AN INVITATION FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS AT ST MARK'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DON MILLS
Our Casavant Organ is 90 years old. We decided to commemorate the anniversary. Since the organ originally resided in Glenview Presbyterian Church, we have invited Glenview to share in this festivity. Glenview, who had provided seed money to help establish St Marks, were replacing their existing organ and very generously offered their organ to St Marks. It was moved to St Marks in 1963. This priceless gift has served us faithfully for 55 years! When the plan to celebrate its 90 anniversary evolved, St Marks approached Glenview with an invitation to join us for a special organ concert. The concert will feature joint participation of Peter Merrick, the music director of Glenview and George Heldt, the music director of St Marks. Following the performance light refreshments will be served. There is no formal admission to the event. A freewill cash offering will be collected. The proceeds will go to establish an Organ Fund for St Marks and to support a Growth Project for Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 28 will be Holy Humour Sunday at Glenview. For centuries the week following Easter Sunday, including "Bright Sunday" (the Sunday after Easter), was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced. The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh," the early theologians called it. In 1988 the Fellowship of Merry Christians began encouraging churches and prayer groups to resurrect Bright Sunday celebrations and call it "Holy Humor Sunday," with the theme: "Jesus is the LIFE of the party." Stay after worship for a “Laugh, Lunch, and Learn” with Jim and Laurence.
Glenview’s annual plant sale
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:
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.
“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)
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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.
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.
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
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.
It's Your Funeral 2
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?