Local churches are partnering to assist Afghan refugees desiring to come to Canada. Maple Grove United Church has successfully settled two families, with two more families in Turkey waiting to come and expected here by next spring. Three more families in desperate situations are hoping to escape from Afghanistan. These are the families that are going to need your help. Maple Grove United, Knox Presbyterian and Munn’s United have each pledged to sponsor one family. Glen Abbey United and St. John’s United have promised to help raise funds.

It costs about $40,000 for the year to sponsor a family as the sponsoring church is responsible for all living costs for that period. Raising the funds is difficult but aspects of the settlement work such as finding affordable accommodation and jobs can be equally challenging. Over the past twenty years declining church attendance has made it even more difficult to raise funds and find a team of active volunteers to engage in the many aspects of settlement work. Considering churches are responsible for almost all the non governmental sponsorship of refugees in Canada this raises concerns about how this system will function in the future.

Therefore, we have decided to expand our appeal to the broader community. Your donations will be used to pay for apartments (this is the biggest cost) and buy groceries and to pay for any items we do not receive as donations or in kind. Right now the focus is on raising money as we cannot send the application forms to the government until the money is in the bank.

So once again we are calling on you to help out. You have seen the situation and heard the stories on your television and computers. You know what is going on. Please give these people a hand. It is the only way for them to find freedom and safety.

To donate, just follow one of these steps:

1) Go to the Maple Grove United Church website https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org and press the “Please DONATE here” button at the bottom of the first page, click on “Afghani Refugees”.

2) Drop a cheque off at the church. There is a drop-box on the brick wall near the doors off the parking lot at the back of the building.

3) Mail a cheque marked “Afghanistan refugee fund” to Maple Grove United Church, 346 Maple Grove Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 4V5.

100% of donations will go to the families’ needs as there are no administration or overhead costs. Everyone involved is a volunteer. All donors will receive a tax receipt.

Sandra Kerr’s Obituary

Link to Sandra’s funeral video, with apologies for the quality – https://youtu.be/mp_h0kEbXlQ

Surrounded by family on November 6th, 2021, Alexandra “Sandra” Helen Kerr peacefully passed away as a result of complications from abdominal surgery. Sandra was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her husband William whom she was married to for over 55 years. Sandra was a compassionate, humble and outgoing mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and colleague to many she knew. Sandra and her husband Bill share 4 children Gordon (Diana), Natalie (Todd), Robert (Kate) and Pamela and grandchildren Katie, Matthew, Amanda, Kylie, Aidan, Sydney and Marlowe.

Born in Montreal, she was predeceased by her parents Walter and Eugenia Koohtow, and sisters Natalie “Sue” and Alice, survived by Geraldine Koohtow and her sister-in-laws Karen Kerr and Eleanor Mitchell. Sandra was a community activist and long time council member of Maple Grove United Church and was a member and President of the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues. She spent 23 years developing the Seniors Programming and LIFE Institute at Ryerson University. Always outgoing and a community organizer, Sandra had a large circle of friends and a close knit group from Lorne Park school who will fondly remember her. From her dear friend Bruce McLeod “So many were and are so richly blessed to have her close beside them on our hazardous earth-journey, down so many years, yet not enough. She is still close, but in another way” 

A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at Maple Grove United Church (346 Maple Grove Dr, Oakville, ON L6J 4V5) on Saturday November 13th at 1pm. All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and the vaccination status and ID will be checked prior to the entry to the event.

Thank you to all the ICU Staff at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

If so desired, a donation can be made to the Sandra Kerr Award in Community Engagement at Ryerson University: https://www.ryerson.ca/giving/where-to-give/ce

Kerr Street Mission Christmas Pyjama Drive

children's pyjamas

Again this year Christmas will be different but happily we are moving towards more “normality” this Christmas. In keeping with a long tradition of working with Kerr Street to help make Christmas special for those less fortunate we have again committed to provide pyjamas for children in our community.

This year we will have a combination of ornaments available at the in person church services which will allow you to shop for a particular child (information on tax receipts is
included with the ornaments). 

If you prefer not to shop 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 get the donated funds and gifts to the volunteers at 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 Maple Grove United Church website. 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 December 6th .

Kathryn Joaquim

StoryWalk – “He’ll Always Be My Dad”

In November, look for Chrissy’s story, ‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ at the StoryWalk in Tannery Park. The author, Chrissy Lilly, is one of our Lighthouse parents and a member of Maple Grove United Church.

Over the past two years she has been fundraising to ensure that every new family that joins Lighthouse, who has lost a parent, receives a free copy of her book.

Thank you to Chrissy and her daughters for sharing their story, and to the Oakville Public Library for featuring Chrissy’s book in the StoryWalk.

‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ is a story of two young sisters whose father died, and their journey towards coming to terms with the unfairness of it all. 

 Through their grief they ask questions to try to understand and remember that no matter what, he will always be their Dad.

‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ can also be ordered on Amazon at https://bit.ly/ChrissysBook

Welcome Rev. Jessica McCrae

Rev. Jessica McCrae

Maple Grove United Church is delighted to welcome Rev. Jessica McCrae as our new lead minister. She will be preaching this Sunday, November 14, in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., accompanied by prerecorded sections of the service. She says:

I am so looking forward to beginning our journey together and starting to meet some of you in person at our first worship together Nov. 14.  We are working on getting everything sorted for live streaming, but until we do our live worship will be a “hybrid” of recorded pieces and “live” pieces (i.e. I will preach the sermon live) and provide an opportunity for us to gain strength together as we listen for God’s call in our lives today and reconnect with church friends and family.  I hope that you are able to join us, but if you are not we will continue to have the service recorded and posted online.


The Annual Congregational Meeting this year will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM, via Zoom (Please see email for link). Please join us online for this important event in the life of our church.
1. Approve the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2021
2. Appoint the professional independent reviewer of the Fiscal 2022 financial statements
3. Appoint the Maple Grove Church Council and Committee Chairs for 20224. Presentation from the Stewardship Committee

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