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