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The Herald CCDP Newsletter

  1. 1. HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK, TORONTO, CANADA VOLUME 40, NUMBER 1
  2. 2. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 Kevin’s Corner HERALD HERALD is published six times a year (Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, June/July) by Christ Church Deer Park 1570 Yonge Street Toronto ON M4T 1Z8 Tel: 416.920.5211 Fax: 416.920.8400 www.thereslifehere.org We welcome your submissions. E-mail: jking@thereslifehere.org or the editor (e-mail below). PARISH CLERGY Rector The Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson Assistant Curate The Rev. Julie Meakin Honorary Assistants The Rev. Dr. Peter Slater The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Ecumenical Partner Organist & Director of Music Eric Robertson Director of Children & Youth Ministry Hilary Keachie MANAGEMENT TEAM Rector’s Warden Genevieve Chornenki People’s Warden Carolyb Kearns Deputy Warden Henry Zaluski EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Editor Joyce Hamilton (joyceian@sympatico.ca) Members Henry Zaluski, Photos: Deirdre Malone, Henry Zaluski, Peter Curzon, Kate Rieger Webmaster Brian Dench Dear friends, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19) With these familiar words, ashes are smudged on our foreheads and we begin the 40-day journey into the season of Lent. These 40 days are meant to recall Jesus’ own time of testing in the wilderness, where he survived on the bare necessities of life, all the while confronting the temptations to escape his desert of despair with offers of comfort, recognition, and power. Metaphorically, this season places us in the wilderness with Jesus, where we intentionally choose to “do without” - a discipline that helps to remind us of our utter reliance on God. Because of its austerity, Lent is sometimes understood as a bit of a downer, while the rest of the world is out merrily buying bright tulips and chocolate bunnies. But it need not be so. Lent is not a time for dour self-loathing. Instead, it is an opportunity to intentionally strip away the baggage which separates us from authentic living in Christ. In a world so full of noise and clutter, Lent calls us to tune out the voices that keep us from a deep contemplation of who we really are, and whose we are, and who God is calling us to be. For each of us, the most alluring distractions are different. So Lent is, in many ways, a very personal and productive journey - our own opportunity to allow God to refine and renew us. As we enter this season once again, I encourage you to embrace it in a way that works for you. If you are planning to give something up or take something on, may it serve the purpose of opening a way for God to “create in you a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within you.” (Psalm 51:11). Then, when Easter comes in all of its joyful glory, the newness of life in the resurrection will be felt more deeply within us. I wish you holy Lent. May it be a time of growth and renewal, as we seek to live more fully into our identity as the beloved children of God. PARISH STAFF Director of Parish Operations Paul Marritt Bookkeeper Elisabeth Lunder Sexton Denis Delisle The Reverend Canon Kevin Robertson, Rector 2 / HERALD
  3. 3. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Meakin’s Musings “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart.” Thus speaks the prophet Joel in our first reading of Ash Wednesday. The process of returning to God, of ever deepening conversion, is one of the themes of Lent. And note this is an invitation - God desires to have a relationship with us. Lent can be described as a time of “spring cleaning” for our hearts, of stocktaking, or of a kind of “spring training” for disciples. It is a time of self-reflection and penitence with the understanding that this will enable us to be more open to God, to allow God to give us life in all its fullness. It may be helpful if we see Lent as tied to our baptism. In the early church, Lent began as a period of preparation for adults who would be baptized at the Easter Vigil. It was an intensive 40 days (imitating Christ’s 40 days in the desert) of instruction, purification, and preparation for their new life in Christ. It was a time of entering more consciously into the mystery of Christ’s Passover, of that journey from death to life. Being marked with ashes at the beginning of our Lenten journey is a reminder of our need to die to sin so that we may live in Christ. The Church has encouraged prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and the reading of Scripture as Lenten disciplines. How is your prayer life? Does it need a re-boot? The Lord’s Prayer, a favourite psalm, the collect for purity and many other prayers are available for us. Or just pray what is on your heart. By fasting we remember the poor who are forced to fast by their poverty. Fasting helps clear the mind and can have an energizing effect. Of course, we think of Lent as a time to “give up” something. This may be an indulgence, or a negative attitude or habit. Lent is often a time when people give to Faithworks or to other charitable organizations. It may be a time to focus on a justice or environmental issue as well. for reflection and prayer. We begin on Lent 1 in Matthew with the temptation of Jesus - then hear four amazing passages from the Gospel of John: Nicodemus; the Woman at the Well; the Man Born Blind and the raising of Lazarus, before we return to Matthew on Palm/Passion Sunday. Read these passages slowly, prayerfully. They are paired with equally wonderful passages from the Old Testament: the temptation in Genesis; Abraham’s call; Water from the Rock; the Anointing of David as King and the dry bones of Ezekiel Lent is a time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out and to become refreshed and renewed; energized to be effective disciples in the world. This will be my final article for the Herald - I am amazed at how the past year and a half has flown by. Here at Christ Church Deer Park I have seen and experienced a deep spirituality and commitment to the Gospel; a community that cares for and loves each other, and a community of faith that is open to new ways of doing ministry. I have learned much during my time here at CCDP and want to thank you all for your generosity and friendship. I want to especially thank Kevin, on both a personal and professional level, for his excellent guidance and support in all things related to ministry. I would also like to thank the Wardens and say how much I have learned and enjoyed being part of such a committed and collaborative Management Team. To the staff; you have made coming into work each day a real joy and I will miss you all. It has been a time of growth and encouragement in my vocation as a priest and a privilege and joy to worship with you and to serve you. I will miss you all! I leave you with this traditional Irish blessing: May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Wishing you a blessed Lent and Easter, The Reverend Julie Meakin, Assistant Curate Finally, the Lenten Gospel passages offer a treasure trove 3 / HERALD
  4. 4. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 spend a few quite moments walking the Labyrinth. We will focus on being present in the moment and using our body and all of our senses in prayer. We encourage everyone to come downstairs to the Rainbow Room and walk the Labyrinth either before or after Sunday worship. Hilary Keachie Director of Children & Youth Ministry A Place to Learn, Laugh & Live out our Faith IN JANUARY, PROMISELAND FOCUSED ON BAPTISM. We started by reading the Gospel of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River and then did a dramatic retelling with costumes and all! We shared pictures from our own baptisms and used our experiences to identity possible symbols for baptism including water, a dove and a candle. Using these symbols as well as symbols of Jesus, we created a life-size mural to remind us that through baptism we are all united in Christ. All this learning culminated in a mini field trip across the street to Yorkminster Park Baptist church to visit their full immersion baptismal tank and learn about some of their traditions and rituals. Thank you to Rev. Dale Ross for a great morning - and for taking us all right down into the tank!! Then in February, we went back to very beginning of the Bible and started working our way through the Book of Genesis. We compared the creation stories, built a 3-D creation collage and learned to sing “The 7 Day of Creation” (to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas). We then built cardboard and tin foil Arks, following detailed instructions like the one’s God gave to Noah - and tried floating them, in rainy and windy conditions to boot! All 3 Arks withstood the storm and Noah, his family and the pairs of animals stayed (mostly) dry! g Arks Buildin Getting ready to float our Arks. We will take a hiatus from Genesis during Lent and Easter. We will begin the Lenten season together on Tuesday, March 4th with an intergenerational pancake supper followed by a family worship service with the imposition of ashes. In PromiseLand, we will build a simple Labyrinth on the first Sunday of Lent using rope, candles and found objects. Every Sunday in Lent, we will add more objects to the path and 4 / HERALD flo hey all uccess! T S ated!
  5. 5. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Young Anglican Leaders and YOUNG ANGLICAN LEADERS is our youth leadership programme for teens grade 7 and up. We meet 3-4 times every month for a variety of community building and leadership activities including Lunch and Learns, volunteering or fundraising and social nights. Christ Church Deer Park present the Good Friday Concert Music for a Most Holy Day Our Bible oriented monthly Lunch and Learns will focus this year on the Book of Ruth. Every month, a different team will prepare a dramatic reading, an interactive activity on the chapter’s theme, a grace and some lunch. YAL will be responsible for leading these Bible studies, and I, for one, am excited to see what they come up with! Special Guest: John Johnson Juno Award winner John Johnson is one of the most in-demand musicians in Toronto. He is proficient on all the saxophones from sopranino through baritone, as well as piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. John has performed with jazz greats such as Diane Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, and Bill Mays, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions. and Featuring: YAL will also be volunteering every 3rd Saturday of the month at CCDP’s Community Breakfast. Bright and early, from 7:00-9:30am, YAL joins a dedicated team of volunteers from our parish to make eggs, sausages and toast and then helps serve it to about 3540 people from the community. It’s a great opportunity to serve those in need and get involved in the wider life and work of our parish. Soloists and Choir of Christ Church Deer Park Eric Robertson Music Director April 18- 4:00pm On the 1st Friday of each month, YAL will have a fun, social night. We made our own pizzas and watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail in January, played board games in February and have lots more planned for the coming months, including roller skating, going to a play and playing laser tag. If you are interested in joining this fun and dynamic group, or know someone who might be, please come and speak with me. Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and dedication to our children and youth programmes, and here’s to a fun, meaningful and learning-filled year! Hilary Keachie Director of Children’ & Youth Ministry Admission Free All are Welcome Join us on Sunday, March 23 for a Pot Luck Lunch in Elliott Hall after the 10:00am service as we celebrate The Reverend Jule Meakin’s time with us and wish her well as she takes the reins as Incumbent of Holy Family, Heart Lake parish. 5 / HERALD
  6. 6. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 istry of friendly visiting. I am confident that this program will flourish and grow. I wish David Moore and all of the Congregational Care Team volunteers continued success. May God empower this vital parish ministry so that it may grow and prosper. Doug’s Discourse IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO SAY GOODBYE THE FIRST TIME. I am finding it is even harder to say goodbye a second time. I have decided after much soul searching to semi-retire. Effective Feb. 28th, I shall be leaving my position as Associate Clergy here at Christ Church Deer Park while continuing to work half-time as Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services for the Diocese of Toronto. When Fr. Kevin invited me to join the staff almost two years ago, it was to assist him with services and to explore the viability of a pastoral care program within the parish. I was also invited to support adult education within the congregation when asked to sit on the Lay Ministry Committee chaired by David Moore. My time here has been filled with opportunities both satisfying and challenging. The adult education activities of the parish; bible study groups, sermon discussion groups, ACW Lenten programs and seminars exploring healing ministries have all been great fun. I value highly conversations such as these which explore questions of faith. For me, it is the ways and means of fleshing out the what, and why of my beliefs. I thank all of those who have challenged me to ponder the nuances of our faith. I hope I have challenged a few ideas for others as well. This past summer I was challenged in a most satisfying way sharing the ministry of Christ Church Deer Park with Julie Meakin when Fr. Kevin was on sabbatical. Even though it was summer, the demands of the parish were consistent and steadily busy. Julie and I had great fun working together learning about each otherís vocational theology and ìstyleî of ministry. I wish Julie all of Godís blessings as she continues in her ministry. May God grant her the strength and wisdom necessary to pastor in today’s demanding age of faith. While its development was a much more gradual process than originally anticipated, I was so blessed to work with David Moore in the creation of the Congregational Care Team. It seems, in retrospect, that the time taken to set down solid roots within this new program was time well spend. David Moore has a great passion for this ministry and he is a talented leader for this program. There are many parishioners here at Christ Church Deer Park who have the skills and abilities necessary for embracing a min- The worshiping life of Christ Church Deer Park is, I feel, the jewel of the parish. I have always found the liturgy at Christ Church Deer Park to be most uplifting. The dedication of the servers, deacons, lay readers, intercessors, sides people, crucifer, altar guild, chalice bearers, choir and organist, Sunday school leaders and teachers, to name but only a few, is most impressive. In many ways the liturgy here has revived my faith in ways I could not anticipate when Rev. Canon Judy Rois invited me here for the first time. It has been a great joy to stand at the altar and listen to the choir under Eric Robertson’s direction behind me. Do not be surprised if you see me on the occasional Sunday sitting in one of the back pews sometime in the future. There is a rhythm to Christ Church Deer Park’s parish life which shall be missed as well. Weekly staff meetings, Sunday coffee at Second Cup with members of the 8:00am congregation, the 7:30am Wednesday Eucharist, (despite the early hour) followed by breakfast; parish forums and parish rummage sales, Christmas Bazaars and Good Friday concerts. All constitute the life of the parish and all give shape and expression to the spirit of a parish. One of the great sadnesses of being a clergyperson is the experience of leaving behind such familiar and life giving patterns of a community’s faith and spirit. Routines such as these will certainly be missed. Finally, I wish to extend particular thanks to Fr. Kevin. Without his willingness to extend an invitation to return to Christ Church Deer Park, I would not now be saying yet again goodbye. His trust in my abilities has been absolute and I am grateful for such trust. Without Fr. Kevin’s support I would not have had the opportunity of enhancing and growing my skills regarding parish ministry. I thank him for his support and I wish him God’s good blessings always. As I think back I realize that I have been part of Christ Church Deer Park, off and on, for almost five years. In many ways that is so brief a time in the life of a parish. For me, it has been a time where everyone has welcomed me here with warmth, acceptance and grace. I wish Christ Church Deer Park all success in the future and may it continue to be a place where God is known and known well. 6 / HERALD The Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon, Assistant Priest
  7. 7. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Interfaith, Church and Divinity: Manifestations of my Faith Journey I HAVE TO SAY, IT’S REALLY WONDERFUL to be back at Christ Church Deer Park. Thank you all for the warm welcome back!! It has been so great getting to see everyone and catch up after my year away. I feel blessed to be part of such a fantastic community! For the last 12 months, I was living in Hanover, Germany and working as the Project Coordinator for an international and interreligious youth conference, set for May 2015. When I arrived last January, the “Interreligious Youth Forum” was still in the baby stages, and most notably, still an entirely Protestant initiative. My first job was to reach out to youth leaders in various faith traditions, denominations and related international organizations in order to make this a truly interfaith event in its vision, creation and implementation. We were fortunate to get a very positive response and created a team of 12 dedicated, experienced, and mostly youth, volunteers. The team met regularly throughout the year to decide on the theme, content, countries involved and potential lead-up and follow-up initiatives. It was a great group and I felt fortunate to get to work with them and learn about their experiences of faith and interfaith work in Europe. One of my main tasks as Project Coordinator was creating a detailed, yet accessible Toolkit to promote local action on the Millennium Development Goals. I also planned a mini Pre-Forum for July 2014 and was sent to gatherings and conferences around Germany and Europe to promote both events. Although I left before the project was complete, I plan to continue to be involved, and we have talked already about the possibility of returning for a few weeks to help with the Pre-Forum and/or actual Youth Forum in 2015. It would be amazing to see the outcome of all this hard work! During the year, I had the opportunity to participate in diverse and engaging events led by the Church. This included Lutheran confirmation classes, Advent worship services in the blue glow of the gothic cathedral, gospel music concerts and interfaith debates. The most profound experience for me though was participating in the 34th Protestant Kirchentag (literally “Church Day”). This huge, incomparable event happens every 2 years (the Catholics host in the alternate year) and brings together over 150, 000 people from around Germany and the world for a week of lectures, Bible studies, concerts, worship services and meals. This year, it took place in Hamburg and I had the privilege to not only attend but also lead an interfaith youth event that was held in collaboration. Over the week, I had countless moments of awe and inspiration; a crowded subway car breaking into spontaneous song, taking communion outdoors with more than 100,000 other people (the logistics alone astounded me!), a candlelit prayer service around the harbour. Everyone I encountered was incredibly friendly, eager to chat and hospitable (if you looked even slightly lost, 3 or 4 different people would offer you directions!) and when we asked about this attitude, the response was always the same: “This is Kirchentag!” Learning, worship, creative expression, social action and hospitality - this really was the most amazing expression of faith and the positive role it can play in society. Leaving Germany at the end of 2013 was bittersweet. Sad of course to leave my new friends and wonderful colleagues, and to know that my travel opportunities would almost entirely disappear, but I felt ready to come home, and very eager to start a new chapter in my life. On January 6th, I started my Masters of Divinity at Trinity College in Toronto. I made the decision to study theology and ministry while in Germany, inspired by the young pastors I met, the positive and active role of the church and the need to work to promote and continue this role in our community. I am studying part-time right now, taking classes in Theology, Homiletics and Liturgy. My favourite part so far is getting to plan and participate in worship services with the other Trinity students. Last week I got to set the table for Communion, and probably soon, I’ll even do a homily! I am also happy to announce some news of a more personal nature. My longtime boyfriend Lukas Rae proposed just before Christmas and we plan to be married on December 6th 2014. Our wedding will be at Christ Church Deer Park and it would be make me very happy to welcome you all for the ceremony. I feel blessed to be able to have the ceremony here in my home parish, and to have Kevin and my mom, Karen Hamilton, officiate. Thank you all again for your kind words and enthusiastic welcome back! I am really looking forward to sharing in our faith journeys - learning, laughing and living out our faith together. Hilary 7 / HERALD
  8. 8. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 Lenten Thoughts Fast From; Feast On Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them. Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life. Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light. Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God. Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify. Study Opportunities Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; feast on patience. On the Web Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism. ENLIGHTEN YOUR MIND with a series of Lenten Readings on the theme: Transformation through renewal of the mind by Imagination. Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation. Fast from worry; feast on divine order. Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives. Materials are posted on the parish website and continue through the weeks of Lent. Printed copies are available for those without computers. Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer. Those who are interested in these readings can meet with Canon Peter Gratton in the Arthur Smith Room after the 10:00 am service on March 23 & April 6. Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness. Interactive comments can be made to Peter at any time at dpgrat@gmail.com A.C.W. Lenten Luncheon Series YOU- ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND this Tuesday series as our clergy invite us to reflect upon the Parables of Jesus. We begin at noon in the Arthur Smith Room. Bring along your lunch... coffee and tea are provided. March 11 The Parable of the Sower March 18 The Parable of the Good Samaritan March 25 The Parable of the Mustard Seed April 1 The Parable of the Lost Sheep April 6 The Parable of the Prodigal Son All are welcome. Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance. Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others. Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth. Fast from discouragements; feast on hope. Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplift. Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm. Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire. Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity. Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence. Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds. William Arthur Ward 1921-1994.) (American author, teacher and pastor) 8 / HERALD
  9. 9. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Help us make Palm Crosses Please plan to join us throughout Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Friday April 11 9.30am in the Arthur Smith Room Sunday Services in Lent: Please join us. March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13 There will be people there to remind us how to make the crosses, and also to demonstrate the technique for those new to the task. Bring a pair of scissors with you. Easter Memorial Flowers IF YOU WOULD LIKE to contribute to the cost of decorating the church for Easter, please use the small brown envelopes in the pews, If you would like to make your donation in memory of a loved one, print the name of the person(s) to be remembered on the envelope. Memorials will be included in the Easter bulletin. Place the envelope in the offering plate. Donations may also be arranged through the office. Said Eucharist - 8:00 am Sung Eucharist -10:00 am (church school & childcare provided) Holy Week and Easter Services Palm Sunday, April 13 8:00am Holy Eucharist & Blessing of Palms 10:00am Sung Eucharist and Palm Procession Maundy Thursday, April 17 7:00pm Eucharist, Foot-Washing & Altar Stripping 8:00pm “Gethsemane Watch” in the Chapel Good Friday, April 18 9:00am Stations of the Cross for Youth & Families 11:00am Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 1:00pm Good Friday Walk with Churches on-the-Hill Holy Saturday, April 19 8:00pm The Great Vigil of Easter & Lighting of the New Fire followed by a Resurrection Party and planting of the Easter Garden on the lawn. Great News! The Plastic Party of the Year is in Sight! Saturday April 19 - 10:00am - 3:00 pm Elliott Hall COME ONE AND ALL, bring your glue guns and/or a festive spirit. We shall glue, repair and otherwise resurrect our “Ecclesiastical Tacky Plastic Flowers” and have them ready for the Saturday evening Easter Vigil and Parish Party! There will be refreshments and general chaos. Any students wishing to earn community service hours are welcome. Please let me know if you can attend! We now have an extensive collection awaiting our attentions! Cheers, Carol Knowlton Dority CCDP Dura-Garden Squad Easter Day, April 20 8:00am 10:00am 9 / HERALD Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection Sung Eucharist of the Resurrection
  10. 10. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 our beliefs and our actions, the faith communities urged Canada to pursue climate justice by responding to the moral imperative of sharing more of the economic burden of adaptation and mitigation already being borne by poorer countries. Social Matters LIVING OUR FAITH IÍVE BEEN READING LIVING ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE: a biblical response to the environmental crisis, a new book from Citizens for Public Justice (available through www.cpj.ca ). Designed for group study with discussion and action suggestions, it has evocative reflections by various writers. Inviting us to fall in love with the Earth, university Catholic colleague, Stephen Scharper, calls us to a deeper ecological conscience: ecological integrity and social justice. He names a spiritual deficit as the cause of unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. Joy Kennedy, who long worked for the Anglican Church of Canada, reminds us that in the face of the gospel of growth, techno fixes and prosperity, the churches in 2011 said “We have a moral imperative to act.” With strong leadership, she urges, we can put the long-term interest of humanity and the planet first; religious organizations have an important role in promoting ethical consumption and sustainable life styles. “We lament that our abuse of creation has brought lasting damage to the world we have been given” which “belongs to God”, she mourns, in prayer. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Mark MacDonald, contrasts the “global culture of human-centred overuse “which is “a direct and accelerating threat to the larger web of life” with the aboriginal vision of the “community” in the “communion” - of all life. The deep Christian tradition of life needs to be recovered, he says. Calgary Anglican priest and social work professor, Mishka Lysak, thinks what we have to offer is hope, faithfulness, an ethical frame for prophetic action and economic self-restraint. He urges the church to engage in a ministry of creation advocacy in partnership with allies outside the church, asserting that adoption of energy policies, resulting in carbon emission reductions to a fair and safe global level, is our duty. The book includes the 25 Oct. 2011 Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on climate change, which the Anglican Church of Canada signed onto. It stresses the need to change wasteful patterns of production and consumption by a cultural transformation to the values of sustainability. Noting we need to seek coherence between Imperatives of faith and awareness of diocesan commitment to climate action led me to make a proposal to the Allocations Committee for the Re-Imagining Church funds; that CCDP have an energy audit of its facilities and pursue retrofits to reduce our carbon footprint. These practical steps would bear witness to our commitment to address the climate crisis. Retrofits would be a sign in the community that CCDP is a 21st century church which understands today’s imperatives. As a divinity faculty member, I know that the student-inspired solar panels on the roof of Trinity College’s academic building are a sign, within the University of Toronto, of Trinity’s ethical integrity and imagination. The allocations committee caught the vision, and I hope to see this work go forward. With CPJ I pray: Lord, all things come as gifts from your creating power. Give us your Spirit so that we might understand our communal responsibility. Show us the path to action and bestow on us the creativity and courage to lead our society to cherish and protect your gifts. Phyllis Creighton Interfaith Travels A FEW MONTHS AGO, our Karen Hamilton was photographed with the Archbishop of Canterbury now it’s the Pope! Karen is presently heading out to Israel and Palestine on a tour with Jews, Christians and Muslims. Barbara Marwood is joining her as well as her son, Gavin Keachie. We’ll look for a report in the next issue of the Herald. 10 / HERALD
  11. 11. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK A Word from the Churchwardens THE VESTRY MEETING WAS HELD on Sunday, February 23rd following the 10:00 a.m. service. The Annual Vestry Report (2013), the audited financial statements and a narrative budget were all available in print or electronic format in advance of the meeting. The meeting benefited from a Parish Forum “Money Matters” on February 9th where there was an opportunity to review the audited financial statements and other financial information of importance to the future of CCDP. The Vestry meeting was well attended. Eighty-five to ninety parishioners enjoyed a light lunch and heard presentations from the Rector, Treasurer, Rector’s Warden and People’s Warden. There were some good questions and positive discussion. Special recognition was given to two individuals - the Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon, Associate Priest, who was retiring, and Robert Morrow, who served in many capacities at CCDP, most recently as Treasurer and Financial Warden. Everyone is invited to attend the next “Money Matters” Parish Forum to be held on Sunday, May 4th following the 10:00 a.m. service. The meeting will continue to focus on financial aspects of parish life including property requirements and options relating to a general reserve fund. Genevieve Chornenki Carolyn Kearns Rector’s Warden People’s Warden Henry Zaluski Deputy Warden Why Go To Church? A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. ‘I’ve gone for 30 years now,’ he wrote, ‘and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.’ This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: ‘I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! 11 / HERALD
  12. 12. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 Spring Rummage SALE Saturday, April 26 10:00am - 1:00pm WE ARE EVEN NOW accepting contributions for the sale... Some ideas to get you started - gently used clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s); household items (cutlery, dishes, glasses, linens); jewellery; treasures; games and puzzles...the list goes on. So, whether you are downsizing or just spring cleaning, remember the Rummage Sale! Please look through your closets...make room for the new and let us have what you don’t need anymore...(You can tell your friends too.) Drop off your items in the box in the Atrium) And as the date draws nearer you will be hearing from me... count on it! Contemplative Knitting Circle For knitters of all ages and stages. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HANDWORK? Do you appreciate silence? Please consider joining us in the chapel on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm as we enjoy a contemplative time and space together. After a reading, we work in silence for the first half hour and converse about the work of our hands in the second half hour. Welcome Spring Thank you, Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinator maxinethemaximizer@yahoo.com 416-590-1008 (or encourage it to come) as we bid best wishes and a fond farewell to the Reverend Julie Meakin Pot Luck Lunch Elliott Hall Sunday, March 23 after the 10:00 am Service We encourage All to consider their favourite Brunch fare, and challenge them to create it for us! SpringLuncheon Tuesday, May 13 / 12:00 noon MARK YOU CALENDARS NOW for this, always anticipated, event. Watch our Website and Sunday Bulletins for more details as the date draws near. 12 / HERALD (Both serving AND clean up volunteers also would be gratefully accepted.) Jayne Miles Simpson, Co-ordinator Remember to check our website for updates on these and other events. www.thereslifehere.org
  13. 13. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK From the Organ Bench PLEASE JOIN US ON GOOD FRIDAY (April 18th) at 4pm for our annual Christ Church Deer Park and Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation presentation of “The Good Friday Concert – Music for a Most Holy Day”. Along with the CCDP soloists and choir, this year’s concert will feature special guest, Juno Award winner, John Johnson. John Johnson is one of the most in-demand musicians in Toronto. He is proficient on all the saxophones from sopranino through baritone, as well as piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. John has performed with jazz greats such as Diane Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, and Bill Mays, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. JOIN US every second Sunday at 4:30 pm for this popular service of music, a reflective reading, prayers for our city and the world and great music...featuring some of Toronto’s finest jazz musicians! March 23 “A Love Supreme” A tribute to John Coltrane Kirk MacDonald, saxophone; Pat LeBarbera, saxophone; Brian Dickinson, piano; Neil Swainson, bass; Bob McLaren, drums April 6 Mike Murley, saxophone; David Occhipinti, guitar Labyrinth As always, admission to the concert is free (donations welcome), so come along and bring a friend to what promises to be a very special event. Our Lunchtime Chamber Music series has resumed and continues every Thursday until the end of June (with the exception of Maundy Thursday – April 17th). If you have a chance, drop by the sanctuary on Thursdays at 12:10pm to hear both established artists and rising stars perform. Admission is free (donations are welcome). Bring your lunch and enjoy! Eric Robertson, Organist & Director of Music If you’re interested in finding out more about the Christ Church music program, please contact me through the Music page of the CCDP website. On December 14th, the Labyrinth workshop provided an opportunity to walk a canvas replica of the Chartres labyrinth and to reflect on the meaning and message of Advent. The focus is on being present in the moment and using our body and all of our senses in prayer. You are welcome to walk the PromiseLand Labyrinth downstairs in the Rainbow Room on any Sunday in Lent, either before or after Sunday worship. 13 / HERALD
  14. 14. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK MARCH/APRIL 2014 Christmas Fair 2013 Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank anither great success The half-yearly collection of the Food Bank donations in the Atrium was made in early January and was taken to, and sorted out at, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. YAL, Atrium Food Collection Heartfelt thanks are due to Natalie Kemp and the YAL members who promoted it so vividly over the months and to all who generously made the contributions. Ben Dibben PARISH REGISTER Baptism Riley Chidinma Iku In Memorium Robert Stewart William McLachlan Verna Carter Rupert Righton Gordon Robertson Transitions Your trusted partner in change Jennifer Tiviluk founder and principal 416.576.0690 transitions@start.ca yourtransitionpartner.com 14 / HERALD
  15. 15. MARCH/APRIL 2014 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Welcome to the Book Club We invite all those who enjoy reading to come to our gatherings held on Wednesdays. at 7:30 pm in the Arthur Smith Room Hark! Consider advertising in the HERALD. Wednesday, March 26 Garth Stein’s, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Known as a great “dog” book, it is written entirely from the prospective of a dog. HERALD IS PUBLISHED 5 TIMES PER YEAR; Sept/Oct; Nov/Dec: Jan/Feb: April/May: June/July. Ad rates are very reasonable...we can even design your ad if required. And... since HERALD is posted in full to our website www.thereslifehere.org your advertisements will also get exposure on the internet. Wednesday, April 30 The Red Tent, by Anita Diamont The story of Dinah from the Book of Genesis. For details and rates contact Elisabeth Lunder in the Parish Office. Wednesday, May 28 John Vaillant’s, The Golden Spruce A true story of Myth, Madness and Greed set in British Columbia. We love hearing from you... Please join us for lively conversation, refreshments and wine, or your own choice of beverage. HERALD IS YOUR NEWSLETTER...we do our best to keep you up to date on all the events and activities taking place in this vibrant, bee-hive of a parish. There will be no meetings in June, July or August For information, call Anne Kear: 416-924-3940 Feel like being more involved? Don’t have much time, but want to help out? Feeling new, but want to join in? Been here a while, but haven’t been involved? Have ideas to share? Join us! THERE’S LIFE HERE in what we do, how we get together and what gets done. HERALD also offers you an opportunity to voice your thoughts and opinions, share ideas, suggestions, photos or information, write up a parish event, honour a special parishioner or fill us on your news (especially if you have moved away}...we welcome your input. Signed submissions may be dropped off at any time up to the deadline - in the Herald slot in the reception area, to Paul Marritt in the office or by mail or e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you. Joyce Hamilton, Editor joyceian@sympatico.ca New members are always welcome to join any group at CCDP...choose one that interests you. Volunteers Welcome! TAKE A TURN at the Holy Grounds Café...with a friend, as a family...it’s fun and your efforts are always appreciated. HERALD Deadline for the next HERALD is April 23 Please sign up on the sheet just inside the kitchen or speak to Jane Miles Simpson or William Jackson. 15 / HERALD
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