Sunday, March 18, 2018 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, March 18, 2018                        
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service                             LENT week 5
Sermon            Between Me & You & Covenant New
Scripture                     Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song Leader              Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Media                            Hyungseok O.
Greeter                        John G.

Sunday, March 25, 2018                        
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service                             LENT week 6
Sermon      Between Me & You and all we lay down
Speaker                        Lydia N. H.
Worship Leader      Margaret A.
Song Leader              Bonnie W.
Piano                            Jessie Y.
Media                           Murray L.
Greeter                        Roger H.

 

Call to worship

Leader:           I see you, familiar faces, visitors, and guests. What brings you here?

People:                      We want to see Jesus.

Leader:           I see you, all who are here for the first time, and all who have returned. What brings you here?

People:                      We want to see Jesus.

 Leader:           I see you and know that each one of you has been invited by God to this house of worship. Thank you for coming. Open your eyes and your hearts, for together we are here with Jesus. Praise the Lord.

 

 Confession

Beloved Protector and Teacher, we need guidance, and sometimes we remember to ask for it.

But even as we reach for your hand, we rush off in our own direction. We barely listen to the rules we break.

We like to remind ourselves, wherever we are, that you are with us.

We forget the proper response: that to serve you, we must follow you.

We put conditions on your love, because we don’t want to go to the uncomfortable places where we see ourselves in the other.

Forgive us.  Hold us close and teach us again to truly live as you love.

 

Words of assurance

Thus says the Lord God, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday School Schedule

Children

March 18                     Title: Jesus Heals two Daughters
Teachers:                     Primary – Linda/Kai
Middler – Murray L.
Wee Wonder – LaVerna/Carol

March 25                     Sunday School Easter Party – all ages

Adult
March 18          The Cross was God’s Idea (from the book
Lies We Believe About God by W. Paul Young)

March 25         The Three Nails – from Samuel Wells, vicar of
St. Martin – in – the- Fields

Everyone is welcome

 

UNDRIP logoArticle 10

Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.  No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Who’s in our House
in March and April

March 20,27          William Graham Singers
March 23 – 25       New Dundee EMC Youth TOOLS group
March 28                 COSA
April 3,10,17,24  William Graham Singers
April 11                     Yorkshire Rose Quilters
April 13 – 15          O’Gorman H.S. TOOLS group
April 14                     Men’s Breakfast
April 14                     Citizens Climate Lobby
April 20 – 22           Emmanuel Youth TOOLS group
April 21                     City of Toronto Planners meeting
April 27 – 29          Wilmot EMC Youth TOOLS group

 

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in doing one or a series of sermons during Tim’s sabbatical, please contact the worship committee.

 

Treasurer’s Report: $7,076 was received in offerings in February. We need $7,642 each month to meet our 2018 budget.

In February we also received a $500 donation designated to the Benevolence Fund.

Joint potluck lunch together
with
Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church.
1:00 pm Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Did you know that coffee originates in Ethiopia?
(Juan Valdez nothwithstanding.)
At this potluck, our Ethiopian brothers and sisters will prepare coffee the way they do it in Ethiopia.
All are welcome.  Bring food to share.

 

Palm Sunday children’s party
(details to follow)
Good Friday Service   10:30 am
Easter Sunday breakfast 9:30 am
Hymn sing after breakfast
Service 11:00 am

A real opportunity, a concrete opportunity, a manageable one, and a life-giving one!  If you are interested in being part of a “Group of Five” that will help bring certain refugees to Canada, to start a new life and become part of a Canadian community or church, please talk to Tim R.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

39th Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice -
 Friday, March 30 at 2 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity (right behind the Eaton Centre)

Take the opportunity to join other Christians, (pilgrims and peacemakers) who gather each year to mourn the contemporary crucifixions of our society - victims of the powers of militarism, greed and injustice.

This year’s focus is on The Many Dimensions of Poverty.
 The Walk concludes around 4:30 pm with a simple shared meal back at Holy Trinity. Murray plans to attend and would love company.

 

Kimbourne Park United Church at 200 at Wolverleigh Blvd. (Danforth & Coxwell) will be offering free Spring Brunch on Sunday March 18, Sunday April 15 and Sunday May 20 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

Paddle the Grand Annual Fundraiser for
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Join us Saturday May 12 at 3 pm for an easy and fun 1.5 hour excursion down the Grand River from Inverhaugh to the Covered Bridge at West Montrose. BBQ to follow in West Montrose. Participants are encouraged to raise $500 per canoe and Silver Lake provides all necessary equipment (canoe, paddles and lifejackets).  For more information visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401.

 

Work for Peace. Stop paying for war!
Use Conscience Canada’s Peace Tax Return  http://www.consciencecanada.ca

Conscience Canada – CC, has provided a device called the ‘Peace Tax Return’ – PTR, whereby you can sign on to one of two declarations – Option A – a simple declaration with no taxes diverted, and Option B – a declaration with the military portion or a symbolic portion withheld and diverted to a Peace Tax Fund in Trust administered by Conscience Canada. An electronic PTR can be found on the CC website at http://www.consciencecanada.ca

It is quite easy to use at the time you submit your tax return.

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018 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, March 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service LENT week 4
Sermon             Between Me & You & Darkness in View
Speaker            Margaret A.
Scripture         John 3:12-21 and Ephesians 2:4-10
Worship           Leader John G.
Song Leader   Kathy W.
Piano                  Roger H.
Media                 Don B.
Greeter             Dalton J.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service LENT week 5
Sermon                    Between Me & You & Covenant New
Speaker                   Tim R.
Worship Leader Arjun P.
Song Leader         Dalton J.
Piano                        Bonnie W.
Media                       Hyungseok O.
Greeter                   John G.

Call to worship

Leader:       Who comes in the name of God? Step into the light and be known.

People:       We are coming, through darkness and fear. We come into the light by the power of God.

Leader:        People of God, God has heard your cries and is opening a way for you.

People:       We are here, through darkness and fear. We come into the light of this day by the power of God.

Leader:      You are here, and God is here. What will you do?

People:      Together we will worship our God.

 

Confession

God of compassion and consequence, some days it’s hard to face who we are.  We like to be in control, to know where we are going.
Relying on someone else, even you, is hard.

We get impatient and find things to criticize. Some of us even like to complain.  Glossing over past hardships is easier than admitting that we needed your help, and still do.

We don’t want to see how our attitudes and actions make things worse.  We are sorry.  Forgive our ingratitude.
Grant us the courage to face the truth.

Words of assurance

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Sunday School Schedule

Children
March 11     Title: The Man through the roof
Teachers: Primary – Becky/Prabidhi
Middler – Murray
Wee Wonder – no class

March 18 Title: Jesus Heals two Daughters
Teachers: Primary – Linda/Kai
Middler –
Wee Wonder – LaVerna/Carol

Adult
March 11        Begin Anew – concluding the current series

March 18       The Cross was God’s Idea (from the book
Lies We Believe About God by W. Paul Young)

March 25      The Three Nails – from Samuel Wells, vicar of
St. Martin – in – the- Fields

Everyone is welcome

 

Who’s in our House
in March and April

March 13,20,27          William Graham Singers
March 10                        Men’s Breakfast
March 10                        Citizens Climate Lobby
March 14, 17                Yorkshire Rose Quilters
March 23 – 25             New Dundee EMC Youth TOOLS group
March 28                       COSA
April 3,10,17,24        William Graham Singers
April 11                           Yorkshire Rose Quilters
April 13 – 15                 O’Gorman H.S. TOOLS group
April 14                            Men’s Breakfast
April 14                           Citizens Climate Lobby
April 20 – 22                 Emmanuel Youth TOOLS group
April 21                          City of Toronto Planners meeting
April 27 – 29               Wilmot EMC Youth TOOLS group

 

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in doing one or a series of sermons during Tim’s sabbatical, please contact the worship committee.

 

Palm Sunday children’s party
(details to follow)
Good Friday Service 10:30 am
Easter Sunday breakfast 9:30 am
Hymn sing after breakfast
Service 11:00 am

 

Treasurer’s Report: $7,076 was received in offerings in February. We need $7,642 each month to meet our 2018 budget.
In February we also received a $500 donation designated to the Benevolence Fund.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Promotion Dinner At Bingeman’s Marshall Hall, Monday, April 30th, 6:30pm. Guest speaker Sarah Martin Mills, Founder of Growing Hope Farms. Topic: The Story of Growing Hope. Tickets ($10.00) available at www.nhmrs.com and MCC Ontario (519-745-8458). Proceeds to New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale.

The Mennonite Centre Heritage Club presents…
 A Complicated History:
 Mennonites and the Holocaust in Ukraine
 Dr. Aileen Friesen
 Wednesday, March 14th , 2018
 7:30 pm

Upon receiving her doctorate at the University of Alberta, Aileen Friesen held post-doctoral positions at the Universities of Illinois and Winnipeg. Currently, she holds the J. Winfield Fretz Fellowhip at Conrad Grebel University College. Her doctoral thesis on the subject of the role of Russian Orthodoxy in the colonization of Siberia is forthcoming with University of Toronto Press.

In her presentation to the Heritage Club, Dr. Friesen will refer to new archival sources to re-evaluate the actions of Mennonites during the Holocaust in Ukraine. While many Mennonites in Ukraine expressed their horror at the treatment of their neighbours after Axis troops occupied their land, there were some who became complicit in the administrative structures that led to the expoitation and even murder of Jewish, Roma and Ukrainian citizens.

 

Work for Peace. Stop paying for war! Use Conscience Canada’s Peace Tax Return http://www.consciencecanada.ca

It is tax time and as a Peace Church with a history of Conscientious Objection to war, we have the opportunity to express to our government our objection to war. We not only do not want our bodies to be conscripted but in this day and age of machine war, we also do not want our taxes to be conscripted.

Conscience Canada – CC, has provided a device called the ‘Peace Tax Return’ – PTR, whereby you can sign on to one of two declarations – Option A – a simple declaration with no taxes diverted, and Option B – a declaration with the military portion or a symbolic portion withheld and diverted to a Peace Tax Fund in Trust administered by Conscience Canada. An electronic PTR can be found on the CC website at http://www.consciencecanada.ca

It is quite easy to use at the time you submit your tax return.

Also the latest Conscience Canada newsletter is available – online and on paper. The paper version also contains a paper version of the PTR. Murray L., a board member of Conscience Canada can answer questions you may have and can provide assistance with the PTR.