This Sunday will be a little different as we have invited Mark McElwain to speak to us about the Tri Church Syrian Family Sponsorship Project through the Mission and Outreach Committee.
Mark was for 8 years, until a few weeks ago, Clerk of Session at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, where he remains active in the leadership of the tri-church refugee support program. He was trained as an economist and worked for the Ontario and federal governments. Mark grew up in a Presbyterian manse, is married and currently has two daughters in university.During the service, our guest will speak to the children and then to the congregation after the children leave. Mark will also join us in Fellowship Hall after worship.
Please warmly welcome him as you ask him lots of questions.
This Sunday, our gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-12 and the sermon title is “Blessed are the merciful…”
Peace in Christ,
DATES to REMEMBER
FEBRUARY 9 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Pancake Supper and Light Entertainment in the Fellowship Hall
FEBRUARY 12-14 – PYPS Winter Weekend
FEBRUARY 14 – Communion
FEBRUARY 28 – AGM meeting & Pot Luck Luncheon
MISSION AND OUTREACH TEAM – Refugee Sponsorship
The Session and Mission and Outreach Committee of Morningside- High Park (MHP) Presbyterian Church would like to bring the congregation up to date on an initiative led by Rosedale Presbyterian Church (RPC), to sponsor a Syrian family seeking refuge in Canada.
In fall 2015, Rosedale invited neighbourhood Churches, including MHP, to an information meeting about refugee sponsorship. MHP has a strong history of mission service and therefore the idea of partnering with RPC was presented to Session for consideration. Session agreed to commit $5,000 to the project and to discuss the idea with the congregation to determine the level of support for the initiative.
RPC recently received the family of four’s profile and estimated the annual cost of a family to live in Toronto for a year to be approximately $50,760. The fundraising for this initiative is proceeding well with financial commitments from RPC, Leaside Presbyterian Church and MHP to date. The 2015 and 2016 proceeds from Cuppa Change/Don’s Coffeepot will be put toward our $5,000 commitment and donations from the congregation will be welcomed.
If you would like to support this initiative, please address your donation to Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church and note on the envelope that you would like to support the Tri Church Syrian Family Sponsorship Project and the dollar amount you would like to go toward this initiative.
This is a wonderful opportunity to work with other churches and people of other cultures and to see God’s work in action by helping families transition to life in Canada. For further information about this initiative, please feel free to contact Allan, Sheila, Claire or Kirk.
If you had your picture taken for the photo directory, they are now available for pick up from your elder.
FEBRUARY 9 – LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT for the PANCAKE SUPPER (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
Has your child been working hard on a musical piece?
Do you like to sing?
Tell a short story or a few jokes for the family?
Please contact Rev. Janet, Marc or Janice for more information or to sign up.
A sign-up sheet is available at the church.