Sunday, June 18, 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

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                    
10:30 a.m. Worship Service                 
Sermon                         The Mystery of God’s Family
Scripture                      Ephesians 3:1 – 21
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

You are welcome to invite your friends and family
to this interactive presentation.

 

Call to worship

Leader:            God, though we’re gathered as one, we sometimes            believe our own uniqueness is sufficient.

People:            Bind together all our individually different threads into your earthly tapestry.

Leader:                        God, we too often focus our minds on our own lives.

People:            Bind us to the lives of all our sisters and brothers, through your Spirit.

Leader:            God, our souls long to be with others, despite our fear of differences.

People:            Bind us to all our neighbors in community, casting aside our fears.

Leader:            God, we have often hardened our hearts toward our opponents.

People:            Bind us to our enemies through your softening, in Christian love.

Leader:            God, your kingdom reveals the ways you bind our lives together.

All:                  Bind us one to another. Bind us to your side in love. Amen.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
We pray that as curriculum is developed to educate Canadian of Aboriginal history, that it will be honest and compassionate.

We ask that the history taught to our children and grandchildren will be as unbiased as possible and not be politically motivated.

May many perspectives be shared, so that students can have as full an account as possible.  As our collective history is taught, we ask that all students, whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, will feel welcome in the classroom and will also know the positive contributions their cultures have given to Canada.

God, we ask that You not only provide funding for Aboriginal schools, we also pray that You will help to restore, protect, and preserve Aboriginal culture so that Aboriginal schools and educators can be fully equipped to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.   Amen

 

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 (https://www.kairoscanada.org/who-we-are).  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.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 B.

Who’s in our House
in June and July

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

 

We anticipate the arrival of
 Shewit and Atakilti’s baby
 in the coming week.

If you wish to contribute to the diaper fund,
 please see Carol J.

 

Our Church Library

DMC has acquired several new books over the past 6 months for our church library.  I (Bonnie) have spent the last two weeks ensuring that all of our books have a sleeve and library card.  I now have an inventory listing of the books.

If you enjoy reading one of the books in our collection, let us know so we can share your enthusiasm and recommendation.

I have placed several of the new books on the window sill in the lobby.  Don’t forget about the remaining collection located in the youth room.

We also have a collection of resource materials for our worship leaders.

 

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Darrell F. is in the arms of his Lord.

He passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Darrell had been Pastor of TUMC from 1970 to 1986. Darrell and Loretta were close friends of Osiah and Fern H., as well as other members of DMMC.  From 1986 to 1999, Darrell was Pastor of Bethel College Mennonite Church; during this period he was also Moderator of Mennonite Church North America. Darrell’s final pastorship was the Leamington United Church from 1999 to 2006. He was Moderator of MCEC from 2003 to 2006.

Visitation was at the Leamington United Church, 78 Oak Street East in Leamington on June 16 (Friday) from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Memorial Service was at LUMC on June 17 (Saturday), 1:30 p.m.

 

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