and establishes a new order where we are no longer leading the way.  Forgive us, O Lord, when we would rather stay in the darkness of our current reality instead of receiving your miracle of light and new life.

All:          Remove the cataracts from our eyes, that we may see and celebrate your goodness around us. Quicken our minds, and soften our hearts, that we may recognize that you are at work.
 
(Pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God who brings all things into the light,

All:          restore us.
 
 
Leader: The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want.  Though we cannot see through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us.  We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Amen.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Potluck lunch
in honour of
Mary G.’s 85th birthday

Please bring a main course.
Dessert will be provided.

Tribute to Mary G.

Mahatma Ghandi once said "You must be the change you want to see in the world."  Mary G. has lived that change, working tirelessly for justice and peace through her work with Conscience Canada and challenging war taxes, regular donations to support the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams, inviting CPT members to Danforth Mennonite Church to speak during worship time and lead Christian Education classes, followed by lovely lunches at a nearby restaurant or at her home under a tree in the backyard.   Her gracious hospitality and the door of inclusive welcome were always open to everyone!  Her careful cultivation of the seeds of justice and peace have deep roots and will bear fruit for the ages.

Esther K.
 Christian Peacemaker Teams

 

This Sunday we also say goodbye to Victor R. who returns to India on Thursday, March 30, to join his wife Victoria and daughter Blessy.  The family hopes to return to Canada in a couple of years to rejoin their daughter Praisy and again to become part of Danforth Mennonite Church.

Treasurer’s Note: We received $5,187 in offerings in February. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget.

 

What’s happening at DMC
in March and April

 March 7, 14, 21, 28       William Graham Singers
March 7, 14, 21, 28       Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
March 24 – 26                   North Leamington United Mennonite
                                                   Church TOOLS group
March 26                             Potluck lunch for Mary G.
March 29                             COSA group meeting
April 1                                    Conscience Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25           William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25           Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                    Men’s breakfast
April 8                                    Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                    PALM SUNDAY
April 9 – 13                          St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 9,10,13,17,25       Theatre of the Beat
April 10                                 Women’s group
April 14                                 GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                 EASTER SUNDAY  
June 11                                  Church picnic

Adult Sunday school schedule
March 26       Resurrection Part V
April 2              Hymn Sing
April 9              Recipes for the Church Part II

Welcome Neighbour Lawn Signs that say
No matter where you are from,
we’re glad you’re our neighbour
are popping up here and there.
If you’d like one, talk to Tim R.

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blue Scarf Workshop on Earth Justice at Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre led by Christian Peacemaker Teams’  Father Bob Holmes.
95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto (East of Queen’s Park, near  Bay or Wellesley stations) Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

(in preparation for ‘Walk for Earth Justice’ April 23, 2017). Register online at http://tinyurl.com/gm8ntrzFor more details please see coloured flyer on Outreach Bulletin Board
or Email rholmes@basilian.org             Outreach & Services Committee

Our last Sunday with Janis Thiessen
SCOC Sunday afternoon program

Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

Travelogue:  Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00

Happening at Willowgrove:

Saturday, April 1st is Maplefest…our maple syrup event open to the public.  This event is from 11am-3:00pm.  Entrance is $5/person and includes all activities.  A pancake lunch will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 8th we will again be offering the KAIROS Blanket Exercise from 10:30 am-12:30pm.  This is a very moving and enriching learning experience that will help participants better understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Please RSVP to Michal, our office manager, at mpickard@willowgrove.ca if you wish to attend or phone Willowgrove at 905-640-2127.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.

 

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

Women of MCEC

 invite women of all ages to St Jacobs Mennonite Church, April 22, 2017.Registration and Coffee 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Program 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Guest speaker, Carol Penner currently.  Topic:  “body and soul”   Singing, Scripture, Stories, Sharing.
Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor of Mennonite congregations, she joined the faculty of CGUC. She has a popular blog http://carolpenner.typepad.com/.
Offering towards WMCEC Conrad Grebel Scholarship.

 

Dear Prayer Partners,

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite peace worker formerly with Mennonite Church Canada’s ministry partner Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Central Committee, was kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 12. The DRC is beleaguered by militias competing for control of rich mineral resources, especially coltan, which is used in the production of mobile phones and laptop computers.

Michael, known as “MJ” by friends and family, is familiar with the instability and humanitarian issues of the region. Since 2015, he served as coordinator with the U.N. Group of Experts for the Democratic Republic of Congo, investigating conflict. Prior to his work with the U.N., he served as MCC’s Eastern Congo coordinator, a role which included building relationships and negotiating with militia leaders.

Taken with Michael were his U.N. colleague, Zahida Katalan of Sweden, and four Congolese nationals whose names have not been disclosed.

Friends and family say that Michael is deeply committed to principles of non-violence, and if anyone is equipped to deal with such grave circumstances, he is. His father, a faculty member at Hesston College in Kansas told The Mennonite World Review, “I have said on more than one occasion that we peacemakers should be willing to risk our lives as those who join the military do. Now it’s no longer theory.”

Please pray for Michael, Zahida, their associates and all of their friends and families as this situation continues. Pray also for the kidnappers. May the light of Christ shine through the darkness.

Thank you for praying with us.
 Shalom,

Deborah Froese,
 Mennonite Church Canada
 Director, News Services

Sunday, March 19, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.
Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

The theme for our services in March is
Restore us, O God!

Sunday, March 19, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part IV
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 3
Sermon                         Is the Lord among us, or not?
Scripture                      Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Erma M.
Song leader                 Ed F.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Kids Time                     Becky B.

Sunday, March 26, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Recipes for the Church Part II
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 4
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song leader                Ed F.
Piano                              Bonnie W.
Kids Time                     Jonathan S.
Wee Wonder             LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Call to worship

Leader:  In a dry and weary land,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  Parched and depleted,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  Longing for your living water,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  We thirst.  Receive our worship as a sign of our yearning for you.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  O God, you are the living Water.  You restore us to life.  We confess that in the desert moments of our lives we forget your faithfulness.  Our bodies grow tired; our hearts dry up.  Our minds become clouded and we do not remember that you are our deliverer.

All:          When we see the dryness behind and before us, we quarrel among ourselves and burden one another.  We cry out: “Is the Lord even among us?”

Leader:  Forgive us, O Lord, for in the harshness of life’s desert journey we quickly focus on ourselves.  We forget that you have been, you are, and you will forever be our deliverer.

All:          Restore in us a remembering spirit, that we may hope in you again.  Renew our hearts, O Lord.  Make us generous in our praise, that we may worship you anew!

(Pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God, our living Water,

All:          restore us.

Leader:  Let all who thirst, come.  Come and drink from the living Water.  Let all who have nothing, come to the Lord.  Come – without money or price.  Come and draw freely from the well of our Lord, which will never run dry.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Treasurer’s Note: We received $5,187 in offerings in February. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
 Potluck lunch in honour of 
 Mary G.’s 85th birthday

Please bring a main course.
 Dessert will be provided.

What’s happening at DMC
in March and April

March 7, 14, 21, 28           William Graham Singers
March 7, 14, 21, 28           Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
March 17                                 Mannheim Mennonite TOOLS group
March 18                                 Men’s Breakfast at SCOC
March 18                                 Yorkshire Rose Quilters workshop
March 22                                 GTA Perimeter Cluster meeting
March 24 – 26                       North Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group
March 26                                 Potluck lunch for Mary Groh
March 29                                 COSA group meeting
April 1                                        Conscience Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25               William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25               Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                       Men’s breakfast
April 8                                       Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                        PALM SUNDAY
April 9 – 13                             St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 9,10,13,17,25          Theatre of the Beat
April 10                                    Women’s group
April 14                                    GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                    EASTER SUNDAY  
June 11                                     Church picnic
 

Check out this new book in our
church library:

Aging Matters
finding your calling
for the rest of your life

by R. Paul Stevens

Vocational discernment, says R. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process – one that take on even more significance in later life.  In this book Stevens argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life’s end.

Stevens delves into matters of calling, spirituality, and legacy in retirement, showing that we must continue to discern our vocation as we grow older in order to remain meaningfully engaged for the rest of our lives.  He reframes retirement as a time of continued calling and productivity and points to biblical wisdom that can help us redefine aging as an extraordinarily fruitful season of life.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blue Scarf Workshop on Earth Justice
at Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre
led by Christian Peacemaker Teams’  Father Bob Holmes.

95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
(East of Queen’s Park, near  Bay or Wellesley stations)
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

(in preparation for ‘Walk for Earth Justice’ April 23, 2017). Register online at http://tinyurl.com/gm8ntrzFor more details please see coloured flyer on:

Outreach Bulletin Board or Email rholmes@basilian.org             Outreach & Services Committee

Happening at Willowgrove:

Saturday, April 1st is Maplefest…our maple syrup event open to the public.  This event is from 11am-3:00pm.  Entrance is $5/person and includes all activities.  A pancake lunch will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 8th we will again be offering the KAIROS Blanket Exercise from 10:30 am-12:30pm.  This is a very moving and enriching learning experience that will help participants better understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Please RSVP to Michal, our office manager, at mpickard@willowgrove.ca if you wish to attend or phone Willowgrove at 905-640-2127.

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church

Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.
For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

Toronto Ontario Opportunities For Learning and Serving (TOOLS)

Mannheim Mennonite Church TOOLS group will be lodging in our building from March 17 – 19thNorth Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group will be lodging in our building from March 24 – 26th.

If you have a chance to meet them between their learning and serving, say Hello!   Blogs, photos, and stories from “our” TOOLS participants can always be found at www.mcctools.net

Women of MCEC

 invite women of all ages to St Jacobs Mennonite Church, April 22, 2017.Registration and Coffee 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 
Program 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Guest speaker, Carol Penner currently.  Topic:  “body and soul”   Singing, Scripture, Stories, Sharing.  Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor Mennonite congregations, she joined the faculty of CGUC. She has a popular blog http://carolpenner.typepad.com/Offering towards WMCEC Conrad Grebel Scholarship.

Only two more Sundays with Janis Thiessen
SCOC Sunday afternoon program

Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  Her latest book is Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2016).  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

Canadian Snack Food History Part 2:  Chocolate
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Travelogue:  Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, March 12, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.
Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

The theme for our services in March is
Restore us, O God!

Sunday, March 12, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part III
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 2
Sermon                         We wonder
Scripture                      Genesis 12:1-4, John 3:1-17
Speaker                        Linda De.
Worship Leader      Sue S.
Song leader                Bonnie W.
Piano                             Kathy W.
Kids Time
Wee Wonder            LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Sunday, March 19, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part IV
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 3
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Erma M.
Song leader                Bob M.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Children worship with adults

Call to worship

Leader:  Mindful that God, the great Mystery, has called us,

All:          we gather to worship.

Leader:  Curious about God’s ways in the world.

All:          we gather to worship.

Leader:  Wondering in the face of uncertainty,

All:          we gather to worship.

Leader:  Receive our worship and our wonderings, O God, as we seek after you.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  God of mystery, you call us into the unknown.  But we do not always follow willingly.

All:          We confess that we do not want to leave behind what is familiar.  We prefer looking like those around us.

Leader:  We do not want to change our well-refined beliefs.  We prefer to think and believe in the same ways we always have.

All:          We do not want to give up the comfort of our own self-sufficiency.  We prefer to stay in control.

Leader:  Forgive us, O Lord, when in our best effort to work for you, we fail to move with your Spirit.

All:          Stir us deep within.  Recover a sense of your holy wonder and make room within us for the mystery of your Spirit.

(Pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God of mystery,

All:          restore us.

Leader:  Our help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.  The Lord will keep you from all harm.  The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  Amen.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Adult Sunday school schedule for March
March 12           Resurrection Part III
March 19           Resurrection Part IV
March 26           Recipes for the Church Part II

The SCOC Board members from DMC (Bonnie, Murray and Dalton) would like to thank those of you who attended the focus group after church on February 26th.  We appreciated your feedback and suggestions.

Women’s Group March 13
to be confirmed

The Men’s Breakfast
will be held at SCOC on March 18.
Breakfast will be served in the dining room at 9:00 a.m.
Cost $8 per person.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Potluck lunch in honour of
Mary G’s 85th birthday

What’s happening at DMC
in March and April

March 7, 14, 21, 28           William Graham Singers
March 7, 14, 21, 28           Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
March 10 – 13                       Elora United Church TOOLS group
March 11                                 Bill Bryson’s funeral
March 13                                 Women’s group
March 15                                 A-Way training workshop
March 17                                 Mannheim Mennonite TOOLS group
March 18                                 Men’s Breakfast at SCOC
March 18                                 Yorkshire Rose Quilters workshop
March 22                                 GTA Perimeter Cluster meeting
March 24 – 26                       North Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group 
March 26                                 Potluck lunch for Mary Groh
March 29                                 COSA group meeting
April 1                                        Conscience Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25               William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25               Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                        Men’s breakfast
April 8                                        Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                        PALM SUNDAY
April 9 – 13                              St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 10                                        Women’s group
April 14                                        GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                        EASTER SUNDAY  

Mark your calendar
for the annual
Church picnic
June 11, 2017

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Toronto Ontario Opportunities For Learning and Serving (TOOLS)
Elora United Church TOOLS group who will be lodging in our building from March 10 – 13thMannheim Mennonite Church TOOLS group will be lodging in our building from March 17 – 19th.

If you have a chance to meet them between their learning and serving, say Hello!  Blogs, photos, and stories from “our” TOOLS participants can always be found at www.mcctools.net

Happening at Willowgrove:

Saturday, April 1st is Maplefest…our maple syrup event open to the public.  This event is from 11am-3:00pm.  Entrance is $5/person and includes all activities.  A pancake lunch will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 8th we will again be offering the KAIROS Blanket Exercise from 10:30 am-12:30pm.  This is a very moving and enriching learning experience that will help participants better understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Please RSVP to Michal, our office manager, at mpickard@willowgrove.ca if you wish to attend or phone Willowgrove at 905-640-2127.

 

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.

For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

SCOC Sunday afternoon program

Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  Her latest book is Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2016).  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

Canadian Snack Food History Part 1:  Cheezies
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Canadian Snack Food History Part 2:  Chocolate
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Travelogue:  Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!

 

The Mennonite Centre Heritage Club presents…

THE LAST OBJECTORS: MENNONITE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS IN WORLD WAR II

The Last Objectors, a documentary, tells the story of Canadian Mennonite men who, during the Second World War, refused to take up arms on the grounds of their faith. Many were sent to Alternative Service in mines, forests, farms and factories. Others worked in the medical field. This gripping film tells their story through intimate interviews, as well as photographs and footage from the time.

Following the film, there will be a discussion of the  issues that are raised by those who chose personal conviction over direct military participation.
The producers of the film are requesting a free will offering to be donated to the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30 pm
Meeting Room
St. Clair O’Connor Community,
2701 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto

Sunday, March 5, 2017 bulletin

DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

The theme for our services in March is Restore us, O God!

Sunday, March 5, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part II
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 1
Sermon                         Our Chosen Fast
Scripture                      Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Matthew 4:1-11
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Mike D.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                              Mary G.
Children worship with adults

Sunday, March 12, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part III
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 2
Worship Leader       Sue S.
Song leader                 Bonnie W.
Piano                               Kathy W.
Kids Time
Wee Wonder              LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Call to worship

Leader:  In the midst of myriad distractions, we gather, longing for you.

All:       Restore us, O God!  We hunger.

Leader:  In the midst of the temptation to live in fear, we gather, trusting in you.

All:       Restore us, O God!  We hunger.

Leader:  In the midst of the challenges of daily living, we gather, craving your presence.

All:       Restore us, O God!  We hunger.
Leader:  Come, worship the One who feeds our deepest hungers and sustains us with love.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  God of abundance, you give us all we need.  We confess that, too often, we focus on what we don’t have.  We forget that it is you who truly sustains us.  Forgive us.  Satisfy us with your steadfast love, and help us to take refuge in remembering that what you provide is good.  It is enough.

(pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God of abundant grace,

All:       Restore us.
 
Leader:  Rejoice in the Lord and be glad.  Sing praises to the Lord!  Taste and see that the Lord is good.
 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Wednesday, March 1, around 8 a.m. our brother
 Bill B.
 passed away at Toronto East General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on
 Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m.
 at Danforth Mennonite Church

followed by a light reception lunch.
 Interment will take place in Grafton, Ontario on Saturday, April 1st.

Let's be caring and supportive to the family in this time of loss, and let's entrust all of our lives to the God of Eternal compassion and grace.

What’s happening at DMC
in March and April

 March 1                                         A-Way Board meeting
March 4                                         Yorkshire Rose Quilters workshop
March 7, 14, 21, 28                William Graham Singers
March 7, 14, 21, 28                Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
March 8                                         Yorkshire Rose Quilters
March 10 – 13                            Elora United Church TOOLS group
March 11                                      Bill B.’s funeral
March 13                                      Women’s group
March 15                                      A-Way training workshop
March 17                                      Mannheim Mennonite TOOLS group
March 18                                       Men’s Breakfast at SCOC
March 18                                       Yorkshire Rose Quilters workshop
March 22                                       GTA Perimeter Cluster meeting
March 24 – 26                             North Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group
March 26                                       Potluck lunch for Mary G.
March 29                                       COSA group meeting
April 1                                              Conscious Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25                    William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25                     Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                              Men’s breakfast
April 8                                              Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                              PALM SUNDAY
April 9 – 13                                    St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 10                                           Women’s group
April 14                                           GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                           EASTER SUNDAY  

Adult Sunday school schedule for March
March 5            Resurrection Part II
March 12           Resurrection Part III
March 19           Resurrection Part IV
March 26           Recipes for the Church Part II

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

A note from The Meeting House

Our pancake breakfast raised just over $1,200 between donations and the silent auction!  Thank you again for helping us out and coming out with so many from your congregation on Saturday.  We really appreciated it.  We will be in touch soon with a date for next year!

Toronto Ontario Opportunities For Learning and Serving (TOOLS)
On March 10th we will be welcoming the Elora United Church TOOLS group who will be lodging in our building. If you have a chance to meet them between their learning and serving, say Hello!

Blogs, photos, and stories from “our” TOOLS participants can always be found at www.mcctools.net

Mark your calendars:
Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.
For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (TheMeeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

 

SCOC Sunday afternoon program

Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  Her latest book is Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2016).  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

Not Talking Union: North American Mennonites and Labour
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Canadian Snack Food History Part 1:  Cheezies
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Canadian Snack Food History Part 2:  Chocolate
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Travelogue:  Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!

 

The Mennonite Centre Heritage Club presents…
THE LAST OBJECTORS: MENNONITE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS IN WORLD WAR II

The Last Objectors, a documentary, tells the story of Canadian Mennonite men who, during the Second World War, refused to take up arms on the grounds of their faith. Many were sent to Alternative Service in mines, forests, farms and factories. Others worked in the medical field. This gripping film tells their story through intimate interviews, as well as photographs and footage from the time.

Following the film, there will be a discussion of the  issues that are raised by those who chose personal conviction over direct military participation.
The producers of the film are requesting a free will offering to be donated to the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30 pm
Meeting Room
St. Clair O’Connor Community,
2701 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto