Service Time

We welcome you to worship at Maple Grove!

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Chancel Choir sings at the 10:30 service.

Exercising The Brain

We all know how useful it can be to do workouts for your body. There is increasing evidence that workouts for your mind are just as useful for keeping your “mental muscle” in good shape.

To that end, Maple Grove is excited to host an evening session entitled “Brain Fitness: Exercising Your Brain” on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to everyone.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Andrea Wilkinson, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bridgepoint Collaboratory For Research and Innovation in Toronto.

In her informative and stimulating presentation, Dr. Wilkinson will show the benefits of the many enjoyable ways that exist to keep one’s brain being the best it can be.

One such way is lifelong learning – such as engaging in programs like this one, part of a series we are calling “Inquiring Minds”. Further sessions will be announced in the near future!

Holocaust Education Week Event At Maple Grove Nov. 5

“Be an upstander, not a bystander.”

That’s good advice for any time of crisis, but it’s even more meaningful when it comes from a survivor of the Holocaust.

That survivor is Gershon Willinger, a retired social worker now living in Thornhill, who will be one of two main presenters at the Holocaust Education Week event at Maple Grove United Church on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Gershon Willinger Mr. Willinger, liberated as a young Dutch child from the Theresienstadt concentration camp and whose parents were murdered at Sobibor, will share his story at the evening event which will be co-hosted by Shaarei Beth El Congregation.

He will be joined by Miriam Preszow Weiner, also born in Amsterdam and raised in Montreal, whose Polish parents survived the Holocaust and whose stories of resistance and escape have become part of an inspiring musical docudrama entitled Enduring Alterations. Combining imagery and song, Yiddish and English, Enduring Alterations links the personal and the collective and joins the present to the past.

Holocaust Education Week, Nov. 2-9, is an annual commemoration of one of the darkest periods in human history that aims to shed light on humanity for the present. Its focus is on learning from the worst and best that people can be so that the words “never again” may prove true. Enduring Alterations combines imagery and song

The event is free and open to all. It gets underway at Maple Grove at 7 p.m.

First Nations Scholarship – First Recipient

The first recipient of Maple Grove’s First Nations Scholarship is Cyndil Corbiere, a student in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury.

Cyndil received the $7,500 award from university president Dr. Pierre Zundel at a special ceremony held on Sept. 24.

Cyndil Corbiere, first recipient of Maple Grove's First Nations ScholarshipComing to the University of Sudbury from the Kenjgewin Teg Education Institute located in M’Chigeeng on Manitoulin Island, Cyndil declared she plans to return to Manitoulin after graduation. “I will never give up!” she said.

Maple Grove United Church founded the First Nations Scholarship to assist Indigenous students in meeting their financial needs during their studies within the Laurentian Federation of universities. It is an annual award.

There are many other worthy students like Cyndil who struggle with financial needs. People can donate directly to the scholarship by clicking on the DONATE button located on this website below. If individuals or groups would like to start their own scholarship, they may contact us for information at mguc@cogeco.net.

Mike Beauchamp’s Lyrics to Psalm 139

Use the link to download Mike’s lyrics which he sang at Sunday’s service (Sept 28, 2014).

O Lord, You Have Searched Me And You Know Me – from Psalm 139

Time and Talent 2014-2015

With the coming of Fall, comes the opportunity once again to complete the Time and Talent survey to indicate your interest in helping Maple Grove continue to be a vibrant community of faith. We invite you to take the time to prayerfully consider the opportunities you will find on the link provided below. Each ministry is described with specific opportunities, frequency, and time commitments. Your involvement and response is critical in determining which ministries will continue for the coming year.

We have been so blessed by God’s gifts. Please join in finding some way – maybe even some small way, to share the gifts of time and talents within the Maple Grove community.

For more on ways you can serve and respond, please visit the following site to complete the Time and Talent Questionnaire: here is the link. Thank you for your participation!

Meditation For Stress Management

Life is stressful. Things that cause stress are always going to be with us. But that does not mean that we can do nothing to manage stress, to minimize its negative effects. One of the more effective tools to emerge in recent years for managing stress is Mindfulness Meditation.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Maple Grove, Dr. Arnaud Painvin, a cardiac surgeon who has practiced, taught and coached meditation for many years, will lead participants in learning the practice of this very simple but powerful technique. Anyone can learn it and reap its well-documented benefits — no religious doctrine or mysticism is involved, just an open mind and a commitment to practice.

Dr. Painvin has prepared reading materials to introduce and explain Mindfulness Meditation that may be obtained from the church office by pre-registering for the course. Sessions will be held in the Friendship Room on the main floor. Give it a try — it just might change your life!

Welcome Our New Intern!

Maple Grove is delighted to welcome a new member to our pastoral staff this week: someone who will not only be helping us to learn and grow over the coming year but who is on her own journey of learning as well — our new ministry intern, Miriam Flynn.

Miriam, who will be with us from September through April, 2015, comes to us with a great reference — she was one of Rev. Sam’s preaching students — and with previous career experience as a lawyer. She will be a wonderful presence and resource among us and we are looking forward to working with her over the coming months.

Fundraising Opportunity

Rev. Dr. Morar’s Weekly Column

Morar writes a weekly column for the online Oakville News. Read it here!

A Poetic Kind of Blog

Follow Andy King’s lectionary-based poetry blog: A Poetic Kind Of Place

Dates to Remember

Oct 27  Supper For The Soul “From Christ to Calvin” series begins Nov 5 Holocaust Education Week event 7 p.m. Nov 11 “Brain Fitness: Exercising Your Brain” with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson Nov 23 The Fair Trade Sale

Donations

To donate, send a cheque to:

Maple Grove United Church

 346 Maple Grove Drive Oakville ON L6J 4V5

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