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The Herald vol39 no2 Apr May 2013

  1. 1. HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK, TORONTO, CANADA VOLUME 39, NUMBER 2The Reverend Julie Meakin with her proud Mom, the Reverend Glenda Meakin
  2. 2. HERALD is published six times a year(Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar,Apr/May, June/July) byChrist Church Deer Park1570 Yonge StreetToronto ON M4T 1Z8Tel: 416.920.5211Fax: 416.920.8400www.thereslifehere.orgWe welcome your submissions.E-mail:jking@thereslifehere.orgor the editor (e-mail below).PARISH CLERGYRectorThe Rev. Kevin RobertsonAssociate PriestThe Rev. Canon Douglas GraydonAssistant CurateThe Rev. Julie MeakinHonorary AssistantsThe Rev. Dr. Peter SlaterThe Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton,Ecumenical Partner, United Church of CanadaOrganist & Director of MusicEric RobertsonDirector of Children’s EducationNatalie KempCORPORATIONRector’s WardenGenevieve ChornenkiPeople’s WardenCarolyn KearnsFinance Warden/TreasurerRobert MorrowDeputy WardenHenry ZeluskiEDITORIAL COMMITTEEEditorJoyce Hamilton (joyceian@sympatico.ca)MembersHenry Zaluski,Photos: Deirdre Malone, Henry Zaluski,Peter Curzon, Kate RiegerWebmasterBrian DenchPARISH STAFFParish Administrator & Rector’s AssistantJean KingBookkeeperElisabeth LunderSextonDenis DelisleTHE CONCEPT OF “SABBATH” comes from the very beginning of our tradition. Theopening chapters of the Book of Genesis tell us that after six days of creation, Godrested on the seventh day and blessed that day (Genesis 2:1-3). Thus, a period ofrest was built into the rhythm of life. The word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew“Shabbat”, which means “to cease”, and those of you who have Jewish friends andfamily members will know how seriously many of them honour the Shabbat as atrue day of rest. From earliest times, the Sabbath was a cornerstone of Jewish andChristian practice, and the keeping of the Sabbath was included in the 10Commandments given to Moses: “Remember the Sabbath Day, and keep itholy” (Exodus 20:8).In our own time, most of us are familiar with Sabbath time in the form of a day offduring the week. Historically, that day was Sunday, when the only “work” that wasdone was the work of worship and study at church. Many of us can remember atime when stores were closed on Sundays and, before that, even the swings in publicplaygrounds in this province were locked in order to prevent children from playingon Sundays!In the past few decades, our society has moved away from the understanding ofa common Sabbath Day. These days, you can do almost anything on Sunday thatyou can do any other day of the week! And yet, there is much wisdom in ourtradition which continues to call us to observe a Sabbath as a time for re-creationand renewal. It is a theological principle, in which we understand ourselves to bepart of the rhythm of creation, as we set aside a specific period to rest in thepresence of the One who created us and sustains us.In our Diocese, clergy are eligible to take Sabbath time every seven years, and Ihave the privilege of being able to do so this summer. With the support of thebishop and the churchwardens, I will be away from the parish for just over threemonths. Though the concept of Sabbath connotes rest, I plan to have a busySabbath Leave - spending time caring for our two young children and also readingand doing research for the purposes of professional development. I hope to returnre-energized and renewed for the exhilarating work of ministry which lies before usas a community.In my absence, the Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon and the Reverend JulieMeakin will continue to give leadership to the parish and to provide priestlyministry and pastoral care. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with them.Finally, I wish you some Sabbath time of your own this summer. I hope that youwill create opportunities for your own rest and renewal in the beauty of God’screation. Have a great summer. I look forward to seeing you in September.Yours faithfully,The Reverend Kevin Robertson, Rector2 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Kevin’sCornerHERALD
  3. 3. to this reality of the Spirit within us, there will be fruits:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control,as St. Paul tells us. We become more and more like Christin the world.We may, like Peter, be emboldened to proclaim the gospelthrough words, or our witness may take a variety of forms.And even if we don’t pray regularly, or aren’t sure how topray, St. Paul assures us that the Spirit prays within us,interceding for us “with sighs too deep for words. “On Sundays we say “Hear what the Spirit is saying to theChurch.” We have put this into practice by forming work-ing groups and encouraging initiatives, small or large. Weare listening for the leading of the Spirit in all that we dohere at Christ Church Deer Park and that is alreadybearing fruit.Finally, I would like to say that I will miss being called“Deacon Meakin”! but am so very grateful to be able toserve you as a priest.Here is a prayer you might like:Spirit of lifeFill our emptiness with your fullnessSpirit of powerStir our hearts afreshSpirit of love,Touch us, and through us, our neighbourSpirit of Creativity,Enable and empower the gifts you have givenSpirit of EternityDraw us ever deeper into your Kingdom. Amen.(http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Pentecost.htm)May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace inbelieving....and Happy Birthday to us all!The Reverend Julie Meakin,Assistant Curate3 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Meakin’sMusingsWE ARE QUICKLY APPROACHING the end of the EasterSeason for this liturgical year. After the Last Supper, Jesuspromises his disciples that the Father will send them theHoly Spirit to be their advocate and helper. When Jesusappears to them in the locked room after his resurrection,he says “Peace be with you”, breathes on them, and says,“Receive the Holy Spirit.” He told his followers to remainin Jerusalem because within a few days they would“clothed with power from on high.”And this is what happened 50 days later on Pentecost,when the apostles were gathered together and tongues offire appeared among them. They began to speak in differentlanguages, much to the amazement of the many Jewishpilgrims gathered outside the house. Peter subsequentlypreached to the crowds and that day 3,000 were baptized.Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church and theculmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity. We havemany beautiful hymns such as “Come down O Lovedivine” that speak of this gift of the Holy Spirit. But whatdoes it mean for us? What does it mean for us in our busylives, here in Toronto, and for our life together at CCDP?As St. Paul states, “The love of God has been poured intoour hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been givento us.” (Romans 5:5) The Holy Spirit is the presence of theRisen Christ in our hearts – what an amazing, awesome gift!In the words of St. Basil, “Through the Holy Spirit we arerestored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven,and adopted as children, given confidence to call God“Father” and to share in Christ’s grace, called children oflight and given a share in eternal glory.”Are we present to this gift as a reality in our lives? Do wego about our daily tasks with this awareness that the verybreath of God that breathed over creation, that broughtto life our Lord, is a part of us? If we can’t quite grasp it,we’re in good company, for on the day of Pentecost, “allwere amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatdoes this mean?”Its meaning becomes more clear as we turn our attentiontowards God. We become rooted and grounded in thedivine life of the Holy Trinity. When we turn our attention
  4. 4. 4 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Spring is finally here! We have been busy over the past 3months in PromiseLand and Y.A.L.In PromiseLand, throughout the season of Epiphany, welooked at baptism, made our own miracle turning eggs intomeringues, created promises to ourselves for 2013 inspiredby God’s faithful promises in Luke 4:14-21, and we brain-stormed how Jesus and the townspeople might have felt(Luke 4:21-30).During Transfiguration we made personal connections toLuke 9:28-36 by creating our own mountain top experiencepictures. Throughout Lent, PromiseLand dramatized Gospelreadings, went on a fruit scavenger hunt and even put on aPraise Parade on Palm Sunday. Rather than giving up some-thing for Lent both PromiseLand and Y.A.L. learned aboutrecycling and how we can help the earth.Easter Sunday had a large attendance which made our egghunt lots of fun! On Easter 2 Thomas doubts the resurrec-tion, as a symbol of our faith, finger paintings were made inthe shape of a cross to show our belief. The followingSunday the importance of showing our love in our actionswas a theme. Learning how to sign “I love you” in AmericanSign Language gave us a new way to show our love. Additionally,on Earth day the theme of being safe in God’s hands wasdiscussed.PromiseLand wanted to show that we can make our Eartha safer place for each other by making Earth Day Discoverybooks highlighting how we can help our air, land, forestsand water.For Y.A.L.’s first social we had fun cosmic bowling, hangingout with friends and eating pizza. We then dedicated Lentto helping our family and friends become more aware ofrecycling.For our second social the issues of racism, bullying, andself-image were explored through watching the movie HairSpray. The historical context was also outlined to providea better understanding of the movie.The third social justice initiative Y.A.L. has undertaken islooking into the evolution of knowledge surroundingHIV/AIDS, the stigma attached to the disease and under-standing current efforts to help locally and globally. Weregistered and participated in the Rotary Trump PokerAIDS Walk lead by the Belleville Rotary Trump Club. Abake sale during the rummage sale helped us to raise moneyto support HIV/AIDS.With the summer quickly approaching I am currentlytrying to get volunteers to help lead the 9 week summerPromiseLand program. All of the programming will beprovided.Overall I am continuously touched by the generosity of themembers of this parish. I want to thank you for supportingPromiseLand and Y.A.L.!Natalie KempDirector of Children and Youth MinistryMarathon Season......is upon us again and it seems that all ‘runs’ run downYonge Street by CCDP, usually on Sunday mornings.Thanks to Kathy Lindsey, we have the following photosfrom the April 21st run. Next came May 5th...and whoknows what’s to yet come.Kevin watching the passingparade...I wonder if thatrunner carried her daughterthe whole way?Heading southat Heath Street
  5. 5. 5 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Shrove TuesdayOn 12th February, 2013, we hosted our traditional pancakesupper followed by imposition of ashes for some of ouryoung parishioners. Cathy Thomas (our co-ordinator thisyear) asked that we remember Joe MacLean, who ran hisfirst pancake supper at CCDP many years ago, and hisphotograph was featured on our poster in the atrium alongwith his wife, Carolyn Lennox, and their daughter, EmilyMacLean, who many of you know. Our theme was MardiGras with beads, masks and music, but the food was ourbest - pancakes, sausages and ham, not to mention fruitand desserts - all courtesy of Pearl Cooke, Norma Ross,Kelly Sudsbury and Rev. Julie Meakin.Photographs featured some of us enjoying the evening -thanks to Bob Shea. We fed over 100 people - with gratitudeto the cooking crew of Anne Larkin, Mary Kay Brown,Norma Ross, Ann Atkins, Nicholas Chornenki, Jim Colleyand Maxine Henry, also to David Thornton, Pam Taylor,Jayne Miles-Simpson, Emily Chatten and Greg Lowe, andto Kelly Sudsbury, Claire Colquhoun and Rita Simek andEdna Quammie for all the decorations.Julie’s OrdinationSaturday, April 27, 2013On a beautiful, sunny spring day, surrounded by family,friends and parishioners here at Christ Church Deer Park,Bishop Patrick Yu ordained the Reverend Julie Meakin apriest in the Church.It was a lovely, happy service, further celebrated at thereception in Elliott Hall which followed.‘Deacon Meakin’ no longer (thus the new title on her column),Julie served as celebrant for her first time at both serviceson Sunday.She didn’t stop smiling the whole weekend!Julie with the Rev.Beth Benson, thehomilist.
  6. 6. 6 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Doug’sDiscourseNOW THAT OUR EASTER FESTIVALS are past, many of ushave turned our attention to spring and the approach of amore leisurely summer pace of life. BBQ’s, cottage countryand vacation schedules are our priority. In addition, andrightly so, many of us eagerly look forward to warmer daysand slower work weeks. It is a reward as it were, for survivingthe long gray days of autumn and winter in the city.Such thinking reminds me of the deep patterns andrhythms which resonate throughout our world. Patternsand rhythms which knit together families and neighbours,communities and societies. The yearly pattern of holidays,high holy festivals and anniversaries. The rhythm of fall,winter and spring, the Lunar cycles which influence us alland of course the changing patterns of light and dark, dayand night which alert us to approaching winter and inspireus with the taste of spring.Mostly, we travel through these rhythms and patterns withan awareness blunted by familiarity. A familiarity which canblind us to the beauty of that which we have experiencedso many times before. This dynamic applies as well to ourChristian calendar as the liturgical seasons come and gowith a rhythm born of centuries of faithful witness.Sometimes I wonder if we have lost the fuller impact andmeaning of Easter to such familiarity. Easter is the centralevent of our faith. Everything about us as a people of Godcomes from that singular event which transformed andcontinues to transform Christ’s followers. For the earlychurch, the Easter event was more the beginning of anongoing event, the building of a new community, a newway of being and living in relationship with God. Easterwas not just a moment in time, but the energy whichempowered followers to see the world and God in a radicallydifferent way. As we move through our own Easter seasonand begin to prepare for the season of Pentecost, ourchallenge becomes that of keeping Easter alive in our heartsand minds and souls.This past fall, I had the pleasure of listening to JoanChittister, OSB, speaker at the annual Trinity Institute inNew York City, who challenged us to reflect upon what itmeans to be a 21st century Christian. Fundamental to herthinking was the understanding that faith and faithfulwitness is a dynamic, ever changing part of who we are.She suggested that organized faith has lost sight of the dailyrenewal born out of the eternally unfolding empowermentfound within the Easter event of our faith. In fact, she suggeststhat it is always in the best interests of any organized faithcommunity to achieve a state of stases where traditionbecomes the dominate descriptor of a church’s life and witness.Such stases must be resisted at all costs otherwise we runthe risk of becoming a faithful presence which is seen andexperienced by many to be “out of touch” with society’sneeds or concerns.As our liturgical season of Easter draws to a close, we needto remain diligent in reminding ourselves that we are aEaster people, a resurrection people not just at Eastertidebut every day of the year. The living dynamic of our faithcaptured in our Easter salutation “Alleluia! Christ is risen!The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” is intended to be adaily lived reality and not something we regulate solelyto our Easter celebrations.May we continue to live boldly our Easter experience. Mayour Easter joy remain with us throughout Pentecost and forall our days. Happy Easter!Reverend Canon Douglas GraydonPARISH REGISTERIn MemoriumHelen Joan CorkCraig Howard MontrossPriscilla Moore
  7. 7. The SculptorI woke up earlytoday, excited overall I get to do beforethe clock strikesmidnight. I haveresponsibilities tofulfill today. I amimportant. My job isto choose what kindof day I amgoing to have...Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or…I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or…I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan mypurchases wisely and guide me away from waste.Today I can grumble about my health or…I can rejoicethat I am alive.Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give mewhen I was growing up or…I can be grateful that theyallowed me to be born.Today I can cry because roses have thorns or…I cancelebrate that thorns have roses.Today I can mourn my lack of friends or…I can excitedlyembark upon a quest to discover new relationships.Today I can whine because I have to go to work or…I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.Today I can complain because I have to go to school or…eagerly open my mind and fill it with new tidbits ofknowledge.Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to dohousework or…I can feel honoured because the Lordhas provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.Today stretches ahead of me, ready to be shaped…andhere I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. Whattoday will be like is up to me, I get to chose what kindof a day I will have.anonymous7 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013WAS ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS!The Fall Rummage Sale will be upon us before we knowit....so mark your calendars now...Saturday, October 5So, whether you are downsizing or just spring cleaning,remember the Rummage Sale! Please look through yourclosets...make room for the new and let us have what youdon’t need anymore...(you can tell your friends too.)Drop off your items in the box in the Atrium...any time.And as the date draws nearer you will be hearing fromme,...count on it!Thank you,Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinatormaxinethemaximizer@yahoo.ca 416-590-1008SpringRummageSALEFeel like being more involved? Don’t have much time, butwant to help out? Feeling new, but want to join in? Been herea while, but haven’t been involved? Have ideas to share?Join us!THERE’S LIFE HERE in what we do, how we get togetherand what gets done.New members are always welcome to join any group atCCDP...choose one that interests you.Volunteers Welcome!TAKE A TURN at the Holy Grounds Café...with a friend, asa family...it’s fun and your efforts are always appreciated.Please sign up on the sheet just inside the kitchen or speakto Jayne Miles Simpson.
  8. 8. 8 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Churches-on-the-HillFood BankTHE 2013 ANNUAL MEETING of the Board of the Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank took place recently, and it is timelyto recap its activities and what has been happening lately.The Food Bank was started in 1997 and is 100% staffedby volunteers, none of whom are compensated in any waybut freely give of their time and talent.There are 12 regular volunteers from CCDP who toil atshifts on Monday evenings and on Wednesdays. At thattime, goods are sorted and then distributed to clients atTimothy Eaton church.Some turn up on both days!When one adds up the shifts worked in a month by eachCCDP volunteer, the total is the greatest of those fromthe various churches involved.There is also the Community Information Centre, run byDeirdre Malone, which qualifies new clients and assiststhem in accessing other support services in the community.In 2012, over 9,500 adults and children received threedays’ worth of groceries per visit – food for 85,000 meals!20% of clients are fairly recent immigrants, 50% aretemporarily down on their luck because of, for example,job loss, and the remainder have long-term health andsocial issues.Programmes have been developed to address needs forspecific foods, for example, for diabetics. There arealso some cancer patients and allergic clients with specialdietetic needs.Almost 25% of the food given goes to children. Our“Babies Programme” provides 100% of the recommendednutrition for the vital period from birth to 3 years.Also, a number of TTC tokens are distributed so thatneedy clients can get back home with their Food Bankgoods without paying another fare from their meagreresources.The distributed items are obtained from individual donationsof food and cash, as well as from the the member churchesand the Daily Bread Food Bank.Each of the churches involved makes great efforts inproviding the basic items needed by the clients.At CCDP, the following are wonderful examples of theseefforts:• A monetary contribution each year is provided by theOutreach Committee;• The proceeds from the annual Bridge Luncheon eachfall (planned for November 4 this year), organized by theACW under the leadership of Nancy Pickering and LouiseSaunders;• Generous cash donations from individual parishioners,as well as contributions, very welcome no matter howsmall, that are left in the bin in the Atrium, which isalways open for them.FromCCDP -dropped offat TimothyEatonearly thisApril;• The annual Canned and Dried Food Drive run byPromiseLand which produces over 400 items from theCCDP congregation and which Natalie Kemp is planningto organize for next October;• Participation by devoted parishioners in the annualFood Drive held each year in early November by the FoodBank as a whole. This involves going from house to housein the neighbourhood distributing flyers, followed by thesubsequent collection of donations. Last fall, about 250boxes of items were collected, along with cash of about$12,000.• The annual City Carol Sing takes place at YorkminsterPark Baptist Church and, last December, attracted about1,400 people. The audience included many CCDPparishioners. Our rector, Kevin Robertson, officiallyparticipated in the formal welcome and prayers. EricRobertson conducted the musical performance whichincluded some 30 from the CCDP choir. It provided,in voluntary contributions from the audience, the largestsingle donation to the Food Bank in 2012. It wassubsequently televised on City TV.Needless to say, heartfelt thanks are in order to those whohave contributed, with donations and/or activity, towardsmaking the Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank the successit has been to date.We look forward to many more years along those linesand are always looking for new volunteers who can help.No contribution in devoted time or effort is too small.
  9. 9. 9 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013A Word fromthe WardensSINCE VESTRY, the Management Team met 5 times, generallyevery other week, for about 2-1/2 hours. At our meetingswe pay attention to content and process. In other words,we attend to what we need to talk about and how we talkabout it with one other. Our intention is collegial team-work. Between meetings we work independently andconfer informally about ongoing business.In addition to attending to the operations of the parish,one of the Management Team’s immediate priorities thisyear was to establish the mandate and process for anAllocations Committee. This is for the distribution offunds that Christ Church Deer Park has and will continueto receive from our participation the diocesan Our Faith -Our Hope campaign last year. We have called this projectRe-Imagining Church because it is intended for new ideasthat honour and enhance what many dedicated parishioners,established for our benefit over the years.The Allocations Committee consists of Tony vanStraubenzee and Walter Blackwell (co-chairs), EdnaQuammie and Ward Lindsey. Its mandate is straightforward:to receive funding applications for projects and activitiesinitiated by members of the parish and to help applicantsto develop practical plans for the implementation of theirideas in collaboration with others. The AllocationsCommittee is to make recommendations to theManagement Team, which has oversight of parish resourcesand will ultimately allocate funds over a range of initiatives.Requests for Re-Imagining Church funds may come fromparishioners or from the Management Team itself ifappropriate for corporate needs.The application process for Re-Imagining Church is some-what more formal than we are accustomed to in this parish,but it need not be cumbersome or onerous. The applicationform is not complicated and is available in hard copy oron-line at the parish website. Step-by-step this form guidesthe applicant through practical details concerning a proposal.Importantly, the form invites applicants to indicate howthe funds will contribute to the vitality and/or growth ofChrist Church Deer Park. It also asks what Signpost(s) ofVitality apply.The Signpost(s) of Vitality are simply the ideals that guideus going forward. They speak to the ways in which we atChrist Church Deer Park can live out our identity asChristians now and in the future. Or, as deputy wardenHenry Zaluski said at Parish Forum, they are about “Heartsin pews, not bums in pews.” Alone and together, the sign-posts can contribute to a parish where people come andstay out of a sense of commitment and identity as opposedto a sense of obligation. Once again, here are the Signpostsof Vitality:HospitalityWelcoming others whether or not they are like-minded,without pressure to conformDiscernmentDeep listening and openness to where the Spirit is leading usHealingAttending to the spiritual, physical, mental and relationalwellbeing of one anotherContemplationHonouring silence and cultivating the practice of prayerTestimonyCreating a safe space for people to talk about their faith storiesDiversityEmbracing the rich variety and inherent value of all people.JusticeEmbodying Christ’s compassion in the world.WorshipCultivating a sacred environment that evokes experiences ofthe Divine.ReflectionEngaging in study and dialogue that supports an enquiringand open approach to living a Christian life.BeautyAwakening an experience of awe, humility and respect thatyields glimpses of the Transcendent Mystery.In addition to Re-Imaging Church and the AllocationsCommittee, the Management Team’s second and closelyrelated priority has been In The Works. This is the namefor our continuing process of parish engagement that wasintroduced in October 2012 with the establishment of sixworking groups under the leadership of parish facilitators.At our follow-up Parish Forum on April 21, 2013 thechairs of five working groups gave progress reports andshared some of the ideas that they had been consideringor developing.
  10. 10. 10 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Discerning Our Gifts For Lay MinistryDavid MooreWelcomingWilliam JacksonOpening Up Our Sacred Space & GroundsBob Hutchison & Henry ZeluskiDeveloping Spiritual PracticesGavin KeachieRaising Spiritual KidsAndrew van Nostrand & Christopher SymondsAnd these individuals suggested additional initiatives sothat interested parishioners could be in touch with them:Blessing of AnimalsAlexis TroubetzkoyNew Moms Movie NightRebecca Wells JoplingEnergy AuditPhyllis CreightonLife Story Book ProjectAnita LiuIntergenerational SpiritualityEmily ChattenThe April 21st Parish Forum was an information sessionand all projects are ultimately subject to approval by theManagement Team. Naturally, major initiatives will alsoinvolve appropriate consultation with the parish.Working Groups and individual initiators who seek fundsare now responsible to complete a Re-imaging Churchapplication and submit it to the Allocations Committee, asdescribed above. Any projects that do not require fundingmay be forwarded to the Management Team directly.Genevieve Chornenki Carolyn Kearns Henry ZaluskiRector’s Warden People’s Warden Deputy WardenRobert MorrowFinance Warden/TreasurerA Special LuncheonIt started out as an invitation to Kevin to attend a usualTuesday ACW ‘bring-your-own’ lunch before he left on hissummer sabbatical. The invitation then widened to includehis partner, Mohan Sharma, and their young twins, Anyaand Kiran.Word spread, and it seemed everyone wanted to be there,so…on May 7th, about 80 parishioners and friends filledElliott Hall to welcome the family and to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ overthe twins (who seemed to take all the attention in stride).Kevin and Mohan were presented with a contributiontowards the twin’s education fund (donated by thosepresent and others…and, it’s not too late to add to the gift…speak to Joan Huycke or Anne Le Feuvre).It was a joyous occasion!The men’s table.
  11. 11. 11 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Social MattersSPENDING PRIORITIES?We live in a world where world military expenditurestotalled $1.76 trillion (US) last year. NATO membersaccounted for $1 trillion of it. Canada is the 14th highestmilitary spender in the world, with an estimated $22.5billion (US) as its 2012 total. That’s what the StockholmInternational Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says in thereport it released on April 15 about what the world spenton weapons.The International Peace Bureau – the world’s largest peacefederation headquartered in Geneva, with 300 memberorganizations in 70 countries – held a Global Day ofAction on Military Spending that day. I served on IPB’scouncil for three years some time ago, because like IPB,I want a world without war. That same day, Ceasefire.ca –a website of the Rideau Institute, an Ottawa-basedresearch, advocacy, and consultative group – asked “Howwould you spend the money wasted on weapons and war?”Here’s my 100-word answer:“Spend the money on:• producing and distributing a film and educational materialsillustrating the climate crisis, why we must therefore changeour lifestyles, and how we and Canadian communities cansharply reduce our carbon footprint (greenhouse gasemissions);• pushing the cause of abolishing nuclear weapons;• increasing research into mental illness, as well as bettercare and support for the mentally ill;• providing adequate public and rent-assisted housingacross Canada;• instituting a guaranteed annual income in Canada;• developing school programs on values and ethics;• promoting conservation as policy and lifestyle;• helping the world’s poverty-stricken. “Ceasefire.ca is creating a word cloud using the 100-wordanswers it receives. Part of the pressure that forced theHarper Government to drop the plan to spend an alleged$35 billion on F-35 attack stealth fighter jets came fromthe Rideau Institute. They ferreted out costs that thegovernment had concealed and forced the truth out. Thepressure from industry lobbyists and their success in exertinginfluence is all too clear. Canada will only turn away fromits increasing militarism if there is concerted public pressureand action. How would you spend the money?Recent published research provides evidence that war doesn’twork anymore, that peaceful methods such as negotiation,mediation, and conflict resolution, are more successful indealing with conflicts. Isn’t one promise in the dawn oflight with the coming of Christ that God will guide ourfeet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79)? Peace is the OldTestament prophets’ vision — shalom — when the worldwill be alive with the presence of God: love. Think aboutit. What path do we choose?Phyllis CreightonBOOK SALESaturday, May 25th10:00 am - 2:00 pmPaperback, hardcover, coffee table; LPs. CDs. Videosand DVDsAnd...it’s still not too late to volunteer your time to help out.Please call Anne Kear,: 416-924-3940Don’t forget the
  12. 12. 12 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013JOIN US every second Sunday at 4:30 pm for this popularservice of music, a reflective reading, prayers for our cityand the world and great music...featuring some of Toronto’sfinest jazz musicians!May 26 Remembering Miles(a tribute to Miles Davis)Musicians TBAJune 23 Brian Barlow Big Band(part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival)From theOrgan BenchOnce again this summer, the musicat our Sunday services will be ledby the Christ Church SummerSingers. The Summer Singers meetin the chancel at 9:15am everySunday throughout the summer torehearse music for the 10am servicethat follows.The weather is finally getting warmer and the Springsegment of Lunchtime Chamber Music is in full swing.The following recitals, which take place on Thursdays at12:10pm, will round out the 2012/13 LCM season:May 23 Madawaska EnsembleSarah Fraser Raff, violin / Anna Redekop,viola / Amber Ghent, celloMay 30 Billy Shawn, pianoJune 6 Christopher James, fluteAaron James, pianoJune 13 Quinteto de TangosAlheli Pimienta, flute / RebekahWolkstein, violin / Mike Allen, electricguitar / John Yelland, contrabassWalter Gugliotta, pianoJune 20 Metamorphosis EnsembleTakayo Noguchi, violin / Kathleen Long,cello / Corinne Long, pianoJune 27 Alan Pulker, fluteElena Tchernaia, pianoIf you would like to learn more about the CCDP musicprogramme, please get in touch with me through thecontact page of the Christ Church Deer Park website atwww.thereslifehere.org. I’d love to hear from you!Have a great summer!Eric Robertson,Organist & Director of MusicWelcome to theBook ClubWe invite all those who enjoy readingto come to our gathering onWednesday, May 29at 7:30in the Arthur Smith Room.We’ll discuss Jane Austen’s timeless“Sense and Sensibility”published in 1811,the first of her two classic novels.Please join us for lively conversation,refreshments and wineor your own choice of beverage. .For information, call Anne Kear: 416-924-3940
  13. 13. 13 / HERALDCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK APRIL/MAY 2013Hark! Consider advertisingin the HERALD.HERALD is published 5 times per year; Sept/Oct;Nov/Dec: Jan/Feb: April/May: June/July. Ad rates arevery reasonable...we can even design your ad if required.And... since the HERALD is posted in full to our websitewww.thereslifehere.org your advertisements will also getexposure on the internet.For details and rates contact Elisabeth Lunder in theParish Office.HERALDDeadline for the next HERALD is June 12DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for an article? Perhaps a featureon an unsung hero in the parish? A special memory?An historical fact? Please speak to one of the clergy orto the Editor.Articles and announcements may be submitted at anytime up to the deadline. Just leave in the box in theAtrium or e-mail the editor at joyceian@sympatico.caLiving Well Family ChiropracticOptimizing your health and well-being naturallyDr. Andrea PerriconeChiropractor & Acupuncture provider1366 Yonge St. Suite 208 (416) 985-1911(south of St. Clair at Balmoral) perriconedc@gmail.comTransitionsYour trusted partner in changeJennifer Tivilukfounder and principal416.576.0690transitions@start.cayourtransitionpartner.comThe GalleryIn the Arthur Smith RoomSerendipity SpringPaintings byPeggy Dean / Simone CreedSunday, April 7 - Sunday, May 19Remember to check our website forupdates on these and other events.www.thereslifehere.org
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