October 16, 2019

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2019 - “I am not young enough to know everything.” Oscar Wilde

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

A Congregational meeting will take place after worship to listen to thoughts and concerns from the congregation regarding the proposed changes to church doctrine related to inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the church. The meeting will take place in the Sanctuary and will last no longer than one hour.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has wrestled, for a number of years, with the issue of human sexuality and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people. At the 2018 General Assembly a committee of past Moderators of the Church were charged with presenting recommendations to the 2019 General Assembly. The past Moderators provided options for consideration by the General Assembly and the option for full inclusion both in terms of an inclusive definition of marriage and the calling of clergy and elders was approved. Nevertheless, concerns over diversity of opinion and unity within the church led to a re-working of the recommendations to include parallel definitions of marriage and liberty of conscience on marriage and ordinations. By church governance, these proposed changes to doctrine (“remits”) have been sent to Presbyteries throughout the PCC to be voted on. If a majority of Presbyteries and the 2020 General Assembly pass these remits, then they become the law of the church.

At the congregational meeting we will provide copies of the respective remits as well as a pastoral letter from the 2019 Moderator, The Rev. Amanda Currie. The Presbytery of East Toronto will meet in January to discuss and vote on these remits. Session wishes to hear directly from you before the Presbytery vote.

ALSO – PLEASE NOTE THE ANNUAL SCOTIABANK MARATHON will be happening on Queen Street Sunday morning, we will need to park north of Queen.

MISSION CAPSULES: Heeding the PCC’s call for young adults to participate in the Reformed Church in Hungary’s Starpoint Youth Festival in July, Maya Kirstein (Prairie PC Winnipeg), Philip MacFie (Parkwood PC, Ottawa) and Hanna Yun (Kitchener-Waterloo Korean PC) jumped at the chance. Supported by Presbyterians Sharing … they joined thousands of Reformed young people between the ages of 14 and 35 from Hungary, Romania, Syria, Pakistan, Germany, Spain, USA, Scotland, Taiwan, Korea, UK and France for worship and fellowship in Debrecen, Hungary. As they praised God in one voice and discussed current issues in small groups under the theme of “Unity and Community,” they realized that they had more in common than differences. More importantly, that we are all part of God’s Global Church!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2019 - Theology on Tap – at the Beacher Café – 7:00

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 2019 - In concert at Beaches, Julie Fowlis, singer of traditional and modern Gaelic songs, mostly in Scottish Gaelic. For information contact M.J.Perry

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019 - Painting of the Narthex Day – signup sheet in the sanctuary or contact John Struthers.

COMING UP: Annual Dickens Reading – December 7th, 8:00 pm

Moments of Clarity:

As I sat, strapped in my seat waiting during the countdown, one thought kept crossing my mind ….. every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder! John Glenn

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “let us pray” - we closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. Desmond Tutu

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real, but the moon landing was faked. David Letterman.

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box! Italian proverb

Have a good week MB