Holy Days Service Schedule

Dr. Brenda (Zimmerman) Ellis

Visitation
Monday December 22
2:00 – 4.00 pm
6.00 – 9.00 pm
at Maple Grove United Church

A Celebration of Life
Tuesday December 23
1.00 pm
at Maple Grove United Church
346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville

Directions: Use Contact Us button at the top of the page for map.
Parking available at Maple Grove Public School and Oakville Trafalgar High School (with walk through to the church).

Many have asked, “How can I help?” There are many tasks
.
To volunteer please do not call the church as staff are working to deadline..
If you can, attend church on Sunday at either 9.00 or 10.30 am and look for John Berg who will have a sign up sheet.

We expect to need a large amount of food. If you can make sandwiches, cookies or squares, please drop them off at the church either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

We are so grateful for your prayers for Brenda’s family, for our church and for those who serve during these heartbreaking days. Your prayers uplift us and enable us to continue to care for one another.

Christmas Eve Communion in Towne Square

Christians sometimes feel that every faith is valued in Canada except their own. That’s reinforced by incidents like the banning of the Salvation Army Band from Union Station last season after a fifty year history.

But it’s not all bad news. I found out about the Union Station incident from my friend and colleague on the Interfaith Council of Halton, Ïmam Abdul Qayyam Mufti, who was so upset he posted his distress on Facebook.

And here we are in Oakville, offering communion to anyone who desired it. Some couldn’t get out to their own churches. One woman sadly said her husband was in a wheelchair and they had no car. We prayed for him as we served her homemade bread and grape juice.

Rev. Sam Persons Parkes, celebrant, describes communion this way:
Communion is celebrated at a table that suggests the dining table in our homes. At the table, we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the host and all are guests. The meal uses the symbols of small pieces of bread and a taste of wine or juice to remind us of Jesus’ last supper with his followers and of God’s enduring love.

In the United Church of Canada, we have an öpen table where everyone is welcome to feast on the bread of life and drink from the cup of healing, of salvation, of wholeness.

Our worries about offending anyone were baseless. No one complained about our presence and almost everyone wished us a cheery ‘Merry Christmas!’


This experience reassured us that we can practise our faith in the world as God calls us and Pope Francis reminds us: “Go out into the streets!”
So come by and receive Communion from your church on Dec. 24 between 10 am and 2 pm. All ages are welcome. You can be part of the welcome by joining the ministers for half an hour during this period. We greet shoppers with a ‘Merry Christmas’ and serve those who wish to receive. Please let the church office know if you can spare the time to share Christian hospitality with your neighbours.

JNAC Report

We have submitted the advertisement for the second ministerial position at the church to the Hamilton Conference Vacancy List and to the United Church Observer.

Our JNAC report is available at the attached link for applicants to the position to peruse the details of that report.

JNAC Report

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Quick Trip Through Christian History

“From Christ to Calvin”, the title of the new “Learning For The Soul” series, has now concluded.
For anyone who wasn’t able to attend Alan Wheable’s fascinating overview of the early periods of Christian history, Alan has prepared downloadable materials of all 7 of his presentations:

The History of Christianity Session 1
History of Christianity Session II – The Months After Easter
History of Christianity Session III – The Disciples
History of Christianity Session IV – Paul, James and Jude
History of Christianity Session V – Nero to Theodosius
History of Christianity Session VI – Bible and Canon
History of Christianity Session VII – Later Schisms

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!

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

Donations

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Maple Grove United Church

346 Maple Grove Drive Oakville ON L6J 4V5

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