June 23, 2016

THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD, 2016 - To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit, the target!

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 - Rev. Don Muir leading.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016 - Beaches Lodge Sandcastle Competition at Woodbine Beach - 9:00 - 3:00.

MISSION CAPSULES: Presbyterians Sharing ... recently supported Diane Tait-Katerberg and Rev. Gordon Timbers for three months as they participated in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, a program of the World Council of Churches. EAPPI is supporting both Israelis and Palestinians who are affected by the occupation, violence and human rights abuses. An international presence of peace advocates helps diffuse tense situations and encourages both Israelis and Palestinians working together for peace and human dignity. To date, six Presbyterians have served with the EAPPI in different placements.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28th, 2016 - 7:30 - The Vocal Arts Ensemble Benefit Concert at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Kingston Road east of Warden. A capella chorus from California. Several works of noted Canadian composer, Eleanor Daley, will be performed. Reception to follow. Proceeds to St. Nicholas outreach. Tickets $20.00 at the door.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30th, 2016 - Free Seniors Movie at the Fox - "Love and Friendship" - doors open at 10:00am - movie begins at 10:30am.

SUNDAY, JULY 3rd, 2016 - Come join other Presbyterians to show our solidarity, and commitment to "LGBTQI"+ plus persons that God's love includes everyone. We are registered to march at Toronto Pride Parade under our own banner this year: Presbyterians Pride. 2:00 pm - marshalling begins at 1:00 at Bloor and Ted Roger's Way. Parade travels down Yonge Street from Bloor to Dundas (2km) Signs and a giant banner will be provided, but feel free to bring rainbow flags.

We are Presbyterians seeking hospitality and justice in the same way that Jesus taught us to love everyone and judge not.

Post Parade celebration and Meal - St. Andrew's Simcoe & King, has offered to host a time of fellowship and food after the parade. We need to let them know how many to expect. RSVP Parade and/or post-parade fellowship - Sue Senior - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR 519-744-5406

AND FROM OUR REFUGEE TEAM:

- we still have absolutely no information from government about when the family we have commited to sponsor will arrive. This is frustrating for all of us, and no doubt it is vastly more frustrating for Hasan, Dua and Abdaljalil. I sent them a message to let them know that we are thinking of them and hoping that they will arrive soon.

- I have confirmed that a PCC owned apartment on Brentcliffe will still be available on at least a short-term basis for the foreseeable future. Liz and Bill vanZanden have also very generously offered the short-term use of an apartment they own near the church. So if the family is cleared for travel soon, we have two excellent temporary solutions for their accommodation.

- We continue to receive donations of furnishings, including some recent ones from our friends in the Simcoe Group.

- Navid and Hossein have moved out of the Brentcliffe apartment and have, apparently, moved to Montreal. I am not sure what prompted them to do this, but I trust that it's a sign of them being fully independent, which is a success.

- I will be away for two stints in July: from the 6th to the 16th and then from the 19th to the 26th. Mary Rae Shantz has kindly agreed to serve as the 'team lead' during those time periods.

- The most recent PCC update on refugee sponsorships can be found - http://presbyterians.ca/pwsd/download/7775/. Klaas Kraay

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Have a good week - MB