A Cross the Pews Knox Waterloo Submissions for October’s newsletter Do you have an event or article you’d like to see in October’s edition of A Cross The Pews? Send them to the new e-mail address at acrossthepews[at]gmail.com by noon, Tuesday, September 17th.
“Warning: Somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK” by David Eddie
I (Laura VanderVleuten) found an article in the July 2013 issue of Inspiring Ideas for Everyday Living that tells the story of a dad watching his goalie son “melt down” after a devastating defeat, which eliminated them from the playoffs. The behavior far from that of a “good sport” and just a tad embarrassing for parent and child ‐ it brought to my mind the importance of promoting wellness and skill development in sport. The refreshing good news is that some parts of organized sports seem to be moving towards a “no‐ score, no‐standings festival model” of play. Eddie says “that when kids are free from worrying about scores and standings, they’ll play for the fun of it, improve their skills and spend more time with the ball or puck”. The UPWARD SPORTS Ministry here at Knox strives to introduce kids to sports and instill the necessary skills needed for a well‐ rounded athletic experience. At UPWARD we encourage The Priority of Children, believing that every child is a winner; The Discipline of Excellence, believing in serving that exceeds…
What’s inside Page 2 Children & Youth Page 3 Upcoming Events Page 4 Financial Report Page 5 Bridge Report Page 7 Passages Page 8 Wednesdays At Knox Page 10 Get Involved! Page 12 Winnipeg Trip Report Page 14 Romania Trip Report Page 15 VBC Report Page 16 LOGOS
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As members of the Church we are to grow in spirit and love, in community, in service and to care for others. 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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A Note From Christian Education Jr. High Retreat Sept. 21-22, 2013 Grade 7 & 8 students, join us for a Bike Ride from the Knox parking lot to Laurel Creek Conservation Area where we’ll set up camp for the night. After a night of games, hiking, stories around the campfire, and camping out in tents we’ll bike back to Knox for Sunday morning worship. Cost is $30.00 per person. Details and permission forms are posted on the church bulletin board outside the Lounge. Adult supervision is needed. Please see Laura V for more information.
Sr. High Retreat Sept. 20-22, 2013 Let’s start off our Youth Group year by going to camp Cairn! This weekend‐long program is geared for youth in grades 9‐12 and will provide an opportunity for Youth Groups to come together to meet, share, play and grow in Christ together. The Sr. High weekend will include tons of great camp activities like swimming, gaga ball, zipline, climbing wall, canoeing, disc golf and low ropes (to name a few!) as well as a group TLC (Talking & Learning in Christ). Plus, you’ll get to enjoy other camp perks like sleeping in a cabin, eating great food and participating in our talent show, Glen Mhor Presents. There’ll be tons of ways to have fun and make new friends from across our Synod! Registration forms are on the church bulletin board beside the Lounge; Cost is $100 per person. We will need a male and a female adult chaperone to join the youth group for the weekend. Please see Laura V for more info.
Continued from page 1 …expectations; and the Life of Integrity, believing that how we live is more important than what we say. Every Tuesday from 6‐8pm beginning Oct 1 – Dec 3, kids in grades 1‐6 will come together in teams to learn basketball skills from youth coaches, practice each skill and then use the skills in a scrimmage game designed to encourage fair play for all. At half time there is a devotional, which introduces kids to Jesus Christ and highlights ways to serve through sports. The UPWARD Ministry is recruiting youth coaches now and is taking registrations for the Fall season in the church office. The cost per player is $75.00, which includes a basketball, jersey and water bottle. Please contact Vaughn Sauve if you’d like to help coach; or Laura V for more information on registration. 2 2
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Fall Talent Show
125th Anniversary of Knox Waterloo
Saturday October 26th Knox Church 6:30‐9:30 p.m. Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5 Family $20 Proceeds go towards projects beyond our walls. For more information contact: Richard Hildred 519‐594‐0900 email@example.com.
This November 2nd and 3rd Knox Waterloo will celebrate our 125th Anniversary! To help us commemorate this wonderful occasion, Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka will be our guest. Rodger is an inspirational speaker, educator, and specialist in ministry with youth and young adults. Join in the celebration:
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Fri., Oct. 4 , Knox Church, Waterloo – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Congregational Dinner, Saturday November 2nd, with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka, including a catered buffet, refreshments, cash bar, entertainment. Tickets are $35 and will go on sale in mid‐ September.
Worship in the World Church ‐ Twentieth‐ century Christians, if they are truly contemporary, should have within their worship some indication that they belong to an international community. Through stories, prayers, and much singing, John shows how music of the world churches is Family Celebration Sunday, accessible to congregations in the 'developed' nations and can November 3rd, including guest enrich their experience of worship. This workshop will be of sermon by Rev. Dr. Rodger Nisioka, interest to everyone– ministers, singers, directors, worship followed by a special lunch and ice cream. leaders and church members. For tickets ($10) call church office at 519‐886‐4150 or e‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please save the dates and stay tuned for John will be speaking Oct 5th and 6th at other locations. Please see the bulletin board outside the lounge for more details.
The 2nd annual Christmas Bazaar at Knox is quickly approaching! Last year's sale helped to light our outdoor crèche, purchased kitchen supplies, as well as a desktop computer for Sunday mornings. The Bazaar is November 16th, and most help will be required the night before and day of (Set Up, Tear Down, Organizing a White Elephant table). We need help in advance with advertising, publicity, and donations to the Knox Craft and Bake tables. Let us know if you can help. Mark Nov 16th as the 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar and plan to attend. Heather & Lynelle knoxcraftsale[at]gmail.com 3 3
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July 2013 Financial Report By John Scace, Knox Financial Officer “Who’s goin’ to tell the story? You and I! Tell of the Lord’s great glory? You and I! Who’s goin’ to let the whole world know? You and I! Help his disciples grow and multiply? You and I!”
(Presbyterian Hymn book #761 Words & Music Natalie Sleeth (1930‐1992) Copyright Hinshaw Music Inc.)
Vacation Bible Camp was an amazing experience for the almost 200 children and 80 adult & youth volunteers that told the story of great glory. A big Thank You to the Children & Youth leadership from the three churches that worked collaboratively to make it all happen so smoothly ‐ Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo North Mennonite Church & Knox Presbyterian. The month of July also saw us send 18 youth & 7 adult leaders on a mission trip to Anishinabe & Flora House in Winnipeg. Many of us followed the blog on the Knox website and in the next few weeks we will hear first‐ hand from the youth & leaders about this life changing experience (Helping his disciples grow and multiply). During the month of July overall donations are down slightly and expenses are a little higher than budget. But thanks to all of you, when you look at our Year to Date results we are tracking ahead on overall donations and under budget on expenses. As we come to the end of another busy summer season, it is important that donations to the mission of Knox remain strong and that staff and committees at Knox be very prudent when spending funds. We are continuing on our journey to Sustainable Financial Stewardship, and letting the whole world know that we are a strong Christian presence in the Waterloo Region. July has been a busy month around Knox, with Vacation Bible Camp, 3 weeks of Girls Rock Camp and the Winnipeg Youth Mission trip. August promises to be a busy month as well as we host 1 week of Girls Rock Camp and 2 weeks of Lego Robotics Camp. The Knox faith community continues to breathe life into the downtown core and is a beacon of Faith and Mission for all to see and embrace. KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WATERLOO MONTHLY FINANCIAL UPDATE: Year-To-Date July 2013 Jul-13 Month End
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Bridge Report – Celebrating “2” By Barb Prysnuk and Grant Birks coming to Knox on Tuesday nights. Eighteen young people and seven leaders just returned from a successful and fulfilling Mission Trip to Anishinabe and Flora House in Winnipeg, where they worked and learned from our First Nations people.
The theme of our Bridge article this month focuses around the number “2”. You may be asking yourself, “Why is the number “2” so important?” First of all, June 2013 marked the end of the second year of our three year Sustainable Stewardship Initiative (SSI). You can see from the Bridge, there are two sections behind the little Knox guy and now he is beginning to navigate along the third and final section. Consequently, at this point in time, it is a perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the past two years and to take stock of how we have been doing. 2 Years of Worship and Ministry:
Looking back, it was 2 years ago that we were piped and drummed out of our old sanctuary with the Knox youth at the head of our procession, carrying Christian symbols such as the Bible, the baptismal bowl, the chalice and the Cross from the communion table. We proceeded to walk along Erb Street and up the Caroline Street ramp, entering the new sanctuary for the first time. What excitement there was! As we look back over the past two years, we can celebrate 2 years of successful children and youth ministry. Our Sunday school continues to grow and our Logos program is going strong. Two years ago, the Upward Sports Program for youth was started. Many of the youth that participate now are from the community and the participants love 5 5
Over the last 2 years, our present building’s accessibility has made possible new adult mid‐ week programs such as “Wednesday’s at Knox” and “Fun and Fitness”. These programs are providing opportunities for our community to come to Knox, to participate and to get to know us. During the past 2 years, there has been the introduction of “state of the art” sound and video technologies. This has meant creating an expanded “tech team” to handle the technical setups required for Sunday worship, as well as the many outside events, which are now held at Knox. We are blessed to have such an outstanding and dedicated tech crew! We can celebrate 2 years of inspiring worship in our new building, thanks to Brooke and Linda’s excellent leadership and to Terry’s wonderful music direction. We have enjoyed many special services as well, over the past two years – our Service of Dedication, Christmas and Easter services, Longest Night services, Rueben St. Louis’s Ordination service. In addition to our dedicated Choir and Praise Band, we have been fortunate to have many talented Knox musicians participate in worship and share their musical gifts. Continued on page 6
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Over the past 2 years of the Sustainable Stewardship Initiative (SSI), Knox has been blessed with new members, who have made a commitment to their faith and to Knox.
Being open and welcoming to our community is an essential part of our vision of being “Committed to the Core”. Along with hosting special evenings such as Wilfrid Laurier’s Gala and other community music groups such as Kiwanis, our building has also been used for regular meetings by different groups such as the Region of Waterloo and for public events. Having this rental income over the past 2 years, has helped to offset our day to day expenses.
2 Years of SSI Financial Pledges: As well as moving forward with our Vision over the last two years, Knox members and adherents have also completed 2 years of financial pledges. Back in June 2011, individuals and families were asked to prayerfully consider making a financial pledge for the next three years. Circumstances were different for each one of us, and not everyone was in a position to do this. However, our hope was that whether you could pledge or not, that each one of us would be intentional and committed to give what we could, when we could…equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. So…how have we done? First of all, we want to thank John Scace, our financial officer for putting the following financial information together for us. It has not been an easy task. The reason is that the financial software is set up to record for the calendar year – January to December. The Sustainable Stewardship Initiative pledges go from July to the June of the following year. Consequently, John has spent endless hours extracting this information because of the six month reporting difference. As you know, Grant and I don’t have access to the individual pledge information; however, John has persevered and come up with overall numbers for us to share, so we can see as a congregation, how we did over the last 2 years. For those of you who have made a pledge, on your last quarterly statement, you will have been able to see how you are doing individually. Now the big question, “How did we do over the past two years, from July 2011 to June 2012 and from July 2012 to June 2013?”
Two Years of SSI Pledges Minimum Yearly Goal = $950,000 Pledged
As you will recall, our minimum goal was $950,000 based on an estimated budget for the new building and programs of about one million dollars. . When the pledge results came in at $667, 684 for Year 1, almost $300,000 below the goal, there were many mixed emotions. On the one hand, was this a glass half empty Continued on page 7 6 6
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Bridge Report – Celebrating “2” Continued from page 6 which forecast red ink in the future, or was this a glass half full? As Brooke indicated, this was the first time we were looking at the next 12 months with a significant commitment from the congregation. Well, as you can see, the latter interpretation has proved correct. In the first critical year, those who pledged actually gave over $700,000, some 106% of the original pledge figure. Also, those who had not made a pledge, along with those who had joined our congregation after the campaign, strongly supported the Knox ministry with givings of almost $264,000. When these two amounts were added together, the total came to almost $970,000 – well above the original goal of $950,000. A HUGE THANK YOU to all in the congregation who made this first SSI year such a successful one! Our second year was not as strong as year 1, but the 96% actual rate is very good and the non‐pledge amount significantly increased. Our total is well above the $900,000 and in the right ballpark for us to achieve full sustainability, that is, where our income matches or exceeds our expenses. In Year 3, if we can put up
numbers approaching year 1, we will be well on our way to balancing this year’s budget and we will have a great start to 2014, when we will be looking towards the next bridge in our Knox ministry journey.
2 Years of Bridge Team Updates: To finish off, in keeping with our theme, based on the number 2, the two of us would like to thank all of you for your encouragement over the past 2 years in our Bridge Team role. Your support has kept us going and has meant so much to us. As we begin to travel along the final span of our current bridge, if we can continue to generously give of our individual gifts and resources, then we will move forward with God’s vision for Knox and get closer to financial sustainability and… that gives us every reason to put a BIG SMILE on our faces and BE THANKFUL. Let’s keep our momentum going!
Passages In Remembrance:
We pause to remember those we’ve lost and pass our condolences on to their loved ones. We are thinking of…
Helen Reed whose husband Marvin passed away July 18th. Annamma Abraham whose brother passed away Aug 4th. Debra Lacoste on the passing of her mother on Aug 19th. Mark Harper whose father passed away August 21st.
Thinking of You:
Harry Beeksma, Loreen Palmer, Chris Hamil, Ruth Worton, Hannah Carter, Lexie Brar, Grace Flewelling, Nancy Kennedy, Evelyn Hayes, Wendy Garner, Dorothy Allan, Fergie McKeown.
Photo by Hannah Carter
Congratulations: Newly weds, Jasmine Fan and Jeff Carter (son of Shirley and Lawrie) exchanged their vows on July 25th in Bali, Indonesia. David Blake completed his MBA at the beginning of August!
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W@K Fall Schedule is ready! W@K will open its third year on September 11th. Rev. Brooke Ashfield will be our opening speaker, establishing a spectacular line‐up of programs from now ‘til mid‐December. If you have never attended our Wednesday luncheon program, you are welcome! It is open to anyone available at that time of the week. We start with a welcoming coffee time at 11:30, followed by devotions and a light meal for $5. Bring your own lunch if you prefer, no cost for beverages and dessert. The speaker/ program starts about 12:20, ends promptly at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Knox has become a go‐to place for newcomers as well as ‘old‐timers’. Students also attend, as their schedules permit. Join us as you wish. For further information, consult each month’s newsletter or phone Ellen McIntosh, 519 497‐9534; email@example.com. September 11 - The Post 9/11 Church with Rev. Brooke Ashfield: How has the church changed since 9/11? This will be a continuation of the topic Brooke brought to us last year, on the evolving history of the Christian Church. Sept. 18 – What is Iona? Music from Iona will be a focus today, as we prepare for the visit of John Bell to Knox in early October. Terry English will teach some of the Iona songs in our hymnbook. Pictures from Iona will provide visual accompaniment to our music. Sept. 25 - Mediation for Seniors in Family and Community Conflict: Wendy Meek is Coordinator for Elder Mediation Service of Community Justice Initiatives. The program offers conflict resolution services for adults 55+, their families/caregivers/community support services and the community, providing a safe, confidential environment to address difficult situations. October 2 - So You Think You Can hear? Our own Barb Tucker (retired teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) will discuss "hearing" and how to take care of your precious sense…. including a simulation test of hearing loss, hearing aid needs/care and much more! Oct. 9 – Thanksgiving Dinner: Hymns of thanks and harvest, along with a traditional meal. Buy your tickets in advance for $10. Oct. 16 – Traumatic Brain Injury: Bethany Dillman does research in kinesiology and psychology at the University of Waterloo. Traumatic Brain Injury takes a toll on families and communities. Bethany’s presentation sheds light on effects, treatment and prevention. Oct. 23 – Taiwan Yesterday and Today: Rev. Linda Ashfield and Wilma Welsh ‐ former Moderator of the PCC and missionary in Taiwan ‐ will share stories and pictures from Taiwan, focusing on their trip to Taiwan this past spring. 8 8
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Oct. 30 – Prepare for the Coming of ION: Our own Kari Feldmann will present from his perspective as civil engineer and project manager for the Region of Waterloo. November 6 – Knox Youth Trip to Winnipeg: Laura VanderVleuten, Knox C.E. Director, along with other participants from the trip will share the story of the mission trip as well as the work of Winnipeg Inner City Missions. Nov.13 – South Africa and Namibia: A pictorial survey of the complexity of old and new cultures of an emerging modern society midst the unique flora/fauna that is Africa: Dr. Bob Seim brings pictures from his travel in Namibia and South Africa, including a trip to Robbins Island where Mandela was imprisoned. An elder at Knox, Guelph, Bob is retired from the Dept. of Psychology at U. of Waterloo. Nov. 20 – Optometry Service for a Developing World: Optometrist Dr. Garry Grant returns to tell us about his trips to Guatemala to serve people there who need eye care and glasses. An active Elder at St. Andrews, Dr. Grant spoke to us in our first season about the aging eye and its related changes. Nov. 27 – Knox Habitat for Humanity Build in Romania: Stuart McTavish and other team members will present pictures and stories of their travel/ adventure to help build four row‐homes in Cluj, under the auspices of Habitat’s Global Village, in June, 2013. (Part 2 of the trip to village churches of the Hungarian Reformed Church ‐ will be presented at W@K Jan. 22, ’14). December 4: An En-CHANT-ed Lunch: An Introduction to Gregorian Chant: Debra Lacoste, Ph.D., is an active Knox member, who has brought special music on Christmas Eve. She is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and a specialist in research regarding Gregorian Chant, including digital images of medieval manuscripts. She will give us samplings of this work, and teach us how to hear/listen to the mysterious signs in this notation. No experience necessary! An exciting and appropriate music event for Advent. Dec. 11: Christmas Dinner and special music: A catered meal will cap the fall season. Buy your tickets ($10) in advance. Wednesday at Knox has become a go‐to place for newcomers as well as ‘old‐timers’. Students also attend, as their schedules permit. Join us as you wish. For further information, consult each month’s newsletter or phone Ellen McIntosh, 519 497‐9534; emcintosh1130[at]rogers.com.
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Get Involved this Fall! Student Ministry As September brings in a new school year we think of the young people in our church family who are heading back to college or university – or perhaps continuing on to the next phase if they are in a co‐op program. Please pray for these students and let them know that you are interested in how, and what, they are doing. Is there a young person in your family who is starting post‐secondary education this year? If so, we would appreciate knowing where they are going and how we can keep in touch with them. Contact Femmy Birks at femmy.birks[at]sympatico.ca or 519‐885‐0530 or call the Church Office at 519‐886‐4156.
Knox Quilters Knox quilters will start meeting again on Tuesday, September 17th at 10 a.m. Whether you’re an experienced quilter or interested in learning the basics, we’d love to see you!
Food For Thought ARE YOU COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY-AGE? Whether you are a student, working, or in‐between, Food For Thought (FFT) is a great way to get connected! FFT runs on Sunday nights, beginning Sept. 15th, 6:30‐ 9 p.m. at the Matthews’ (774 Belmont Ave W. Kitchener). The Food For Thought group enjoying one of many home‐cooked meals last year!
CAN YOU PROVIDE A MEAL for Food for Thought? Please consider supporting our university‐ aged ministry by providing a meal this term. The sign‐up sheet is at the Welcome Desk. Many thanks!
A FREE MEAL at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a time of study and discussion. Join the laughter around the table! Questions? Email Nancy & David Matthews at lighthousenm[at]gmail.com www.knoxwaterloo.ca/fft 10 10
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Knox in the community Glenda Ribey – A New job! I am excited to let everyone know that I have accepted the position of Christian Education Co‐ordinator at Erb Street Mennonite Church. I started this part time position on August 27th. I will be continuing with my passion of the involvement of children and youth in worship, the community and in outreach activities. At Erb Street M.C I will be committed to Christian education and formation, working with the CE Ministry supporting and working with the Sunday School teachers and continuing with my involvement in Vacation Bible Camp (we all know it is near and dear to my heart). I am grateful and thankful for all of the opportunities I have had to work with the children and youth here at KNOX (and adults). Many years ago I started out as a volunteer in the Nursery. I then moved up to pre‐school and was then gently persuaded to jump out of my comfort zone and teach grade 5/6 Sunday School. This year the kids taught me what it was to care for our "neighbours" around the world as they showed determination to raise money for the Olive Tree Campaign. I loved working with the kids during the Christmas Pageant and our Community Connection Sundays. I was so fortunate to work on the Youth Mission Trip to Winnipeg this year. I feel blessed that that I had an opportunity to get know such a great group of "kids" and adults. Don't think that you are going to get rid of me that easily ‐ I will be here every Thursday night teaching Bible Time for Grade 2 LOGOS. I am so thankful for Laura who has been my mentor and friend; she kept telling me that God
From top: ‐Glenda Ribey & family ‐Grant Birks ‐Deb Schlichter
was talking to me and I kept telling her I wasn't listening. I definitely see His hand in all of this. I am grateful for my friends here at KNOX that have been lifting me up in prayer and I can feel all of the love and support that we will need as we begin this next chapter in our lives. Andrew, Amelia, Thomas and Sara will continue to worship here at KNOX on Sundays. I will just be up the road at Erb St. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ...” Jeremiah 29:11.
Knox members honoured Deb Schlichter and Grant Birks, along with others from the founding group that saw Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) move from dream to reality, will be honoured at the first SHOW Founders’ Breakfast on Sept. 12th, 7:00 am ‐ 8:45 am at the Waterloo Inn. Join Mayor Brenda Halloran in recognizing the accomplishment of the SHOW founders – tickets ($20 ea.) are available at the SHOW office (362 Erb St W, Waterloo, 519‐ 886‐8200) or online at www.showaterloo.org/events/?ee=1. 11 11
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Hope coupled with eternal optimism are the keys to success in a challenging inner city mission context. Opportunity is seen as a right by most, but hard to experience if you were born into a life of poverty and violence. Possibility, possibility, possibility. Developing a strong spirit is necessary to success. Encouragement goes a long way to helping people succeed. “H.O.P.E. is offered at Winnipeg Inner City Mission (WICM) through a variety of programs and services. Hope that the brutal cycles of poverty and violence can be broken.” (Rev. Margaret Mullen) This summer 18 youth and 7 adults left for inner city Winnipeg with the acronym H.O.P.E. printed on the backs of our shirts, eager to make a difference and offer HOPE to a community in need. For one week we lived together in community, not far from the north end of Winnipeg where the cycle of poverty is clearly visible with signs of violence, street gangs, drugs and alcohol rampant on the streets where we came to work. We arrived with hopeful spirits ready to offer support however we could. Our goal was to walk alongside and listen, to watch, hear and feel what it was like to live there. We met a leadership team that was understandably worn and battered because of the daily battle they endure by working in the inner city. For one week we walked together and tried to hold them up, strengthening them by bringing a fresh team of workers to supervise children on outings to Kildonan Park, a Family Fun Park and Fun Mountain Waterpark. The vans we rented made it possible to take the children out of the burdens of the inner city to places where they could play and be free for a while of the reminders of their lives of poverty. For one week we walked together and tried to hold them up, strengthening them by painting a fresh coat of paint onto the walls of Anishinabe where they meet for AA, and for parenting classes and baby play groups; making it a better place for the people coming to the centre for help.
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For one week we walked together and tried to hold them up, strengthening them by sorting donations in the store, fixing clothes racks and moving furniture so they could put a new coat of paint on the floor; making it a better, fresher place for them to come for clothing and household items. For one week we walked together and tried to hold them up, strengthening them by serving at the community carnival where we could pour lemonade and serve hot dogs; supervise lawn bowling and ring toss, apply face paint designs, direct children through the bouncy obstacle race and hand out prizes. Making it a safe place to come and play with family and friends for an afternoon. For one week we walked together and tried to hold them up, strengthening them by listening to their stories of abuse, and neglect and addiction; of hopelessness and hurt and feelings of betrayal and despair. We listened on the way to the park, we listened at a Sharing Circle, at the Place of Hope and we listened after dinner in the residence where we stayed for the week. With open ears and minds, we tried making it a safe place for them to share their stories with people who wouldn’t judge but who would have compassion and try to understand their pain. For one week we came to Winnipeg to offer opportunity for healing and reconciliation. Rev. Margaret told us that we were examples of healing and reconciliation because we came and worked hard to help make a difference there. She said our visit helped to renew her vision and passion for why she does what she does here at WICM. Our work helped make their work environment to be a better place; we helped make a fresher meeting place for the people using Anishinabe; we relieved a weary staff at Flora House and supported the staff in the Store; and the rental vans transported families to and from the community carnival and to the meeting location for family camp. The transportation help meant that the kids left the city for afternoon outings, something that they couldn’t do otherwise. For one week we walked together and they held us up, strengthening us in our conviction that we could work together to make a difference and that when we returned home to our “lives of privilege”, we still have a responsibility to make a difference to the lives of people in our communities who are in need. Our stories will be shared over the months to come as we make presentations and visit congregations and introduce others to the people of Anishinabe and Flora House and Place of Hope. We hope to bring faces to the stories and empower others to walk together and hold each other up and make a difference to their lives. Visit www.knoxwmt.wordpress.com for the team’s online journal. Submitted by Laura VanderVleuten
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Romania Mission Trip (A Cross the Pews continues its series on the Adult Mission Trip to Romania) This trip had a two‐fold purpose: 1) participation in a Habitat For Humanity Global Village build and 2) visiting the mission work of Brian Johnston, former Knox Choir Director, who teaches at the Hungarian Reformed Theological Institute in Cluj, through partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Knox has long‐term interest in both projects. Brian has kept us informed of his work throughout his years in Romania, bringing stories, pictures and enthusiasm for the work and the people. In 2001 and 2006 he brought choirs from the Institute for Canadian tours, including concerts at Knox, Waterloo. PCC’s Youth In Mission has taken Canadian young people to Romania, including Lynne Steffy and Hannah Carter representing Knox. Our interest in Habitat For Humanity was inspired for many years by Dr. Bill Shantz and Lila Willis Beach. Now deceased, both Bill and Lila were active board members and an inspiration to others in their understanding of Habitat’s purpose. Christy Sennema, an active member of Knox, is Registrar of the Global Village program at Habitat for Humanity Canada. She had told us of projects in Cluj, the very city where Brian and the PCC have presence. This coincidence made it apparent that we would find a welcome in Cluj, as Brian had been hoping for such a visit from his home congregation for many years. He established a tour plan, involving a number of his former theological students, including four who had actually been to Knox on choir tours. When 14 people signed up to go to Romania, planning was enhanced by the appointment of Stuart McTavish to be ‘team leader’. In preparation, Stuart attended Habitat leadership training and a first‐aid course. Along with his professional experience in project‐management and travel, this helped insure our mission trip success. After a few days on the building site, our Romanian leaders admitted what they thought when they first saw our ages on the application: “What will we do with these old people?” By mid‐week, we had surpassed their expectation, and helped them catch up with their building schedule. It was a shared experience, sharing skills and learning new ones. On the building site were members of the families who will live in these homes, working along‐side us each day. We came to appreciate their hard work and sacrifice to provide decent and affordable housing for their families. Team‐work and co‐operation were central to our learning and our success. As the brick walls rose upward, we were both proud and humble to participate in such a venture and to make new friends in Romania. Submitted by Agnes Steffy Next month: Transylvania
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VBC – A Great Success! In July Knox Presbyterian, Waterloo North Mennonite and Erb St Mennonite hosted Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together. In true “community” fashion we welcomed over 190 children and over 60 volunteers during the weeklong program, which offered Bible stories, crafts, games, science activities and snacks. The registrations were the highest we’ve had since we started the partnership 5 years ago, and more volunteers than ever before. An afternoon or all‐day option was offered which included walks to Waterloo Park, sports and daily crafts. The afternoon registrations doubled since last year and we hired 5 student leaders to supervise. One evening we held a Community Fun Fair with a bouncy obstacle course, the Tumble Bus, mini putt, carnival games, BBQ, face painting and more. The fellowship we experienced was truly inspirational and we reached our $2,000.00 fundraising goal in support of a local initiative, Send ‘em Off Smiling (SOS) and a national initiative, Winnipeg Inner City Mission (WICM). Many of the children participating at VBC were from the community and some were able to join us because of your generous donations of subsidies to cover the costs of their registrations. One parent used subsidies to register her 2 children in the all day program and was so grateful for the financial support since her husband had been laid off from work and their resources for summer programming for their children was minimal. She told me she could hardly wait for her youngest child to be old enough to join VBC so she can come and volunteer as a leader for the week. Another parent was thrilled to have her developmentally challenged twins at VBC every morning because it gave her a chance to spend quality time with her daughter. We were able to find small groups for each of the twins with youth leaders who have siblings who face similar developmental challenges, so we satisfied the needs of the children while giving mom a well‐deserved break. There were lots of stories like these that emphasized the Fun Fair theme of VBC being a place where God’s World could Come Together and where God’s love was shared. VBC next year is July 21‐25, 2014! Plan to join us!! Submitted by Laura VanderVleuten
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Are you ready for LOGOS 2013? “Opening Act” is the theme to start off the new year of LOGOS at Knox. This mid‐week ministry is for children and youth in Gr. 1‐ 12. It runs on Thursday nights, 4:40‐7:30 p.m., starting on September 19th. Students participate in 4 sections each night: • Worship Skills – we offer our gifts to God through vocal and instrumental music, drama and other performing arts, and prayer • Recreation – during crafts and gym time • Bible Study –classes explore the messages of the Bible and how they relate to our lives today • Family Time – everyone joins together for a mixture of food, fun, and friendship
Last year, we had 65+ students registered in Gr. 1‐12 and over 95 adults participated in leading Knox LOGOS. We expect that a parent (or designated other adult) from each family registered will contribute to running the program. We have many others who help out who have no children in LOGOS – seniors, university and college students (including our graduates), families with children too young to participate yet (child care is available for them), and parents of LOGOS graduates. If you have some time available on Thursdays, please consider joining us in this ministry. And for college and university students, we provide the added bonus of a free meal! We hope you were able to attend the LOGOS orientation night on September 5th. All parents registering children for LOGOS are required to attend a meeting. We will have a make‐up meeting on Sunday, Sept. 8th at 11:10 for those who were unable to attend the Thursday evening meeting. For more information on Knox LOGOS, please contact Lisa Dougall: lisa.dougall[at]rogers.com or 519‐886‐5440.