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Sudbury Christian Messenger December 2017 Edition

FOR HIS MERCIFUL KINDNESS IS GREAT TOWARD US,  AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.   PRAISE THE LORD!    ( PSALM 117:2 )



"Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time."


THE GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU.   AMEN.  ( 2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 )


Jesus – the answer to all our questions – the yes to all God’s promises – the amen to all our prayers – the giver of all our blessings – the forgiver of all our sins – the Saviour of all who trust in Him
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 
  1. Kettle Volunteers Needed  |December 3 – 24  |Greater Sudbury
  2. “Cup of Our Life” Faith Sharing  |December |Sudbury
  3. Wanup Chapel Christmas Service with Potluck Dinner  |December 3   |Wanup
  4. Christmas Tea  |December 3  |Sudbury
  5. "SNOWFLAKE TEA"  |December 3  |Lively
  6. Christmas Dinner  |December 3  |New Sudbury
  7. Impact  |December 3 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm Christian Radio
  8. An Evening of Christmas Music  |December 3  |Copper Cliff
  9. Heart and Soul Christmas Concert  |December 3  |Sudbury
  10. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community  |December 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and weekly |Sudbury
  11. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |December 4 and Mondays  |New Sudbury
  12. Adult Children of Alcoholics  |December 4  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
  13. Advent Taizé Prayer Service  |December 5  |Minnow Lake
  14. A Medieval Feast +  Shepherd's Play |December 6  |Sudbury
  15. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |December 6 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
  16. "Beauty and the Beast"  |December 6, 7, 8, 9  |Sudbury
  17. Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops  |Dec.  6 & 8  |Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, Noelville
  18. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  December 7 and Thursdays  | Sudbury
  19. Joey Niceforo Seasonal Concert  |December 7  |Sudbury
  20. Pickup Hockey Seeking Players  |December 8  and Fridays  |Copper Cliff
  21. Silent Vigil for Peace  | December 8  and Fridays  |Sudbury
  22. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |December 9  and every Saturday  |Sudbury
  23. Sudbury Singers Christmas Concert – When a Child is Born  |December 10  |Sudbury
  24. A Choral Gift  |December 15  |Sudbury
  25. Christmas Gala  |December 17  |Sudbury
  26. "All is Calm; All is Bright" Advent Christmas Concert  |December 17  |Sudbury
  27. Food Sale  |December 20  |Sudbury
  28. The Living Nativity  |December 20-24  |Sudbury
  29. Celebrate Christmas  |December 24  |Sudbury
  30. Christmas Eve Service – Salvation Army  |December 24  |Sudbury
  31. Christmas Day and Eve Services  |December 24  |Minnow Lake
  32. Lutheran Parish Services   |December 24, 25, 31  |Sudbury/Copper Cliff
  33. Project Impact Application Deadline  |January 30  |Greater Sudbury
  34. Save the Date:  New Evangelization Summit  |April 27 & 28  |Sudbury
  35. Spaghetti & Lasagna Dinner  |March 4  |North Bay
  36. Spring Pilgrimage  |May 9-24  |Europe
  37. National March for Life  |May 10  |Ottawa

PRAYERS & PRAISE
Praise and thanks for all the giving outreach  (Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus)
Praise for Kfm Christian Radio
Praise and Prayer for the 30th Anniversary of “The Living Nativity” in Sudbury
Prayer Request:  40 DAYS TO PRAY!!
Praise for the changes made to Bill C-51

SPECIAL REQUESTS
Nord500North Conference Keynote Speakers on DVD
Dedication Stones at Sudbury’s Holy Mountain – The Grotto
Local Pastor/Chaplain Seeks Musical Instruments


PROVINCIAL NEWS
Update from P.E.A.C.E. – Sudbury representative:  Sex is too Important to God to Leave to our Public Schools and Culture   P.E.A.C.E. Can Help

NATIONAL NEWS
The sad truth about Chanie Wenjack
Justice Committee Votes to Protect Worship
Discrimination Exposed at the Status of Women Committee
Bishop Douglas Crosby of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops responds to Trudeau Government International Pressure for Abortion
Trudeau defends governor general’s attack on people who believe ‘divine intervention’ created mankind
U. of Ottawa student union votes to ban pro-life clubs, affirm abortion support

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The ecumenical movement is as important historically as the Reformation

CITIZEN RESPONSE
Jim Hughes Open Letter to PM Justin Trudeau
60 Faith Groups Partner in Letter to Federal Government re: Bill C5l
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT REQUESTS
Community Emergency Fund
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Film Project

HELP NEEDED
Household Items – St. Vincent de Paul
Children/Youth Hats & Mitts – Sudbury Downtown Churches Association
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – shoe boxes for local children/youth

MEDIA MARVELS
Valiant military spouses deserve nation’s thanks
Trust, Commitment, Love
Fake News and the Truth
Together in Faith Campaign – support for Catholic Education
Celebrating the Stories of Canada’s Christian Heritage
“Light Unshackled” – series on the Protestant Reformation

DAILY CHUCKLE
Why God Made Moms
Kids’ Bible Lessons

WORDS OF WISDOM
Conquer Any Storm


  Local  News & Events
  1. Kettle Volunteers Needed – Salvation Army  |December 3 - 24  |Sudbury

If you're interested in volunteering at the Kettles this Christmas give our office a call at 705-673-5893.

Anney Summerfield
Captain
Corps Officer
Ontario Great Lakes Division
                                                      
The Salvation Army
Sudbury Community Church
107 Lorne St (Corps) -- 634 Notre Dame (Family Services),  
Sudbury ON
Phone:   705-673-5893
Cell:      705-698-2900
E-mail:  Marianneke_Summerfield@can.salvationarmy.org
www.SalvationArmy.ca

  1. “Cup of Our Life” Faith Sharing  |December |Sudbury
SISTER BONNIE CHESSER will be hosting an evening once a month for single women who would like to share their faith. We will use the book “Cup of Our Life” by Sister Joyce Rupp as a basis of prayer and reflection.
We will gather on either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening starting in September.
If you are interested please contact her at bchesser@cyberbeach.net or call 705-522-5245.
  1. Wanup Chapel Service with Potluck Dinner  |December 3   |Wanup

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
Time may change in the summer months

Refreshments served after each  service


CHURCH – Sunday, December 3rd/17 – Christmas Service with   Potluck dinner
………..
Bible Study resuming in January 2018.

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS ALL WHO COME AND JOIN US…

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

  1. Christmas Tea  |December 3  |Sudbury

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church invites all to their Christmas Tea
December 3, 2017
12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m

Free Admission

Bake Table, Basket Raffle, Ukrainian Food (eat in or take out)


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.  "SNOWFLAKE TEA"  |December 3  |Lively

Hosted by The St. Pius X CWL
Time: 12 NOON- 3:00 PM
Where: Kinsmen Hall (Main St.) Lively

Admission: $5.00/ person (lunch plate/beverage
included; Penny Tables, Bake & Craft Table, Raffles,
Door Prizes and much more! Something for Everyone!

  1. Christmas Dinner  |December 3  |New Sudbury

Sponsored by The K of C of St-Dominique
Time: 4 :30 to 6 p.m.

all our welcome at the church hall—1241, Diane St.

Menu : turkey, meat pies, oven rice, vegetables, mash potatoes, dessert, ta, coffee & juice

Cost : 15 $ for adults/ 5 $ for children 12 and under

There are only 210 tickets available ! Buy yours now to not be disappointed! For advance tickets, call Gilles or Eva at 705-693-5947


  1.  Impact  |December 3 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm Christian Radio

Join Restoration Church Ministries Sundays for our Impact Service: Catch the Spirit of Revival with Pastor Jeff Edwards.

6:30 pm

Address: 1621 Valleyview Rd, Val Caron, ON P3N 1K7

Breakthrough – Healing – Power

Can’t make it in person? Join us for worship and be part of our LIVE RADIO AUDIENCE or watch our FACEBOOK LIVE broadcast!

Restoration Church
Phone:
(705) 588-7600
Email:
admin@restorechruch.ca
Website:
www.restorechurch.ca


  1. An Evening of Christmas Music  |December 3  |Copper Cliff

December 3 – An Evening of Christmas Music

Copper Cliff United Church (26 Park Street, Copper Cliff) will be hosting an evening of Christmas Music on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 PM.

Come sing along with all of your favourite Christmas carols!

Admission is free, and a free will offering will be taken.

  1. Heart and Soul Christmas Concert  |December 3  |Sudbury

7:30 pm

Cost:  $18

Location:  All Nations church, 414 St. Raphael Street,  P3B 1M4          allnationschurch.ca         705 673 6110             reception@allnationschurch.ca

  1. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community |  December 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and weekly |Sudbury

The Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community offers the Catholic faithful the option of attending the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite using the 1962 Roman Missal.  All Masses are offered at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church at 48 William Avenue in Coniston.

Sunday Mass
11:00 A.M.
Confessions, 10:00 A.M.

Daily Masses:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11:00 A.M.
Confessions, 10:00 A.M.

More information can be viewed at our website:  www.materdeiparish.ca 
Thank you.


Pax Vobis,

Pater Vincenzo Fiore
(Fr. Vince Fiore)
Pastor


Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community
c/o 21 Ste-Anne Road, PO Box 787
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
P3E 4S1

Phn: (705) 586-1156
Fax: (705) 586-1328

Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!

  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |December 4 and 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  |December 4 and 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.  Advent Taizé Prayer Service  |December 5  |Minnow Lake

As we prepare ourselves for the birth of our saviour, join us for an evening or prayer, song & reflection
at Holy Redeemer Church
Tuesday, December 5th at 7 PM

What can I give Him?
hosted by H.R. Liturgy Committee

Coffee and refreshments to follow.

  1. A Medieval Feast +  Shepherd’s Play |December 6  |Sudbury

A Medieval Feast + Shepherds' Play

Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm

Verdicchio Ristorante Enoteca

Hosted by Verdicchio Ristorante Enoteca and Laurentian University Department of English

Presented by Wakefield Players of Laurentian University

Oyez! Oyez! You are invited to an evening of medieval feasting and entertainment!

Come join us as the chefs at Verdicchio Ristorante Enoteca serve a medieval feast, complete with suckling pig and other dishes created from fifteenth-century recipes (many of which are vegetarian and gluten-free!).

And for your entertainment, the LU Wakefield Players will perform a modernized version of the fifteenth-century Towneley First Shepherds' Play.

Tickets are $80 (incl. tax + gratuity). A limited number of LU student tickets are available for $60.

You may purchase tickets from the Department of English (eadam@laurentian.ca), Ernst Gerhardt (egerhardt@laurentian.ca), or Verdicchio Ristorante Enoteca.

  1. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |December 6  and Wednesdays  |Sudbury

This group uses the Life Recovery Bible and Workbook to transform their lives using the 12 Step Program and Scripture from The Bible

7:00 – 9:00 pm

@ Grace Family Church on Burton Avenue in the Donovan, Sudbury

Led by Guy Langlois

All are welcome

http://basicrecovery.ca/index.html


  1.  “Beauty and the Beast”  |December 6, 7, 8, 9  |Sudbury

YES Theatre Company presents a modified interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast”, with full Orchestra

@ Glad Tidings Church Auditorium

Part of the proceeds will go to the Elgin Street Mission

For tickets, please visit the YES Theatre Company website.   Tickets can be purchased online or via telephone.

  1. Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops  |Dec.  6 & 8  |Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, Noelville

Please see below for a list of our upcoming Bridges out of Poverty workshops:
December 6th: 3-hour workshop – Sudbury - TBD – 9:00am
December 8th: 6-hour workshop – Espanola - Pinewood Inn– 9:00am

All dates and registration can be found on EventBrite. Registration is required for attendance.

About Bridges out of Poverty®
Bridges out of Poverty® is a training initiative with the broad goal of increasing awareness about poverty and inspiring compassion and a commitment to poverty reduction. Bridges out of Poverty® is built on the idea that everyone in a community has a role to play in poverty reduction. Participants are invited to look at poverty differently through these interactive workshops. Workshops are available to anyone interested in learning more about the social and economic impacts that poverty has on individuals in our community.
Bridges out of Poverty® workshops will help participants understand:
•         the causes and impacts of poverty on families
•         the hidden rules of economic groups
•         the importance of building relationships
Workshops are currently being offered by trained facilitators from the Sudbury & District Health Unit, Our Children, Our Future, and Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury.
Workshops are offered in 3-hour introductory and 6-hour in-depth sessions.


Dana Wilson, BES, MA, PhD
Manager, Health Equity
Resources, Research, Evaluation and Development Division
Sudbury & District Health Unit l 1300 Paris Street l Sudbury, Ontario l P3E 3A3
T: 705.522.9200 ext. 498 l F: 705.677.9200


You Can Create Change! Watch our latest video: YouTube
No one should be at risk of poor health because of their social and economic situations.

  1. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  December 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. Joey Niceforo Seasonal Concert  |December 7  |Sudbury
7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $40

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:30pm

General Admission Tickets Dibrina Box Office, Sudbury Theatre Centre             705-674-8381  |  sudburytheatre.ca

Location of Concert:    All Nations church, 414 St. Raphael Street,  P3B 1M4          allnationschurch.ca         705 673 6110             reception@allnationschurch.ca


  1. Silent Vigil for Peace  |December 8 and each Friday  |Sudbury

Community members take part in a silent vigil for peace in the foyer of St. Andrews Place 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.

“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   denicol.1@gmail.com

SILENT VIGIL

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. Pickup Hockey Seeking Players  |December 8 and Fridays  |Copper Cliff
Jason Showell          Email the_purolator_guy@hotmail.com
Pickup hockey
Time 10pm till 11pm
Location with PCODE to show on Google Maps Copper cliff
Pickup up hockey looking for players that runs from September 8th till the end of march. For more information text or call 705 507 2173.
For more Information Contact: telephone, email, website, Facebook 705 507 2173

  1. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |December 9 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

  1. Sudbury Singers Christmas Concert – When A Child is Born  |December 10  |Sudbury

SUDBURY SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT      WHEN A CHILD IS BORN

Sunday December 10, 2017
@ 2 pm

Church of Christ the King

General Admission: Cash   donation
Partial funds to support the Maison McCulloch Hospice

  1.  A Choral Gift  |December 15  |Sudbury

Sudbury Studio Singers Concert

Venue:  St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury, ON

Date and Time:  Friday December 15, 2017 – 7:30 pm    


Tickets: Admission $15; Students/Seniors $10
Advance tickets available at: St. Andrew’s United Church Office and at the door. Information available from 705-626-9995 (Robert Hall)


The Sudbury Studio Singers will present “A Choral Gift” on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch Street. The 19-voice choir has been newly formed this fall under the direction of Robert Hall and will perform a variety of chamber choir repertoire suitable for the season. The group will sing Christmas selections, both a cappella and accompanied as well as some of the gems of the repertoire such as Mozart's Ave verum corpus.

The music for the concert will include music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and will feature selections from England, Spain, America, France, Estonia, and Canada. Specially featured will be two traditional texts, each set in three contrasting styles by composers of different centuries and countries.

Vocal adjudicator Lisa Hornung commented, upon first hearing the group:  "Their attention to detail, wonderful dynamic contrast and meticulous diction is a credit to their hard work and that of their founder and conductor, Dr. Robert Hall.  Most striking about this group is their almost magical sense of ensemble; with each chorister singing with their own beautifully unique and full voice,  the sound moves and rings as one instrument. "

Tickets for the concert are available in advance at St. Andrew’s United Church office or at the door. General Admission is $15 and Students and Seniors $10.

For further information contact Robert Hall at 705-626-9995

  1. Christmas Gala  |December 17  |Sudbury

All Nations Church Annual Christmas Gala will be held on December 17th

10:00 a.m.

Admission is free

Followed by a Reception provided by All Nations Church Family

All are welcome

@ All Nations Church on St. Raphael Street   (off Howey or Vanhorne)

  1.  “All is Calm; All is Bright” Advent Christmas Concert  |December 17  |Sudbury

An invitation to a great Christmas concert at St Patrick Church 39 Walford Rd on Dec 17 at 4 p.m. Great music, worthy cause:  Proceeds to the Art Installation Walking With our Sisters for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Please forward this to others on  your email list. Thanks

Tony C.

ALL IS CALM; ALL IS BRIGHT ADVENT INTO CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Sun. Dec. 17th at 4:00pm.

A Concert featuring music for Advent and Christmas

Seasonal Choir under the direction of Matthew Kallio

Featuring Musicians:  Cristina Masotti – violin, Karly Schofield – flute, Dick vanRaadshoven – cello, Eleana Sonley – bassoon, Diane Pamela - horn

St. Patrick's church. $20 tickets can be purchased in advance at One Sky 125 Durham St. Or after each Mass up to
December 17th. Your $20 ticket goes towards a door prize draw. Ticket sales support the Walking With OUR
Sisters Memorial Art Installation to be hosted at the McEwen School of Architecture Jan. 7th-17th, 2018. WWOS
is a memorial honouring our over 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

 Can't come to the concert but want to support this 7-year travelling healing art installation? Why not consider purchasing a concert
ticket that will be gifted to a person experiencing financial hardship this season. Remaining unsold tickets will be
for sale before the concert in the lower hall starting at 3:00. Come join us for a time of Kokum (Grandmother) & Tea. Come have tea with our Grandmothers to learn more about WWOS and the healing works of this installation.

  1. Christmas Food Sale  |December 20  |Sudbury

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church invites all to stock up at their Christmas Food Sale

December 20th and 21st, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PEROGIES, CABBAGE ROLLS, BORSCHT AND MEAT ON STICK


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. The Living Nativity – 30th Anniversary!  |December 20-24  |Sudbury

All Nations Church gifts The Living Nativity to residents annually.   This is the 30th year!

7:30 – 8:00 pm          each night         December 20-24th          outside Science North

All are welcome!        Dress warmly!        No admission fee

Editor’s Note:   Festival of Lights accepts donation as you leave Science North …..this is separate from The Living Nativity


  1.  Celebrate Christmas  |December 24  |Sudbury

All Nations Church invites your family and friends to celebrate Christmas with us on Sunday, December 24that 10:00 a.m.

There will not be a service  at the Church on Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day

414 St. Raphael Street   (off Howey or Vanhorne Streets)


  1. Christmas Eve Service – Salvation Army  |December 24  |Sudbury

Sunday, December 24 @ 11a -- Christmas Eve Service at 107 Lorne St
Join us for a special Christmas worship service!


  1.  Christmas Eve Day and Evening Services  |December 24  |Minnow Lake

Join us at St. Luke's United Church  (1520 Bancroft Dr.) Sun. Dec. 24 at 3:00 p.m. for a Birthday Party for Jesus.

Our communion Christmas Eve service will be at 8:00 p.m.

Rev. Erin Todd presiding.

All are welcome.

  1.  Lutheran Parish Services   |December 24, 25, 31  |Sudbury/Copper Cliff

St. Matthews & St. Timothys Lutheran Parish Dec 24 - English service St. Matthews 6:00 p.m.

           - Englisb service St. Timothy's 8:00 p.m.

Dec 25 - Finnish service at St. Matthews 9:00 a.m.

Dec 31 - English combined service at Trinity Lutheran 10:00 a.m.


  1. Project Impact Application Deadline  |January 30  |Greater Sudbury

Do you have an idea for a small community project with a big impact? Project Impact is now accepting applications until January 30th.  Residents and community groups are invited to propose small (under $500) projects that will make a positive impact in our community.  Proposed projects will be show-cased on-line, and at a public event March 3.  Citizens will select which projects will receive funding using a ‘participatory budgeting’ approach, by voting at the event, at libraries, or on-line.

All the information is on the Project Impact website http://projectimpact.ca/ where you can also download the application.

As in past years, it’s a simple application and we’re happy to help out at any stage.  Over the past two rounds, we funded 21 diverse projects –it’s been great to be able to support people making good things happen in their community and exciting to see the projects all around town.  Just as important as the funding are the connections and the community support that can come out of the process.

It’s a great time to start thinking of ideas for projects for next summer.   Please share with your networks and anyone you think may be interested.  It’s especially good for folks who might not have undertaken a community project before.  

Thanks!
Naomi Grant (clsudbury@live.com)

Comment from Karen Marcotte of the A.C.E.S. Leadership Team:            Easy way for Church to make a difference in our community: 

Hello, 

Hope you'll prayerfully consider making an impact in your neighbourhood & city through Project Impact!  Project Impact makes it easy for people of any age, children to seniors, to make a difference, and it's a great family / congregation bonding opportunity!

Anyone can take part whether it's building something, painting, planting or paying (the more funds donated, the more projects that can be funded).

  1. Save the Date!   New Evangelization Summit  |April 27 & 28, 2018  |Sudbury

  1. Spring Pilgrimage  |May 9-24  |Europe
Two Catholic priests with ties to Northern Ontario are leading a spring pilgrimage with stops in five European countries.
Rev. Anthony Man-Son-Hing, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima and Paroisse Ste. Marie in Elliot Lake, and Rev. Trevor Scarfone, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in North Bay, lead the 16-day tour that runs May 9-24.
Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco and Italy are explored during the trip prepared by QS Travel and Tours.   Stops include Fatima, Lourdes, Rome, Assisi and Nice.
Cost, including taxes and gratuities, is $4290.   Travel to and from Toronto is not included.
Scarfone is a Sault native.  Man-Son-Hing is a former resident.   Both attended St. Mary’s College.     The pair teamed up for a Holy Land pilgrimage in 2016 and led a tour of England and Ireland in 2014.
  1.  National March for Life  |May 10  |Ottawa

Prayer & Praise
Praise and Thanks for all the Giving Outreaches

Each Church has its special niches for giving as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.     Thank you for being the heart and hands of God.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:
 An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
 A loss of interest in judging other people.
 A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
 A loss of interest in conflict.
 A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious
symptom.)
 Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
 Contented feelings of connectedness with others
 Frequent attacks of smiling.
 An increasing tendency to let things happen rather
than make them happen.

Praise for Kfm Christian Radio

Kfm reaches nearly ½ million people in mid-northern Ontario:  Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, New Liskeard, Iroquois Falls, Little Current, Elliot Lake, Spring Bay, Englehart, Sundridge, Mattawa

Thanks to all who support Kfm through prayer, finances, volunteerism, listening, inviting others to listen

“What an honour we have to carry His love to the people throughout this beautiful Northern landscape.  It truly makes us feel like the apostles who first took this message of Jesus to people who had no idea of his saving grace.”    Christian Radio Report         October 2017

Praise and Prayer for the 30th Anniversary of “The Living Nativity” in Sudbury

It has become a Sudbury tradition for many families.    Again this year from Dec. 20-24th The Living Nativity, a half-hour retelling in song and music of the story of the birth of Jesus, with period costumes, stable set, and live animals, will be held outside at Science North from 7:30 – 8:00 pm nightly

Dress warmly.

This is a free gift from the people of All Nations Church.       (The Festival of Lights is a separate event that collects a donation for the Sudbury Community Foundation.)


Prayer Request:  40 DAYS TO PRAY!!

Christmas has become one of the most powerful opportunities for the Church to proclaim the amazing, Good News to our nation.

In these days, many have no idea of the true meaning of Christmas, so instead of just being swept along with the busyness of the season...

Let's give time each day over the next 40 days and pray for a
SEASON OF PROCLAMATION!

"I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people!" Luke 2:10

Consider setting the alarm on your phone to 2:10 pm (reminding you of Luke 2:10) and each day as it goes off, during these 40 days - stop and pray!

Ears2Hear

Praise for the Changes Made to Bill C-5l and the Religious Groups That Worked Together to Preserve Legal Protections

“The EFC (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) has long found it constructive to ask: "What can we do better together than on our own?" Our affiliates and interfaith partners expressed common concern about Bill C-51, and our collective action had a more significant impact than any one of us would have had alone.  The efforts to preserve special legal protections for religious leaders and worship services are an excellent example of what can happen when we work together.”

“Yesterday, after hearing from thousands of concerns Canadians, Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberal Government have now backed down from Section 176 of Bill C-51 and the removal of the protections in law for clergy and worship services.

This is wonderful news and a victory for freedom of speech, religion and conscience here in Canada.

Thank you all for your part in connecting with your Members of Parliament and sharing your concerns related to this issue.  Your engagement made a difference.”
Canada Family Action    November 13, 2017

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Special Requests

  1.  Nord500North Conference Keynote Speakers on DVD
We have just published videos of the speakers featured at this conference.
Christopher Duncanson-Hales;
The Rev. Dr. Allan G. Jorgenson; and
Karen Kuhnert and Sister Priscilla Solomon.
Digital Download - $25
DVD Disk - $40
IVS Productions is donating all proceeds from Conference Websales to a scholarship fund sponsored by the conference.
To order online, go to www.sudburychristian.ca; To order by phone, call 705 566 9752
  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, 2018.

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. Local Pastor/Chaplain Seeks Musical Instruments

Pastor Bob Deppisch, in his service to youth at the Cecil Facer Youth Center (of the Ministry of Youth and Children), would like to develop a ‘youth musical group’. 

Bob Deppisch, pastor of Grace Family Church, is now the fill time Chaplain at Cecil Facer.

If you have musical instruments that are in very good condition, that you are willing to donate, please advise Bob.

He needs microphones, cords, two acoustic electrics, two electrics, two electric bases, drum set and cymbals, congas, a few good amps, one electronic key board.

Please contact Pastor Bob at 705 522 1250    Ext. 227

The drop-off point would be at 426 Burton Avenue, home of Grace Family Church.

Thank you so much for your generosity.



Provincial News

Sex is too Important to God to Leave to our Public Schools and Culture

P.E.A.C.E. Can Help

Dear Parents and Church Leaders:

Research is very clear, when children hear a consistent sexual-risk-avoidance (SRA) message from parents, church and school, sexual activity is delayed and the negative consequences of sexual activity (STIs, pregnancy,  emotional and mental health issues, etc) are avoided.

Unfortunately, parents and the church tell us they feel ill-equipped. The result?  Schools are left as the only authoritative source of information, and there is great concern over the messaging. Sex is too important to God to leave it to our public schools and culture to be the only voices our kids hear.

To bring a consistent SRA message to our children,  PEACE  is offering programs that support parents, the church, and even our schools to provide children with a consistent sexual risk avoidance (abstinence) message. 

PEACE PROGRAMS To Support Parents and the Church to Teach about Sex and Healthy Relations

1) The PEACE ENGAGE Training –
       Based on Christ’s instruction in Luke 10, the ENGAGE Strategy is a    5-Step process that informs and empowers parents/guardians to build positive relationship with their schools, and effectively communicate the need for a sexual risk avoidance accommodation that complements the instruction at home, and church.                 

2) Building Family Connections (BFC) training for parents:Developed by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Endorsed by Center for Disease Control and World Vision, BFC is a sexual risk avoidance based training program that empowers parents to begin an ongoing conversation with youth about sex and healthy relationships - helping youth to grow up safe, smart, and strong. https://www.medinstitute.org/resources/trainings/building-family-connections-training/

3) Heritage Keepers (HK):  To help the church to provide a consistent Sexual Risk Avoidance (abstinence outside of marriage) message directly to the children, PEACE offers Heritage Keepers. This  sexual-risk-avoidance curriculum is medically accurate, and tested and proven effective to delay teen sexual activity.

The goal for 2018 is to support parents and the church to help children make sexual health decisions that are biblically aligned.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please pray:  The church and parents are awakening to the need, and the demand is growing.  To meet the need, PEACE will have to grow in the number of certified presenters.

Please share this Information: Contact PEACE and we will provide you with a church info package.  Consider sharing it with your children, youth and senior pastors.  Share it with friends who attend other churches in the community.

Please Consider Supporting Financially: We depend on you      Without your financial support all of this would not be possible.


This is a time-sensitive request.  As we plan for 2018,  we depend on your prayers  and financial support. Attached, please find your  “Year End Support Card”.

Please prayerfully consider how you will invest.

In His Service:

Phil Lees,  SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist)
Founder, PEACE

PEACE Education Services Board
POST NOTE:  Last week’s Ontario Court of Appeal decision in the Tourloukis vs Hamilton Board of Education case reinforces all that we are doing to support parents and churches.

Blessings,
Paula Purvis
Executive Director
P.E.A.C.E. Ontario Sudbury
705-690-7729
peaceontariosudbury@gmail.com
www.peaceontario.com

Year-End Support Campaign
Thank you in advance for any and all your support!  Please know that 100% of your gift will go to directly support our plan to equip parents and churches … and it will make a difference!

For example:

$   50 will cover the cost of the BFC program materials for 5 families
$ 125 will provide Heritage Keepers children’s workbooks for an entire
             class
$ 500 will cover the costs to provide the PEACE Engage Training for an
             entire church
$1000 will cover the costs to bring BFC to 100 families.
$1500 will bring Heritage Keepers - the most effective biblically aligned
            sexual health curriculum – to an entire church (up to 50 children 
            / youth). 

Please note: PEACE is awaiting approval as a charity and cannot, as yet, issue tax receipts. However Transformation Canada is a charity that we work with extensively is able to accept contributions and will forward the funds to support this work.  
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Yes Phil, I want to invest in the work of PEACE to:
•           Inform and empower parents to build positive relations with their schools and communicate the faith needs in education
•           Support parents to begin the life long, medically accurate and biblically aligned discussion on sexuality and relationship building
•           Support the church to bring a consistent sexual risk avoidance message to our children
•           To inform & empower children and youth to make decisions that are healthy and biblically aligned.

  If a tax receipt is NOT needed - Donate directly to PEACE                  
a) Donate online click here.
OR
b) Send a cheque to P.E.A.C.E.,  P.O. Box 306,  Binbrook, ON   L0R 1C0
To receive a tax receipt for your donation...
a) Make an online PAYPAL donation at   http://www.transformationcanada.ca/invest/
     IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION:  On the Line that says “INDICATE
      ALLOCATION” please write “Donation for P.E.A.C.E.”

b) Write a cheque to Transformation Canada.
•           Write “P.E.A.C.E.Contribution” on the comment line of the cheque
•           Mail the cheque to:
PEACE Ontario, Box 306, Binbrook ON  L0R 1C0
We will deliver the cheques to Transformation Canada.


National News

  1.  The Sad Truth About Chanie Wenjack
By Robert MacBain

“Children in schools across Canada are learning about the Indian residential schools through Secret Path, a 2016 graphic novel written by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire. Downie also recorded a music album of the same name and an animated version of the story aired on CBC. Celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden penned a novella on the same subject titled Wenjack. It too is being widely used in Canadian classrooms.

However, most of what is written and shown in these accounts about the tragic death of an Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack – an alleged victim of the residential school system whose frozen body was found curled up beside railway tracks in northwestern Ontario on the morning of October 23, 1966 several days after he ran away from a former Indian residential school where he was boarding – is patently untrue.”

Full details at:  http://www.c2cjournal.ca/2017/10/the-sad-truth-about-chanie-wenjack/

  1.  Justice Committee Votes to Protect Worship

The Justice Committee voted last week to amend Bill C-51 to retain the specific Criminal Code protection for religious services and officials. The EFC (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) had formally asked for just such a change, and is encouraged that the concerns of religious groups were heard. The bill will now return to the House of Commons for a final vote, and then it will progress to the Senate to be debated and voted on. Please consider asking your MP to vote to maintain these protections. Read the EFC’s submission from Oct. 30, an interfaith letter signed by more than 66 religious leaders sent Oct. 31, and get the latest news at www.TheEFC.ca/C51.

  1.  Discrimination Exposed at the Status of Women Committee

REALity  Volume XXXVI  No. 11 November 2017

The House of Commons Status of Women Committee was established to promote the equality of all women. Yet, this committee does not support the equality of all women, but only those select women who accept an extreme feminist ideology.

The ugly underpinnings of this committee were exposed when the Liberal majority MPs walked out of the committee meeting because the newly nominated chairperson held different views on abortion.

Rachael Harder, a Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, was appointed by the Opposition Leader which is the normal practice in accordance with Parliamentary tradition. Other house committees also elect chairs from the official opposition: Public Accounts, Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and Government Operations and Estimates.  Ms. Harder is an intelligent, articulate and competent woman, yet she is discriminated against because she doesn’t hold the same views as some other women on the committee.


REAL Women of Canada is a voice for women and men who uphold the traditional values of womanhood, marriage, family, parenting and the value and dignity of human life.  For the past 34 years we have worked tirelessly to defend and promote pro-family views in the courts, government and media

  1.  Bishop Douglas Crosby of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops disapproves of PM Trudeau’s Government’s Pressure Internationally for Abortion
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from CCCB President Bishop Douglas Crosby
Friday, March 10 2017
,

On 8 March 2017 the Government of Canada announced $650 million over three years for "sexual and reproductive health and rights". According to a backgrounder provided to the media, a major part of the funding will be toward removing "judicial and legal barriers to the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights". As cited by the Globe and Mail on 9 March 2017, a federal official has confirmed "these barriers include the anti-abortion laws in many countries."

Such a policy is a reprehensible example of Western cultural imperialism and an attempt to impose misplaced but so-called Canadian "values" on other nations and people. It exploits women when they are most in need of care and support, and tragically subverts true prenatal health care. It negates our country's laudable efforts to welcome refugees and offer protection to the world's homeless, when the youngest of human lives will instead be exterminated and the most vulnerable of human beings discarded as unwanted human tissue.

Your policy and vision, contrary to the fundamental ethic of protecting the most vulnerable and assisting the weakest, are in conflict with the principles instinctively shared by the majority of the world's population and consistently upheld by the Catholic Church: to defend and protect human life from conception to natural death.

On behalf of all the bishops of Canada I thank you for your consideration and I remain

(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


10 March 2017

Editor’s Note:  North Bay and Area Right to Life/Pro-Vie request that you send a note to Bishop Douglas Crosby and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, thanking them for their strong disapproval of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s abortion-centered foreign policy.     You can mail your letters to Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, ON   K1H 2J2


  1.  Trudeau defends governor general’s attack on people who believe ‘divine intervention’ created mankind

OTTAWA, November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his newly appointed governor general after she was lambasted in the press for mocking those who believe God created life.


Editor’s Note:  Below is a letter sent by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to Governor General Julie Payette.    I particularly love the suggestion made by the EFC that our GG accept the EFC invitation to come together with Christian scientists to learn how their faith has informed their work in science.     I pray that our GG will do so.

Letter to the Governor General on Controversial Remarks

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A1

Excellency:

On behalf of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), I would like to extend our congratulations on your recent appointment to the office of Governor General. We wish you well in your new role and trust that your role in representing the Queen both in Canada and abroad will bring you many opportunities to represent the rich heritage, diversity and freedom our nation enjoys.

The EFC is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. Established in 1964, the EFC facilitates collaboration across evangelical churches and institutions, researches church and faith trends, and brings biblical principles to bear in public life. Evangelicals are a significant segment of the Christian population in Canada. It is estimated that about 10 - 12% of Canadians, or 4 million people, are evangelical.

We were disheartened by your remarks at the Canadian Science Policy gathering in Ottawa, disparaging those who believe the universe has its origin through divine design or intervention. These remarks were deeply hurtful to many Canadians belonging to many religious traditions, including evangelical Christians.

The belief that the universe was created by God is one of the first articles of common belief among Evangelicals and other Christian theological traditions in Canada, as expressed in the historic creeds of Christianity. Moreover, it is confessed among many evangelical Christians working in scientific fields and teaching in science faculties in universities and research institutes. Although Evangelicals do not all agree on the age of the universe or even if God may have used evolutionary processes, they, together with Christians worldwide, nevertheless commonly confess that God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Furthermore, although we do not speak for other religious groups, we are in regular dialogue with many other religious traditions that uphold belief in a divine Creator. These include Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Indigenous peoples and others, all of whom have adherents working in scientific fields and engaging in scientific endeavours.

In a time when Canada is seeking to model a community that welcomes diverse beliefs, religions, cultures and languages, we were disappointed to hear remarks whose content and tone could be understood as exclusionary and belittling.

We invite you to deepen your understanding of Canadians with deeply held religious beliefs, including the experience and engagement of scientists with deeply held religious beliefs. We would welcome the opportunity to call together scientists and faculty members of diverse religious faiths to share with you their perspectives on how their belief in a Creator informs their work as researchers and scientists.

It is our hope that this letter is received in the spirit in which it is intended—as an invitation for deeper understanding.

Yours truly,

Bruce Clemenger
President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada



Editor’s Note:    Excellent points raised about the Payette-Trudeau controversy in this article:

“Creationists!” (Snicker!)
Tue, November 07, 2017   |   Author: Vicki Gunn   |   Volume 24    Issue 45  

https://www.chp.ca/commentary/creationists-snicker

  1.  U. of Ottawa student union votes to ban pro-life clubs, affirm abortion support

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A pro-life student group at the University of Ottawa has been censored and stripped of club status because their mandate promotes human rights for all human beings. In a follow-up recent decision, the Student Union on November 5th has now voted to have the Student Union be a "pro-choice" entity only supporting groups that support legalized abortion.

The section reads that Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) will “affirms a person’s right to choose. No SFUO resources, space, recognition, or funding will be allocated to enhance groups/individuals with the primary/sole purpose of pro-life activities.”

A SFUO vice-president confirmed the results of the two motions, conducted by secret ballot.

The group, University of Ottawa Students for Life (SFL), has been a registered campus club for ten years, fostering respectful dialogue and hosting events to discuss human rights issues, especially abortion. SFL members are committed to upholding the respect and dignity of every human being, before as well as after birth.

Full details at:  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ottawa-universitys-student-union-strips-pro-life-clubs-of-all-rights?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=878dab5fc6-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-878dab5fc6-401468461


International News
The ecumenical movement is as important historically as the Reformation

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/ecumenical-movement-important-historically-reformation


Citizen Response
Jim Hughes’ open letter to Prime Minister

Published: Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:25 am |   Author: Jim Hughes, President Campaign Life Coalition
September 29, 2017

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
I expect you will appreciate my bringing to your attention, some very serious allegations you are frequently making, in regard to abortion.
Abortion is not a ‘Charter right’, and it is not a ‘human right’.
In the early 1980’s, Campaign Life Coalition worked very hard to have the right to life enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Prime Minister at the time, your father, assured us that the Charter would have no impact on the abortion question.
In a letter regarding a suggested amendment, dated July 6, 1981, to Archbishop MacNeil of Edmonton, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Prime Minister wrote: “The arguments advanced to show that the Charter will create an entitlement to abortion on demand have been clearly refuted in the opinion given by the Department of Justice. In my view, the need of an amendment has not been clearly demonstrated.”
Earlier, in June 1981, the Prime Minister stated: “Because the public is evenly divided on the subject of abortion it was the government’s ‘considered view’ that a position favouring one side should not be enshrined in the charter. The Government feels the issue is not one which should be defended by the Constitution.”
Over the years, your father’s words have proven to be true, as abortion has never been declared to be a ‘Charter right’ by the Supreme Court of Canada. In fact, the Court has specifically held that there is a legitimate right for Parliament to legislate on the issue, should it so choose.
Additionally, for as long as the United Nations has existed, consensus has never been reached on the issue of abortion as a human right. Where abortion is alluded to in agreed conclusions (non-binding normative documents which are adopted at various UN commissions), it is cast in a negative light. For example, states should discourage abortion, it should not be promoted as a method of birth control and it should be exclusively addressed in national legislation. Although several UN agencies may agree with you, the majority of the 193 member states that make up the United Nations do not share your personal view that abortion is a human right.
It was quite clear by the authors of the Charter and continues to be clear by the United Nations that abortion isn’t a ‘right’, and it is unbecoming for the Prime Minister of Canada today, to deliberately utter a falsehood and to keep repeating it.
In future, we respectfully request that you refrain from either stating or implying that abortion is a ‘Charter right’, a ‘human right’ and is synonymous with ‘women’s rights’ as it is clearly not.

Regards,
Jim Hughes
National President
Campaign Life Coalition


60 Faith Groups Partner in Letter to Federal Government re: Bill C5l

Interfaith letter to Minister of Justice concerning clause 14 of Bill C-51

Over 60 faith leaders and organizations in Canada have signed a letter addressed to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, concerning the removal of section 176 from the Criminal Code of Canada, as proposed under Clause 14 of Bill C-51, "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Another Act". The interfaith letter was co-authored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Association for Reformed Political Action. Representatives from a variety of faith traditions have endorsed the letter, including from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Buddhist traditions.
Read more

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Canadian Conference
of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)
2500 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J2
Tel: 613-241-9461 #225
Fax: 613-241-8117
www.cccb.ca


Interfaith Letter on Bill C-51 (Legal Protections for Religious Practices)

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Financial Support Requests
  1. Community Emergency Fund

The Social Planning Council of Sudbury (SPC Sudbury) has launched 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 over 20 years in urgent need with food, heat, hydro, rent, prescriptions, transportation, assistance with moving, dental work, storage fees and special request. When individuals in the community have nowhere else to turn, The Community Emergency Fund is there to help.  For example, the Community Emergency Fund is utilized in situations where the hydro is going to be turned off, a family with young children has exhausted their food bank allotment, or an eviction notice has been given.  In the past 10 years the Community Emergency Fund has disbursed over $100,000.00 to vulnerable individuals and families in crisis.

The fund is administered in kind through the SPCS and is funded through community donations.  



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:

Annette J. Reszczynski  H.B.A. M.A.
Senior Social Planner
Social Planning Council of Sudbury
30 Ste. Anne Road
Sudbury, ON. P3C 5E1
Website:  www.spcsudbury.ca
Tel. (705) 675-3894


  1. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Film Project
$25 000 is needed in donations towards the documentary film project   “Death Wish” that focuses on the “completed life” debate in the Netherlands.

Donations can be made to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition   Box 25033            London, Ontario

Toll-free:  1 877 439 3348


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HELP NEEDED  
  1. 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. Various Items for Children, Youth & Adults being collected
The collection projects break down as follows:
•           Church of the Epiphany - warm clothing and toiletries
•           St. Andrew’s United Church - toiletries, socks, t-shirts, long underwear, coffee, coffee whitener and granola bars
•           Christ the King - knitted items
•           All Nations church - mittens, hats and scarves for school children.
Members and friends of the downtown churches are encouraged to help support this effort. Donations can be dropped off in the provided donation boxes at any of the participating churches during the week from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information contact:
- Church of the Epiphany by phone at 705675-2279 or email info@epiphanysudbury.org
- St. Andrew’s United Church by phone at 705-674-0721 or email church@st-andrews.ca
- Christ the King by phone at 705-674-6447 or email christtheking@diocesessm.com
- All Nations Church by phone at 705-673-6110 or email reception@allnationschurch.ca

Sudbury Downtown Churches Association

  1. Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Shoe Box Campaign for Local Children & Youth

Media Marvels

  1. Valiant military spouses deserve nation’s thanks

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/forbes-military-spouses-are-the-real-heroes

  1. Trust, Commitment, Love by Lou Holtz
Uncomplicated life lessons given at a commencement exercise by a former Notre Dame University Coach, Lou Holtz
  1. Fake News and the Truth – REALity

REALity  Volume XXXVI  Issue No. 11 November 2017

If it’s a straight story, such as an earthquake in Italy or Mexico, or a hurricane in the Caribbean or Florida, the left-wing mainstream media in Canada, may tell the story responsibly. If the story has to do with an issue about which the left wing media have a vested interest, you can be certain that they will abandon straight news reporting and take on the role of advocates in their presentation.

The issues that agitate the left-wing media are abortion, physician assisted suicide, homosexual rights, including same-sex marriage and benefits, stamping out “hate speech” (according to the definitions provided by the left), gender identity, legalized marijuana, drug injection sites, Donald Trump (whom they hate), organizations, such as Black Lives Matter or Occupy Now. When these matters are the subject of a story, the media change their mission.  They no longer wish to educate the public, but instead, take the opportunity to indoctrinate.  Every story features a warm positive interview with one or two individuals who are sympathetic to the media’s perspective.  One or two brief phrases may (but not always) be added in the last paragraph or two from someone with an opposing perspective.  The objective truth about these issues is invariably lost in putting the story to the printed page.

This is why the left-wing media have failed to report a number of the following truths:

Full details at:  http://www.realwomenofcanada.ca/fake-news-truth-reality/
  1. Together in Faith Campaign – support for Catholic Education

For more than 150 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been a distinctive, highly successful and valued contributor to our public education system. The Together in Faith campaign amplifies that message by promoting our Catholic school students’ achievements in academics, social justice, and Christian service.

Parishioners are invited to join the campaign to strengthen publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario – add your name to the “Together in Faith” community list at www.togetherinfaith.ca. Follow the campaign on Twitter(@Catholicedu) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationInOntaro) and help us share the Good News!

This campaign is sponsored by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and is supported by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.


  1. “Light Unshackled” – 4 part series on the Protestant Reformation

LIGHT UNSHACKLED
October 31, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Take in the history of this event with the 4 part series called "Light Unshackled".

We travel to 11 countries and uncover the stories of courageous men and women who changed the World forever. But the reason for the Reformation has been almost forgotten. You will see how the story of the Reformation impacts YOU today.

In the series, we explore:

Why was the Reformation Needed?
What motivated the Reformers to stand against the powers of their day?
What were the life goals of Martin Luther and William Tyndale?
How does the Reformation continue today?


https://www.lightunshackled.com/contact/landing-pages/light-unshackled-ytt1

  1. CELEBRATING THE STORIES OF CANADA'S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
This Far By Faith - Canada 150 campaign is now in full motion!
New videos are added weekly! Celebrate the stories of Canada's rich Christian heritage that shaped the free and democratic society we have today. Visit www.thisfarbyfaith.ca to hear the inspiring stories of Canadian life changers who have made a global impact. Our weekly Nation Building panel delves into the issues that matter most to Canadians. And in their own voices, Canada's First Peoples share visions of their Creator. Plus download a free mp3 of our theme song! All this and more at www.thisfarbyfaith.ca!
Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.               PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Rd, Burlington ON L7R 4M2



Daily Chuckle

                                 "Why God Made Moms "

( The following answers were given by elementary school children
to the following questions )

Question----"Why Did God Make Mothers?""

     The answers:
     1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

     2. Mostly to clean the house.

     3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

  Q-----"How Did God Make Mothers?"

     1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

     2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

     3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just
     used bigger parts.

  Q----"What Ingredients Are Mother's Made Of ?"

     1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and
     everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

     2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they
     mostly  use string I think.

Q----"Why Did God Give You Your Mother And not Some Other
      Mom?"

     1. We're related.

     2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's
      moms like me.

Q----"What Kind Of Little Girl Was Your Mom?"

     1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other
     stuff...

     2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be
     pretty bossy.

     3. They say she used to be nice.

Q----"What Did Mom Need To Know About Dad Before She
        Married  Him?"

     1. His last name.
     2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook?  Does
     he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did
     he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Q----"Why Did Your Mom Marry Your Dad ?"

     1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom
     eats a lot.

     2. She got too old to do anything else with him.

     3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Q----"Who's The Boss At Your House?"

     1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's
     such a goofball

     2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff
     under the bed.

     3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do
     than dad.

Q----"What's The Difference Between Moms And Dads?"

     1. Moms work at work & work at home, & dads just go to work
     at  work.

     2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

     3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power
     'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at
     your friend's.

Q----"What Does Your Mom Do In Her Spare Time?"

     1. Mothers don't do spare time.

     2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

Q----"What Would It Take To Make Your Mom Perfect?"

     1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some
     kind of plastic surgery.

     2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

Q----"If You Could Change One Thing About Your Mom What
      Would It Be?"

     1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean.
     I'd  get rid of that.

     2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my
     sister who did it and not me.



                              Kid's Bible Lessons:

     A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of
 the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and
 left for dead.  She described the situation in vivid detail so her
 students would catch the drama. Then, she asked the class,

 "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and
 bleeding, what would you do?"

 A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence,

 "I think I'd throw up."

                            ~**~**~**~**

                        STORY OF ELIJAH

    The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story
 of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She
 explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the
 steer in pieces, and laid it upon the altar. And then, Elijah
 commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and
 pour it over the altar. He had them do this four times.

 "Now," said the teacher, "can anyone in the class tell me why
 the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the
 altar?"

 A little girl in the back of the room started waving her hand,
 "I know, I know," she said, "to make the gravy!"

                            ~**~**~**~**

                              LOT'S WIFE

     A Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife
 looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Johnny
 interrupted, "My Mommy looked back once, while she was
 DRIVING," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into
 a telephone pole!"

                             ~**~**~**~**

                          DID NOAH FISH?

      A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think
 Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?"

 "No," replied Johnny. "How could he, with just two worms?"

                             ~**~**~**~**

                          HIGHER POWER

     A Sunday school teacher said to her children,
 "We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were
 in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell
 me what it is?"

 One child blurted out, "Aces!"

                             ~**~**~**~**

                          SUNDAY SCHOOL

     Nine year old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had
 learned in Sunday school.

 "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind
 enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of
 Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers
 build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.  
 Then, he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for
 reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and
 all the Israelites were saved."

 "Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his
 mother asked.

 "Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd
 never believe it!"

                              ~**~**~**~**

                 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

     A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class
 memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible;
 Psalm 23.  She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse.

 Little Bobby was excited about the task. But, he just couldn't
 remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get
 past the first verse.

 On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23
 in front of the whole congregation, Bobby was so nervous.
 When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and
 said proudly,

 "The Lord is my shepherd and that's all I need."

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Words of Wisdom

Conquer Any Storm


For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

According to this verse, the words in the Bible are alive, but what does this mean, exactly?

Well, one way to understand it is to compare the promises you read in the Bible to seeds. When you look at a seed, it doesn’t look like it’s living, but it contains incredible potential. If you plant that seed in the right conditions and keep it watered, it will produce life!

In the same way, when you plant God’s promises inside you by speaking and thinking about them and picturing them in your life, you grow a harvest of all kinds of great blessings—amazing peace, prosperity, healing and joy.

Proverbs 4:21 says meditation puts God’s promises “in the center of your heart” (AMP). It’s about letting a deep-rooted understanding sink down to your very core, and this takes time and repetition. As you read and think about a verse over and over, God’s Word comes alive, altering what you believe and how you live your life. Confessing and meditating on God’s Word are essential steps toward leasing God to move on your behalf.

As your heart beliefs align with God’s Word, you come to realize that you can conquer any storm life throws your way. You recognize the authority you’ve been given to walk in health and prosperity.

Leon Fontaine Devotional      November 2, 2017

Confessing and meditating on God’s promises brings strength, peace of mind and confidence, and as your heart beliefs change, your ability to walk out God’s promises grows.
                             

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