Delve February 2017
Our Stories: Mapping Our Stories of Mission
Our Stories: Mapping Our Stories of Mission 3 Super You Days 6 5 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Child A Cell Phone 8 Our Stories: My Seminary Life, Part 2 16 Syrian Refugee Family Update 22 Refresh 24
Departments Discipleship Ministries 8
Information Contact Information 26 Community Corner 28 Calendar 31 Cover: Sam Lee Design: Clement Lee Contributors: Marion Goertz Greg Kay Suzanna Lai Sam Lee Barrie Porter Gene Tempelmeyer Copy Editors: Greg Kay Suzanna Lai Gene Tempelmeyer
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by Greg Kay
In our lounge on the wall is a large map of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), and over the past few weeks little red and green dots have begun to appear—GREEN markers of where Spring Gardeners live, RED markers of where we work/ go to school. As a church, a community of God’s people, we are all ‘sent one’s' (the very definition of the word missionaries), sent by God into our places of living—our homes, our work, our schools, our neighbourhoods, our families and friends, our online social networks, etc.—to see what God is up to and to invest our very selves into loving God and neighbour. So as the map on the wall becomes more green and red, it is a beautiful symbolic picture of where we are, and where God has sent us to love (only symbolic because this doesn’t even come close to showing ALL the places God is using and calling us, but it’s a start!) You may not know this, but part of Spring Garden’s “Mission Action Team” (formerly known as the Missions Committee) is a team of people who seek to resource, equip, encourage and inspire the SGC community in serving through local mission. This team presently is made up of Victoria Shipmaker, Rodway Daniels and myself (Greg Kay). 3
As we’ve been thinking and praying specifically about how to encourage and inspire others toward intentional love of neighbour, we were struck by the power of stories, how when one person tells a story of the way God used them it inspires another person to step out, and encourages yet another person in the ways they are already serving. And so, instead of bringing in outside speakers or leading seminars or book studies, we felt the best way for the Spring Garden community to be inspired and encouraged in “living missionally” (in other words, living like a person sent by God into the world to love our neighbour) was to share our stories with one another. And so this is what we are trying to do: to collect stories and to share stories. And we want to begin with asking you the question: how are you Loving God, Loving Each Other, Sharing God’s Story, and Showing God’s Care? (if you are unfamiliar with this wording, this is Spring Garden’s main image for discipleship as followers of Jesus. Please see the accompanying picture of the Hands and Feet). And this question leads to many others! What does it mean to love our neighbours here in Toronto and our global neighbours around the world, and where is God calling you to live out this love? What has God placed before you? What desire has God given you that he wants to stir up and send forth? Where do you see God at work and feel excited, called or challenged to join in?
For some of us it is easy to identify where we are using our hands and feet to love God and love our neighbour, and so stories come to mind quickly. Others of us simply don’t know how to identify where God is already using us. And still others of us have a stirring within but we don’t know where to begin or if there’s anyone else out there with similar stirrings. Beginning mid-February and through the season we’ll be finding ways to identify, collect and share stories with one another: during our times of worship together; through reflection and interacting with the map in the lounge; and through a survey we’ve got coming up in a few weeks. So let’s share our stories with one another! Let’s allow what God is already doing in and through and around us to encourage and inspire one another towards love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:2425 has something to say about that). Let’s discover and connect our personal passions and desires with tangible ways of loving God and neighbour, and connect with others who have similar passions that we may serve alongside of one another.
Super You Days by Gene Tempelmeyer
Perhaps you have seen posters for something called “Be Super You Days” posted around the Spring Garden Building. “Be Super You Days” is the brain child of Charlotte Monto, a nine year old Spring Gardener. When she was in Grade 3 last year, Charlotte decided to use her entry into a speech contest to find a way to encourage her schoolmates to think positively about themselves and deal positively with one another. “Some people don’t believe in themselves,” she says. “I’m trying to tell people they have an inner star in themselves and they should be allowed to show it.” Charlotte pointed out to the students that it is hard to be selfconfident when one is being bullied. “People need to have permission to be who they are.” Bullies take that away. When she first gave the speech, Charlotte’s biggest hope was that her school might actually get behind the idea and participate. She found the students and staff quite receptive to the idea. So this year she decided to promote the idea more widely. We are glad she came to her church family suggesting all of us might benefit from “Be Super You Days.” “Most people know someone who thinks they are not good enough,” she explains. She would like to see all of us set aside April 9-16 as a week to encourage people around us to simply enjoy being themselves. Way to go, Charlotte! You are doing a great job showing us to be our own hero by your enthusiasm and care!
Discipleship Ministries Partnering with Families 5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone By Kelly Wallace (from bit.do/childcellphone)
In households around the world, I imagine many conversations going something like this during the holidays: "Mom, I really want a phone. Everyone has one. Can I please, please get one this year?" And then, after hearing the appeals, Mom (or Dad, or both parents) edge even closer to buying a smartphone for their insistent teen or tween. But before parents place one under the Christmas tree or give one for Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other gift-giving holiday at this time of year, they should stop and think about a few core things. "There's no turning back the clock once you've handed this thing over," said Diana Graber, co-founder of CyberWise.org, a digital literacy platform for tweens and teens, parents and educators. Parents spend as much time on screens as teens. Graber, who teaches "cyber civics" to sixth graders in Aliso Viejo, California, said that too often, parents don't realize just how big a decision it really is. 8
"It's not like you're just handing them a telephone, like when I was a kid," said Graber, who has two daughters, one in high school and the other in college. "All of a sudden, the whole world is in your kids' back pocket, plus all the information in the world -- good and bad." Once parents realize the magnitude of the decision and how it is the "purchase of a huge life-changing experience," they need to decide whether the time is right for their children, said Graber. To help parents, she and another tech-savvy expert, Lori Cunningham, founder of the blog The Well Connected Mom, offered five tips on what to think about before buying a phone for kids.
1. Are they ready? It's simple enough: Are your kids ready for a smartphone? First, are they responsible enough to take care of one? "Even if you think your daughter (or son) is pretty responsible, they're going to leave the phone behind. They're not used to having something so valuable with them all the time, other than a backpack, maybe keys to the house," said Cunningham, who uses her digital platform to try to simplify technology for busy moms. Once you decide your teen or tween is responsible, you need to think about whether they can handle a device that automatically connects them to the world. Graber said parents should keep in mind how kids don't fully understand the ramifications of everything they post. "I'm always like, I wish parents could be up here to see how much their kids don't know, and it's not their fault. They just don't have that thinking capacity quite yet. They're programmed to make mistakes. It's what they do at that age," she said.
2. 'Cyber Civics' 101 If a parent decides their child is ready, the next step, experts say, would be to give them some "cyber civics" training, teaching them about things such as bullying, the permanence of what they post and stranger danger online. "I liken it to giving the keys to your kid to a car," said 9
Cunningham, who has a 10-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. "You don't just give them the keys. You teach them how to use the car. You work with them. You train them. You make sure that they know the pitfalls and things to watch out for, and then you give them more freedom as you go." If a "cyber civics" or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up. If not, parents can check out learning tools on sites such as CyberWise.org, which offer a range of lessons on digital safety and online citizenship, said Graber. "A parent can learn about all the things that a kid encounters online, and then if the parent understands what it is, it's very easy to have that conversation with the child," she said.
3. Sign on the dotted line Both Cunningham and Graber are big believers in creating a family contract surrounding the use of the phone. A contract can include how the phone ultimately belongs to the parents, how the parent will have access to all passwords related to the phone and apps on the phone, the hours the phone can be on and off, how it will be charged overnight in a centralized charging area that is not in the child's bedroom, and what happens if the family's phone rules are not followed. The contract can really help parents figure out what their plan is surrounding the phone, which is crucial, said Cunningham. "It's kind of a like a puppy. You don't just give them the puppy and just say, 'Oh, wait a minute, they're not picking up the stuff like they're supposed to. Wait a minute, they said they were going to do that before,' and so, you kind of have to have a plan," she said. Parents can find plenty of contracts available online, but the key is customizing one for the family, she said. "You can't just grab one ... and have (your child) sign it and be done. You have to customize it, because you have your own family rules, and the things that you find important (are) things that might not be covered in other contracts."
4. Parental control apps Parents should also embrace the technology available to them to help them monitor the technology they're giving their kids, both Cunningham and Graber say. 10
There are multiple apps for parents: Some allow parents to track everything their kids are doing on their phones, and some give parental alerts if certain high-risk words are used in texts or social media. "This is probably the biggest debate that I hear from parents, that they deserve their privacy. 'We have no right to do that. They need to have their space,' " Cunningham said. "Well, yeah, they can have their space in their room, and they can have plenty of privacy in there, but when it comes to the phone ... it's no longer their privacy." It's not as much about spying on our kids, she said, as it is about making sure things like bullying and sexting aren't going on and that suicidal thoughts are not being expressed. "Often, of course, it's not our own children. It's somebody else's kid that's going through this, but our kids are involved because they're friends or they know of it or somebody else has got them involved, and our kids do not have the maturity to deal with these problems," she said. "And left alone, it could lead to suicide, or it could lead to a big flare-up at school or sexting or all these different things that are happening."
5. Don't punish by taking the phone away If your kids break the family rules related to their phone or do something else using their phone that is cause for concern, don't punish them by taking the phone away, because that might make your kids less likely to open up about a problem they are encountering online, said Graber of CyberWise. "That sends their behavior underground, and that's the last thing you want," she said. "If there's a problem, you want them to feel comfortable to come to you and say, 'Hey, can you believe this person asked me to send them a sext?' " Parents will want to hear about such behavior, but "if your response is like, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm taking your phone away' or 'I'm going to tell that parent,' that window is going to close, and you want to keep that door open," she said. Parents should instead try to keep that dialogue. "There are just too many things that can go wrong, and we need to have their backs in that world," said Graber. 11
Ultimately, you may feel like your child will never be ready for a phone, or you wish you could avoid ever giving them one. (I am definitely in the latter category!) But we need to let them have them eventually. "It's like a rite (of) passage," said Cunningham. "This is part of their life. Touchscreens are their life, and it's a habit, yes, it's bad, yes, at times, but it can also be their lifeline, their connection to others, including the parents."
Today’s Teens Parents Night Feb 24th Today’s Teens is an excellent conference run by Youth Unlimited that our youth attend ever year. On the Friday night, they are offering two workshops for parents.
Option #1 Ministry to Kids Who are Growing Up in Cyber Space Paul Robertson – Youth Culture Specialist/ Youth Unlimited Cyber space is a real place where the boundaries of our reality no longer apply. We live with the illusion that the cyber environment is safer than real life. We give little thought to how it is transforming our kids’ lives. This seminar will take a detailed look at how cyber space is quietly shaping the behaviours of children and teens online. Topics covered will include addictive behaviours, selfies, sexting, toddlers and tablets, narcissism, cyber romance, and the need for endless feedback from people they don’t even know.
Selina Frechette – RP, RPC and Executive Director, The COVE Youth Initiative, Barrie, ON Parenting teens can be extremely challenging! This workshop discusses how to successfully navigate the transition from parenting children to parenting teens and the impact today’s culture is having on the behaviour and development of our youth. Parents will receive practical examples of how to respond to anxiety, depression, and other current issues facing today’s teens while still maintaining a strong relationship with their child. Be sure to take full advantage of this low cost evening event. PreRegister for only $10 for one person; $15 for married couples or arrive at the door ($15/Person, $20/couple). You can register online at https://tinyurl.com/parentw0rkshop
Spring Kids Save the Date! Summer VBS, July 24-July 28 In partnership with Youth Unlimited, we will be offering a week long day camp. You will have the option of choosing either a half-day or a full-day camp.
OPTION #2 What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do 12
Spring Youth Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings: February 5th, 19th and 26th - We will be having regular worship gatherings for youth in grades 6-12, after the musical portion of worship in the main worship area. Children and youth will continue their programs and worship gathering in their classrooms following the children’s blessing. Youth will meet in the youth lounge.
need to bring change for transit, or transit tokens. There are a limit of how many people can join in on this game, so please reserve your youth’s spot via email. Cost: $20 - Covers food and games Time: 4:30pm-9:30pm February 10-12 - Blizzard Youth Retreat: As mentioned in previous emails, we will be taking our Sr. High youth (gr 9-12) on a winter retreat up in Muskoka. For those who have paid the $30 deposit, please bring the remaining $105 as soon as possible. We are encouraging all youth who will not be attending this retreat to join the upstairs worship on the 12th. An email with specifics such as drop off time and pick up will be sent the week of the retreat. If you would like more information about this event please feel free to email Sam and Jeremy. February 25th - Today’s Teens Conference: The today’s teens conference will be taking place on the 25th of February. It is an annual conference where youth can attend workshops on various teen related topics. If you this would interest you or your youth please let either Sam or Jeremy (contact info on pg 26) know by February 14th. If you’d like more information do not hesitate to ask.
**Please be aware there will be no youth worship gathering on February 12th because of the Sr High retreat. Youth are encouraged to join the upstairs gathering** Life Groups: Life groups this month will only be on February 17th from 7pm-9pm. Boys will continue to meet at Clem and Koon Lee’s house, while the girls will meet at Jim and Anja Turner’s house. For more information please email Sam or Jeremy Youth Events: February 3rd - Escape The Danforth: We will be heading to Looking Glass Adventures, to participate in a live escape room. Youth will 14
Our Stories: My Seminary Life, Part 2 by Barrie Porter
Wanting to inspire and encourage one another with our stories, we asked Barrie Porter this question: “I understand that you went to schooling to go into ministry. Often people think of ministry as becoming a pastor and leading a church. Was this your vision? Did it happen how you thought it would?” The response he gave was so filled with interwoven narrative, humour, and nuggets of wisdom, we thought it best to share the whole piece with you in two parts.
Part 2 My first summer assignment was with Yonge Street Mission, in downtown Toronto, now called Evergreen. Part of the Mission included a weekend drop-in café downstairs in the building and my work there involved interacting with visitors and occasionally looking after the bar selling coffee, cookies and sweets. At the time I was there different cults would also drop in and naturally tried to use the cafe for their own proselytizing. They included followers of Sun Myung Moon [Moonies], Children of God, [followers of Moses David] and others whose names I don’t remember. We even had a Satanic group that would show up from time to time, complete with long dark cloaks and hoods. We didn’t see them often; I wonder if the atmosphere was in some way troubling and therefore made it difficult for them to stay. Bikers would show up at times. There were problems of course and at times we had to ask disruptive and aggressive people to leave, but we interacted with the cult members too as well did other visitors some of whom we discovered turned out to be allies, more than able to cut to the chase and hold their own at the round tables. I remember someone using the expression “You can’t just be ho-hum about this stuff you know”. I learned 16
from the allies and others to listen more and not see every discussion as a contest of wills; that it’s not all up to me. I began to see the work of evangelism as having more to do with simply being available and open and asking the Lord to reach out to others through me. I discovered that even having a headache that refused to fade, or the nagging reminder that a Biblical theology paper was due mid week, it was still possible to be useful for the Lord. Before opening time we would spend some together and pray for the night ahead. For some time a street person had been coming in at our meeting time. He never spoke and would simply sit with us, slightly apart, dressed in a dark raincoat. One night I came in brandishing my brand-new, second-hand Gibson C.O classical guitar. I don’t remember if I’d brought it just to show off, or if I was supposed to play that night. It came with it’s own plush-lined case and I savored the sound of shining chrome clasps clicking open then slowly lifting the instrument out. Boy, did I think I was the coolest guy on the premises! [Ouch!] It was then that our silent friend moved in closer and simply held his hand out for the guitar. You know that feeling when someone walks up to you and puts out their hand to shake yours’? It’s hard to ignore isn’t it? So I gave him the guitar, praying furiously that he wouldn’t turn round and walk out with it, or suddenly start using it as a weapon. Instead he began to play and we all sat transfixed for the next twenty minutes as the instrument came alive in his hands. He played a classical piece wonderfully and I distinctly remember thinking, “So that’s how it’s supposed to sound” Ted was an older member of the student body and looked up to by us twenty-somethings as a mature and seasoned servant of the Lord. Before coming to Canada he had already worked extensively with youth in the UK, setting up and running different programs. I owe Ted a lot and see him as a strong role model and mentor. I remember him at the coffee shop organizing the work and interacting with our visitors sometimes at the same time. I noticed how he remembered people’s names and he would stop in the middle of whatever he was 17
doing, putting out chairs, looking over the supplies behind the bar and he would mention some detail and ask how things were going. He would listen attentively when personal problems were shared and would often say something like, “yes, I see that; do you mind if I pray about it?” and “let me know how things come out would you? I’d be interested in knowing”. It was in the incidental ways that I gained a lot from Ted. The Mission had a van and sometimes he’d ask me to drive him somewhere, or we’d have to walk someplace and so we would talk. Sometimes we’d set a time and place for coffee and a doughnut and because we both loved Indian food other times would be at an Indian restaurant he’d found. The only time he got really angry with me was on a night when he came home and found me alone in our residence. He guessed right away that I was at loose ends, it was the weekend and close to supper time. At first I didn’t want to tell him, but he soon got out of me that I had no money, “a temporary financial embarrassment” as my uncle Joe used to say. He insisted of giving me some money and made me promise to tell him in the future if this happened again. At some point the students were asked to help out with a doorto-door outreach campaign. It was from a church in Florida and was called the Coral Ridge Evangelism Explosion Program. I can’t remember if we actually protested to the faculty, but certainly among ourselves we derided it mercilessly. The program involved going around in pairs, presenting a memorized set of questions and leaving some Gospel literature with a stamped impression of the local Baptist church’s name and address. The key questions to ask were, “Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you can say you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven?” And, “If you were to die tonight and God asked ‘why should I let you into my heaven?’ What would you say?” Accordingly we set out, in pairs, male and female and started knocking on doors. Over a number of weeks we covered a lot of ground. As we expected our questions sounded to us hollow and unconvincing and a lot of people just looked at us blankly and closed the door. But some were responsive, looking past our clumsy 18
doorside manners, asking questions, inviting us in. Most of the time we‘d leave unsure of what impression if any, we’d left. However for the church we were helping, this period marked the time of the greatest number of new visitors and new converts they had seen before. To my knowledge some of those people and their children are still there to this day. We heard about something called “The Catacombs,” that it involved Thursday night worship meetings at St. Paul’s on Bloor Street and lots of people of our age were going there. Although told to stay away by the seminary, we went anyway and quickly discovered the joy of hundreds of voices singing together and a whole lot of spiritual music we hadn’t heard before. At first I was uncomfortable entering a church where I knew there were vestments and repetitive liturgy and prayer books all far removed, as I understood it, from the simplicity of the gospel. But the atmosphere of these meetings soon made that irrelevant. It felt energizing and refreshing and new like waking up lakeside at Algonquin Park. Overhead projectors were used so that the songs could be followed easily, we prayed together and listened to the Word of God preached simply and in a way that was relevant to us. I believe that the idea of “calling” is usually tied in to our individual giftedness. As Garrison Keillor puts it, “some Christians believe that they are called to be singers, but not as many as think they are”. Teaching is a calling that you could say is definitely not for everybody. I’m sure we can all remember the teachers that had a great, lasting and positive influence on our lives and the others that should never have gone into that line of work at all. The Bible tells us we all have a particular gift, so that the body as a whole works well together in an interactive way. One part doesn’t resent the other, because their gift is imagined to be better than ours. The Bible also tells us that we should not place some callings higher in our mind, because they seem to be somehow more elevated, or special than others. Our part, our contribution to the body is as equally important as any other. When I was a pastor my wife and I would sometimes go to the auctions held around our region. The trouble was almost everyone recognized us and would never bid against us. 19
Handy in the sense we could always get things for a good price, but not helpful because it encouraged the idea that the pastor was “up there” and should get special perks too. I realize that we may think we have no particular gift. In which case it would be important to pray about that specifically and then just leave it with the Lord. You might say for example, “As far as I can see there’s nothing particularly that stands out as far as giftedness goes in my life, if there is would You help me to see it and use it?” And be sure to weave prayer into most of what you do. Not necessarily out loud, [but it could be], but so that you’re pointedly asking the Lord right here and now to be a part of what’s going on. It could just be as simple as, “Lord, Your presence here I pray” ”Be gracious I pray Lord” “Help here Lord” For as long as I could remember if we heard the sound of a siren, or of any emergency vehicle my Mum would always pray, “Oh Lord help them and those they are rushing to help.” It wasn’t that we saw where the responders were rushing, or anything else about the situation or the outcomes. The important thing was simply that that event at that moment was offered to God with the request for His help. Finally let me refer back to my good and greatly missed friend Ted. Most of the time I didn’t think of him as a mentor, I saw our relationship only as the two of us getting some work done, sharing a meal or just hanging out together. What was valuable was that I felt relaxed with him and could talk about anything. I never thought of him as perfect and in fact would challenge what he said if I thought it was off the mark. But even with so many years between I still feel the effect of his friendship, how God reached out through him to me for my lasting benefit. 20
Syrian Refugee Family Update
Our Syrian refugee family is comfortably settled into their new apartment in Scarborough! Thank you all those who helped donate items and helped the family move in and set up! We have moved on to the next stage in our involvement with this family's life journey. We need to help them adjust and adapt to life in Canada. The family has connected with some other Syrian families in the same apartment and made friends. The family has been busy getting their medical needs taken care of, going to the dentist, and prenatal care visits. The two adult men have been attending English language classes for several hours a day. They have been progressing well! The end goal is for them to know enough English so they can start working somewhere. They have interest and skills in driving, cutting hair, and handy-man repair and may want to start using some of these abilities already. 22
The young mother is expecting her second child (likely a boy) in several months. We will be planning a baby shower for her! This is a great opportunity to meet the family and celebrate the occasion with a bit of Canadian culture! If you are interested in planning the shower with us, please us know by email. Gift cards from Walmart, No Frills, or a VISA pre-paid gift card make the ideal gifts for them at this point. The tentative date for the baby shower is Saturday March 4th in the morning. Please mark it down if you plan on joining us. We are looking urgently for "Social Walkers"! Although we have someone visiting the mother regularly for private English lessons, we feel that we can better support the mother in her adjustment to Canada if we could have more volunteers to visit her regularly and take her out for walks around the neighbourhood. This is a good opportunity for practicing and learning English, socializing, and getting accustomed to the surround shops, parks and services. It will also be a good opportunity for exercise for both the mother and the toddler. If you are a woman, are free for a few hours for one day of the week, and would be interested in being a "social walker", please contact us! We are looking for 2-3 volunteers, who will do one visit a week, for a commitment of 1 month to start (as a trial). If it works out well, we would love to have you continue for longer. We are still in need of volunteers are have some half days free during the weekdays, and can be available to drive the family to important medical appointments, doing grocery shopping, or going to shopping centres that may be a bit further than a comfortable TTC bus ride. Please let us know if you would like to be put on our roster of drivers. We will contact you and arrange for mutually agreeable times of volunteering based on your availabilities. If you are interested in welcoming and helping the family adjust to life in Canada, please contact the Syrian Refugee Action Group: email@example.com Thank you!
Refresh Women's Group
Refresh is a small gathering of women finding God together in sharing of our stories, reflecting on scripture and simple prayer for each other. We meet every Wednesday in the main lounge from 10:00 - 11:30am. We are watching the video and discussing the common curriculum â€œThe Jesus Creed: Loving God and Loving Othersâ€? by Scot McKnight. It is open to all so please join us if you can. Child care available. If you have any question you can contact - Beverly Holtzman - 416809-8046 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Newcomers Welcome Lunch
Life around Spring Garden
Lost and Found Claim Table There is a table set up in the lounge filled with kitchenware and other random things left behind that do not belong to the church. Please claim what's yours in the first 2 weeks of February. After that it will be free for all until the end of February. Everything left behind by the end of Feb will be donated. Thank you for your help!
New to Spring Garden? Been here for a little while and haven't been able to connect with others? On March 5th, one of our life groups will be hosting a newcomers welcome lunch. More details will be announced closer to the date. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jin Lee at Jin.email@example.com
2016 Donation Tax Receipts Thank you for your generous donations supporting SGC ministries, missions, and our neighbouring communities in 2016. The 2016 donation tax receipts will be available for pick up in the lounge starting Sunday Feb 5. They will be available for pick up for 3 Sundays until Feb 19. Please help the church save on postage by retrieving yours as soon as you can. Unclaimed receipts will be mailed out after 3 weeks. Thank you. 28
2017 Congregational Meeting
Life in Spring Garden
Sunday Feb 26 @ 12:30pm in Youth Lounge The purpose of this congregational meeting is to have a ministry update and to approve our 2017 budget. Please bring a bagged lunch and we will eat together in the multipurpose room. Fruits, vegetables, sweets and drinks will be provided. For those who forget their lunch, sandwiches will be available for a donation. Childcare provided during meeting. Please come and join us! Printouts of the 2017 budget and Congregational Meeting Minutes from June 2016 are available at the entrance of worship hall. .
Weekly Tuesdays 2:00 pm - Pastoral Team Meeting in Meeting Room Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30am - Refresh Women’s Group in West Lounge (childcare provided) 7:00 - 8:30pm - ESL Cafe in East Lounge Thursdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm - Adult Bible Class in the East Lounge Sundays 9:00am - 10:00am - Morning Bible Study in Meeting Room 9:00am - 10:am - ESL Bible Study in Basement Hallway 10:00am - 11:30am - Sunday Morning Worship (communion on the first Sunday of the month) If you would like to receive a weekly email update on what’s happening in Spring Garden, please visit the SGC website (www.springgardenchurch.ca) and add your email at the bottom of our home page to subscribe to our weekly update
This Month Fri Feb 10-12 - Blizzard Youth Retreat (pg 15) Fri Feb 24 - Today's Teens Parent Night - Oakville Meeting House (pg 12) Sat Feb 25 - Today's Teens Youth Conference - Oakville Meeting House (pg 15) Sun Feb 26 - 12:30 pm - Congregational Budget Meeting - Youth Lounge (pg 30)
Our Values We believe in a humble God who came not to be served, but to serve. Therefore we engage in sacrificial and active service to those around us. We strive to be good stewards of God’s gifts and talents by serving one another in humility. We aspire to regard others as higher than ourselves, which liberates us to creatively take risks in serving others for God’s glory. We believe in a God of grace who came to save the world, not to condemn it. Therefore, as we are continuously receiving the gift of God’s grace, we seek to grow in that grace and extend it to others. We strive to define ourselves by what we are for, not what we are against. We believe in a God who knows us, and who desires to be known. Therefore we embrace a journey of faith that requires us to constantly strive for a personal, intimate and transformative knowledge of God. We strive to be led by God’s Spirit in supporting and encouraging one another in working out our faith. We believe in a creative God. Therefore we are open to expressing our faith in new and creative ways that reflect the beauty and complexity of our creator. We are called to use our creative gifts in worship and service as we engage with our world. We take joy in the diversity of gifts that allow us to delight God and participate in His ongoing story. We believe in a triune, relational God who calls us to come together as a diverse community of believers. Therefore, we want to walk together, supporting one another physically, emotionally and spiritually. We strive to be a welcoming, inclusive family that goes through the joys and the trials of life together, acknowledging that God uses this community to deepen and mature our faith. We believe in a God who loves this broken world and wants to reconcile us to Himself. Therefore we are commissioned by Christ to go out into the world, meeting the holistic needs of the local and global community. God calls us to participate in a redemptive work that he has already initiated; in humility, we will partner with others to work alongside and chase after Him. We believe in a God who is our center. Therefore where we are on the journey is less important than that we are moving towards a deeper relationship with Christ. We believe and participate in God’s redemptive work in all people, which gives us the freedom to come as we are, and to accept others as they are. We each are on a unique journey to become who God has created us to be. 32