Annual Meeting – Our congregation’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, 12 February. There will be a pot-luck lunch following the service, and the meeting will follow at approximately 12:30. FYI: In addition to the food that people bring for the lunch, a potato casserole and a turnip casserole will be provided.
Together, Farming for the Future
One way our church is empowering vulnerable families to overcome hunger and improve nutrition is by supporting the Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology project through Presbyterian World Service & Development. The project—with funding from the Government of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank—has helped 6,000 farm families in Malawi transform their withered plots of land and improve their livelihoods and lives for the long-term. Learning from one another, farmers practice and apply sustainable methods that help protect crops from a changing environment. Annie Nguluve was amazed by the results of the program. Since learning about the advantages of intercropping, her small plot of land has sprung to life. “I’ve seen that I get more yields by adding other crops. It has increased my food production.”
PWS&D supports food security for smallholder farmers
The annual Robbie Burns dinner was held last night at the First Presbyterian Church in Portage La Prairie.
Suppers in celebration of the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns are held near the poet’s birthday; January 25th also known as Robbie Burns Day. Convener Margaret McNutt-Reichelt explains it’s a celebration of Scottish heritage..
“It was the Scottish settlers that came to Manitoba and started the Presbyterian Church here and so it’s just a celebration of the Scottish heritage. Now, most of us aren’t Scottish anymore; we’re Canadian and have many different ethnic groups but within this congregation it’s [the] history.”
The dinner was accompanied by dance and musical entertainment. Head convener Lisa Sneesby outlines some of the performers.
“We [had] the McHarg School of Dancing doing Highland dancing, they’re just young girls. We [had] Glen Nowell doing the Scottish singing and then we [had] Sing Song afterwards.”
The evening began with the haggis being piped in by bagpiper Doc Jardine.
Equipping church leaders
The Presbyterian Church in Canada equips and nurtures future church leaders who will in turn equip and nurture others to witness faithfully in the world. Our theological colleges provide a strong academic and practical foundation to prepare students for ministry. Ministry and Church Vocations supports ministry candidates and their presbyteries as they discern the candidate’s call. Together we encourage and support new clergy who have just begun their ministries. Let us pray for our theological students as they work to become faithful leaders in our churches and for all who inspire them.
Presbyterians Sharing equips church leaders
Want to deepen your understanding of the Christian Faith? Two new six-week online courses can help — The Gospel of John led by Dr. Frank Kovaks (Jan 16 – Feb 27); and The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Me! led by David Phillips (March 6 – April 17). To register and read the course descriptions go to www.knox.utoronto.ca and click on “Study at Knox / Non degree / lay education / certificate programs”, to learn more.
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The Christian Year – We are now in the Season after Epiphany (not the Season “of” Epiphany), the third of the six seasons of the Christian Year (the first two being the seasons of Advent and Christmas). The Season after Epiphany begins on January 7, the day after Epiphany, and lasts until Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Since the date of Ash Wednesday changes each year, the length of the Season after Epiphany also changes. This year, Ash Wednesday will be relatively late (March 1), so the Season after Epiphany will be relatively long — eight Sundays in all. The date of Ash Wednesday changes from year to year as the date of Easter changes, since Lent is a season of fixed length.
The Season after Epiphany is a season of “ordinary time”, which means it has no overall focus or theme (unlike Advent and Christmas). The symbolic color for this season is green (signifying life), the color for ordinary time. However, the first and last Sundays of this season each do have a special focus: the first Sunday after Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus, and the last Sunday after Epiphany commemorates his transfiguration. On both of these Sundays, the theme is the revelation or “manifestation” of Jesus’ true identity as the Son of God, which is similar to theme of Epiphany itself. The symbolic color for both of these Sundays is white, signifying joy and celebration.