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Herald Nov-Dec 2013 vol39 no4

  2. 2. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 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: p.marritt@thereslifehere.org or the editor (e-mail below). PARISH CLERGY Rector The Rev. Kevin Robertson Associate Priest The Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon Assistant Curate The Rev. Julie Meakin Honorary Assistants The Rev. Dr. Peter Slater The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Ecumenical Partner, United Church of Canada Organist & Director of Music Eric Robertson Director of Children’s Education Natalie Kemp MANAGEMENT TEAM Rector’s Warden Genevieve Chornenki People’s Warden Carolyn Kearns Finance Warden/Treasurer Robert Morrow 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 PARISH STAFF Dirctor of Parish Operations Paul Marritt Bookkeeper Elisabeth Lunder Sexton Denis Delisle Dear friends, ADVENT IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SEASONS. I love the anticipation as Christmas draws near. The Scripture readings, hymns and prayers of this season remind us to get ready to hear once again the good news of Christ’s coming - both in the manger of Bethlehem, and also in the manger of our hearts. Our Advent refrain comes from St. John the Baptist: “Prepare the way of the Lord!” (Mark 1:3) The Church, in its wisdom, employs various symbols to help build this sense of expectation. Some of these symbols will be used in our own parish this Advent: The Advent Wreath will be placed in the chancel on the First Sunday of Advent. We begin by lighting the first candle on Advent 1, and we light a new candle each week. Typically, the candles in the circle are blue or purple, the traditional colours of Advent. The white candle in the centre of the wreath is only lit when we gather for Christmas - the night we celebrate the light of the One who has come into the world. A few other observations about the Advent Wreath - the circle reminds us of the eternity of God; the branches are green, for the hope and new life in the Incarnation; in some traditions, the four blue candles represent the virtues of hope, peace, joy and love; and in some churches the third candle is pink for “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday, anticipating the joy that is about to come into the world. The Jesse Tree is a small tree that will be placed in the chancel for Advent. This symbol emerges from the words of the prophet Isaiah: “a shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse.” (Isaiah 11:1) In the Bible, Jesse was the father of King David, from whose family the promised Messiah would come. Each week, the children will place various Biblical symbols on the Jesse Tree, telling the story of salvation from the Book of Genesis all the way through to the birth of Jesus. The Advent Calendar is one of the most recognized symbols of the season. Most Advent calendars begin on December 1st, though Advent can start anywhere from November 27 - December 3. This year, the First Day of Advent happens to be December 1. On each day, a new window is opened on the calendar, revealing an image, a message, or a small piece of chocolate. There are many secular Advent calendars out there, but have a look for some of the Biblically-based ones - they’re really great for kids! All of these symbols speak to the fact that, in Advent, we are a people waiting in joyful hope, and we set aside this holy time to prepare ourselves for God’s coming. Please join us on the journey of Advent this year. As the light grows, and the prophecies of old are heard once again, let us prepare to welcome into our hearts the One who is Emmanuel, “God with us”. Yours faithfully, 2 / HERALD The Reverend Kevin Robertson, Rector
  3. 3. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Advent Readings Growing Justice is a Kairos Advent resource which links Advent with Creation. The resource encourages individuals or families to create a weekly Advent celebration in their homes linking the Advent themes of hope, joy, peace and love with current social concerns regarding HIV/AIDS, human rights, ecological justice and gender based violence. Resource available on the Kairos website: www.kairoscanada.org/shop/ Please join us this Christmas Season Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season is published by the Irish Jesuits and provides daily meditations for the season of Advent. This is a great pocket sized book and an ideal resource for a quiet daily Advent moment during the hectic holiday season. Available through the Crux Bookstore 5 Hoskin Ave, Toronto 416-599-2749 or www.cruxbooks.com Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writes from his prison cell during the Nazi 1940ís. His heart wrenching prayers form the core of Advent meditations highlighting the radical messages of hope, joy, love and peace. Also available through the Crux Bookstore This study guide, created in 2009, builds upon the timeless Advent themes of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. This guide contains suggestions for a weekly Advent Wreath candle lighting liturgy which can be conducted at home plus daily prayers, bible study and opportunities for reflection. This guide can be downloaded in pdf form at; www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/pages/advent-2009 How we wait upon God shapes our understanding and experience of God. Advent Reflections; While we Wait, builds upon our Christian season of awaiting the birth of the Christ child so that we may encounter Jesus this Christmas once again “for the first time”. Available through the Crux Bookstore 3 / HERALD CHRISTMAS EVE Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist 7:00pm Carol Sing, 10:30pm Traditional Midnight Mass, 11:00pm CHRISTMAS DAY Wednesday, December 25 Holy Eucharist, 8:00am Sung Holy Eucharist, 10:00am CHRISTMAS 1 Sunday, December 29 Holy Eucharist, 8:00am Christmas Readings, Carols and Holy Eucharist, 10:00am
  4. 4. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 of the darkness we acknowledge in our world, we live in the hope that God’s promises of peace, justice, and reconciliation will be realized in our time, in our world. To that end we heed the words of John the Baptist, to “repent” - to look honestly at ourselves and our complicity in the injustice and suffering in the world. Meakin’s Musings “KEEP AWAKE, THEREFORE, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” So reads our Gospel for the first Sunday in Advent, a season in which the Church celebrates the various comings of Christ. We begin with the end, with the dramatic, triumphant coming of Christ on that day that “no one knows” except the Father. Because his coming will be unexpected, we are to “keep awake” and “be ready.” On the second Sunday. we move to that point in time and place 2,000 years ago and hear the voice of John the Baptist, telling us to “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” That Kingdom of Heaven, or Reign of God, is seen in the ministry of Jesus, who tells John’s disciples: “Go and tell John what you see: ìthe blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.” On the fourth Sunday we move back in time, when the angel tells Joseph, “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” And now, we seek to live out what the coming of Jesus means to us today, in our particular time and place. Past, present, and future are all bound up in this relatively short but intensive liturgical season. We note the reality of our present time in the world - all the beauty and wonder of life, but also the darkness - the natural disasters like the one that just hit the Philippines, the constant threats of terrorism, war, and violence. The gap between the rich and the poor, the injustice and suffering of so many when we feel it could and should be otherwise. We feel our helplessness when dealing with illness and various difficulties in our personal lives. We cry out to God, as did the Israelites, for deliverance. In Advent we prepare our hearts to receive the gift that brings new life to ourselves and to the world. As former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams states, “We’re still waiting to see what might happen if Jesus was allowed into our lives a bit more fully, a bit more radically.” We can prepare our hearts in a number of ways - by daily readings or reflections; by lighting the candles of the Advent Wreath symbolizing the light taking over the darkness; by pausing amidst the busyness and taking part in the holy work of waiting and watching through prayer and silence. We can prepare our hearts to be be aware of the coming of Christ in the Eucharist, where we meet Christ in Scripture, bread, wine, and one other. So, may your prayer and mine this season of Advent be, “Come, Lord, come! Give us wisdom, give us light, deliver us, liberate us, teach us how to live. Save us.” Wishing you a holy and blessed Advent and Christmas, The Reverend Julie Meakin, Assistant Curate Intergenerational Spirituality Panel OVER THE WINTER MONTHS we will be holding a panel discussion on intergenerational spirituality in the parish. We are seeking participants for the Panel: - One young person (between confirmation and about undergraduate age) - One parent or PromiseLand volunteer - One grandparent or elder And yet we know that this deliverance, this “wondrous gift” comes to us in a very unexpected way - a tiny infant lying in a manger. An infant who will grow up to live the reality of God’s saving love in his words and deeds and presence, who will eventually come to a cross, be raised on the third day, and who comes to us now in our hearts through his Holy Spirit. We will be asking these participants to reflect on their own spiritual development, their experience to date with children’s education at CCDP and their hopes for the future of youth involvement at CCDP. God’s promised future has already begun in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and it continues with us. In spite Emily Chatten 416-792-8108 elwchatt@gmail.com If you would like to be involved, or contribute to the conversation, please see the Parish Forum Update on the website for further details or feel free to contact me directly. 4 / HERALD
  5. 5. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Doug’s Discourse gatherings and a predisposition towards acts of kindness and generosity. ADVENT IS MOST LIKELY the richest season within our Christian calendar outside of Easter. Easter is for sure a season full of drama, passion, political intrigue and spectacle. Easter is all about watching the life of Christ unfold and transform itself before our eyes. We are the watchers of Easter; we are mere on-lookers who are challenged to make sense of events as they unfold before us. At Easter - we are challenged to ask ourselves - who is this Christ? And why should I follow him? Believe in him? Advent is almost as equally important, but for a different reason. Advent is mystery, it is awe, it is discernment, it is our searching for, reaching out not for Christ - but God who is amongst us. Advent is a time of structured reflection; a time of intentional pondering; if I can use such a phrase. Advent is the making ready for; the coming into our lives; of God. It is the time when we deliberately look up and away from our usual routines and patterns of daily life to see, to hear, to know that God is nigh. That God is present and drawing near, that God is about to once again come into our world. Advent is, if nothing else; a paradox. It is a season of contradictions and upset assumptions. Advent is all about sensing God’s presence, not where we think or desire or wish God to be, but sensing God where God has always been; near us, with us, everywhere. Advent is, as Janet Lawson, professor of English, suggests, all about our wrestling with God. Such a description of Advent seems odd at first, nonsensical in fact. For Advent seems to many of us, at first, to be that season when pretty little stories of the coming birth of the Christ child are told. Advent is that time of year when parents “ooh” and “aaw” and smile and swell with pride at Christmas pageants as their children prance across stages dressed as angels, or shepherds or inn keepers or even donkeys and sheep. Advent is that time of year when thoughts turn to gift giving and special baking. It is a time of fellowship, festive Advent is that season, or time of year, when it seems our global family, or at least a significant portion of it, are more inclined to dream dreams of justice, hope and peace. To strive for, or wish for, a world more generous to the poor and the sick, the homeless and the distressed. Advent seems to be a time of year where we are more, or seem to be, more of what we can be then what we are during the rest of the year. It is as if the Charles Dickens’ Scrooge we love to watch on television each year is banished from our midst, destined only to return once the New Year’s festivities are complete. Advent it seems is all of this. And yet of course, Advent is truly meant to be so much more, and so much more difficult to live through then simply putting up with the exhaustion of a busy social calendar. Advent is all about getting to know God all over once more. It is the liturgical season where, within the hectic holiday season we are called to be still, to be quiet and to know God. The question is how? Traditionally, the answer is found within the study of scripture, the reading of reflective text, the joining together in worship and acts of good will. Throughout Advent we as a congregation will be invited to participate in bible study groups on Sunday, encouraged to explore reflective books which travel daily through the themes of Advent joy, hope, peace and love. We will be gathering for our regular patterns of worship and we will be challenged to learn more about issues of social justice and ecology. Therefore, I invite you to look around, to seek out the Advent resources which will be available to you, to make a priority regular Sunday worship and to explore the justice issues of our day as framed within our Advent journey unto Bethlehem. To do so will bring Advent alive for us all. To do so will remind and affirm for us once again that God is present and amongst us. Happy Advent to all. Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon. Associate Priest 5 / HERALD
  6. 6. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Parish Forum Lewis. Once all are happy with the letter, Paul Marritt will prepare it on CCDP letterhead for your and Kevin’s signatures and forward it on your behalf, together with a $1,000 donation from CCDP. Letters will be published annually to raise awareness among our congregation of the charitable activities of our individual parishioners beyond their involvement with CCDP, and serve as an important reminder of the positive influence of the Church. George Lewis georgelewis@rogers.com (H) 416-485-0958 Deer Park Vocational Skills Institute THIS IS AN OVERSEAS OUTREACH INITIATIVE, in the town of Jinja, Uganda. Years ago, I served as an intern with the Canadian International Development Agency in Jinja, where I visited an orphanage called the Mama Jane’s Children’s Care Centre. The Care Centre looked after 70 children from the ages of newborn to 17 years, most of whom had lost their parents to AIDS. IT WAS A FULL HOUSE as the congregation gathered on Sunday, November 3rd to hear, over a light lunch, the progress of our “Our Faith, Our Hope, Re-imagining Church” initiatives. The Committee leaders told their stories aided by professional visual accompaniment (thank you, Henry Zaluski). Some exciting projects are “In the Works”: Let our Lights Shine THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVE has been approved by the CCDP Allocations and Management Committee: an annual budget (to be provisionally re-confirmed on an annual basis) as a key component of the Outreach portion of the CCDP “Our Faith, Our Hope” program. This will annually fund ten donations of $1,000 each, as directed by individual parishioners, to registered charitable organizations in which they have a particular interest and to which they donate their time. The donations will be accompanied by a letter on CCDP letterhead, drafted by the parishioner, and signed both by the parishioner and the Rector. These will be sent to the Chair/President of the receiving organization with copies to each member of its Board of Directors. The gift will be given for the organization to use in any way they see fit in the furtherance of its mission, without specific direction. Digital and physical copies will also be kept, providing a historical record of CCDP parishioners’ impact and involvement in the wider community and a demonstrable record of putting our faith in action. To designate a charity, you must draft a letter, addressed to the Chair/President of your charity, containing information about your involvement with the charity and with CCDP. At the bottom of the draft list each member of the Board with their email/mail addresses. Send the draft to George Agnes Nabawanga, the matron and chief administrator of the Care Centre, is constantly raising funds for the orphanage as it has no permanent patron or government funding. Other than lacking a permanent source of funding to care for resident children, her main challenge is the settling of the young adults when they leave the Centre after high school. Some are able to go to university, but many others return to the orphanage after a short time because they are unable to get a job and live independently, and have nowhere else to go. To support the less academically inclined young adults, Agnes has proposed to build a vocational skills institute for teaching welding, carpentry and joinery, tailoring and weaving, and information technology - skills that are in demand in the Ugandan economy. The Skills Institute would teach the young adults of the orphanage, but it would also generate revenue by admitting fees-paying students from outside the orphanage. The Skills Institute would help these young adults find their way to living a productive, dignified, independent life. The start-up cost to build, furnish, and launch the school has been fully costed as $25,000 (CAD). The Allocation Fund has agreed to cover this cost in full. What does supporting this project mean for the life of Christ Church Deer Park? First, our involvement in the improvement of the country of Uganda and in the support of this Care Centre, and the students that it will affect, will 6 / HERALD
  7. 7. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 be a sign of life for the parish. Progress reports on the establishment of this institute will be posted on the Church’s website. The initiative would contribute to the growth of the parish, as people looking for a living, vital parish would read the reports and see that ‘something is really happening here’ and would want to get involved in the life of our parish. Secondly, by building the Vocational Institute, the parish is creating a relationship with the Care Centre, with Agnes, with the students who will be educated at the institute, and with Uganda. Members of our congregation will have the opportunity to go visit the Institute or to attend the official opening in Uganda, as representatives of the parish. Agnes continually hosts volunteers who help at the orphanage or in any of their other initiatives (nursery, guesthouse, farm, sewing centre). Young people from the parish could go and stay with Agnes during their summer break. We could form a group of students that may like to go. Seeing at first hand the enormous effect the Skills Institute will have on the orphanage, on Agnes the matron, and on the students will be an overwhelming and humbling experience for the Christ Church Deer Park visitors. They will return to Toronto encouraged by having spent time among people whose Christian faith is just about all they have. On the surface, this initiative looks like a gift to the Mama Jane’s Children’s Care Centre; however, it is really a gift to us. The more we get involved with this, the more enriched our lives, our parish, and our faith will be. Jill Aitken jill_aitken@yahoo.ca Intergenerational Spirituality Panel INTENTION: - To explore what attracts and keeps children and youth engaged in Christianity today; - To understand the concerns of elders about why their children and grandchildren ‘don’t go to church’; - To bring new insights and perspectives to the topic; - To practise open and respectful listening; and - To begin new and mutually supportive cross-generational relationships in the church. Long-term goals: - Sustainable youth participation in congregation and parish life; - Improved family relationships; - Intergenerational listening, understanding & learning We are looking for answers, both our own and those of experts, to questions such as ì”Why are young people not interested in church?” and “Why are young people leaving church?” I will be seeking the involvement of CCDP members of all ages in the coming months, including seeking volunteers for participation in the panel. In preparation, please think about what has most inspired the development of your spiritual life. I have undertaken research and will be providing articles and reviews in preparation for productive discussion. This is something we can re-imagine together. If you would like to discuss youth spiritual development further please feel free to contact me. Emily Chatten elwchatt@gmail.com 416-792-8101 Discerning Gifts for Lay Ministry THIS COMMITTEE WAS TASKED with the responsibility of considering areas of ministry in which lay people could be more involved. Of the many ministries identified by our group, we decided to concentrate on two: Bible Study and Pastoral care. Last year we initiated 2 Bible Study sessions leading up to Christmas and Easter, held from 9 to 10AM on Sundays. Attendance ranged from 2 to 15. We believe that there is an interest in continuing with this Bible Study program. The problem is finding people to lead the discussions. I led 2 groups and suggest that, by reading the lessons and the relevant material provided by clergy, it is not difficult to start a meaningful discussion. Please consider becoming involved by contacting either Douglas Graydon at the church or myself. The top priority of the Committee is Pastoral Care which we’ve named Congregational Care - involves “friendly visits” and Pastoral visits. The latter are more directed to those needing spiritual comfort, prayer and communion. Letís consider the reasons for prioritizing Congregational Care and why you might consider being involved. 1. We have a very caring clergy but they are limited by their numbers and their other clerical responsibilities in making Pastoral and “friendly” visits. If the clergy do most of these calls then CCDP has a caring clergy. If the congregation becomes involved then we have a caring Church! We believe that as word circulates in the community about how we care for our people, the Church will grow. Successful consumer oriented businesses have emphasized caring for their customers and helping 7 / HERALD
  8. 8. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 have emphasized caring for their customers and helping them when their products break down or do not perform as expected..We as a congregation should be aware of those of our people who are in need and be in a position to help.You are the ones who can most effectively grow our Church. 2.The benefits of caring for others are shared by those that receive and those that give. When you become involved in caregiving, as most of you know, there is a sense of thankfulness that you have been able to help someone else. 3. The whole case for caring is grounded in Jesus’ teaching. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”; “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me”. The status of the Congregational Care initiative is as follows: 1.We currently have 22 of our congregation who have attended the meetings and are prepared to be a caring visitor. 2. 12 of these people have now taken the Pastoral Training program. Those who are committed to being a pastoral visitor will be interviewed by clergy and will be formally recognized by the Bishop as Lay Pastoral visitors at a church service. 3. Teams of “friendly” visitors have been assigned to those requiring care and a process has been established to review and update information regarding those receiving care. All who volunteer to become part of the Congregational Care Team will be asked to adhere to a Visitors’ Code of Conduct. This will include attending regularly scheduled meetings, adhering to principles of confidentiality, attending on-going workshops to learn new skills, and of course, meeting for fellowship and prayer. If you are not now involved and would like to participate please call The Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon at the church or myself. David Moore dt.moore@sympatico.ca 416-975-5506 Opening our Sacred Spaces and Grounds THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMITTEE are to review and make recommendations to ensure - exterior and interior attractiveness - a welcoming facility to serve our mission The Committee undertook a review of the premises and grounds, drawing on the experiences and familiarity of the Committee members with our premises and grounds as well as informal input from interested parishioners. The Committee also researched the experiences of other congregations in Canada. Two broad conclusions were drawn from our review: - While our premises, grounds and overall location are important assets to CCDP, we are not maximizing their value; - a review of the works and developments of comparable parishes indicates that necessary new views and concepts of sacred space and grounds are evolving. There are a number of examples in Toronto and elsewhere demonstrating inviting and imaginative architecture that is not only attractive to the community but increases the use and value of the assets. An application for funding from the Re-Imagining Church Initiative has been accepted by the Allocation Committee and the Management Committee. The main initiative approved was the commissioning of a professional, high level study to assess the ideas identified by the Committee and to suggest solutions. A request for proposal has been prepared to be issued to selected architects or consultants in November. Selection of the consultant will be made in December and completion, including a final feasibility/conceptual design report, is anticipated in April 2014. The committee is eager to receive ideas and discuss any aspects of our Sacred Space and Grounds review with interested persons. Bob Hutchison rhutchison@blg.com Developing Spiritual Practices Contemplative Knitting Circle This is a voluntary gathering for knitting or other forms of needlework. The Circle strives for a non-judgmental atmosphere where all skill levels welcome and with no required output. Moreover, there is no overt religious content; rather it is an exercise in gracious hospitality, building a community, about half of which is made up of members of CCDP and the other half are friends or visitors. The first Contemplative Knitting Circle was held in the chapel at CCDP on May 8th, 2013, and has continued thereafter on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6- 7pm. A selection of items made by members of the circle is on display right now in the Arthur Smith Room. These are available for purchase by silent auction, with all proceeds going to CCDP. 8 / HERALD
  9. 9. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 ---Labyrinth A labyrinth is a twisting and turning maze that nevertheless has only one path with no forks and no possibility of getting lost. Walking one is an ancient contemplative practice that has aided the prayers of many generations of Christians. -We are planning on holding a labyrinth workshop here at CCDP on December 14th, as an advent retreat. If you would like to help out in the organizing of this event or setting things up on the day of, please speak either to me or to Emily Chatten. Initiatives that are still developing Depending on the interest of the congregation, we are also hoping to eventually train our own labyrinth facilitator, so that the contemplative life of CCDP may be enriched with regular labyrinth workshops. This has been approved, and we are looking for a candidate for the next time there is a training opportunity in the area. Second, in order to enrich our appreciation for the music done here at CCDP, we are discussing a an event examining Eric as composer and improviser, exposing the necessary link between what he is doing and the spirituality of the wider congregation. Third, we are discussing having a regular Bible study, centred on a particular theme such as ‘the holiness of place and the land in the Bible.’ This would lead to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in order to prayerfully visit the very sites we had been studying. Both events would be open and welcoming, with attendance at the Bible study being neither a requirement or commitment to come on the pilgrimage itself. We would also seek to involve other churches and friends in both the study and the pilgrimage. Currently, we are looking for someone to take the lead on this. Please speak to me if you are interested. Gavin Keachie gkeachie@gmail.com 647-972-0707 Did you Know... MORE THAN A FEW CHOIRS and musical groups regularly gather here at CCDP for rehearsals, recording and concerts? ... among them, The Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Toronto Classical Singers. In fact, the Toronto Classical Singers have held all their concerts here since 1992! Their next concert, highlights from Handel’s “Messiah”, with soloists and the Talisker Players Orchestra, will be held on Sunday, December 1st, at 4:00pm. Details at tickets@torontoclassicalsingers.ca A Word from the Churchwardens MANAGEMENT TEAM ONCE AGAIN thanks all presenters and participants for a well-attended and energetic Parish Forum on November 3, 2013, details of which can be found on the parish website and in this newsletter. We are committed to ongoing engagement and communication among all parishioners and to this end are pleased to announce that the next Parish Forum will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014. This event will be devoted to the financial affairs of the parish over and above a review of the 2013 audited financial statements that typically occurred in past “financial forums.” At this particular Parish Forum we will also review the who, what and how of CCDP’s finances, including the various funds and what ís involved in stewardship. This meeting is intended to convey information and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion, as opposed to making decisions. All parishioners are encouraged to attend - those who relish financial details and those who merely want to check the bottom line. Financial “literacy” is not a prerequisite. Additional Parish Forums are planned for May, September and November, 2014, with topics and formats to be determined. Management Team also reminds parishioners that our annual Vestry meeting will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014. A written Vestry report, including the 2014 budget will be available online or in hard copy on Sunday, February 16th. To facilitate timely production of this report, we ask all groups, committees or other ministries to provide reports in electronic form to Paul Marritt, Director of Parish Operations. not later than Friday, January 31, 2014. Thank you for your ongoing support and for the privilege of serving you. The Christ Church Deer Park Management Team Genevieve Chornenki, Rector’s Warden On behalf of the Management Team Genevieve Chornenki Carolyn Kearns Rector’s Warden People’s Warden Robert Morrow Finance Warden/Treasurer 9 / HERALD Henry Zaluski Deputy Warden
  10. 10. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Introductory Labyrinth Workshop Saturday, December 14, 2013 A LABYRINTH is a geometric form with a single, non-branching path that can be walked or traced from an entry point on the perimeter to the centre. It can be used for meditation, prayer and relaxation, or simply as a form of adornment. Labyrinths are found in many different forms all over the world, from Iceland to India, from Algeria to the Americas. One of the most famous labyrinths is in the Chartres Cathedral in France. 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. Knitting has got me through good times and bad. It has helped me learn the lessons of “doing it right,” “correcting your mistakes,” and patience. As reported at Parish Forum on November 3, 2013, the Developing Spiritual Practices Working Group received a Re-Imagining Church grant to develop an introductory labyrinth workshop at Christ Church Deer Park during Advent. The prospect of such an event elicited an enthusiastic response from members of the parish who are already familiar with the labyrinthís mystery and charm. It is now confirmed that this workshop will take place in the Arthur Smith Room on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with participants convening at 8:30 a.m. So, if the labyrinth intrigues or interests you, please take time from your Christmas shopping, decorating and baking to learn more about this ancient form. The workshop will provide an opportunity to walk a canvas replica of the Chartres labyrinth and to reflect on the meaning and message of Advent. Please reserve the date in your calendar. Then watch our website and Sunday announcements for registration details. 10 / HERALD The Gallery In the Arthur Smith Room Exhibit and Silent Auction of small knitted items from the Knitting Circle Until November 30
  11. 11. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 during Advent. I will help each group with their planning to ensure that the activities have a learning goal, and focus on a particular age group. Many of the youth enjoy volunteering each Sunday and this new initiative allows them to add their creativity into the PromiseLand programming each week. I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE that PromiseLand and Y.A.L. were able to donate 56 items to the Churches-on-the-Hill (COTH) Food Bank! The children took great pride making posters to advertise the COTH food drive. I want to thank everyone for their GENEROUS contributions to the food drive. I cannot wait to share with CCDP the pictures and stories from our pageant preparation journey. I am looking forward to sharing more news soon! Sincerely, Natalie Kemp, Director of Children and Youth Ministry In addition to supporting the food drive efforts, PromiseLand has been very busy creating shaving cream paintings, learning about All Saints Day, and exploring different ways of saying grace before meals. We even learned a few songs to sing at the Thanksgiving dinner table. For Remembrance Day, after several poems were read we used our bodies to create several tableaux pictures to show our thanks and prayers for all those who have risked their lives to make the world a more peaceful place. We made a cross and several poppies using our bodies to show that PromiseLand remembers. I can hardly believe there are only 6 weeks until Christmas! Beginning on November 17th, PromiseLand will begin to prepare for the Christmas pageant. Every week, in addition to the Gospel story of the day, time will be allotted to learning the pageant songs. I want the pageant to be a positive experience for all the children. By becoming familiar with the material it is my goal to make PromiseLand proud and excited to be part of the pageant. Y.A.L.’s first social was spent jumping around at Skyzone indoor trampoline park. It was truly a 3-D experience with wall-to-wall trampolines. There were three different trampoline courts: the sponge pit, basketball dunk, and angled trampolines from the floor to the walls. It was a great workout and a fun way to spend a Friday Night. A Greeting... Y.A.L. it going to help with the organization and production of the Christmas Pageant. Many Y.A.L. members have years of experience being in previous pageants and cannot wait to help give advice to children in PromiseLand. During our “Lunch and Learns”, Y.A.L. has shown an interest in taking a greater leadership role in PromiseLand. I am excited to announce that Y.A.L. will be working in groups to plan an activity for PromiseLand each week 11 / HERALD OUR HONOURARY ASSISTANT, and Ecumenical Partner, The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, has sent us a greeting from the World Council of Churches meeting in Busan, Korea. She is shown here with the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
  12. 12. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Jean’s Farewell IT WAS A BITTERSWEET OCCASION... a celebration of Jean’s 24 years with us and all she meant to us, happiness for her and her adventures to come, and sadness at saying goodbye. Churches on-the-Hill Annual Food Drive Everyone was there... past and present parishioners, clergy and staff. We’ll miss her. Volunteers getting their ‘marching orders’. THE CHURCHES-ON-THE-HILL FOOD BANK is the second largest food bank in the city. It has 500 active household files, more than half of whom are using its service 2 to 3 times a month. On Saturday, November 2 and November 9, volunteers from the Churches on-the-Hill participated in our annual neighbourhood food drive. A number of volunteers from CCDP - totalling 24, including some relatives/friends - distributed flyers on the first Saturday and then picked up donations on the Saturday following. These were then sorted at the Food Bank headquarters in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Total contributions of food filled 166 boxes. $11,000 in cash donations was also collected. Tom Green returned,,, as did ‘Ted’ In addition, the COTH Food Bank received a total of over 350 items of canned food generously donated by CCDP parishioners to the Food Drive run by the children of PromiseLand-YAL under the guidance and leadership of Natalie Kemp. All of the food donations received go to the Churches onthe-Hill Food Bank while a portion of the cash donations are sent to Evangel Hall, a downtown shelter for the hungry and homeless. These donations of food and money enable us to provide healthy and nourishing products to these people in need. Hearty thanks are due to those who participated in these great efforts and to all those who responded in such fine fashion. Photos: Deirdre Malone 12 / HERALD
  13. 13. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 Social Matters melt - a threat to polar bear survival - reminds us that unless global warming is brought under control, the extinction of 50 to 70% of known species likely looms. Massive release of methane gas from those warming, long icy Arctic waters, would be a tipping point. I worry about the hot, threatening, barren world our grandchildren will likely inherit. OUR BAPTISMAL COVENANT AND CLIMATE ACTION I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS of the new baptismal promise we, the congregation, made at the baptism in September, “to strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth.” Some of my United Church and Quaker friends recently demonstrated their commitment by spending 12 days in the Climate Action Fast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report is “another wake-up call...It’s the science itself, demanding action from all of us,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says. Recently I saw an absorbing movie about this critical issue, Do the Math, a film made by American environmentalist author Bill McKibben and his NGO, 350.org. They burst on the scene in October 2009 with rallies around the world demanding that carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere be held to 350 parts per million (ppm) to avoid dangerous climate change. Do the Math highlights three figures: 2, 565, and 2,795. Global warming of 2ºC is the threshold where climate change will become dangerous, an assessment governments and NGOs accepted at the 2009 Copenhagen conference. Total CO2 emissions must therefore be limited to 565 billion tons (gigatonnes). But there are 2,795 gigatonnes of CO2 in corporations’ global fossil fuel reserves. Use of the reserves would drive us past a 2ºC rise into dangerous climate change. For the sake of life on Earth, the reserves must stay in the ground. McKibben started the movement with 800 students at Middlebury College, Vermont, who spread the word. Today all over the U.S. and at the University of Toronto, students are calling for university divestment from the fossil fuel industry (see http://toronto350org.divest/). We are in a struggle with high stakes. Floods and torrential rains, weather damages costing insurance companies and governments billions; ocean acidification and warming; rising sea levels, and disappearing coastlines and Pacific islands; water shortages, drought, and desertification; conflict; climate refugees, are upon us. Rapid Arctic ice The intergenerational injustice is manifest. The Harper administration is pushing for rapid extraction of Albertan tar sands to profit from the market before it’s too late. Renewables are the smart investment today - McKibben says we are already at 400 ppm of CO2. Can we make our carbon footprint lighter? Limit automobile and airplane use? Practise conservation? Develop and use renewable sources of energy, preserving boreal forests and clean rivers and lakes? Recently I wrote to the Prime Minister, the leaders of all the parties, and their environment critics urging three policy changes: end fossil fuel subsidies; put a price on carbon that will lead to emissions reduction; and support development of a renewable energy plan for Canada. A Yukon native folk singer once gave a group of us this native advice: “take what you need, use what you take.” You see, it’s all about the urgency of radically reducing consumption. If we heed the prophet Micah’s admonition about what the Lord requires of us -“to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6: 8) - we will find ways to fulfil our new baptismal commitment. Phyllis Creighton Saturday, December 7 2:00 pm with Special Guests Cynthia Dale - R.H.Thomson - Gordon Matineau and the True North Brass Featuring The Larkin Singers, VIVA Youth Singers and Yorminster Park and Christ Church Deer Park choirs 13 / HERALD Admission Free (a collection will be taken for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank)
  14. 14. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 The Rummage Room Rumble, Fall 2013 ROAMING THROUGH THE RUMMAGE is a rumble. I am still amazed at what we receive each day, it never stops. Just ask Judith, who has been rummaging through the finds three days per week. We never know what we are going to get and we never seem to empty the room. This fall, I was thrilled with our selections and the quality of items we received, hence a very successful sale... we made over $10,000. Special thanks to Judith, Laura, Raye, Rhona, Emily and Susanne. The Rumamge Sales thrives on volunteers, and is a great CCDP commmunity experience. Volunteers are from the church as well as from outside our community. Each person plays an important role in the success of the sale. This fall we were short on volunteers. So please sign up early next year and book the dates in your calenders now, for all the upcoming sales. Downsizing, moving to a new home or simply cleaning out your closet? Remember CCDP will turn your junk and treasures into cash for the church. Please share and tell your co-workers and neighbours about the CCDP Rummage Collection. Just drop off in the box in the Atrium... anytime! Did you know that 90 percent of the stuff in our Christmas Fair comes from the Rummage room? Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinator maxinethemaximizer@yahoo.ca 416-590-1008 Mark you calendars now... Spring Sale – April 2014 Fall Sale – October 2014 Christmas This fall we introduced the CCDP Rummage Room Collection Fashion Show with a potluck supper. Our guests and ‘super’ models had quite an evening of delicious food and fashion. All the clothes modelled were from the rummage room. There is a request for another show with wine and cheese. I will surely keep you posted. Thanks to the volunteers who participated, it was fun. What is new?. We are having a Winter Closet Sale at the Christmas Fair. Fair Saturday, November 30 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Get your start on early Christmas shopping Rummage Room Sale possibility? I am always thinking of ways to grow our Rummage Sale. I have ideas, but I would love to hear from you too, Recycling of clothing and housewares is a big business in our city. Can we increase our sales? Yes we can. Can we do more? Yes we can. The opportunity for growth is there, so do you have an idea and are you willing to be part of the rummage room team? Drop me a line or a phone call. This year we lost two of our greatest volunteers and mentors to Rummage sale - Rita Becker and Pat Anderson. How can we say thank you to them. We must continue their work. I know they would be very happy with our success. Peace my friends. Remember to check our website for updates on these and other events. Tea Room will serve a light lunch Mini Fair Following the 10:00am Service on December 1 The Raffle is Back Beautiful hand-made quilt plus other exciting gifts from local merchants. There will be jams, jellies and home preserves, sewn and knitted articles, craft items, jewellery, treasures and collectables, tins, baskets and fine linens; and, of course, the popular “Bottle Table Game” See you at the Fair! (bring your friends and family) www.thereslifehere.org 14 / HERALD
  15. 15. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 From the Organ Bench CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER and you’ll have lots of opportunities to sing your favorite carols here at Christ Church Deer Park between now and Epiphany. In addition to our weekly services, Lessons and Carols service, and our Christmas Eve Carol Sing, we’ll also have a chance to raise our voices in song at the annual COTH food bank fundraiser, the “City Carol Sing”, which will be taking place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm. 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! Dec. 15 Christmas Vespers Barlow Brass & Drums Jan. 12 Tribute to Louis Armstrong Chase Sanborn, trumpet (Tribute: Brian Barlow) Jan. 26 Russ Little Quintet Russ Little, trombone, Michael Stuart, saxophone, Brian Barlow, drums, Tom Szczesniak, piano Scott Alexander, bass Joining the Christ Church Deer Park and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church choirs this year will be the VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, the Larkin Singers, and the True North Brass. The host of the concert will be the senior anchor of Citytv’s CityNews, Gord Martineau, and special guests will include the award-winning actor, R.H. Thomson (Road to Avonlea; Bonhoeffer) and musical theatre star, Cynthia Dale (42nd Street; Guys and Dolls). Our media partner, Citytv, plans to televise the concert cross the country in the days leading up to Christmas, using it as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to Food Banks in the cities where the program airs. Admission is free, so come along and bring your family and friends youíll have a wonderful time! Season’s Greetings! Welcome to the Book Club We invite all those who enjoy reading to come to our gathering on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 in the Arthur Smith Room. At this informal Christmas gathering, we will be discussing “Still Life”, by Louise Penny Eric Robertson, Music Director 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. Future dates are January 29 and February 26, 2014 Watch the Sunday Bulletin for details. Please join us for lively conversation, refreshments and wine or your own choice of beverage. . For information, call Anne Kear: 416-924-3940 15 / HERALD
  16. 16. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK NOV/DEC 2013 PARISH REGISTER Baptisms Brayden Russell William Bell Jeremy David Jopling Julia Rebecca Jopling Lauren Rebecca Jopling Hark! Consider advertising in the HERALD. Confirmations William Isaac HamiltonBaker Sydney Christina Callaghan Claire Larkin Colquhoun Francesca Jane Devine Megan Claire Fanjoy Alexander Cornelius Douglas van Nostrand Jeremy David Jopling Nicholas Jackson Chornenki 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 the HERALD is posted in full to our website www.thereslifehere.org your advertisements will also get exposure on the internet. For details and rates contact Elisabeth Lunder in the Parish Office. Weddings Megan Bernadette Breese & Bryan William Hargreaves Imogen Lesley Byers & Jinglan Yao In Memorium Joyce “Joy” Caroline Comber Winnifred Hawks HERALD Deadline for the next HERALD is January 15, 2014 DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for an article? Perhaps a feature on an unsung hero in the parish? A special memory? An historical fact? Please speak to one of the clergy or to the Editor. 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. Articles and announcements may be submitted at any time up to the deadline. Just leave in the box in the Atrium or e-mail the editor at joyceian@sympatico.ca Living Well Family Chiropractic Optimizing your health and well-being naturally New members are always welcome to join any group at CCDP...choose one that interests you. Dr. Andrea Perricone Volunteers Welcome! Chiropractor & Acupuncture provider TAKE A TURN at the Holy Grounds Café...with a friend, as a family...it’s fun and your efforts are always appreciated. Please sign up on the sheet just inside the kitchen or speak to William Jackson. 1366 Yonge St. Suite 208 (south of St. Clair at Balmoral) 16 / HERALD (416) 985-1911 perriconedc@gmail.com
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