This Sunday – 8 November

Dear MHP Friends,
This Sunday we will be led in worship by Rev. Jim Kitson.  The sermon title this Remembrance Day service will be “Connected for Peace” and the scripture readings will be based on Romans 12:9-18; Psalm 146; Isaiah 2:2-5 and John 17:20-26.
On Saturday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. we are celebrating our 126th Anniversary of MHP with a Pot Luck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall with the York Harmony Chorus to entertain us following the meal.  A free will offering will be held.
After worship on Sunday Nov. 8 we will hold our final jam, chili sauce and tomato soup sale.  All money will go to the Worship Team’s sound system fund.
Remember this is the last month to make any final donations to the year long 125th Anniversary Appeal which began in November 2014.
Thanks again for your generosity.
In Christ’s Love,
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 1 November

Dear MHP Friends,
This Sunday, November 1, we will be led in worship by Dr. Phillip Yoo.
Our scripture passages are from 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Psalm 43; and Matthew 21:1-12.  The sermon is untitled which is a good way to heighten our listening skills perhaps!
Remember to set your clocks back by one hour this Saturday night so you can be on time for all your Sunday commitments the following day.
On Sunday, November 1. Trish and Blair Gerrie will continue their jam, chili sauce and tomato soup sales to fundraise for our anticipated new sound system.
Bring your family, friends and neighbours to our Saturday November 7 6:00 p.m. Anniversary Pot Luck Dinner along with the York Harmony Chorus entertaining us after dinner.  A freewill offering will be taken.
In Christ’s Love,
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 11 October

Dear MHP Friends,
This Thanksgiving Sunday at worship we will be led by Rev. Zander Dunn.  His sermon title is “Gratitude is the Attitude”.
The scriptural readings are from Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100 and Luke 17:11-19.
Our three week food drive for Evangel Hall, to be delivered Thanksgiving weekend, shall have its last Sunday
donation this weekend.  Our Sunday school children will be gathering your donations from you in the pews to bring to the
chancel area at the “Children’s Time” in worship.  Please share whatever you are able at this wonderful
harvest time.  Thank you in advance for your thoughtful kindness and goodness of a sharing heart.
Have a blessed thanksgiving time.
In Christ’s Love,
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 20 September

Dear MHP Friends,

This Sunday we will have Tori Smit as our worship leader.  Her sermon title is “Blessed to be a blessing.”  The three scriptural passages are from Genesis 12:1-9, Psalm 15 and Mark 16:14-20.

All of us at MHP wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with food table items, set-up and clean-up, and especially the Stewardship Committee (J.P. and Lauren) for last Sunday’s successful LAWN BBQ event.

Also, what a special time we had during worship at the Commissioning of our Sunday School teachers.

 

Did you know that Monday, October 5 is WORLD HABITAT DAY? Our Mission & Outreach Team plans to celebrate this day by creating a gift basket for the Costa family of 14 members whom we supported in 2013-2014. The family moved in to a new specially built home 2 storey, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms at 828 Runnymede Road, near St. Clair, in 2014.  One of the Costa family members came to our worship service to speak of her family’s deep gratitude and delight of our financial support.  Today we are asking if you could contribute an item for the gift basket on Sunday September 27 (i.e. Dried fruit, tea, coffee, chocolate, a magazine, Tim’s gift cards, and gift cards from grocery, book and clothing stores in the area etc.) The basket will be arranged and then delivered to the family on Sunday October 4 by a member of the M & O Team.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.

During the next three weeks September 27, October 4 & 11, the Mission & Outreach Team is calling for canned and boxed food donations to be collected and taken to Evangel Hall later on Thanksgiving Sunday.  Please try to help us make a generous total contribution to our downtown inner city mission.  Thanks for your continuing and participating generosity at this time.

In Christ’s Love,
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 13 September

This coming Sunday our guest preacher will be Dr. Philip Yoo once again.  While we have received no sermon title this week, we do know the scripture readings for our worship service.  They are as follows: Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 19 and Matthew 18:21-35.  Also, this Sunday’s worship shall include our annual September COMMISSIONING the CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHERS.  We all are most grateful for our dedicated roster of teachers and the young families they serve.
Please be reminded that the basement washrooms have switched their gender designation.  The washroom beneath the first floor kitchen is now for women and girls.  The washroom near the basement boiler room is now for use by men and boys.  The main floor washroom is available for both genders.
Our LAWN BBQ this Sunday is on track to go ahead whether indoors or outside as weather forecasts are “iffy”.  Our fellowship hour menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, green and potato salads, tea, coffee, juice and water, plus desserts.  If you are still wondering what you can donate, a bowel of potato salad for 10-12 people would be welcome.  Please email John-Peter Smit about your food donation.  We still need lots of helpers for setting up and cleaning up.  The children will be sure to enjoy the bouncy castle once again at our annual LAWN BBQ to get re-acquainted after summer time away.
See you on Sunday!
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 23 August

Dear MHP Friends,

This Sunday we shall be led in worship by Dr. Philip Yoo who has led our MHP congregation in Worship a number of times in the recent past.

The biblical passages during worship are:

  • Psalm 84 and Ephesians 6: 10-20
  • The minister’s reading is John 6:56-69

Our week of VBS has gone very well indeed. VBS children came from MHP, Runnymede Presbyterian, Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian as well as friends and neighbourhood children.

During the 5 days the children have learned much about the work of various organisations who work in our midst in the service of God. May we all show our gratitude to each of the teachers and staff for who have given their time in planning and carrying out their mission and service.

We are especially grateful for the work of our leaders and volunteers during the week: Sandy , Hildy  & Peter , Kim & Matt  and Gina  from MHP. There were also 4 volunteers from each of the other two Churches and one from the neighborhood in support of our VBS program this year.

The theme during the week has been “The Quest”

On Monday, Campers heard the story of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14) and learned about the work of an organization that helps people in the modern day who sometimes have to flee their homes: Action Réfugiés Montréal. They also connected this with Monday’s Skill of the Day: learning to walk in someone else’s shoes.

On Tuesday, they talked about who our neighbours are as they hear the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-35) and learned about the work being done at Winnipeg Inner City Mission. Campers also continued their quest for empathy by learning to imagine what other people might be feeling.

On Wednesday, the Skill of the Day was listening, and campers heard about how Jesus listened to those that most people ignored as they learned the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:7-26). They also learned about Boarding Homes Ministry in Toronto, an outreach program that fosters community between volunteers and residents of boarding homes in the city.

On Thursday, campers practice valuing and recognising everyone. They heard about 1 Corinthians 12:15-27, which tells us that we are all vital parts of one body in Christ, as well as learning about a way to appreciate and support less-advantaged members of the broader community through your city’s food bank.

On Friday, campers explored 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and talked about what exactly the ‘love’ in ‘love your neighbour’ means. They used their love in Friday’s mission, which was to show appreciation to the host church for having CYOB! They also learned just what we can do in times when we forget to love our neighbour, in Friday’s Skill of the Day: saying ‘sorry’.

Other news and reminders:

  • The LAWN BBQ date is set for September 13th following worship (11:30 – 1:00 p.m.).  Please mark your calendars for this happy time together.
  • The basement washroom which was formerly the men’s is now in progress being reconstructed as a new women’s washroom.
  • Our upstairs kitchen is being repainted this month – current yellow paint has been chipping and peeling since the last painting was done. The Women’s Association is keen to cover the costs related to this work.

Best of summer days to each of you.

Hope to see you Sunday!

In Christ’s Service,
Allan Prittie

This Sunday – 19 July

Dear MHP Friends,

This Sunday Rev. Shelley Howard will lead us in worship.  Her sermon title is “How’s your Love Life”.  Scripture readings are found in Psalm 105:1-11 and John 21:15-25.

This Sunday we welcome our guest musicians: Axeff and Maximilian Ungvary (recorder and cello), Erik Gero (organ, piano) and Mark Fulep, an outstanding Hungarian Flute virtuoso playing on a Yamaha 14 karat gold Flute he has been awarded by the Hungarian government. Mark has been invited to perform at the International Flute Convention at the University of Toronto. He is offering a Master Class/Coaching session after the service at the church, from 2 p.m. Auditors are also welcome. At the end of the master class Mark will give a short recital and demonstration on a number of folk instruments of the flute family. It will be a rare treat, do plan to attend.

Vacation Bible Camp (August 17-21) planning is proceeding with very few children actually registered at this point.  If you are interested please pick up a registration package from the narthex and deliver to the MHP office ASAP… not later than Friday, July 31st.

Finally, on another note altogether, it is good news to report that basement washroom renovations will begin this August !!!

See you at worship this Sunday,

Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 12 July

Dear MPH Friends,

Once again this Sunday we are privileged to have Rev. Jim Biggs leading us in worship.  His sermon title is “Remember the duck.”

Scripture readings are based on Psalm 133, 1 John 1-2:2, Romans 8:31-39 and John 20:19-31.

On July 19th our guest musician will be Mark Fulep, an outstanding Hungarian Flute virtuoso playing on a Yamaha 14 karat gold Flute he has been awarded by the Hungarian government. Mark has been invited to perform at the International Flute Convention at the University of Toronto. He is offering a Master Class/Coaching sessions after the service at the church, from 2 p.m. If you know of any Flute players who would like to take advantage of this rare opportunity please, pass on the information to them. Anyone interested should contact Dorothy Krizmanic for details and scheduling. Auditors are also welcome. At the end of the master class Mark will give a short recital and demonstration on a number of folk instruments of the flute family. It will be a rare treat, do plan to attend.

Five weeks to go until Vacation Bible Camp (August 17-21).  Please note the list of needed donations to be dropped off at our office. More teen/adult volunteers are still being called for … can you help out?  If you plan to enrol your child(ren) please ensure your application gets in to Laurel Gerrie, our office administrator by July 31st at the very latest.  Thank you.

Happy summer days to each one of you!

Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 5 July

Dear MHP Friends,
We shall welcome a “newcomer” preacher to lead us in worship this Sunday after many months of familiar ministers. His name is Rev. Jim Biggs.  His sermon title is “To fear or not to fear” and the scripture passages are from Psalm 34; 1 John 4:7-21 and Luke 24:36-48.
I am going to mention a future Sunday date here which is not the norm for this message content.  However, since it is summer time and communications tend to reach all of us in a more sporadic way it seems a worthwhile exception to the general rule.  On July 19 our guest musician will be Mark Fulep, an   outstanding Hungarian Flute virtuoso playing on a Yamaha 14 karat gold Flute he has been awarded by the Hungarian government. Mark has been invited to perform at the International Flute Convention at the University of Toronto. He is offering a Master Class/Coaching sessions after the service at the church, from 2 p.m. If you know of any Flute players who would like to take advantage of this rare opportunity please, pass on the information to them. Anyone interested should contact Dorothy Krizmanic for details and scheduling. Auditors are also welcome. At the end of the master class Mark will give a short recital and demonstration on a number of folk instruments of the flute family. It will be a rare treat, do plan to attend.
Thank you for your Vacation Bible Camp donations of arts and crafts materials.  Keep it up.
In Christian Love,
Hildy Stollery

This Sunday – 28 June

Dear MHP Friends,

On Sunday Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit will lead us in worship.  The sermon title is “What you get is not what you see”.  Scripture passages are from 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13, Mark 4:26-34 and the Responsive Psalm 20.

Men’s ties are being collected for 2 more Sundays as people are requesting more time to select and donate from their extended families and work colleagues.  The response is really growing and the Mission and Outreach team is most grateful.

Please remember to register your child (ren), if interested in attending VBS (Vacation Bible School), August 17-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through our MHP office.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at our worship service.

In Christ,

Hildy Stollery