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Musings: An Abstract Family
Features Musings: An Abstract Family 3 Hands & Feet - Heart, Mind & Soul in Kenya 7 A Broader Vision for Life Groups 9 Groups of Hope 13 Between the Testaments: Return from Exile and the Restoration 26
Departments Financial Update 12 Resource Centre 16 Discipleship Ministries 24
Information Contact Information 32 Community Corner 33 Calendar 39 Cover Photo: Zane William Janzen Design: Clement Lee Contributors: Garth Barron Karen Cassel Faith Holwyn Mary Ellen Hopkins Geoffrey Moore Sam Lee Ben Reynolds Kevin & Joyce Richardson Gene Tempelmeyer Delve submissions are due on the LAST MONDAY of each month. To submit for the next issue of Delve, please email: email@example.com 2
Copy Editors: Greg Kay Suzanna Lai Gene Tempelmeyer
A few years ago I had several sessions with a Leadership Coach to sharpen my skills here. One of my assignments was to do an abstract painting representing how I see Spring Garden Church. We had recently added the Hammond organ to the platform leaving a rather ugly back facing the congregation, so I decided to paint something that would cover the organ and say something about the church at the same time. The painting has been there since. You might enjoy trying to find the depictions of the variety of family systems found in Spring Garden. (I wonder how often people hear explanations of abstract art and suspect the artist never thought of half the symbolism the person explaining the piece sees in it!) Something I have always liked about us is there is no single idea of family structure here. Many churches perpetrate the myth that almost everyone lives in a family unit with a father (who, of course, is the head of the household), a mother, two nice children and grandparents that drop by from time to time.
We have families like that in Spring Garden. Along with many singles, couples without children, children who spend one weekend at mom’s and the next weekend at dad’s, families that share housing with grandparents, families in which grandparents raise their grandchildren… I suspect that list still doesn’t represent the full variety of family systems we enjoy.
As already mentioned, many people my age have grandchildren. I don’t. So one of the joys of this community for me is the ability to borrow a few. I know some single people a generation younger than I who find great satisfaction in loving the kids who are part of their Life Group. This might be one of the best arguments for demographically mixed Life Groups.
I am frequently asked by other pastors how Spring Garden has managed to attract so many young families: a demographic envied by many church leaders. After all, the average congregation in our CBOQ tribe likely has about a dozen children or less. My answer is a bemused, “we never set out to do this. Young adults came and we considered it a sacred responsibility to help take care of their kids.”
I recall being in church on Mother’s Day many years ago listening to the person giving the children’s story reciting how wonderful it is to have a mother “because she will always be there for us.” I watched and felt for two little girls sitting on the steps. The evening before I had helped admit their single mother to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. The pain I felt on their behalf was my wakeup call to always remember there are people in the church who are wounded by our unreflected assumption that we all live in “normal” families.
At least for my part, what I set out to do was lead a congregation into increasingly post-modern, post-christendom ministry. In other words, I want to communicate with culture as it is emerging in Toronto. I value experience at least as highly as I value words. I try to understand that we all see things from our own perspective and wisdom comes from broadening our perspective to include other viewpoints. I repudiate participation in the “culture wars” in which Christians try to legislate adherence to Christian values for an increasingly nonChristian population. I want to say things simply and directly so a person with no background in faith can understand what I am saying. I believe the Gospel is personal, but always bigger than the individual. The ideals we articulate in our Values Statement (found on the back page) resonate well with Torontonians under 40 and some of us who are over 40 but want to live in the future. Young families and kids come with that territory. I suspect it also doesn’t hurt that the lead pastor genuinely loves and values kids. Having no grandchildren of my own I have an amazing array of grandchildren here. When I say Spring Garden kids are the brightest and most beautiful in the world I am completely sincere! One of the several temptations inherent in this wonderful situation is the temptation is to be careless about including people who do not fit a traditional family structure into our language and ministries. A good friend of mine likes to say, “One is a whole number,” by which he means that you don’t have to be married to have a whole life. Jesus was a single guy who said the Kingdom of God can be served quite well by people who aren’t married (Mt 19:12).
Two Greek words are translated “love” in the New Testament. Philo broadly means family love; love for “our own”. My family. My tribe. My nation. Agape, by contrast, is love without boundaries. Love that is inclusive and universal as God’s love. Far too often Christian discussion of “family values” has been about philo. Discipleship is always a call to go beyond philo to agape. Agape transforms families into open circles. Agape is intentional about including people who don’t fit any neat category. Agape brings people together with others who would not generally find themselves among our circle of friends. Agape is intentional about language and planning so we do not unintentionally suggest that people who do not fit a particular demographic do not matter. Philo, by definition, can’t help promoting the nuclear family (father, mother and children). Agape, by definition, can’t help promoting the Kingdom of God among the whole human family. Philo is not a bad thing (most of the time). But it is not what we are about. We are, and must continue to become, an agape church where everyone can find their place in our shared journey toward Jesus, the Christ. Gene Tempelmeyer
Hands & Feet - Heart, Mind & Soul in Kenya: 31 years ago we sent Kevin and Joyce Richardson to strengthen churches and church leadership in Africa. For over three decades they have worked through the Canadian wing of Serving in Mission (SIM) in Canada, Nigeria and Kenya, where they now live and work in Nairobi.
A one day training event brought to you by Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec because we believe being strong and steady means sinking your roots deep in Christ When: Saturday October 17, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Spring Garden Church, Toronto 112 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto (major intersection Sheppard + Yonge) Who’s invited: All women who want fresh ideas for their women’s groups/ ministries; who want to start a women’s group at their church or wonder if the Groups of Hope program could work with their women.
Joyce, who was a member of the Spring Garden Pastoral Team before going overseas, has recently found it quite fulfilling to lead seminars for other missionaries on how to care pastorally for those they serve. Her present job is to provide psychotherapy for missionary families in Africa. She has enjoyed learning new skills in counselling to better meet the needs of missionaries from many ethnic backgrounds. On a more personal level, Joyce has been delighted to help one of the young women she works with find a church where Joyce’s friend is now growing and thriving. She has also been mentoring a leader on the Missions Committee of Nairobi Baptist, the congregation she and Kevin are part of.
For how much: Free! If you want to bring the program back to your church, you’ll need to purchase the Groups of Hope handbook for $20. Handbooks will be available at the training. Who’s leading: Faith Holwyn Faith will take you through actual sessions of the program and teach you how to use the handbook. Take advantage of this time with Faith - you’ll leave refreshed and ready to bring Groups of Hope to your women. Register: 416-620-2954 | firstname.lastname@example.org Registration closes October 12 at 7 p.m. The Groups of Hope program anchors all the resources CBWOQ offers women to support their new theme: Strong and Steady. Give Your All. To learn more, visit www.baptistwomen.com
Representing the missions committee from our church in Nairobi, Pastor Weru, Missionary Andrew, and Jayne visited us -encouraged, prayed, and gave us a gift card. We were deeply moved. 7
Meanwhile, Kevin, who has spent his time resourcing African church leaders through training and publishing, has been stretched but nevertheless has thrived while teaching a New Testament course that covered Matthew to Revelation in three weeks, meeting five days a week. He is presently preparing a church history course for distance learning and mentoring a number of students, both male and female.
A Broader Vision for Life Groups
Living and working together in Nairobi. Kevin and Joyce are always struggling to improve their self-care. They particularly are emphasizing spending time with Jesus, “to be with Him, to learn from Him and become more like Him” so they can better live for Him. SIM has asked Kevin and Joyce to facilitate some silent prayer days for themselves and other SIM missionaries. But one of their favorite pastimes is “noticing with amazement what the risen Lord is doing through the frailty of his friends in Kenya.” Kevin & Joyce
www.tumainicounsellingcentre.net (here you will find Joyce in action!) email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org www.sim.ca – 10 Huntingdale Blvd. Scarborough, ON, Canada, M1W 2S5 You can join us through prayer, email messages, and by post – Richardson’s, Box 60875 – 00200, City Centre, Nairobi, KENYA
If you have been part of a Life Group at Spring Garden (or most other churches) you probably visualize a Life Group as a small cluster of adults sitting in someone’s living room discussing faith, praying together and possibly sharing food before or after the “serious time”. But what if a Life Group looked a lot more active than that? What if a Life Group consisted of several families sharing a different recreational activity each month? What if a Life Group contained people from three or four generations engaging in some sort of service project that children could participate in? What if a Life Group consisted of people who love to swap and discuss murder mysteries or science fiction? What if a Life Group was people who arrange to meet to draw, paint or sculpt and encourage each other in stretching artistic ability and creativity?
Or people who read one another stories they have written for critique and discussion of the writing process? How many “What if’s” can you add to this list? We measure our various ministry activities by how well they do or don’t contribute to our growth as disciples who love God, love each other, share God’s story and show God’s care to the world. If we defined a disciple only as one who has a correct set of beliefs it would be hard to describe the benefit of Life Groups that met for purposes other than to study our belief system. But that’s not how we define a disciple at Spring Garden. While we expect existing Life Groups will continue to follow a study/ discussion format, we would like to encourage the formation of new groups this fall that want to organize around more active means of expressing our love for God, each other and the community around us.
Tyndale Family Life Centre Workshop: Making Connec;ons Using Music in Demen;a Care Music may be that remarkable “other thing” that extends to places out of reach with other interven;ons in demen;a care. It brings people together and helps us live in the moment. It makes meaningful connec;ons by evoking memories and sharing meaningful moments. Through storytelling and evidence-based knowledge, this workshop addresses why music, and especially singing, is eﬀec;ve in demen;a care. Par;cipants will learn 5 prac;cal ways they can use music to enhance connec;ons for people with demen;a as well as learn about music care resources designed speciﬁcally for memory care.
We would like to encourage formation of groups that don’t send kids off into another room while parents have a serious conversation. Instead, we would like to see small intergenerational communities of close connection spring up around us. We would like to see these communities embrace couples, singles, kids and seniors. Do you share this vision?? Would you like to be part of such an initiative? The Life Group Team (which now consists of Garth Barron and Gene Tempelmeyer (and we need help!) is in place to resource people who want to gather in smaller units to intentionally live out discipleship in creative ways. We would love to hear about your dream for a group and help you pull together people and resources to make that group happen. So talk to us! email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. 10
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tyndale Bayview Campus: 3377 Bayview Ave, Toronto
Bev Foster, Execu;ve Director of the Room 217 Founda;on
$100 for regular admission, $85 early bird pricing un;l October 15th, $20 for Tyndale students (10% discount for Tyndale staﬀ and alumni)
SPRING GARDEN BAPTIST CHURCH FINANCIAL Update August 31st, 2015
2015 Budget - $10,096/week Budget to 8/31/15 Givings to 8/31/15 – ($8,115/ week) Shortfall No. of weeks to end of year.
$525,000 $350,000 $275,919 $74,081 18
Note: It is important to reach the Budget of $525,000 to put us in a position to be able to continue all the key programs in 2016. As at August 31, 2014, receipts were $290,697 versus the Budget of $346,333 a shortfall of $55,636. This year the shortfall is $74,081!
Thank you. Geoffrey Moore & Mary Ellen Hopkins
The Groups of Hope – saying thanks for your prayers! This summer has been busy – since you prayed for me before I left for Johannesburg, South Africa in July. It was an amazing two weeks! There were three conferences for 150 women in one of the poorest townships in Free State, South Africa – QwaQwa. I had the amazing opportunity to share the Groups of Hope with young leaders who anticipated using what they were learning in schools were they were coaches, teaching Grades 7-9 students about HIV, Life Skills and Christian Education. Then there was a weekend leadership Conference for Baptist women from around the world. I led two workshops with 140 women from more than 25 countries. I was humbled by their response and found myself sharing the program as a pdf or on flash drives to over 100 women. I returned at the end of July to work with the editor on my new Handbook, so that by September 1st the second series of eight sessions was published! This series is called “HEARING GOD’S CALL TO A CLOSER REALTIONSHIP” and I hope to set up a table in the lounge on Oct 18th at coffee hour so you can have a chance to see it! Once again – thanks for your prayers! I retired this fall from Canadian Baptist Ministries after working with them for 10 years in Canada and internationally as a mentor of the Groups of Hope. As I enter this new chapter I feel excited about what the future holds. I will spend more time at home caring for Ruth Thompson, my dear friend, as she grows more frail, and I will continue to mentor the program that has brought hope to thousands around the world. Faith Holwyn
Join the Spring Garden Church Team to fundraise for Matthew House
Will you run or walk with us?
Been reading about the refugee crisis and wonder what you can do to help? The annual Socitabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is taking place on Sunday Oct 18th @ 8:00am. A bunch of Spring Gardeners are forming a team to participate and fundraise for Matthew House, a Refugee Reception Service here in Toronto which provides refugees coming to Canada with safe shelter, settlement assistance and bridges to the community. Matthew House is also one of the missions organizations we financially support here at Spring Garden Church. You can walk or run a 5K (with a category for children in strollers), half marathon or the full marathon, Please consider joining and invite other to join the Spring Garden team to raise both awareness and funds for the refugees in our city. If you are interested in participating in the marathon to fundraise for Matthew House, please contact Nancy Chau: email@example.com or Suzanna Lai: firstname.lastname@example.org. to receive a Matthew House charity pin code for discounted registration fee. We can also help you with the registration process. Nancy will be available in church lounge hallway until Oct 11 to help you register. Come out and Join Us! Registration ends on Oct 12.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!
Would you consider walking or running for a refugee this year? You could walk or run a 5K, half marathon or marathon, with us at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on, October 18th, 2015. Our refugee guests have travelled from all over the world to safety. Would you consider going a short distance to support them? Please consider joining our team to raise both awareness and funds for the refugees in our city. For more info on registering email email@example.com and visit www.matthewhouse.ca.
THERE! HOPE TO SEE YOU We are Matthew House, a Refugee Reception Service here in Toronto. We welcome refugees with Godâ€™s love and provide safe shelter, settlement assistance and bridges to the community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Books Untangled: Let God loosen the knots of insecurity in your life, by Carey Scott If you think you’ll never measure up, think again! In Untangled, Carey Scott, a Christian life coach, offers practical ideas to help women recognize that God intentionally made them who they are and challenges them to find their acceptance in Jesus rather than in their own works or another person’s opinion.
From Anger to Intimacy: How Forgiveness can Transform your Marriage, by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham Did you know that spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational exhaustion lead to anger? And unresolved anger leads to sin. All couples deal with anger and how they 16
respond (stuff it, spew it, or study it), can make all the difference in their relationship and in their lives. In From Anger to Intimacy, Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham explore this often maligned and God-given emotion that, unless dealt with, can strip us of everything we love.
The Drop Box: How 500 abandoned babies, an act of compassion, and a movie changed my life forever, by Brian Ivie This is the compelling story of a young man who thought he was going halfway around the world to make a movie about Pastor Lee’s love for abandoned babies. What he didn’t know was that God was planning to save him. While directing The Drop Box film in South Korea, Ivie came face-to-face with his own spiritual brokenness in the midst of these broken kids. This story chronicles the impact that a baby drop box had on the lives of so many- including a man who chased fame for his validation until he encountered the disruptive presence of a loving Father through Pastor Lee. 17
DVD The Drop Box Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture. The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die. It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society. But it’s also a story of hope and a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love.
For Young Readers Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, by Mark Batterson An 11-year-old Irish boy awakens to a fantastical world and is unwittingly drawn into a war that’s been raging since time before time. Encountering creatures beyond imagination, Jack must face his fears if he is to fulfill his destiny---to save the world and to destroy it.
Spring Garden Pastoral team, Elders and Deacons
Suzanna Lai, Church Office and Communications Manager
Margaret Sutton, Pastoral Care/Seniors
Deacons Nazli Bashiri, Childrenâ€™s Intern
Greg Kay, Worship and Mission Pastor
Sam Lee, Pastor of Discipleship
Jeremy Ranasinghe, Youth Intern
Gene Tempelmeyer, Pastor
Anne Barron, Missions Marion Cameron, and Worship Membership and Board Secretary
Mary Ellen Hopkins, Finance
Derek Prinsloo, Chair
Koon Wah Leung, Gonzalo Librado, Adult Discipleship Ministries Ministries
Judy Tranter - Pastoral Care
Jim Turner - Property
Elders Hi, we are your Elders and we want to share with you a little of what we do. We are a group of people who feel called to pray for the church. We pray for the pastoral team, we pray for programs, for what is happening around Spring and for all of you.
Elders Garth Barron
We would like to let you know that at any time you have a prayer concern that you would like us to pray about we would be delighted to do so. You can give one of us a call or a note on Sundays and we can pass it on to the Elders to pray about. If you feel it is something you need to come for prayer about then contact one of us and we will let you know when we are meeting next and when we could meet with you. In James 5:14 it says â€œIs anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of The Lord.â€? Also on any given Sunday there are people in the Prayer Room who can pray with you after the worship gathering.
As Elders of Spring Garden Church we want you to feel cared for and we want to serve and pray for you. Please feel free to approach us at anytime. Our names will be in Delve and you can always contact us. You can also leave us a message at the church and we will respond as soon as possible. Garth Barron Darlene Boyd Cindy Chaise Jennifer Moore Barry Porter Corrine Sutton-Smith
Discipleship Ministries - Partnering with Families Thanksgiving Intergenerational Gathering - Sunday, October 11 For this Thanksgiving Sunday, we are having multiple stations to engage the whole community in what it means to be thankful. We want to include all ages and stages in celebrating this season together. This will be a great opportunity for parents and caregivers in modelling and leading children in worship.
like to join us please email me back with a confirmation (even if you signed up your youth for the original date). Cost: $20 includes food, rides, and ticket to play **Students participating must bring running shoes or they will no be allowed to participate.**
October 23rd-25th - Fall Retreat
Halloween at Spring Garden We encourage those of you who live in neighbourhoods that participate Halloween, to be present in the community that God has placed you in. It is a great opportunity for you and your family to engage in your neighbourhood and in loving your neighbour. For those of you whoâ€™s neighbourhood does not participate in Halloween and you would like to volunteer with providing a presence in the Spring Garden Church neighbourhood, please speak with Jesse James about this opportunity (email@example.com)
Youth Ministry October 17th - Zip Lining (Rescheduled) Due to weather issues on September 19th, we have had to reschedule our Zip Line event to October 17th. If your youth would
Our fall retreat will be held at New Life Camp, located in Priceville Ontario. The retreat is a great way for our youth to get to know each other over a prolonged period of time, and we are hoping this would be a great way for us to establish good and healthy friendships between everyone involved. Attached to this email is the Online Retreat Form which needs to be filled and sent back to me, or handed in. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me back. Cost: $70 includes food for the weekend, and rides to and from the venue.
Between the Testaments: Return from Exile and the Restoration
almost fifty years after Babylon destroyed Jerusalem, Babylon was defeated by the Persian Empire under Cyrus the Great. The book of Ezra tells us that in the following year (538 BC), “in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing” (Ezra 1:1, NIV). Cyrus allowed the Israelites to return to their land and provided money and goods to make the rebuilding of the temple possible (Ezra 1:2–4; see Isaiah 44:28; 45:13). Many Israelites returned under the leadership of the governor Zerubabbel and the high priest Joshua (Ezra 2). Upon returning to Jerusalem, one of the first things that they did was to rebuild the altar of the Lord and “sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses” (Ezra 3:2). Seven months later, the foundation of the temple was laid (Ezra 3:8). In celebration, the priests led the people in praise to the Lord. The praise that is recorded echoes the celebration that took place when David brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 16:7–36, esp. v. 34).
The Law was important to the people of Israel because it was God’s commands to them. These commands were grounded in God’s act of bringing the people out of slavery (Exodus 20:2). Even though the Law was important, Israel forever struggled to keep it and continually worshipped other gods. Because of Israel’s forgetfulness of what God had done and their unfaithfulness to him, Jerusalem was besieged by the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar. The temple, the house of the Lord, was destroyed, and the people were sent into exile in Babylon. The destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC and the exile were a direct result of Israel’s failure to obey God and his commands (Deuteronomy 28:36–37, 63–64; 1 Kings 9:4–9; 2 Kings 23:26–27). But, as God had promised through the prophet Jeremiah, the exile was not permanent (Jeremiah 25:8–14; 30:3). God said he would bring his people back from captivity and return them to the land God had promised to Abraham centuries before. In the year 539 BC, 26
When the local inhabitants – who were not Jews but exiles from another land – heard that the temple was being rebuilt, they came to ask if they could take part in the rebuilding. These inhabitants claimed to have worshipped the Lord while they had lived in the land. Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the elders told them “No, thanks.” This rejection was not taken kindly, and the locals frustrated their attempts to rebuild the temple. As a result, nothing beyond the foundation of the temple was built for many years. In fact, it was almost seventeen years before the building resumed. According to Ezra 5:1–2, the prophecy of Haggai and Zechariah was the primary reason that the rebuilding began again and was completed. In the second year of Darius I (c. 520 BC), approximately seventeen years after the foundation of the temple was laid, Haggai and Zechariah prophesied a total of six times over the course of five months. In Haggai’s first oracle (1:2–11), the Lord tells Zerubbabel and Joshua to rebuild the temple. God accuses them of building and beautifying their own houses while his house lies in ruins. Zerubba27
bel, Joshua, and the people respond by beginning to rebuild. Other prophetic oracles remind the people of the disobedience of their ancestors and even their own as they have not remained faithful in the building of the temple (Haggai 2:11–19; Zechariah 1:1–6). Yet, God says now that they have resumed the rebuilding he will bless them, and he encourages them to “be strong” and to continue building even with opposition (Haggai 2:1–9, 19; Zechariah 2:1–12). Parts of Haggai and Zechariah’s prophecies also speak to the significant roles of Zerubbabel and Joshua. God says that the governor Zerubabbel is his servant and that he has chosen Zerubbabel (Haggai 2:23; see also Zechariah 4). Joshua the high priest is the focus of Zechariah’s visions in Zechariah 3 and 6. The second vision has an intriguing comment about Joshua being given a crown, which is one of the rare examples of mixed priestly and kingly imagery in the Old Testament (6:12–13). Haggai and Zechariah’s prophesying jump started the stalled building campaign. The opposition to the rebuilding of the temple was renewed (Ezra 5:3–17), but when an appeal is made to Darius I, Darius decreed that the temple should be rebuilt. He even provided funding for the temple’s completion. Finally, in 516 BC, the temple is rebuilt (6:15), sacrifices are offered, and Passover is celebrated (6:19–22). While it is a good thing that the altar and temple are rebuilt, there are indications that the people of Israel continued to be disobedient. Even after the punishment of the exile, the people still sinned. Ezra addressed the issue of intermarriage with other nations (Ezra 9–10). Nehemiah, who returned to Israel in 445 BC, dealt with a priest who allowed one of his relatives to live in the newly built temple (Nehemiah 13:4–9). Also, priests were not given their portion of the sacrifices, which forced them to work in the fields for a living and not to work in the temple (Nehemiah 13:10–14). The prophet Malachi challenged priests who despised God’s name (Malachi 1:6). Malachi accused the people and priests of bringing sick and lame animals for sacrifice (1:11–14). Thus, it is evident that the exile had not eradicated sin from the people. Being back in the promised land with a rebuilt temple had not solved all of their problems.
ful signs, even if only the beginnings of them. The dual leadership of Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest offers one such sign. Even though the Israelites had returned to the promised land and God’s dwelling place had been rebuilt, they were still under Persian rule. They were not a sovereign nation. They did not have a king. Zerubbabel only served as governor. The people must have wondered whether he would become king, especially since it seems he was the grandson of the last king of Judah (Matthew 1:12). Similarly, Joshua the high priest was the grandson of the last high priest (2 Kings 25:18–20; Jeremiah 52:24–27). It would not be surprising if this continuity of political and religious leadership fueled expectations that things in Israel would return to the way they were before. Add to that the references to Zerubbabel as servant, chosen by God, a signet ring, and implications of anointing (Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:3–14) and the references to Joshua being crowned (Zechariah 6:11–14), and it is arguable that these might be the beginnings of what might be described as messianic hopes. (Note well the two “mights.”) The references to a “Branch” in Zechariah 4:12 and 6:12 echo the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1 in which a shoot will come from Jesse (David’s father) and a branch from his roots. Thus, even before the exile there was hope that the Davidic dynasty would continue, especially since God had promised David that one of his descendants would always be on the throne (2 Samuel 7:14). We have no indication that there was messianic expectation concerning Zerbabbel, but as the Second Temple period would progress and things would not return to the way they were, messianic expectation or hope for political restoration would only grow. Ben Reynolds
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What’s Love Got to Do with It? A gathering for people who care about brothers and sisters who have experienced abuse, poverty, addictions, imprisonment and homelessness. This conference will be held in honor of Tina-Joy Hartjes and will mark the launching of the Tina-Joy Hartjes Memorial Fund, a fund to assist men and women as they are leaving prison.TJ was a much loved member of the Friends of Dismas community. TJ’s family was Dakota-Sioux. Both of her parents were in residential schools and TJ was adopted out in the early 1970’s and moved from Manitoba to Ontario. TJ spent much of her adult life in prison or on the street, struggling with addictions and died of liver disease at the age of 42. During the last few years of her life, TJ had her own place, a strong circle of friends and was able to reach out to her friends in and out of prison through letters of support and encouragement. She welcomed opportunities to speak publicly about her story, her Christian faith and her knowledge of native teachings. TJ was an inspiration to others, in the ways in which she was able to reconcile her native and Christian identity after many years of isolation, alienation and struggle. And so it seems right to honor TJ and others by continuing this dialogue with the hope that truth and reconciliation will happen and we will grow in wisdom, understanding and compassion. Please join us for a day of sharing and conversation about: • • • • • 30
The effects of institutionalization – trauma and attachment; connection and dis-connection Labels, stereotypes and prejudice - “sad, mad, bad or holy?” Sharing our wisdom - healing and re-connection Who and where is Jesus in all of this? Finding a path forward……..
Format of the day: a.m. Sharing stories, music, art, a time of prayer and lament p.m. Pathways to healing and reconciliation Facilitator: Dr. Mary Klein, Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator, Director of ARISE Speaker: Dr. Terry LeBlanc, founding Chair and current Director of Indigenous Pathways, and Director of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS), sessional or adjunct faculty member at George Fox University and Evangelical Seminary, Acadia Divinity College and Tyndale University College and Seminary. Music by: Equity advocate Diem Lafortune and Eagle Woman Singerz Sponsored by: ARISE http://ariseresources.com Friends of Dismas http://www.friendsofdismas.com Mennonite Central Committee Ont Restorative Justice http://mcccanada.ca/stories/what-we-do-ontario Date: Sat. Oct 24, 2015 8:30 (registration) 9:30 – 4:30 (light lunch is provided) Location: St. John’s York Mills Church (www.sjym.ca) To register for the Conference please visit: www.tinyurl.com/ncb642n and click on the “Register Now” button. There is a Suggested Fee of $30.00 which will help us to cover conference costs. If you are able to help cover the cost for another participant there is an option to do so as well. If you would like to attend but cannot afford the fee please contact Mary Klein at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the TJ Memorial Fund please send a cheque made out to Friends of Dismas (TJ Memorial Fund) to: Friends of Dismas, 1730 Bur Oak Ave. BLDG G PO Box 3005, Markham Ontario L6E 0J1 31
Leadership at Spring Garden
Life around Spring Garden
Pastoral Team Gene Tempelmeyer, Pastor email@example.com Greg Kay, Worship and Mission Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org Margaret Sutton, Pastoral Care/Seniors email@example.com Sam Lee, Pastor of Discipleship, firstname.lastname@example.org Suzanna Lai, Church Office and Communications Manager email@example.com Jeremy Ranasinghe, Youth Intern firstname.lastname@example.org Nazli Bashiri, Children’s Intern email@example.com
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416.724.9329 416.491.8542 905.731.0492 416.225.7092 416.229.2695 647.349.4610 416.229.0494 416.512.1360
Elders Garth Barron Darlene Boyd Cindie Chaise Jennifer Moore Barrie Porter Corinne Sutton-Smith
416.724.9329 416.385.2483 647.345.2476 416.786.8727 416.829.4210 416.615.1763
Spring Garden Church T 416.223.4593 112 Spring Garden Ave. F 416.223.6126 Toronto ON M2N3G3 www.springgardenchurch.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loving support during our difficult journey. Thank you for your prayers, e-mails, cards, phone calls and offers of help. I apologize for not being able to answer all of them personally. I have felt God’s love pouring down on me throughout the whole time Bryan was ill and it is still pouring down on me now. I especially want to thank Karen Cassel who was there the night Bryan was taken into emergency and has selflessly given of herself ever since. Also a special thank you to those who have brought meals to me and cleaned my house and done whatever needs doing to help me. You know who you are.
Deacons Anne Barron - Missions and Worship Marion Cameron - Membership and Board Secretary Mary Ellen Hopkins - Finance Koon Wah Leung - Discipleship Ministries Gonzalo Librado - Adult Ministries Derek Prinsloo - Chair Judy Tranter - Pastoral Care Jim Turner - Property
Dear Spring Garden Friends,
Prayer Line 416.223.4038
Thank you for continuing to pray for me. I have been diagnosed with ITP which is an auto immune disease where the body attacks it’s own platelets (the cells that stop bleeding occurring). The prednisone I was on had lots of side effects but it did work and I am now off it. My platelets are stable and if they begin getting too low I can have IV Immunoglobulin. After about 3 treatments it could last for several months. I feel very hopeful and grateful to the Lord that this treatment is available. I am being monitored weekly for my blood counts at Sunnybrook and have been really impressed by the Specialist and team of nurses working with him. Even though this is an extremely difficult and painful time for me right now I feel truly blessed by God in amazing ways and can only praise Him and thank Him. God Bless, Jean Rorke
October Food Bank Donations
Greeters and Ushers Needed!
Throughout the month of October we will be collecting non-perishable food for the Dufferin Oasis foodbank, a sister ministry of Spring Garden. Collection bins will be available starting Oct 1. Feel free to drop off your donation anytime during the week or on Sundays.
As one of our values says, “we strive to be a welcoming inclusive family.” An important opportunity for us to enact this week to week is the way in which people are welcomed into worship on Sunday mornings, regardless of if they’ve been part of the community for years or if this is their first time (perhaps especially if this is their first time). In order to take this value seriously, every week we have people scheduled to greet at the two main entrances with the desire of welcoming everyone and assisting anyone who has a need (like using the wheelchair elevator or finding the bathroom in our maze of a building). Not only does this help us in our desire to be a welcoming community, this is also a great way to get to know more of the community! Optionally, some of our greeters also help us to gather people to help collect the offering, another important part of our time together Sunday mornings. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Greg Kay (email@example.com, 416-223-4593x224).
Thanksgiving Pies for Friends of Dismas
Your Help is Needed to Keep our Church Grounds Looking Attractive
Planning on baking a pie for Thanksgiving? How about baking an extra one for exoffenders and the wrongfully accused in Ontario, who are trying to integrate back into society and spend Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. If you would like to donate a pie, please contact Greg Kay (gregkay@ springgardenchurch.ca) and drop your pie off on or before Sunday Oct 11th. For more information on Friends of Dismas ministries, please visit www.friendsofdismas.com
This may not sound like entertaining frivolity with laughs but we on the Property Committee can guarantee a time of great fellowship. We would like to set up 2 person teams to do shrub
trimming and whatever else is needed on our property outside the church building to keep it looking nice. Each team would be responsible for 1 month (about 3 hours) from April to Oct. Please let Wes Chapman ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Don Hopkins ( email@example.com ) know if you are willing to help before all the choice spots are taken!
Live music, carnival games, pie auction, food, and fun! Come on out to have a fun time and support a community of marginalized and underhoused friends in Parkdale through the ministry of The Dale. For more information on the Dale Ministries, check out thedaleministries.wordpress.com OR erinnoxford.wordpress.com
Ministry Budget Reports Due Monday Oct 26 That’s right! it’s budget time again. All ministry leaders with a budget line please submit your 2016 budget report to Mary Ellen Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday Oct 26. Thank you!
Parkdale Fun Fair Fundraiser in support of the Dale Ministries Saturday November 7th 6:00pm-9:30pm Bonnar Presbyterian - 250 Dunn Ave, Toronto 36
Eva’s Celebrate & Skate! This year the Willowdale Collaboration network and Revolution(s) will be having our FIFTH Skating party with Willowdale’s homeless youth from Eva’s Satellite and Eva’s Place! We will be skating on December 17th at Mel Lastman Square! We will also be compiling all the gift bags on December 12th at Church In Toronto on Sheppard Ave. Help us: 1. Raise money for all 125 “Operation: Good Thing” hygiene gift bags to give as Christmas gifts to youth at 3 homeless shelters, and 2. Assemble all the bags at a Christmas Party hosted by Church In Toronto on December 12th, and 3. Celebrate and Skate with youth in our community who need hope! 37
Community Halloween Outreach! We will be out on the front lawn at Spring Garden Church from 6pm-8pm, October 31st. RAIN OR SHINE! Come help hand out candy and hot chocolate to 100+ kids from our Willowdale Neighbourhood! Candy donations are appreciated! Contact Jesse James for details email@example.com
Refugee Initiative We told you a few weeks ago we would find out how we could help bring a refugee family to Canada. We are able to do this under an arrangement the CBOQ (our tribe of churches) has with the Federal government. The cost would range from about $12,000 for a single person to $32,500 for a family of six. We would also commit to a high level of time and relationship over at least a year but likely longer. We need to know if we have adequate commitment to seeing this through. If you would like to be part of a small group of people wishing to explore this possibility, please speak with Gene Tempelmeyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Happening Life in Spring Garden
Weekly Tuesdays 2:00 pm - Pastoral Team meeting 7:00 pm - ESL Café Wednesdays 10:00 am - Refresh Women’s Bible Study Thursdays 12:00 pm - Adult Bible Class Sundays 9:00 am - Morning Bible Study: meeting room - ESL Bible study: basement at the southwest entrance 10:00 am - Sunday Morning Worship (communion on the first Sunday of the month) 1:00 pm - Young Adult Life Group Sunday. Lunch together first and then the gathering at 1pm. 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 Sunday Oct 11th - 10:00 am: Intergenerational Thanksgiving Stations - Thanksgiving pies drop off for exoffenders Saturday Oct 17th - 2:30 - 10:00pm - Spring Garden Scrabble Group (West Lounge) Saturday Oct 31st - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Community Halloween Outreach (SGC lawn) 38
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. 40