Sunday, March 26, 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 26, 2017                                  
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday school     Resurrection Part 5
11:00 a.m. Worship Service                  Lent 4
Sermon                         The Future City
Scripture                     Jeremiah 29:1-7, Hebrews 13:8-16
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader      John G.
Song leader               Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Kids Time                   Jonathan S.
Wee Wonder           LaVerna R. & Prabidhi P.

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

Call to worship

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to worship.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to see you.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Here in this place we gather to perceive you in all your glory and beauty.

All:          Open our eyes and our hearts.

Leader:  Remove our blindness so that we might see ourselves honestly, and humbly worship you.

Confession and words of assurance

Leader:  O God, you open our eyes to see what is true.  We confess that sometimes it is easier for us to stay blind than to embrace the fullness of your truth.

All:          We admit that it is scary and unsettling to fully accept what you want us to see.
 
Leader:  Your truth exposes our hidden secrets, upsets our expectations, and establishes a new order where we are no longer leading the way.  Forgive us, O Lord, when we would rather stay in the darkness of our current reality instead of receiving your miracle of light and new life.

All:          Remove the cataracts from our eyes, that we may see and celebrate your goodness around us. Quicken our minds, and soften our hearts, that we may recognize that you are at work.
 
(Pause for silent confession)

Leader:  God who brings all things into the light,

All:          restore us.
 
 
Leader: The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want.  Though we cannot see through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us.  We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Amen.

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Please bring a main course.
Dessert will be provided.

Tribute to Mary G.

Mahatma Ghandi once said "You must be the change you want to see in the world."  Mary G. has lived that change, working tirelessly for justice and peace through her work with Conscience Canada and challenging war taxes, regular donations to support the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams, inviting CPT members to Danforth Mennonite Church to speak during worship time and lead Christian Education classes, followed by lovely lunches at a nearby restaurant or at her home under a tree in the backyard.   Her gracious hospitality and the door of inclusive welcome were always open to everyone!  Her careful cultivation of the seeds of justice and peace have deep roots and will bear fruit for the ages.

Esther K.
 Christian Peacemaker Teams

 

This Sunday we also say goodbye to Victor R. who returns to India on Thursday, March 30, to join his wife Victoria and daughter Blessy.  The family hopes to return to Canada in a couple of years to rejoin their daughter Praisy and again to become part of Danforth Mennonite Church.

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

 

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 24 – 26                   North Leamington United Mennonite
                                                   Church TOOLS group
March 26                             Potluck lunch for Mary G.
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

Adult Sunday school schedule
March 26       Resurrection Part V
April 2              Hymn Sing
April 9              Recipes for the Church Part II

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 R.

 

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

Our last Sunday 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.  She is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is living at SCOC.

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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 of Mennonite congregations, she joined the faculty of CGUC. She has a popular blog http://carolpenner.typepad.com/.
Offering towards WMCEC Conrad Grebel Scholarship.

 

Dear Prayer Partners,

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite peace worker formerly with Mennonite Church Canada’s ministry partner Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Central Committee, was kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 12. The DRC is beleaguered by militias competing for control of rich mineral resources, especially coltan, which is used in the production of mobile phones and laptop computers.

Michael, known as “MJ” by friends and family, is familiar with the instability and humanitarian issues of the region. Since 2015, he served as coordinator with the U.N. Group of Experts for the Democratic Republic of Congo, investigating conflict. Prior to his work with the U.N., he served as MCC’s Eastern Congo coordinator, a role which included building relationships and negotiating with militia leaders.

Taken with Michael were his U.N. colleague, Zahida Katalan of Sweden, and four Congolese nationals whose names have not been disclosed.

Friends and family say that Michael is deeply committed to principles of non-violence, and if anyone is equipped to deal with such grave circumstances, he is. His father, a faculty member at Hesston College in Kansas told The Mennonite World Review, “I have said on more than one occasion that we peacemakers should be willing to risk our lives as those who join the military do. Now it’s no longer theory.”

Please pray for Michael, Zahida, their associates and all of their friends and families as this situation continues. Pray also for the kidnappers. May the light of Christ shine through the darkness.

Thank you for praying with us.
 Shalom,

Deborah Froese,
 Mennonite Church Canada
 Director, News Services