Sunday, October 8, 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

We welcome all guests who have joined us. 

Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

Sunday, October 8, 2017          Thanksgiving
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                         Not a Little Thanksgiving
Scripture                      Psalm 100 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Dalton J.
Song Leader               Kathy W.
Piano                              Jessie Y.
Media                             Roger H.

Sunday, October 15, 2017        
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday school         
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Speaker                        John E.
Worship Leader      Dalton J. and Praisy R.
Song Leader              Ed F.
Piano                            Bonnie W.
Media                           Murray L.

Call to Worship

Leader:       Come, let us worship God, who laughs and cries with us. Let us praise the One whose suffering encompasses the breadth of our pain, and whose delight surpasses our deepest joy.

People:      We worship the God who knows our thoughts and feelings even before we name them. We honor the One who welcomes our laments as well as our songs of thanksgiving.

All:               May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
You are a God of justice.  We thank You that RCMP officers are willing to stand up for the rights and lawful protection of Aboriginal peoples; however, we recognize that trust for the police, the RCMP in particular, has been broken for many Aboriginal people in Canada.

We thank You for the many dedicated and compassionate police officers within our nation, and we ask that You will encourage them and protect them from dangers they walk into daily.  We ask that there will be independence between the RCMP and the Government of Canada.  We ask for high integrity within the police and government ranks so that Aboriginal Canadians will be confident that they are protected and that investigations are fair.   Amen Context:   TRC Call to Action #30

Between now and Advent this year, several of our worship services will focus on the theme "Poets and Prophets."  Do you read poetry?  Do you have a favorite poet?  Is there a poet that you find particularly effective, or offensive(!) as they interact with faith and culture?  Talk to Tim Rhymer about these ideas

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Women’s Group:  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.  Our first meeting will be at Wilda’s home on October 16th.

Treasurer’s Report: $8,638 was received in offerings in September. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget. Our operating deficit to the end of September is $5,339.

Let’s Walk the Talk of Reconciliation with Bill C-262

As part of Mennonite Church Canada’s support of Truth and Reconciliation activities such as the ‘Walk for Indigenous Rights‘ in April/May, they have sent postcards for us to sign and mail to our MP’s to promote passage of Private Member’s Bill C-262. This bill calls on the Government of Canada to harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Canada has adopted UNDRIP but it is not yet law. This bill comes up for Second Reading in the House of Commons later this month. DMC Outreach and Services Committee and Church Council have approved the individual signing and sending of these postcards to our MP’s with messages of support for Bill C-262.

There will be a table set up in the lower lobby this morning with postcards and suggested messages to send to your MP. (It will be possible for us to look up your MP’s name from your postal code). Signed postcards can be left at the table and will be mailed.
Murray L. for Outreach & Services Committee

Who’s in our House
 in October & November

October 10,17,24,31              William Graham Singers
October 11                                    Yorkshire Rose Quilters
October 14                                    Men’s breakfast
October 21                                    Toronto Beach Chorale workshop
November 7,14,21,28            William Graham Singers
November 8                                  Yorkshire Rose Quilters
November 11                               Men’s breakfast
November 15                               A-way workshop
November 25                              Yellow Bellies (Theatre of the Beat)

 

Who We Support

In November/December Church Council will be reviewing the financial support in our budget for charities and organizations beyond our congregation. Currently our core support is for St. Clair O’Connor Community and Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada but we also support Mennonite Central Committee, New Life Centre, Lazarus Rising, Willowgrove, and Christian Peacemaker Teams. Council is inviting input from the congregation in this process. Is there a charity or organization that reflects our values and identity that you feel our church should support financially? Please contact a council member by the end of October with your suggestion. They are Tim R., MaryJane G., Donna A., Roger H. and Don B.

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario Fall Meeting
“Celebrating a Century of Mennonite Sewing Circles
in Ontario”
October 14: 2:00 pm

in the Community Room, 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener (Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, 2nd floor).  Come hear the history and personal reminiscences. A tour of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario’s Material Resources operations will follow. For more information check our
http://www.mhso.org/content/celebrating-century-mennonite-sewing-circles-ontario or contact Bethany L. 519-568-8086

Fraser Lake Camp Fundraiser – Enjoy an evening of live music and delicious desserts in support of repairing our climbing wall. November 4, 7-9 pm at Breslau Mennonite Church. All ages welcome, by donation. Please contact Kristen Berg to RSVP and for details kberg@fraserlakecamp.com

The MCC Appreciation Dinner that was to be held on Thursday October 12 at the Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church.  It has been postponed.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for giving me the morning.
Thank you for ev’ry day that’s new.
Thank you that I can know my worries can be cast on you.

Thank you for many little sorrows.
Thank you for ev’ry kindly word.
Thank you for ev’rywhere your guidance reaches ev’ry land.

Thank you, I see your Word has meaning.
Thank you, I know your Spirit’s here.
Thank you because you love all people, those both far and near.