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St. Paul's News
Love Surrounds As The Story Unfolds
Betty Patton has written a new poem for Bethlehem Live
This is Christmas for me
It’s a beautiful outdoor play
Something so blessed showing the way
Bethlehem Live Photos
Bethlehem Live was held this year for the 27th time on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December on the Courthouse Hill at Victoria Park. The weather was mild and there were good crowds at all performances. Over the years, performances of Bethlehem Live have been challenged by wind and rain, snow and sleet, deep snow and dangerous ice. This year saw a challenge not before faced - a power cut during the first performance on Saturday evening. Changes made to the electrical system by local authorities over the summer had unforeseen consequences when the floodlights, audio components and other electrical equipment was turned on. Fortunately, one of the Bethlehem Live production team was able to access a generator quickly and, after a few minutes of darkness, the show went on - much to the appreciation of the crowd who waited patiently. See the photographs and video:
Old Sanctuary Update
Letter from Pastor Baird
7th December 2014
To the members and adherents of St. Paul's.
At this time of year there are much more important things to focus on than buildings. However, there are some who have questions and there has been some misinformation circulating. Therefore, I have written a brief letter as to what our situation is at the present time. Read more ...
21st November 2014
The Winter Newsletter is now available. Printed copies are delivered to our members and adherents in the usual way but the whole Newsletter can also be read here. Click on image above for PDF copy.
21st November 2014
The Sustainability Committee is working with our architect and City Hall, to provide a feasibility study to the congregation. This study will look at all of our assets and liabilities, and help us determine what we can afford (to keep and to keep up) and where we need to be heading in order to meet our needs. This study will take several months. We will have congregational meetings to study the results and identify our next steps. We are currently protecting what we have until we determine our destiny. No money will be spent on any projects until we are all decided that we have reached consensus on our direction. These few sentences represent many hours of meetings, discussions, studying options and recognizing our financial state. More to come. (From the Session report in the 2014 Fall/Winter Newsletter)
Remembrance Pulpit Fall
This beautiful pulpit fall was designed and made by Kady Denton especially for Remembrance Sunday. We are grateful to Kady for sharing her artistic talents with us on this special Sunday.
Haiti Experiences - Dave Graham
To put into words the experience I had in Jacmel, Haiti is very difficult; It was a trip that was both exhilarating and devastating. To see the poverty throughout the country especially up on the mountains and to see the kids running after you with their hand out yelling I’m hungry is enough to turn you away. But then on the other hand to see the contentment of the people as they go about their daily lives makes you wish you could be as relaxed and easy going as they are. Read more ....
Maj. Rev. Don Howson celebrates
Rev. Don Howson clebrated his 100th birthday in October. Don was ordained as a Presbyterian minister 74 years ago and has since served in the pastoral ministry, as an army chaplain and also as a child psychologist. Don has experienced some health problems in the past couple of years but has recovered well and is in good health and good spirits. More photographs ...
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Fundraising Bus Trip
Where: Lancaster Pennsylvania
When: June 1 – 5, 2015 (Monday to Friday)
21st December 2014
WELCOME to St. Paul’s this morning. If you are a visitor, we hope you will enjoy our service of worship. Please join us for refreshments, here in the Hall, after the service.
TODAY’S ASSISTING ELDER: Thank you to Janet Halstead, who will be reading the announcements and scriptures this morning.
THANK YOU to Jenny Young (clarinet), Pat Mills (voice) and "the band" for enriching our service with their music.
HYMN SING next week at 9:45 am.
HELP NEEDED: A youth leader is needed for Sunday morning Senior Sunday School. Please speak with Evelyn Turner or Maggie Goldsmith if you are interested.
THANK YOU to all those who have helped to decorate the Sanctuary, as well as other parts of the church, inside and out, for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
LIGHTING OF FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE: Please join with Janet & Wayne Halstead as they light the Candle of Love this morning.
FROZEN CHICKEN & MEAT PIES: If anyone would like mini frozen meat or chicken pies, there are still 6 of each available a $4 per piece.
BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARIES: If you have a birthday or anniversary please let the Assisting Elder know during announcements.
2014 CHURCH OFFERING ENVELOPES: Church envelopes are ready for pick-Up. Remember to use these envelopes beginning 2015. If you would like envelopes, please contact Elaine at the office.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Tuesday, December 24 at 7 p.m. We invite you all to join us on this special night.
PRAYER MEETING: There will be a prayer meeting every Sunday morning from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. Stay for the full 15 minutes or come and go as you are able.
BETHLEHEM LIVE PHOTOS have now been posted on the church’s website. There is also a video of the Sunday evening first performance. Please find them at www.stpaulspeterborough.ca
EARLY CHURCH IN THE EVENING has finished for this year and will resume again on Wednesday January 7, 2015. Prayer at 6:30 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome!
ANNUAL REPORTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS should reach the office by January 9, 2015 at the latest. It would be gratefully appreciated if these could be sent by e-mail in MS Word format to email@example.com
OFFICE HOURS: The office will be closed December 25 & 26, open Dec 30 & 31. Please have your final 2014 givings and receipts in by *December 28*. Office will reopen January 6. Thanks to everyone who has helped to support the work of the office Elaine.
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS: As per PRHC policy “When you are admitted to the PRHC, if you wish that information be available to our hospital visitors, please be sure to mention your denomination and church to the admitting officer or to your nurse”
BUS TRIP: Please mark your calendars, and join us for a fun filled bus trip to Amish Pennsylvania. Packages are being prepared for pricing, based on one, two or 4 people in a room. The trip is a Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5th. We will see "Joseph" at Sight & Sound Theatre, visit the Kitchen Kettle Market at Intercourse, dine on homemade Amish food, and tour the countryside with many, many more adventures along the way. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. Any questions, please speak with Janet or Wayne Halstead 705-741-0645. Book early, we plan to fill the bus before Christmas!
An Emphasis on Grace
Restorative justice practices heal broken communities
The Presbyterian Record, November 2014
“There is another kind of justice,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, responding to the terrible atrocities of the apartheid era in South Africa. “Restorative justice. Whose chief purpose is not punitive, but, as its name implies, restorative. Healing.
It holds as central the essential humanity of the perpetrator. Of even the most gruesome atrocity, never giving up on anyone, believing in the essential goodness of all as created in the image of God. That even the worst of us still remains a child of God with the potential to become better, someone to be salvaged, to be rehabilitated, not to be ostracized, but ultimately to be reintegrated into the community.” Read more ...
A Time To Contemplate
The 100th anniversary of WWI
Presbyterian Record, 2014
By Rev. David Kettle, secretary general of the Canadian agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Between 2014 and 2018, Canada will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Some will quite rightly ask: Why should we as a nation or we as Presbyterians celebrate this war? Canada was a sparsely populated, dependent, largely rural, backwater Dominion within the much larger British Empire at the outset of war.
The First World War would start to change all that. In our Dominion of seven million people, 600,000 served in uniform and 450,000 of them served overseas. This meant that Canadians from every region in Canada, from every social and economic group, from every imaginable occupation and profession, as well as every religious denomination served side by side and discovered that Canadians working together could do what others were incapable of doing. Read more ...
All Voices Must be Heard
It’s time for constructive dialogue, for clarity, for courage.
(Presbyterian Record, November 2014)
At their November meetings at least two presbyteries will be considering overtures to General Assembly about the inclusion of homosexual people in the Presbyterian Church. Discussions began in the presbyteries of Calgary-Macleod and East Toronto at their September meetings when both considered an overture that was widely shared online. Read more ....
Typhoon Haiyan - One Year Later
Bayanihan is a Filipino cultural tradition—an age-old system of neighbour helping neighbour. It is a spirit of unity and a way of life that has been a defining characteristic of the Filipino response to Typhoon Haiyan.
This spirit of community is alive and well in the Philippines today as families deeply impacted by Haiyan continue to rebuild their homes and lives.
On the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, PWS&D looks back at the impact of this natural disaster and the life-changing work we have been able to accomplish together. Families are beginning to move into their new homes, fisherfolk are back on the open waters and small businesses are re-opening.
Presbyterians across the country donated $852,151 in response to Typhoon Haiyan. PWS&D will continue to support long-term rehabilitation and livelihood recovery efforts in the Philippines through our partners.
Wider Church News
Volunteers spend Thanksgiving
After a difficult week in Ferguson, families, friends, and strangers are breaking bread on this Thanksgiving. Wellspring Church in Ferguson opened its doors to offer warm meals, and some people showed up for reasons other than the food. Chelsea Carrera is proud to be serving food at the church. The 17-year-old from St. Peters decided this is how she wanted to spend her Thanksgiving. "I've been following the case very closely. It's something that was really important to me and I thought that I needed to give back to the community," she said. But she couldn't pull it off without the support of her aunt, who also pitched in. Read more ...
Syrian Christians: 'Help us to stay - stop arming terrorists'
Christianity is being extinguished in the land of its birth and the West is to blame, say Syria's faithful
By Ruth Sherlock, Izraa, Deraa, The Telegraph, 22 November 2014
Outgoing artillery shook St Elias church as the priest reached the end of the Lord's Prayer. The small congregation kept their eyes on the pulpit, kneeling when required and trying to ignore the regular thuds that rattled the stained glass windows above them. Home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the hard to reach Syrian agricultural town of Izraa has stood the comings and goings of many empires over the centuries. But as the country's civil war creeps closer, it is threatening to force the town's Christians into permanent exile: never to return, they fear. Read more ...
Religion that Professes Concern with the Souls of Men, but Not the Slums that Damn Them…
By Tim Suttle, Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas.
“Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them, is a spiritually moribund [at the point of death] religion.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I keep hearing white people referring to images of unrest and protests in Ferguson with a kind of detached disgust in their voices. They don’t want to see it. They don’t want to hear about it. Although the vast majority of the protests have been peaceful, that sort of protest doesn’t make good b-roll for 24 hour cable news, so the images we see are the worst instances. I get the impulse to want to look away. Read more ...
Does Religion Really Cause War - And Do Atheists Have Something To Answer For?
It is the most common comeback from atheists to people of faith: religion is the main cause of wars. Without faith, many say, there would have been no 9/11 attacks, no Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no Troubles in Northern Ireland, no violent disputes over words in holy texts - even no Islamic State. Richard Dawkins, Britain’s best-known atheist, has argued that religion has been the main cause of violence and war throughout history. He wrote in his 2013 autobiography that “religion is the principal label, and the most dangerous one, by which a ‘they’, as opposed to a 'we' can be identified." Dawkins has said that if religion were somehow abolished, there would be "a much better chance of no more war". Read more ...
Nancy Writebol: Ebola Is a Spiritual Battle
Since the Ebola outbreak began this spring, nearly 10,000 instances of the virus have been recorded—and that number could grow to 1.4 million, says the Centers for Disease Control. (The World Health Organization offers a much more conservative estimate of 151,000.) The threat barely registered on Americans’ radar until SIM nurse Nancy Writebol and Samaritan’s Purse doctor Kent Brantly were both diagnosed in July. ...
Writebol, who has previous experience working in Ecuador and Zambia, moved to Liberia with her husband, David, in 2013. Nearly a month into treating infected patients, Writebol learned she herself had contracted Ebola. Read more ...
Stories of Faith
God works in mysterious ways
It was an unusually cold day for the month of May. Spring had arrivedand everything was alive with color. But a cold front from the North had brought winter's chill back to Indiana. I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a quaint restaurant just off the corner of the towns-square. The food and the company were both especially good that day. As we talked, my attention was drawn outside, across the street. There, walking into town, was a man who appeared to be carrying all his worldly goods on his back. He was carrying, a well-worn sign that read, "I will work for food." Read more ...
8 year-old's Explanation of God
By Danny Dutton
Written by an 8 year old from Chula Vista, CA, for his third grade homework assignment. The assignment was to explain God.
One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers Read more ....
Prayer of a 90-Year-Old
By Gwyneth Whilsmith
The Presbyterian Record, November 2014
Where in the world has my body gone?
Yes, the one You made
That has served
Me so well
Bethlehem Live Photos
Bethlehem Live photos and video have now been posted.
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"Wondrous Night" by Eugene Butler was presented by St. Paul's Choir & Music Director, Douglas Schalin, on Sunday 7th December during the morning service. Soloists were Pat Mills, Betty Smith, Jean Oliver & Bob Oliver with narrators, Brenda, Bruce and Ian Roxburgh. Click here or on the image above to see photos .
Haiti Videos: More videos from Haiti have now been posted. There are views of the streets in Port-au-Prince and in Jacmel, as well as the church services and the orphanage. Again, there are some wonderful videos of the children with their happy faces singing and dancing exuberantly. Click here or on the image above to go to Haiti Videos page.
Holly Tea & Bazaar: St. Paul's Holly Tea & Bazaar was held on Saturday 27 November in the Christian Education Hall. Despite the fact there were other church and community bazaars taking place on the same day and at the same time, a very good number of people came out to enjoy the event, buy the many items of baking, deli, meat pies, candy, new-to-you and jewellery - and also enjoy a delicious lunch. Click here or on the image above to see photos.
Haiti Mission Trip Photos
Photographs of the Haiti Mission Trip to Jacmel have now been posted. Click on the albums below:
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