January 15, 2021

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2021 - “The best thing about the future is that is comes only one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2021 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00, with your coffee, Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate Communion – have a glass of wine/juice and bread ready.

MISSION CAPSULE: Anxious and unsure about his future, Abdul was 14 years old when he joined the electronics and computer program offered by the Joint Christian Committee for Social Service (JCC) in Lebanon. Now 19 years old and equipped with a diploma and five years of experience, he has a good job and an income to support his family. JCC’s vocational training programs teach marketable skills and offer hope for many young Palestinian refugees who are out of school and living without a dream or ambition. Through gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … the PCC has been supporting this lifegiving program since 2018. Sylvia Haddad, JCC Director, shared that “equipping youth, and especially refugees who have nothing, with a skill or vocation is very important. The challenge is great, but we cannot give up and are grateful for your support.”

MONDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2021 - Theology on Tap continue to meet at 7:00.

WEDNESDAY, JANAUARY 20TH, 2021 - Beaches Prayer Group meet at 9:30.

AND this is a piece of Canadian History that is not known by many.

All over the Netherlands during WW2, the Germans took the large and small church bells to melt down and make into bullets. When word got around to Groningen the locals would have none of it. They took the bells down, buried them and seeded crops on top of them so the Germans couldn’t find them. One man made a map of where the bells were buried and hid the map in a church basement so they could get them after the war.

Canadian troops were billeted all over the area immediately following the end of WW2. It took a lot of time and effort to dig up the bells, clean them, hoist them up into the tower and mount them. The “Chime Master” was expected to play the Dutch National Anthem the 1st time the bells were to ring out after the many years of silence …. but he had another plan.

He approached the officers of the Canadian Soldiers who had liberated Groningen and asked them, “what is the song of the Canadians” the officers responded “God Save the King” “Ya, Ya… that is the official song of the British Empire … I would like to know the song of Canada!” Then they replied, “O Canada”.. No one had the sheet music to O Canada, but a Chaplin in the Canadian Army that was stationed there had a good clear voice and he was summoned and sang O Canada a few times for the Chime Master who wrote down the notes, climbed into the tower and for the first song to be played in years, he played “O Canada” as a tribute to the soldiers who had liberated Groningen.

Have a good week, hopefully MB