Information & Upcoming Events
Random thoughts from
Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-hayes.
Chicken BBQ Report
Cluck Cluck …This past month, on September 15th, following a rousing and well-attended Joint Worship Service, the ‘First Annual Christ First’ * Chicken Bar-B-Q saw over 100 hungry members of all ‘ages and stages’ gather to feast on chicken, salads, vegetables and sweet treats. This early September gathering is an opportune chance to meet and greet, catch up and reconnect as summer fades and we all ‘gear up’ for fall and busier calendars.
Sincere thanks to ALL who met, planned, sliced, diced, shopped, baked, donated, delivered, served, sold, collected, washed, and attended … and to the MANY who descended afterwards to clear, fold, clean, wipe, stack, wash, sell, recycle, distribute and deliver.
ALL were heading home by 1:00 PM, leaving a clean kitchen and tables away, the auditorium and kitchen looking like nothing had taken place that morning (save for full composting bags). Welcome to autumn!
*following a long-established (former) Christ Church tradition Marg Shaver
DONATE TO THE TOONIE TREE
located in the Narthex
Help to alleviate global hunger for over 821 million people around the world. You will find our tree in the Narthex. Last year this initiative raised over $3000 and when matched 4:1 by the Canadian government, became $15,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to use in food assistance programs. Please help us fill the tree with loonies, toonies and even rolled up bills as we strive to fulfill the words of Jesus when he said “Feed my sheep”.
Donations are matched 4 to 1 by the Canadian Government Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger by:
- Supporting international programs to meet immediate food needs, reduce malnutrition, and achieve sustainable food security;
- Influencing improvements in national and international policies that contribute to ending global hunger; and
- Increasing and deepening the engagement of Canadians in efforts to end global hunger.
Christ First Advent Meditation Book
To enrich our personal spiritual lives and to share our faith with one another, the Worship Committee is offering an opportunity for you to contribute your reflections on one scripture during the next few weeks. We would like to produce a book of reflections for our congregation for each day in Advent
How can you participate?
Choose one scripture to reflect on. Let us know with an email or call to the office. You may share your thoughts through words (prose/poetry) visual images (your own or one that inspires you and is in the public domain), the words to a favourite hymn, or a hymn you write yourself! It can be as short as a sentence or as long as is reasonable!
Find scriptures at bible.oremus.org (We use the NRSV translation), from a bible in our library (across from the office) or in your own bible.
There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex, contact the office, or download the form HERE.
Did you know Christ First has an active
Future Planning Group (FPG)?
The Future Planning Group has projects underway
We would like your involvement!
For a listing of projects, contact information, and
how to get involved, please open This Document
After the service this morning please take a moment to meet and chat with members of our active Future Planning Group – they will be wearing name tags identifying their committee.
Chair: Shawn Bausch Members: Mary Pare, Kathleen Cranston, Heather McGillis, Teresa Madeira, Rick Cranston, Carol Hennigar, Mike Giguere, John Fargey. Ex Officio: Morar Murray-Hayes
Purpose & Mandate of the Committee
To perform “blue-sky”, “out of the box” thinking about the future direction of the church. FPG does not implement anything. The FPG brain-storms, researches, and considers ideas. The FPG defines projects and develops concrete project implementation plans which it recommends to council. With council’s approval, FPG hands off project plans to existing church committees or new groups of volunteers to be put into action.
The Initial FPG Deliverable
In May of 2018, after two years of brain-storming and researching vision in participating in the EDGE process, the FPG delivered its “Three-Pillars” vision to the congregation. The Three-Pillars of the church vision were defined and accepted by the congregation as:
Strong Connection with Members
Second (Current) Deliverable
Using input from three sets of congregational round-tables in May/June of 2018, the FPG developed a short-list of twelve new initiatives for the purpose of more clearly bringing to life the Three-Pillars vision.
Welcome Back BBQ with Renters Fair: delivered Sept 16, 2018
Volunteers’ ‘Thank-you’ Event: delivered May 26, 2019 (@ 151 Lakeshore)
Property Planning Ministry: launched June, 2019
Neighbour Care Network: launched July, 2019
Community Roundtables Event: delivering Oct 23, 2019 (@ 151 Lakeshore)
The FPG will complete its second deliverable by July, 2020. Meanwhile and following, the FPG will research integration opportunities for the new church congregation and continue to brain-storm new projects which fulfill the vision of the Three-Pillars.
knitted by hand and threaded with prayers of love and hope can be found in the Prayer Shawl cupboard in the Merigold Room – Clarkson Campus.
They are a gift for you from the Prayer Shawl Ministry of Christ First.
Hold it as you pray or keep it tucked in your pocket as a reminder.
YOU ARE LOVED AND NEVER ALONE Keep it for yourself or pass it along.
Prayer Shawls are also available as a gift for you or someone you know that needs help moving through difficult days. May it bring blessings
of comfort, gifts of warmth and the knowledge that all are loved. Be carried by your God who loves you so. Contact the office if you would like a Prayer Shawl for yourself or for a friend, family or neighbour.
Last year The Compass distributed over 440,000 lbs of food to over 900 families in our community who needed support. We helped build community over laughter and tears, shared meals and conversation.
The Compass needs more volunteers. If you would enjoy helping out, please visit the website to learn more or call 905- 274-9309. www.thecompass.ca/volunteer
Compass Advocacy Committee by Aimee Gavin
The Advocacy Committee is a new initiative and have been around less than a year. Based on anecdotal feedback from Compass clients as well as data suggesting that homelessness is increasing in Mississauga-Lakeshore, we've identified the first issue we're going to advocate about: affordable housing for all in our community. To that end, they have launched the Homes We Need Campaign.
And put together some resources related specifically to the upcoming federal election on Oct 21
Empty water bottles -- The Compass is looking for empty water bottles with the lids on to package dish and laundry detergent in. Please consider dropping off capped bottles regularly at The Compass. Drop off hours are on the website www.TheCompass.ca. Money saved on packaging means we have more $ to buy food.
Sip 'n Serve
Sip and Serve started our Fall session on Wednesday, September 18. If you are newly retired and/or new to Christ First, please consider joining us on Wednesday morning. We gather at 9:30 for coffee/tea and conversation, then disperse to do odd jobs throughout the building. It's a great way to meet new friends and get to know the church building. If you have any questions, you can call the church office. Hope to see new faces on the 18th. Leslie Fagan 905-823-6286
NB: cancelled October 16, will resume action October 23.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS FALL BUS TOUR with Mary Morton
Enjoy “The Wonders of Prince Edward County” with local guide Peter Brotherhood, and experience the remarkable beauty of the county. See the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world at the Sandbanks Provincial Park and admire the panoramic view of the Glenora Ferry and the mystical Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park. We will stop at the nearby Black River Cheese Factory to sample their cheese. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Isaiah Tubb’s Restaurant ‘On the Knoll’. Bring your camera and binoculars. Mark your calendars now and watch for further details. The trip tickets will be available from John Hammill and Elisabeth Evans after August 20 at a cost of $ 99.00.
Sold Out - if you would like to be added to a waiting list please speak with John Hammill and Elisabeth Evans or contact the office.
A Message from Morar
How can we respond to the call to express radical hospitality expressed by Jesus’ every encounter?
Radical: out of the ordinary, revolutionary
Hospitality: generous, caring, sustaining
Christ First is hosting a congregation and community wide program aimed at assisting people to cope with cognitive impairment: how to communicate, how to navigate the system for care, how to become a truly welcoming community of support.
The United Church of Canada supports our belief that this is a way to reach beyond our doors and within to respond to the deep needs of our friends and neighbours. This support is expressed in a grant of $2400 from the Brian and Belva Piercy Fund, and the Peace and Justice fund at the United Church of Canada Foundation.
We are grateful for this grant which will help fund two performances of the acclaimed play, “I’m Still Here!” on October 20, 2019 at 10.30 at Christ First Clarkson Campus (during worship) and 3 pm at Christ First Port Credit Campus. A poster with full details is available HERE
This will kick off our series: “Called to Transform: Creating Faithful Communities for those with Cognitive Impairment and their Caregivers.”
Note the date for the play and let your friends and neighbours know about this endeavour. More information to follow.
Coffee Tea & Conversation returns to Port Credit on Tuesday Oct 29 at 2pm in the Parlour. We hope you will come out for a casual coffee time with friends old and new.
Treats ‘n’ Treasures Christmas Marketplace
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Excitement is building! 24 vendors are lined up to sell Christmas goodies, jewelry, knit items, holiday decor, soaps; lotions, stained glass & art.
What can you do?
We need baking, especially with a seasonal theme, as well as your finest preserves. Even if you will be away the day of the sale, please consider baking in advance and giving your items to someone who will be there to bring them in!
We need volunteers, especially for the kitchen and treasures department and for clean up – Watch for the sign up sheets in the Narthex or contact Jessie Kennedy at email@example.com or 416-427-0304 to find out what you can do.
We need new and nearly new Christmas and gift items, suitable for gift giving, for our Treasures table. We will also accept very gently read books, less than five years old and in excellent condition suitable for gift giving.
United We Ring
Feel free to invite friends, neighbours and family to this fun evening including our very own BELL CANTO and four other local bell choirs ringing en masse. No tickets are necessary, but there will be a free-will donation in support of the Compass Food Bank.
Click Here for full details.