Love, Service, Spirituality

2016 06-28

Summer Services & Staff Schedule

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We look forward to worshiping with you while you are in the city this summer!

In July, we will have services at 10:30am on Sundays.

In August, we will have services on all Wednesday evenings at 7pm and will NOT have Sunday services.

In September, Sunday services will resume at 10:30am

 

Leaside United Church Staff Summer Schedule:

Rev. Emily Gordon, Minister

Tel: 416-425-1253 Ext. 25 (W)

Tel: 647-303-6709 (Call or text)

E-Mail: emily@leasideunited.org

Please contact Emily for anything related to Pastoral Care, Christian Education, weddings, funerals, committee work, or questions of faith.

Sharon L. Beckstead, Music Director

E-Mail: Sharon.beckstead@sympatico.ca

John Rooke, Accountant

Tel: 416-425-1253 Ext. 27 (W)

E-Mail: john.rooke@bellnet.ca

Deb Lace-Kelly, Communication Specialist

E-Mail: n_kelly@sympatico.ca

John Bell, External Bookings Coordinator

E-Mail: john.bell.luc.rentals@gmail.com

Midge Sandiland, Spencer Craddock, Church Officers

During the summer, please contact Jim Miller (property chair) for anything related to the building.

Staff Returning in September:

Alison Jane, Office Administrator, Bookings

Please note the church office will reopen after the September long weekend.

Tanya Wiles-Bell, Christian Education Director

Emily Pollock, Children & Youth Program Assistant

Jean Marie Suchora, Minister of Pastoral Care

Michele Petick, Webmaster

 

New Activities Coming this Fall!

  • Faith Exploration groups for Youth and Adults
    Two groups meeting monthly (last Sunday of the month) over the 2016-2017 year to wonder about what our faith looks like in our 21st century context.
  • Take Away Discussions some Sundays after Worship
    A chance to talk further about the themes and messages of the service.
  • Workshops on Reading Scripture, Leading Worship, and Writing Prayers
    Would you be interested in sharing your gifts with us in worship occasionally? A chance to think about this (without commitment) while learning more about what this would mean and why it is important.
  • Opportunities to Connect with Presteign-Woodbine United Church
    Social and other activities as our congregations are now “going steady.”

Returning Activities:

Give and Go (evening late Oct/early Nov; events during the year)
The Fall Awesome Sale! (Oct. 14-15)

Returning Groups:

Sunday School
Youth Group (LUCY)
Choirs (Chancel & Junior)
C Flats Jazz Band
Book Circle
Meditation Group
Spirit Alive
Community Kitchen

 

If you might be interested in joining one of these groups, I (Emily) can connect you with the group leader. What groups and activities did I miss? Let me know!

 

 

 

 

2016 06-29

Summer Children’s Corner!

We are pleased to offer the Summer Children’s Corner!  Tanya Wiles-Bell has set up everything you need to keep your children engaged while you are at service this summer.  All the information about different activities and the activity centre is located in the Family Library in the North Transept of the church.  Looking forward to seeing you and your children this summer!

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2016 06-21

Refugee Sponsorship Update

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Leaside United Church is currently sponsoring two Syrian families and awaiting their arrival.
These sponsorships are overseen by the Leaside United Church Community Refugee Resettlement Committee (LUCCRRC).
Family #1 has 5 members consisting of dad and mom, Hadi and Anwar, plus 3 young sons, Abood, (twins) Hamoud and Azooz.  They are currently residing in Kuwait where Hadi works at two jobs and is an English translator.  We are very fortunate since he is both teaching English to his family members and is also able to communicate regularly by email to LUCCRRC, who send weekly letters of encouragement and support.  There is great joy, hope and gratitude in their messages.
The family members have had their assessment interviews, their medicals, their security checks and have recently received their “Good Conduct Certificate”.  These documents are being forwarded to the regional Canadian Visa Office which has to send them to Canada for final Immigration Canada approval.  Once that approval is obtained then Canadian officials send the “ok” back to the oversees regional office, where the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is contacted and then coordinates travel to Canada for this family.  Upon consultation with the United Church of Canada Refugee Coordinators, we estimate this family’s arrival date to be during this summer.  Fortunately, we receive a minimum of 10 to 14 day notice.  Also, we have temporary accommodation available until we can rent a suitable space.
Family #2 is comprised of 4 adults and a youth:  mom, Hakimiya, twin males, Ahmed and Mohamed, and two daughters, Yasmin and Simav.  This family has fled to Iraq where their living conditions are difficult. They speak Kurdish and Arabic and are not near any official Canadian Visa Office, so that processing and approval of their sponsorship shall be more challenging.  Fortunately, the law firm and friends, working under the LUC sponsorship, have both translators on its Refugee Committee and also, personal contacts in a city some distance from the family.
Although a number of possible actions are being explored which would provide practical, educational and moral support for the family in its current living situation, critical government assistance in establishing and accelerating the official processing of their cases is being sought.  This continues to be a significant challenge!
We shall continue to keep LUC members updated re any significant developments in the lives and sponsorship of our refugee families.
Please keep both families in your hearts and prayers.
Lis and Bob Lister, Co-Chairs,
LUCCRRC

2016 06-14

Explore the West … with Karen Whitewood

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Even though the actual Give & Go Launch Party will not be until late October or early November, we have a very special event up for pre-sale!

Explore the WEST … with Karen Whitewood

Karen has offered to organize a tour of Wychwood Park starting at:

9:00am on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

You will meet at Karen’s home and journey by foot from there.

Wychwood Park was founded as an art colony going back to the 1800’s.  Karen will help you explore the Toll House, Wychwood Barns, the market, and many other highlights of interest.  The adventure will end at her house for a delicious lunch.  The price is only $20.00 per person.  Signup outside of the church office and hurry as this tour is limited to only 12 people!  Have fun!

The Give & Go is Coming Back!

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We are pleased to be holding a “Give & Go” 2016-2017 Launch Party this fall at Leaside United Church.  This wine and cheese event will occur in late October or early November.  The Give & Go evening will be held in the church and will give you the opportunity to bid on all the various talents and events our members have donated to this fundraiser.

Some ideas are – hosting an afternoon tea, computer tutoring, a music appreciation night, a themed dinner party at your home, a bike tour, wine tasting, manicure party, etc.  Whatever your talent may be, we would love your help with this fun event.

So, as you sit on your deck at home or the dock at the cottage enjoying summer, see if you can come up with a creative idea to donate. The events will run throughout the church season September 2016 to June 2017.

Please contact Brenda French at brendafrench@rogers.com with any questions and ideas.  Thanking you in advance for your thoughtful donations to this fantastic fundraiser.