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Celebrating 125 Years!
Upward Sports has finished after another amazing season. Speaking of their children, parents told us… “He can’t wait to come each week”; “Upward has made her more confident and less shy”; and “He gets to play for the fun of it without worrying that he isn’t good enough”. Continued on page 4
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Don’t miss our Spring Pot Luck for trigenarians!
Memories of Knox 1953 Page 11
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Save the Date! Welcome New Members!
April 14th during church Page 3
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser April 18th, 7 p.m. Page 5
Sunday Service at 10:00am Radio Broadcast: Sunday 10:00am CKWR FM 98.5 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T1 519 . 886 . 4150 firstname.lastname@example.org knoxwaterloo.ca
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Minister’s Message When the women went to the tomb early in the morning, the angel said, “He is not here. He is risen!” The good news of Easter is that God has not remained hidden. He came to show us what he is like in his Son, Jesus. Not only that, but, through Jesus’ death on the cross, he did something to help humanity – to claim us once again as God’s children – to be free in him and to know God’s grace and love. To rescue us from all that Rev. Linda Ashfield would claim us and seek to destroy. Does the story of a man who was killed and came back to life 2,000 years ago, really make any difference to us today? To the first followers of Jesus, the resurrection on Easter Sunday morning changed everything. Soon, they began spreading the message of Jesus’ love and forgiveness for all humankind.
The events of the first Easter have an everlasting significance. Christ is not dead, he is not in the tomb, he is risen and he is with us. He is risen. He is risen indeed and he continues to live in the lives of all those who put their faith in him. An English country pastor writes of Easter morning: “I rose early and went out in the fresh brilliant morning between six and seven o’clock. The sun had already risen some time, but the grass was still white with the hoar frost. I walked across the common in the bright, sunny quite empty morning, listening to the rising of the lark, as he went up in an ecstasy of song into the blue unclouded sky and gave in his Easter morning hymn at heaven’s gate. Then came the echo and answer of earth as the Easter bells rang out their joy peals from the church towers all around. It was very sweet and lovely, the bright silent sunny morning, and the lark rising and singing alone in the blue sky, and then suddenly the morning air all alive with music of sweet bells ringing for the joy of resurrection. “The Lord is risen,” smiled the sun, “The Lord is risen,” sang the lark. And the church bells in their joyous pealing answered from tower to tower, “He is risen indeed.” (From Francis Kilvert’s Diary) The Family Easter Book by Alan MacDonald. Wherever you find yourself on Easter morning may you too discover the miracle of the resurrection; when Hallelujah’s are sung with great joy as we hear the angel telling us that death has no power, that he who was dead is alive again. May hope rise in your heart as you embrace the miracle of new life in Christ.
“God has raised from death our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep... May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory for ever and ever!” Letter to the Hebrews from the Good News Bible.
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Thinking of you: Lexie Brar, Harry Beeksma, Jean Shantz, Wendy Morrison, Lisa Jackson, Gil Almeida, Gladys Charie.
John Thorsen passed away on March 18th. Our thoughts are with Beth and the family during this time of loss. A beautiful service of remembrance was held at Knox on March 26th, 2013. Our thoughts are with the following members who have lost loved ones: Kim Broberg whose mother passed away. Bill Stevens whose uncle passed away. Darlene Wood whose mother passed away.
Elliott Peter Linnerth, son of David & Patti, was baptised on March 24th, 2013.
Sundays at Knox April 7 ‐ Celebration of Holy Communion, Praise Band, Grades 1‐3 LOGOS presentation of The Good Samaritan. April 14 ‐ Welcome New Members, LOGOS Grades 4‐6 Tone Chimes presentation of "Joseph's Coat of Colours". April 21 ‐ Age of Majority Singers, Bridge Team Presentation
April 28 ‐ CAIRN Camp Inter‐generational Worship Service (grades 3 and up), Camp Songs, Praise Band, Celebration of Baptism. May 5 ‐ Communion and Confirmation Service. Photos: Age of Majority Singers, Hannah Carter Cairn Camp Staff, Travis Allison
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A Note from Christian Education… Do you have children finished JK-8? They won’t want to miss this summer camp! Hosted here at Knox from 8:50 a.m. – noon, we offer a program for JK‐6 and a separate program for students in grades 7 & 8. An all day option is available for JK ‐ Grade 5. See our website for more info and to register online. www.knoxwaterloo.ca
Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU for supporting the Grade 5/6 Sunday School Class Olive Tree Initiative by buying treats at the bake sale, or donating money to buy an olive tree. We would also like to thank everyone who brought baking for the bake sale and crafts that were donated. We were also blessed with "kitchen helpers" who knew the ins and outs of a bake sale. We would not have been able to make this a success had it not been for everyone in the congregation that supported us. With your help we have raised close to $500. We hope you enjoyed the goodies and thank you again for all of your help. Lexie and Rose, on behalf of the Grade 5/6 Sunday School Class The funds raised from the bake sale will go to the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and their Olive Tree Campaign KEEP HOPE ALIVE. This campaign aims at planting olive trees where they have been uprooted and destroyed for the expansion of Israeli settlements, bypass roads, and the building of the "Apartheid Wall".
Photos: Settlement & Wall by Hannah Carter. Road by Anna Baltzer.
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Upward cannot happen without our youth and adult coaches, a special thank you goes out to our Ball Hockey Coaches: Josh Sauve, Erik Feldmann, Drew Ferguson, Douglas Stewart, Andrew Sauve, Brad and Reid VanderVleuten, Brett Kirkby, Dave Ogram, Ken VanderVleuten, Vaughn Sauve. Upward Basketball will run October 1st ‐Dec. 3rd, 2013 for kids in Grade 1‐6. Youth coaches for next season are needed. Please see Laura V for more info.
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Winnipeg Trip Update!
We are excited to tell you that we have been awarded a $5,000.00 grant from the Presbyterian Church of Canada as part of the Healing and Reconciliation initiatives. These grants are awarded to groups who are embarking on interactions with First Nations people with the emphasis on building relationships that will lead to improved communication and healing in the future. We have booked 25 flights for Winnipeg leaving Saturday July 27 and returning Saturday Aug. 3 and the group has worked hard to raise funds to help with the costs of the trip. The Rheo Thompson mint smoothie chocolates sold really well and our thanks go out to all those who “ate their fair share” to help out. The next fundraiser will be Elmira Poultry Chicken. We are still collecting pennies and loose change; please bring it to the blue water jug near the Welcome Desk on Sundays. Thanks to the Sunday school classes who collected loose change in their hand made banks during the month of March. That money will help buy supplies for the Vacation Bible School programs we’ll be helping with at Anishinabe and Flora House. As part of our “training” we have been volunteering in the community at Out of the Cold and at the Food Bank. Some of the Youth Mission Trip members (pictured here) participated in the Food Bank’s “De‐Can‐ struction” event held at Conestoga Mall on March 17. We are having a retreat on April 20‐21 at the church and we will continue to build team spirit and offer opportunities to learn more about First Nations. Youth service project opportunity Food Bank DIG IN Freshco on Bridge St. Sat. May 4th, 10am‐3pm. Please see Dave Ogram or Laura V.
Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser
I will be hosting a specialty card making class as a fundraiser April 18, 7pm-9pm for the mission trip. You will make 4 cards with special techniques, and a variety of themes (birthday, thinking of you etc.) and all proceeds will go to supporting the mission trip. The class will be $25 per person and is open to anyone, please bring a friend. See me for samples of the cards we will be making. Heather Purdy ‐ hpurdy333[@]yahoo.ca
VBC Camp Counselors – 4 positions available! 1 week – July 22‐26, afternoons of Vacation Bible Camp at Knox Presbyterian Church The applicant will be a High School student (finished grade 9) interested in leading craft/recreation activities with children (JK‐Gr5) during the afternoons of Vacation Bible Camp. The successful candidate will be a good team player, creative and energetic. Summer camp staff are expected to attend a training event and help with clean up after the week of VBC. This position prefers that the candidate will volunteer for morning VBC; and work in the afternoon program from 12‐4:30pm. An honorarium of $200 is available for the successful candidate. Application deadline: March 31, 2013 to Laura VanderVleuten. 5
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Soup and Casseroles After surgery, or other crises that arise, there is sometimes a need for help with meals in the homes of the Knox congregation. The Pastoral Care Committee is people who will help in times of need. If you are interested in this ministry, please submit your name and e‐mail address to Cheryl Meyer. A message will go out to all on the list, with specifications of time and restrictions regarding diet or allergies. It’s easiest for the recipients, if the food is given in containers that do not need to be returned. Advanced preparation can be made in 2 to 4 cup containers, which you label and store in your freezer, if this works for you. Delivery can be made with or without a visit, depending on the need. If you can prepare food but cannot deliver it we will have some people prepared to deliver the food item. Next time you hear of someone in need, and you ask, “Is there something I can do?” This is an answer of “Yes!” Please submit name, e‐mail address and Phone Number to Cheryl Meyer at email@example.com.
Coffee Brewers & Chocolate Lovers! The Global Partners Committee continues to provide access to high quality fair trade coffee and chocolate at low prices. Fair trade is a simple, yet incredibly powerful idea. It's all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work. This may seem obvious, but there are many farmers in poorer countries who have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can't make a living wage. We make our fair trade coffee available for $12 a pound. We also have a delicious variety of fair trade chocolate items available at varying prices. This is the way coffee and chocolate were made to taste! Come and see us at the Global Partners' table during coffee hour to learn more about this important topic. Knox Global Partners Committee
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Knox Stampers If you are able to use a glue stick, fold a piece of paper or hold a wooden block, we need your help! The Card ministry, although not highly visible ministry at Knox, is a very important one, letting congregation members in need know that we are thinking of them. Just think of how special it is to receive a piece of personal mail in the seemingly empty mailbox. Now imagine what it would feel like to know that the card was handmade with prayers from someone in our congregation. In order to continue providing this service we need people to help us put together cards that get sent to people who are ill, grieving a loss, or our over 80's for their birthdays. When we have lots of help, we make holiday cards for students and seniors, new baby cards etc. The cards are all designed for you, all we need is some help to put them together. We meet on the last Wednesday of each month, and for $15 you make 8 cards ‐ 4 for the church and 4 for yourself. For more information please speak with Heather Purdy (hpurdy333[at]yahoo.ca).
Coldest Night of the Year Walk On February 23rd, Knox welcomed a record number of walkers and volunteers during the Ray of Hope’s annual fundraiser. The atrium and Hall were full as walkers, half‐way around their 10 km route, came in from the cold, rested, and renewed their energy with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks. Starbucks donated the coffee, hot chocolate, and cups, and their staff members were a huge help in serving refreshments. Volunteers from Knox, young and old, met the walkers, directed them around the building, and helped to serve snacks provided by the Global Partners Committee and a group of young people from our LOGOS program. The granola bars they made were quickly devoured! We will apparently need many more made next year when we hope to provide the rest stop for the walkers again! Scott Brush, from Ray of Hope, wrote to us after the event and said, “THANK YOU so much for partnering with the Coldest Night again!! Our walkers really enjoyed your space and the time to warm up! I really hope that there will be a "third time" partnership next year ‐ Feb. 22, 2014.” We hope so, too! The most amazing news is that the funds raised by the walkers went above the goals that were set! In KW alone, $149,718 were raised – 106% of the $140,000 goal!! For more information about this amazing event, go to coldestnightoftheyear.org.
Pastoral Care Workshop
On Sat. May 11th 9:00 a.m. ‐ Noon St. Andrew’s Kitchener will host a workshop entitled “The Loving Presence of Christ in our Pastoral Visits” led by the Rev. Dr. Roberta Clare, Director of the Elders Institute of the PCC. Ministers, Elders and all church members who want to be effective and helpful visitors in times of need will find this workshop to be of great value. $15.00 for day. Register by Fri April 26th. Contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519‐578‐4430. 7
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With Spring’s arrival, we might expect warmer temperatures and some flowers starting to appear. Hope springs eternal!! At W@K, we’ve changed our menu back to our famous sandwiches, assorted vegetables, pickles, desserts, coffee, and tea for $5‐. If you are able, please join us over the lunch hour, and feel free to invite friends! You may bring your own bag lunch, and we will provide tea, coffee, and desserts for free. 11:30 11:45 12:00 to 1:00
Tea, coffee and fellowship Welcome and Announcements, followed by Devotions Lunch Presentation
Upcoming Presentations April 3rd - “A Tornado, Paper Beads and Educating Children”
Pat and Harold Ball – Three families joined hands to make the miracle of education happen for three Ugandan children.
April 10th – Tom McBride: Knox Gardens Tom will introduce the concept of creating gardens to enhance our building, as opposed to showing off individual plants themselves. A slide show of club members’ gardens will contrast gardens enhancing uptown buildings close to Knox.
April 17th – Senior Moments or Early Signs of Dementia? Geriatric psychiatrist Dr. David Heath explains the difference and more: the various types of dementia, when to get assessed, tests used, and the assessment process. April 24th – The L’Arch Community Allie shares her experience of a university work‐term at L’Arche. L'Arche is a community that brings together adults with intellectual disabilities and those who live, work and play with them. It was founded in 1969 in France by Jean Vanier, and today there are hundreds of communities around the world. Allie worked at the Richmond Hill community of L'Arche Daybreak and it truly was a life‐changing experience that she really wants to share with others. She learned so much about kindness, struggle, and community, all thanks to these extraordinary individuals. Coming up next month: May 1st – Spring Fling Catered Lunch! Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Welcome Desk on Sundays and Wednesdays or you may call the church office at 519‐886‐4150 to reserve yours. If you would like to come to Wednesdays @ Knox and need a ride call me (Ellen) at 519‐497‐9534, or email email@example.com. We’d love to see you!
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Spring Pot Luck. All trigenarians welcome.
At our last 30-something potluck we welcomed new faces along with the old (some are 39, after all!) We enjoyed several amazing dishes including the one pictured to the left; Sweet potato topped with goat cheese, honey, cinnamon, and roasted grapes! Make a tasty dish (doesn’t have to be fancy!) and enjoy some wonderful company! RSVP to Hannah for her address hannah.carter [at] gmail.com
Hannah’s house April 21 @ 5:30 p.m.
KAIROS - GRAND RIVER
You are invited!
An ecumenical coalition which seeks to explore social justice issues from a faith perspective is presenting a three part series on
Corey Cotter Linforth's Graduation Recital & Directed Study in Composition Presentation
Sunday, April 14th 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Conrad Grebel University College’s Chapel 140 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Last Monday of the Month First United Church King & William Street, Waterloo at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) March 25 Theme: Food security for everyone -
Reception to follow.
"Protecting our Future Food Supply"
with discussion. Guest presenters: Jennifer Jones, PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, U.W. Ella Haley and Gail Bury of “Sustainable Brant” April 29 Theme: Fair taxation for everyone – with discussion. Guest presenter: Dennis Howlett, Coordinator, Canadians for Tax Fairness May 27 Theme: Affordable housing for everyone.‐ with discussion. Guest presenters: Michael Schuster, former Commissioner Social Services at Region of Waterloo, Colin Gage, GM Victoria Park Community Homes. All are welcome
You are invited! Jayne Hammond’s Graduation Recital from Laurier’s Opera Program Friday, April 19th 8 p.m. Wilfred Laurier University’s Maureen Forrester Recital hall Reception to Follow.
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The Bowling Green State University A Cappella Choir Concert
Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church Needed: Volunteer families to host students for Wednesday night lodging & Thursday breakfast. Can you help by taking 2 or more students? Sign up on the bulletin board by the lounge, or see Agnes Steffy (519 885‐6013, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marg Paré (519 858‐2377, email@example.com).
Calvin Christian Men of the Community Breakfast schedule: We look forward to seeing you whether it’s your first time or your 100th! April 20 at Knox Waterloo: 8:00 a.m. – Stephen Todd will talk about Celtic music and the Church. May 25 at Calvin Kitchener: 8:00 a.m. – Ian Mclean talking about a topic yet to be set. June 26 at Grant Scott’s home: 5:30 p.m. (38 Charnwood Court, Kitchener) – Bring a side dish and a beverage we will provide burgers. For more information, contact Bill Woods 519‐208‐firstname.lastname@example.org. 125th Anniversary
Knox Church Photo Directory If you haven’t had your photo taken for the new church directory you can still schedule a time during the extended session times offered in April. Photograph dates will be April 16‐18, 2013. You can book your photo session on Knox’s website, at the church on Sunday mornings, at Wednesdays at Knox (W@K), or by calling the church during office hours at 519‐886‐4150.
When photographed, you will receive a free 125th Anniversary directory and a free 8x10 picture. There are no sitting fees. We need you.
We need everyone to make our 125th Anniversary photo directory a success.
Group photos for Directory Thank you to the many committees and groups who have already had a group photo taken for the directory. If you have a group that still needs to be photographed please contact Hannah Carter ASAP to let her know when your group is meeting next. You can email Hannah[at]redumbrellaphotography.ca or speak to her at church. 10
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M y M e mo r i e s o f K no x P r e s b yt e r i a n C h u rc h 1953 and Onward by George Watson
My wife Inez and daughter, Sandra and I came to Waterloo in 1953. We joined Knox Presbyterian Church in the building, which had been built in 1927. At this time the minister was Rev. Murdock. I remember how the area around the church at that time was very different than how it looks today. The church was at the corner of Erb St. and Knox Avenue which ran past the side of the church and over to the Waterloo Arena. Bridgeport Rd. did not come through to Erb St. and in its place were houses, as there were across the street (Angie’s being a remnant of those). Those houses and businesses included a taxidermist (which was a rather fascinating idea to us), Dobbin’s Motor Shop, Alf Schefter’s blacksmith shop and Tweed Insurance. The City Hall, fire station and market were situated along Albert St. somewhat behind the church. When some houses were torn down, the city purchased the site for a parking lot, which is where the new church now sits. My family became involved in the church in many ways. Inez joined the Heather Guild with other ladies like Jean Shantz, Rita Spencer, Janet Campbell and Marg Kuehl. My daughter Judy (who was born along with brother Ron in the mid fifties) and Sandra went to Sunday School and joined such activities as Explorers, CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training), Cubs and choir and communicants class. Judy remembers when the floors started creaking above the Sunday School class then you knew church was out and there was the mad scramble to reunite parents and children. Judy and Sandra met the Litwiller girls (Bonnie and Debbie) to walk to the church for the evening meetings of Explorers and CGIT. They were both proud to wear their uniforms (middy blouses). They both also loved being in the choir singing all the songs and hymns under the leadership of Miss Hymmen. Judy remembers, when she asked if she could sing a solo, being told she had a nice voice but it was a bit flat for a solo. She thinks now that she was actually being told she was not a good singer. Sandra did do a solo and remember it as being very scary. They both trusted Miss Hymmen’s judgment, though. Judy and Sandra were given an opportunity, through the church, to go to camp. It was the only way we could have given them such an opportunity and they relished every moment. Another person who stood out for us was Mr. Villiers. I’m not sure what his position was but whenever something was going on, he was there. He was so friendly, helpful and funny to all the members. He was the last person Sandra saw as Miss Sandra Watson before she walked down the aisle with me to become Mrs. Sandra Berlet. Inez helped out in the nursery and the girls went on to do the same with ladies like Mickey Ellis and Eileen Chris. Judy Whittington (Smith) was Sandra's crony in this. I think they did as much teaching Sunday School as they did talking about what they had done on Saturday. And what fun these two had at one of the CGIT mother/daughter banquets when they did a Beatles “air guitar” session (using brooms and lids etc. for instrument stand ins). Ron remembers going to Sunday School and Cubs with the McLean and Pavenal boys. Mrs. Coyne and Miss Brand who taught Sandra in school and Mrs. Seibel who taught Judy belonged to the church as well and they found that fact both cool and disarming at the same time. My last son Reg was born in 1962 and he also attended Sunday School. Sandra and Ron went on to get married at Knox with Rev. McLean doing the honours for both. Today, I attend church regularly and have helped with ushering and collection in the past. I really enjoy the social and spiritual rewards I gain from Knox. I am proud of my family and feel certain their time at Knox contributed significantly to their lives. 11
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The Dunfield Theater Cambridge, ON. Wednesday, July 31 2 p.m. SORRY… I’M CANADIAN music, humour and political satire directed by Alex Mustakas, starring Neil Aitchison, Music direction by (Knox’s very own) Nicol Guse. After winning audiences for years, Constable Archibald F. Inkster is ready to protect Cambridge! New political material, reliable Neil Aitchison humour. Hilarious insights on everything Canadian plus lots of music: “Alberta Bound”, “Fox on the Run”, “Black Fly,” “Song of the Mira,” “I’se the B’ye,” “Farewell to Nova Scotia” and much more. To join W@K’s summer theater excursion on July 31, sign up on the Knox Bulletin Board or at the Welcome Desk. The box office has s set 20 tickets aside for us. Please pay by May 15th (last day of W@K this spring). Group price is $32 plus tax = $36.20 per ticket. (Reg. price: $40.00 + tax). For more information: contact Agnes Steffy 519‐885‐6013.
Calling all Gardeners and those who would like to be!
The Women’s Circle of Care is planning a Garden Tour for Saturday, June 22, 2013. We plan to include our annual Strawberry Social to be held at Knox with this self‐guided tour. We will need several gardens to view so this gives you time to start thinking and preparing your garden for June, to swap stories, show off prized plants and raise funds for Knox Church. If you want your garden included in our tour, please contact Judy McBride 743‐1705 or email@example.com
Photo by Hannah Carter
Standard First Aid and CPR As part of the preparation for the Youth Mission Trip we will be holding a Standard First Aid Course on Saturday May 4, 9am ‐ 6pm and Sunday May 5, 11 am – 5 pm. We have additional spots available and are opening registration to anyone in the congregation who is interested. The cost is $100 and includes all materials. If you’re interested, please contact Heather Purdy (hpurdy333[at]yahoo.ca) for more details, and to register by April 15th. 12