Cookstown United Church

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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

 

Once again, the people of Toronto Conference have blessed God's mission with their generous gifts. Thank you!

In 2013, the people of Toronto Conference contributed $3,610,782 for the Mission and Service of The United Church of Canada. This is part of the national Mission and Service total of $28,028,500.

Gifts on the offering plate, through Pre-Authorized Remittance, from United Church Women, and sent directly for Mission and Service truly make a tangible difference in people's lives.

The generosity of the people of Toronto Conference enables a strong annual Mission and Service Fund. Together, we support ongoing ministries and sustain trusted partnerships for the healing of the world, specifically

·        96 global partners in 28 countries acting for peace and justice

·        community and justice work across Canada with 76 community ministries and 44 chaplaincies

·        theological education and ministry support at six theological schools and four education centres

·        faith formation and leadership support, including over 100 outreach programs for youth

·        leadership in your Conference and the other 12 Conferences

·        grants for 102 congregations in transition

Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all the people of the United Church for their generosity with the local church AND Mission and Service. These gifts are a sign of compassion, build community, and offer hope.

Our work as The United Church of Canada is as important as ever. Every gift to the church's Mission and Service is used wisely. Thank you for encouraging generous giving for God's mission through Mission and Service.

Blessings,

Cheryl Curtis Mission and Service Funding Officer




  Truth and Reconciliation Commission

                          of Canada

 “For the child taken, for the parent left

     behind.”

 Greater Toronto Regional Update – March 2015

 

National TRC Work

The last of seven national TRC events took place a year ago in Edmonton, Alberta, March 27th– 30th, 2014, and national and regional churches made efforts to have a large contingent of people attend, in support of the process and the survivors who told their stories.

 

The Commissioners, and all the participating churches, have now turned their attention to the TRC’s closing events in Ottawa May 31st to June 3rd, 2015, including the release of the Final Report and its findings and recommendations on Tuesday June 2nd.  Many churches are preparing for a significant presence in Ottawa, as well as numerous lead-up and follow-up events, as all who have participated in the process recognize that while the work of the Commissioners may come to a close in June, the work of truth-telling, healing, and the seeking of reconciliation and right relations does not.

 

A partner of the TRC, Reconciliation Canada, is planning a major Reconciliation Walk on Sunday May 31st to begin the closing events with an important public witness.  It is hoped that many tens of thousands of people will take part.

 

National Church Work

Momentum continues to build toward the closing events, as the churches who bear the legacy of abuse inflicted on children in the Indian Residential School system plan, not only to draw attention to the closing in Ottawa or for delegations of leaders to attend, but for continuing the work of reconciliation and responding with integrity and commitment to the TRC’s findings and recommendations.

KAIROS Canada is planning a series of events, including an intergenerational gathering of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal

delegates May 29th – 30th at Carleton University, as well as other education gatherings, for those who can stay longer, through June 3rd.  A large ecumenical Worship Service is also planned, to be hosted by Ottawa churches, following the Walk on the afternoon of May 31st.  For more information on the KAIROS schedule of events, or to register, go to http://www.kairoscanada.org/get-involved/time-for-reconciliation/

     

Regional TRC/ChurchWork

In the greater Toronto region efforts are being made among those who hosted The Meeting Place, the Toronto Region TRC event May 31st – June 2nd, 2012, including Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre and the Living Into Right Relations Circle of Toronto Conference, United Church of Canada, to work alongside others to plan for various gatherings leading up to, during, and beyond the TRC closing in June.  A number of ecumenical solidarity events are being planned, including the Good Friday Walk for Justice April 3rd from 2 – 4:30 pm in downtown Toronto (starting at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and continuing to Nathan Phillips Square), a Reconciliation Walk on the afternoon of May 31st(details to be announced), as well as special services to recognize National Aboriginal Day on Sunday June 21st.  The group is also planning ecumenical training events for adults and youth, and will be supporting a delegation of survivors, with whom Council Fire works, to accompany local TRC witnesses to Ottawa, so that cross-cultural learning can take place.

 

Advocacy continues regarding the Native Women’s Association of Canada’scall for a Public Inquiry regarding the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, which now numbers near 1200, as well as the need for a new and well-funded First Nations Education Act that provides autonomy and authority to Indigenous leaders for the education of their children. 

Consider joining these regional efforts to pursue reconciliation and right relations from a faith-based perspective.  Contact Linda Parsons, Facilitator of the Living Into Right Relations Circle, Toronto Conference, at linda.parsons@rogers.com or 905-895-7194.

More information about TRC events in Ottawa is available on the national website: www.trc.ca 

Last update: July 16 2015

Worship Services Schedule

All Worship Services will be at

10:00 am.

 

Please mark your calendars!

Oval:                       CAMP AWESOME!


                  Vacation Bible Camp

 


When?          10 August to 14 August 2015


                        9:00am to Noon


Where?        Countryside United Church, Thornton


Who?             Children - ages 5-12


Cost?             Donation in any amount


 


Under the theme of  God’s Mission Our Gits we will have fun as we learn about some of the programs supported by the Mission and Service Fund and what a difference that makes in people’s lives.  We will also think about how we too can share our gifts as a way to share God’s love with others.


 


Come for games, stories, crafts, songs, fun and adventure!


 


For more information or to register contact:


Gary Cleland 705-458-1679


Sponsored by Living Waters Presbytery and this congregation.







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