Mission Moment -March 1 2015

Experiencing God’s transforming love

The Presbyterian Church of East Africa’s Theological Education by Extension program in Kenya provides practical, interactive theological courses to help lay leaders understand scripture, apply it to their context and put it into practice. The course is also offered to prisoners who are eager to learn about God and turn their lives around. Joseph Wanyama, who is serving a life sentence for  robbery in Kingongo Maximum Prison,was one of the first inmates to enroll in the course at Kingongo. He became a Christian on his graduation day. Joseph shares, “This course has both liberated and transformed me. I now feel freer inside this prison than I felt before I was imprisoned. I am happy that I can now understand God from my own perspective.” Presbyterians Sharing helps people like Joseph experience God’s transforming love.

Presbyterians Sharing is transforming lives

MEAL – IN – A – BOWL” SUPPER, WEDNESDAY: FEBRUARY 25, 2015

“MEAL – IN – A – BOWL”  SUPPER

Meat, Potatoes & Vegi’s  all in a bowl of

THICK HOMEMADE SOUP

Served With

Homemade Breads, Biscuits,

Pies & Desserts

 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

17 ROYAL ROAD SOUTH

WEDNESDAY:  FEBRUARY 25, 2015

DOOR OPENS AT  4:30 p.m.

SUPPER FROM  5:00 p.m. to  6:30  p.m.

$10.00    AT THE DOOR

SEE YOU THERE!

 OPTIONS: GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN, NO SUGAR ADDED DESSERT

Take Out or Delivery, For Delivery Phone 204 – 857- 4351, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR – TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY

February 15 is Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season after Epiphany.  This Sunday highlights the transfiguration of Jesus, an event described in Mark 9.2-10, as well as in the parallel passages in Matthew and Luke.  The transfiguration was one of the most extraordinary events in the life of Jesus, but it served to show the disciples Peter, James, and John beyond any doubt that Jesus was the Son of God.  The voice of God speaking from the cloud reminds us of Jesus’ baptism, at which God also spoke from heaven, identifying Jesus as his Son.  Both Jesus’ baptism and his transfiguration were “epiphanies”, that is, events in which Jesus’ divinity was manifested, or revealed (the word “epiphany” comes from the Greek word for “manifestation”).

The symbolic color for Transfiguration Sunday is white, signifying joy and celebration.  Sunday February 22 will be the first Sunday in Lent.

Health Kits

Health Kits

Health Kits are provided to people in refugee camps as well as to schools or orphanages to encourage healthy habits for children. A Health Kit consists of four items in 11” x 16” drawstring bag:

 (All items are NEW and in original packaging) 

– 1 adult-size toothbrush

– 1 large bar bath soap

– 1 fingernail clipper (good quality)

– 1 hand towel (dark color)

If you wish to participate in this project, you can:

 1.  Sew the bag yourself and fill it with the 4 items.

     Please limit your generosity to the items listed above.

2. Donate the contents only.

3. Donate drawstring bags only (sewing instructions below).

Drawstring Bag for Health Kits

Fabric: 12” x 37”             (Finished bag will be 11” x 16”)

Cord: 34 inches for drawstrings (x2)

1. Press edge of fabric in (1/2”) on all sides and stitch hem.

2. Fold down 2” on the two short sides and stitch close to the fold and the edge to make a casing (for drawstrings).

3. Fold bag in half, wrong sides together. Stitch bag sides from casing seam to bottom fold. 4. Pass cord through entire casing, starting and ending on same

side.   Repeat for other side. Tie off cords.

 

Mission Moment

Mentoring vulnerable youth

Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Kenora Fellowship Centre as it offers shelter and comfort to vulnerable, disadvantaged and displaced people in downtown Kenora, Ontario. It is the only  place in this area offering people refuge from the streets. Its mentorship program offers hands-on experience to young people like Donovan. Youth help with the daily lunch program and take care of the elders, among other tasks. Donovan and others in the mentorship program enjoyed helping establish a vegetable garden, working alongside three elders who helped till and prepare the earth. An Ojibway elder blessed the garden and made suggestions on how to plant according to his teachings. Please pray for KFC as it reaches out to vulnerable youth and young adults through its mentorship program.

Presbyterians Sharing reaches out to vulnerable people

Presbyterian World Service & Development

Presbyterian World Service & Development – Feb. 1 is “PWS&D Sunday” — the day each year when we highlight the work of PWS&D, the relief and development agency of our national church.  Through church partners around the world, PWS&D provides assistance for relief efforts in emergency situations, and also funds longer-term development projects of various kinds, intended to assist people living in poverty, in various ways.  A brochure on PWS&D is being distributed this morning.  Last year, our congregation gave $1,805 to PWS&D.  Donations can be made at any time, either by using your offering envelope, or by making a direct donation online on PWS&D’s website, www.WeRespond.ca, using your credit card.  Click on the “Donate” button at the top of the page, and follow the prompts.  Because of government regulations, PWS&D receives no financial support from Presbyterians Sharing; those two funds are entirely separate.