This Week in First Church: April 1 to 7

– Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study at Gwen Henwood’s home

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) meeting.  Please bring your copy of March/April “Glad Tidings”.

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Spring Dinner – Sunday, 29 April, 5:00 p.m. (note the change of date!)

Congregational Meeting – At last Sunday’s congregational meeting, it was decided a) to accept the estimate from Ingram’s Plumbing and Heating to install a new heating system in the church basement, b) to apply to the national church’s “Chisholm Fund” for a grant of $12,000 to help cover the cost of the project, and c) to set up a “Heating System Fund” separate from the General Fund, into which donations toward the heating system project can be deposited.

This Week in First Church

This Week in First Church:

– Today, following the service – Congregational meeting

– Today, following the congregational meeting – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study at Gwen Henwood’s home

– Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper, followed by Communion Service

– Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service


Congregational Meeting – At last Sunday’s congregational meeting, a number of questions were asked regarding the estimates we had received for a new heating system in the church basement, to which we had no answers.  It was decided to send those questions to both contractors, and meet again today, immediately following the service, to hear the answers, continue our discussion, and come to a decision.

Congregational Meeting

Congregational Meeting – A congregational meeting has been called for March 22, 2018, immediately following the service, to make a decision on a replacement heating system for the church basement.  For the past 30 years we have had an in-floor hot-water heating system, which in the past year has begun leaking.  The only way to repair it would be to dig up the entire floor, put in new pipes, and then pour a new concrete floor.  The Finance & Maintenance Committee has instead obtained two estimates to install radiators in the basement, and to continue using the boiler we currently have (which was installed six or seven years ago).  We are planning to apply for a grant from our national church’s Chisholm Fund.


Comfort Doll Project – update

Current Total:   92 Dolls

Our Comfort Dolls and caps are shipped to Compassionate Resource Warehouse where they are packed in Trauma Kits, Maternity Packs and other shipments to Third World countries. When unpacked they bring joy to many children. Thank You knitters!


March 11: Liftoff Evangelism Network

Imagine what it would be like if each congregation in The Presbyterian Church in Canada was intentional about equipping their members to share their faith and to invite others to experience the fullness of life in Christ. Supported by gifts to Presbyterians Sharing, Canadian Ministries is spearheading a program to turn this dream into a reality. In October 2017, five congregational leaders from across the country gathered to learn more about evangelism and to begin crafting the first stages of projects to take back to their congregations. These leaders will be supported through one-on-one coaching as they begin their work in evangelism over the next year. This meeting between leaders is a first step towards developing a network that will support a culture of evangelism in local congregations across Canada.

Presbyterians Sharing equips congregations for evangelism

Letter from the Moderator

Letter from the Moderator – As John reported after last year’s General Assembly, there is considerable discussion and debate within our church on the issue of human sexuality.  There are those who want to see the church be accepting of people who are not exclusively heterosexual, and there are those who want to see the church maintain its traditional position.  In reviewing past statements that the General Assembly has made on this issue, the Committee on Church Doctrine noted last year that, in a statement made in 1994, the Assembly had said the following:  The church is called to be a welcoming, nurturing, loving, and supportive community, a true church family, where all are welcomed, nurtured, loved, and supported.  Sadly, the Christian church has frequently shunned homosexuals, and failed to minister to them and with them.  The church as a whole must repent of its homophobia and hypocrisy.  All Christians, whether our sins are of the spirit or of the flesh, whether heterosexual or homosexual, need God’s forgiveness and mutual forgiveness as we pursue together the path of holy living.

The Doctrine Committee noted further that, since 1994, the General Assembly has never issued a statement “repenting of its homophobia and hypocrisy”, and that this still needed to be done.  Accordingly, the 2017 Assembly instructed the moderator, the Rev. Peter Bush, to write a letter to this effect.  That letter has now been written, and can be accessed online at  For those who don’t have access to the internet, printed copies are available from John.  Responses to the letter can be e-mailed to