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The Danforth Mennonite Church, at 2174 Danforth Ave. in Toronto, is wheelchair-accessible. Tim Reimer is our pastor, and Bonnie Wright is the administrator. ........ Call us at (416) 422-2406 . ....... Email Pastor Reimer at timapreimer @ gmail.com . .. Email Carolyn at danforthmennonitechurch @ gmail.com .

Sunday, September 10, 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, September 10, 2017
10:00 a.m.                 Adult Sunday school Hymn Sing
11:00 a.m.                 Worship Service
Sermon                       Praise of Childlikeness
Scripture                   Matthew 18:1 – 9, Proverbs 1:1-7
Speaker                      Tim R.
Worship Leader    Robert J.
Song leader             Dalton J.
Piano                           Jessie Y.
Media                          Roger H.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:00 a.m.                Adult Sunday school
11:00 a.m.                Worship Service
   Theatre of the Beat
Worship Leader   Ben W.
Piano                          Bonnie W.
Media                         Murray L.

Please note that starting this Sunday (Sept. 10th),
our worship service will commence at 11:00 a.m.

Oct. 1st World Communion Sunday and
Communion Service at Danforth.

Call to Worship

Psalm 19

Leader:      The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

People:      Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

Leader:      They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

People:      Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

Leader:      It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

People:      It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Leader:      The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

People:      The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Leader:      The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.

People:      They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

Leader:      By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

People:      But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

Leader:      Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

All:              May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
As students take courses related to Aboriginal health issues, the history and legacy of residential schools, and look at treaties, Aboriginal rights, teachings, and practices, we ask that they will have a deep respect and love for Aboriginal peoples.

We ask that the courses will be developed in a way that will truly help the students become healthcare workers, who demonstrate cultural sensitivity, resolve conflict, and uphold human rights and dignities. May it be an opportunity where Aboriginal students can share their culture and experiences with their classmates so that mutual respect and collegiality will develop. Amen
Context: TRC Call to Action #24

Adult Sunday School
Schedule for September

September 10 Hymn Sing

September 17 Postmodernism – the attack on the rationality and the notion of universal truths (especially the Judeo – Christian religion).

September 24 Social Construction of Science – related to postmodernism, but an attack on science and the idea that science is a rational description of reality.

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. (bowman 3 rebecca @ gmail.com)

Who’s in our House
in September & October

September 11, 27 A-Way
September 12, 19, 26 William Graham Singers
September 13 COSA training
October 3,10,17,24,31 William Graham Singers
October 14 Men’s breakfast

 

Women’s Group

There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Our first meeting will be at Wilda’s home on October 16th.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

A Public KAIROS Blanket Exercise, (similar to the one we had at DMC on June 25) will be held at East Lynn Park (just west of Woodbine Ave. on the south side of Danforth Ave.) on Wednesday, September 13 starting at 5:30 pm. It is sponsored by local MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts and Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. A member of Mr. Erskine-Smith’s staff attended our Blanket Exercise and whole heartedly recommended it to Mr. Erskine-Smith. We are welcome to attend this important event.

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 or Barry.brj@gmail.com

Berhanu W., a member of Freedom Gospel Church (which meets at DMC) is in need of rental accommodation for himself and his family. His wife and three daughters are arriving from Ethiopia this month. He is looking for an ‘inexpensive’ apartment in Scarborough that would still be a reasonable distance from Freedom Gospel Church. He is also in need of basic furniture and household items. If you know of an available apartment for this family and of furniture and household items please contact Murray L. of Outreach & Services.

 

Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario Fall Meeting
“Celebrating a Century of Mennonite Sewing Circles
in Ontario”
October 14: 2:00 pm

in the Community Room, 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener (Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, 2nd floor). Come hear the history and personal reminiscences. A tour of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario’s Material Resources operations will follow. For more information check our
http://www.mhso.org/content/celebrating-century-mennonite-sewing-circles-ontario or contact Bethany L.    519-568-8086

 

Sunday, October 1, 10:30 am
at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church

You are invited to join the Rouge Valley congregation in a farewell service for Pastor Pieter Niemeyer as we celebrate his 17 years of ministry with our church, and leadership involvement in the area Mennonite community. Potluck lunch to follow.

 

Please pray for CMU students

Hundreds of students from across Canada and around the world will descend onto the CMU (Canadian Mennonite University) campus to begin another term of academic studies. Pray that their learning and interaction will inspire and equip them for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.

We have invited Cheryl Pauls, President of CMU to be our guest speaker on Sunday, October 29th.

 

Heritage Club

Wednesday eveningSeptember 20th:
Jeremy Bergen and Doreen Martens will share their experiences in walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain.

Monday morning, October 2nd:
This will be an audiotape presentation of an interview with the late Paul Penner regarding his life story in Russia, Germany and Canada.

Sunday, September 3, 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, September 3, 2017    Celebrating our Diversity
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                           Beyond and Before Diversity
Scripture                       Acts chapter 10 (and 9!)
Speaker                          Tim R.
Worship Leader        Sue S.
Song leader                  Sue S.
Piano                                Roger H.

Sunday, September 10, 2017   
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Robert J.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                             Jessie Y.

 
Please note that starting September 10th, our worship service will commence at 11:00 a.m.

Call to worship

Leader:          In many languages, the people sing praises to the glory     of God.

People:        Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Leader:        O Lord our God, how awesome are your works!

People:        Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Leader:        God does not withhold God’s faithful love from us.

People:        Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Leader:        God blesses all nations through Jesus the Christ.

People:        Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Leader:       The Spirit of God weaves many threads into our tapestry.

People:       Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Leader:       God, bind us together so we may love each other more fully!

People:       Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

As we seek to educate our children, may we remember that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  May we remember that You have given people from all nations skills, talents, and interests.  We ask that the graduation rate among Aboriginal teens will increase and reflect a healthy percentage of those who enroll in education.  May we never think that low graduation rates are acceptable and are to be expected.  Help us have high expectation for all students.

We pray for expanded employment opportunities, and that employers will hire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people without prejudice.  Give companies, both big and small, the heart to hire Aboriginal people who are qualified for the job.  We ask that You help our government develop strategies that close the education and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.   Amen                                          Context:   TRC Call to Action #7

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 September & October

 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
October 3,10,17,24,31   William Graham Singers
October 14                             Men’s breakfast

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

 

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   or  Barry.brj @ gmail.com

 

Toronto Mennonite Festival, Saturday, September 16

at Black Creek Pioneer Village1000 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:

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 De. for the recipes and otherinstructions. 

  1. Volunteers – two – for 8 am to 10 am to help Mike & Linda set up.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. If you can help out in any of these ways, please speak, phone or email Murray L., and/or Mike and Linda De. A sign-up sheet will be available.
  5. 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.

 

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, 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