July 2, 2023
The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Odawa (oh-da-wah), Anishinabek (ah-nish-nah-bek) and Haudenosaunee (ho-den-ah-show-nee) Nations. It is the subject of Treaty 16 of the Upper Canada Treaties, also known as the Lake Simcoe Purchase of 1815, and the Williams Treaty 1923. We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples connected to and on this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather on this territory and live in this community, and we commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and honourig the truth behind the history of Turtle Island and all of its inhabitans.
Following our worship service today we will have a Multicultural Potluck Brunch to celebrate Canada's multicultural heritage. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the hospitality of our volunteer contributors and give thanks for the very precious freedom and opportunities we have in this land of bounty and beauty. Let's give thanks to the Creator and ask for the blessing of the Giver of Life upon the whole Dominion of Canada and on all of its inhabitants!
A prayer for Canada (BAS pg. 678)
Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. May we prove ourselves a people mindful of your generosity and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honourable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance; and from every evil course of action. Make us who came from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Office hours next week: Monday @9am-12pm (Admin. Assist); Wednesday @3-6pm (Incumbent and Admin. Assist.); Thursday @3-6pm and Friday @10am-1pm (Incumbent)
The Wednesday "BBQ before Bible Study" series continues and veryone is welcome to join us for both or just one of these events. We start gathering at 6pm so that we can have the BBQ @6:30pm followed by an easy-to-follow Bible Study @7:30pm(we will be finished by 8:15 or 8:30pm the latest - our time keeper will make sure of that). Please note: We do need the orders in ahead of time, by no
later than 3pm on Wednesdays so that we can start serving the food for a 6:30pm start so that we are finished with the cleanup by 7:30pm! Let us know if you are coming (and if you prefer to have a plain burger, cheese burger, a sausage or a salad only) via phone at 705-722-7111. Also we are asking that you bring $3/person in cash to cover the cost of the proteins/condiments. The side dish will be provided by volunteers.
Mark Your Calendars
July 15 @11am-4pm - Shanty Bay Festival. Our church is hosting an Open Doors event for the visitors during this time. Marilynn Forbes will provide a historical guided tour to those interested, together with Roger Welsman and Judy Smith. The church bell will play an important role in signalling the time for the opening ceremonies at 11am. Rev. Sandor and Davina Doorly have been involved in the planning process from the beginning, facilitating this good cause of reviving an old tradition that started on the itiative of this particular church congregation back in the 70s and with a few years of hiatus have been rebooted last year. For details regarding the current upcoming Festival please check out the FaceBook site @ShantyBayFestival: https://www.facebook.com/shantybayfestival
July 24-28 @9 am - 12 pm - Summer Day Camp for Children (aged 5-13). The registration is closed ahead of time since we have reached our limit of 30 kids. If you would like to help as a volunteer, please let us know by leaving a message for at 705-722-7111 or write an email at email@example.com