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.
Dec.5th curbside Poinsettia pick up information
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Maple Grove this year with your poinsettia purchase!
In addition, in support of Outreach Projects with donations going to Neighbour Care Network, Christmas Urns will be available on the day of pickup for $35 each.
Christmas Urns also Available for Pickup
You can pick up an urn anytime this week. The price is $35 each. The cheque can be made payable to MGUc with a note for NCN/Urns. The cheque can be dropped off in the secure box on the brick wall beside the accessible doors.
UNPAID Poinsettia ORDERS:
If you have not yet paid for your order we would ask that you do so by making a cheque out to MGUC and either mail it to the church office or drop it in the lock box located at the back of the church BEFORE the pick up date. This will make things run more smoothly.
ON PICKUP DATE:
Please plan on picking up your order BETWEEN 1 and 4 pm on Sat Dec 5. At the front of the church in the circle, someone will be outside to greet and identify you. Your order will then be brought out to you in your vehicle minimizing physical distancing and honouring covid-19 guidelines.
UNABLE TO PICKUP?
Please let us know before Saturday, December 5th so that other arrangements can be made.
Patty Wanless – firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Message from Bobbi-Jo
There is a little 10 year old girl that has had a long journey with Perthes disease. From having to wear a leg brace for almost a year, to postponement of her operation many times due to COVID, to finally having to go through her operation and now doing school in bed!(http://www.oandplibrary.com/al/1968_02_036.asp)
It has been difficult for her and her mom (who has three other children) and there is still four weeks to go in her body cast, that may or may not be removed.
My family and I have sent her get well cards with gift cards and one of our Maple Grove members sent her a package with colouring and books. The email from her mom was an outpouring of tears and gratefulness. She said it just brightened her day that was otherwise a “bad” day.
I am wondering, to brighten her four more weeks of bed and body cast, if you could send her a card or a little package? If you would like to, please email or call the office to get her information.
email@example.com or 905-845-5721
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,” (James 1: 17)
Our 2021 Stewardship campaign with the theme of “Loving Our Neighbours” is now underway! It is the time of the year when we raise awareness of the time, talent and treasure needs of our Church. We believe that we are called as individuals, families, congregations and as a denomination to follow in the way of Jesus to bring about a world of justice and peace. We invite you to join us in this campaign by giving an intentional and meaningful gift to this ministry by printing off and completing the Commitment Pledge Sheet found in the Stewardship section of the website, depositing it in the secure lockbox in the back of the Church, or scanning it and emailing to Paula Warden, Envelope Secretary, at the address provided.
|Dear Maple Grove Members:|
We hope you are doing well in this difficult time of the Coronavirus. As you may be aware, we are still holding Church services virtually and the needs of the Church continue. So, once again, it is time for our annual Stewardship campaign. Please find attached some documents for your review:
Please review the attached documents. It would be greatly appreciated if you could get the Pledge Sheet back to Paula by the end of November. If you do not have a printer, please contact Bobbi-Jo in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time when you could come in and pick up a pre-printed copy of the package.
Thanking you in advance
Cameron Serles – Stewardship Committee
- Our Annual Stewardship Letter that introduces this year’s campaign.
- Our Narrative Budget for our upcoming Church year, written by our new minister, Rev. Kerry!
- Our 2021 Commitment Pledge Sheet – replacing the Commitment Cards that would be normally found in the Pews, this is a document we would ask that you fill out as you can and forward to Paula Warden, Our Envelope Secretary at the email address identified.
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.
How to Donate Using CanadaHelps
In these unsettling days of physical distancing and social isolation we look forward to brighter days throughout the Advent season. To that end there is no better year to offer the beautiful poinsettia plants to you, your friends and family, while at the same time supporting the ongoing needs of the church. This year we realize there may be special circumstances by which not everyone might be able to pick up their plants in person. If that applies to you, please indicate in the space provided on the order form if you require delivery. We are striving to make these beautiful plants accessible to everyone!”
Download an order sheet below, and bring it and your cheque to the church in an envelope and place it in the lockbox to the right of the west doors.