Sunday, December 17, 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.

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017                 ADVENT 3   
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                          Contemplation.  At Christmas.
Scripture                       Luke 2:13-19, Luke 2:41-51
Speaker                          Tim R.
Worship Leader        Bonnie W.
Song Leader                Kathy W.
Piano                               Roger H.
Media                              Murray L.

Sunday, December 24, 2017   
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (no Sunday School)
Children of all ages will be included in the telling
of the Christmas Story.

Note: There will be no Evening Service, December 24th.

Call to worship

Leader:    Awake!  The invitation to carry light comes from the God of restoration.

All:      O God, you amaze us with your promise to build up the ancient ruins.  You say you will replace the ashes of the past with garlands of beauty.  Your bold vision dazzles our doubting souls.

(pause for silence)

Leader: Quiet our questions.
All:    Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

Leader:  Let it be whole.

Confession

God of peace, your justice wells up like a spring, bringing dreams, laughter, and wholeness to the world.  We confess we so often stifle your Spirit.  We are afraid to claim that you anointed us to carry your upside-down vision into our broken world, where the lowly are trampled upon, the hungry go away empty, the rich increase in power and might.

We confess we lack the courage to build up and repair what we have broken, imprisoned, and oppressed.  Forgive us when we do not catch your vision.  Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

            (pause for silence)

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us.  You have given us life, and we are restored.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
It is deeply saddening to know that in this nation, not all feel that Canadian law protects them.  It is discouraging to realize that although we are an admired country with a fully developed legal system, in the past many Aboriginals had experienced the law as a tool of government oppression.  We are encouraged and thankful for the various legal groups, universities, and bar associations that are actively seeking ways of transforming the legal system to include Aboriginal justice.

Please give those who understand the legal system, its strengths and weaknesses, the wisdom and foresight to improve the law.  May all involved be concerned about justice for all who live in Canada.  We ask that there will be a real unity amongst Aboriginal leaders and non-Aboriginal leaders.  May we soon have cause to celebrate a robust legal system that provides justice for all.  Amen Context:   TRC Call to Action #50

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

The Caring Team is encouraging us to celebrate our
gifts of hospitality.
Each household will be given an opportunity either to host or
to be hosted for lunch.

Sunday School Schedule

Children 

Dec. 17      Visitors (Shepherds and Wise Men)
Dec. 24     Jesus’ Birth

Adult 

Dec.  17   an Anabaptist Christmas; a reading
Dec.  24   no adult SS
Dec.  31   no adult SS
Jan.   7   the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome

 

Note from our Treasurer

Please contact Roger H. if you would like to begin receiving offering envelopes for 2018. Also contact Roger if you are interested in starting pre-authorized donations.

We received $6,664 in offerings in November. We need $8,216 per month to meet our budget. Our 2017 operating deficit has grown to -$5,797. We will need some additional donations to reduce our deficit by year end.

Thank you to all who financially support our church.  $635 was collected at the Christmas banquet to help cover expenses. Also, please submit any outstanding church expenses to Roger by year end.

Charity groups are requesting donations

to support single moms, the elderly, new immigrants and other people in need during this Christmas season.

The outreach committee will ensure that your donations will be delivered to an agency in our neighbourhood.

Items needed: Financial donations and gift cards (grocery store), hats, scarves, and warm socks, family board games, toys, arts and craft kits, children’s books, personal hygiene supplies

On Sunday mornings until mid January a gift box will be located in the church lobby for the items.
Christmas Singing Schedule for December 2017

Please mark your calendars to join with DMC members to sing Christmas songs for residents this December:

MazarykTown Residences – Christmas songs – (Ed & Barb F.)

452 Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Scarborough
Friday, December 22 commencing at 7 pm in the large meeting room.
Sign-up sheets (for drivers & those needing a ride) is posted on the Bulletin board for each event.  Please join us for both if you can.
Sponsored by Outreach & Services Committee of DMC

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

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office @ canadianmennonite.org and include your name, address and subscription number (see your mailing label; it begins with an A).

Thank you for your cooperation,
Lisa J. | Circulation & Finance
Canadian Mennonite

Please let Bonnie know of these changes so our records are kept up to date.

Welcome the Stranger- GTA

In addition to supporting three refugee families, Welcome the Stranger-GTA is now working on assisting families to bring their relatives and friends who are registered refugees with the United Nations, to Canada.  This is being done through an application process called Group of Five (G5).  Most of these G5 refugees will have their financial and resettlement needs covered by their relatives and friends in Canada.  However, there is one Christian Vietnamese family of 11 who are living in a camp in Thailand and are being threatened with expulsion. They have a connection to the Vietnamese boat people sponsored by Wideman MC and our area churches in the 1970.  We understand that they are being doubly persecuted for their faith and for their minority status.

With Wideman MC leading, $41,000 of the needed $53,000 has been raised to sponsor this family. The Hmong Mennonite Church in Kitchener will take care of all of their resettlement needs but do not have the funds as they are sponsoring two additional families. The Hmong group in California have raised $12,500 to help sponsor this family.

$12,000 more is needed to complete this sponsorship funding. The local churches have been very generous.  If you wish to donate please give a cheque to your church treasurer who will forward it to Welcome the Stranger-GTA Group of Five.  You will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the congregation.      Thank you.

Andrew Reesor-McDowell on behalf of Welcome the Stranger-GTA

arm5@sympatico.ca or 647.879.5040