Good News about Afghani Refugees

Ziba, Aziz and their four children escaped a dangerous situation in Afghanistan several years ago and settled in Turkey while they awaited a sponsor to bring them to Canada. Thanks to a relative in Mississauga they were linked to Maple Grove United Church’s sponsorship group and after a long process arrived here in Canada at the end of September.

The family has settled in Halton and was overjoyed to be reunited with some of their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins that were previously sponsored by Maple Grove. Three families related to Ziba and Aziz have had their papers submitted and are hopeful that they will make the journey to Canada within a year. Sponsoring a family for twelve months means providing housing, food and all the other essentials for life and it is an expensive job.

The Oakville community has been generous, especially when Afghanistan was in the news every day. The news cycle has moved on but the need remains. We do not yet have the funds to support every family. The clothing, furniture and other requirements can be met by community agencies, but we still need financial help.

Please go to the Maple Grove United Church website, click on ‘donate to Maple Grove United Church and our various programs through Canada Helps’ and then choose “Afghan Refugees”.  All donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt. 

Sandra Onufryk

Phishing Attempts Using Rev. Jessica’s email

There have been phishing emails sent to our congregation asking for gift cards from Rev. Jessica.

Please note that Rev. Jessica would never ask for gift cards or money from the congregation.

Always be safe when responding to such requests.

Sad News – Dave Dryden

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Dave Dryden died unexpectedly Tuesday as a result of complications from his surgery. Our hearts go out to the Dryden family at this difficult time.

We will keep you up to date as details become available.

We will always remember Dave for his tireless dedication to the children.

There will be a visitation for Dave Dryden at Kopriva’s this Sunday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

A private family funeral will be held close to the Dryden cottage in the Huntsville area at a later date.

For more information, go to the obituary –

Medical Equipment

As you know, I lend out medical equipment, particularly for those undergoing knee and hip replacement.

During Covid, business was slow but it is definitely picking up. If you have borrowed equipment and are no longer using it, it would be useful to return it in the near future.

Al Wheable

Gentle Exercise Classes at Maple Grove

Exercise class

Did you know that Maple Grove United Church runs exercises classes? Instructors Leah and Beverly are starting their 9th season at the church and would love to have you join them this fall.

Classes run Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9am. Classes are geared to mature bodies who desire a gentle total body workout. Those with limited mobility are invited to join their chair based fitness class that runs Wednesdays at 10:15am.

Beginners are welcome and classes are open to non-members of the church too.

All profits raised go directly to the church so it’s a win-win.

For more information:

Or contact Leah directly at 

Celebration of the Life ofMargaret Holland

You may have noticed a new addition to our church garden. On May 18, 2022, our past church administrator, Margaret Holland passed away peacefully at the age of 83 after living with Parkinson’s disease for several years. Margaret worked for the church for over 20 years and likely facilitated many of your wedding, christening and funeral services during that time.

The family hosted a private celebration of life on September 10th and placed a memorial rock in honor of Margaret and her late husband Ken, beneath the weeping rosebud tree planted earlier this summer.

Margaret will be remembered for her dedication, organization, composure and compassion. May she now rest in peace after a lifetime of service to others.


Jennifer Holland

Michella Poetz’s Obituary

Michella and Carol

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michella Poetz

The funeral will be held here at Maple Grove United Church on

Saturday October 22nd @ 11:00am

Michella was a longtime member of Maple Grove, where she and Carol were married. She brought Centering Prayer to Maple Grove United and facilitated the Maple Grove United group until shortly before the pandemic. To find out more about her pre-Maple Grove life from the Toronto Star obituary, click here.

Maple Grove Children’s Choir

The Maple Grove Children’s Choir is back in person!

Grades 1 – 6, no previous musical experience required!

Rehearsals take place every Thursday @ 6:30 PM

If interested, please contact Eran Rozen

at (905) 932 0634 

or for more details

The Children’s Choir is an invaluable part of our services at MGUC

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