Peewees support the Soup Kitchen – Portage Peewee AA Terriers hockey team were helping at the Soup Kitchen over Christmas and were entered in the Chevrolet Canada Good Deeds Cup: they won the award for all of Manitoba! As a result the team is donating $2,000 to the Soup Kitchen. Now that a glitch has been rectified people can go online, view Good Deeds done by hockey teams from across Canada and vote on which team they think deserves to win. Soup Kitchen leader Carie Eisner-Mooney, whose son plays on the team, notes: “At stake is $10,000 for the team and $5,000 for the Soup Kitchen….” and encourages everyone to vote and support the team and the Soup Kitchen and to share the information so that as many people as possible will vote.
YouTube clip: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gZfIKPveAeg
To vote: http://www.chevrolet.ca/hockey/power-of-play.html
Session members, from left to right: Bruce Sneesby, Raymond Reichelt, Pat Mullins, Margaret McNutt-Reichelt, Debbi Miles, Margaret Dunn. Not shown: Marg Clark, Gwen Henwood and Brian Yeo (elders) and Rev. John Zondag (moderator)
Following an election in February, Margaret McNutt-Reichelt and Raymond Reichelt were re-admitted to Session and Pat Mullins was admitted to Session on March 26.
(Re-)admission of Elders (26-3-17)
Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Tyndale St.-Georges Community Centre in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood as it works to ensure that each member of the community has the opportunities and skills to help realize their potential. The high school perseverance program matches students with peers or older students. Participants gain skills and confidence that lead to more regular school attendance and higher grades, and mentors gain awareness of individual differences and satisfaction from using their abilities to help others. Noah, a volunteer in the program says, “I think if we want a brighter future and a more intelligent community, then we have to help each other out and do our best to succeed together.”
March 19: World Water Day (March 22)
Worldwide, 663 million people live without improved drinking water sources. A lack of clean water is a significant development challenge. In areas of the world where access to water is limited, local Presbyterian World Service & Development partners are responding to improve water sources, build new ones and train volunteers to maintain wells. Support to improve sanitation ensures water stays clean and prevents the spread of illness. PWS&D equips communities to build hand-washing facilities and latrines and educates members about proper hygiene. The results of this program are transformative and far reaching—clean water allows women and men to harvest crops, care for their families, expand their livelihoods and lead healthy, productive lives.
PWS&D helps families access clean water and sanitation
Welcoming the stranger
With support from Presbyterians Sharing, Jackie Bannerman is serving as a young adult intern in Budapest, Hungary with our long-standing partner, the Reformed Church in Hungary. Jackie is excited about helping the Kalunba Refugee ministry to build relationships with refugees in a safe environment. She teaches English lessons and helps with Kalunba’s website, providing English content to connect international readers. Jackie shares, “I hope to help create a sort of home, if only a temporary one, and provide a much needed sense of hope to people coming from fearful situations with uncertain futures.”
Presbyterians Sharing supports refugee work
PCConnection – The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s national office is excited to launch the PCConnection newspaper this spring, a fun and informative newspaper that will help connect Presbyterians from coast to coast. This free Christian publication will keep you inspired, demonstrating our faith in action. You can subscribe by going to the national church’s website at www.presbyterian.ca. This new online service will replace The Presbyterian Record, which ceased publication at the end of 2016.