Thank You! Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the life and work of the congregation over the past year — both those whose work has been high-profile, and those who have done their work behind the scenes! There are too many people and tasks to list — and too much chance of overlooking someone — but everyone’s contribution is much appreciated!
June 20 is World Refugee Day
Over the last year, there has been a devastating surge in the number of refugees searching for peace. After five years of bitter violence in Syria, millions of fearful residents have fled. Nisreen and Ahmad are two such people. “Our home used to be paradise,” they lament, remembering a peaceful Syria. The couple found safety in Lebanon, but struggled to afford food. Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding with Canadian Foodgrains Bank by providing food vouchers to refugees in Lebanon. The vouchers Nisreen and Ahmad received helped them purchase groceries and prepare home-cooked meals—restoring the sense of home they lost. On World Refugee Day, we pray that refugees from Syria and around the world will find safe haven.
PWS&D responds to refugees
Summer Schedule – We will again be participating in joint services with McKenzie and Trinity United Churches in July and August. The first three services (July 3, 10, and 17) will be held here at First Church. The next three services (July 24 and 31, and August 7) will be held at McKenzie United Church (11th St. NW, at Lorne Av.), and the final three services (August 14, 21, and 28) will be held at Trinity United Church (15 Tupper St. S). The service time will be 10:30. For the full schedule, see the June issue of the Newsletter.
Farming for the Future in Tanzania
Last year in Kishapu, one of the driest areas of Tanzania, the arid climate and unpredictability of rainfall left many farmers in dismay. Common crops didn’t survive. “We’re willing to try anything that will make us more food secure,” shared one farmer from the region. The Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported food security project in Kishapu provided farmers with weather-resilient, nutritious seed as well as training in conservation agriculture. Through conservation agriculture—a low-input farming method that helps soil retain moisture—their crops flourished despite the prolonged drought. The farmers continue to apply the methods they learned. By combining resilient seed with soil-friendly farming, they are laying the foundations of a more sustainable future.
PWS&D responds to food insecurity
A gathering of decision-makers
Did you ever wonder how decisions are made in The Presbyterian Church in Canada? Every year, commissioners – ministers and elders – from across Canada gather together for General Assembly to discuss, debate and vote on matters that affect the denomination. These include issues like mission and ministry plans, pension and benefits, healing and reconciliation and the budget. Commissioners have the opportunity to worship together, hear guest speakers, meet national office staff, renew friendships, make new friends, and enjoy the hospitality of the host presbytery. Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support General Assembly. Pray for those attending this year’s gathering, June 3-6, at York University.
Presbyterians Sharing supports General Assembly
Current Totals: 107 Comfort Dolls
94 Infant Caps
The next shipment will be mailed in mid June.
Thank You to all who continue to contribute to this project.