New Beginnings for Refugees
Presbyterian World Service & Development’s refugee ministry is a response to Christ’s call to serve and defend the vulnerable and persecuted. This year, Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta, responded to this call by welcoming a refugee family from Eritrea into their congregation. “It’s been a new experience leading a refugee sponsorship and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. [The day the family arrived] was one of the most memorable days of my entire ministry—and I am marking the 24th anniversary of my ordination,” says Rev. Leslie Walker. “I am so proud of the PCC for continuing to sponsor refugees, even in these challenging times.” In 2013, Presbyterians were able to help resettle 28 refugees arriving to build new lives in Canada. Thank you!
Equipping church leaders
Having a well-educated, well-prepared clergy is one of the commitments of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Presbyterians Sharing supports three Presbyterian Colleges in Canada: Knox College in Toronto, St. Andrew’s Hall/Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, and Presbyterian College in Montreal. These colleges equip and nurture future church leaders who will in turn equip and nurture the people of God to witness faithfully in the world. They provide a strong theological foundation, build relationships of trust and respect, and prepare students for ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Let us pray for our theological students as they work to become faithful leaders in our churches and for the staff who inspire and educate them.
Fall Supper 2014
October 21, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church
Doors open at 5;00 and goes till 6;30 or until we run out of food.
$12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12 years old.
October 16 is World Food Day
World Food Day is a day to raise public awareness of world food production and the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. God created the earth to sustain us and yet 870 million people do not have enough to eat. Presbyterian World Service & Development is working to end global hunger by providing food in times of emergency and by helping small-scale farmers increase crop yields. In Guatemala, PWS&D’s partners are working to teach 440 families sustainable farming techniques and help mitigate the effects of climate change. “We eat healthier now because our maize and beans are grown using organic fertilizers,” says Miguel Quintanilla. “The money we were spending on chemical products is now buying necessities for our home. We are not mistreating our land; instead we are making the land more fertile.”
Congregational Meeting – Our second congregational meeting will be held October 5, 2014, following the service, in the Church Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to make a decision on the various possible options for our congregation’s future that were presented at the meeting two weeks ago. Voting will be done by ballot, and whichever option is chosen must have the support of at least 50% of those who are present. There may need to be two or three votes to determine which option is favored by a sufficient majority. When one option receives a vote of at least 50%, there will be a separate motion to choose that option, which will be voted on by a yes/no vote. Both professing members and adherents are eligible to vote. A few extra copies of the “Church Options” handout are available on the table at the back of the sanctuary, for those who missed the first meeting — feel free to take one.
Meat, Potatoes & Veggie’s all bowl of
THICK HOMEMADE SOUP
Served with Homemade Breads, Biscuits, Pies and Desserts
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Doors open at 4:30
Supper 5:00– 6:30 p.m.
$10.00 at the door
1st Presbyterian Church
17 Royal Road South
See you there!