We have received a thank you note from the Yezedi refugee family many of you assisted through generous cash donations earlier this year. Both mother and daughter had been held as sex slaves by ISIS. The mother was released several years ago but the daughter was not found until earlier this year, when an NGO worker bought her out of slavery at a slave market. The funds we donated helped the mother to travel to Iraq to reunite with her daughter and to fund the lease of a bigger apartment so the family will have more space when the daughter arrives in Canada. The family hopes that one day they can come to a church service to thank us all in person. The story of their reunification is a bright light in a difficult year. Thank you for making this good news story possible.
This poem touched me deeply, and so did the poet’s response – an unexpected human connection. There are moments of grace, depending on who you follow, even on Twitter. I like being reminded that something that made me very sorrowful has turned out to be a true gift, that what gives me redemption can also be fearful, and that truth can cause difficult emotional eruptions. This poem reminds me that not all the steps in our life’s journey and on our spiritual path are easy – but that they are enriching and enlivening.
We are going to be creating beautiful outdoor Christmas Urns as a fundraiser for Neighbour Care Network. We make them every year and sell them at our Third World Craft Sale.
As we are unable to celebrate with our church family and friends due to COVID-19, we are trying to offer as much as we can with our distance restrictions.
We will be making 30 urns at a cost of $35.00 each on a first order basis.
We will also be offering stained glass stars at $10 each – made to order.
If you wish to have either an urn or a stained glass star, please contact Bobbi-Jo in the office who will take your order: 905-845-5721
The pictures above are of our most recent refugee family, the Shirzads from Afghanistan via Turkey. The mom is Mursal, the little girl is Shafia and the father is Mohsin. Their sponsorship costs were paid by their brother, Abdul and held in trust by MGUC. Our church provided the formal sponsorship. Shafia has started school and Mursal and Mohsin are working on their English skills. They are living in Abdul’s lovely basement apartment. Soon they are to be reunited with their relatives who will arrive in early December. Abdul has purchased a house down the street for them to live in. It is very heartwarming to see a family so committed to helping their relatives.
Update from the Most Recent MGUC-Aided Refugees
First Impressions of Canada?
We found Canada a very beautiful, multicultural, and prosperous country, people are full of Love and very kind.
Hopes for their First year of Settlement?
I and my husband are trying to settle in and get used to the community and start working as soon as possible, besides we will be starting English classes and find a job for me and my husband so we can work and support ourselves. Our daughter Aysha has joined the School and she is very happy.
Miss Most from Home?
Mostly family members and friends.
Also, the other good news is that my other 2 brothers with their families are coming on 08 Dec 2020. They received a call from IOM in Turkey and arranged their flight on the mentioned date. Besides that, we are fully prepared and we don’t have any problem with receiving them, I will handle them the same way I handled my brother who is already here.
Barbara was Maple Grove’s Choir Director and organist many years ago. Here is Mike Ware’s comment and the Facebook information.
Not sure how many of us are old enough to remember having Barb Potter as our choir director, An amazing woman that was very instrumental in Michelle’s development and love of singing. Perhaps you could forward to choir members. Mike
Hallowe’en this year will be different. The great pumpkin arrives at MGUC this Saturday, October 31, from 5-7 pm. Stop by with your family or let your friends know and receive treats while physically and safely distanced. All ages are welcome!
Treat bags will include candy treats made in peanut free facilities, colouring pages, crayons, a glow stick and a MG pamphlet on what is happening while we are staying safe.
We hope you are keeping healthy and safe. As we continue to live this new normal, we remain committed to serving all those who need us. We are distributing food six times per week to those that need it, and we are seeing an influx of new families that are in need of our support. Although we are serving and helping more people during this time, we are also feeling very blessed by the generous community that has surrounded KSM during this time of uncertainty. With your help we have been able to provide a lifeline to our families, our children and our seniors by providing them with food, a helping hand and hope for the future.
Success!!! The Pyjama Drive is over! No more donations are needed. Thanks!
CHRISTMAS IS COMING – COVID WILL NOT BE THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Your Outreach Committee would like to thank all those who contributed to our annual Pyjama Drive for Kerr Street Mission. As you know, this year we asked you to contribute money as shopping is not comfortable for many of us. Your compassion and generosity allowed us to raise $2820. We estimate that in past years we received about $1500 in pyjamas so this is a significant increase. This is most welcome because this year the need is greater than ever. Since March use of the food bank at KSM has gone up 58% and they hope to help 1500 people enjoy a better Christmas this holiday season. Funds are used to buy toys, pyjamas, food and gift cards for the clientele registered for their Christmas Wonders and Beyond program. Many churches, groups and individuals support KSM. We are blessed to be able to do our part to ensure every one of KSM’s clients enjoys a special meal and has a gift under the tree Christmas morning.
This year Christmas will be different. Yet in other ways Christmas will be the same. Children will still wake up Christmas morning and rush to see their tree and find their presents underneath it. In the past Maple Grove United Church has generously donated all the children’s pyjamas Kerr Street Mission has asked us to provide. Your Outreach Committee knows that this year many of us will not feel comfortable personally shopping for the pyjamas. So we are asking you to do something you have not done before. Instead of shopping please donate $30 to provide one pair of pyjamas, socks and some food items for one child. If you are able please donate $60 or $90 to provide gifts for two or three children. The Outreach Committee will online order the gifts for the boys and girls in all the necessary sizes and take them to KSM.
Please drop your cheques (noted for the pyjama drive) off in the church lockbox on the brick wall beside the back door of the church or mail them to the church at 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, L6J 4V5. Another option is to go to the bottom of a Maple Grove United Church website page. Click on the “Please donate here” button and choose #9 “Designated for a special purpose – please describe” from the options. Then type in “pyjamas”. This year you will be able to receive a tax receipt for your donations.
We would appreciate receiving the donations by November 15th to allow time to order and receive the pyjamas.Maple Grove is just one of the many churches involved in making Christmas more wonderful for children who otherwise would not have a particularly bounteous Christmas. This year Christmas will be different but at least one thing will be the same. We are confident every child on the list will receive a cozy new pair of pyjamas from our congregation.