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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Posted by on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 in News

Rev. Scott is on a Presbytery wide pulpit exchange this Sunday.  We will be welcoming
Rev. Dr. Frank Szatmari, whose sermon will be “The Open Door.”

The scripture readings for this week will be:
  • Psalm 30
  • John 10:1-10
  • Revelation 3:7-13

Special music by GraceNotes.

And lastly, the Holy Sherlocks will be hosting their annual Bake Sale Fundraiser following worship.

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Keeping Up-to-Date

Posted by on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 in News

  • the Athalie Read Group is holding their Annual Garage Sale this Saturday, May 4th,  from 8:00 am - noon in the gym.
  • drop off of items for the garage sale can be on Friday, from 2:00 - 7:00 pm.  Please no electronics or clothing.  This is a great time to do some spring cleaning.  One man’s junk is another’s treasure!

  • the Holy Sherlock class (Grades 4-6) is holding their annual Bake Sale on Sunday, May 5th following worship.  This year the proceeds of the bake sale + pop can collection will be directed to 2 charities; Sleeping Children Around the World where $35 provides a much needed bedroll kit for a child and PCC International Ministries, Keep Hope Alive by Planting an Olive Tree Campaign where $30 purchases an olive tree sapling for a farmer.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Posted by on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 in News

  1. Maundy Thursday service, 7:30 pm.  This is a very personal, meaningful service where we will be encouraged to place our burdens at the foot of the cross.  
  2. Good Friday, 10:00 am.  Please note that this year our Good Friday service is in the morning.
  3. Holy Saturday Vigil, 8:00 am - midnight.  Come help us keep watch!  There will be soft music playing and meditation and devotional materials available as well as a being able to place a prayer in a box on the communion table.
  4. Easter Celebration service and the Sacrament of Holy Communion, 10:00 am on Sunday morning.  All Sunday School programs will be available.  There will also be a special Easter scavenger hunt for all of the children to participate in before and after worship. There will also be some very special music this Sunday.  Many thanks to all of the musicians/choir members who have been preparing for Sunday so that we might worship with joy!

The scripture readings for Sunday are:
  • Isaiah 65:17-25
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
  • John 20:1-18

Just a quick note:  the office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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Thank you Gay Lea Foundation!

Posted by on Friday, April 12th, 2019 in News

Apr 12, 2019

Gay Lea Foundation announces five new charitable grants

This January, the Gay Lea Foundation announced it had approved more than $250,000 in grants at its first meeting of the 2019 fiscal year (October 1 – September 30), with funds being channeled to 15 registered Canadian charities working in Ontario, Alberta, Haiti, Malawi and Tanzania.
Today, the Foundation follows up on that announcement with news of five more Canadian charities set to receive grants in 2019, raising the total value of funds distributed by the Foundation since its creation in 2014 to more than $957,000.
“At times, the number of applications we receive can seem overwhelming,” says Foundation Chair, Rachel Caldara, who is also the Manager of Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources at Gay Lea Foods. “There are so many stories of people in need, and the number of applications is constantly increasing.”
“But at the same time,” she continues, “it’s heartening to know there are so many Canadian organizations helping people. At the end of the day, to be able to support these organizations, and know that what we’re doing at Gay Lea Foods is making a difference is something I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.”
Funding for the Gay Lea Foundation is provided by an annual contribution of $150,000 from Gay Lea Foods and personal donations from across the Gay Lea Foods’ family. The organization supports registered Canadian charities that work toward poverty relief, the advancement of education and/or purposes beneficial to community development.
Read on to learn more about the five new grant recipients and the unique projects they’ve undertaken to cultivate hope for those who need it most!

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian international cooperation agency, dedicated to advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the poorest countries in Africa and South America.
Project: Building climate change resilience with women co-operative farmers in Senegal
Supporting subsistence women farmers in two extremely vulnerable communities in Senegal, West Africa, this initiative aims to promote an environmentally sustainable gardening system exclusively managed by women co-operative members. The project will introduce drought resistant, nutritionally dense crops with shorter production times, a drip irrigation system, solar powered water pumps, a storage unit and farmer “field school” training, providing the women with the equipment and knowledge they need to produce vegetables year-round using green technology and agroecological practices adapted to the region.
Ultimately, it is anticipated that 1,500 women farmers and an estimated 22,000 community and family members will benefit from a nutritious and reliable food source, as well as additional sustainable income through year-round market gardening. Importantly, the female farmers will be equipped and trained to resist the effects of climate change in their community.
Gay Lea Foundation Donation: $25,000 to dig seven new wells, rehabilitate four existing wells, finance equipment purchases to launch the project, and train women on the use and maintenance of the solar powered pumps.

Education 4 Change is a Waterloo, Ontario-based volunteer organization that works with local education and community leaders in the remote and underserviced Kelafo region of Ethiopia to help children attain their potential and aspirations through education, improve the quality of their education system and increase literacy rates for all.
Project: Expanding literacy programming
The Kelafo region has more than 40 villages and a population of more than 200,000, but past political disputes have left the area underserviced, resulting in low literacy rates, a lack of employment skills and extreme poverty. Over the past 10 years, Education 4 Change has provided training for the government-hired teachers, helped the communities form parent councils and provided much needed classroom supplies. They currently have three projects impacting seven villages in the area: a mobile school; adult literacy classes; and the region’s first and only library. The current project will allow E4 Change to expand these existing programs and bring much needed educational resources to more communities in the region.
Gay Lea Foundation Donation: $25,000 to hire a second full-time teacher for the mobile school; hire a full-time employee to assist the librarian and run literacy classes from the library; hire a part-time teacher to offer adult literacy classes in a new village; and purchase 300 more locally-sourced Somali books for the library.

Through its food recovery program, Hamilton Food Share sources good, healthy food deemed surplus and redirects it to 12 food banks and 103 hot meal programs in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Last year, Hamilton Food Share redistributed 3.2 million pounds of food, more than 60% of which is fresh or frozen, to 12,628 individuals accessing food banks every month, one third of whom are children. Hamilton Food Share puts healthy food on the tables of families who need it the most.
Project: Support for food procurement operations
To collect and distribute food, Hamilton Food Share operates a warehouse with docking capacity, full refrigeration system, cold storage, two refrigerated trucks and one cargo van.
Gay Lea Foundation Donation: $5,000 to support the operational costs of food procurement, including fuel, driver’s wages, and repair costs associated with operating a trucking vehicle.

Open Doors at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church is a group of free, community-based, non-denominational programs that support families and individuals in the church’s Burlington, Ontario, neighbourhood by relieving symptoms of poverty and improving lives through connection, food, clothing and assistance.
Project: Community Meal Program
The Community Meal Program is the heart of Open Doors, providing a sit-down dinner for an average of 150 people every Tuesday night, and a warm, healthy sit-down lunch for over 80 seniors every second Thursday (two times per month). Working with food rescue partners in Burlington, the church is able to provide meals for only $1.00 per person, and also operates a food bank so that guests may pick up additional groceries after their meal.
Gay Lea Foundation Donation: $9,880 to purchase food and cooking items not made available at the food rescue (i.e. certain meats, milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) for the community over the next year.

Hope Clothing at St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Ontario, provides free new or gently used clothing, personal care products and small household items for those in the community who need extra help making their budget stretch, including the working poor, and those who are unemployed, homeless, victims-of house fires or abuse, etc.
Gay Lea Foundation Donation: $2,000 support the creation of a permanent paid Hope Clothing Coordinator position to coordinate volunteers and ensure all people are treated appropriately.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019; Palm Sunday

Posted by on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 in News

Please join us this Sunday, Palm Sunday as we begin Holy Week.

The scripture readings for Sunday are:  

  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Luke 19:28-40
  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Philippians 2:5-11
The message is: Palming off the Palms
If you have any questions or comments about the scripture readings or message please contact Rev. Scott McAndless at [email protected]

All children, friends, grandchildren, neighbours are invited to join Joni Smith in the foyer at 9:45 am, just prior to the beginning of the service so that we can parade into the church together.

The Thursday Night Supper & Social Gala dinner event is also on Sunday evening, 5:00 pm and there are still a few tickets left.  The menu includes ham and turkey & all the fixings.  This year the ticket price of $15.00/person includes dessert as well.

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Keeping Up-to-Date

Posted by on Friday, April 5th, 2019 in News

  • Easter Flowers:  if you would like to order a flower to be placed in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday orders/payment are due on Sunday.  This helps us to decorate the sanctuary for Easter.  Once the Easter service is over, you may take your flower home to enjoy.  Order forms are available at church

  • The Thursday Night Supper & Social Gala Dinner event (the one fundraiser which enables TNSS to continue serving) is on Sunday, April 14th.  Tickets are on sale now, but you better hurry, this dinner always sells out.  On the menu:  ham & turkey with all the fixings.

  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00 am - noon:  the Athalie Read Group Annual Garage Sale.  Donations of your not wanted treasures are appreciated, please no electronics or clothing.  Drop off of items can be made to the church on Friday, May 3 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm.

  • Sunday, May 5th, following the service our Holy Sherlocks Sunday School class will be holding their annual Bake Sale to support a mission project.  Stay tuned for details on the mission project, this class is in the process of choosing who they would like to help.  Any donations of baked goods, peanut free, are always appreciated.

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