Growing on the Vine
Growing on the Vine 3 Spiritual Practices: The Labyrinth 4 Where Was I 6 NIED 7 What I Learned from Carl 12 How to Avoid the Top Ten Marriage Zappers 18 Departments
“I am the vine, and you are the branches.. if you remain in me & I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. I have probably read this verse from John 15:5 over and over again but it is just now hitting home hard.
Resource Centre 8 Discipleship Ministries 15 Financial Update 21 Information Career Guidance Sessions: Resume and Interview Skills 16 Contact Information 23 Community Corner 24 Calendar 27 Contributors: Karen Cassel Nick Cox Marion Goertz Brittany Harvey Mary Ellen Hopkins Greg Kay Geoffrey Moore Suzanna Lai Margaret Sutton Gene Tempelmeyer Copy Editors: Greg Kay Gene Tempelmeyer Suzanna Lai
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I think more often than I wish to admit I fail to realize that Christ is the vine. He is my source of life, my joy, my strength, and the very reason my heart loves. Apart from Him, I would have none of these things. There are so many times I try to do these things on my own. I try to be my own vine. When things are difficult and are not really aspiring to “what I had planned” I sometimes want to take matters into my own hands. I have been angry, frustrated, and have most definitely questioned God. I have tried to find joy by pleasing people (which trust me NEVER works haha) and simply just relying on my own strength. Needless to say, that never gets me far either. Today I have been reminded that apart from Him, I can do NOTHING. Nothing simply means nothing. I have no joy without Him, no true love, no true joy or peace. It is for that reason I am so thankful to be but a branch on His vine. My desire is that He will prune me daily, uproot anything in my life that is not of Him. My desire to to grow in the fruit of the spirit- in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. It’s hard sometimes to remain in Him when things aren’t exactly going “our way”. Its hard to remain in Him when crisis arises or we simply cannot find the strength to press forward. But I want to encourage anyone who is taking the time to read this- remain in Him. Let Him prune you, let Him shape and mould you- and simply let Him have His way in You. Maybe you are reading this sitting at home or watching tv, and no matter how things may appear to others you are imprisioned as a human soul can be. If your spirit is locked in a cold dark prision I encourage you to remain steadfast in Him. Allow Him to shape you in these hard times. Allow Him to grow the fruits of the spirit in your life. Know always that He is with you, He loves and desires youand Apart from Him you can do nothing. And why would we want to? -Brittany Harvey
Spiritual Practices: The Labyrinth Artwork by Dale Forder
There are a large variety of ways to connect with God and to make space to hear from Him. Below is one spiritual practice that may be helpful for you as you seek to find ways to develop your spirituality and relationship with God. Although the labyrinth may be new to many people today, its use as a spiritual tool can be traced back to several ancient cultures. The earliest known Christian labyrinth goes back to AD 350 and is located on the wall of a church in Algeria, with the words “Sancta Ecclesia” (holy church) inscribed in its center. Worshipers entering the church would trace the labyrinth with their finger in order to focus their thoughts and open themselves up to the presence of God. In the Middle Ages, most commonly inlaid in Cathedral floors, the labyrinth reappeared as a way of having spiritual and physical pilgrimage towards the heart of God.
Talk to God about these things, pausing to confess and release. At the centre take time to be inwardly still, present with God at the centre of your being. • What might God be trying to show you about Himself? • What might he want to say to you in the midst of your life circumstances? Moving outwards, tracing your previous path, ponder your experience and notice how God has given you a refreshed perspective over the same path. Worship and celebrate. Invite God to integrate what you have received at the centre into your outer world. • How might God want you to outwardly bring God’s presence as a gift to be shared with others? - Greg Kay
A prayer labyrinth is a sacred pattern that leads you on a prescribed path to its center and back out again. Different from mazes that have dead ends and are more like puzzles, a labyrinth leads us surely to its centre, the paths of which seem to meander and double back, reflecting the journey of life. As we move inward we shed whatever would keep us from receiving from God and moving closer to His heart, and as we move outward we bring the gift of God to others. The directions below are given to use with a finger labyrinth, using your finger to trace your journey in and out. However the same directions work for walking labyrinths or simply choosing a walking route, one that you go out and come back along the same path. Begin by pausing. Still yourself in the presence of God, inviting the Holy Spirit to journey with you. Moving inward. Put your finger at the entrance to the labyrinth. As you slowly move inwards, tracing the path with your finger, prayerfully shed whatever would keep you from receiving from God, moving closer to His heart. • What ‘meanderings’ are taking you away from the heart of God? • What are you holding onto that is not yours to carry?
Where was I? Where was I the night they came to betray the Lord? Was I in the crowd with spear or club or sword? Was I with Jesus, too afraid to run, too scared to fight? I was there. One of them. Club in hand, so ready to seal his fate. Where was I the morning Pilate had Barabbas freed? Was I in the crowd screaming “crucify him” – so consumed with greed? Was I in the crowd, at the back, silent, unseen? Still hoping somehow that God would intervene? I was there. One of them. Rejoicing. Celebrating what Pilate had decreed. Where was I when Jesus, with his cross, to his death did walk? Was I in the crowd, jeering, taunting every stumble, every crawl? Was I with Simon, to see how this would all finally end? Simon, my friend. I was there, but not one of them. Standing so confused, betrayed, appalled. They chose Simon. Why him? Was he the one Pilate had condemned? Where was I when Jesus died? The afternoon he was crucified. Was I in the crowd shouting, screaming? Finally satisfied. Was I there with leaden feet and broken heart, tears on my face? So desiring God’s kingdom, yet so afraid He’d forsaken this place. I was there and I heard the convict and the centurion’s cry. He was innocent! What were his crimes? Why did he die? Where was I, the third day when Jesus rose? Was I with the others, safely hidden. In a room. Was I with Mary? Treading in the Sun’s first bloom. Was I with the soldiers, guarding the tomb. I was there with face aglow, rejoicing. Arms held higher, higher. I was there, watching Your kingdom come, praising my risen Lord. I was there, hands open in prayer, finally knowing, understanding what You require. I was there, heart on fire, as spirits soared. Now no more need for spear or club or sword. Were you there too? - Nick Cox
From over three years ago, Spring Garden Church started offering free symposiums to a newly created organization called NIED (National Initiative of Eating Disorder). As a part of its mandate, NIED is committed to hosting regular symposiums offering a variety of information from clinicians, nutritionists, and parents of loved ones struggling with eating disorder. Over 31 of theses symposiums were held at Spring Garden Church. On Monday, May 11th 2015, Spring Garden Church will be hosting the 43rd symposium. The topic is “Family Based Treatment for Young Adults”. Following a description of an eating disorder therapy, a young woman and her family will speak about their personal experiences with this particular treatment. Guest speakers will include Gina Dimitropoulous, a clinical specialist and family therapy leader in eating disorder at the University Health Network. Also, Victoria Freeman, a clinician and research assistant for the eating disorder program at the University Health Network. In response to a need, a Family Support Group was formed to provide education, discussion, awareness and encouragement to those caring for someone living with eating disorder. For more information or to register for this support group, please contact Stephanie Griver at 416-457-7255 or email at email@example.com. Also, Spring Garden Church offers a Women’s Support Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of each month. For more information about this support group, please contact Margaret Sutton at 416-223-4593 x 226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about upcoming events, NIED’s mission and vision etc, please visit www.nied.ca. - Margaret Sutton 7
Recomendations From The Resource Centre
Spring Garden’s online library catalog can be accessed at springgardenchurch.ca/library
If you know of books or DVDs that you’d like to recommend to the resource centre, please contact Karen Cassel email@example.com
Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God, by Amena Brown. 248.4 BRO
Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul, by Mark Buchanan. 48.4 BUC How do you measure your spiritual growth? By how much time you spend in prayer? How often you read the Bible? How many times you share your testimony? Rather than becoming frustrated trying to keep track of your Christian “to-do” list, Mark Buchanan believes that your spirit grows depending on what season you’re in. Using the four seasons--winter, spring, summer and fall as living parables, Buchanan explores what each has to offer with biblical insight and pastoral experience. Discover what season your heart is in, and find the rhythm in your spiritual walk.
Spoken word poet Amena Brown has made rhythm her life’s work. In Breaking Old Rhythms she explores how we discover by rhythm both our God-given limitations and potential, and the ways we limit God’s work in our lives. Read this book and be reminded, and encouraged, that while God has rhythm, God is love, and God’s love carries us beyond our rhythms into a fuller, more fulfilling life.
DVD’s The Way This is a movie that not only takes the viewer on a breath-taking trek across one of the most rugged landscapes of western Europe but also shares the personal journeys of four modern pilgrims who just happened to have come together while trudging the ancient Camino (The Way). We get to see the incredible beauty of the Pyrenean landscape as it rises and falls over hundreds of miles. Combine this with 9
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What I Learned from Carl Duncan Hood, editor-in-chief of MoneySense magazine, recently published an editor’s note about his friendship with our own Carl Anderson. You might wonder why we are publishing an article about money and investing in Delve. Those of us who know Carl know that his life and priorities are about much more than his investments. But when we are disciplined about our use of money and debt we actually spend less time and energy thinking about money and can be more free from the demands of our materialistic and consumeristic culture. This article is reprinted with the permission of MoneySense magazine. - Gene Tempelmeyer At age 83, Carl Anderson is more than old enough to be my father, but over the years we’ve developed a warm, if unlikely, friendship. I first met him almost 10 years ago, when my former editor asked me to find five regular Canadians who have achieved investing success. At the time he had grown his retirement portfolio with a stunning average annual return of 20% over almost a decade. I wrote a piece for MoneySense on how he did it, and I’m happy to say that we’ve since kept in touch, going out for lunch every now and then in north Toronto where he lives. Over the years he’s not only taught me what it takes to be a successful investor, but a lot more besides. Here are the five most important lessons that I learned: You can beat the market over the long term. The prevailing wisdom among index investors is that regular investors can’t beat the market over long periods of time. Thanks to Carl, I know this isn’t true. But it’s not easy: Carl did it by choosing a proven investing strategy – dividend investing in his case – and implementing it without a hint of greed or fear. He buys stocks with long histories of increasing earnings and dividends (gleaned from the Investment Report newsletter) and holds them for long periods of time. He hasn’t waived from this strategy in 30 years.
me. Not because I don’t understand his strategy, but because I don’t have his temperament. He’s got all the attributes you need to be a buy-and-hold investor: he’s frugal, skeptical and has an analytical mind. Other folks with different personalities might be better suited to passive index investing or mutual funds. Some aren’t suited for investing at all, and should hire someone to do it for them. The journey is more important than the destination. One of the reasons Carl has been so successful is because he’s not in it for the money. He lives in a modest two-story home he bought in 1976, he drives a used Toyota Rav4, and he revels in being frugal. He loves investing for the same reason my dad loves crosswords: because it’s challenging and fun. Like my dad, he works at it every day, and now he’s really good at it. Money can buy happiness. Carl is one of the happier people I know, even though he’s endured his share of misfortune. His first wife died of cancer at age 41, and now his second wife, Thelma, is suffering from cancer as well. The fact that they have savings has made their lives easier, but not for the reasons you might think. They don’t have a fancy remodeled kitchen or vacation at five-star resorts. They’re happier because they don’t worry about money and they use it to help other people. They are already donating substantial amounts to fund the new Humber River Hospital and Carl says every penny of his portfolio will be donated to charity when he and his wife are gone. Find a way to do what you love. Even at age 83 Carl is sprightly, energetic and his mind is sharp as a tack. He loves investing, and not just because he’s good at it. He loves it because it keeps him engaged. He goes to annual meetings, he teaches others how to invest, he has regular lunches at Swiss Chalet with his buddies to swap investing stories. He’s never bored and his life has purpose. That’s the most important lesson he taught me: that I need to figure out how I can spend my retirement doing something I love. I think that should be everyone’s retirement goal, actually. The money is just a tool to get there.
Everyone has a different path to wealth. I’m tempted to copy Carl’s investing approach, but I doubt it would work as well for 12
Bayview Bike Park Spring Clean‐Up – May 16th, 2015 When: May 16th, 11am‐5pm (a drop‐in, “help‐as‐you‐can” kind of day!) Who: The Bayview Bike Park Spring Clean‐Up is coordinated by Revolution(s), a program of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC). Revolution(s) is excited to partner with the City of Toronto, Silent Sports, Northview Heights Secondary School, Starbucks, Joyride150, the Willowdale Collaboration Network (an association of churches, child & youth organizations, and businesses in Willowdale), Tyndale University College and Seminary, Ontario Bike Park Construction, City Councilor David Shiner, and Willowdale’s Member of Parliament Chungsen Leung to provide the Bayview Bike Park with a much needed Spring Clean‐Up on May 16th, 2015. Why: The Bayview Bike Park is an important recreational landmark in the area of North York. As the only outdoor dirt bike park in North York, it is vital to maintain this unique activity center so that it can continue to provide the youth and families of Willowdale with access to healthy cycling opportunities. Revolution(s) wants to engage the community of Willowdale for a FOURTH year by developing ownership for the Bayview Bike Park from within the community itself. What: We will foster community ownership for the Bayview Bike Park when we: • Re-shape dirt piles into well-defined jumps • Clear grass and foliage from riding surfaces • Water the jumps and track so that it can then harden into shape • Pick up any garbage and remove debris • Discussion of why stewardship of the bike park creates a healthier environment in the Newtonbrook Ravine EXTRAS! A free BBQ lunch will be provided for all participants High school students can receive community service hours Silent Sports is providing awards to volunteers who give three or more hours Goal: 100 volunteers! If interested in this project then please contact: Jesse James: 647‐835‐8062, or at firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, Jesse James, on behalf of all partnering organizations, groups and individuals 14
Discipleship Ministries - Partnering with Families Discipleship Ministries Volunteer Luncheon - June 14, 12pm-1:30pm During our baby dedication, we as a congregation commit to walking alongside families, partnering with them to raise their child in life long discipleship to Jesus Christ. Every Sunday, we have dedicated volunteers who live out this promise. We know this cannot happen without you. As a way of appreciation, we want to invite you a luncheon for you and your family. Please RSVP by May 31 to Sam Lee @ email@example.com so that we can have the right amount of food. Children’s Ministry Elementary Group Celebration As some of you may have heard through your children, we are encouraging our grade 1-4 students to work together in collecting points towards a time of celebration. We want to teach our children through positive reinforcement that the practices we are encouraging will help in their spiritual formation. We do not want the children feel as though they are “earning” points to win a prize but rather to help them understand the importance of such activities. Some of these are bringing a bible to church, doing their Homefront activities, a child’s birthday, etc. The celebration time can be a great time in which your children can invite their friends to church but we do not want inviting friends as a means to an end and therefore is not part of this system. This is a new initiative we are trying for the grade 1-4 group so please be patient with us as we implement and work out the kinks and to share with us any concerns or questions around it. May 24 - Intergenerational Worship Gathering We will be having an intergenerational worship gathering on Pentecost Sunday. This will be a time in which the whole church family can worship together. Youth Ministry May 8th - Skyzone - 6:30pm-9:30pm We will be heading to Skyzone which is an indoor trampoline park where students will be able to participate in rigorously fun activities such as trampoline dodgeball, the foam pit, sky-slam (basketball) and many more. For more information on the venue please visit http://www.skyzone.com/ca/toronto/ Home.aspx for more details. There are limited spots available for this event, so if your youth would like to join us, please email me back and I will reserve one for them. Cost: $20 includes food, rides, and ticket to play **Students participating must bring indoor shoes** May 16th - Service Project - Bike Park Clean Up Service Projects are events geared towards helping the youth serve the community around them in various ways. For this event, we will be cleaning up a bike park to help make our community a better place.
Career Guidance: Developing Resume and Interview Skills
M A T T H E W H O U S E Matthew P R EHouse S E NFundraiser T S
Derek Smith, a Career Consultant by profession, will be leading the following two free sessions. Please RSVP to events@ springgardenchurch.ca and let us know which session(s) you would like to attend!
Résumés and Cover Letters that Grab Attention
May 23 from 10-11:30 am @Spring Garden Church, West (main) Lounge How do you get an employer’s attention? What are the current screening methods they use? What gets one résumé a phone call and the other one left behind? This 90 interactive session will explore how to create resumes and cover letters that get noticed. We will explore the current trends in résumé writing, how to structure one and the content employers want to see. Please bring your résumé and a job ad of interest. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “résumés” in the subject line.
JOIN US FOR OUR 2015 SPRING FUNDRAISER! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015 Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 506 Bloor Street West (at Bathurst) Tickets are $30 (with popcorn and a drink) or $500 for the V.I.P experience (includes a pre-screening reception with special guests, priority seating and 8 tickets) Tickets will sell out fast! For more details, visit our website or phone 416-364-8287 www.matthewhouse.ca
WATCH A MOVIE. CHANGE A LIFE.
Interviews and Success
June 6 @Spring Garden Church, West (main) Lounge 10:30-12:00-Part 1 1:00-2:30-Part 2 (optional) Creating a great resume is just the first step, next comes the interview. For many this can be a confusing and intimidating process. This two part interactive session will explore what an interview really is and how to prepare for one. We will look at what different types of interviews there are and how you can present yourself with confidence and clarity. The first 90 minute session will explore the components of the interview and the second (optional) 60-90 minute session will give you the chance for practice by conducting mock interviews. Please bring a job advertisement of interest with you. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com with “interviews” in the subject line. 16
Matthew House Toronto invites members of Spring Garden to a screening of the TIFF acclaimed film The Good Lie (staring Reese Witherspoon and Emanuel Jal) about the story of Sudanese refugees and the journey from war and danger to resettlement in North America. The film will be followed by a short presentation about the work of Matthew House and our vital work of resettling newly arrived refugees! The date is June 10th, at 7pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. It is a great opportunity to come with your friends or small group and learn about and support an important issue! Tickets are $25.35 each before May 1st and $30. each thereafter. For more information please visit our website www.matthewhouse.ca or call 416-364-8287. 17
How to Avoid the Top Ten Marriage Zappers
As a child, I used to wonder what happened to the couple after they walked off into the sunset at the end of a Hollywood movie. As an adult, I know that sunset strolls and happy endings take lots of hard work and planning. Here are 10 life situations that couples may face...post credit roll...and some ideas about how to keep the music playing!
5. Words that Wound: While differing opinions are necessary in healthy relationships, criticism, hostile humour, avoidance and dismissal will surely poison even the most committed unions. As you talk to or about your spouse are you building strong connections through your words, your facial expressions and your body language or demolishing your own happiness? Do yourself a favour, love your spouse!
Previously published in Canadian Living Magazine
1. Fighting Fatigue: Careers, children, caring for aging parents and on it goes. Life’s responsibilities take every ounce of creative energy that we have, often short-changing our couple time. Five fatigue busters: Good nutrition, proper rest, adequate exercise, recharging social times as a couple and grounding spiritual practices. 2. The Battle of the Budget: Stretching finances, unforeseen expenses, different perspectives on money and power differentials can all cause feelings of hurt and insecurity. Be responsible and be fair. If necessary, involve an objective third party to help establish and monitor a mutually workable budget. 3. Failure to Honour: Our primary relationships are about as healthy as we are. Shaky self-esteem, poor physical fitness, depression, untreated illness and unrealistic expectations can sometimes lead to poor coping mechanisms like addictions and even affairs. We have the right and the responsibility to take good care of ourselves, our partner and our relationship. As needed, seek the best medical and emotional care that is available. 4. Friendly Invasions: As an adult, your new, chosen family needs to be your first priority and demands your strongest loyalty. Does your spouse take second place to other people in your life? Who gets your time, your energy and therefore your respect? A healthy and undivided home, surrounded by appropriate boundaries, allows for the greatest enjoyment of friends and extended 18
6. Erogenous error messages: Unrealistic expectations, previous abuse and lack of creativity can stifle even the most ardent of lovers, causing distress, disappointment and disconnect. Good sex happens when two people discover ways of being intimate that feel mutually satisfying and safe. Great sex is assured, over a lifetime together, when we are open to really knowing and being known by our partner. Talk and listen more about what both of you are feeling, thinking and wanting in this important area of your relationship, the doing will follow. 7. Right on time: Like clockwork, life brings change…kids, careers, mortgages and menopause. You’re in this together. Do your homework, make healthy choices and maximize couple time to draw on the resources you both bring. 8. Losses and Grief: Loved ones, job or home. Often there are people and things in our lives that we weren’t quite ready to let go of, leaving us bereft, confused and in pain. Give the gift of unhurried listening to your partner. Help them hold their questions and their pain. Don’t try to fix them, just love them with your gentle, healing presence. 9. Mediocrity and More of the same: Forgetting to invest, to be playful and spontaneous. Take turns being creative. Celebrate every chance you get! Meet at unusual times and places, an afternoon matinee or an unscheduled coffee break. Go to bed earlier as often as possible. Bring home a balloon, a card, a flower, a bag of your buddy’s favourite candy. Give coupons for backrubs 19
and special intimacies. 10. Blast from the past: Previous wounding, unresolved conflict, unforgiveness. Time seldom heals all wounds. Sometimes our best, most intimate selves are held hostage by fear, sadness and anger over old bruises. Minister to your wounds, expose them to the light of truth, talk them through, accept what can’t be changed, change what can. Soothe your soul and be free to invest new love and joy in yourself and your partner. Everything we do or neglect to do registers on the barometer of our love life. While we often can’t predict stormy weather, we have more control over the amount of sunshine in our relationship than we think. Applied logic, humor and liberal doses of good will support life-affirming connection with our partner and remind us that we’re not alone. What do you need to change individually or together to maximize intimacy and minimize disconnect? Two basic couple check-in questions: “How are we doing? “What do you need from me right now?” Ask them regularly and respond sincerely. We both have primal needs to feel connected, accepted and loved. Times of playfulness and spontaneity are just as important as times spent together for stillness and healing. Above all, make regular deposits of good will in your relationship account through kind and affirming words and actions. You’ll need the accumulated collateral when life threatens to drain your relationship assets! © 2000 Marion Goertz, DMin www.mariongoertz.com
Spring Garden Baptist Church FIRST QUARTER – Financial Update
January 1st, 2015 to March 31, 2015 – 13 weeks 2015 Budget...$525,000 – ($10,096/week) approved February 10, 2015
Budget from 1/1/15 to 3/31/15 Offering & Rental Income received Shortfall to Budget
Comments: Cash Position at 1/1/15 Cash Position at 3/31/15 Decrease
$74,415 51,568 $21,847
Thank you for your generous giving to suppost the ministry we share together! Geoffrey Moore – Treasurer Mary Ellen Hopkins – Finance Deacon
Leadership at Spring Garden Pastoral Team Gene Tempelmeyer, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Kay, Worship Pastor email@example.com Margaret Sutton, Pastoral Care/Seniors firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Lee, Pastor of Discipleship, email@example.com Suzanna Lai, Church Office and Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Jeremy Ranasinghe, Youth Intern email@example.com Nazli Bashiri, Childrenâ€™s Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deacons Anne Barron - Missions Marion Cameron - Worship Mary Ellen Hopkins - Finance Koon Wah Leung - Discpleship Ministries Mike Penner - Community Life/Board Secretary Derek Prinsloo - Chair Matt Silver - Adult Ministries/Membership Judy Tranter - Pastoral Care Jim Turner - Property
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Elders Garth Barron Darlene Boyd Cindie Chaise Jennifer Moore
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Life around Spring Garden
2015 Community Directory The Community Directory booklets are now available at the welcome centre. An electronic version in pdf form is also available by request. If you are comfortable working with electronic documents, we’d encourage you to obtain an electronic copy instead of taking a paper copy to help the church be environmentally responsible. The electronic file is password protected to enhance privacy. To request an electronic copy and receive the password, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. SGC 2015 Annual Report SGC 2015 Annual Report submissions are due on Monday May 18. All ministry, pastoral, board, committee, and program leaders please submit your 2014-2015 reports to: email@example.com. Thank you. Hannah Torrens (a former Spring Gardner) will be hosting a fundraising dessert social on Friday May 8th at 6:30pm in the multipurpose room. The donation is $5 at the door. Hannah is going on a long term missions trip to the Phillippines to provide midwifery services on June 1st. She will be sharing about her journey and her upcoming ministry during the social. For more information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org Party like it’s 1879! Toronto City Mission invites you to celebrate 135 years of God’s faithfulness by joining us for dinner and entertainment at Toronto’s Spirale Banquet & Conference Centre. Enjoy music from the Queen’s Own Rifles military band, the voices of the children from Kingston-Galloway, and stories of hope from our staff, community partners and members. Friday, June 5, 2015 6:30pm: Doors open, Silent auction opens 7:00pm: Dinner and Entertainment For more information, please visit www.torontocitymission.com/135gala
Donations welcome – drop off at the Church round-the-clock up to May 16, 2015. CHILDREN’S ITEMS - baby gates, books, child-size furniture, games, high chairs, pack ‘n’ play, play furniture, strollers, toys. RECREATIONAL - books, camping equipment, computer games, DVDs, games, instruments, sports equipment and small electronics, including cameras, iPhones and phone accessories. HOUSEHOLD - dishes, glassware, linens, pots and pans, serving pieces, small appliances, utensils, yard and garden tools. GENTLY USED CLOTHING - adult and children’s. ACCESSORIES - art, Christmas decorations, clocks, fashion jewellery, jewellery boxes, lamps, mirrors, organizers, photo frames, purses, scarves, wall decorations. 25
Summer Internship Position 2015 Matthew House is a small Christian-based shelter for newly arrived refugee claimants located in downtown Toronto. Matthew House provides temporary shelter and assistance to approximately 30 newly arrived refugee claimants at its three homes. To date, nearly 1,300 refugees from 88 countries have stayed at Matthew House. Position Length: We are seeking to fill a short-term 12 week internship at our main intake shelter home. The selected candidate will be required to work four weekday shifts and on Saturdays (with some flexibility), for a total of 30 hours per week. Main Job Role: The candidate will be supporting Matthew House’s develop- ment, settlement and home coordinating teams. The intern will re- port to the Operations & Development Director. Remuneration: $12.00/hour. Contract Length: June 1, 2015 to August 21st, 2015 Qualifications of Successful Candidate: • Interest in refugee settlement services; experience with newcomers an asset • Committed to uphold Matthew House’s values and standards Education: • Applicant must be a post-secondary student returning to full-time studies in September 2015 and between the age of 18-30 • Fields relevant to the position include: Social Work, Refugee Law, Refugee Studies, International Development Studies, Management, Human Rights and Equity, Communications Competencies of Successful Candidate: • Self-motivated • Ability to work in a team environment with diverse communities • Strong oral and written communication skills • Strong research and evaluation skills Key Responsibilities Include: • Help with the promotion and delivery of summer camp activities; attend 3-day Summer Camp • Work in close collaboration with internal staff to provide support when necessary • Develop promotional materials and social media content • Accompany residents to various appointments as required and assist residents in finding volunteer placements, accommodation and employment • Collaborate with the Home Coordinator to ensure upkeep of the shelter and that meals are served • Support the development of MH’s databases • Perform other duties as assigned Application Deadline: Thursday May 21st 2015 Please send resume and cover letter by email to: Karen Francis, Development and Operations Director in care of Krystle Henry at email@example.com
Life in Spring Garden
Tuesdays 2:00 pm - Pastoral Team meeting 7:00 pm - ESL Café Wednesdays 9:45 am - Refresh Women’s Bible Study Thursdays 12:00 pm - Adult Bible Class; 12 noon lunch, 1 pm study Sundays 9:00 am - Morning Bible Study: meeting room - ESL Bible Study: basement 10:00 am - Sunday Morning Worship (communion on the first Sunday of the month) 7:00pm - Young Adult Life Group If you would like to receive a weekly email update on what’s happening in Spring Garden, please visit SGC website and add your email at the bottom of our home page to subscribe to our weekly update
This Month Saturday May 16th - Bayview Bike Park Spring Cleanup - 11am- 5pm (pg. 14) Sunday May 24th - Pentecost Intergenerational Worship Saturday May 23rd - Career Guidance: Résumés and Cover Letters that Grab Attention 10:00am (pg. 16) Saturday June 6th - Career Guidance: Interviews and Success - 10:30am (pg. 16)
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. 28