Sunday, March 19, 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

The theme for our services in March is
Restore us, O God!

Sunday, March 19, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection – Part IV
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 3
Sermon                         Is the Lord among us, or not?
Scripture                      Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Erma M.
Song leader                 Ed F.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Kids Time                     Becky B.

Sunday, March 26, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Recipes for the Church Part II
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 4
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song leader                Ed F.
Piano                              Bonnie W.
Kids Time                     Jonathan S.
Wee Wonder             LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

Call to worship

Leader:  In a dry and weary land,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  Parched and depleted,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  Longing for your living water,

All:          restore us, O God.

Leader:  We thirst.  Receive our worship as a sign of our yearning for you.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  O God, you are the living Water.  You restore us to life.  We confess that in the desert moments of our lives we forget your faithfulness.  Our bodies grow tired; our hearts dry up.  Our minds become clouded and we do not remember that you are our deliverer.

All:          When we see the dryness behind and before us, we quarrel among ourselves and burden one another.  We cry out: “Is the Lord even among us?”

Leader:  Forgive us, O Lord, for in the harshness of life’s desert journey we quickly focus on ourselves.  We forget that you have been, you are, and you will forever be our deliverer.

All:          Restore in us a remembering spirit, that we may hope in you again.  Renew our hearts, O Lord.  Make us generous in our praise, that we may worship you anew!

(Pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God, our living Water,

All:          restore us.

Leader:  Let all who thirst, come.  Come and drink from the living Water.  Let all who have nothing, come to the Lord.  Come – without money or price.  Come and draw freely from the well of our Lord, which will never run dry.

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Treasurer’s Note: We received $5,187 in offerings in February. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
 Potluck lunch in honour of 
 Mary G.’s 85th birthday

Please bring a main course.
 Dessert will be provided.

What’s happening at DMC
in March and April

March 7, 14, 21, 28           William Graham Singers
March 7, 14, 21, 28           Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
March 17                                 Mannheim Mennonite TOOLS group
March 18                                 Men’s Breakfast at SCOC
March 18                                 Yorkshire Rose Quilters workshop
March 22                                 GTA Perimeter Cluster meeting
March 24 – 26                       North Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group
March 26                                 Potluck lunch for Mary Groh
March 29                                 COSA group meeting
April 1                                        Conscience Canada meeting
April 4, 11, 18, 25               William Graham Singers
April 4, 11, 18, 25               Tutoring with Anthony & Margaret
April 8                                       Men’s breakfast
April 8                                       Citizens Climate Lobby
April 9                                        PALM SUNDAY
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 14                                    GOOD FRIDAY
April 16                                    EASTER SUNDAY  
June 11                                     Church picnic
 

Check out this new book in our
church library:

Aging Matters
finding your calling
for the rest of your life

by R. Paul Stevens

Vocational discernment, says R. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process – one that take on even more significance in later life.  In this book Stevens argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life’s end.

Stevens delves into matters of calling, spirituality, and legacy in retirement, showing that we must continue to discern our vocation as we grow older in order to remain meaningfully engaged for the rest of our lives.  He reframes retirement as a time of continued calling and productivity and points to biblical wisdom that can help us redefine aging as an extraordinarily fruitful season of life.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blue Scarf Workshop on Earth Justice
at Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre
led by Christian Peacemaker Teams’  Father Bob Holmes.

95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
(East of Queen’s Park, near  Bay or Wellesley stations)
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

(in preparation for ‘Walk for Earth Justice’ April 23, 2017). Register online at http://tinyurl.com/gm8ntrzFor more details please see coloured flyer on:

Outreach Bulletin Board or Email rholmes@basilian.org             Outreach & Services Committee

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.

Saturday, April 8th we will again be offering the KAIROS Blanket Exercise from 10:30 am-12:30pm.  This is a very moving and enriching learning experience that will help participants better understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Please RSVP to Michal, our office manager, at mpickard@willowgrove.ca if you wish to attend or phone Willowgrove at 905-640-2127.

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.

Toronto Ontario Opportunities For Learning and Serving (TOOLS)

Mannheim Mennonite Church TOOLS group will be lodging in our building from March 17 – 19thNorth Leamington United Mennonite Church TOOLS group will be lodging in our building from March 24 – 26th.

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

Women of MCEC

 invite women of all ages to St Jacobs Mennonite Church, April 22, 2017.Registration and Coffee 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 
Program 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Guest speaker, Carol Penner currently.  Topic:  “body and soul”   Singing, Scripture, Stories, Sharing.  Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor Mennonite congregations, she joined the faculty of CGUC. She has a popular blog http://carolpenner.typepad.com/Offering towards WMCEC Conrad Grebel Scholarship.

Only two more Sundays with Janis Thiessen
SCOC Sunday afternoon program

Janis Thiessen is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.  Her latest book is Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2016).  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

Canadian Snack Food History Part 2:  Chocolate
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Travelogue:  Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!