Sunday, Augut 27, 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
 
We welcome all guests who have joined us. 

Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, August 27, 2017   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Scripture                       John 15:18-20, Hebrews 13:3
Worship Leader        Linda D.
Song leader                  Dalton J.
Piano                                Roger H.

Sunday, September 3, 2017   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Sue S.
Song leader                Sue S.
Piano                              Roger H.

Pastor Tim has been on vacation this past week, and returns on Sunday, August 27th.  For matters of pastoral concern, please contact one of the Caring Team, whose contact info is in the bulletin.

Call to Worship

Leader:           We have gathered to rejoice in our oneness in Jesus Christ!  Each of us experiences faith and life in a unique way.

People:          Yet we have one God, one faith, and one baptism, and one Spirit who unites us all.

Leader:           Let us lift our hearts as one, in songs of praise, in prayer, and in listening for God’s word.

All:              Even when we leave this place, let us be joined in common concern for humanity, like that shown by Jesus Christ.     Amen.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

You are Father to the fatherless.  We ask that Aboriginal people who are struggling to care for their children will be surrounded by those who will come alongside as supporters on the journey to becoming healthy and godly parents.  We pray that You will help Aboriginal parents to love and nurture their children so they do not have to be removed from their homes.  When necessary, we ask that others in the Aboriginal community will step forward to care for children who are neglected – particularly those within the child’s own community and nation.       Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #4

 

Please remember Jacob F. in your prayers.

James, Ruth and family are in the Dominican Republic. Jacob has had an accident requiring stitches done in surgery.  James says “no broken cranium or blood on the brain but the cut was massive and quite bad.”   May our thoughts and prayers surround the Friesen family with our love and give them comfort in this time of need.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Jesus Said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14
The Christian Education Committee is looking for Sunday school teachers.  With the growing number of children attending Danforth we are hoping to run 3 classes this year.  We need teachers to help out with the Wee Wonder (Preschool), the Primary class (K-3) and our Multiage class (Gr3 & up).  We would like to have a good rotation of teachers so that it’s not a weekly commitment.  Please contact Becky B. by email if you are interested in teaching. (bowman3rebecca @ gmail.com)

 

Who’s in our House
 in August & September

August 25 – 27                     New Life CRC TOOLS group
September 1 – 3                  First Hmong MC TOOLS group
September 9                          Men’s Breakfast
September 11, 27               A-Way
September 12, 19, 26       William Graham Singers
September 13                        COSA training

 

Treasurer’s Report: $13,995 in offerings was received in July. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget. We are grateful for the extra donations in July which has helped to reduce our deficit.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Opportunity to Participate in Violence Reduction

Sarah T., Christian Peacemaker Teams Director from the Chicago office, is visiting Toronto in September with the purpose of finding Christians (and others) who would like to participate financially in the violence reduction work of CPT, in North America, including Canada, as well as in the several overseas locations where Christian Peacemaker Teams work.

For example Rachelle F., CPT Canada Coordinator and CPTers who live in Toronto have been working with others in the City to non-violently resist the growing Islamophobia and White Supremacy we are seeing on our streets. Sarah and Rachelle would like to meet with you if you have an interest in being a partner in the important work of violence reduction in a Christian context.

Please speak to Murray L. or contact Rachelle F. at rachellef@cpt.org or tel. 647-339-0991

Toronto Mennonite Festival

Saturday, September 16
at Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
North York, ON (near Steeles Ave. & Jane St.)
See  https://torontomennonitefestival.wordpress.com  &
https://www.facebook.com/Toronto-Mennonite-Festival-197295870290701/

Volunteer requests from Danforth Mennonite Church members:

Members of Danforth Mennonite Church have traditionally contributed to the fund raising for Mennonite Central Committee at the Toronto Mennonite Festival by preparing and selling ‘Sloppy Joe’ sandwiches during the day. Thank you to our past volunteers. We continue to require volunteers this year for the following contributions and tasks:

  1. Volunteers are needed to pre-cook 5 pound batches of Sloppy Joes, freeze at home in freezer bags and then drop the frozen packages off to the church freezer the week prior to September 16. About 6 to 8 packages of ‘meat Sloppy Joe’s’ are needed plus 2 ‘meatless Sloppy Joe’ Please speak to Linda DeH. for the recipes and otherinstructions. 
  2. Volunteers – two – for 8 am to 10 am to help Mike & Linda set up.
  3. Volunteers are needed to staff the tent during the day, from 10 am to 3 pm. It is desirable to have three shifts of three people, but if some volunteers can stay all day then they can do more than one shift with breaks between. A couple of people are also required for take-down of the tent after 3 pm. An incentive for volunteers is that they get into the TMF free
  4. If you can arrange a ride, please do so. If you need a ride or can volunteer to drive some people, please contact Murray L.
  5. If you can help out in any of these ways, please speak, phone or email Murray L., and/or Mike and Linda DeH. A sign-up sheet will be available.
  6. Even if you are unable to volunteer, please consider attending and invite your friends to the Toronto Mennonite Festival. Net proceeds go to the good work of Mennonite Central Committee.

Housing needed

Salmon D., a member of our sponsored family from Eritrea is looking for shared accommodation along the Danforth/Bloor Subway line. Salmon is 17 years old and is in Grade 11 at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School (near Greenwood Station). He works part time in a downtown restaurant and is quite independent. Housing could be within your home or in a basement apartment. If you are interested, please contact Barry J. at 416-564-9077
Barry.brj @ gmail.com

Water Ceremony
Honoring and Renewing our Relationship with Water

Saturday, September 30, 2017   6:00 p.m.
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario

The invitation to this event is open to all who wish to celebrate Creator’s gift of Water, renew friendships and walk together. Take this opportunity to invite those in your circle to come along to the Grand River where we will raise awareness about the critical place Water holds in the circle of life.

Sunday, August 27, 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
 
We welcome all guests who have joined us. 

Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, August 20, 2017   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                        Many bodies in one body
Scripture                     Ephesians 4:1-16
Speaker                        Steph C. B.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

Sunday, August 27, 2017   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Speaker                        Bahte K.
Worship Leader      Linda D.
Song leader                Bonnie W.
Piano                             Roger H.

Pastor Tim will be on vacation this week, and returns on
Sunday, August 27th.  For matters of pastoral concern,
please contact one of the Caring Team,
whose contact info is in the bulletin.

Call to worship

Leader:         Threads of a tapestry differ in shade and color, all woven  into a pattern.

People:         Each of us unique in the Creator’s eye, but gathered with one heart.

Leader:         God has bound us together with ties stronger than chord or family.

People:         The body of Christ is one faith, one baptism, one hope.

Leader:         We are the people of God, many bodies forming one.

People:        The spirit of God’s grace weaves through our lives.

All:                  Holy Spirit, teach us to love! Bind us together today!

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We are thankful for the many who have already taken steps of courage to come forward to tell their stories during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s investigations.  We pray that untold stories will continue to be gathered, documented, and produced so that all who have a story of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation can be heard.  We ask that these stories will not be lost due to lack of funds.       Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #78

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Jesus Said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" Matthew 19:14

 The Christian Education Committee is looking for Sunday school teachers.  With the growing number of children attending Danforth we are hoping to run 3 classes this year.  We need teachers to help out with the Wee Wonder (Preschool), the Primary class (K-3) and our Multiage class (Gr3 & up).  We would like to have a good rotation of teachers so that it’s not a weekly commitment.  Please contact Becky Bowman by email if you are interested in teaching. (bowman3rebecca @ gmail.com)

Who’s in our House
 in August & September

August 17-20                       Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS
August 25 – 27                    New Life CRC TOOLS group
September 1 – 3                 First Hmong MC TOOLS group
September 9                         Men’s Breakfast
September 11, 27              A-Way
September 12, 19, 26      William Graham Singers
September 13                      COSA training

 

Treasurer’s Report: $13,995 in offerings were received in July. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget. We are grateful for the extra donations in July which has helped to reduce our deficit.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Opportunity to Participate in Violence Reduction

Sarah T., Christian Peacemaker Teams Director from the Chicago office, is visiting Toronto in September with the purpose of finding Christians (and others) who would like to participate financially in the violence reduction work of CPT, in North America, including Canada, as well as in the several overseas locations where Christian Peacemaker Teams work.

For example Rachelle F., CPT Canada Coordinator and CPTers who live in Toronto have been working with others in the City to non-violently resist the growing Islamophobia and White Supremacy we are seeing on our streets. Sarah and Rachelle would like to meet with you if you have an interest in being a partner in the important work of violence reduction in a Christian context.

Please speak to Murray L. or contact Rachelle F. at rachellef @ cpt.org or tel. 647-339-0991

 

Toronto Mennonite Festival

(Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale)

is coming up on September 16. There is a beautiful 50th anniversary quilt that will be auctioned off and lots of good food. Please plan to come and enjoy the day! And remember that you get free admission if you volunteer! See the website

https://torontomennonitefestival.wordpress.com/ or Facebook page for more information and photos of the quilts. Please contact Karen H. (905 940 2038 or jandkbarber @ gmail.com) if you wish to volunteer.

Prayer for the peace of Charlottesville

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

  • We confess that those of us who are white have overlooked, ignored or been ignorant of the ways we have benefited from the systemic oppression and marginalization of people of color, immigrants, Muslims, Jews and others whom we fear.
  • We confess that we are complicit in acts of violence when we devalue, despise and discriminate against persons whom we perceive as threatening our identity, way of life and cherished beliefs.
  • We confess that we are too often slow to act in the face of white supremacy that is ingrained in our businesses, institutions, neighborhoods and families.
  • We confess that we let fear, pride and ignorance prevent us from doing all we can to live into the beauty, goodness and shalom that God intends for all people.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

  • We give thanks for all those who courageously showed up to nonviolently resist racist bigotry, and especially for clergy and faith leaders who linked arms in prayer and solidarity to boldly offer encouragement and compassion in the name of Christ.
  • We give thanks for Charlottesville Mennonite Church (CMC) and for Roy and Maren Hange, co-pastors and AMBS grads, for their witness on multiple fronts to what is acclaimed in the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective: “We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation and practicing nonresistance, even in the face of violence and warfare.”
  • We give thanks that there were not even more horrific acts of violence, which seemed likely from news analyses ahead of the protests, given that many came heavily armed.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us courage.

  • Grant us courage to ask: Where does it hurt? How can we be present to each other’s grief, fear and despair while holding one another within the healing mercies of the Spirit?
  • Grant us courage to “sing the Lord’s song” in this strange land and passionately recount our anchoring faith stories in these profoundly disorienting times.
  • Grant us courage to root out and face down the unleashed forces of hatred in Charlottesville and in our own communities with strong and unshakeable love, even for enemies, because “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:15).

Lord God, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Welcome the Stranger:
Syrian family update and needs

Our Syrian family has now been in Canada 2 months. They are realizing the challenges of getting used to living in a different culture, with a different language. They are so happy when they meet someone who speaks Arabic!

The parents, Yasser and Dunia have already started ESL classes. It’s been many years since they were at school, and learning to write and read with a different alphabet is a challenge. Laura H. of Heise Hill Church, a teacher, has been giving ESL lessons to the whole family. They look forward to her coming, and the children are pleased to share what they are learning.

The teenage boys have been able to attend activities at Markham’s Immigrant Youth Centre. They love going there and can travel on the bus by themselves.

Raghad and Ahmad had a week at a day camp for ESL children. School will definitely be a challenge for them all. Only Mustafa, the eldest boy, knows how to read and write (Arabic), and he has not been in school for at least 4 years. The local elementary and high school do have intensive ESL programs.

We are looking for a few donations: do you have one of these to donate? They could use another fridge:  on shopping day, fruit and vegetables for a family of 9 barely fit in one fridge!

Dunia would like a microwave (not a huge old one). One of the single/twin mattresses is rather thin and a bit short – we could use a better one. OK if it’s standard length or “extra long”. The twins are still sleeping on a mattress on the floor. We’d like either a “continental” size box spring, 50” wide, or a double bed (mattress and box spring or bed frame with slats).

Good boys’ winter jackets size 12 – 16 are needed, and snow pants. Call or email Lys L. at 416 287 1374 or lyshugh @ sympatico.ca

 

Sunday, August 6, 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

We welcome all guests who have joined us. 
Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.
           

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, August 6, 2017                                   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         Mirgrant Workers
Scripture                      Luke 14:12-24
Speaker                        Jessie Y.
Worship Leader       Dalton J.
Song leader                 Ed F.
Piano                               Kathy W.

Sunday, August 13, 2017   
Joint worship service at Willowgrove

Sunday, August 20, 2017   
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Speaker                        Steph C. B.
Worship Leader      Anthony Y.
Song leader                Ed F.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

Pastor Tim Reimer is on vacation this week and will return on August 7th.  For matters of pastoral concern please contact a member of the Caring Team, whose phone numbers are listed above.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We pray for the Government of Canada as they consider this call to action.  We ask, Lord, that a national day will be designated for remembrance and celebration of Aboriginal peoples.  We ask that this day will enhance our collective memory and encourage reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in each community and across the country.       Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #80

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Joint Worship Service at Willowgrove
Sunday, August 13

There are those who will need a ride to Willowgrove on Sunday, August 13 and those who can provide a ride.
Please see the two column sign-up sheet on the bulletin board and indicate if you Need a Ride or Can Provide a Ride to Willowgrove for the Joint Worship Service on August 13.
Please make your own arrangements as to where pickup should be. There may be some who need to be picked up at their home.

Who’s in our House
 in August & September

August 12                               Men’s breakfast
August 14-18                       Vacation Bible camp (Chinese Church)
August 17-20                       Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS
August 25 – 27                    New Life CRC TOOLS group
September 1 – 3                 First Hmong MC TOOLS group
September 9                         Men’s Breakfast
September 12, 19, 26      William Graham Singers

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer Vacation Bible Camp
Digging for Treasure
Parables Revealed
at
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church
August 14 to 18
9 am – 4 pm
Ages 3 years – Grade 8
Cost: $40/wk for Half Days
Full day:  $120/wk
bursary are available

British Columbia Wildfires

Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.

Crisis Overview: As of July 10th, 2017, 10,000 residents in British Columbia have been forced from their homes as 220 wildfires sweep the province. On July 7th, a state of emergency was declared within the province of British Columbia as 138 new fires were sparked that same day. Lightning has been attributed as the cause of the wildfires which have been fueled by dry conditions and strong winds only making the situation worse.

You can make a donation through the following MDS website
https://www.mds.mennonite.net/

 

Friends of Fraser August 26-30

alumni and all friends of Fraser Lake Camp are invited to enjoy 5 days of everything the camp has to offer in a relaxed setting. Register now! Contact FLC Director, Kristen B. for details
kberg @ fraserlakecamp.com

 

Humanity First: Ban the Bomb
August 6 Hiroshima Day

August 6 (Sunday) Hiroshima Day activities at the Toronto Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square, starting at 4:30 pm for Community & Craft Tables and 6:30 pm for the Commemoration Ceremony and 8:30 pm for the Lantern Ceremony.

Keynote speaker at 6:30 pm is the Honourable Douglas Roche, author, former Senator, MP, and Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament. There are other featured musical performers (grammy-nominated Flautist Ron Korb, Isshin Daiko of Toronto Musical Ensemble, Toronto Pax Christi Chorale and Toronto’s Raging Grannies.)