ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCRIPTURE READING FOR THIS SUNDAY: Matthew 20:1-16; Romans 5:1-5. There is a great deal of poverty in this world; many go hungry each day or struggle to gather enough food to feed themselves and their families. The young adults of Armour Heights witnessed the poverty that exists in Guatemala and faced the difficult question of what to do as people who come from privilege to help those in far away countries. Is there a way to seek justice for those who are in a completely different part of the world? Join us next Sunday for an Intergenerational service as we consider our responsibility to those in poverty and discover where hope lives in such bleak circumstances. 


WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? PRAYER OF CONFESSION. Confession is a journey. There is an inner and outer component to this journey. Our inner journey is before God in the depths of our conscience and heart. Can we be utterly truthful and honest, trusting rather than fearing the good that can come from such truthfulness and honesty? The outer journey is about our relationships in the world. Can we trust that taking responsibility for the ways others may experience our words and actions as hurtful or harmful, and then seeking for reconciliation and making reparation where possible will not diminish us, impoverish us or put us down, but liberate and empower us to become better, more fulfilled human beings? Can we trust all this? Confession in worship is intended to encourage and inspire such a journey, repeated in our lives every week. 


MILK BAG COLLECTION: Thank you for your great response to the milk bag collection. We have collected 101 milk bags so far. Please place your donations in the pink box beside the food collection box in the front hall. All brands of milk bags are welcome.

  

WOMEN’S RETREAT: Rev. Deb is going to be leading us through a creative project and discussion at the women's retreat and is asking you to email or bring to the office for us to scan photos: i) of a woman who nurtured you in your faith, ii) of yourself and iii) of someone you hope to create place in the church for. We are also in need of a couple pairs of old shoes or boots (preferably women's), that will be part of our project. Please speak to Deb or Erin for more information.


ADVANCE NOTICE!: Our Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 16 from 10 -3! If you can help in any way, please contact the office: 416-485-4000 estone@armourheights.org


VOLUNTEERING AT PORTLAND PLACE: Portland Place is a non-profit housing corporation and a mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It provides housing the most vulnerable of our city who struggle with mental health challenges and could easily end up homeless on the street without the housing and community Portland Place provides.


Armour Heights has taken on the mission of providing a lunch twice a month. Volunteers would gather at Armour Heights at 9:30am, drive down together to Portland Place for 10am, prepare a lunch and eat with the tenants, clean up and be done by 2pm. This opportunity will provide food for body and soul for both tenants and us the volunteers. A sign-up sheet can be found in Scott Duncan Hall. Dates planned for the fall include Sept. 9 & 23, Oct. 7 & 21,  Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 2 & 16.


RIDE FOR REFUGE: On Saturday October 5th at 8am a team from Armour Heights Church will run, walk or roll as we participate in Ride for Refuge in support of ARISE Ministry. We invite you to join us and enjoy the scenic Toronto waterfront route. For details, talk to Erin Stone, or click HERE.


HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT COFFEE HOUR? Whether you, host, help clean-up, provide food or baking, or even consider sponsoring a coffee hour, ALL help is welcome! We invite you to consider taking part in this fellowship opportunity as an individual, family or team! The sign-up sheet for coffee hour can now be found on the sign-up board in Scott Duncan Hall. For more information on what it means to host or sponsor a coffee hour, please speak to Barbara Thomas for more information. Thank you your consideration and support!


HOW MUCH DOES ARMOUR HEIGHTS CHURCH MEAN TO YOU? Through special gifts and generous donations, we did quite well covering our budget in 2018. After the first three months of 2019, though, we’re running a shortfall of $9000 in congregational givings. How much have you thought about your givings to the church? Our automatic monthly withdrawals (PAR) program is very easy to set up and easy to adjust in terms of the amount donated each month. For individual one time donations, our website offers an easy way to do that using a credit card and with an immediate charitable receipt for tax purposes. Alternatively, the traditional cheque or cash in an envelope with an envelope number or your information also works. Speak to Erin Stone or David Murray, or email estone@armourheights.org for questions or sign up.