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Bulletin for Sunday, October 9, 2016

Worship Leader:                      Leo Feng and Ethan Pathmanathan

Song Leader:                            Lois Burkholder

Pianist:                                       Linda Ramer                      

Greeters:                                    Bina Xu and Gwen Wideman

Order of Service

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Praise Singing

Offering

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 8:9-18closeNehemiah 8:9-18 This Day Is Holy And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. Feast of Booths Celebrated 13 On the second day the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the words of the Law. 14 And they found it written in the Law that the Lord had commanded by Moses that the people of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should proclaim it and publish it in all their towns and in Jerusalem, “Go out to the hills and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to make booths, as it is written.” 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim. 17 And all the assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in the booths, for from the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the people of Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing. 18 And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. They kept the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the rule. (ESV) closeNehemiah 8:9-18closeNehemiah 8:9-18 This Day Is Holy And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. Feast of Booths Celebrated 13 On the second day the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the words of the Law. 14 And they found it written in the Law that the Lord had commanded by Moses that the people of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should proclaim it and publish it in all their towns and in Jerusalem, “Go out to the hills and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to make booths, as it is written.” 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim. 17 And all the assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in the booths, for from the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the people of Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing. 18 And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. They kept the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the rule. (ESV) This Day Is Holy And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. Feast of Booths Celebrated 13 On the second day the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the words of the Law. 14 And they found it written in the Law that the Lord had commanded by Moses that the people of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should proclaim it and publish it in all their towns and in Jerusalem, “Go out to the hills and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to make booths, as it is written.” 16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim. 17 And all the assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in the booths, for from the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the people of Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing. 18 And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. They kept the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the rule. (ESV)

Message: “Three Words for Thanksgiving” – Lawrence Burkholder

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Congregational Response/Thanksgiving/Prayer Requests

Hymn

Benediction

Bulletin Announcements

Ken and/or Dawne will be in the church office/visiting on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. For their cell number, call the office.

Nov 5, 7:30pm; Nov 6, 3pm: Pax Christi Chorale presents Mendelssohn’s Elijah re-imagined, featuring Geoffrey Sirett and soloists of The Bicycle Opera Project, and full orchestra. Conductor: Stephanie Martin. Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto. Tickets: $45; $40 (seniors); $25 (students) can be ordered online at http://www.paxchristichorale.org/tickets/

Nov 5, 9am-2pm – Christmas Craft and Bake Sale at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church.

Nov 26, 9am-2pm – Craft and Bake Sale and Bazaar at Wideman Mennonite Church. If you would like to rent a table for $20, please call the church office. There will be a soup lunch, and part of the proceeds will go towards a local refugee family.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes donations of money for its disaster response in Haiti, where people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Matthew’s high winds and extensive flooding caused significant damage and increased already heightened cholera concerns in the Artibonite Valley, where MCC’s long-term reforestation program operates. To donate, visit mcccanada.ca/hurricane-matthew, call    1-800-313-6226 or send a cheque to 203-50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1.

Welcome the Stranger  (WtS) is a ministry by one Brethren in Christ congregation and 7 Mennonite congregations in Toronto, Markham and Stouffville working through Mennonite Central Committee Ontario to support the resettlement of refugee families. The first family of five arrived in early November 2015 and are settling well. The next family (family of 8) arrived at their apartment at Hagerman Corners Community Housing on July 29, 2016. This is a high needs family and will require lots of volunteer support for two years. We are likely to be matched with a third family in late 2016. Recently WtS decided to expand its mandate by including two additional ways to assist refugees.
Firstly WtS will encourage and help to organize “Groups of Five” to sponsor family members of the refugees we have sponsored already, as well as family members of WtS congregations. These will be registered refugees. Family members in Canada are committed to housing and providing needed supports so that there would be no financial cost to the Group of Five. However there still is a legal risk of up to $4,000 for one year for each of the “Group of Five” members.
Secondly, we will be open to forming small groups who can be guarantors for the first year rent for recently arrived families. It can be difficult to rent an apartment if there is not someone to sign on your behalf, even if you have the capacity to pay the rent.
Please speak to your Welcome the Stranger representative in your congregation if you would like be a part of this expanded refugee resettlement ministry.
-Medahnialem Ethiopian Evangelical Church- Pastor Tadesse
-Heise Hill Brethren in Christ Church- Larry Hogg
-Rouge Valley Mennonite Church- Murray Nash
-Wideman Mennonite Church-Bob Wideman
-Danforth Mennonite Church-Murray Oliver or Pastor Tim Reimer
-Freedom Gospel- Mesfin Zeme
-Community Mennonite Church (Stouffville) Richard  or Carolyn Reesor
-Hagerman Mennonite Church- Andrew Reesor-McDowell

MYF Corner
Tuesday Oct 11, 7:30pm – Bible Study at Wideman Church.
There will be no Friday event this week, enjoy some family time and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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