Stewardship

Stewardship: 2022

Dear Friends of Maple Grove,

It is that time of year again for our Annual Stewardship Campaign. 

Our congregation has been sent the following information:

  • Our Stewardship letter to the congregation including important information about our Campaign for this year.
  • A Commitment Pledge Sheet; and
  • A Narrative Budget explaining how and where donations were used last year.

Please make sure you get a chance to look through these documents which were sent on Friday September 30th to your email.  If you were unable to access the documents please contact Pam in the Church Office. 

We ask that you fill out your pledge sheet and return it to the Church office or put it in the donation plate no later than Sunday, Oct. 30th

Thank you!

Cameron Serles

Stewardship Committee

INDIGENOUS VOICE SERIES 

Featuring presentations from local urban Indigenous leaders from Grandmother’s Voice

Have you been looking for a way to connect and better understand your knowledge of Indigenous culture as part of your own steps of discovery for Truth and Reconciliation?

This virtual series is a partnership between the Town of Oakville and Grandmother’s Voice, a Halton-based Indigenous group.

This free series runs on Wednesday’s in November and December and will wrap up with an in person session on December 14th.  

More details are provided Here – https://oakvillenews.org/oakville-culture-and-lifestyle/planting-our-seeds-2-0-resurgence-indigenous-voice-oakville/

Regards,

Your Outreach Committee

Pyjama Drive for Kerr Street Mission – 2022

children's pyjamas

The last few years have been hard on many families. It has given us the opportunity to reflect and focus on what is important in life. The smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning is priceless especially when they are children who would normally go without. Maple Grove United Church will be partnering once again with Kerr Street Mission to bring a merry Christmas to those who are less fortunate. We ask that you give what you can to ensure these children have a new pair of pyjamas and socks waiting for them on Christmas morning. There are several ways you can help:

Option 1 – You can buy the pyjamas/socks. Please leave them unwrapped, along with the invoice and your name:

– in the Church office reception area 

-or under the Christmas tree in the foyer in the box marked “Pyjama donations”

Option 2 – You can donate with a cheque or cash:

– by noting your name and “pyjamas” and leaving it in the Sunday offering plate

– by noting your name and “pyjamas” and leaving it in the Church office

– by an e-transfer to mgucbookkeeper@cogeco.net (please include your name, address (for a tax receipt) and “pyjamas” in the message box)

For either option 1 or 2 the amount will be added to your year-end income tax receipt.

Please pick an ornament with the child’s size and gender from the Christmas tree in the church lobby and ensure all pyjamas/socks or donations are in by December 4th at the latest to allow time for your generous gifts to reach families before the holidays. We thank you once again for your kind support of this program and helping Kerr Street Mission ensure these children have gifts to open on Christmas morning. 

e-Transfers at Maple Grove United

  Maple Grove United Church now has the ability to receive e-transfers

If you wish to donate using an e-transfer, please send your e-transfer to mgucbookkeeper@cogeco.net and include your name or organization in the message box, the specific purpose so that it is applied appropriately, and your address to receive a tax receipt.

Poinsettia Blitz

Hello friends and members of Maple Grove!

Poinsettia

As fall cleanup is well underway it is time to start thinking about – you’ve got it, POINSETTIAS!

This year’s campaign is running from Monday, October 31st to Friday, November 11th with pickup of plants on Saturday, December 3rd.

This annual tradition has brought so much joy to our homes and offices as part of decorating for the Christmas season.  As well, the proceeds assist in the ongoing needs of our church and community – a ‘Win Win’.

Please help by ordering as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out.  Pass along the information to your friends and family, plants are florist quality and speak for themselves!

Please find the order form below for further details and submitting.

Hard copies will also be available to pick up on Sundays at church.  

Poinsettia Order Sheet, 2022

Patty Wanless and her Poisettia Pals 

Neighbourhood Care Network & Christians Against Poverty

Neighborhood Care Network (NCN) and Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – join the Maple Grove team. We are a group of Maple Grover’s who work with Kerr Street Mission to provide a helping hand to those in need. Those we help include recent immigrants from Afghanistan and the Ukraine plus others dealing with marriage breakdown, job loss and financial difficulties. We all deserve to be in a safe, secure environment and you can help make this happen.
Please feel free to contact me, John Berg at jgberg@cogeco.ca for further details and discussion. You will not be asked to do anything alone or that you wouldn’t be trained to handle. 
Here are two courses for you to consider: The Christians Against Poverty’s Money Course will be of interest if you need to learn how to budget and handle your own expenses. The course will run on 3 consecutive Wednesday nights at Kerr Street Mission.
We will enjoy a meal together at 6:30 pm, and then move into our teaching time finishing up around 9:00 pm.
The course will run on the following dates: • October 12, 19, 26, 2022 • March 22, 29, April 5, 2023 • June 7, 14, 21, 2023  Contact John King to reserve your spot: john@kerrstreet.com | 905-845-7485 ext. 233

 If you want to take the next step towards becoming a MGUC volunteer, attend the next NCN/CAP training session at Kerr Street Mission which is on Saturday, December 10th. We invite you and others in our Church who may be interested.  Please contact Paula Da Rocha to sign up. paula@kerrstreet.com Thanks so much for all you do for your neighbors!
 John Berg
Neighbour

Community Garden Update

Final harvesting of the tomatoes in our Community Garden on Saturday and the turnout and enthusiasm was quite good despite the inclement weather! 

Below are a few pictures of the volunteers and work and the bounty that was retrieved. We will be holding these tomatoes in a warm place with the hope that they will ripen before they are donated to various food banks in the area. Thanks to all of the volunteers who performed under the watchful leadership of Ali.

We’re not done yet however! Soon we will be holding our fall planting which includes garlic as well as some other late season vegetables.

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