Maple Grove United Church

Update from Our Most Recent Refugee Families

Our most recent refugee families arrived in Canada on December 8th and were able to successfully quarantine in a home in Brampton that their sponsor, Abdul Wahid, a relative here in Mississauga, rented for them.  They are all relatives of Abdul, one being a family of 6 and the other a single man.  They arrived from Afghanistan via Turkey and are quickly becoming accustomed to their new home in Canada.  These families were thrilled to join their brother / brother-in-law as well as their other relatives (family of 3) who had also been sponsored by Abdul only a few months earlier with Maple Grove’s assistance as well. 

We were able to provide them with some games, Lego and a GingerBread house kit to assist with passing the time which they took to very eagerly as the pictures above show.  The top picture is of the reunited families enjoying a meal once the quarantine period had passed.

Here is a note of thanks from the families:
  ”We found Canada a very beautiful and nice country, found ourselves very safe & comfortable by being part of the so nice and kind people of Canada, we don’t feel like we are in a strange country we have got so much love and kindness in last few weeks and feel very happy and lucky by being part of the community. Our kids are full of joy and so much excited living in such a peaceful and lovable country like Canada, for sometime when we newly arrived we were not believing that we are really in Canada. We all will be trying our level best to be as good as we can to our new home country Canada and be part of the community for our whole life where we can share values.

And we all are really very thankful to Katy, Sandra, Hugh, Gordon, Adam & Khawaka from the United Church of Canada, and all who were involved to change our lives and bring us here to Canada. You all will be in our prayers.

Kind regards,
Mohammad Nasim and Family & Mohsin Shirzad”

Sad News – Jeanne Craig

With heavy hearts we share the news that Jeanne Craig passed away on December 31, 2020 in her 101st year. 
Jeanne was a long-time member of Maple Grove United Church and started attending when we met in the Maple Grove Public School prior the completion of the new church building. She is remembered for her love of family, a keen sense of duty and as a compassionate friend and neighbour. Jeanne was a passionate curler and loved to entertain as often as possible with her husband Walter. Jeanne is remembered as “A tough act to follow”.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2008 and recently by their oldest child, Kathryn, who passed away on December 23, 2020. Please keep Bruce, Dave, Cindy (Cyd) and Kathryn’s families in your thoughts and prayers.  

Keeping with the Provincial lockdown rules, the funeral will be live-streamed from the sanctuary of Maple Grove UC on Friday, January 8 at 2 p.m. with immediate family only. No visitation and the internment of ashes will take place at a later date. For further details, please refer to the Kopriva-Taylor website or this url: https://www.koprivataylor.com/obituary/jeanne-craig

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”   Matthew 5:4

Virtual Service, December 27

In the “comment” space below the video of December 27 virtual service, you can say hello to Barb Duffin, learn more about the Neighbourhood Care Network and thank our speaker, Max Foxall. Plus you can speak to the musicians, Dr Deborah Henry, Eran Rozen, the Chancel Choir, and Pat McKee & her daughters Serena and Alice. John Berg and Dave Freeman were the readers. you can also thank the technicians or simply wish all the Maple Grovers “Merry Christmas” once again.

Sometimes it takes a little while before the comment is “live” and appears below the video of the service; please be patient.

Virtual Christmas Eve Service

In the “comment” space below the video of the Christmas Eve service, December 24, 2020, you can say hello to Rev. Kerry, speak to the musicians and/or readers, thank the technicians or simply wish all the Maple Grovers “Merry Christmas”. Sometimes it takes a little while before the comment is “live” and appears below the video of the service; please be patient.

OUTREACH VOLUNTEER POSITION – Kerr St. Mission

OUTREACH VOLUNTEER POSITION OPENING – Kerr Street Mission Meals

Are you looking to lead a dedicated team of volunteers to run Maple Grove United Church’s meal program at Kerr Street Mission? We have lots of volunteers who have helped in the past, however we are in need of someone to take the lead in this important volunteer activity.

With the current restrictions due to covid-19 the program is scaled down and involves purchasing prepared meals that are then provided to Kerr Street Mission who handle the distribution to those in need. We typically volunteer twice a year and the new schedule is out for 2021.

No fundraising!! – the monies for this program are being donated by the congregation on an ongoing basis so there is no need to fundraise.

If you are interested please speak with me and I can provide you with more information.
Regards,
Hugh Wanless – hpwanless@gmail.com – Chair – Outreach Committee

Poinsettia 2020 Thanks!

A Heartfelt Thank You to all who supported this year’s Poinsettia fundraiser!

We hope you are enjoying the beauty and colour that the plants bring at this time of year.  They are providing an added touch to our beautifully decorated sanctuary this year.  Our sales surpassed any previous year with an order of 231 plants and a profit of $ 2,350 !!!  We are truly blessed to have great participation from our congregation and community.  

An added bonus was our ‘covid curbside pickup’ featuring Rev. Kerry who made the effort to speak with everyone – even when the line grew to 6 or 7 cars!

A special thank you to the other ‘elves’ – Pam and Walt Okihiro, Pat Aston, and Hugh, who helped me with orders, sorting, and distribution of the plants.  Wishing you all a very special holiday season!

Patty Wanless

Fall Cleanup Volunteers!

Church, with "Black Lives Matter" banner

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the Fall Clean-up this year. Since the leaves were falling as the COVID-19 cases were rising, we couldn’t have one big gathering to do all of the work in one day. Instead, we had three separate gatherings to take advantage of each of town’s loose-leaf collection runs and asked a few people to help each time to ensure we could socially distance. Everyone seemed to have a great time getting fresh air and helping with the team effort that was needed to keep the church grounds neat and tidy!

Judy Lang
Building & Property Committee Member

Christmas Urns & Stars Still Available

Christmas Urn

You can receive urns during the week while Bobbi-Jo is in the office –
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am until 2 pm.
A cheque can be dropped off in the secure box on the brick wall beside the accessible doors. Make the cheque payable to MGUC with a note – “for NCN/Urns” ($35 each).

About the Urns & Stain Glass Stars:
MGUC OUTREACH: We have created beautiful outdoor Christmas Urns as a fundraiser for Neighbour Care Network
The Third World Craft Sale is cancelled this year due to CoVid, so we are offering what we can with our social distancing restrictions. 
We are also offering made to order stained glass stars at $10 each.

Please contact Bobbi-Jo to place your order: 905-845-5721,

Zoom Sunday School

Come one – come all
to Maple Grove Sunday School via Zoom


When: Sunday, December 13th, 9:30-10:25 am
9:30 – say Hello
9:45 – A Christmas Story with Pat Thompson
9:55 – Craft time with Natasha Frank (details next week)
10:15 – Singing with Eran Rozen
10:25 – Blessing and ending of our time together

Let Bobbi-Jo in the office know if you want to join, or email Rev. Kerry at revkerrymguc@gmail.com and he will send you the Zoom link closer to December 13th.

We hope you will share this with your family and friends as we discover the wonder of Christmas.

Maple Grove Zoom Activities

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”
however, for many others as the holiday season approaches
it is not so wonderful. 

Plus
Sunday School – https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org/zoom-sunday-school/
Youth Meetings – https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org/a-shout-out-to-all-mgy/

For pastoral care, call 905-845-9721 or email mguc@cogeco.net 
or visit the Maple Grove website for more information.  
Maple Grove United Church – where the Spirit Soars and the Heart Finds a Home.

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