SCRIPTURE READING FOR THIS SUNDAY: John 5: 1-9. Recent scientific studies are arguing that there is a direct connection between your faith and your physical/mental healing. Certainly this is also the faith of Jesus’ in how he engages people on their healing journey. But what happens when healing is not so obvious or clear an outcome?
SCRIPTURE READING FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Luke 24: 36-49; Acts 1: 1-9. This is the story of the ‘ascension’ of Jesus. The disciples are given their mission and purpose in the world and the promise of the power they will receive to fulfill it. We are the spiritual descendants of those first Christians. How do we discern our mission and purpose like those first Christians, and then, receive the power to fulfill it?
WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? Sharing the Peace of Christ. This act was done in worship from the earliest days of the church. People would give each other the kiss of peace and embrace each other as a way of grounding themselves in peace so that worship was done in friendship with a spirit of love. How can God speak to us when we are carrying negative feelings toward each other? As we approach God and confess/release the negativity, we also end the prayer by publicly sharing the peace of Christ with one another. Our issues may be with people outside the church - in our own families, neighbourhoods and work places. Practicing peace in worship may help us when we go back out into the rest of our lives in how we deal with the negativity. How important is the sharing of the peace of Christ in your worship experience?
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.
EHM BBQ: Volunteers needed to serve a BBQ meal for residents and visitors at Evangel Hall on June 16th from 5pm on. Please speak to Gillian MacCausland if you can come down and help out. Another way to help out is to donate to the cost of providing the meal. It costs us about $7.00 per plate to provide a BBQ meal.AIR CONDITIONING:The Board of Managers & Elders of the congregation have approved the installation of Air Conditioning in the sanctuary and Scott Duncan Hall, to complement the existing air conditioning in the narthex and friendship room. The cost will be approximately $40,000, and will be paid out of endowed funds that have come from the estate of a past member, donated to the church. If you would like to contribute to this project as a special gift, You can write a cheque to Armour Heights PC and write “Air Conditioning” on the memo line. Or else, you can go to armourheights.org and donate online.
AIR CONDITIONING:The Board of Managers & Elders of the congregation have approved the installation of Air Conditioning in the sanctuary and Scott Duncan Hall, to complement the existing air conditioning in the narthex and friendship room. The cost will be approximately $40,000, and will be paid out of endowed funds that have come from the estate of a past member, donated to the church. If you would like to contribute to this project as a special gift, You can write a cheque to Armour Heights PC and write “Air Conditioning” on the memo line. Or else, you can go to armourheights.org and donate online.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA: Please keep Rev. Rebecca, Theresa Nettleton, Paige Brown, Jasmine Khnanishoo, Nikki Forbes in your prayers as they travel to Guatemala to learn about and participate in the mission & ministries supported through the Presbyterian Church in Canada. While there they will:
• Participate in the mission and ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
• Learn about important cultural, political and economic issues in Guatemala, including what is driving migration to other countries and the impact of Canadian mining
• Worship and interact with local Christians – and learn about their faith journey
• Visit projects empowering women to earn sustainable incomes and develop skills in livestock management and marketing.
• Participate in educational and recreational activities with the students at the Francisco Coll School in one of the poorest communities in Guatemala City, in the middle of the city’s garbage dump
• Learn about fair trade and how it makes a difference.
WORK WEEKEND AT CAIRN CAMPS, MAY 24-26, 2019: Join a dedicated, hard-working team in a labour of love as they complete a variety of work projects for the Glen Mhor and Iona camp sites. Cairn provides food, accommodations (in cabins), and camp programming for kids aged 12 and under. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm, love of camp, and maybe your favourite hammer. This is also a great opportunity for new campers to check out camp ahead of time! For more information talk to Michael Nettleton or Rev. Rebecca. To register, sign up on Cairn's online system: https://cairn.campbrainregistration.com, or check out www.ilovecamp.org.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or sign up.
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