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the Rev. Paul Kang


Communion Service on the
Second Sunday of Advent

December 5, 2021
at 11:00 am
(in-person and via Zoom)


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Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

Your Parish Nursing Health Tip 
posted for the week of November 28, 2021

The Right Question

This week I met a woman walking a small dog with sunglasses on.  I had never seen this before. So I said “Cute dog but I’ve never seen a dog with sunglasses before”. She answered, “My dog is blind. Can’t see a thing.” What sprung to mind immediately was the usual “What’s wrong with this picture?. Isn’t it supposed to be sighted guide dogs leading blind people?” Then the answer came. Nothing is wrong with it.  It’s just different. Different doesn’t mean wrong. This is a picture of love. Then I realized how often we bias ourselves by focusing on what we think is wrong and not seeing the positive aspects of a situation.

We often feel uncomfortable with things that are different because we don’t understand them and fear they may require us to change. But differences are valuable because they give us opportunities for growth and increased understanding. Growth and change are vital parts of life. For example, getting to know people of different cultures and learning from their experiences and wisdom as we also help them learn how to adjust to our society can be an enriching experience for all of us. So maybe we need to start asking ourselves, “What’s right with this picture?” That will enable us to see the positive potential in a situation.

That being said, there are many aspects of life in which “What’s wrong with this picture?” is the right question. Police removing homeless people from their encampments, but offering them no place to go is a good example. I understand the fears of neighbourhood homeowners and the importance of police doing their job, but as a society we need to come up with a better answer.  Homeless people need their own community for social support as we all do. Destroying that just makes everything worse. I think the right question in this case is “Why, in a city as wealthy as Toronto, do we have so many homeless people and what can we do about it?” Some people think, “If they would just get a job they could afford a place to live.” Unfortunately it’s almost impossible for homeless people to get a job. They have no address, phone number, social and other skills that are necessary to access the job market.

I don’t have answers, but a few ideas. We need to find places to rehouse them while providing them with mental-health help and other supports, as we help them learn how to reintegrate into our society. This is a long-term expensive process, but God wants us to help the most vulnerable in our society. We can at least pray for them and give as we can to the organizations that work to help them.

On a smaller, but easier note, think about how you can help someone you know, maybe a friendly call, a small gift of cookies, or a smile to brighten their day.  It will also brighten yours!

And let’s learn to ask the right questions.

Margaret Black, Parish Nurse


More health tips are posted here

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A "Thank You" message from
Northwood Montessori Daycare

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In July, 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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Honouring the Children:
Reconciliation and Residential Schools Fund


In response to the devastating confirmation of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools, and in honour of the children who were lost and all people living with the consequences of that legacy, The Presbyterian Church in Canada has established the:

Honouring the Children: Reconciliation and Residential Schools Fund.

This fund will support initiatives associated with searches for unmarked burial sites in communities where schools were operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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Erected in 2013, this memorial is honouring all the children
who attended the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School
at Shoal Lake, ON. Read more here ...



Our work begins with listening. We continue to live out the covenants made in the 1994 Confession, being directed by the principles articulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and seeking the guidance of Indigenous people and affected communities. Responses may include searching for graves, responding to trauma and supporting healing initiatives. All work will complement efforts to address systemic racism against Indigenous people, both in the church and Canadian society, and the ongoing healing and reconciliation work being done in the ministries of the National Indigenous Ministry Council.

To begin, The Presbyterian Church in Canada has committed $1 million from national funds, and invites congregations and individuals to make additional contributions to this important work.

At its recent meeting on June 13, the Session of the Iona Presbyterian Congregation voted to make a donation to the Honouring the Children Fund. We are encouraging members of the congregation to also make a donation, directly, by following this link:

https://presbyterian.ca/donate/donate-honouring-children-fund/

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Iona Presbyterian
Church


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


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