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Church Bells across Canada to Ring on May 31 in Support of ReconciliationPosted: 20 May 2015 01:04 PM PDT

To recognize the formal close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), to honour residential school survivors and to commit to working towards a reconciled future for all of Canada, the TRC asks churches across the country to ring their bells at 12:00 noon EDT on Sunday, May 31 as a call to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to reconciliation.

The ringing of church bells is one of “5 Things You Can Do Anywhere in Canada”—ideas drawn together by KAIROS—between May 29 and June 3 while people gather in Ottawa to mark the ceremonial close of the TRC. Other suggestions include:

Bring truth and reconciliation into your May 31 worship service, or consider hosting a special worship service on this theme between May 31 and June 3. Worship resources can be found on the KAIROS website. On May 31, a Walk for Reconciliation will be held through the streets of Gatineau and Ottawa. Consider holding a walk in your community. Information about the walk on the TRC website describes the values and purpose of the Ottawa walk …

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Grace McGill – ObituaryPosted: 20 May 2015 10:23 AM PDT

Grace and her husband the Rev. Dr. Clare McGill served in Taiwan for many years. Clare translated the New Testament into the Tayal language. Grace and Clare retired to Glencoe, Ontario. She will be buried with Clare in the Glencoe cemetery on July 6th. They leave two sons, Tim and Terry, their wives and families.

The following is the message received from their son Tim on the weekend:

My mother, Grace McGill, moved to her eternal home yesterday. Mom’s life verse summarizes her 91 years in this earth and her new life in heaven.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” ~ Psalms 16:11

I’m thankful my mother was able to live with us in Taiwan for the past four years. She suffered a major stroke 16 months ago, but even in this debilitated state she was a witness to the hope and joy we have in Christ. I’m also thankful that these final months in this life were peaceful and free …

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 Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer

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Dear Friends in Christ, Things are moving along for the Impact Prayer Seminar to be hosted by Birch Cove Baptist Church, 50 Donaldson Avenue, Halifax, NS – Thursday June 4th (evening) to Saturday June 6th (late afternoon). Some have expressed interest in the themes that Pastor Duke will cover. Here’s a list –
 This Prayer Seminar will enhance the prayer life of any believer. It is designed for church leaders and ordinary believers alike! However, for maximum impact, pastoral leaders are encouraged to bring a team to learn the way a comprehensive prayer strategy will strengthen their local church! Pastor Duke has seen his church explode in numbers, in unity, and in spiritual maturity through prayer!
When I started my D.Min. studies at Fuller, I met another student (a Lutheran Pastor) who began his ministry at a Phoenix, AZ Lutheran Church with a Sunday attendance of 350. This church has since grown to over 9,000. The first staff person he hired was a Minister of Prayer. Here again, prayer was central to explosive spiritual and numeric growth – regardless of denomination! Frankly, most believers and churches approach prayer casually. A pro-active, intentional prayer life individually and corporately will lead to profound growth in all dimensions! Dee Duke was a dairy farmer before planting Jefferson Baptist Church. This seminar is down-to-earth, practical, and Biblical. Jefferson Baptist’s motto is MUCH PRAYER – MUCH BLESSING; LITTLE PRAYER – LITTLE BLESSING; NO PRAYER – NO BLESSING I believe this seminar will provide an important foundation stone for all churches! If you want to grow personally in the Lord and to see your church prosper, this seminar is a MUST!!
BTW, a limited number of billets are available for folks living outside Metro. We have folks registered from PEI & Cape Breton already! If there are local families wiling to host “out-of-towners” please shoot me a note!
A word about the registration costs – The Impact Prayer Seminar registration is $50 – for three days! We are seeking to keep the costs down so that this will be accessible to all. If this is still beyond anyone’s capacity to pay, please come anyway! However, we ask that ALL planning to attend pre-register by Friday May 29th (Noon) so that we have enough of the 70-Page Manuals available. Please send me an email at john_roddam@hotmail.com to register!
Promotional Materials – Please share with others!

Here’s a Bulletin Insert for the June 4th to 6th Seminar (with seminar schedule) –
Here’s a 6-minute YouTube interview of Dee Duke describing the impact of prayer in his church –
Here is a radio interview of Dee Duke with Dr. Jeff Lutes that will be aired on CJLU Radio soon –
DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER BY FRIDAY MAY 29TH (NOON) TO  john_roddam@hotmail.com – We need the number of registrants to run off enough of the seminar manuals! (70 pages!!)
Thanks!! God Bless!  John+
Iesus, tanto nomini nullum par elogium!
Jesus, for so great a name, no praise is adequate!
2nd Annual
“ART SHOW and Sale”
SUNDAY, MAY 24TH, from  11-5 pm at St. Mary’s Basilica Church Hall
             ( Church Basement entrance, East Side)
The Artists are some of  the  GUESTS and Volunteers of the Program.
By attending you will:
– be able to enjoy some fine works of art
–  enjoy refreshments in our cafe
–  actually support and empower some folks who struggle with issues of poverty every day.
–  have an opportunity to see what the program offers our guests.
For any purchase, we accept only cash and cheques.

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YOU will be smiling too, like these happy people, when you come to the WOODLAWN UNITED CHURCH COUPLES CLUB’s annual LOBSTER SUPPER onSaturday, June 6, 5PM.
Tickets are now available from Club members (like us!) and from the Church Office at $25 each (Eat in @ 5PM AND Take-outs available @ 4:30PM).
And don’t miss the AUCTION (Silent and Live) which will add to the excitement! Lots of great items to attract your bids!! (Payment by cash, cheque or credit card.)
We always obtain some of Nova Scotia’s best lobster for this event. Act NOW to get your ticket – there is a limit to the number to be sold. Don’t be disappointed!!
Contact Don and Vivian by email or phone 902-434-2482 to get your tickets.
My taste buds are tingling!! Aren’t yours??
See you there!!
 A family that prays together derives strength, solace, and inspiration from that act of worship.  A prayer group will gather in the minister’s study at 10 a.m each Sunday.  All are welcome to  join in this special time of fellowship.  If you have any requests for prayers, please pass them along to Rev. Stright or Valerie Macdonald.

The World Council of Churches maintains an Ecumenical Prayer Cycle website.

Note:  Bulletins are in  “Recent News” at right on this page

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