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Sudbury Christian Messenger October 2018 Edition


 A WORD FITLY SPOKEN IS LIKE APPLES OF GOLD  IN SETTINGS OF SILVER. 
        ( PROVERBS 25:11 *NKJV )

HE WHO HEEDS THE WORD WISELY WILL FIND GOOD, AND WHOEVER TRUSTS IN THE LORD, HAPPY IS HE.                   ( PROVERBS 16:20 *NKJV )

"FIGHT TRUTH DECAY - STUDY THE BIBLE DAILY."

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”       2 Timothy 4:7

TABLE OF CONTENTS – NEW EVENTS
  1. Messy Church  |October 2  |Copper Cliff
  2. Greater Sudbury Blessing to God for Animals  |October 4  |Sudbury – Central
  3. Sudbury Right to Life/Respect Pour la Vie  |October 9  |Sudbury – Downtown
  4. CTV Lions’ Children’s Christmas Telethon Auditions  |October 13  |Sudbury – Central
  5. Yard Sale  |October 13  |New Sudbury
  6. Christian Singles 25-40 Hang-Out and Networking Event  |October 13  |Sudbury - Central
  7. Global Leadership Summit  |October 18 and 19  |Sudbury
  8.  We are Free Tour - Jon Neufeld & Caves  |October 18 |New Sudbury
  9. Celebration of New Ministry  |October 20  |Sudbury - WestEnd
  10. Thé Bazar/Bazaar Tea  |October 21  |Sudbury - Central
  11. CWL Harvest Tea & Bazaar  |October 21  |Sudbury – Central
  12. Camp Norland Fundraiser  |October 21  |Warren
  13. Host Homes Needed  for NET |October 24 – November 3  |Greater Sudbury
  14. Kfm Christian Radio Fall Sharathon  |October 25  |Sudbury & Mid-Northern Ontario
  15. Save the Date:  Elgin Street Mission Fall Fundraiser  |October 26  |Sudbury
  16. 2018 National Euthanasia Symposium  |October 27  |Winnipeg
  17. Ladies’ Day  |November 3  |Sudbury Central
  18. Parliament of the World's Religions  |November 1-7  |Toronto

TABLE OF CONTENTS – RECURRING EVENTS
        1.  Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  | Saturdays  |Sudbury
        2.  Wanup Chapel Service  |First Sunday of the Month |Wanup
        3.  Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  | Mondays  |New Sudbury
        4.  Adult Children of Alcoholics  |September 3  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
        5.  Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan
        6.  Overeaters Anonymous  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury-West End
        7.  Bingo  |Tuesdays  |Chelmsford
        8.  Co-Dependents Anonymous  |Wednesdays  |Minnow Lake
        9.  New Beginnings Support Group  |Wednesdays  |New Sudbury
        10.  Gamblers Anonymous  |Wednesdays  |
        11.  BASIC Recovery Group  |Wednesdays  |Sudbury - Donovan
        12.  Overeaters Anonymous  |Thursdays  |Sudbury - Downtown

PRAYERS & PRAISE
Prayers for Upcoming Municipal Elections
Prayer for more involvement from Greater Sudbury Christians in the pro-life movement
The Call to Prayer for Canadians

SPECIAL REQUESTS
Dedication Stones at Sudbury’s Holy Mountain – The Grotto
Santa for Free …………..there’s a catch!

PROVINCIAL NEWS
Empowering Our Children to Thrive in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture:  Parents & Church Must Become Primary Educators on Matters Sexual
Information about the ON Sex Ed Curriculum
Minister Hadju Consulting with MPs, Stakeholders, on Changes to Canada Summer Jobs process

NATIONAL NEWS
How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next Federal
CBC News : Vatican 'owes God an apology' over abuse allegations:  N.L. activist's letter
Canadian Memorial for the Unborn - update
How Justin Trudeau turned June’s G7 meeting into a feminist disaster
Canadian liberal politicians who hate Trump are really the ones causing hatred and division

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Why Jack Phillips’ win at the Supreme Court was a win for Christian conservatives

CITIZEN RESPONSE
Request for Petitions re: Religious Freedom to be sent to MPs
Calling out Activist Judges – re: Justice Robert DelFrate of Sudbury

FINANCIAL SUPPORT REQUESTS
Toronto Right to Life Association Fundraising for Court litigation re: Summer Jobs Grant Attestation

HELP NEEDED
Volunteers Needed at Elgin Street Mission Clothing Room
HSN Kirkwood Site requires outerwear for male and female patients
Pregnancy Care Center Seeking Two Volunteers
Yarn donations needed
Volunteers Needed at Health Sciences North
Inner City Home Needs Volunteers
Household Items – St. Vincent de Paul
Volunteer for PAFE   (Parents as First Educators)

MEDIA MARVELS
Brand new episodes of Defending Life and The Catholic View for Women are now airing on EWTN with new airing times!
Worldwide Radio
Humpty Dumpty Deserved to Fall – by Barbara Kay        July 2018
Championing Religious Freedom in the Public Square – A Catholic’s Duty
Interview Podcast with Trinity Western University President regarding change in student Community Covenant

DAILY CHUCKLE
The Dead Church
What’s Your Religion?

WORDS OF WISDOM
Sudbury faith: Jesus offers a solid foundation     By Rev. Mira Salmelainen
Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life.  (Adapted from Thomas Armstrong, The Human Odyssey:  New York:  Sterling, 2008



  NEW Events


  1.  Messy Church  |October 2  |Copper Cliff

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:45 – 7pm
Messy Church

Free event for all ages
Fun, fellowship, activities and a free meal
Tuesday, October 2, 4:45 – 7 pm
St. John the Divine, Copper Cliff
705.522.1639


  1.  Greater Sudbury Blessing to God for Animals  |October 4  |Sudbury – Central


This e mail is to invite you all and your faith community to join with me on Thursday Oct. 4 the day that commemorates the death of St. Francis of Assisi. His feast day is a popular time for the BLESSING OF ANIMALS.

Whatever is done is in no way a blessing of the animals/pets but a BLESSING of the loving Creator - Father. It is a brief word from Scripture and words of praise, thanksgiving and blessing spoken to God  NOT to or over the animals.

So in the spirit of coming together for this brief event (to kick start some local ecumenical efforts ) I invite you to invite your community to join together on Thursday Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church. The Blessing is no longer than 15 minutes- if that long.

If you do invite your people please ask them to leash their animals or if necessary to cage them. It is always a fun event not just for children but also for older people whose pets are a gift from God to be their companions.

Peace and joy to all.

Monsignor Jim Hutton, St. Patrick’s Church, Walford Road, Sudbury


  1.  Sudbury Right to Life/Respect Pour La Vie  |October 9  |Sudbury – Downtown

General Meeting & Elections

1:00 pm             

109 Elm Street West      (enter via the side door of the building; go to Room S8 in the basement of the building)

There is an urgent need to have more people involved!


  1.  CTV Lions’ Children’s Christmas Telethon Auditions  |October 13  |Sudbury – Central

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10am – 4pm
CTV Lions’ Children’s Christmas Telethon Auditions
Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14
10 am to 4 pm

First come first served

Download your form in advance!
ctvlionstelethon.ca



  1.  Yard Sale  |October 13  |New Sudbury

The Church of the Ascension, 1476 Spark Street, Sudbury, is having a yard sale on Saturday, October 13 between 8 a.m and 3 p.m.

Friday, October 12: You can drop off of Yard Sale items between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All welcome. Please come and join us!


  1.  Christian Singles 25-40 Hang-Out and Networking Event  |October 13  |Sudbury - Central
Christian singles hang-out and networking event, for ages 25-40 around the Sudbury area.
I know there are a lot of us out there, attending different churches, and we don’t always know there are others in our stage of life.  We can network, play games, eat, listen to music, etc.
If you want to bring a snack to share or a game to play, feel free to do so.
Location, All Nations Church, 414 St Raphael Street.
Date/Time: October 13, 6:30-9:30pm
For more information, please email alicebom@hotmail.com                   Spread the good news!

  1.  Save the Date:  Global Leadership Summit - North  |October 18 and 19  |Sudbury
Glad Tidings Church will again host the Global Leadership Summit  - North  this year October 18 and 19
Your leadership matters. You have influence and the ability to positively impact your community and world. No matter where your influence is – in your family, school, work or church – when you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins! Join 445,000 people around the world for two days of world-class leadership training. This event will be taking place at Glad Tidings Church on October 18 and 19. To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to register, please visit https://gtsudbury.ca/gls/
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING AT A PREMIER HOST SITE:
Networking opportunities with other influencers from your community
Reduced cost and time spent on travel
Learning with your team in a setting close to home
TOPICS INCLUDE:
Strengthening leadership through mentors, staying hungry and fighting complacency, eliminating barriers to innovation and productivity, leading with cultural intelligence, high-performing strategies for time management, and leading with a hospitality quotient.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to register, please visit https://gtsudbury.ca/gls/

  1.  We are Free Tour – Jon Neufeld & Caves  |October 18 |New Sudbury
New Sudbury Pentecostal Church, 264 Levesque Street
7:00 pm              Doors open 6:30 pm
$15 for an individual;     $50 for a family

  1.  Celebration of New Ministry + Trinity Lutheran Sudbury  |October 20  |Sudbury - WestEnd
Friends,
We have a celebration in the Northern Ministry area as Trinity in Sudbury welcomes their new pastor Thomas Arth.  The installation service will be on Saturday, October 20th at 2pm.  You and your communities are invited to join in the celebration.  If you cannot be present physically I ask that you include Trinity and Thomas in your community’s prayers as this new ministry begins.
Please also note that clergy are invited to vest (colour being green).
Peace,
Brad+
  1.   Thé Bazar/Bazaar Tea  |October 21  |Sudbury Central
Thé Bazar: Le 21 octobre de 10h00 à 14h00 à la Paroisse Ste-Anne-des-Pins.
Adultes - 4$, Enfants de 10 ans et moins - 1$.
Bazaar tea: On Sunday October 21st in the Ste-Anne-des-Pins parish hall from 10a.m. to 2p.m.
Adults - 4$; children (10 years and under) - 1$.

  1.  CWL Harvest Tea & Bazaar  |October 21  |Sudbury - Central
St. Patrick's CWL Harvest Tea & Bazaar
Sponsor St. Patrick's Parish CWL
Time : Doors Open 11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Date Sunday, October 21, 2018
39 Walford Road, Sudbury, ON P3E 2H2
St. Patrick's CWL Harvest Tea
Baking, homemade pasta, pasta sauce, crostoli, penny table, books, crafts, 50/50 draw and door prize. Something for everyone.
Admission: Adult $5.00; Children (5-12 yrs) $2.00
For more Information Contact: Zenaida Odense 705 522-0194

  1.  Camp Norland Fundraiser  |October 21  |Warren
October 21st - 2:30 to 6pm Warren Golden Age Hall.
2:30 pm  Presentation and Silent Auction begins
3-5pm Country Music show
featuring Bonita & High Tide; with guest Klaus Saari;
5pm Spaghetti Supper.
This is a Ticketed Event Fund-raiser for Camp Norland.
Adults: $20 advance [$22 at the door]
Children under 10 - $10 Families $50
Tickets can be purchased by calling Lee at 705 675 1617 [Sudbury] or Steve at 705 594 2610 [Warren]
Hope you will join us. Bring a friend. It has been great fun with good food for a Sunday afternoon (for only $20). It is a 45 min. drive from the Costco corner.

  1.  Host Homes Needed  for NET |October 24 – November 3  |Greater Sudbury
The National Evangelization Team in Canada, made up of young Catholic adults is coming to Sudbury
from October 24 to November 2nd.
The young adult team members are in need of a place to sleep and meals during their stay.
If you can welcome two of them into your home or have any questions, please contact Fr. Sam D’Angelo, the coordinator of NET for Sudbury, at standrewpriest@gmail.comor by phone at 705-566-1876.
Your help will make it possible for the NET team to proclaim the Gospel to the youth in our schools and churches.
Thank you for your consideration!
  1.  Kfm Christian Radio  Fall Sharathon  |October 25  |mid-northern Ontario
Sharathon is an exciting time where we all get together and support keeping Jesus on the airwaves of Northern Ontario. You can find us at our studio locations in Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins & Sault Ste. Marie!
It’s no secret that many ministries go on the air every day and ask for money. This has been a thorn in the side of believers and non-believers alike. When people tune into KFM, we want them to hear the clear message of the love of God, not appeal after appeal for money. Years ago we came up with a policy that we would only ask for money twice a year.
Our Sharathon has turned into a huge day of celebration. Our team fasts and prays for this day, and God’s people always come through and help us stay on the air – and keep us growing across Northern Ontario. Over the last few years, Sharathon has grown into a “Prayer-athon”.
We will also have LIVE worship hours at noon and at 6pm – so listen-in during this incredible time of corporate worship.
If you live in Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, or Sault Ste. Marie – you are invited to join us live at our studios. You can also WATCH the entire Sharathon LIVE on your computer or smartphone!
So please join us in praying that God will make His presence known on this upcoming Sharathon, taking place October 25th.
Has Christian radio made a positive difference in your life?
Here’s your opportunity to “pay back” and “pay forward”
Support this listener-funded blessing!
Drop by the Kfm station on Lasalle Blvd. to donate, visit, check it out, have a snack, meet some kindred spirits
Listen to The K from whichever part of mid-northern Ontario you reside!           In Sudbury it’s 95.5 fm

  1.  “Giving Back”:  Elgin Street Mission Fall Fundraiser  |October 26  |Sudbury
@ Steelworkers Hall
Our fall fundraiser “Giving Back”
This year’s fall Gala will be Friday October 26th, 2018
 6:30pm Doors open at 5:30.
Silent/Live Auctions, Penny Table, Fundraising Buffet Dinner
Location: Steelworkers Hall 66 Brady Street, Sudbury ON
Music by Catherine & Ron Clairmont
Cost: $60.00 per person

  1.  2018 National Euthanasia Symposium  |October 27  |Winnipeg
“License to Care not Licence to Kill”
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Winnipeg
With Keynote Speaker Hon. Nick Goiran, Liberal MP, Western Australia
Registration (includes lunch) $50
Live Simulcast $30
Call 1 877 439 3348 or register onlilne:  www.epcc.ca

  1. Ladies’ Day  |November  3 |Sudbury Central
All Nations Church presents
Ladies’ Day ………..to  Know     GROW     Go
Speaker:  Janice Hembrie    and Daughter Corie        Google:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/quick-study-television/
Janice Hembree and her husband, Ron, are Pastors at Good Friends Fellowship in Orangeville Ontario. They started the Quick Study TV ministry along with founder Ron Hembree in 1990. Corie Hembree is currently in formal studies for Biblical Archeology and Theology
Musicians:  Dominica Frometa and “The Fold”
Featuring Interactions and Breakout Sessions
Includes Refreshments, Lunch, Takeaway, and Prayer
Cost:  Before October 21, 2018 - $40.00             After October 21, 2018 - $50.00
Special for Students:  $20.00
Early Bird Registrants will be entered into a draw for a special gift.
To Register:
Invite a friend, and plan for a God-day, designed just for you!
Call 705 673 6110 for more information             

  1. Parliament of the World’s Religions  |November 1-7  |Toronto
The Parliament of World Religions meets irregularly this year in Toronto... sponsored by the Global Interfaith Movement
( Early Registration is $350 US. )
cid:part3.71418D0C.3D075004@gmail.com
  RECURRING Events

  1.  Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |September 1 and every Saturday  |Sudbury

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

40 Notre Dame

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 40 Notre Dame Avenue, Corner of Notre Dame Ave. & Louis  St. 

St. Mary’s is very proud to have been awarded the very distinguished and rare, “Ontario Architecture Landmark Award,” in 2016.  Look for the five heavenly overhead domes!


Church Office 705-675-8244,   Kitchen 705-675-1581

St. MARY'S UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
40 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, On. P3C 5K2  Tel. 705-675-8244  Kitchen: 705-675-1581
http://saintmarysudbury.com/ Email: stmaryssudbury@yahoo.ca
Pastor: Rev. Fr. Peter Bodnar 
Divine Liturgy: Saturdays at 4 pm in English; Sundays at 9:00 am in Ukrainian and 10:30 am in English


  1. Wanup Chapel Service   |First Sunday of the Month   |Wanup
Come -  Come and see  -God just wants be with you and so do we

JOIN US AT THE LITTLE WANUP CHAPEL                 Highway 537  (near Hwy 69 end)  l minute past Wanup Store on right hand side
                                                                                                                                    

                                 EVERYONE IS WELCOME         

Regular Service Information:

On 1st Sunday of the month  at 2.30 pm

Refreshments served after each  service


A WARM WELCOME AWAITS ALL WHO COME AND JOIN US…

Further information – contact Mavis White  706-524-5820 or maviswhitewhite@hotmail.com 


  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  | Mondays  |New Sudbury

Every Monday at the Church of the Ascension, 1476 Sparks Street, New Sudbury

7;30-8:30 pm

For further information, please contact 705 674 6217


  1. Adult Children of Alcoholics  | Mondays  |Minnow Lake

Every Monday, at Holy Redeemer Church, 1887 Bancroft Drive, in the basement

7:00 pm

For further information, please contact 705 929 1627



  1.  Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan

Does someone’s drinking affect you?

Al-Anon meetings take place every Tuesday

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 264 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury – Donovan area

7:00 pm.


  1.  Overeaters Anonymous  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – West End

Tuesdays, meetings at the rear entrance of the old Pinegate Centre

6-7 pm

Phone 705 207-0877 for more information



  1.  Bingo  |Tuesdays  |Chelmsford

Every Tuesday

St. Alexander’s Church, 100 Gaudette Street, Chelmsford

Minis 6 pm; majors 7:30 pm

Cash only


  1.  Co-Dependents Anonymous  |Wednesdays  |Minnow Lake

12-step meeting for people who desire healthy relationships.

7-8 pm

Holy Redeemer Parish, 1887 Bancroft Drive   (door on right from the main entrance upstairs)

Phone 705 562-9801


  1.  New Beginnings Support Group  |Wednesdays  |New Sudbury

For divorced, separated, and widowed.

Offering weekly support during crisis on Wednesdays

At St. Stephen’s on the Hill, 1248 Lauzon Street   

6:30-8:30 pm

Contact 705 919 3131


  1.  Gambling Problem?  |Wednesdays  |

We can help.

Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays

7 pm

Phone:  705 988 3410


  1.  BASIC Recovery Group  |Wednesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan

Becoming a soldier in Christ

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

426 Burton Avenue, Sudbury

Contact Information:

Guy Langlois:  705 618 5984
basicrecovery@gracefamilysudbury.com


  1.  Overeaters Anonymous  |Thursdays  |Sudbury – Downtown

Thursdays, meetings held at All Nations Church, St. Raphael Street

12-1 pm

Phone 705 207 0098 for more information



Prayer & Praise

Prayer for Upcoming Municipal Elections

Thanks be to God for all those who have put their names forward to run for Greater Sudbury Council.      It’s challenging to make big decisions.     May God bless us to be informed, wise, and discerning, to elect the best Candidates.

Prayer for more involvement in the Greater Sudbury pro-life movement

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the faithful few who are active in Greater Sudbury’s pro-life movement.     They are mainly from the Roman Catholic Church.     By your Holy Spirit, may people from other Denominations, faith groups, and those with pro-life worldview come forward to be involved.
…”I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest .”   John 4:35


The Call to Prayer for Canadians

Tenderhearted - Pray that the Lord softens the hearts of His people to the place that we are truly tenderhearted towards Him, but also each other and the world around us. With anger and hostility rising in the world, pray that we walk instead in the radical kindness of Jesus. Eph 4:32
Marriages - Intercede for the strengthening of marriages, especially within the Church. Pray for forgiveness, deep levels of communication and for marriages to grow rich in love. Cry out for those with unbelieving spouses, that the Lord would woo these ones to Himself.
Universities - One of Canada's greatest battlegrounds is our university and college campuses. Pray for Christian students and faculty. Pray for campus ministries to be filled with the fire of God. Contend for revival to sweep the campuses, with thousands coming to Christ.

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH

The scriptures reveal God's amazing vision of His Church.
Each month we will focus on a different aspect of the Church, as revealed in scripture, and pray that that aspect would be revived.
This month we focus on:


The Church is the Body of Christ
Eph 4:4 | Rom 12:4,5 | 1 Cor12:12-31 | Col 1:18
This means:
all members are needed and valued- pray we would be filled with love and healed from independence
we were meant to be united- pray for this to tangibly increase
all members have spiritual gifts- pray these are activated, matured and used to build up the whole


Special Requests

  1. Dedication Stones at The Grotto on Sudbury’s Holy Mountain

The Friends of the Grotto have completed the installation of Dedication Stones in front of the Stations of the Cross at The Grotto off VanHorne Street.

Additional Dedication Stones are available for purchase.     They will be installed next Spring, 2019.

Proceeds from the stones’ sale will be used to continue yearly maintenance of The Grotto. 

For more information, call Marguerite Groulx at 705-524-6384 or send an email to Groulx_margo@outlook.com

Editor’s Note:  The Dedication Stones can be purchased in your name, or for your family.   


  1. Santa for Free ……………there’s a catch

Ron Tait, who is Santa for Hire, wants to bless the Pregnancy Care Center this Christmas season .

If you are not an existing client of Ron’s, and have an event scheduled where you want to have Santa visit, please call Ron, and he’ll donate his fee to the Pregnancy Care Center

Cal Ron at              705 692 1775                  rontait38@gmail.com


Provincial News
Empowering Our Children to Thrive in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture

Parents & Church Must Become Primary Educators on Matters Sexual

What will our children be learning in school and how can we ensure that the content is consistent with the values of the home?  There is so much conflict and misunderstanding around the issue of sexual health instruction. There is need for a long term solution - should we be depending on the government to provide this?

Alexa Taylor (Reporter, Recorder and Times) wrote a wonderful article helping to explain the difference between the 2015 curriculum with the 2010 (Revised Curriculum) which has been re-issued for classroom use. It is a good summary of what the government is asking teachers to cover while the consultation process moves forward. You can access the article here (https://www.recorder.ca/news/canada/ontario-sex-ed-interim-2010-curriculum-versus-2015/wcm/64782c27-e046-467b-847b-cf2ef82a34c0
The media inaccurately reports we are going back to the 1998 curriculum, however the curriculum was revised in 2010. At that time the same concerns were raised over the "sexual health" component of the curriculum, and that strand was removed and the 1998 sexual health content inserted. It is important to note that not the entire curriculum is going back to 1998 - only one very small component - sexual health which is only 4 to 6 hours of instruction per year.
It must be understood that this does not prevent instruction in other subjects areas that affirms other sexual lifestyles, gender identity, gender fluidity, and other components that many have been concerned about. This falls under the ministry of education and school board's equity instruction policies.
Adding to the conflict is the Elementary Teachers' Federation which has been encouraging teachers to continue with the 2015 curriculum, and is taking the government to court over the limitations on instruction.
The reality is we do live in a secular and pluralistic society. It is wonderful that this government is listening and at least opening up discussions. BUT we have a huge task ahead:
1) People of faith need to learn about the issue so they can accurately engage with credibility on the subject during the public discussions.
2) We must consider Psalms 20:7 which states, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. We must stop depending on the government to be the sole instructor of our children on matters sexual.  Governments change - we could be back to the same curriculum in less than 4 years.  Parents and the church must take responsibility for sexuality instruction so that our children will make decisions that are healthy, medically accurate and also in alignment with scripture.

3) Research shows that the most effective agent of influence on sexual decision making are parents and church. Unfortunately both feel ill-equipped and as a result we default all authority to secular society which is more than willing to influence our children
4) If we take responsibility and instruct our children on the medical facts that support scripture on this important issue, and at the same time instruct that God gives us the right to choose and we need to accept those who choose differently we are empowering our children to "thrive in a hyper-sexualized, secular culture".
PEACE has resources to equip parents and the church to empower children and youth to "thrive in a hyper-sexualized, secular culture."
Check our our programs and training at www.peaceontatio.com.

PEACE Proposal to Ontario Government

The provincial government is putting into place a mechanism for parents to provide input into education. We have been told that there will be "town-hall conference calls", and various ways for the community to provide input on sex education, science, math, cell phones in schools, etc.

PEACE has developed a proposal for the provincial government on sex education. Please find this proposal attached and use the information contained to help you to develop your input into this important issue. (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c9bcbdef8b6fd802a459e78e4/files/b20ea1f1-cb0a-48ed-a86f-16ea6db3db36/Provincial_Sex_Ed_Proposal_July_1_2018.pdf)

The reality is that we live in a pluralistic province, and that sexual health instruction is a values-laden subject area, and parents would handle it in different ways. For this reason, it may be best to develop a choice in sex education - one based on Comprehensive Sex Ed, and one on Sexual Risk Avoidance.  Parents could choose the program they believe is best for their child.  Would be possible then to track the results and see if it makes a difference.

Our first priority is that parents and the church would take responsibility for instructing children and youth on sexuality. It would be wonderful if this could be complemented in the schools.


Minister Consulting with MPs, Stakeholders, on Changes to Canada Summer Jobs

Minister Hajdu is consulting with MPs and stakeholders on changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program for 2019. Take a few minutes to remind your MP of your concerns with the attestation and ask for changes. See our sample letter to MPs.


PAFE – Parents as First Educators – Update from Tanya Granic Allen

Last Friday (September 7, 2018)  I delivered over 12,000 petitions in support of repealing the Wynne sex-ed, in addition to the nearly 10,000 submitted last month to Queen’s Park. And we still have thousands more pouring in.

Our petition was truly a grassroots effort: hundreds of volunteers helped us collect signatures on paper from the thousands of parents and concerned Ontarians who support the repeal of Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex-ed curriculum.

Meanwhile, there has been no such grassroots effort from parents on the other side of the debate.
Special interest groups like the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario are making a lot of noise with press conferences and a court injunction, but they don’t represent parents or children in Ontario.

Political strategists and commentators are saying the legal challenges the Ford government is facing are “more akin to ‘sour grapes’ from political foes who were defeated in this June's election.”
A political scientist from the University of Toronto, Nelson Wiseman, says the litigation against the Ford government represents an assault on democracy. Wiseman told the CBC: “…in the case of sex ed, I thought, ‘Look, you might not like these policies, but they fall under provincial jurisdiction’.”
Our petition represents the voice of the grassroots and works with the democratic system, not against it.

So, what happens next with the petition?
Unlike online petitions, our petition is eligible to be considered by the Ontario Legislature and can therefore be presented and read aloud by MPPs.
Premier Ford has recalled the Legislature today (September 12, 2018) to deal with the Notwithstanding clause issue, and this now provides an opportunity for MPPs to present the petition in the Legislature.
PAFE will report their response to our petition so you will know where each MPP stands on this issue. Silence on the part of MPPs is also a response that PAFE will report so you can have an indication of how MPPs may vote on future bills related to parental rights and the protection of children.

What next?

If you want to become a delegate for the upcoming Ontario PC Policy convention, please email me at tanya@pafe.ca
Keep up the great work!

Tanya Granic Allen, President
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Parents As First Educators Inc. · Canada
You can also keep up with Parents As First Educators Inc. on Twitter or Facebook.
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Information about the ON Sex Ed Curriculum

Editor’s Note:  An excellent source of information is PEACE

They have documents available entitled:
  1. Does our comprehensive sex ed curriculum work?
  2. Specific grade by grade details
SEX EDUCATION - Equipping Parents, Church & Youth                                               

What is the most effective source for sex ed instruction for our children? Parents? Church? School? Secular Society?  Many are concerned about the sex ed programs in schools. Is there a better source of information that will help youth to make the best sexual decisions of their lives?

Know the Facts:
Teen Sexual Activity – National Info
           21% of gr. 9 and 43% of gr. 11 students report having sexual intercourse (1)
           32.5% of sexually active youth report having sex with more than one partner(1)
           25% of grade nine students and 50% of grade 11 students participated in oral sex (1)
           10% of high schools students have participated in anal sex (1)
Consequences of teen sexual activity                                                                                                                                 
           Teen pregnancy rates in Northern Ontario are 25% to 100% higher than the provincial average
           Chlamydia rates (Sexually Transmitted Infection) have increased more than 350% since 1998   (3)
           15 – 24 year olds (only 12.3% of population) account for 67% of chlamydia cases  (4)
           Oral Cancer rates have increased 350% since 2012 - due to oral sex.
           STIs contribute to serious, life-threatening complications including cancers, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortions, stillbirth, low birth weight, neurologic damage, and death.
Whether or not a pregnancy or STI occurs, early teen sexual activity has been associated with poorer academic achievement in school, poorer emotional health for adolescents (lower self-esteem, regret of sexual activity, depression, and suicide) as well as a higher likelihood of experiencing sexual exploitation, dating violence, and unwanted or forced intercourse/rape. (6)
Let’s not forget the loss to our spiritual culture when the faith community ignores what is going on.
What do teens say they need?                                                                                        When sexually active teens are surveyed about how to address the issue of teen sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and STI rates, this is what they report:
           40% of teens report school sex ed classes make them feel pressured to have sex (8)
           78% of sexually active teens say they wish they had waited.  When asked what they needed to delay early sex, they respond with training on refusal skills. (9)
           up to 90% of teens who regret engaging in sex, wish their parent(s) had talked to them (9)
           70% of teens believe the faith community should be more involved with teaching kids about the subject (9)
Mentoring youth to make healthy, medically accurate and biblically aligned decisions.
The research proves, that the most effective agents
of influence on the sexual decisions of a child are:
1)         Parents (even the Ontario sex ed curriculum affirms the influence of parents)
2)         Church – should help people to understand the role of sexual relations within their faith/values
3)         Secular Society – which includes media, internet porn, peers, and schools.

Unfortunately parents and the church admit that they feel ill-equipped to instruct on sexuality and for the most part ignore this most important aspect of life. When do children have questions, if there has not been trust built with parents and the church, the child seeks answer within secular sources, most often internet porn

Equipping Parents, Church & Youth                                               
To fill the need, PEACE offers internationally acclaimed, tested and proven programs to equip parenting adults and the church to empower children and youth to make healthy, medically accurate, biblically aligned decisions ….
           Building Family Connections (BFC) - an 8 – 10 hour training developed by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health.  This program equips parenting adults (parents, grand parents, church leaders, youth workers, anyone with input into the life of a child) to begin the life-long discussion about sex and healthy relationships with their children & youth. 

           Heritage Keepers (HK) - is a 7 ½ hour classroom based curriculum for youth ages 11 to 18.  In addition to understanding reproduction and STIs this sexual risk avoidance program teaches the realities of teen sexual activity and the benefits of forming healthy families, develops a strong sense of personal identity, helps the child to set protective boundaries and resist negative peer pressure, and develop their sexual refusal skills.
HK has been tested in large, well-matched, control-group studies.  When taught in a public school setting it is proven reduce teen sexual activity by 67%.
PEACE works with faith communities to offer these programs as part of a Friday night – Saturday weekend seminar called, “Stand Firm Love True”.  PEACE began implementing these programs in Durham, Toronto, and Hamilton and the response from parents, youth and church leadership has been very positive.
To host a Stand Firm Love True Conference in your community, or to become a certified instructor for your church/community please contact: Phil Lees, phillees777@gmail.com
SOURCES
1)         https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/Teens-and-Trends-CALGARY-20141.pdf
2)         http://www.sieccan.org/pdf/TeenPregancy.pdf
3)         https://globalnews.ca/news/3806635/sti-rates-teens-canada/
4)         https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/report-sexually-transmitted-infections-canada-2013-14.html
5)         2012 Oral cancer cases – 1335     2017 Oral cancer cases 4700   This is a 352% increase
Sources: https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/canada-sees-significant-increase-in-cases-of-hpv-related-oral-cancers/
               http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/oral/statistics/?region=on                                                                                       6) Weed, Stan E. and Lickona (2014). Abstinence Education in Context: History, Evidence, Premises, and Comparison to Comprehensive Sexual Education. In Maureen Kenny (Ed.) Sex Education. Hauppage, NY:Nova Science Publishers. pp3-7. www.novapublishers.com                                                                                                                                                                                     
7)   https://biologos.org/blogs/archive/six-reasons-young-christians-leave-church
8)   Barna Group (2015) Teens Speak Out survey, Ventura (Author)
9)   TheNational Campaign.org ,  With One Voice 2012, America’s Adults and Teens Sound off About Teen Pregnancy, Albert  (author)

PEACE Leader:  Phil Lees           phillees777@gmail.com
https://peaceontario.com/To see that all children receive a quality education in an environment which connects the learning in the classroom with the cultural and spiritual understandings ...
Greater Sudbury Contact:  Paula Purvis


National News
How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next Federal election



CBC News : Vatican 'owes God an apology' over abuse allegations:  N.L. activist's letter


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/vatican-abuse-pope-francis-newfoundland-apology-1.4835481

Shared from the CBC News App for iPad


Canadian Memorial to the Unborn – update

Dear Friends,
We are are writing to give a quick update regarding the establishment of the Canadian Memorial for the Unborn and invite your agreement of prayer over this important project.
THANK YOU //
Firstly, thank you to all of our monthly partners and those how have given special donations to make the first phase of this project happen: the completion of the sculpture.
The sculpture has been completed and earlier this year was totally paid for. This was a huge accomplishment in itself and we are so grateful for the strong national agreement that this needs to happen.
WHERE WE ARE AT //
We have been working for over 2 years now to find the perfect long term location for the memorial. Our quest has been to find a location that is in ideally in the nation's capital (Ottawa), easy to get to, outdoors, secure and long term.
We have been close to securing a location that meets all these requirements THREE TIMES now. Each time, for various reasons, it has fallen through. As a matter of fact, when we first began this initiative we were under the impression that a location was basically secured. This is why we moved forward so boldly to build the sculpture before the price went up in the summer of 2016. Since then, the journey has had a few surprise twists and turns!
We could be tempted to be discouraged by the delays on the final mounting of the memorial but we are choosing to view this as an indication that the Lord has a perfect location and timing. The strong response of people from across the Body of Christ to sow into this project is confirmation enough to us that God's hand is in this and we are committed to seeing it to the finish line.
We are grateful that the sculptor has been willing to store the memorial in his workshop free of charge in the mean time. This has been a tremendous blessing.
PLEASE AGREE WITH US //
This communication is to give you a courtesy update on the memorial's progress but also ask your prayer of agreement. Please join us in praying for breakthrough and for the right location to be secured in God's perfect timing and way.
Thank you again for your support and interest in seeing the Canadian Memorial for the Unborn established. We look forward to the moment when we will cut the ribbon at it's long term location! We are believing this will be sooner rather than later.
In the mean time if you have any questions or input please do not hesitate to let us know by hitting reply to this e-mail.
All our love and appreciation,
Faytene Grasseschi
MY Canada
V-Kol Media (Faytene.tv / TheCRY)
________________________________________
Answering the question, "Can we still give?": Though the actual memorial is built and paid for we do expect that there will be some transport and mounting costs in the future. We may also be looking at maintenance, insurance and security for costs once the memorial has been moved to it's location. If you would still like to give to this project you are welcome to donate here. All donations are tax deductible.


www.canadianmemorialfortheunborn.ca
 
©2018 - | Box 254, 2 Main St E, Grimsby, ON, L3M 4G5


How Justin Trudeau turned June’s G7 meeting into a feminist disaster


Editor’s Note:   For informative details about the amount of funding our Liberal Canadian Government is giving to “feminists” to promote abortion and other issues, please check out REAL Women of Canada May Edition, referred to in the above article.     It may shock you, as it did me.


Canadian liberal politicians who hate Trump are really the ones causing hatred and division

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/canadian-liberal-politicians-who-hate-trump-are-really-the-ones-causing-hat?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=60f78285b8-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada_COPY_294&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-60f78285b8-401468461

International News

Why Jack Phillips’ win at the Supreme Court was a win for Christian conservatives

June 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There’s a lot of discussion about Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision which pitted religious freedoms against LGBT rights. Was the ruling really that significant? Since it was so narrow in scope, should Christian conservatives really rejoice? Did the justices merely kick the can down the road?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/why-jack-phillips-win-at-the-supreme-court-was-a-win-for-christian-conserva?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=dfadb309c8-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada_COPY_257&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-dfadb309c8-401468461

Citizen Response

Request for Petitions re: Religious Freedom to be sent to Greater Sudbury MPs


REAL Women of Canada’s most recent newsletter features a Petition re: Religious Freedom..

It was started in the Fall of 2016.

In its updated 2018 form, petitions are being collected and sent as a package to individual MPs, with signatures from the riding of the MPs.    A minimum of 25 signatures is required.

Once an MP receives the Petitions, it takes about 2 months for the Petitions to be certified by the Petitions Clerk.    After this the MP can announce the Petition in the House of Commons with a short comment of support.     This becomes an official record in Hansard.

Would you please read the Petition and see if you think you could undertake this?     You could do it as an individual through your networks, or, you could ask your Church leader about doing it at Church.

http://www.realwomenofcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Final-Petition-re-freedom-of-religion-with-table-Aug-9-16.pdf

In conclusion, we would need a total of 25 signatures to send in a Petition.

Please advise if you wish to undertake this, and I will send all our Greater Sudbury Petitions into REAL Women of Canada.

Regards,   God bless                   Diane Ikonen



Calling Out Activist Judges – re: Justice Robert Del Frate of Sudbury

Laws that protect human life at its earliest stages must not be undermined or discarded. Our democratic and moral foundations cannot – must not – be so casually overridden!

Again, I would invite you to sign and share our petition to the Attorney General. We are calling on her office to launch its own investigation into Justice Del Frate.

SIGN NOW: https://www.citizengo.org/en-ca/lf/165669-judge-must-be-investigated-pricing-human-life

SHARE WIDELY: https://www.citizengo.org/en-ca/lf/165669-judge-must-be-investigated-pricing-human-life?m=5

Yours for Canada,

David Cooke and the Entire CitizenGO Team

Financial Support Requests
Toronto Right to Life Launches Pro-Life Legal Defence Fund
Toronto Right to Life is launching a Pro-Life Legal Defence Fund to defend the rights of pro-life Canadians to continue be a voice for the voiceless in society. With a generous offer from a donor to match up to $50,000, we have an opportunity to raise $100k by Canada Day to protect our rights to continue our life-saving work. This funding will help us to fight back against unconstitutional government discrimination, like our litigation against the Canada Summer Jobs abortion attestation, and push back against campus censorship of the pro-life message.

For full details:  https://trtl.ca/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/contribute/transact&reset=1&id=3


The Social Planning Council of Sudbury (SPC Sudbury) is launching a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $10,000.00 for the Community Emergency Fund.  100% of funds collected go to the individuals and families in crisis!  This fund is a fund of last resort that helps support individuals and families in crisis

For further information, please contact:

Social Planning Council of Sudbury
30 Ste. Anne Road
Sudbury, ON. P3C 5E1
Website:  www.spcsudbury.ca
Tel. (705) 675-3894


HELP NEEDED  
  1.  Elgin Street Mission Needs
Elgin Street Mission – Volunteers needed
  1.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the clothing room starting in October for Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
If you are able to please email administrator@themission.ca
Thank you!
Elgin Street Mission – Food Needs
If you’d like to make a donation, these are the items that we’re in need of.
Coffee
Tea
White Sugar
Margerine
Parboiled Rice
Foil Wrap
Saran Wrap
Perishable Food*
*(Let us know ahead)
Canned Ravioli / Spaghetti
Canned or Frozen Vegetables
Canned Tuna & Salmon
Cooking Onions
Ground Beef
Chicken & Turkey
Roast Beef & Pork
Cheese Whiz
Crackers
Napkins
Plastic Utensils
Cases of Water
Non-Perishable foods
Styrofoam Plates
Small Bowls for Dessert

  1. Pregnancy Care Centre Seeking 2 Volunteers
PREGNANCY CARE CENTRE: We are looking for two volunteers that can help two days a week as floaters. The volunteers help sort the donations that come in, manage the Infant Food Bank, and gather supplies for the clients that come in. The centre is open from 10am-3pm, Monday-Thursday. Anyone wanting more information can call 705-673-5003! 
  1. Donations of Yarn Requested + Knitters/Crocheters
Northern Cancer Foundation provides each cancer patient undergoing treatment a warm knitted or crocheted afghan. They could use donations of yarn and people willing to knit or crochet 8 inch squares or afghans. Please consider donating yarn. Thank you for helping us support these organizations.        Drop off your yarn donations to Glad Tidings Church, Regent Street, and call if you wish to knit or crochet to make the squares that will be put together.
  1. Volunteers Needed at Health Sciences North
Volunteer Services is looking to recruit mature, dedicated and enthusiastic  volunteers who would like to give some of their time to volunteers in different areas at Health Sciences North.
 The following are volunteer positions that we are currently looking to fill, I’ve also attached the task description of each positions to give you an idea of what these positions consists of:
1.       Greeter/Information Desk
a.       Monday, Tuesday or Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
2.       Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
a.       Tuesday or Thursday 7:30am-9:30am
b.      Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
3.       Hydrotherapy Pool Children Treatment Centre
a.       Thursdays 9am-11am or 12:45pm-2:45pm
b.      Tuesdays 12:45pm-2:15pm
c.       Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
4.       Emergency Department
a.       Wednesdays 11am-3:30pm or 7-10pm
5.       Northeast Cancer Centre
a.       Clinics: Fridays 8:30am-3:30pm
b.      Daffodil Lodge: Tuesdays 8:30am-3:30pm
6.       Boutique
a.       Mondays 3:30-7pm
b.      Saturdays 9:45am-2pm (1 shift per month)
c.       Sundays 10am-4pm (1 shift per month)
d.      Police Information Check is required
7.       HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program)
a.       Wednesday 9am-12pm
b.      Friday 9:30am-12pm or 3-6pm / 4-7pm
c.       Sundays anytime between 10am-6pm.
d.      Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
If any of the positions listed are of interest to you, please confirm and I can arrange for your to meet with a Volunteer Advisor and have you scheduled accordingly.
josbelanger@hsnsudbury.ca
Contact …. Josée Belanger ….josbelanger@hsnsudbury.ca
5.     INNER CITY HOME NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
These volunteer positions would entail approx. 3 hrs each/week to assist with the various services of the Home such as:
- assisting in the Food Bank area packing food orders to be given out, etc.;
- to act as hostess / host to greet our guests offering refreshments, snacks in the morning – 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 noon, one morning a week.
- To be trained to assess client needs with regards to food assistance requests.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about Inner City Home and our Services please call Mary at 705-675-7550.
6.    Household Items Needed

Society of Saint-Vincent de Paul : In 2016, the SaintBenedict Labre Conference in Sudbury has helped 154 homes by giving them furniture, beds (mattresses) and various household articles. It is therefore in dire need of similar articles, in good condition, to continue helping the needy. The Conference also accepts, for the conservation of the environment, used electronic equipment, such as television sets, computers, printers, telephones,… Please contact René at 705-524-7417.

  1. Volunteer for PAFE   (Parents as First Educators)

Contact Tanya Granic Allen          tanya@pafe.ca            or     416 763 7233

Talk to 5 family and friends and encourage them to subscribe to PAFE’s emails, in order to stay informed about parental rights and family issues.


Media Marvels


Brand new episodes of Defending Life and The Catholic View for Women are now airing on EWTN with new airing times!

Defending Life has returned for its 33rd season and is the world’s farthest reaching and longest running program on abortion. It started when Mother Angelica asked me in 1994 to tape a series for EWTN about abortion. Each show premieres at 3:30 a.m. ET on Mondays and re-airs at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursdays. See details about all of the shows in the new season at www.DefendingLife.TV.

The Catholic View for Women is in its 10th season with co-hosts Janet Morana; Catholic author and radio host Teresa Tomeo, and EWTN’s Elena Rodriguez. Each show premieres at 11:30 p.m. ET on Sundays and re-airs at 4:30 a.m. ET on Mondays. See details about all of the shows in the new season at www.TheCatholicViewForWomen.com.

Please tune in and spread the word!

Blessings,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Worldwide Radio

Click on any of the green dots on the globe and you can access the FM station of that place. While quite fascinating, what inspired someone to develop this is beyond me! 

http://radio.garden/live

Humpty Dumpty Deserved to Fall – by Barbara Kay        July 2018

….”Dumpty and his haughty command of language were channeled last year by Canada’s federal government in Bill C-16, which amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to protect gender identity and gender expression. It legitimized an array of gender neutral pronouns recently invented by transgender rights advocates and their progressive acolytes.

As a result the dogma of gender fluidity and its expression is now enshrined in Canadian law. And just as it was once illegal – and dangerous – to criticize the Catholic Church and its dogmas, it is now illegal and dangerous to criticize the Church of Gender Identity and its dogmas….”

For full details               http://www.c2cjournal.ca/2018/07/humpty-dumpty-deserved-to-fall/


Championing Religious Freedom in the Public Square – A Catholic’s Duty



New Audio Podcast: Trinity Western’s Controversial Community Covenant

New Audio Podcast: Trinity Western’s Controversial Community Covenant – An Interview with TWU President Bob Kuhn
TWU's decision to change the requirement for students to sign a community covenant was welcomed by some and met with dismay by others. TWU President Bob Kuhn joined the EFC podcast to explain why TWU made this decision, whether a law school is still in the works and what message he has for people wondering why TWU engaged in its legal battle, only to eventually change its requirement for students to sign the controversial community covenant.
https://soundcloud.com/theefc/trinity-westerns-controversial-community-covenant-an-interview-with-twu-president-bob-kuhn

Daily Chuckle

The Dead Church


A new Pastor in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days making personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first services.
      
      The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the Pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon, the notice said.
      
      Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the "funeral." In front of the pulpit, they saw a closed coffin, smothered in flowers. After the Pastor delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.
      
      Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a "dead church," all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each "mourner" peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.
      
      In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.


 What's Your Religion?


I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. I immediately ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!"
      
      "Why shouldn't I?" he said.
      
      I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"
      
      "Like what?"
      
      "Well ... are you religious or atheist?"
      
      "Religious."
      
      "Me too! Are you Christian or Jewish?"
      
      "Christian."
      
      "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"
      
      "Protestant."
      
      "Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"
      
      "Baptist."
      
      "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"
      
      "Baptist Church of God."
      
      "Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?"
      
      "Reformed Baptist Church of God."
      
      "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?"
       
      "Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!"
      
      To which I said, "Die, heretic scum!" and pushed him off


Words of Wisdom
Sudbury faith: Jesus offers a solid foundation
By Rev. Mira Salmelainen

Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:21:24 EDT AM

Is Christianity brainwashing? I was asked this question years back by someone who wanted to take part in church activities, but wasn't quite sure. What was my answer? Did I rush to assure that of course Christianity has nothing to do with brainwashing? Did I ask "where did you hear that" with my most dumbfounded voice? No. Without hesitation I said "Absolutely. Christianity is brainwashing." Because I think it is.

For the full article, please go to:             http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/08/20/sudbury-faith-jesus-offers-a-solid-foundation

Editor’s Note:   Rev. Mira is a young pastor from Finland who is pastoring in local Finnish Churches


Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life.

Adapted from Thomas Armstrong, The Human Odyssey: New York: Sterling, 2008.

Which stage of life is the most important? Some might claim that infancy is the key stage, when a baby’s
brain is wide open to new experiences that will influence all the rest of its later life. Others might argue that
it’s adolescence or young adulthood, when physical health is at its peak. Many cultures around the world
value late adulthood more than any other, arguing that it is at this stage that the human being has finally
acquired the wisdom necessary to guide others. Who is right? The truth of the matter is that every stage of
life is equally significant and necessary for the welfare of humanity.

In The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life, I’ve written that each stage of life has
its own unique “gift” to contribute to the world. We need to value each one of these gifts if we
are to truly support the deepest needs of human life. Here are what I call the twelve gifts of the
human life cycle:

1. Prebirth: Potential – The child who has not yet been born could become anything – a Michaelangelo, a
Shakespeare, a Martin Luther King – and thus holds for all of humanity the principle of what we all may yet
become in our lives.

2. Birth: Hope – When a child is born, it instills in its parents and other caregivers a sense of optimism; a
sense that this new life may bring something new and special into the world. Hence, the newborn represents
the sense of hope that we all nourish inside of ourselves to make the world a better place.

3. Infancy (Ages 0-3): Vitality – The infant is a vibrant and seemingly unlimited source of energy. Babies
thus represent the inner dynamo of humanity, ever fueling the fires of the human life cycle with new
channels of psychic power.

4. Early Childhood (Ages 3-6): Playfulness – When young children play, they recreate the world anew. They
take what is and combine it with what is possible to fashion events that have never been seen before in
the history of the world. As such, they embody the principle of innovation and transformation that underlies
every single creative act that has occurred in the course of civilization.

5. Middle Childhood (Ages 6-8): Imagination – In middle childhood, the sense of an inner subjective self
develops for the first time, and this self is alive with images taken in from the outer world, and brought up
from the depths of the unconscious. This imagination serves as a source of creative inspiration in later life
for artists, writers, scientists, and anyone else who finds their days and nights enriched for having nurtured a
deep inner life.

6. Late Childhood (Ages 9-11): Ingenuity – Older children have acquired a wide range of social and
technical skills that enable them to come up with marvelous strategies and inventive solutions for dealing
with the increasing pressures that society places on them. This principle of ingenuity lives on in that part of
ourselves that ever seeks new ways to solve practical problems and cope with everyday responsibilities.

7. Adolescence (Ages 12-20): Passion – The biological event of puberty unleashes a powerful set of
changes in the adolescent body that reflect themselves in a teenager’s sexual, emotional, cultural, and/or
spiritual passion. Adolescence passion thus represents a significant touchstone for anyone who is seeking to
reconnect with their deepest inner zeal for life.

8. Early Adulthood (Ages 20-35): Enterprise – It takes enterprise for young adults to accomplish their many
responsibilities, including finding a home and mate, establishing a family or circle of friends, and/or getting
a good job. This principle of enterprise thus serves us at any stage of life when we need to go out into the
world and make our mark.

9. Midlife (Ages 35-50): Contemplation – After many years in young adulthood of following society’s scripts
for creating a life, people in midlife often take a break from worldly responsibilities to reflect upon the deeper
meaning of their lives, the better to forge ahead with new understanding. This element of contemplation
represents an important resource that we can all draw upon to deepen and enrich our lives at any age.

10.Mature Adulthood (Ages 50-80): Benevolence – Those in mature adulthood have raised families,
established themselves in their work life, and become contributors to the betterment of society through
volunteerism, mentorships, and other forms of philanthropy. All of humanity benefits from their benevolence.
Moreover, we all can learn from their example to give more of ourselves to others.

11. Late Adulthood (Age 80+): Wisdom – Those with long lives have acquired a rich repository of
experiences that they can use to help guide others. Elders thus represent the source of wisdom that exists in
each of us, helping us to avoid the mistakes of the past while reaping the benefits of life’s lessons.

12.Death & Dying: Life – Those in our lives who are dying, or who have died, teach us about the value of
living. They remind us not to take our lives for granted, but to live each moment of life to its fullest, and to
remember that our own small lives form a part of a greater whole.

Since each stage of life has its own unique gift to give to humanity, we need to do whatever we can to
support each stage, and to protect each stage from attempts to suppress its individual contribution to the
human life cycle. We should protect the wisdom of the aged from elder abuse. We ought to take the same
attitude toward nurturing the human life cycle as we do toward saving the environment from global warming
and industrial pollutants. For by supporting each stage of the human life cycle, we will help to ensure that all
of its members are given care and helped to blossom to their fullest degree.

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