Sunday, June 11, 2017 bulletin

Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

Sunday, June 11, 2017                                    
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     94 Calls to Action
Part 3    Call to Action 47 – 72
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                           Everyone Who Has Ears
Scripture                        Deuteronomy 6:1 – 9
Mark 4:9 – 25 and verse 33
Speaker                           Tim R.
Worship Leader         Robert J.
Song leader                   Kathy W.
Piano                                 Bonnie W.
Kids Time                        Margaret A.
Wee Wonder                LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Next week we begin our Summer Worship Theme:
Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                    
10:30 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         Bind Us Together – Introduction
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      Jessie Y.
Song leader                Dalton J.
Piano                              Roger H.

Sunday, June 25, 2017            
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
KAIROS Blanket Exercise



Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 66)

Leader    Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
Sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.

People    How awesome are your deeds!
All the earth worships you; sing praises to your name.

Leader    Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.

People     He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through               the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him, whose eyes keep watch on the nations.

Leader  Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.

People  Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.


Adult Sunday School 
 Sunday, June 11 at 10 am
 The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Learning and Prayer Guide - Part 3

 See TRC Calls to Action Learning & Prayer Guide Part Three at
 To comment or ask questions about Part Three, go to Google Docs at
 To read in depth:
 Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Summary of the Final Report of the TRC of Canada

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

We repent of our contribution, through our actions or our inaction, to the oppression of Aboriginal peoples. We pray for open eyes to see and ears to hear how to change our ways. We confess and humbly repent for ignoring the difficulties many Aboriginal people struggle with daily. We grieve that Your name was used to abuse so many children and the harmful ripple effect that has affected subsequent generations. We pray that all Your people will extend and exemplify the true love and compassion of Christ to Aboriginal people.

Please give us wisdom to know how to worship You in culturally appropriate ways. Help Your people to practice inclusive hospitality towards others who may have differing cultural expressions for worshipping You. May we appreciate diverse modes of worship from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages that will stand before Your throne.  Amen         (Revelation 7:9)

TRC Call to Action #48, in part – 

We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.

Bill C-262 was written and presented by Indigenous Parliamentarian, Romeo Saganash, NDP, MP for Abitibi—James-Bay–Nunavik–Eeyou, Quebec. It is An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

 The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, was a 600 km walk from Kitchener to Ottawa, from April 23 to May 13, 2017, sponsored by Mennonite Church Canada and Christian Peacemaker Teams. Its purpose was to ask Canadians to speak to their MP’s in support of passing Bill C-262. 

DMC summer church service starts on June 18th.
 Service commences at 10:30 a.m.
 No Adult Sunday School.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE)

A KBE is being planned by the DMC Worship and Outreach/Services Committees for Sunday, June 25 during the worship time at 10:30 am (DMC Summer Worship Schedule). While the experience may not be in the form of our usual worship it will remind us of the messages of the need for Justice and Mercy for our neighbours that we find in the Holy Scriptures. You may wish to dress casually; shoes will be asked to be removed. Several guest facilitators and an Indigenous elder plan to be present. There will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering to support the work of KAIROS (  Please address questions/comments to Ben W. or Murray L.   An introduction to the KBE is below:

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.  Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers.  Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes.  By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group.  This often takes the form of a talking circle.


Church picnic
June 11
Ashbridges Bay
Time: after church till 4 (or whenever you have to leave)
Location: Picnic Shelter at Woodbine Beach

Food: potluck picnic food
Water and juice will be provided.  Bring your picnic dishes, blankets and chairs and enjoy food and intergenerational games

Everyone is welcome


Treasurer’s Note: $6,878 was received in offerings in May. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our 2017 budget. So far $300 has been donated to Danforth in memory of Ada Bartlett.

Ladies Group
 Monday, June 12
 at Carol J.’s home
 7:30 p.m.


Who’s in our House
in June and July

June 11                            Church picnic
June 12                            Women’s group at Carol’s
June 13, 20                    Theatre of the Beat rehersal
June 18                            CHURCH SUMMER HOURS START
June 30 – July 2          Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                 Men’s breakfast
July 8                                 Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                      Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                      Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                      Campbell TOOLS group


Welcome a Stranger news

The Support Group for Newcomer Family #1 has been gathering items for their baby girl (expected around June 20). If you wish to support the family in welcoming their new addition, money for diapers is one way of contributing. Carol J. is the person who is receiving these donations. Thank you.

Also, if anyone has a booster seat that they are not using, we’d be pleased to speak with you. There are occasions when it will be required to transport the 5 and 7 yr. old children in this family.

Our Welcome the Stranger refugee sponsorship group is excited to welcome Yasser, his wife Donia, sons Mustafa, Abdulrahman, Mohamad, Ahmad, and daughters Raghad, Abir and Ghadir (twins age 5). We have a home for them near McCowan and Denison. Many items are still needed!

Furniture: 1 large dresser, several wood kitchen/dining chairs (simple design), sideboard, hutch or wardrobe for dining room, large extendable dining table, 2 – 3 single mattresses.   TV, DVD player, radios.

Kitchen: large pots with lids (7 children!), knives, stovetop kettle, utensils, large colander or strainer, plastic containers, large mixing bowls.

Other: set of useful tools and assortment of nails, screws, etc, sewing kit with scissors, needles, assorted thread etc, clothesline, indoor drying rack, iron, laundry basket, shelving units for closets, rugs and mats, plastic shower curtain and rings, soccer ball, 2 plastic buckets, bathroom furnishings (we have enough bath towels)

Clothes: We don’t know sizes yet, but the boys are age 7 – 14. Tee shirts, jeans, socks and underwear. Girls need only long sleeve high neck tops, socks, and underwear (age 5 and 10)

Please save any good winter jackets and boots for them (not now please).  If you can help, please call or email Lys Laurence 416- 287-1374

St. Clair O’Connor Community is fortunate to host an Art exhibit by Betty Sajtos. She painted pictures of Saskatchewan and exhibited and taught there. 

Sunday June, 18, 2017
 1:00 to 4:00pm in the Meeting Room
 2701 St. Clair Ave. East
 Refreshments        Public is Invited