Mission Moment

Dreaming of peace

For Amina, Saber and their five children, poverty had become an all too sudden reality. When bombs fell on their town of Suran in Syria, their peaceful life shattered—their home collapsed and basic necessities like water, food and electricity became scarce. Displaced within their own country, broken by over eight years of conflict, Amina and Saber were losing hope. But for the past several months, the family has been receiving monthly food and hygiene baskets through a Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners. Over meals of beans and rice, Amina and Saber can find a moment of comfort as they dream of peace and security for their beloved country.

PWS&D provides strength through food aid

The announcements for this week are here

The May Newsletter is here

Upcoming Events

This Week in First Church:

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl

Coming Up:

– Saturday, 25 May – Spring Clean-Up

– Sunday, 2 June – Communion Sunday

– Sunday, 9 June – Outdoor Service and Barbecue at the Sneesbys’

Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, 25 May from 9 a.m to noon.  This is a great time of fellowship besides getting work done.  It is the only time in the year that the church gets a complete cleaning.  There is a list at the back of the church of activities/tasks that need doing.  Please look at the list to see how you could help  – there is a sign-up sheet.

Service of Remembrance – Reg Tomalin, a member of this church, died on Wednesday.  There will be a service of remembrance here at the church on Thursday, 16 May, at 3 p.m.

PC Connect – is the monthly e-newsletter for the Presbyterian Church in Canada (http://presbyterian.ca/pcconnect).  The May issue includes some information on the General Assembly, coming up from 2 to 6 June in Waterloo, Ontario.

Full announcements here

Week of May 5

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, 5 p.m. – Spring Dinner

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

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) will meet

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 12 May – Deadline for submissions for the June Newsletter

– Sunday, 2 June – Communion Sunday

– Sunday, 9 June – Outdoor Service and Barbecue at the Sneesbys’I

Mission Awareness Sunday – Sunday May 5 has been designated Mission Awareness Sunday.  It’s an opportunity to draw attention to mission activities in which the Presbyterian Church in Canada is involved.  The worship resources for Mission Awareness Sunday have been written by The Rev. Dr. Lynda Reid.  Lynda is a retired minster of the Presbyterian Church.  For many years she was the education consultant for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario & Bermuda.

The liturgy was written with the help of Katherine Allen.  Katherine retired from the WMS after working for 40 years.  She still leads at various levels of the Society.  Thanks to the members of the WMS of our church, who are leading the service today.

Full announcements here

This Week in First Church

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

Bible Study: There will be no study this week. Our final lesson will be Tuesday, May 7, at Gwen’s home.  Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the lesson.

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner

– Sunday, 12 May – Deadline for submissions for the June Newsletter

– Sunday, 2 June – Communion Sunday

– Sunday, 9 June – Outdoor Service and Barbecue at the Sneesbys’

Full announcements here

Christ is Risen

The Christian Year – April 21 is Easter Sunday, the third of our four major annual Christian festivals (the others being Christmas, Epiphany, and Pentecost).  Easter is the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus (see Luke 24.1-49, and parallels).  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the power and love of God, which triumphed over the forces of evil and death, reversing the events of Good Friday.  We also re-live the joy of Jesus’ first disciples, as they learned that Jesus was indeed alive again.  As well, we celebrate the promise that all who believe in Jesus will be raised from death to eternal life, just as he was.  Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples from time to time over a period of forty days, and then returned to heaven (Acts 1.1-11).

Easter is a season as well as a day; it lasts for 50 days (7 weeks), and ends with Pentecost, the festival celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit.  The symbolic color for the Easter season is white, signifying joy and celebration.

Announcements here

Upcoming in the church

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper and Maundy Thursday Communion service

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 28 April – Stewardship Sunday

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Thursday, 2 May, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner

Full announcements here

Coming up – Week of April 7, 2019

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

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

Coming Up:

– Wednesday, 17 April, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 18 April, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper and Maundy Thursday Communion service

– Friday, 19 April, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

– Sunday, 28 April – Stewardship Sunday

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Thursday, 2 May, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring DinnerI

Holy Week – Join us for our two special services in Holy Week:

– Our annual Maundy Thursday Communion service in the Church Hall, which will be preceded by a pot-luck supper at 6:00 — on Thursday, 18 April

– Our annual Good Friday service, in the sanctuary, on Friday morning, 19 April, at 10:30.

Appeal – PWS&D is appealing for donations toward the relief effort following Cyclone Idai, which hit parts of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe recently.  Over 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian aid due to severe flooding.  Roads, schools, homes, and crops have been badly damaged, and access to electricity and safe water is limited.  This is the same appeal we publicized last week, although last week’s announcement focused on Malawi.  Until the 14th of April, the federal government is matching all donations made to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member organizations (which include the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and PWS&D), up to $2 million.  Donations can be made through our congregation — just make your cheque payable to our congregation, and mark “Cyclone Idai” on the memo line, as well as the appropriate line on your offering envelope.  Alternatively, you can make a donation online, using your credit card, by visiting www.WeRespond.ca.  Visit the website also for further details on this relief effort.

Full announcements here

Coming up

– Sunday March 31, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday April 2, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday April 3, 1:30 p.m. Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) group

– Thursday April 4, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Sunday April 7 – Communion Sunday

– Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper and Maundy Thursday Communion service

– Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

See the rest of the announcements for this week here

This week

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, 10:10 a.m. – Session meeting

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – Worship Committee meeting

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 7 April – Communion Sunday

Re-admission of Elders – During our service Sunday, we will formally re-admit to the Session our recently re-elected elders — Marg Clark, Margaret Dunn, and Bruce Sneesby.  In The Presbyterian Church in Canada, ordination to the eldership is for life; but, if the Session has “term service”, elders serve on the Session for just six years at a time, at the end of which they are eligible to be re-elected.  We thank Marg, Margaret, and Bruce for their service on the Session in the past, as well as for their willingness to continue serving for an additional six-year term

Coming up

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday – Deadline for submissions for March Newsletter

  • Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 24 March – Re-admission of Elders

– Sunday, 7 April – Communion SundayI

Newsletter – Submissions for the March issue of the Newsletter should be given or sent to Lisa Sneesby by Sunday March 17. We aim to have the Newsletter ready in time for next Sunday (the 24th) — two weeks prior to our next Communion Sunday on the 7th of April.

Election of Elders – During our service next Sunday (the 24th) we will formally re-admit our recently re-elected elders to the Session — Marg Clark, Margaret Dunn, and Bruce Sneesby.  The Session is asked to meet briefly in the classroom downstairs at 10:10 (twenty minutes before service time) that day.