May 12, 2017

FRIDAY, MAY 12th, 2017 - So, where is MacArthur Park and who left the cake out in the rain??

SATURDAY, MAY 13th, 2017 - 1:00 pm – Historical Walk along Gerrard Street East, with Gene Domagala. Meet at Grant AME Church, 2029 Gerrard Street, East and walk to Gerrard India Bazaar.

AND – Singing our History: A Canada 150 Celebration – St. Andrews Presbyterian Church – 7:30 pm

MAY 13, 14, 20-22 – Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser at 14 Lyall Avenue – Main & Kingston Road – 10:00 – 6:00 - Annual sale of garden perennials raises money for the Emergency Food Bank at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Regent Park. Supported by Michael Erdman and the Cantemus Singers.

SUNDAY, MAY 14th, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Easter – join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading … we will celebrate communion and baptism.

MISSION CAPSULES: “Poverty is reduced in my family,” shares Tickiness, smiling. “My grandchildren are going to school and my life has changed.” This is something Tickiness never thought she would say, having spent most of her life burdened by poverty. After adopting her orphaned grandchildren, she could barely afford food, let alone the school fees. But a village savings and loans group through a PWS&D supported program in her Malawian community has been a source of hope. Tickiness has been accessing small loans and saving with other group members. With the money she has saved, Tickiness can afford to send her grandchildren to school and is improving her family’s living conditions. “The project is a blessing.”

NOTE: Robyn Allin attended a meeting this past week, organized by the Rotman School to bring together the NYT journalists who initiated a series of six articles on the Canadian private sponsorship program and who have forged an ongoing relationship with a Syrian refugee family and sponsor group from our neighbourhood. It was a very informative and powerful presentation, especially as two refugee families present shared their experience. Their articles have informed the world and highlighted Canada’s unique private sponsorship program which, not surprisingly was initiated by the huge response to the photo of Aylan Kurdi.

Robyn had an opportunity to speak with Minister Ahmed Hussen, after he had spoken at length about the Canadian private sponsorship program, as a successful partnership of Government and communities, and the resulting impact on many countries which are now looking to Canada for a model to replicate. He also addressed Canada’s ongoing commitment to the other categories of refugees, particularly other humanitarian and vulnerable peoples and announced that due to the strong response and support of private groups, the numbers of refugees will be increased significantly next year, and that the impact on the Canadian economy has been positive. He also pointed out that the Syrian program and other ongoing programs have a backlog of people waiting, and stressed that his first priority was to process these people.

Robyn managed to speak to him as he was leaving and when she explained our family’s situation, he said they are amongst the backlog and will be processed and as long as all was in order, they would come. He is strongly committed to “cleaning up” the backlog before making new commitments. Robyn was encouraged that these families are still “on the radar” and that we must keep faith with them and continue to connect and support them while we all wait.

AND FROM THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE: We are looking for volunteers to cut the grass at the church, once, during the upcoming gardening season. We have two very good mowers – an electric mower and a hand mower. The grass on the west and south sides of the building can be cut in under two hours. A schedule for signing up is posted on the bulletin board outside Elisabeth’s office. Thank you.

STUFF:

The villagers all decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s faith.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s Trust.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake us up. That’s Hope.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s Love.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s Confidence.

An old man wears a shirt that says “I am not 80 years old; I am 16 with 64 years of experience” That’s Attitude.

Have a good week - MB