March 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5th, 2014 - Join us for our annual ASH WEDNESDAY service at 7:30 to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7th, 2014 - World Day of Prayer Service at Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main Street at Benlamond. 7:30 pm, 16 Churches gather in this service written by the women of Egypt.

The Lent International Film Festival 2014 - Stories of Death and Resurrection. Nothing in the Christian faith exists in a vacuum; nothing is ever outside the ultimate reality of rebirth, renewal and resurrection. This year, we look through death to see Easter, even as we embrace the deep places of the Lenten season. FRIDAY, MARCH 7th, 7:00 pm "The Silver Linings Playbook" 2012 - Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. This time we will meet at Heather and Michael Brett's home at 28 Glen Stewart Drive.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8th, 2014 - Daylight Savings - put your clocks forward.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9th, 2014 - Join us for morning worship at 10:30 - Rev. Matt McKay leading. We will celebrate communion.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Elders Mary Rae Shantz, Jay Stryker and Michael Brett, Clerk, attended the March Presbytery Meeting to speak to the proposal put forward by the Budget Committee of Presbytery based on the report from the team convened to assist Beaches. Of the several motions to implement various recommendations the most important one for us and for Matt McKay is that Presbytery approved the dissolution of the pastoral tie between Matt and Beaches effective April 30th. Presbytery will be assisting us and Matt as we move forward, both in terms of pastoral and financial matters and have appointed a commission for this transitional phase. We expect to hear soon who will be appointed to act as our interim Moderator. More details on Sunday.

MISSION CAPSULES: Action Refugees Montreal advocates for and empowers refugees as they rebuild their lives in Canada. ARM's Detention Program Coordinator Jenny Jeanes meets detainees twice a week to explain the refugee process and provide support and advice. Most cases are complex, but sometimes small actions can change lives. One day Jenny gave a $5.00 calling card to a refugee claimant in detention who later visited ARM's office. Executive Director Paul Clarke shares, "He was determined to thank us. As a result of our card he was able to reach his family back home to have his identity papers sent to Montreal. His refugee claim was accepted. It took only $5:00 to give a person his freedom; sometimes $5:00 is all that it takes." A grant from Presbyterians Sharing ... helps reach out to refugees in the name of Christ.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th, 2014 - Wednesday Lenten Noontime Meditations begin. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, King Street. 12:00 organ selections 12:15 Meditation 12:45 light lunch. This year's speakers all come from churches whose congregations or buildings have a historic connection to St. Andrew's. Through joys and challenges we call each other friends in Christ. March 12th will be the Very Rev. Douglas Stoute, Dean and Rector, The Cathedral Church of St. James.

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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat, French economist 1801-1850

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan (1986)

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! Anonymous

Have a good week - spring is coming!! MB