Presbyterians Sharing Sunday

The last Sunday of September is designated Presbyterians Sharing Sunday by the General Assembly of our church.  Presbyterians Sharing is the fund that supports the work of our national church.  Today we focus on the ministry and mission work that we do together as The Presbyterian Church in Canada: sending mission staff to work with partner churches in other countries in areas such as leadership development, Bible translation, Christian education, theological education, and evangelism; supporting new church development and congregational re-development here in Canada; providing resources for congregations in the areas of worship, evangelism, Christian education, stewardship, planned giving, and leadership development; theological education for ministers, and so on.  Details can be found in this year’s Presbyterians Sharing brochure, copies of which are set out on the table at the south entrance.  All congregations of our church contribute to Presbyterians Sharing.  Our own congregation’s givings to Presbyterians Sharing as of the end of August totaled $3,459, which means that we have already surpassed the allocation of $3,000 that we accepted for this year!  Today’s service has been adapted from a service (including a sermon) for Presbyterians Sharing Sunday written by Tom Billard, the minister of North Bramalea Church in Brampton, Ont.

Refugee Coalition

The Refugee Coalition – Changes are afoot, and we need to make some decisions about how we want to move forward.  Please join the Refugee Coalition for an important meeting this Thursday, the 15th, at 7:30 p.m., in the parlor at Trinity United Church (enter through the green door off the parking lot).  Note: We were informed last week that one of the two families destined for Portage la Prairie has been denied entry to the country, and that the other family is still awaiting final clearance.  The Coalition will need to decide whether to sponsor just one family, then, or to apply for a “replacement” for the family that was denied entry.

Comfort Doll Update:

A shipment of 130 Comfort Dolls and 120 Infant Caps was sent to ICROSS CANADA during the summer. Thank You for continuing to support this project by knitting, crocheting, stitching and donating for postage.