March 17, 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th, 2011 - Happy St. Patrick's Day

SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 2011 - Join us for worship on the Second Sunday of Lent at 10.30 am - Rev. Matt McKay leading.

7:00 pm - Continuing in our Second Annual Lenten Film Festival - tonight's film is "The Reader" with Kate Winslett and Ralph Fiennes. Join us, bring a friend, bring two.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd, 2011 - 7:00pm - Pot Luck Dinner at Mary Rae Shantz's home at 230 Wineva Avenue. If you are coming on the bus it stops almost in front of their house. This is an evening to share, to socialize, to re-connect and to make plans for a Women's Day Away sometime in the Spring. All Women are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd, 2011 - 12:00 noon - Lenten services at St. Andrew's King Street. This week the leader is Rev. Deborah Stanbury, Street Youth Worker, Yonge Street Mission. 12:00 organ selections; 12:15 Meditation; 12:45 light refreshments.

MISSION CAPSULES:

Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing ... support Hummingbird Ministries in Richmond, B.C. Through Hummingbird Ministries, First Nations people are reclaiming the sacred tradition of the healing circle, restoring hope, freedom and justice for First Nations' social, political and spiritual healing. Hummingbird Ministries encourages the spiritual healing of all people, including those alienated from the church. The ministry's Peace through the Arts Project uses a diversity of arts - dance, singing, drumming, fabric - to provide the opportunity for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists to establish relationships and promote peace, reconciliation and healing between First Nations communities and church communities.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd, 2011 - The Lost Pilgrims in Concert at Melville Presbyterian Church, old Kingston Road. This is a fund raiser with proceeds going to General Assembly.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd, 2011 - Our Lenten book study will begin following worship. We are reading "The Last Week" by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. It's available in Bookstores and in the Toronto Public Library. We will be meeting in Matt's office April 3rd, 10th and 17th and will meet for our last time on Sunday May 1st. The book follows the last week of Christ - each chapter is a day. Please join us, bring your lunch and join in the discussion.

AND FROM THE CHILDREN:

- While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his five year old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that the proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cottonwool, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he gooooes." !

- A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear"!!

Have a good week. MB