Sunday, April 23, 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, April 23, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Mennonite Church Canada
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         Acts of the Church: Past and future
Scripture                      Acts 2:42-47, Acts 6:1-6
Speaker                         Ben W.
Worship Leader       Murray O.
Song leader                 Dalton J.
Piano                               Kathy W.
Kids Time                     Margaret A.
Wee Wonder              LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Sunday, April 30, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection Part 6
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Margaret A.
Song leader                Ed F.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Kids Time

Printed and electronic copies are available for
Anthony Y.’s sermon,
“O God, Restore Us

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

What is the Future of Mennonite Church Canada?
 Learn and discern!  Discuss, and . . . VOTE!  The Future Directions website and documents are found at:
 http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/documents/
 Visit this page and interact with the emerging proposals.

A proposal for the future existence of Mennonite Church Canada will be discussed and voted on at the Annual Spring Gathering of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada on April 28, 2017.  Danforth is sending two delegates to this Gathering (Dalton J. and Tim R.).

On April 23, we as a congregation will have a chance to tell our delegates how to vote.

 Vacation Bible Camp
is August 14th to 18th, 2017
at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church.

 

Church spring cleaning
May 6
9:00 am – 12 noon

What’s happening at DMC

April 25                        William Graham Singers
April 25                        Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 25                        Theatre of the Beat
May 2, 5, 6                  William Graham Singers
May 8                            Womens Group at Bonnie’s home
May 13                         Men’s breakfast
May 13                         Citizens Climate Lobby
May 24 – 26              Rockway Mennonite HS Tools group
June 11                        Church picnic
August 13                  Joint service at Willowgrove
August 14-18          Vacation Bible Camp

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.
For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

 The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Plant Tent is looking for donations of plants: perennials, succulents, house plants, native, berries, shrubs, and annuals. We would love your potted plants, labelled with name if possible and mention the colour if it has a bloom. More details on delivery, quantity, etc. will be on our website in the coming weeks (www.nhmrs.com).

 10th Annual Run for Relief May 27th at 8:00 am at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

Come out for some exercise and work up an appetite before enjoying all the great food at the Relief Sale! This fun event includes a 5k Run and a 2k Run/Walk. You can register for the race, select your t-shirt size, set up a customized page, tell your friends, and collect donations online at nhmrs.com/run-for-relief. All money raised goes to support MCC.

Paddle the Grand Fundraiser for Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Saturday May 13: Silver Lake supplies the canoe, lifejackets and paddles and you enjoy a 1.5 hour late afternoon paddle through some of Waterloo Region’s most beautiful countryside from Inverhaugh to West Montrose. Funds raised help to support Silver Lake’s summer camp program. To register or donate please visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401

Last Chance to Experience Silver Lake this Summer! A limited number of spots are left in most weeks of the summer including Mini Camp, Teen Camp, Skillz Camp and Arts & Adventure. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, archery, crafts, nature exploration, low-ropes and climbing tower, gagaball, tether ball, homemade food, singing around the campfire, new cabins and much, much more.   Financial assistance is available. For more information including pictures and videos, please visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre is seeking an inspirational and committed person or couple for the newly created position of Facilities and Environmental Stewardship Director. Guided by the camp’s mission statement, the FES Director will live on site and bring practical maintenance and organizational skills and a broad vision for creation care to camp life and operations beginning in Fall 2017. The successful applicant(s) will demonstrate a willingness to work hard, a desire to be active in Christian community, a genuine interest in working with young people, a love for nature and the outdoors, and a proven capacity to improvise, adapt and overcome. For more information and a job description visit:  http://hiddenacres.ca/site/opportunities/employment. Please forward your resume or any questions to Campbell Nisbet at director@hiddenacres.ca

Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights
A Walk from Kitchener to Ottawa from April 23 to May 14

See http://pfir.ca/about and http://pfir.ca/the-walk/

On Thursday April 27 the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights passes through Toronto. Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations and CPT collaborate in this 3 week, 600 km journey, to discuss the significance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at this time for Canada. You are invited to join the walkers, share the way, and hear about the hope for justice and reconciliation.

Thursday, April 27 – opportunities to join the walkers:

9:00 am – depart St Margaret’s Anglican Church, New Toronto, 156 Sixth St, Toronto, ON M8V 3A5

11:00 am – bring your lunch and join the walk at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344, 1395 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C1

2:00 pm – Future site of Anishinawbe Health Toronto (Mill Street, east of Cherry, Distillery District) Hear about the plans for the future of Indigenous-led healthcare in Toronto.

4:00 pm – arrive at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church 1038 Woodbine Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 4C4

5:30 pm – potluck supper & socializing at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church – If you bring food please remember that some walkers have shrimp & citrus allergies and lactose intolerance.

7 – 9 pm – Teach in at TCMC – on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Please see Murray L. if you wish to join the walk from any of the points above. Also let Murray know if you are coming to the Potluck and Teach-In at TCMC. Please join us!

People’s Climate Justice Movement March
Saturday, April 29, 12 to 2 pm, downtown Toronto

Please join us from 10-11:30 am on Saturday, April 29 at the
Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre,
95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto,
(near Museum or Wellesley subway stations).

To prepare for the Climate Justice March, join us to design posters and pizza lunch. Register at
www.basilian.org/our-ministry/justice-peace
Please see the poster on the bulletin board

Willowgrove will again be hosting the
KAIROS Blanket Exercise.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

This is an interactive and very moving way to learn about the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. There is no fee for this event.  Please RSVP to michal@willowgrove.ca if you wish to attend.

St. Clair O’Connor Community YARD SALE
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017   10 AM – 2 PM
2701 St. Clair Avenue East

Parking in rear or East end of building.
Wide variety of used items and collectables.  Plant sale.
Lunch will be served in Dining Room.

DONATIONS WELCOMED! Leave at the Reception Desk.

Further information – 416-757-8757

Sunday, April 16, 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, April 16, 2017             EASTER                      
9:30 a.m.             Easter potluck breakfast
10:30 a.m.          Worship Service                 
Speaker                        John E.
Worship Leader      Ben W.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Roger H.
Multi-age Kids Lesson/Activity Time
Margaret, LaVerna & Prabidhi

Sunday, April 23, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m.          Adult Sunday school    
11:00 a.m.          Worship Service                 
Worship Leader       Murray O.
Song leader                 Dalton J.
Piano                               Kathy W.
Wee Wonder              LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Printed and electronic copies are available for
Anthony Y. sermon,
“O God, Restore Us

Call to worship

Leader:             When all hope seems lost, Christ is risen!
All:                   He is risen, indeed!
Leader:             When fear hovers close at hand, Christ is risen!
All:                   He is risen, indeed!
Leader:             When disillusionment and despair threaten us,
Christ is Risen!
All:                   He is risen, indeed!
Leader:             Come!  Celebrate the risen Lord!  Alleluia!

Confession and words of assurance

Leader: O living God, who raised Jesus from the dead
we shout your great victory;  we sing hymns of praise!

All:       Even when our hearts are heavy and our eyes are dimmed by sorrow, you are faithful.  You wipe away all tears and bring joy in the morning.
 
Leader: Teach us, O God, to trust your gracious love, to rest in your unfailing goodness, to hope in your true promise, that we may rejoice all our days and share the good news:

All:       Alleluia!  Amen!
Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!

 

Easter Potluck Breakfast  – Sunday April 16, 9:30 a.m.
Meet at the church for finger-food breakfast and fellowship on Easter morning.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Church Spring Cleaning
Saturday, May 6

What is the Future of Mennonite Church Canada?
 Learn and discern!  Discuss, and . . . VOTE!  The Future Directions website and documents are found at:
 http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/documents/
 Visit this page and interact with the emerging proposals.

A proposal for the future existence of Mennonite Church Canada will be discussed and voted on at the Annual Spring Gathering of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada on April 28, 2017.  Danforth is sending two delegates to this Gathering (Dalton J. and Tim R.).

A week before that, on April 23, we as a congregation will have a chance to tell our delegates how to vote.
  

Treasurer’s Note: In March we received $7,702 in offerings.
$8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget.
$2,000 has been donated to the Bill B. Memorial Fund. 

Joint church service at Willowgrove
August 6

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Plant Tent is looking for donations of plants: perennials, succulents, house plants, native, berries, shrubs, and annuals. We would love your potted plants, labelled with name if possible and mention the colour if it has a bloom. More details on delivery, quantity, etc. will be on our website in the coming weeks (www.nhmrs.com).

10th Annual Run for Relief May 27th at 8:00 am at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

Come out for some exercise and work up an appetite before enjoying all the great food at the Relief Sale! This fun event includes a 5k Run and a 2k Run/Walk. You can register for the race, select your t-shirt size, set up a customized page, tell your friends, and collect donations online at nhmrs.com/run-for-relief. All money raised goes to support MCC.

The Toronto Mennonite Festival

(Black Creek Relief Sale)
Annual General Meeting
will take place at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church on
Saturday April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be served and all are welcome. The TMF board is also looking for another board member – if you or someone you know is interested please contact Karen Heese (905) 940-2038.

 

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.

For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

 

Paddle the Grand Fundraiser for Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Saturday May 13: Silver Lake supplies the canoe, lifejackets and paddles and you enjoy a 1.5 hour late afternoon paddle through some of Waterloo Region’s most beautiful countryside from Inverhaugh to West Montrose. Funds raised help to support Silver Lake’s summer camp program. To register or donate please visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401

Last Chance to Experience Silver Lake this Summer! A limited number of spots are left in most weeks of the summer including Mini Camp, Teen Camp, Skillz Camp and Arts & Adventure. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, archery, crafts, nature exploration, low-ropes and climbing tower, gagaball, tether ball, homemade food, singing around the campfire, new cabins and much, much more.   Financial assistance is available. For more information including pictures and videos, please visit www.slmc.ca or call 519-422-1401


Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights

Opening Ceremony & Celebration – Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Sunday, April 23, 1:30 pm
A 600 km Walk from Kitchener to Ottawa
from April 23 to May 14

Also, Greet walkers (& walk with them) at Chinese Mennonite Church, Toronto on Thursday, April 27, (time to be announced)
See information about the Walk at http://pfir.ca/about/ and http://pfir.ca/the-walk/

Purpose of the Walk:

  • to call upon the government to fulfill its promise to implement the Declarationby embracing the legislative framework outlined in Bill C-262.

Organized by Mennonite Church Canada & Christian Peacemaker Teams: Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Supported by Outreach and Services Committee of DMC

On Thursday April 27 when the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights walkers arrive at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church there is a planned potluck or soup supper from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at TCMC with a public event at 7 pm.

Peter Haresnape of CPT is welcoming DMC folks to join them for the evening.

 

 

Sunday, April 9, 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, April 9, 2017               PALM SUNDAY                       
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Recipes for the Church Part II
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 6
Scripture                      Matthew chapters 26 and 27
Speaker                         Tim R.
Worship Leader       Arjun P.
Song leader                 Ed F.
Piano                              Bonnie W.
Kids Time                     Margaret A.
Wee Wonder             LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

 

Friday, April 14 2017                GOOD FRIDAY
10:30 a.m.                                Communion service
Worship Leader    Sue S.
Song leader              Bob M.
Piano                            Bonnie W.

 

Sunday, April 16, 2017             EASTER                      
9:30 a.m. Easter potluck breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship Service                 
Speaker                      John E.
Worship Leader    Ben W.
Song leader              Kathy W.
Piano                            Roger H.
Kids Time                  Margaret A.

 

Call to worship

Leader:    Who is this who comes, humble and riding on a donkey?

All:                   Hosanna!  Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

Leader:    Who is this who comes, free from pride and hubris?

All:                   Hosanna!  Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

Leader:    Who is this who comes, celebrated by powerless children?

All:                   Hosanna!  Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

Leader:    Hosanna!  Come join in the celebration of hope!

 

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:   Jesus, our Lord, you came to us humbly – riding on a donkey.  In peace, you showed us the way of your kingdom.  We confess that our vision of the kingdom is not pure.  It is stained with our own selfish desires.

All:       We shout hosannas to praise you, only out of our need to survive.  We lay down our cloaks and palms to adore you only to strip your garment away and humiliate you.

 Leader:   Forgive us, O Lord, when our mouths that seek to praise you often deny and defy you.

All:       Renew in us an obedient spirit, that we may fully accept and follow your will.

 (Pause for silent confession)

Leader:   God, our true Hope,

All:       restore us.

Leader:   Our times are in your hands, O God.  Let your face shine upon your servants who pursue your will, and save us in your unfailing love.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Women’s Group

Monday, April 10   7:00 p.m.
will be held at the home of
Wilda S.

 

Easter Potluck Breakfast  – Sunday April 16, 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the church for finger-food breakfast and fellowship on
Easter morning.

 

What is the Future of Mennonite Church Canada?

Learn and discern!  Discuss, and . . . VOTE!  The Future Directions website and documents are found at:
 http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/documents/
 Visit this page and interact with the emerging proposals.

A proposal for the future existence of Mennonite Church Canada will be discussed and voted on at the Annual Spring Gathering of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada on April 28, 2017.  Danforth is sending two delegates to this Gathering (Dalton J. and Tim R.).
 A week before that, on April 23, we as a congregation will have a chance to tell our delegates how to vote.

What’s happening at DMC in April and May

 April 11, 18, 25                     William Graham Singers
April 11, 18, 25                      Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                         Men’s breakfast
April 8                                         Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                         PALM SUNDAY
April 9, 10, 13, 17, 25        Theatre of the Beat
April 9 – 13                               St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 9,10,13,17,25            Theatre of the Beat
April 10                                      Women’s group at Wilda’s
April 12                                      Yorkshire Rose Quilters
April 14                                      GOOD FRIDAY service
April 16                                      EASTER SUNDAY potluck breakfast
May 2, 5, 6                                William Graham Singers
May 8                                          Womens Group
May 13                                       Men’s breakfast
May 13                                       Citizens Climate Lobby
May 24 – 26                            Rockway Mennonite HS Tools group
June 11                                      Church picnic

 

Treasurer’s Note: In March we received $7,702 in offerings.
$8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget.

$2,000 has been donated to the Bill B. Memorial Fund. 

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Good Friday Walk for Justice
Friday, April 14
Theme: Breaking Barriers
at Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square (behind Eaton Centre)
2 pm to 5 pm

The walk begins and ends at the Church of the Holy Trinity and the crowd moves as a procession to stations around the city within walking distance, each set with a different aspect of the theme.  At the end of the walk, back at the church there is a short reflection followed by a light meal of soup and bread.

The Toronto Mennonite Festival

(Black Creek Relief Sale)
Annual General Meeting
will take place at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church on
Saturday April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be served and all are welcome. The TMF board is also looking for another board member – if you or someone you know is interested please contact Karen Heese (905) 940-2038.

 

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.

For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

 

The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Plant Tent 

is looking for donations of plants: perennials, succulents, house plants, native, berries, shrubs, and annuals. We would love your potted plants, labelled with name if possible and mention the colour if it has a bloom. More details on delivery, quantity, etc. will be on our website in the coming weeks (www.nhmrs.com).

10th Annual Run for Relief May 27th at 8:00 am at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

Come out for some exercise and work up an appetite before enjoying all the great food at the Relief Sale! This fun event includes a 5k Run and a 2k Run/Walk. You can register for the race, select your t-shirt size, set up a customized page, tell your friends, and collect donations online at nhmrs.com/run-for-relief. All money raised goes to support MCC.

 

Toronto Ontario Opportunities For Learning and Serving (TOOLS)

This weekend we will be welcoming St. Mark’s United Methodist Church TOOLS group who will be lodging in our building. If you have a chance to meet them between their learning and serving, say Hello.  Blogs, photos, and stories from “our” TOOLS participants can always be found at www.mcctools.net

 

Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights

Opening Ceremony & Celebration – Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Sunday, April 23, 1:30 pm
A 600 km Walk from Kitchener to Ottawa
from April 23 to May 14

Also, Greet walkers (& walk with them) at Chinese Mennonite Church, Toronto on Thursday, April 27, (time to be announced)
See information about the Walk at http://pfir.ca/about/ and http://pfir.ca/the-walk/
 
Purpose of the Walk:

  • to call upon the government to fulfill its promise to implement the Declarationby embracing the legislative framework outlined in Bill C-262.

Organized by Mennonite Church Canada & Christian Peacemaker Teams: Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Supported by Outreach and Services Committee of DMC

On Thursday April 27 when the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights walkers arrive at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church there is a planned potluck or soup supper from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at TCMC with a public event at 7 pm.

Peter H. of CPT is welcoming DMC folks to join them for the evening.

 

Sunday, April 2, 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, April 2, 2017                                      
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Hymn Sing
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 5
Sermon                     Jesus’ Mission
Scripture                  Luke 4:14-21
Speaker                    Anthony Y.
Worship Leader   Jessie Y.
Song leader            Dalton J.
Piano                          Roger H.
Children worship with adults – art table provided

Sunday, April 9, 2017               PALM SUNDAY                       
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Recipes for the Church Part II
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 6
Speaker                      Tim R.
Worship Leader     Arjun P.
Song leader               Ed F.
Piano                             Kathy W.
Kids Time                    Margaret A.
Wee Wonder            LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Call to worship

Leader: Come. Bring your weary bones and your crushed souls.
All:                   Now is the time to worship the life-giving Spirit.
Leader: Come. Bring your dashed hopes and broken dreams.
All:                   Now is the time to worship the life-giving Spirit.
Leader: Come. Bring your heavy sorrow and lingering sadness.
All:                   Now is the time to worship the life-giving Spirit.
Leader: Bring all that you have and all that you are.  The Spirit is here to breathe life into all that is lifeless.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader: God, we confess that when we look into the valleys of our lives, we are tempted to fix our gaze on the remnants of our past.  We see the dry bones, and we doubt in our minds—“Will these bones ever live?”

All:       But in the midst of our doubt, we proclaim that you are the life-giving Spirit.  You breathe new life into all that is dead.

Leader: For you, O God, raised up the dry bones in the valley.

All:       Your Son, Jesus, brought Lazarus out from the tomb,

Leader: and your Spirit lifted anew the hearts of the disciples.

All:       Teach us, O Lord, to wait for your breath.

Leader: Blow your mighty wind into the hollow chambers of our hearts that we may never settle for death but rise again as your beloved people.

(Pause for silent confession)

Leader: God, holy Breath,

All:       restore us.

Leader: But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you, once more. Our whole selves waited for you, O Lord, and you answered us. In you there is unfailing love and full redemption. You redeem us from all our sins. Amen.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to all our volunteers
who made Mary’s birthday potluck
such a memorable event.
 
A special thanks to those setting up the tables, working in the kitchen, creating the doves, children’s time and the video.

Mary, we will miss you.

Before leaving Toronto, Mary G. has volunteered to review the historical records here at the church.  For those who donated documents/photographs for the 100th anniversary book, this would be an opportunity to make sure that you get your documents returned to you unless you want them to be donated to the archives in Kitchener.  We need a few volunteers to help. We will meet here at the church office on Thursday, April 6  6:30 p.m.

 

What’s happening at DMC
in April and May

 April 1                                        Conscience Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25                William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25                Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 6                                         Reviewing our historical data
April 8                                         Men’s breakfast
April 8                                         Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                         PALM SUNDAY
April 9, 10, 13, 17, 25        Theatre of the Beat
April 9 – 13                               St. Marks United Methodist Church TOOLS
April 9,10,13,17,25            Theatre of the Beat
April 10                                      Women’s group
April 12                                      Yorkshire Rose Quilters
April 14                                      GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                      EASTER SUNDAY
May 2, 5, 6                                William Graham Singers
May 8                                          Womens Group
May 13                                       Men’s breakfast
May 13                                       Citizens Climate Lobby
May 24 – 26                            Rockway Mennonite HS Tools group
June 11                                      Church picnic

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mennonites from all around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada will be gathering this spring (Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29) in Oakville.  We will gather to worship, to talk with one another, and to learn about what various congregations are involved in.

The GTA Cluster of Mennonite Churches will be acting as hosts.  You will have a chance to help out with volunteering in a number of ways.

For more info go to MCEC.ca and find “Annual Church Gathering.”

Have you heard the Bluegrass group “Rescue Junction”?  They’ll be playing on Friday night at the MCEC Annual Church Gathering (The Meeting House, Oakville) April 28, 2017.

 

Happening at Willowgrove:

Saturday, April 1st is Maplefest…our maple syrup event open to the public.  This event is from 11am-3:00pm.  Entrance is $5/person and includes all activities.  A pancake lunch will be available for purchase.

We are cancelling the April 8th Blanket Exercise.

Non-singing Choir

Aubrey W. would like to announce that there will be a choir practice on Saturday, April 1, at 6:00 a.m. in the parking lot (rain or shine) of the Shoppers Drug Mart at Woodbine and O’Connor.

New members are needed. Only requirements are that individuals be tone deaf and not able to read music. Past experience preferred. Limited number of openings available. Come early and come often.

For more information, please contact Aubrey.

The Toronto Mennonite Festival
(Black Creek Relief Sale)
Annual General Meeting

will take place at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church on Saturday April 22 at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served and all are welcome. The TMF board is also looking for another board member – if you or someone you know is interested please contact Karen Heese (905) 940-2038.

 Welcome Neighbour Lawn Signs
that say

No matter where you are from,
we’re glad you’re our neighbour
are popping up here and there.
If you’d like one, talk to Tim Reimer.

 

The Mennonite Centre Heritage Club presents…
 THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY FATHER

How did our fathers influence us in our formative years? How have our lives been shaped by listening to them, working beside them, and observing the way they lived their lives? Dalton Jantzi  will lead a group featuring Harvey Dyck, Vic and Vern Heinrichs, Elvira Toews and Anna Wiens in a discussion about things they learned from their father.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 10:30 am
 Craft Room
 St. Clair O’Connor Community
 2701 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto

Prayer Update on Kidnap Victims in Congo

Since this issue of PrayerNet was compiled, we have learned the fate of some of the victims of the kidnapping in Congo. Tragically, the bodies of Mennonite peace builder and UN worker Michael Sharp, his colleague Zaida Catalan, and interpreter Betu Tshintela have been found in a shallow grave. The fate of their drivers Isaac Kabuayi and one other as yet unnamed driver, remain unknown. Your prayers for the victims’ grieving families, friends, and colleagues are deeply appreciated, Pray that they may find some solace and comfort in the arms of God, and over time, healing for their hearts. Please also pray that the perpetrators of these evil deeds can re-orient themselves and align their souls with the peace they seek and the mercy offered in God through Jesus Christ. Finally, please pray for peace in the deeply conflicted region of Eastern Congo, where remnant factions of Rwandan warlords and the fight over conflict minerals and other natural resources is very real.

Lisa W. asked that I share this link with you for more information on Michael Sharp’s life.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/world/africa/missing-un-experts-congo.html