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.

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 ritual, mysticism, or artifice is involved, just an open mind and a commitment to practice.

Dr. Painvin has prepared reading materials to introduce and explain Mindfulness Meditation that should be picked up at the church office in advance. 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.

New “Supper For The Soul” Series

“Supper For The Soul” makes its return this fall beginning Sept. 22 with an engaging 4-part series that looks at our spiritual relationship to the environment: “A Sacred Balance“.

Based on the television series by Dr. David Suzuki, “A Sacred Balance” will combine video and discussion to focus on the ways we perceive our world and our place in it. We will journey around the globe learning about our planet and visiting fascinating cultures, allowing us to see that there are many ways to live in harmony with nature and with one another.

Our leader will be Ann Bone, a long-time teacher, church worker and environmental advocate who followed up her M.Div. in 2007 with a Certificate in Theology and Ecology from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in 2008. Come join Ann on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 22 for supper and learning together.

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

Sept 21  Open House at the Manse

Sept 22 Supper for the Soul begins

Sept 29 – Oct 4  Annual Electronics Pickup

Oct 4  Meditation For Stress Management begiins

Oct 8  Men’s Breakfast

Oct 27  From Christ to Calvin series begins

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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