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North York, Toronto
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Marg Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

As our Parish Nursing office is still closed at this time,
please reach out to us by phone at (416) 494-5364

or contact any of the agencies below:
 
Toronto Mental Health Support - 211
Seniors Help Line - (416) 217-2077
Seniors Safety Line - (416) 899-1011
Crisis Help - crisisservicescanada.ca

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Your latest Parish Nursing Health Tip 
posted for the Week of August 22, 2021

An Important Life Lesson

At the end of our worship service on Sunday, August 15, Rev. Victor Li asked if there were any announcements for Iona. I responded with an update about Iona’s Search Committee. Then I went on to say that my prayers are with both Iona’s and St. Cyprian’s Search Committees, as we seek to “replace two irreplaceable men”. Victor thanked me but continued, “Everyone can be replaced. No one is indispensable”. My answer to that is “Yes and no”.

Several years ago a very wise person said to me that when a beloved pet dies, we grieve the loss of one of our family members, but after a period of time, many people get another pet to keep them company, cheer them up, just be with them. Does that mean that you stop loving the previous pet? No! It just means that we make space in our hearts for the new pet, but the new one doesn’t take the place of the previous one. And so our hearts grow larger to make room for more love.

The lesson I take from this is that when someone leaves a position, we can find a new individual to fill that position, but that person doesn’t replace the previous person in our hearts. We just grow bigger hearts to make space for the new person. For us, Victor and Robert will always remain as beloved spiritual mentors and good friends.

This is good news for our Search Committees and congregations.  We need to think about God’s mission for us in this community and the wider world, as we pray for others each day. Both congregations will grieve the loss of these two men, but we need to listen to God, as he seeks to lead us into the next chapter of our lives in His Kingdom. We must not be tempted to give up and think that there is no point in going forward. We need to believe that God will eventually bring the right person to lead each of our congregations so that we can continue and hopefully grow our ministry. The world around us is full of pain, grief, loss, anger, hopelessness, poverty, violence and injustice. God calls us to fight the things that are destroying our society and help to bring others to Him and gradually help to build His Kingdom here on earth. Even if it’s one person at a time, one day at a time, everything helps.

Together we have a strong, loving community at Tri-Church, which can enrich the lives of so many others. We can give them hope, a sense of belonging, support, comfort, and love.  For those who are alone and afraid, these are life-changing gifts. This is God’s will for us and a lasting testament to Robert’s and Victor’s ministry with us.

Blessings,

Margaret Black
Tri-Church Parish Nurse
 

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"Thank You" from
Northwood Montessori Daycare

posted September 4, 2021

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In July 2021, Northwood Montessori Daycare, who rents space in the Tri-Church building,
received an appeal from Mademoiselle Louisa asking if they could help with supplies
for Cuba urgently needed due to the COVID virus. 

Through the generosity of Northwood Daycare, people in the surrounding community,
and the people within the Tri-Church building, including the Iona, St Cyprian, and
St. Christopher congregations, Northwood was able to send over 300 face shields,
200 boxes of masks for both adults and children, hand sanitizer, boxes of gloves and
much more. Medicines and needles were also included in the shipment. Also, donations
of over $2,000 will be used to make more purchases.

Our Northwood staff, families and friends have ‘stepped up to the plate’ and hit a grand slam.

We are thanking you so much.

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Pastoral Message


posted February 28, 2021


Dear members of the Tri-Churches congregations

We are deeply saddened to share with you that our beloved minister, the Rev. Robert Reid, died last Sunday on February 21, not being able to recover from the Covid-19 complications.

We are so grateful for all the prayers that were offered not only by this congregation, but by so many friends, along with the Presbytery of East Toronto - prayers for healing, for peace, for courage and for comfort.

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Robert himself knew that his life was safely in God's care, and though this is not the outcome we had prayed for, we too trust, as Marg Black puts it, God has chosen to heal him in a different way.  We grieve together with the Reid family, our family of faith here at Iona, and all our friends of the Tri-Church.  We give thanks to God for Robert's life and witness to the Risen Christ, for his ministry and wonderful friendships in our midst.

We ask that you continue to pray for the Reid family. 

Fr. Victor
St. Cyprian's Anglican Church

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