Orabi Family Update

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Orabi Family Update

Here’s the graduation picture of Yamen, going from Sr Kindergarten to Grade One.  How proud is he!!  He couldn’t wait to share the picture.  Not bad for a child who has been going to school only since January! 

Nabil and Tim went to Costco last week and his eyes were pretty wide.  He bought some cheeses, diapers, etc. etc.  He filled his cart no problem.  It was an enjoyable outing.

Nabil had his first appointment with a dentist at Mt. Sinai Hospital. There will be many more visits.  Yamen will see the dentist later this month. His teeth, as reported earlier are not in great shape.  There is work to be done.  His dental treatment will be free!  Yaman’s teeth are fine for the moment.  Rawaa also needs work.

The family continues to make friends.  The Orabis and three other families went to the beach.  They had a BBQ and the men and boys went swimming in the lake.  The verdict was….very cold water!  Nabil says often that his family are very, very happy in Toronto.

Thanks to Tim and Dan for all your work with the family. Thanks, Tim, for providing this update.

 

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Congratulations Chad and Lyn on Your 70th Anniversary!

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Congratulations Chad and Lyn on Your 70th Anniversary!

Glenview Family News:

On Sunday, July 23, Chad and Lyn Bark celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. That's the Platinum Anniversary, in case you want to send them a late gift! Congratulations to two of our especially lively, loving senior members! Thanks to Jeanette for the pictures.

 

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Update on the Orabi Family

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Update on the Orabi Family

We were delighted to visit with the whole family last Sunday. They joined us for our barbecue. Nabil and Rawaa were fasting for Ramadan, but the children enjoyed food and treats. They had a great time and expressed thanks afterward. This kind of contact is very important.

The ESL classes for Nabil are progressing.  As soon as there is a place in day care Rawaa will also be attending.  We are awaiting word from the city.

The boys love their school.  Both of them have made friends.  Yamen is especially proud of his school work.  He never misses a chance to show it to visitors.  His English is quite good.

Their happiness in Canada is without question but there are times when Rawaa misses her mother quite a bit as can be expected. 

Each day we are with them we see a family who is responsible, happy and thankful for the chance to live here.  They have become part of our lives. 

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Our New Administrator - Bookkeeper

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Our New Administrator - Bookkeeper

We have a new administrative staff person in the Church Office. Metumo Hiwilepo will serve in this new position, covering both administration and bookkeeping. Metumo and her daughter, Kuo are part of our congregation already. Metumo has a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the University of Namibia. Her continuing education has included courses in auditing, computer skills, fundraising, and transitioning from accounting practice overseas to working in Canada. She has extensive work and volunteer experience in office settings and in front-line customer service in the United Kingdom, Namibia, and Canada.

For the next few weeks Metumo will work closely with our Interim Bookkeeper, Senior Minister, and the volunteers who have been covering administration since January. Please be patient. Between now and the end of June the Church Office will be in transition. Metumo's learning curve will be steep.

We will continue with limited open office hours until further notice - Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, so there will always be someone to take your call or respond to your message.

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Another Successful "Planting Hope" Sale!

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Another Successful "Planting Hope" Sale!

Thursday, May 11 was a chilly but clear day for Glenview's annual sale in support of Portland Place and Evangel Hall Mission. All the profit on sales of over $18,000 will go to these two ministries in downtown Toronto.

Check out our Flickr Photo Album through this link.

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Clean the Ravine Photo Gallery

A dedicated group of volunteers from Glenview took part in the City of Toronto's Community Spring Clean up by filling several garbage bags worth of trash in the Blythwood Ravine

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Update on the Orabi Family

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Update on the Orabi Family

The family is heavily involved in ESL and they are doing well.  Andrew Woodbury, known to many on our congregation, is is our main teacher. He is an ESL specialist and has recruited some of his colleagues to help. We are grateful to Andrew for his enthusiastic acceptance of our invitation to volunteer. A neighbour of Glenview, Nahla Ghoneim, an engineer from Egypt, responded to news on our website and volunteered to help in any way she can. She has joined the ESL roster. She speaks Arabic, of course, and has great teaching skills. Our volunteer teachers offer two to three sessions each week. Nabil and Rawaa continue to attend classes twice per week. They still have a long way to go but it has been much better since we started these private lessons. 

Rawaa had her 27th birthday a few days ago.  Tim S. was able to go to the apartment with a card and to wish her Happy Birthday.

The family attended Pancake Tuesday at the church.  They are still getting used to Canadian food!  The adults ate pancakes and halal sausages, as did Yaman but Yamen is very fussy! The family also attended Out of the Cold on Sunday, March 5.  Nabil and the boys had fun setting the tables with placemats and cutlery. We're grateful Andrew and Nayla were also able to come to the pancake supper.

Nabil is very proud of his new glasses. The doctor at the Women's College Hospital Refugee Clinic recommended an eye exam. Nabil's last exam was seven years ago and he has had difficulty for some time. Eyecare is another benefit of the federal government's refugee resettlement program.

As always, thanks to everyone for ongoing contributions. We continue to be able to provide support for the Orabis from within the circle of Glenview and the University Women's Club, and our neighbourhood.

Please accept the Orabi family’s gracious invitation to a reception in their home on March 30th, 7 to 9 pm.  For details and to RSVP by March 26th contact Dan Melhem at dmelhem [at] rogers.com or leave a message for Dan at the church office (416-488-1156).

Rawaa and Nahla tackle the English language

Rawaa and Nahla tackle the English language

Nabil's New Glasses

Nabil's New Glasses

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Glenview Video Goes Viral

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Glenview Video Goes Viral

Well, viral when compared to our other videos! The video we posted on Facebook on January 30 has attracted over 3700 views in one week! Watch Jacques Arsenault stepdance. His performance was the Grand Finale of the entertainment that followed Glenview's 92nd Anniversary Luncheon on January 29.

 

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 7

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 7

UPDATE ON THE ORABIS

Our team had their monthly budget meeting with the Orabi family last Wednesday. It was a good meeting. The team discussed some of the things going on at Rose Avenue School: Valentine's Day, report card day and school music days. Rawaa blushed when Valentine’s Day was mentioned. Apparently it means something different in Syria! Since they missed parent teacher interviews in mid-January, scheduling one in February was suggested. They agreed and will do so.

There was a great discussion on the happenings in Quebec City and the general issues in the world directed at Muslims.  Although Rawaa was a bit frightened, they know that these incidents are rare in Canada and that we are all behind them 100%.  They are part of our church family and we support them completely. It made them feel good to have this conversation.

Last Saturday our team took the family to the Adonis grocery to shop for food. That is always a fun time.  The kids love whipping around the store with the buggy! After discussing their English classes with Nabil and Rawaa team members felt they need to be in a program where they will learn more. This is their desire.

After a long wait the whole family will visit the clinic at Women’s College Hospital later this month. This is good news.

Thank you for your continued support of our sponsorship of this wonderful family from Syria!

WE WILL SOON NEED support to cover dental expenses for Nabil and Rawaa. More details to come. The children's dental care is covered by a city program.

THANKS! as always to Tim Steele and Dan Melhem for the many hours they continue to spend with the Orabis.

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Glenview Honours a Faithful Disciple

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Glenview Honours a Faithful Disciple

Thank you to Joan Neilson

On Sunday, January 22, following the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, Glenview recognized Joan Neilson's many years of work for the Canadian Bible Society. Joan has presented Bibles to baptized children for more years than anyone can remember! She says ten years, but we know it's many more than that. Everyone in the congregation who received a Bible from Joan, or whose child received one raised a hand. It was a wonderful sight!

If you have a memory of Joan presenting a Bible to you or your child(ren), please share it as a comment below. Include the year the Bible was given.

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Meeting the Orabi Family

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Meeting the Orabi Family

ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 4 we had a wonderful time meeting Nabil, Rawaa, Yamen, Yaman, and Arwa Orabi. Thanks to everyone who came to welcome them with so much enthusiasm. Special thanks to members of our team and their helpers who prepared for the event and brought some special Syrian treats for us all to enjoy. And thanks to our partners in sponsorship, the North Toronto chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. We can't forget Tim Steele, who chaired the event, our bus driver Harold McDonald, photographer Jim Campbell, and (of course!) our faithful translator Dan Melhem. Click on the picture below to see the next one, and the one after that...

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Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 3, 10am to 2pm

The Christmas Fair is a wonderful showcase. Premium baked goods, preserves and sauces, Christmas merchandise and gifts, hand made ornaments, candles, decorations, and stocking stuffers.  Silent Auction items include two quilts.

 

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 4: Our New Friends Have Arrived!

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 4: Our New Friends Have Arrived!

Sunday, November 6 at Terminal 1: The Orabi family arrived at last! Photos by Jim Campbell. Check out Jim Campbell's photos in this Flickr album. We are so happy the family has arrived. They are settled in their apartment after a long day of travel. Now the work begins, as we support them in their new life in Canada. Thanks for all the support so far, including welcome gifts, from Glenview and the North Toronto chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women. And we are deeply grateful to Rob Shropshire of PWS&D, our partner at every step of the way. Last, but really first, thanks to Dan and Tim for all you have done and will continue to do.

 

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 3

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 3

New Travel Arrangements Confirmed for November 6

We have confirmation of the Orabi family's travel to Toronto. We expect them to arrive on the evening of Sunday, November 6. Let us pray for good health for everyone in the family and no more obstacles in their path to Canada.

 

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Worship and Lunch & Learn for World Food Day

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Worship and Lunch & Learn for World Food Day

Sunday, October 16 is UN World Food Day 

At Glenview we will mark this day in worship and at a Lunch and Learn after the 10:30 service. The theme for this year is "Food Security". We'll explore this theme with the help of partners in mission: locally, with the North York Harvest Food Bank; globally, with Presbyterian World Service and Development and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We will hear from guest speakers in worship and at lunch. Our youth will provide leadership at the 10:30 service and we will follow an order of service offered to us by Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Church School classes will also be devoted to the theme of the day. After the Lunch and Learn our youth will prepare for Trick or Eat 2016. This is an important day for all ages. Come, worship, learn, and eat together. 

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 2

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Refugee Sponsorship Update 2

We've been waiting a long time to welcome the Syrian family that we have sponsored! The Orabi family have been waiting much longer in Beirut, after fleeing the devastation of their neighbourhood in a suburb of Damascus. Their home is gone. They're looking forward to making a new home in Canada. We've been talking with them about once a week since we first learned their names in the Spring, thanks to our faithful translator and interpreter, Dan.

October 4

Nabil and Rawaa, their sons Yamen (age 5), Yaman (4), and baby daughter Arwa (nine months) were scheduled to arrive in Toronto this evening. Last Friday we received word that their departure from Beirut has been delayed. Baby Arwa has an ear infection. She was to see a doctor today. We will keep in touch with the family. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery and an arrival in Canada soon.

October 5

We called Beirut this morning.  Arwa has been given a clean bill of health.  Apparently she had been sick for a week or so and the visit to the doctor was a follow-up.  She has finished her antibiotics and is clear to fly.  The doctor will send a note to our government representatives in Lebanon to let them know their status.  It is expected they will be on the way within the next two weeks.  Of course this could change at any time.

Dan told them that the apartment is ready now. Rawa mentioned that she hoped we haven’t gone to too much trouble on their behalf.  They are excited to come and thanked our team and the church for what we are doing for them. 

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