Sunday, June 25, 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

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 25, 2017            
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Worship Leader             Murray L.
Song leader                       Kathy W.
Piano                                    Bonnie W.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise
 
You are welcome to invite your
friends and family
to this interactive presentation.

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         God and Country:
Reflections on Canada 150
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Arjun P.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

Benediction

Leader:           The blessing of God, the shalom of God,
the wildness and the warmth of God, be among us
and between us, now and always.

People:          The divine Spirit dwells in us;

ALL:                Thanks be to God!

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We ask that all churches in Canada and their members will choose to live lives that reflect the love and humility of Christ, and that You will receive honour as true reconciliation occurs.  We ask, Lord, that Your great reputation will be restored and that people in Canada, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, will trust in and see You for who You truly are.   Amen

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)

A KBE is being planned by the DMC Worship and Outreach/Services Committees for Sunday, June 25 during the worship time at 10:30 am (DMC Summer Worship Schedule). While the experience may not be in the form of our usual worship it will remind us of the messages of the need for Justice and Mercy for our neighbours that we find in the Holy Scriptures. You may wish to dress casually; shoes will be asked to be removed. Several guest facilitators and an Indigenous elder plan to be present. There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering to support the work of KAIROS (https://www.kairoscanada.org/who-we-are).  Please address questions/comments to Ben W. or Murray L.   An introduction to the KBE is below:

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.  Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers.  Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.  By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.  This often takes the form of a talking circle.

For our service today
If you would like to donate to the Kairos Blanket Exercise and receive a tax receipt, please make your payment of cheque or cash to:
Danforth Mennonite Church
using the Kairos Blanket Exercise donation envelopes provided.  Our Treasurer will provide Kairos with one cheque representing the designated donations.  Your donation will be included in your DMC annual tax receipt.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Congratulations to
Rachel and Andrew S.
on the birth of their daughter
Charlotte Marie
who was born on June 17, 2017.
A new blessing for grandparents
Vic and Mary Jane G.

 

Who’s in our House
in June, July & August

 

June 28                          Toronto City Planning
June 30 – July 2        Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                               Men’s breakfast
July 8                               Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                    Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                    Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                    Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                     Men’s breakfast
August 13                     Joint service at Willowgrove
August 17                     Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS group
August 25 – 27          New Life CRC TOOLS group

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Vacation Bible Camp
August 14 to 18
at
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church

 

Prayers for Peacemakers    June 2017

More and more people are becoming aware of the consequences of the industrialization of our world. The pollution of the air, soil and water resources has increased notably because of the so called development. Extremely dry seasons, prolonged cold winters, numerous floods and landslides are just some examples of the impact of the massive industrial production, global scale transportation and abuse of natural resources. For this reason, the country representatives signed an agreement to continue working for and supporting the development while decreasing the pollution and the global warming. But we need to understand that it’s the consumption and production of things that we perceive we need that takes away or destroys what we all truly need: healthy and sufficient food and water, clean air and respect for life.

Let us pray for our world, for clean air and water. Let us pray for those who struggle to protect what is left and to regenerate what is lost. Let us pray for those who make decisions that will impact not only our present but also our future and the future of the life on Earth. Let us pray for each one of us to learn more, to care more, and to do more. We all deserve a better planet and many of us bear responsibility for the disasters that take place not only where we live but also in other parts of the world. So help us God.

Psalm 96:10-13

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth. 

Sunday, June 18, 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

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                    
10:30 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         The Mystery of God’s Family
Scripture                      Ephesians 3:1 – 21
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Jessie Y.
Song leader                 Dalton J.
Piano                               Roger H.

Sunday, June 25, 2017            
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

You are welcome to invite your friends and family
to this interactive presentation.

 

Call to worship

Leader:            God, though we’re gathered as one, we sometimes            believe our own uniqueness is sufficient.

People:            Bind together all our individually different threads into your earthly tapestry.

Leader:                        God, we too often focus our minds on our own lives.

People:            Bind us to the lives of all our sisters and brothers, through your Spirit.

Leader:            God, our souls long to be with others, despite our fear of differences.

People:            Bind us to all our neighbors in community, casting aside our fears.

Leader:            God, we have often hardened our hearts toward our opponents.

People:            Bind us to our enemies through your softening, in Christian love.

Leader:            God, your kingdom reveals the ways you bind our lives together.

All:                  Bind us one to another. Bind us to your side in love. Amen.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
We pray that as curriculum is developed to educate Canadian of Aboriginal history, that it will be honest and compassionate.

We ask that the history taught to our children and grandchildren will be as unbiased as possible and not be politically motivated.

May many perspectives be shared, so that students can have as full an account as possible.  As our collective history is taught, we ask that all students, whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, will feel welcome in the classroom and will also know the positive contributions their cultures have given to Canada.

God, we ask that You not only provide funding for Aboriginal schools, we also pray that You will help to restore, protect, and preserve Aboriginal culture so that Aboriginal schools and educators can be fully equipped to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.   Amen

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)

A KBE is being planned by the DMC Worship and Outreach/Services Committees for Sunday, June 25 during the worship time at 10:30 am (DMC Summer Worship Schedule). While the experience may not be in the form of our usual worship it will remind us of the messages of the need for Justice and Mercy for our neighbours that we find in the Holy Scriptures. You may wish to dress casually; shoes will be asked to be removed. Several guest facilitators and an Indigenous elder plan to be present. There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering to support the work of KAIROS (https://www.kairoscanada.org/who-we-are).  Please address questions/comments to Ben W. or Murray L.   An introduction to the KBE is below:

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.  Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers.  Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.  By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.  This often takes the form of a talking circle.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Treasurer’s Note: $6,878 was received in offerings in May.  $8,216 is needed each month to meet our 2017 budget. So far $300 has been donated to Danforth in memory of Ada B.

Who’s in our House
in June and July

June 18                             CHURCH SUMMER HOURS START
June 30 – July 2           Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                  Men’s breakfast
July 8                                  Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                       Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                       Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                       Campbell TOOLS group

 

We anticipate the arrival of
 Shewit and Atakilti’s baby
 in the coming week.

If you wish to contribute to the diaper fund,
 please see Carol J.

 

Our Church Library

DMC has acquired several new books over the past 6 months for our church library.  I (Bonnie) have spent the last two weeks ensuring that all of our books have a sleeve and library card.  I now have an inventory listing of the books.

If you enjoy reading one of the books in our collection, let us know so we can share your enthusiasm and recommendation.

I have placed several of the new books on the window sill in the lobby.  Don’t forget about the remaining collection located in the youth room.

We also have a collection of resource materials for our worship leaders.

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Darrell F. is in the arms of his Lord.

He passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Darrell had been Pastor of TUMC from 1970 to 1986. Darrell and Loretta were close friends of Osiah and Fern H., as well as other members of DMMC.  From 1986 to 1999, Darrell was Pastor of Bethel College Mennonite Church; during this period he was also Moderator of Mennonite Church North America. Darrell’s final pastorship was the Leamington United Church from 1999 to 2006. He was Moderator of MCEC from 2003 to 2006.

Visitation was at the Leamington United Church, 78 Oak Street East in Leamington on June 16 (Friday) from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Memorial Service was at LUMC on June 17 (Saturday), 1:30 p.m.

 

St. Clair O’Connor Community is fortunate to host an Art exhibit by Betty Sajtos. She painted pictures of Saskatchewan and exhibited and taught there. 

Sunday June, 18, 2017
 1:00 to 4:00pm in the Meeting Room
 2701 St. Clair Ave. East
 Refreshments        Public is Invited

Sunday, June 11, 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

Sunday, June 11, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     94 Calls to Action
Part 3    Call to Action 47 – 72
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                           Everyone Who Has Ears
Scripture                        Deuteronomy 6:1 – 9
Mark 4:9 – 25 and verse 33
Speaker                           Tim R.
Worship Leader         Robert J.
Song leader                   Kathy W.
Piano                                 Bonnie W.
Kids Time                        Margaret A.
Wee Wonder                LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Next week we begin our Summer Worship Theme:
Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                    
10:30 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         Bind Us Together – Introduction
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Jessie Y.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                              Roger H.

Sunday, June 25, 2017            
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
KAIROS Blanket Exercise

 

 

Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 66)

Leader    Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
Sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.

People    How awesome are your deeds!
All the earth worships you; sing praises to your name.

Leader    Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.

People     He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through               the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him, whose eyes keep watch on the nations.

Leader  Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.

People  Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

 

Adult Sunday School 
 Sunday, June 11 at 10 am
 The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Learning and Prayer Guide - Part 3


 See TRC Calls to Action Learning & Prayer Guide Part Three at  http://tinyurl.com/y8n3evfy
 To comment or ask questions about Part Three, go to Google Docs at  http://tinyurl.com/ksuhhwf
 To read in depth:
 Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Summary of the Final Report of the TRC of Canadahttp://tinyurl.com/zfw8wd7

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We repent of our contribution, through our actions or our inaction, to the oppression of Aboriginal peoples. We pray for open eyes to see and ears to hear how to change our ways. We confess and humbly repent for ignoring the difficulties many Aboriginal people struggle with daily. We grieve that Your name was used to abuse so many children and the harmful ripple effect that has affected subsequent generations. We pray that all Your people will extend and exemplify the true love and compassion of Christ to Aboriginal people.

Please give us wisdom to know how to worship You in culturally appropriate ways. Help Your people to practice inclusive hospitality towards others who may have differing cultural expressions for worshipping You. May we appreciate diverse modes of worship from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages that will stand before Your throne.  Amen         (Revelation 7:9)

Context: 
TRC Call to Action #48, in part – 

We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.

Bill C-262 was written and presented by Indigenous Parliamentarian, Romeo Saganash, NDP, MP for Abitibi—James-Bay–Nunavik–Eeyou, Quebec. It is An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

 The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, was a 600 km walk from Kitchener to Ottawa, from April 23 to May 13, 2017, sponsored by Mennonite Church Canada and Christian Peacemaker Teams. Its purpose was to ask Canadians to speak to their MP’s in support of passing Bill C-262. 

DMC summer church service starts on June 18th.
 Service commences at 10:30 a.m.
 No Adult Sunday School.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)

A KBE is being planned by the DMC Worship and Outreach/Services Committees for Sunday, June 25 during the worship time at 10:30 am (DMC Summer Worship Schedule). While the experience may not be in the form of our usual worship it will remind us of the messages of the need for Justice and Mercy for our neighbours that we find in the Holy Scriptures. You may wish to dress casually; shoes will be asked to be removed. Several guest facilitators and an Indigenous elder plan to be present. There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering to support the work of KAIROS (https://www.kairoscanada.org/who-we-are).  Please address questions/comments to Ben W. or Murray L.   An introduction to the KBE is below:

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.  Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers.  Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.  By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.  This often takes the form of a talking circle.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Church picnic
June 11
Ashbridges Bay
 
Time: after church till 4 (or whenever you have to leave)
 
Location: Picnic Shelter at Woodbine Beach

Food: potluck picnic food
Water and juice will be provided.  Bring your picnic dishes, blankets and chairs and enjoy food and intergenerational games

Everyone is welcome

 

Treasurer’s Note: $6,878 was received in offerings in May. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our 2017 budget. So far $300 has been donated to Danforth in memory of Ada Bartlett.

Ladies Group
 Monday, June 12
 at Carol J.’s home
 7:30 p.m.

 

Who’s in our House
in June and July

June 11                            Church picnic
June 12                            Women’s group at Carol’s
June 13, 20                    Theatre of the Beat rehersal
June 18                            CHURCH SUMMER HOURS START
June 30 – July 2          Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                 Men’s breakfast
July 8                                 Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                      Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                      Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                      Campbell TOOLS group

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome a Stranger news

The Support Group for Newcomer Family #1 has been gathering items for their baby girl (expected around June 20). If you wish to support the family in welcoming their new addition, money for diapers is one way of contributing. Carol J. is the person who is receiving these donations. Thank you.

Also, if anyone has a booster seat that they are not using, we’d be pleased to speak with you. There are occasions when it will be required to transport the 5 and 7 yr. old children in this family.

Our Welcome the Stranger refugee sponsorship group is excited to welcome Yasser, his wife Donia, sons Mustafa, Abdulrahman, Mohamad, Ahmad, and daughters Raghad, Abir and Ghadir (twins age 5). We have a home for them near McCowan and Denison. Many items are still needed!

Furniture: 1 large dresser, several wood kitchen/dining chairs (simple design), sideboard, hutch or wardrobe for dining room, large extendable dining table, 2 – 3 single mattresses.   TV, DVD player, radios.

Kitchen: large pots with lids (7 children!), knives, stovetop kettle, utensils, large colander or strainer, plastic containers, large mixing bowls.

Other: set of useful tools and assortment of nails, screws, etc, sewing kit with scissors, needles, assorted thread etc, clothesline, indoor drying rack, iron, laundry basket, shelving units for closets, rugs and mats, plastic shower curtain and rings, soccer ball, 2 plastic buckets, bathroom furnishings (we have enough bath towels)

Clothes: We don’t know sizes yet, but the boys are age 7 – 14. Tee shirts, jeans, socks and underwear. Girls need only long sleeve high neck tops, socks, and underwear (age 5 and 10)

Please save any good winter jackets and boots for them (not now please).  If you can help, please call or email Lys Laurence 416- 287-1374 lyshugh@sympatico.ca

St. Clair O’Connor Community is fortunate to host an Art exhibit by Betty Sajtos. She painted pictures of Saskatchewan and exhibited and taught there. 

Sunday June, 18, 2017
 1:00 to 4:00pm in the Meeting Room
 2701 St. Clair Ave. East
 Refreshments        Public is Invited

Sunday, June 4, 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

 
Sunday, June 4, 2017                                      
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     94 Calls to Action
Part 2 Call to Action 21 – 46
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         Pentecost: Sustenance for the Movement
Scripture                      Acts 2:1-21
Speaker                         Rachelle F.
Worship Leader       Mike D.
Song leader                 Bonnie W.
Piano                               Kathy W.
Children worship with adults – art table available

Sunday, June 11, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     94 Calls to Action
Part 3 Call to Action 47 – 72
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Robert J.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Bonnie W.
Kids Time                     Margaret A.
Wee Wonder             LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.
 

          

TRC Call to Prayer

 Father God,
We mourn the murders of over one thousand Aboriginal women and girls in the past thirty years.

With hope, we remember and pray for the safe return of those who are missing. Please lead those in authority to continue pursuing these lost women, and may investigators find missing women and bring them to safety.

We confess to the areas in our lives where we have contributed to the victimization of women, either intentionally or more often, by averting our eyes from the uncomfortable truth. Help us open our eyes and hearts to those who are vulnerable in our communities.

May the Church demonstrate Your love and high regard for all women, specifically Aboriginal women. May the Body of Christ become supporters, advocates, protectors, and friends—assisting Aboriginal women who are in need to rise out of poverty and/or dangerous situations.

May You receive the glory, as oppressed women become strengthened by each victorious step forward, that they will no longer be viewed as victims of violence and oppression.  Amen

TRC Call to Action #41 – 

We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include:

  • Investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
  • Links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools.

 

Adult Sunday School

Sunday, June 4 at 10 am
The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Learning and Prayer Guide – Part 2
See TRC Calls to Action Learning & Prayer Guide Part Two at   https://tinyurl.com/k7gr65e 
To comment or ask questions about Part two, go to  Google Docs at  http://tinyurl.com/ksuhhwf 
To read in depth:
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Summary of the Final Report of the TRC of Canada –  http://tinyurl.com/zfw8wd7 

Sunday, June 11 at 10 am
The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Learning and Prayer Guide – Part 3
See TRC Calls to Action Learning & Prayer Guide Part Three at  http://tinyurl.com/y8n3evfy
To comment or ask questions about Part Three, go to Google Docs at  http://tinyurl.com/ksuhhwf
To read in depth:
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Summary of the Final Report of the TRC of Canada – http://tinyurl.com/zfw8wd7

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

What’s happening at DMC

June 5, 6                           St. Stephens group
June 10                             Men’s breakfast
June 10                             Citizens Climate Lobby
June 11                             Church picnic
June 12                             Women’s group at Carol’s
June 13, 20                     Theatre of the Beat
June 18                             CHURCH SUMMER HOURS START
June 30 – July 2           Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                  Men’s breakfast
July 8                                  Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                       Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                       Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                       Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                   Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                        Men’s breakfast
August 13                        Joint service at Willowgrove
August 14 – 18              Vacation Bible Camp
August 17 – 20             Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS
August 25 – 27             New Life CRC TOOLS group

DMC summer church service starts on June 18th.
Service commences at 10:30 a.m.
No Adult Sunday School.

 

Church picnic
June 11
Ashbridges Bay

Time: after church till 4 (or whenever you have to leave)
Location: Picnic Shelter at Woodbine Beach
Food: potluck picnic food
Water and juice will be provided.  Bring your picnic dishes, blankets and chairs and enjoy food and intergenerational games
Everyone is welcome

 

Bonnie W. and Mike D. will be attending the MCEC Admin Day seminar taking place on June 7, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo.  Here’s the program:

To Archive or Not to Archive: What Are the Questions?

  • What should I be retaining for the Archives on a regular basis?
  • I’ve been asked to clean out the church closets. How do I know if something’s “historical?”
  • Does the archivist make house calls?
  • What does the Archives actually do?
  • How can I access the Library and Archives?
  • How can the Archives help when I get questions about my congregation’s history?
  • How can the Archives and Library help when I get questions such as ‘Who are the Mennonites?

Laureen H., Archivist-Librarian, will give a presentation and tour of the Mennonite Archives of Ontario and Milton Good Library. Discover the resources for Mennonite history, theology and culture the Archives and Library have to offer to congregations. Maybe even discover treasures from your own congregation!

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theatre of the Beat
presents
Yellow Bellies
on Saturday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.

at Nineteen on the Park, Stouffville: an original play that dramatizes the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII, featuring live music by “No Discernible Key.”  Tickets available in person or at nineteenonthepark.com.

Welcome a Stranger news

The Support Group for Newcomer Family #1 has been gathering items for their baby girl (expected around June 20). If you wish to support the family in welcoming their new addition, money for diapers is one way of contributing. Carol Jantzi is the person who is receiving these donations. Thank you.

Also, if anyone has a booster seat that they are not using, we’d be pleased to speak with you. There are occasions when it will be required to transport the 5 and 7 yr. old children in this family.

***************************************

Our Welcome the Stranger refugee sponsorship group is excited to welcome Yasser, his wife Donia, sons Mustafa, Abdulrahman, Mohamad, Ahmad, and daughters Raghad, Abir and Ghadir (twins age 5). We have a home for them near McCowan and Denison. Many items are still needed!

Furniture: 1 large dresser, several wood kitchen/dining chairs (simple design), sideboard, hutch or wardrobe for dining room, large extendable dining table, 2 – 3 single mattresses.   TV, DVD player, radios.

Kitchen: large pots with lids (7 children!), knives, stovetop kettle, utensils, large colander or strainer, plastic containers, large mixing bowls.

Other: set of useful tools and assortment of nails, screws, etc, sewing kit with scissors, needles, assorted thread etc, clothesline, indoor drying rack, iron, laundry basket, shelving units for closets, rugs and mats, plastic shower curtain and rings, soccer ball, 2 plastic buckets, bathroom furnishings (we have enough bath towels)

Clothes: We don’t know sizes yet, but the boys are age 7 – 14. Tee shirts, jeans, socks and underwear. Girls need only long sleeve high neck tops, socks, and underwear (age 5 and 10)

Please save any good winter jackets and boots for them (not now please).  If you can help, please call or email Lys L. 416 –  287 – 1374 lyshugh@sympatico.ca