Oakville’s Earth Day 2021

Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ challenge from April 19-25!

It’s time to celebrate Earth Day again, and due to the COVID-19
pandemic, events that were planned have been cancelled in order to
keep everyone safe.

The good news is that there other ways we can celebrate this important
day, while staying at home and sticking with those in your household!

Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ Challenge, beginning April 19 at 8
a.m., and running until April 25 at 10 p.m. New missions will be
posted daily, complete one or all! Each mission completed will earn an
entry to win a solar charging backpack, valued at $80!

To participate, download the free GooseChase app or visit the
GooseChase website and enter game code: Oakville2021.

For more information, or if you require assistance, please email
trisha.henderson@oakville.ca. Happy Earth Day!

The Earth Day Challenge supports physical distancing and COVID
friendly activities by providing missions that can be done at home, on
your property, alone or with members of your household.

Trisha Henderson
Environmental Coordinator
Climate Action
Economic Development & Corporate Strategy
Town of Oakville | 905-845-6601, ext.3948 | www.oakville.ca

Vision: To be the most livable town in Canada
Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Messy Church for Palm Sunday

Celebrate Palm Sunday with all ages Messy Church


When: Saturday, March 27 @ 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. via ZOOM
Join with your friends from Maple Grove
and meet others from St. Paul’s, St. John’s and Munn’s United Churches
Crafts, Worship, Song, Fun and Community
Contact Ilana Green for more information: craddy25@hotmail.com
Craft information during pre-registration, click the link:
Messy Church Registration & Craft Information

Faith Formation: Lenten Reflection

“Faith on the Move” – Daily Reflections on Hope and Change
published by the United Church Publishing House

Book cover - Lenten Reflections

If you are in need of Lenten daily reflections and prayers, there are 4 copies of “Faith on the Move” located on the table inside the accessible entrance. Free.
Doors will be open from 12-2pm Monday – Friday to pick up a copy.

“I have used Lenten resources from the United Church Publishing House in past years and found them enlightening and meaningful.” Rev. Kerry

The daily reflections, prayers, scripture readings begin on Ash Wednesday and conclude on Easter Monday.

Contact Rev. Kerry at revkerrymguc@gmail.com for more information

Ash Wednesday Service Via Zoom

Wednesday, February 17, 202112 noon (approximately 30 minutes)
Join Rev. Kerry and Dr. Deborah Henry for a short service, approximately 30 minutes of scripture, prayer and music as we begin the season of Lent.

Imposition of Ashes will follow the ZOOM service in the parking lot, while physically distanced and face masks are worn.

Click on this link just before 12 noon on the 17th: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89996689733?pwd=VHRINWtxWjBlTEMzZ1NYa25HRFVhdz09

Note: The imposition of Ashes – the mark on our forehead or hands, is the Christian symbol of asking God for compassion, pardon, and forgiveness as we begin our journey to Easter.

Flowers for Sunday Services

Flowers on Communion Table

Members/viewers of our Sunday Services are welcome to donate flowers (or plants) to beautify our Maple Grove Sanctuary for our Church Services.

These could be in remembrance of someone … or to celebrate a special event such as a birthday, an anniversary … or just as a Thank-You to God for enabling our congregation to gather together in these exceptional times.

The Worship & Music Committee will be donating flowers to the Front–Line Workers for Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at next week’s Sunday Service.

To do something, please contact Bobbi-Jo by phone or email at the Church office and deliver the flowers to the Church Sanctuary on Thursday afternoon between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
(NOTE: The taping of the services begins at 4:00 on Thursdays.) 

Karen Kerr
For the Worship & Music Committee

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”

Virtual Service, January 3, 2021

January 3rd’s pre-recorded worship service with communion
Message: “A New Beginning”
based on Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12

“O Come All Ye Faithful” played by the Memorial Handbell Choir
directed by Gaye Gemmell

There will be no Zoom Coffee Chat time at 11 a.m.
Coffee Chat time will resume via Zoom on January 10th at 11 a.m.

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.

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