The Sudbury
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Sudbury Christian Messenger June 30, 2016 Edition

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

“Today that royal priesthood comprises all people who follow Jesus.   We are commissioned, as Israel was at Mount Sinai, to stand between God and a world in chaos and proclaim the knowledge of God through our words and by how we live so that others will experience his redemption and   restoration.”                                                     Israel’s Mission by Ray Van der Laan P. 62

“Right is still right even if no one is doing it; wrong is still wrong, even if everyone is doing it.”  St. Augustine

Nodding the head does not row the boat. - Irish Proverb

1.     Silent Vigil for Peace  |July 1 and each Friday  |Sudbury
2.     Canada Day Family Celebration  |July 1  |Sudbury
3.     Canada Day Mass at The Grotto  |July 1  |Sudbury
4.     Jesus Healing Festival  |July 1 – July 3  |Sudbury
5.     Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |July 2 and every Saturday  |Sudbury
6.     Wanup Chapel Services and Bible Study  |July 3 and first Sunday of the month  |Wanup
7.     "Impact Live" Radio Program  |  July 3 and Sundays  |Greater Sudbury
8.     Glad Tidings' Summer Camps  |July 4 - August 19  |Sudbury
9.     Adult Children of Alcoholics  |July 4 and every Monday  |Sudbury
10.  Christ the King Prayer Group  |  July 7 and Thursdays  | Sudbury
11.  Thirsty Thursdays:  FGB Bible Study  |July 7 and Thursdays  |Sudbury
12.  Slingshot:  An Interactive Church – new location  | July 7 and every Thursday   |Sudbury
13.  Summer, 2016 – Entertainers wanted by The Market  | June – October  |Sudbury
14.  Community Carnival  |July 10  |New Sudbury
15.  Teen Challenge Presentation  |July 17  |Chelmsford
16.  Vacation Bible Day Camp |July 18 – 22  |Minnow Lake
17.  3rd Annual Serbfest  |July 23 & 24  |Sudbury
18.  Special Event  A Night at the Grotto/ Événement special     Une nuit à la Grotte     |September 1  |Sudbury
19.  Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life  |Fall  |Sudbury
20.  Christian Business Men’s Fellowship Resumes  |September 14  |Sudbury
21.    Change:  Save the Date - Sudbury Right to Life Annual Dinner/Speaker Event  |September 17  |Sudbury
22.  Gather Program  |September 18 and monthly dates  |Minnow Lake
23.  Slingshot Resumes at All Nations Church  |September 20  |Sudbury
24.    Road to Emotional & Spiritual Healing  |Sept. 24  |Minnow Lake
25.  Canadian Evangelism Congress |September 26-27  |Niagara Falls
26.    Sudbury Central Southend Ministerial  |Sept. 27  |Sudbury
27.    Ignatian Spiritual Exercises  |Fall  |Sudbury
28.  Save the Date:  FALL INTERFAITH DIALOGUE: "GOD'S NAME IS MERCY: Various Perspectives - One Understanding"  
National Prayer – My Canada

ELeVATE response from Doreen Merkas
Northern Hope Refugee Sponsorship Opportunity to Help
Share Your Extra Fruit This Summer:  Operation Fruit Snacks

Christian law school’s religious freedom ‘must yield’ to gay demands: Ontario appeals court
Catholic resources re: ON Sex Ed Curriculum

National Abortion Monument – an opportunity to make this happen
Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System
The whole legislative process for the Euthanasia bill 'has been a political game’ – Alex Schadenberg
When I Asked My Mom if She’d Abort Had She Known I’d be Disabled, Her Answer Shocked Me

Hillary Clinton finds herself in conflict with her Church on abortion and gay rights

St. Joseph Foundation Request re: Canada Challenge
Local family needs support for double-lung transplant
C-Fam at the United Nations

Request for Petition and Support re: Serbian Parish
Better Beginnings/Better Futures Community Dinner
Syrian Refugee Community Store
Health Science North 6th Floor –  Request
Mission Needs Donations of Clothing, Food, Non-Perishables, Finances
Knights of Columbus Seeking New Members
Community Outreach at St. Kevin’s Parish
Bread & Roses Food Bank in Capreol
Pregnancy Care Centre and Infant Food Bank in Need of Supplies/Equipment
Sudbury Right to Life seeking new Office space

Sudbury Author, Anna Sklar,  Announces Book Launch
The Art of the Summer Sabbath
Sudbury Park to be named after D.J. Hancock
People with disabilities do ‘live boldly’ — and they’re not better off dead
12 Greater Sudbury Clergy Give the Most Important Message of Their Lives
Apostle Entertainment
Greater Sudbury Contacts Regarding Syrian Refugee Sponsorship

Sudbury hosting International Mine Rescue event
Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures
Teach English to Syrian Refugee
Volunteer Driver Needed
Sudbury Right to Life/Sudbury Pro-Life Seeking Board members

Bible Tag  (The Bible in 50 Words)

Sandpaper Man
The Christian’s Mission
The Dart Test
Why Go to Church
The U in Jesus

  Local  News & Events

  1. Silent Vigil for Peace  |July 1  and each Friday  |Sudbury

Community members take part in a silent vigil for peace at Memorial Park in Sudbury behind St. Andrews on Fridays.

4-5 pm

There is reduced-rate parking for seniors beneath the YMCA building.     Sign your parking ticket.

Stand in peaceful protest against violence around the world.

They “call upon government and non-government agencies, corporations, groups, and individuals to do everything in their power to prevent and end violence around the globe.”

This non-sectarian group of concerned citizens includes people of diverse faiths and backgrounds,  from Waters Mennonite Church, Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue, the Muslim community, and Quaker Witness.      The Peace Vigil is modelled after what was done in Greater Sudbury in response to the Vale strikes and Vietnam War protests.

There will be opportunities for networking/socializing before and after the Silent Vigil for Peace.

For further information, please contact John Rutherford   705 522 8584  (home)/705 9190759 (mobile)   or Dave Nicol


We stand in peaceful protest of the spreading violence throughout the world, and call upon government and non-government agencies, corporations, groups, and individuals to do everything in their power to prevent and end violence around the globe
We are drawn from diverse faiths & backgrounds, religious and secular, to actively oppose all that leads to violence among people and nations and the bankruptcy of the human spirit it represents.
We stand in silent vigil united in resolve and purpose, to struggle against the use of violence as a means to settle disagreement and disputes at all levels. To do so we need to start with our own hearts and minds, joining with all persons clear in thought and mind and faith, inviting them to find common ground.
Please join with us as we stand here now and in coming weeks for one hour at the end of our working week, Fridays, 4 to 5 pm.

Waters Mennonite Church
Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue
Islamic Association of Sudbury
Quaker Witness

Dave Nicol

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
                                                                    ― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

  1. Canada Day Family Celebration  |July 1  |Sudbury


5 pm

1101 Regent St., Sudbury, Ontario P3E5P8

Hello Sudbury!

It's that time of year again! Come on out on Canada Day for a great time with family. We have great food and something for everyone at NO COST whatsoever:

- Giveaways
- Bouncables
- Face-painting
- Gym Zone on site
- Cotton Candy
- Snow Cones
- Popcorn
- Kids activities...and more!

A great view of the City fireworks

  1. Canada Day Mass at The Grotto  |July 1  |Sudbury

7pm/ 19h

Mass:  Canada Day/ Journée du Canada

Celebrant:  Fr. Gerald Lajeunesse

Sponsored by the Filles d’Isabelle Azilda

Rosary/Chaplet:   6:30pm

4.     Jesus Healing Festival  |July 1 – July 3  |Sudbury
Here is the link to Jesus healing festival 2016 June 24 2016.   Please pass it on. Jesus healing festival 2016.

This is going to be  a powerful manifestation of a move of God. June 24 through July 3

This Holy Spirit Conference is hosted by Klaus & Nicole Saari at the Abundant Life Healing Centre at 7PM (nightly). Joined by Julie Lamouroux, Kassie Tyers, and Matt Suopera. Everyone is welcome!

Pastor Klaus Saari

  1. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |July 2  and every Saturday  |Sudbury

Pyrohy/cabbage rolls for sale each Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

30 Notre Dame

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Corner of Notre  Dame/Ste. Anne’s Road


  1. Wanup Chapel Services and Bible Study  |July 3 and first Sunday of the month  |Wanup

Highway 537  (near Hwy 69 end)  l minute past Wanup Store on right hand side

                                  EVERYONE IS WELCOME         

On 1st Sunday of the month  at 2.30 pm
 (continuing from June to December)
Time may change in the summer months

Refreshments served after each  service and after Bible Study lunch provided
Further information – contact Mavis White  706-524-5820 or 

  1. “Impact Live” Radio Program  |  July 3 and Sundays  |Greater Sudbury

Sunday's 7 pm Impact Live Radio program

Presented by The Unchurch

  1.  Glad Tidings’ Summer Camps  |July 4 – August 19  |Sudbury
Summer Day Camp registrations are now open! Glad Tidings Church will be hosting 6 weeks of camp for kids ages 4-12 years. Registration forms are available online at or at the main office. Please call for more information.

Glad Tidings Church
1101 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5P8

Camp runs Monday through Friday from July 4th through July 29th, and August 8th through August 19th.

Week 1: July 4-8
Week 2: July 11-15
Week 3: July 18-22
Week 4: July 25-29

Please note: no Day Camp the week of August 1-5

Week 5: August 8-12
Week 6: August 15-19

Camp Hours: 9am-4pm
Cost: $110/Camper OR Family Rate: $100/Camper for families registering 2 or more children for that week

Early Hour: 8am-9am
Cost: $5/child/week

Late Hour: 4pm-5pm
Cost: $5/child/week

Thank you,


Jessica Manuel
Business Administrator and Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor
Glad Tidings Church
1101 Regent St S
Sudbury, ON P3E 5P8

  1. Adult Children of Alcoholics  |July 4 and every Monday  |Sudbury
Every Monday

All Nations Church, 885 Prete Street, Sudbury

7:00 pm

For more information:  705 929 2957

10. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  July 7 and Thursdays  | Sudbury

If you feel down in your faith or in a depression or if you are suffering the winter blues come out Thursday nights at Our Lady of Hope Church and join the Christ the King Prayer Group. You will be uplifted and inspired during this holy and religious evening and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We started to attend a few months ago and by the end of the evening felt spiritually renewed.

Rosary and hymns between 7pm and 8pm. Mass starts at 8pm with as many as 3 Priests on the altar.

This group was started by Terry Shannon 25 years ago and still attracts a large following.

Check it out on Thursday nights.
Tony Sottile.

  1. Thirsty Thursdays:  FGB Bible Study  |July 7 and Thursdays  |Sudbury

Jesus is our Living Water             John 7:37

Spirit-led fellowship, prayer, and interactive Bible study

Every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 at the Lexington Inn,  50 Brady St.,  Sudbury   (formerly known as the Howard Johnson)

Faith   Family    Freedom

Facebook:  page       where people can get connected and be informed and we also have a FGB group set up where we can all share together and encourage one another.

If anyone has any questions or feedback you can call Linda at the head office at 1-877-296-1715 or you can reach me directly at 705 822-8069  Sincerely Adrian Smith  (president of FGB Sudbury )  

  1. Slingshot:  An Interactive Church  |July 7  and Thursdays  |Sudbury

An interactive Church
“Faithfully taking down giants”
You are welcome to a new expression of worshipping Jesus

Change of time and location for the summer, 7:00 pm till approx 9:00 pm

New summer location …………….Grace Family Church, Antwerp Street, Sudbury

Open to all teens and adults,  men and women

For further information, please contact Pastor Josh Sklar          705 673 6110

“Slingshot is a gathering of people who have Jesus as their higher power with the bible as a guide ....Slingshot is kinda like a 12 step meeting without mistaking who your higher power is ....sometimes a testimony(speaker) or inspirational video and discussions about God working in our lives helping us face giants like addiction, grieving, depression are some examples .....FAITH in God is the key to slaying life's giants!

13.  Community Carnival  |July 10  |New Sudbury

July 10 - Community Carnival
New Sudbury Pentecostal Church is inviting you to 264 Levesque St. at 1PM for a spectacular afternoon of FREE fun! Bouncy castles, games, BBQ, snow cones, popcorn. Everyone is welcome!

14.  Teen Challenge Presentation  |July 17  |Chelmsford

Everyone is welcome!

Jul 17 - Teen Challenge Presentation

Come and hear a dynamic presentation by Teen Challenge, featuring students sharing their amazing stories of freedom from addiction!

 10AM at New Life Christian Centre in Chelmsford.

  1. Summer, 2016 – Entertainers wanted by The Market  | July – October  |Sudbury
Plan ahead, Christian musicians!

Entertainers are wanted by The Market.

They are seeking family-friendly entertainers of all types to help liven up its atmosphere for their season

However, it’s too late to apply for this season.

You might want to consider this for your Worship Team next summer.

Outdoor staging, electricity, seating and booth arrangements are available; however, performers must supply and set up specific equipment at their own expense.

Saturdays     8-2:00 pm

16.  Vacation Bible Day Camp  |July 18-22  |Minnow Lake

Monday July 18th to Friday July 22nd
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Holy Redeemer Church - 1887 Bancroft Dr. Sudbury, ON

Come join us for a “farm-tastic” week at Barnyard
Roundup Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Redeemer.

This is our 5th year offering this program where
children learn through Bible lessons, games, music
and snacks. During our daily Roundup, campers will
discover how Jesus cares, provides, leads, forgives and
that He is our Saviour!


Join us for Vacation Bible Camp and
bring your friends!
Don’t miss out,
space is limited!

 Dates: July 18-22, 2016
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open for Ages: 6-12 years
Church Address: 1887 Bancroft Dr. Sudbury, ON
Other information: $40/child
How to Register: Call or email the parish
Phone: 705-566-8330
Contact person: Anastasia Rioux

17.  3rd Annual Serbfest  |July 23 & 24  |Sudbury

Dear friends of our parish:

We would like to cordially invite you to the celebration of our church’s patron saints, and to the 3rd Annual Serbfest in Sudbury.

Saints Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox parish of Sudbury will be hosting this feast during the weekend of July 23 -24, 2016. Our parish has experienced a revival and a newfound connection with our community outside the Serbian ethnic group. We invite you to share in this joy.

To celebrate our patron saints Peter and Paul, and our Serbian heritage, we will be organizing a weekend full of events highlighting our ethnic food, music, and culture. On Friday, July 22nd we hope to join the Mayor at City Hall at 1:00 p.m. to, as has become the custom now, proclaim our Church’s Appreciation Day in the City of Greater Sudbury.

On Saturday, July 23rd from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. we will have a party tent with tables and chairs on the church grounds. We will be serving familiar foods from the BBQ, as well as some Serbian delicacies as side dishes. Our longtime friends “Prijatelji Band” from Hamilton will perform live music to entertain us throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, July 24that 10:00 a.m. we will celebrate Liturgy with Father Jovan Marjanac presiding, followed by a 11:30 a.m. Slava Luncheon downstairs in our Church Hall. We are expecting a guest choir from Southern Ontario to sing responses at the Holy Liturgy.

Make plans to join us on all parts of this great weekend! It will be our honour to host you and to show you why Serbian hospitality is renowned worldwide. Please contact either of us to let us know if you are able to participate in our Slava celebration.

We hope to see you then and God Bless!

Rev. John (Jovan) Marjanac  Parish Priest   249.878.0600.  and    MiodragRodic    Church Board President      705.507.4802.

Where: Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox church
Address: 515 Antwerp Avenue, Sudbury ON P3C 4M9
Date: Saturday July 23rd, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Slava Ceremony 6:00 p.m.)
Please join us for a community party under a tent on our church grounds with traditional Serbian BBQ cuisine, live Serbian music, and refreshments including water, alcohol and pop.
* Liturgy on Sunday, July 24th at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate our church’s patron saint, followed by a luncheon (in church basement).

18.  Special Event  A Night at the Grotto/ Événement special     Une nuit à la Grotte   |September 1  |Sudbury

A musical concert will be held at the Grotto on Thursday September 1, 2016 from 7:00-9:30pm. Performers include: Jeff Wiseman, Iona Reed, Pandora Topp, Sarah Craig and Jim Matt, Jamie Dupuis, and the Sudbury Youth Choir. This concert is a fundraiser for NEO Kids Foundation, NISA-Northern Initiative for Social Action, the Janis Foligno Foundation and the Grotto. Tickets are $20/person and can be picked up at A and J Home Hardware, Gloria’s Restaurant, Old Rock Cafe and P & M’s Kouzzina. If you are interested in making a donation you can call Lucio Fabris at Med-I-Well Services 705-671-7356. This will be a very special event. Hope to see you there.

For more information or tickets, please contact:

President of the Grotto
Tel:  705-524-6384

Un concert musical aura lieu à la Grotte le jeudi, 1er septembre 2016 de 19h à 21h30.  Les interprètes comprendront : Jeff Wiseman, Iona Reed, Pandora Topp, Sarah Craig et Jim Matt, Jamie Dupuis et la Chorale de jeunes de Sudbury.  Ce concert est une collecte de fonds pour NEO Kids Foundation, NISA - Northern Initiative for Social Action, la Fondation Janis Foligno et la Grotte.  Les billets sont $20/personne et peuvent être achetés à A and J Home Hardware, Gloria’s Restaurant, Old Rock Café et P & M’s Kouzzina.  Si vous êtes intéressés, vous pouvez communiquer avec Lucio Fabris chez Med-I-Well Services au 705-671-7356.  Ceci est un événement très spécial.  Espérons vous y voir.

Si vous voulez avoir des billets vous pouvez me téléphoné.

présidente de la Grotte
Tel:  705=524-6384

19.  Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life  |Fall  |Sudbury

The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life are being offered in the Fall of 2016 at Villa Loyola. They will consist of 30 weeks of prayer material with small group gatherings every second week during which you will learn strategies for discerning God’s will for you. Director of the Exercises is Fr. Ron Perron. If you are interested or are unfamiliar with them and want to learn more, please call 705 522 3502

  1. Sudbury Christian Businessmen's Lunch/Speaker Event  |September 14  |Sudbury

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month. 12 noon.

Where: Holiday Inn Sudbury, 1696 Regent Street.

Why: Our Luncheon Group exists to provide an opportunity for both business men and professionals to get together once a month.

Once again, our lunch will start at 12:00 noon sharp at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street on Wednesday the 13th. The cost of the lunch is $25 per person but all first timers eat for free, so bring a friend.
Wednesday, Agenda:
12:00- 12:03 - Opening Greeting & Grace
12:03- 12:35 - Eat
12:55- 1:00 - Shawn Day ~ Closing Remarks & Prayer.
Next Meeting ~ Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Our Luncheon Group exists to provide an opportunity for both business men and
professionals to get together once a month for a few simple reasons.
1. To provide an opportunity to get to know men of faith from across
our region and business community.
2. To foster an attitude of prayer & support for each other and our
3. To have guest speaker’s help us explore ways of living our faith in
the marketplace.
4. To assist with the special needs of individuals and charities from what the Lord
has blessed us with.
5. At the end of the day, we should walk away knowing a few more men of faith,
and learning about creative ways to live our faith in the marketplace.
~ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the
Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his
understanding no one can fathom.
~He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
~Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
~but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28-31
Please call Kfm Christian Radio (705) 674-2585 in advance to book your seats. See you there. 

  1.  New Date:   Sudbury Right to Life Annual Dinner/Speaker Event  |September 17  |Sudbury
Hello everyone,
We have a change in our date for our dinner and it will be on September 17, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.  Rev. Fr. Tom Lynch, of Priests for Life,  will be there, along with                    our Bishop, Marcel Damphousse, and Fr. Gérald Lajeunesse of Ste-Anne-des-Pins.      I hope that you will write it in your calendar.  Tickets will soon be available.  So be ready to invite people to come to our dinner and to hear this national and international speaker.                  The tickets are $30/person. 
May God bless all of you.

Sudbury Right to Life Annual Dinner, September 17, 2016 at Ste Anne-des-Pins Parish Hall, Beech Street   (beside Rainbow Mall downtown)

To reserve your ticket please call Marguerite at (705) 524-6384. 

  1. “Gather”  Program  |September 18 and monthly  |Minnow Lake

The Gather Program is offered once monthly on a Sunday afternoon. You are welcome to join us
each month or on any of the dates below.

All meetings are held from 2 – 4 pm at
Holy Redeemer Parish in the chapel

Sunday, September 18
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 13

Gather follows the basic outline of Arise – prayer and bible readings, with time for reflection and sharing.

Reflections will focus on our theme of MERCY.

The “Gather” coordinators for Holy Redeemer Parish are: Linda & Omer Dupuis, who can be reached at 525-1163 or by email at

23.  Road to Emotional & Spiritual Healing  |September 24  |Minnow Lake

Sharers of the Word Ministry presents A Retreat Day

Road to Emotional & Spiritual Healing

Sept. 24

At Holy Redeemer Parish, Minnow Lake, Bancroft Drive

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration:  8:30 a.m.

Cost:  $15.00

Please bring bag lunch – Refreshments will be provided

To register, contact Sr. Jean at 705 522 9423 or email to:

“If you are willilng and able to acknowledge any woundedness early in your life, initiated by someone in authority (ie. Parents, siblings, a relative, a teacher, a friend, etc.) then, chances are, there’s some part of your adult life that still needs healing.    If so, this Retreat is for you.    Provide for yourself this opportunity to be touched by a God of care and compassion.

24.  Canadian Evangelism Congress |September 26-27  |Niagara Falls

Join fellow believers and Christian leaders at the Hilton in Niagara Falls this September 26-27 for the Canadian Evangelism Congress.

You will refresh your outreach approach with talks hosted by some of Canada's leading evangelical Christian speakers and artists including Will Graham, Claude Houde, Mark Hughes, Bob Cates, and more!

Together we will explore the state of evangelism in Canada, the pressing spiritual issues facing our nation, and how the Church can use proven strategies for sharing Christ's message of salvation.

Early Bird Registration by July 31    $149.00

Sponsored by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada   

25.  Sudbury Central South End Ministerial Gathering  |Sept. 27  |Sudbury

The next gathering will be on Sept 27 @ 12 Noon

Meetings for 2016-17 will be at Glad Tidings

Bring your own lunch

At each gathering  one of the participants will agree the month before to Lead the Prayer Time and the Dialogue issue

Jim Hutton will  lead the Prayer and Dialogue topic for Sept.

Have a relaxing restful summer!!!

26.  Save the Date:  FALL INTERFAITH DIALOGUE: "GOD'S NAME IS MERCY: Various Perspectives - One Understanding"
Date Sunday Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m. at the New Sudbury MOSQUE

All are welcome to attend.   Please invite your friends!


1.    National Prayer – My Canada
MY Canada is hosting national prayer conference calls every second Tuesday at noon EST.
The next call is July 5th, 2016.
If you would like to participate in these calls please click here and add your name to the Keep Our Land e-list.

Citizen Response

1.     ELeVATE response from Doreen Merkas

It was as always a great experience just being there and see how the Christians of Sudbury put love in motion.
God bless all for being part of the wonderful group that heads this event!
2.     Northern Hope Refugee Sponsorship Opportunity to Help

Hi Folks,
Thanks so much for your patience and willingness to help out. I have some info and updates on the sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family for you and it is getting exciting.  We are moving ahead with a family and depending on how quickly things happen, we could have a family here in as little as 6 weeks!  A  form that you can fill out about what areas you are interested in helping and is available through Kim McNabb at the address.  She is helping to co-ordinate all of the teams for getting ready for the family to arrive and for once they are on the ground.  Any questions about roles on the teams could be addressed to her.  Some of the teams are done shortly after they arrive and some require longer commitments.  If you are interested in financial support I can address those questions.
Thanks again for reaching out to those who need a hand up!

Pastor Josh Sklar

3.     Share Your Extra Fruit This Summer:  Operation Fruit Snacks
Extra fruit can be donated, which volunteers dehydrate at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sudbury.     The fruit snacks will be donated to local food programs.    People wanting to donate fruit or to volunteer can go to or call 705 521 6717  Ext. 105

Provincial News
1.     Christian law school’s religious freedom ‘must yield’ to gay demands: Ontario appeals court
TORONTO, June 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Trinity Western University promised to appeal today’s decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal to allow the Ontario legal profession to exclude graduates from TWU’s proposed law school.

2.     TWU (Trinity Western Universtiy) FIGHTS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
June 11, 2016    My Canada
Trinity Western University (TWU) is continuing to struggle for the right to have its proposed law school recognized and future graduates permitted to practice law in all provinces.
Testimonies were presented in BC and Ontario Courts of Appeals this week in attempt to determine whether the law societies have infringed upon the religious freedom of the Christian university by refusing to recognize credentials simply because of the religious beliefs of the school and the students who go there.
TWU requires that all staff and students sign a Community Covenant Agreement which includes the understanding of sexual intimacy being reserved for marriage between one man and one woman. Governing law societies in BC, Nova Scotia and Ontario have refused to grant potential law graduates of TWU the accreditation required to practice law in the provinces, claiming that the university promotes discrimination against the LGBT community.
The denial of accreditation to TWU's law school challenges the freedom of all religious institutions and communities in Canada. Qualified lawyers will not be recognized or permitted to practice law because of their personally-held religious beliefs. This is a complete violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, an affront to all Christian individuals and institutions, and indeed to all Canadians.
Members of the TWU defence and witness teams presenting before the courts this week have asked that the Church continue to uphold this case in prayer in the days and weeks ahead. Please join us in praying:
▪ For wisdom and favour for those fighting on behalf of religious freedom;

. That the judges would fully uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and rule in favour of TWU;

▪ That this would set a precedent of warning to those who would dare attempt to withhold our religious freedom from us in the future.
Thank you for your prayers. May God keep our land glorious and FREE!

3.     Catholic Resources re: ON Sex Ed Curriculum

Resources of how the Catholic Church in Ontario is dealing with the Ministry of Education New Curriculum:

www.Institute for Catholic Education.( ICE)

National News

1.     National Monument  for Canada’s Unborn

Recently the opportunity to establish a national monument for Canada's unborn has presented itself. The monument will be a powerful sculpture in honour of the 3+ million Canadian babies over the last 30 years who were never born. It will be located in the prestigious Beechwood Cemetery in the heart of Ottawa, a short drive from Parliament.

Beechwood was first established in 1873 and now is considered to be one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Canada. To date, it is the final resting place for over 75,000 Canadians including the Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, prominent military officials, RCMP members, Canadian Forces Veterans, and of course, thousands of other Canadians from all walks of life.

This monument will be a powerful statement to our nation and future generations. It will be a validation of these lost lives, a place to honour their lives, for loved ones to mourn their deaths and for believers to pray for the issue of life in Canada. I am wondering if you, your fellowship and/or your business would like to join with us to make this monument a reality by donating towards it?

This project was initially estimated to cost $60,000 (for the land and sculpture). Through what we believe to be God's divine favour, the land, installation & maintenance has already been donated! In addition, if we can raise a deposit of $10,000 by July 1st we can get the sculpture at a $8,750 discount. The total amount we need to raise is $40,000. We have been so encouraged by this favour and believe it is a sign that God's hand is truly on this and that He desires for it to happen.

Some opportunities only come rarely in a life time. We truly believe this is one of those opportunities. We humbly ask you to consider what you can do to make this memorial a reality with us.

Donations will be administrated through V-Kol Media Ministries and will receive a tax deductible receipt.

Cheques can be mailed to: V-Kol Media Ministries, Box 254, 2nd St. E, Grimsby, ON, L3M 4G5. Please include a note: "For Memorial to the Unborn." 100% of the proceeds by check will go to this project, nothing to administration.

Donations can also be made securely by credit card by clicking here. Donations made by credit card will have merchant fees deducted by the bank.

Thank you so much for your consideration in this worthwhile initiative. If you have any questions at all please hit reply or e-mail me personally at and I would be happy to answer you.

God bless you and God bless Canada,

Faytene Grasseschi
National Director - On behalf of TheCRY and MYCanada Team

2.     Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System

When Ontario is short on foster homes, teenagers are routinely housed in hotels, and there is thought of putting infants in group homes.
What happens when the spaces run out?
Enter Safe Families Canada. When children are not in danger of abuse, but the parent is nevertheless isolated or new in the city or country, Safe Families Canada takes pressure off the strained and stretched foster-care system by placing children in approved family homes during a crisis. They simultaneously provide friendship and companionship for the parent throughout the crisis and after it is over.
Read our interview with the executive director of Safe Families Canada, Jennifer Francis: Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System

About Cardus Family
Cardus Family aims to achieve three things. One is to create a larger body of Canadian family research to show the importance of family to building civil society. Another is to bring existing experienced and reliable academic and think-tank voices together in a healthy discussion. And finally, Cardus Family aims to help create a renewed and informed interest in the strength of the Canadian family for our communities and country amongst decision makers, media and the general public.

Follow Cardus on Twitter: @cardusca
Follow Andrea Mrozek on Twitter: @mrozekandrea

3.     The whole legislative process for the Euthanasia bill 'has been a political game,' according to Alex Schadenberg.

By Lianne Laurence

4.     When I Asked My Mom if She’d Abort Had She Known I’d be Disabled, Her Answer Shocked Me

International News
Hillary Clinton finds herself in conflict with her Church on abortion and gay rights

Hazel Torres       09 June 2016

Financial Support Requests

1.     St. Joseph Foundation, Greater Sudbury, Requests Your Support Via The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

2.     Request for Family Support re: Double Lung Transplant

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As most of you know by now, my son Richard who has Cystic Fibrosis is in need of a Double Lung Transplant. This means he will need to move to Toronto in order to be on the transplant list for new lungs.  He was informed that it could take up to a year for the process of the transplant and recovery, therefore he and his family will need to move to Toronto as soon as possible. 
To assist with the expenses, a “Go Fund Me” page has been created to support him with living expenses while in Toronto.  I am hoping that you can circulate the link to the “Go Fund Me” page to your network of friends, family and colleagues in order that he may receive as much exposure as possible to assist with the fundraising efforts.  Please read Richard’s story on the website, here is the link .

Thank you for taking the time to share this with others,  it is very much appreciated,


Claire Vincent-Viau
Volunteer Coordinator
Coordonnatrice des Bénévoles
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

4690 Municipal Road 15| Chelmsford | ON | P0M 1L0
Tel: 705-590-2580 ext. 3334 | Fax: 705-590-3090 |

Caring ... beyond the moment with Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence



1.     Petition and Support Request from J. B. Marjanac for his Oakville Parish
From: J.B. Marjanac [] of  Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in Sudbury

I am working on a project with our church in Oakville, ON which is facing being expropriated by the Halton DIstrict School Board. In an effort to help the HDSB, and keep our parish alive, we offered to split the land, giving the school most of it. Our next door neigbours are an elderly couple with more land than us and we are urging the HDSB to shift their plans just a bit so they would take some of our neighbour's land, and most of our.

Even with our good will, we have found no resolution to the problem as of yet.. We have launched a campaign to lobby the school board trustees to at least hear our appeal.

Unfortunately, the Town of Oakville has made it clear to us that there is absolutely no land to offer us in exchange.

The first step of the process is this petition which we launched, and have almost 2000 signatures so far. Would you be so kind as to share this with the Sudbury Christian community, and your mailing list please.

The link for the petition is

Our FB page is is

If you could ask anyone interested to sign. leave a comment, and share the petition it would make our presentation much stronger.

Thanks very much!

God bless,

John Marjanac

2.     Daffodil Lodge Request

Due to recent budget cuts, the Daffodil Lodge, a vital part of the Cancer Treatment Centre, has lost the money to purchase coffee, tea, and other coffee accessories.
Let’s show them we care!
We will gladly accept your donation of coffee and/or money for food vouchers to buy coffee accessories – part of the Fishin’ For Food Campaign

3.     Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures

We are in desperate need of volunteers to help organize and facilitate our weekly Community Dinners.

Ideally, teams of 3-5 are needed to cook and serve dinner for 40-60 community members residing in the high-risk neighbourhoods of the Flour Mill and the Donovan.

This entirely volunteer-driven initiative takes place every Saturday at our main site located at 450 Morin Avenue.

For more information on how to help, please contact Kallie at or 705-671-1941 ext. 202.

  1. Syrian Refugee Community Store

A non-monetary community store has been established at St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Cedar Street, Sudbury.

The purpose of the store is to allow Syrian newcomer families the dignity of choosing their own clothing and furnishings at no cost.

The store has an immediate need for winter coats for men and boys, there are plenty for the ladies.

If you can assist, please email Gail Grant at (

  1.  Health Science North 6th Floor Request – Clothing and Toiletries
A friend recently learned that there are people admitted to the 6th Floor at Health Science North for mental health issues who do not have sufficient clothing or shoes or toiletries.            If you have any to give away, please bring them to the 6th floor and donate them, as they will be appreciated.
It would be best if items were dropped off to the floor when a reactivation worker is there in order that someone be able to receive them besides nurses who may be too busy.
Items can be dropped off in care of the Reactivation Worker, 6th Floor N., Mon, Wed, Th, Fri between 12 p.m. and  8:30 p.m. or on Tues. between 8 and 4, in order that they don't get turned away.
Park near the Pick Up Zone at the front entrance to Health Science North, leave your flasher lights on, tell the Security person what you are doing, proceed to the 6th Floor.
Thank you!

  1.  Mission Needs Donations of Clothing, Food, Non-Perishables, Finances
The Elgin Street Mission has put out a request for donations of clothing, food, non-perishables, and finances.
As well, citizens are encouraged to organize a fund-raiser and donate the proceeds.
Drop off your items to the Mission.     Go to the back door and ring the bell.        Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call:  705 673 2163     or email       website:
Elgin Street Mission, 344 Elgin Street, Sudbury, ON    P3E 3N9

  1.  Knights of Columbus Seeking New Members
The Knights of Columbus Council #10888 are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact Grand Knight, Ron Jodouin.

  1.  Community Outreach at St. Kevin’s Parish

Help for the Street People
There is a Need for Men's clothing, socks and shoes.
Drop off your donations here at the church
during office hours:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Your donations are to be put on the shelf
at the back door.

  1.  Bread & Roses Food Bank in Capreol

The Bread & Roses food bank in Capreol thanks everyone who is donating food. We are also very much in need of: Coffee,(both ground and instant but not coffee beans) and tea.

  1.  Pregnancy Care Centre and Infant Food Bank in Need of Supplies and Equipment

The Pregnancy Care Centre and Infant Food Bank supports
over 800 families in the Greater Sudbury District and is in
much need of donated infant supplies. If you have gently used
clothing for New Born to Size 4, infant formula, diapers size
5 and 6, Junior Foods and baby wipes, we are in low supply
right now. We will also accept car seats and cribs that have
not expired and any other infant/toddler toys or furniture.
Also, Charitable Donation Receipts will be given for monetary
donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Centre from
Monday to Thursday between 10am -3 pm at 1032 LaSalle
Blvd. ( watch for brick home with Canadian Flag, half
block east of Smith's Market). For further information
please call 705-673-5003 or visit our web site at http://

  1.  Sudbury Right to Life seeks new Office space

Currently the office equipment, supplies, furniture and files of Sudbury Right to Life are in storage.      Sudbury Right to Life is seeking new Office space, that will be affordable and accessible to their members, students, and citizens.

If you know of a spot about 10’ x 10’ that is available in a central part of Sudbury, would you please call Paulette at 705 566 4490

We are trusting God to find this special space!

Media Marvels

1.     Sudbury Author, Anna Sklar,  Announces Book Launch

Hi All!

I'm emailing to let you know that I have a new book series coming out next month!
It's a series of Lunchbox Inserts - Jokes, Riddles, Fun Facts & Trivia, Calculator Word Games, Word Play, Silly Questions & Holiday Jokes.
Each book has enough cut-outs for an entire school year.
The main use for them will most likely be parents (or children) dropping them into their lunchboxes.
But they can also be used at children's camps, churches, pediatric care situations, etc.
AND they can really be used for any age group, I'm just focusing on children as my main audience :)

So... I wanted to let you know about this super-fun project I've been working on for a while.

The books are available right now as digital downloads (pdf format) in my Etsy store - Sklar, Ink for $7.00 CDN each. The complete series is $40.00 CDN. Until December 31, 2016 I am offering an Etsy coupon for 20% off, which brings the prices down to $5.60 CDN each and $32.00 CDN for the complete series.

2.     The Art of the Summer Sabbath

3.     Sudbury park to  be named in honour of D.J. Hancock,  teen killed by drunk driver

4.     People with disabilities do ‘live boldly’ — and they’re not better off dead

June 10, 2016 (LiveActionNews) -- There’s a good chance you’ve seen advertisements for a new movie that has been released. Imploring moviegoers to “live boldly,” “Me Before You” is a drama that is being billed as the next great romance.

In reality, it’s nothing more than a snuff film furthering the message that people are better dead than disabled. Based on a novel by British novelist Jojo Moyes, the plotline is being slammed by disability advocates who are calling for people to boycott the film.

For full details:

5.     12 Greater Sudbury Clergy Give the Most Important Message of Their Lives

As part of the Spring Sharathon, Kfm Christian Radio asked 12 local members of the Clergy to give the last message of their lives in 15 minutes.

To listen to what they said, go to, Final 15 on the right side of the home page, and click.

Many thanks to Dan Thomson of Image Video who vimeoed these messages.

  1. Apostle Entertainment

Apostle Entertainment is a full service production company located in Sudbury, servicing Northern Ontario.  With a large selection of professional audio visual equipment and effects, we specialize in customization.  From small private functions and corporate events to large scale productions and weddings we work closely with our clients to bring visions to life.  With several years in the industry, qualified staff and strategic partners work together to provide a one stop shop for all your event needs.

Call us today to inquire of one or more of the following services...   Event planning,  décor, disk jockey services,  photographer,  rentals,  officiant,  installations,  and more.

Adrian Smith operations manager (705) 822-8069  or toll free 1 (888) 477-5403

Check out our facebook page for media

  1. Greater Sudbury Contacts Regarding Syrian Refugee Sponsorship

Coordination website:

For those who want to help, but not act as a sponsor themselves, can donate to community groups who are already established.  People who would like to partner with a local community group, sponsor a family, or volunteer their time are encouraged to email

 Volunteers Needed

If you are newly retired, or you can spare some time to volunteer, we are in great need of volunteers here at
Holy Redeemer Food Bank. Our food bank serves clients in the Minnow Lake area. If you are interested,
please drop by the Church office, Monday thru Friday to pick up an application form. Or call the office 566-
8330 and leave your name and number. Volunteers are required for several positions:
1) Pick up food at Sudbury Food Bank weekly or large loads once a month.
2) Purchase food weekly or by-monthly.
Most jobs will take 1-2 hours per week. The Sudbury Food Bank downtown is only open in the day time.
Volunteers can determine how many hours they are willing to give.
Thank You For helping feed people in need.

2.     Sudbury Hosting International Mine Rescue Event
>>> "Helen Loiselle" 6/20/2016 2:47 PM >>>
We are looking for volunteers for the 2016 International Mine Rescue Competition being hosted by Canada for the first time ever in Sudbury.
Sudbury is expecting over 300 competitors and delegates from around the world.  We want to ensure that this is an example of the finest hospitality Sudbury has to offer.
Some of the volunteer positions we are looking to fill are:
Ambassadors – Teams of 2 or 3 volunteers will be designated to each team to help support them while in Sudbury. 
Ambassadors will help with directions to events and activities, give suggestions for food and entertainment during their visit, accompany teams to and from the opening and closing ceremonies, work with organizing committee on any issue that arise during the event.  Language skills in Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian or Vietnamese would be a huge asset.
Parking and Sight Patrol – Volunteers would help to direct traffic in parking lots, ensure competitors and guest know where they are going, and make event officials aware of any issues that arise at various events leading up to and during the competition.
Event Volunteers – Help to ensure events run smoothly, organize water stations, help out organizing committee as needed
If you are interested in being part of this amazing event fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM.
 Or go to or for more information.

Helen Loiselle
Program Manager
Volunteer Sudbury/Bénévolat Sudbury

Be part of this international event and volunteer!

3.     CNIB Volunteer Opportunities

Reception Assistant - Sudbury
Reception Assistants provide community-based support by assisting with reception duties. They welcome and direct people coming into the CNIB office. They answer the phone and redirect calls to the appropriate person.

Sudbury Golf Committee Members
Golf Committee Members contribute to planning and executing the event to raise funds in support of CNIB’s mission.

Become a CNIB Vision Mate!
Vision Mate volunteers provide one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Approved activities include: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, social visiting. Vision Mates usually visit a client for one or two hours a week, in the client’s home or other suitable environment, at a mutually convenient time.
Contact Us! North Region Volunteer Services
Online Volunteer Application Form

Rose Jobin-White – Northeast Region
1-888-659-1843, ext. 5418

  1. Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures
We are in desperate need of volunteers to help organize and facilitate our weekly Community Dinners.

Ideally, teams of 3-5 are needed to cook and serve dinner for 40-60 community members residing in the high-risk neighbourhoods of the Flour Mill and the Donovan.

This entirely volunteer-driven initiative takes place every Saturday at our main site located at 450 Morin Avenue.

For more information on how to help, please contact Kallie at or 705-671-1941 ext. 202.

  1.   Teach English to Syrian Refugee Children
One of the local groups sponsoring a Syrian Family to Sudbury is looking for someone to teach English to Syrian children.
If you are interested or require more information, please contact Tony Chezzi at

  1. Volunteer Driver Needed
Société St-Vincent de Paul Society
Conférence St Benedict Labre Conferenc
553 rue Lavoie St.
Sudbury ON P3B 2B4

Volunteer driver needed for cargo van of St-Vincent de Paul
Society in Sudbury, to pick up or deliver furniture to people
in need. You need to have a valid driver`s license and be
available one or two days per week.
If interested call Sr. Marie at 705-470-5008.

7.     Sudbury Right to Life/Sudbury Pro-Life Seeking Board members

Please call Marguerite Groulx to find out all about it:        705 524 6384

About the small room for the Sudbury Right to Life maybe you can add my telephone number or call 705-674-1700 and they can leave a message and I will call them back.

Would you be able to add the Sudbury Christian Newsletter that we are looking for people to volunteer for the Sudbury Right to Life we need more people to join and they can call 705-524-6384.

Can you say that this is a very important to get to know what it is all involved and what it is all about.  Our older members are getting older and they need a break so we need new people to motivate everyone.  We would like someone to work on the website, treasurer and many more.  If you want to join we have a meeting every Tuesday at the end of the month at 1:30 p.m. for more information call the office at 705-674-1700.

8.     Sudbury Salvation Army Seeking Volunteers for new project
As folks are doing their winter cleaning our Thrift Store is being blessed with an abundance of donations - so much so that we are struggling to keep up! If you have some time to help us out with sorting and processing of donations, we would love the hear from you.
Please contact Valerie McInall for a volunteer registration form.      Or stop by our office at 634 Notre Dame and drop it off to Valerie. We will then set a time to meet with you and to discuss the position.  In the meantime if you have any specific questions please feel free to give Valerie a call at 705-673-5893.
Our Thrift Store is located at 634 Notre Dame, Sudbury. Hours are 9-5 / Monday to Saturday.
Thanks for everything you do and have a great day!
Sally Anne

Daily Chuckle

At a wedding ceremony, the pastor asked if anyone had anything to say concerning the union of the bride and groom. It was their time to stand up and talk, or forever hold their peace. The moment of utter silence was broken by a young, beautiful woman carrying a child started walking toward the pastor slowly.
Everything quickly turned to chaos. The bride slapped the groom. The groom's mother fainted. The groomsmen started giving each other looks and wondering how best to help save the situation.
The pastor asked the woman, "Can you tell us why you came forward?
What do you have to say?"
The woman replied, "We can't hear in the back."


While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our
minister heard the intoning of a
prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his
5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin.
Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had
secured a small box and cotton
batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of
the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the
appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned
his version of what he thought his father always said:
'Glory be unto the Father, and unto the Son, and into
the hole he goes.


A little boy
opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he
fingered through the old
pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He
picked up the object and
looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been
pressed in between the
pages. 'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called
out. 'What have you got there, dear?'

With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,
'I think it's Adam's underwear!'

              ( How To Describe The Bible in 50 Words! )

                                    God made
                                    Adam bit
                                    Noah arked
                                    Abraham split
                                    Joseph ruled
                                    Jacob fooled

                                    Bush talked
                                    Moses balked
                                    Pharaoh plagued
                                    People walked
                                    Sea divided
                                    Tablets guided
                                    Promise landed
                                    Saul freaked
                                    David peeked
                                    Prophets warned
                                    Jesus born

                                    God walked
                                    Love talked                       
                                    Anger crucified
                                    Hope died
                                    Love rose
                                    Spirit flamed
                                    Word spread
                                    God remained.

Words of Wisdom

Sandpaper Man

Do you have that special someone in your life who always rubs you the wrong way? Our tendency is to avoid them at all cost, but Jesus actually commands us to embrace them.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” Matt 6:43-44.
This is one of those “hard sayings” of the Bible. Our pride and vanity are easily injured when abused, and we end up “doing to others what they have done unto us.” This is not the Golden Rule no matter how justified we may feel.
Anytime we allow our emotions to rule our actions, we are walking according to the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 identifies some of the works of the flesh: outbursts of wrath, hatred, jealousy, selfish ambitions and dissensions. In any argument, more than one of these “works” will raise its ugly head.
The key to walking according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh is by not taking the offense personal even though it looks, sounds, and feels like it is. Jesus was “hated without a cause” (Jn 15:25), and so are we who walk by His counsel.
It takes true grit to embrace our Sandpaper Man, but when we do we’ll find that his coarseness actually smooths a few rough edges of our own.

Editor: Danika Gravelle>
© 2016 – All rights reserved.

Our Mission as God’s People    

“Our mission as God’s people today is the same one God gave to the Israelites, the same one Jesus gave to his disciples.   We are to live obediently within the world so that through us, it may know that our God is the one true God.
God’s partners have always struggled to carry out this task faithfully.  A Jewish rabbi describes the options as assimilating, separating, or engaging the culture to which we seek to make God known.  Lot separated and had little influence on the world around him.  Lot assimilated and became much like the oppressive people of the city in which he lived.  Abraham lived a righteous life and was known as a ‘prince of God’ by his neighbors. And Western Christianity tends to separate our walk with God from our responsibility to the world in which he has placed us.
My hope is that many of us will seek to engage our culture and be a blessing wherever God places us.”
(p. 14     Israel’s Mission:  Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World    Ray Vander Laan)

The Dart Test...

      A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in
  a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr Smith.  She says
  that Dr Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.
  Now one particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and
  knew they were in for a fun day.

      On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many
  darts.  Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of some-
  one that they disliked, or someone who had made them angry,
  and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.

      Sally's friend drew a picture of  who had stolen her boyfriend.
  Another friend drew a picture of his little brother.  Sally drew a
  picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her
  drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was very
  pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.

      The class lined up and began throwing darts.  Some of the
  students threw their darts with such force that their targets were
  ripping apart.  Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled
  with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits,
  asked the students to return to their seats.  As Sally sat thinking
  about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to
  throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smith began removing the
  target from the wall.

      Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus.  Needless to
  say a hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled
  picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and
  His eyes were pierced.

      It was then that Dr. Smith said only these words... "I TELL YOU
  ME."  ( MATTHEW 25:40. ) 

Why Go To Church
A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can't remember a single one of them. So I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor.
It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
When you are DOWN to nothing . . . God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, Believes the incredible and Receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!
- Unknown
Contributed by Carole Embry

                                 The U in JesUs

               Before U were thought of or time had begun,
               God even stuck U in the name of His Son.
               And each time U pray, you'll see it's true
               You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.
               You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
               For U, He was born; that's why He came.
               And His great love for U is the reason He died.
               It even takes U to spell crUcified.
               Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand,
               He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?

               The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
               and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.
               When JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension,
               He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.
               "Go into the world and tell them it's true,
               That I love them all - Just like I love U."
               So many great people are spelled with a U,
               Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?
               It all depends now on what U will do,
               He'd like them to know, But it all starts with U.
                                                --- Author Unknown

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