Guest Speaker Sunday March 24 John-Peter Smit

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Guest Speaker Sunday March 24 John-Peter Smit

The Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit is the Regional Minister for Congregational Health for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He has served the church as an ordained minister for over thirty years. His previous congregations include the Chatsworth and Dornoch Pastoral Charge, Chedoke Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ontario and the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, Florida. He currently lives in Toronto.

John-Peter is married to Tori, the Synod’s Regional Minister for Faith Formation. They have two grown children. When he is not engaged in ministry, he is busy playing with old cars.

Dr. Smit is our guide and interpreter as we employ New Church Development in our preparation for an exciting future!

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NCD @ GPC

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NCD @ GPC

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What is Natural Church Development (NCD)?

NCD is both a process and a tool that has been employed in over 70,000 congregations in 84 countries since 1996. With encouragement from our Regional Minister for Congregations, the Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit, Session has chosen NCD to help prepare for Glenview’s future. Session believes we need to clarify and update our vision and mission before we decide how best to fill ministry staff positions.

NCD begins with a survey of a focus group of members and adherents of the congregation who regularly attend worship and serve Glenview in other ways. Only these people, who represent a cross-section of the active congregation, will be surveyed at this time. If you’re not asked to participate, don’t worry. There will be opportunities for you to share the experience.

NCD isn’t a general, fact-finding survey. It’s not a process of identifying deficiencies and problems. It will draw our attention to the strengths of our congregation as we perceive them. The results will also suggest areas for improvement in our ministries. Survey input is becomes part of the NCD database (anonymously) and the results for our congregation are compared with others. Session will then receive a report, which will be added to information we already have on record from earlier visioning work.

Sharing with, and listening to everyone in the congregation who wishes to contribute and participate will be important in our effective use of NCD. John-Peter Smit will continue to work with Session. He will also visit Glenview and preach on Sunday, March 24.

A basic assumption of NCD is that quality precedes quantity. Every congregation wants to grow. NCD identifies qualities of growing congregations.

“The eight quality characteristics summarize the net finding of the NCD research, by highlighting the principles that are, on average, stronger developed in growing than in non-growing churches:

·      Empowering leadership

·      Gift-based ministry

·      Passionate spirituality

·      Effective structures

·      Inspiring worship

·      Holistic small groups

·      Need-oriented evangelism

·      Loving relationships

While the way in which churches in different cultures or denominations put these principles into practice may differ considerably, NCD claims that the underlying principles are the same worldwide.” (From About Natural Church Development)

You can learn more about NCD through these links:

https://ncd-canada.com/about-ncd/

http://www.ncd-international.org/public/natural_church_development.html

If you have questions, please speak to Laurence DeWolfe. If you receive an invitation to complete the survey you can do so online or on paper.

 

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Christmas Pageant and White Gifts 2018

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Christmas Pageant and White Gifts 2018

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“White Gifts”: Continuing the tradition, your contributions will be received during the Pageant on Sunday, December 16. This year White Gifts will support ARISE Ministry, our Presbyterian outreach to women involved in the sex trade. Please don’t bring bring food. Financial contributions in white envelopes would be welcome. You can also contribute the following items, wrapped in white paper or unwrapped.

·       Hand and Toe Warmers

·       Gum, Mini Chocolates Bars

·       Lip Balm, Face Cream

·       Makeup (lipstick, blush, eye shadow, mascara, foundation)

·       Hair Elastics and Bobby Pins

·       Earrings, Necklaces and Bracelets

·       Decorative Pens & Pencils

·       Pocket-Sized Hand Sanitizer

·       Moist Towelettes (individually wrapped, no water needed)

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ADVENT FESTIVAL DECEMBER 2

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ADVENT FESTIVAL DECEMBER 2

Advent Festival 2018

Sunday, December 2 after the 10:30 Service

Lunch for everyone will be served in the Church Hall, followed by the Advent Festival with arts and craft workshops to support Glenview’s outreach programmes. Lead our young people and model the act of sharing by coming to help prepare these “gifts of the season” for those who rely on our community outreach.

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Advent Word Study 2018

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Advent Word Study 2018

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Year after year we light candles, sing hymns, offer prayers, and even hear sermons on the Four Words of Advent. This year we’ll take time to explore the meaning of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love in Scripture, in the world, and in our lives. Come and join in this time of fellowship and conversation. You might learn or teach a thing or two!

Each Study will be posted to a Blog on this website, with a link to the short video about the Advent Word of the week and a downloadable Study Guide. This is for you if you would like to participate, but can’t get to the church, OR if you miss a session!

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LIKE TO SING? AFRAID OF COMMITMENT?

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LIKE TO SING? AFRAID OF COMMITMENT?


Then have we got the offer for you! The seasonal secret around Glenview is that we have a "Christmas Choir"--a small group of friends who join us every year for Christmas, and sometimes also for Easter. But there may be others who would like to join us, so we've decided to publicize the "Christmas Choir" and make it a general invitation. Attend four Thursday evening rehearsals, starting on or around November 29, and you too could experience the magic of Christmas Eve from Glenview's candlelit chancel! Rehearsals run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Contact peter.merrick@mail.urotonto.ca for more information


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Retired Men's Club - 2018  Fall Schedule

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Retired Men's Club - 2018 Fall Schedule

The Retired Men’s Club meets during the Fall and Winter Seasons every other
Thursday at noon in the church parlour unless otherwise noted. The Retired Men
and other men of the congregation and their friends are invited to come for an
hour or two of informal fellowship. Bring a lunch – tea and coffee supplied.

October 4, Speaker: Laurence DeWolfe, “Re-Imagining India

October 18, Speaker: Donald Chu, “My Little Walk in the Rockies”

November 1, Speaker: Dr. Robert Drummond, “Ontario After the 2018 Election”

November 15, Speaker: The Hon. Donald Cameron, “Mediation and Arbitration”

November 29, Speaker: The Rev Deb Stanbury, “Ending Exploitation through Empowerment”

December 13, Speaker S/Sgt. James Hogan, “Toronto Policing in 2018”

WINTER PROGRAMME 2018 BEGINS JANUARY 4th

January 3, 2019, Speaker, Ken Brocklehurst

Coffee Fund Contribution is $10 per person.

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Glenview's Great Pumpkin Party

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Glenview's Great Pumpkin Party

Glenview's Great Pumpkin Night Friday, October 26

Come and join in, starting at 6:00 pm. You can bring your own pumpkin or claim one or more from Glenview's supply to carve as your imagination leads you!

Pizza and snacks will be provided.

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Pumpkin Party 2017!

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Trick or Eat 2018

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Trick or Eat 2018

Trick or Eat....Let’s Scare Hunger

Annual Food Drive

Youth from Glenview Church will be going door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the North York Harvest Food Bank. Bag Distribution will be Sunday, October 21st, following the service. Bag collection will be on Sunday, October 28th, from 12:00-1:30. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned fish and meat

  • Canned beans

  • Canned tomatoes 

  • Rice

  • Pasta    

  • Flour

  • Cooking Oil      

  • Low Sugar Cereals

  • Low Sodium Instant Meals and Soups

  • Baby Products (Formula, Food and Diapers)

  • Peanut or Soy Butter

Food donations may also be dropped off at Glenview October 21st - 28th in the marked donation bins at the entrance. Please contact Shannon Wiggan if you are interested in volunteering either the 21st or 28th of October.

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Lunch and Learn September 30

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Lunch and Learn September 30

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After our popular Lunch & Learn, “It’s Your Funeral” on May 6, many questions remain. We’ve started some very important, if awkward conversations about death and life. These are just some of the questions we’ll try to answer when we gather to have lunch and learn together on Sunday, September 30 at Noon (or soon after) in the Church Hall.

  • What do Christians believe about life, death, and life after death?

  • What do Christians believe about the human body?

  • Cremation? Earth Burial? Donation to Science?

  • How can we celebrate a life and mourn a death at the same time?

  • How long should grief go on?

Come with your questions. Come with your family and friends. Come with a sandwich. Drinks and extras will be provided.

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Welcome Back Sunday September 23

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Welcome Back Sunday September 23

Welcome Back Sunday will be September 23. As usual we'll have lunch and fellowship after worship, followed by a Lego Party. Bricks 4 Kidz will invite kids of all ages to work together to create motorized models. Pre-registration isn't necessary, but it would be good to know in advance how many participants we can expect. If possible, contact Laurence, or Lisa in the Church Office to let us know you're coming. No cost to families, though any donations would be received with thanks.

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September is Coming!

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September is Coming!

It seems as if the summer has just flown by us! It's time now to announce some of our plans for the new Church Program Year that will begin in September.

On Sunday, September 9 we will return to our Fall-Winter-Spring Sunday Schedule, with services at 9:00 and 10:30.

Church School: After Kennis Kim left us in June we had a good look at what we will need to do in September, to restart our Church School and Youth Programs.  After meetings and consultation with Dr. Tori Smit, our Regional Minister for Faith Formation, we're getting ready for a new Program Year following a tried and true Canadian curriculum, The Whole People of God. Classes will resume on Sunday, September 23. On September 9 and 16 all children and youth are invited to worship at 10:30. There will be Activity Packs for busy hands, but the services will be designed so the whole family can participate.

The Whole People of God follows the ecumenical Revised Common Lectionary. We'll return to that Lectionary in our Sunday worship so the whole congregation will hear and reflect on the same Bible readings each week. There will also be more opportunities to integrate music into our Church School, and to plan intergenerational worship.

Welcome Back Sunday will be September 23. As usual we'll have lunch and fellowship after worship, followed by a Lego Party. Bricks 4 Kidz will invite kids of all ages to work together to create motorized models. Pre-registration isn't necessary, but it would be good to know in advance how many participants we can expect. If possible, contact Laurence, or Lisa in the Church Office to let us know you're coming. No cost to families, though any donations would be received with thanks.

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Summer Worship Schedule

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Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Worship Schedule

We worship at 10:00 a.m.

followed by Lemonade on the Lawn.

 

Sundays, June 24, July 1, July 8

The Rev. Dr. Laurence DeWolfe

 

Sundays, July 15, July 22

The Rev. Dr. Jim Czegledi

 

Sunday, July 29

The Rev. Janet DeWolfe

 

Sunday, August 5

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis

 

Sundays, August 12, 19, 26, September 2

The Rev. Dr. Laurence DeWolfe

 

On Sunday, September 9 we return to our regular schedule. We worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

 

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Summer Outreach Barbecue July 8

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Summer Outreach Barbecue July 8

Every summer we welcome our friends from Portland Place Supportive Housing and Evangel Hall MIssion, and our guests at Out of the Cold dinners to a barbecue and a special time of worship. It's always a celebration and those who come every year anticipate it with joy.

Summer Outreach Barbecue 2018 will be on Sunday, July 8.

Helpers come mid-afternoon to get everything ready for our honoured guests' arrival at suppertime. Come and help, serve, and share in the fun!

Contact the Church Office for more information.

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