SCRIPTURE FOR THIS SUNDAY: Psalm 139: 1-18 and Romans 8: 35-39 are two of the most beloved passages of scripture. One speaks of experiencing the love of God in a deeply internal way while the other speaks of the love of God in the face of the many external threats to our well-being. If and when you are pushed to your limits and beyond, what sustains and grounds you?
SCRIPTURE FOR NEXT SUNDAY: John 18: 28-38; 1 John 4: 7-21. There’s “my” truth and “your” truth. But is there a larger truth bigger than you and me, a truth we cannot possess or control, a truth we can only open ourselves to live within its inspiration?
WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? PRAYER. “To pray is more about listening than about talking. To pray is to be centred in love; it is to let what is deepest within us come to the surface… Prayer is also a meeting with the One who loves me, who reveals to me my secret value, who empowers me to give life, who loves us all, and who calls us forth to greater love and compassion. Prayer is resting in the quiet, gentle presence of God.” – Jean Vanier, from his book: Becoming Human.
COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Come join us Tuesday, 10am-11:30am, for an interactive and tasty presentation/discussion on the history of different kinds of chocolate. Samples will be available! This is an event for everyone, your neighbours and friends. Please sign up so we have a sense of numbers for set-up purposes.
SCRIPTURE READERS WANTED! Whether you’ve read scripture in church before or not, consider signing up. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church as you enter the sanctuary. Speak to Dr. Harris or Rev. Rebecca if you have any questions or concerns.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Seems to be the “in” thing these days for dealing with stress at work, at home or because of constant bombardment from social media. We are so distracted and disrupted so much of the time that we have trouble concentrating, finding focus or just learning to let go and let be. The problem with much of the practice out there, however, is that there is little spiritual content or substance. Ancient religious traditions have been practicing forms of mindfulness meditation for thousands of years. This is true of Christianity as well. Beginning March 17, 7-8pm, and over the next several Sunday evenings, we will be learning and practicing some of the ancient Christian prayer practices out of which more modern techniques have emerged but without the necessary depth. Rev. Dr. Pam McCarroll will lead us. For more info, speak to Dr. Pam or Dr. Harris.
GUATEMALA NIGHT: Our Youth and leaders are going to Guatemala to visit, learn and participate hands on in the Presbyterian Church’s projects in Guatemala. Come out March 22nd for an evening of Guatemalan food (6pm onwards) and an interactive presentation / intergenerational activities led by staff from Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) specializing in Central America and current on our mission projects there, 7pm-8:30pm. A sign-up sheet for dinner will be available soon. Speak to Rev. Rebecca or Dr. Harris for more info.
A CLOSER LOOK AT GOD'S CREATION – Over the next three Sundays, our children will be learning about Creation and stewardship of that Creation. Our lessons will connect Creation to the science of energy; we'll learn what energy is, why it's important to save energy, and how we can save it. As a bonus, we look forward to exploring these lessons with engineering students from the University of Toronto who will lead our science-based learning!
MPKIDS SAVE THE EARTH! On Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8pm there will be a special Mission Possible Kids – we will engage in science lessons and activities with a group of engineering students from U of T and discover ways to make taking care of our planet a daily mission. Ages 5-10. To register, email Rev. Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is open to all children in the community!
YOUTH AFTERNOON: OUT OF THE COLD - All youth grades 7-12 are invited to join Rev. Rebecca and other youth at Glenview Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 31 from 2:30-7pm. Together we will prepare a meal to serve to local folks who are in need of a hot supper. This is also a great way to earn high school community service hours. Contact Rev. Rebecca if you plan to come! (email@example.com).
RUMMAGE SALE SATURDAY MAY 4: On Saturday May 4th Armour Heights will host its annual Rummage Sale! We invite everyone to take part in this community event by volunteering or donating items for the sale. Stay tuned for more detailed information or contact the office, (416-485-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org), about how to donate or get involved.
WINTER STUDY: It’s a part of our lives and it confronts us in every news broadcast – human suffering. We suffer losses, live with chronic conditions, carry helplessness, fear and stress about how we will cope. What difference does it make that we reach out to “God”? Are there ways to understand and engage suffering that can make a meaningful difference in our lives? The biblical book of Job raises all these questions and more, and provides some ancient wisdom powerfully relevant to human living today. From visual art, plays, novels, philosophy, psychology, music and more, Job has inspired seekers and sufferers in search of deeper answers for thousands of years. We begin a study of this book on Thursday, January 31, 10:15am-11:30am in the Friendship Room. Study Notes will also be provided and posted online. Speak to Dr. Harris for more info.
WOMEN’S RETREAT: The Women’s Retreat has officially been booked for October 25-27, 2019 in beautiful Collingwood at Blue Mountain’s Tyrolean Village! Stay tuned for further details or you can speak to Linda Grant about how you can sign-up!