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Tri-Congregational Churches 

1080 Finch Avenue East
North York, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
M2J 2X2 


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Due to mandated COVID-19 restrictions, all in-person gatherings
are suspended for the time being.

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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
for the week of April 4, 2021

The Incomparable Gift

Holy week and Easter weekend:  I have been thinking about “the incomparable gift” this week, but struggling with conflicting ideas.  Originally the answer was “Life”.  Then I thought about the homeless, the prisoner, the sick and grieving, the lonely, etc.  For many people life is NOT a gift but an en endless, meaningless struggle.  Then “Love”  suggested itself to me.  So important, but somehow incomplete.  Today, after the Maundy Thursday & Good Friday services, the obvious answer came to mind.

Where do Love & Life intersect?

In Jesus on the Cross. As others have noted, it wasn’t Roman soldiers, Jewish rabbis, and nails that put Jesus on the Cross.  It was Love. And that Love gave all of us Life, both here and in eternity. Life filled with God’s Love is God’s “incomparable gift” to us. Like all gifts, we are meant to use and enjoy it.

But how do we live this “incomparable gift” in our own lives?

When we are sick, in pain, grieving, lonely, afraid, we don’t feel joyful. And that’s OK. These are normal human experiences which we have to acknowledge and live through, but we will get through them.  When I think about what Jesus must have gone through on the Cross and on the days leading up to it, whatever I’m experiencing, pales in comparison.  But Jesus accepted it as God’s will and that helped Him to fulfill it.

Although sometimes our problems are self-inflicted, other problems are just part of living. Whatever the source of our problems, we also have to accept God’s will and follow where He leads us. Reading and talking about it is not enough. We have to allow ourselves to experience God’s Presence on a daily basis. For me this may happen in seeing a beautiful sunrise, receiving a call from a loved family member or friend, or in recognizing the abundance of my life (a roof over my head; a full fridge; heat when I’m cold; clean water, hot or cold, for a shower or drink at the touch of a tap). Having spent a couple of months in Kenya on a mission trip has made me acutely aware of things we accept here as a normal part of life.

How then do we live in a way that helps others experience God’s Love in their lives?

Right now we are limited by COVID restrictions, but there are still avenues open to us.  I might call someone I know who is lonely, or offer to pick up something at the store for a friend who can’t get out, or donate to a charity for the homeless.There are many possibilities. Just pick one thing a day that can help someone else and you will have made a difference in their life. That is the Living God’s Love.

Wishing you a Blessed, Happy, Healthy Easter.
Margaret Black
Tri-Church Parish Nurse

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Pastoral Message

posted for Sunday, 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.

Each of us has previous memories that no one can take away from us. If you wish to write down some of your memories for the Reid family, please forward them to Marg Black, so that she can collect them for Robert's family.

Those who wish to make a donation in loving memorial of the Rev. Robert Reid,
please consider:

Robert Reid Memorial Fund 
c/o Iona Presbyterian Church
1080 Finch Ave. East,
North York, ON,  M2J 2X2

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If you wish to donate to this fund, please make donation cheques payable
to Iona Presbyterian Church with a memo stating Robert Reid Memorial Fund.


ARISE Ministry - empowering street women       
ariseministry.ca

Evangel Hall Ministry - serving the homeless 
evangelhall.ca


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

Fr. Victor
St. Cyprian's Anglican Church

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Announcement

Memorial Service for the Rev. Robert Reid

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Please save the date.

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