Adzua Fellowship: The Immigrant Support Program of St. Paul’s
With a full house in Byce Hall last night, St. Paul’s launched the Adzua Fellowship, the continuation of our Immigrant Support Program. It carries on in loving memory of Timothy and Terver Adzua with the prayer that their kindness, humility and support might characterize the program. The evening was made special not only by a great group of friends from the GTA, but also a group of fifteen who traveled to Toronto this weekend for a condolence visit in support of the Adzua family. Timothy and Terver died within a year of each other during some of the strictest periods of Covid restrictions. It was a great evening of African food, hymn singing, a tribute to Timothy and Terver, dancing and prayer. The full title and purpose of the program is this: The Adzua Fellowship: In loving memory of Timothy and Terver Adzua, honoring the African Presence and Contribution at St. Paul, L'Amoreaux, Supporting new immigrants, and providing a place of Friendship, Prayer and Support.
Thanks to the kitchen crew and everyone who helped out. God bless the Adzua family.
The next Adzua Fellowship meeting is Saturday, November 19, at 6.30 p.m., featuring a presentation from M.P.P. Aris Babikian, originally a refugee from Lebanon who settled in Canada and now serves as Member of Provincial Parliament. He will talk about his experience and services available for new immigrants.
City of Toronto Municipal Election - Monday, October 24 (advance polls are now open). We encourage everyone to do your civic duty.
Walk-a-Thon 2022 - a great day last Saturday, and over $9,000 raised so far - $2,500 more than last year at this point. You are welcome to take an individual walk, submitting pledge sheets and donations by Thanksgiving Sunday, October 8. Thanks again for your constant help and support of our many outreach projects. This is our Main fundraiser.
Thank you, Leila Knetsch - For the last five years and through the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic Leila Knetsch has overseen our Sunday School program. She will step down, effective October 31st, leaving a strong program in place. Our debt to her is great and we will honor her on Anniversary Sunday, November 20. And coming as it does as we return after Covid, this is an opportunity for us to evaluate the whole of our ministry to children, youth and parents. Some very good things are in the air. Stay tuned.
8.00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9.15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
11.00 a.m. - replay on Zoom of 8.00 a.m. service
11.15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
1.00 p.m. - Chinese service
3.00 p.m. - Tamil service
6.00 p.m. - Evening Prayer (in person and online)
Tuesday - 10.00 am to 12.30 noon
Wednesday to Friday - 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon
*Thanksgiving Sunday - October 9.
*Tamil Evangelistic Mission, Saturday, October 22.
*English Evangelistic Mission - with Fr. Theadore Hunt - Saturday, November 5.
*181st Parish Anniversary Sunday - NOTE Change of Date - Now Sunday, November 27, 10.00 a.m. (combined service), The Rev’d Dr. Ephraim Radner, guest preacher.
Steel Pan Practice - Saturdays, 12.30 noon!
St. Paul’s Teen Basketball Clinic - Tuesdays, 6.00 p.m., L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute
St. Paul’s Childrens Basketball Clinic - Thursdays, 6.00 p.m., Brookmills Jr. Public School. A great launch this past Thursday with 18 kids already enrolled.
SPARC - Thursdays, 4.00 - 5.45 pm.
Our after school tutoring program has resumed at 4 pm on Thursdays for children ages 6-12. Tutoring will be offered in math and English. Registration is at the Thursday classes, but the program is limited to 15 children. Refreshments are served at 3.45 pm., and crafts conclude the afternoon. Final prayers are said at 5.45 pm.. As we restart and reopen, we are also recruiting adult and youth Math and English tutors, 16 years and older. For high school students, tutoring is eligible for community hours. For more information, contact Kathy B.
Adult Choir - practices, Saturdays, 4.00 p.m.
Youth Music Program Resumes:
African Dance Program - Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. - NOTE: beginning October 15.
Pan practices - Saturdays at 12.30 noon.
A new youth voices program (ages 12+) practice on Saturdays at 4.00 pm.
The string program - Saturdays, at 4.30 pm.
For more information, contact David McCartney.
Adult ESL - Thursday and Saturday at 4.30 pm.
Friday Night Bible - Fridays at 7.00 pm - at the church and online. Next week: Luke 11 - Lesson 13. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
Mission Trip & Safari to Tanzania: July 2023 - Fr. Kim Beard, leader.
For anyone interested (including families) in joining a group traveling to Tanzania from July 4-22nd, 2023, please join us for an information meeting where I will present the itinerary, budget and travel information for this trip. The Tanzania experience will include five days visiting and connecting with Anglicans in Tarime and Zanzibar, the chance to see and participate in a variety of development projects, safaris to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro National Park, and a week exploring Zanzibar island. If you would like more information please contact: the Reverend Canon Kim Beard at email@example.com.
The Zoom Replay of the recording of the 8.00 a.m. Sunday service has restarted. The replay is at the usual time of 11.00 a.m., Sundays, using the "Church Service" Zoom link.
A Single "Church Service" Zoom Link for all church services
This new link applies to all English church services which are streamed on Zoom, for the replay of the Sunday recording, and including Evening Prayer on Sundays at 6.00 p.m. and Morning Prayer, Monday through Saturday:
Meeting ID: 865 6634 7435
As all three services have resumed, the Sunday recording has been scaled back as the time devoted to it has now been shifted back to the three services. (The recordings with music could take 8-12 hours of preparation and involved a team of over 35 people.) That said, after experimentation, we can provide a simple but high-quality Youtube recording of the 8 a.m. service and, in most cases, have it ready for viewing and playback on Zoom by 11.00 a.m.. The playback on Zoom is offered especially for those whose contact is by telephone. Kindly note the new time for the replay. Each Youtube recording will be available on the website for several weeks.
A word - at St. Paul’s we continue to uphold and support the Christian standard of gathering together on the Lord’s Day. The Youtube recordings are not an attempt to provide an electronic alternative but rather a meaningful representation of the Sunday lessons, prayers and sermon for those unable to attend. Since the invention of television, the electronic church has been with us, but it involves a significant investment of money and people and it cannot answer the duty or replace the joy of gathering and praying together.
Refugee Couple - Sanaz and Alireza
More good news. This past we learned that the refugee couple St. Paul’s is co-sponsoring have received their VISA and are waiting on their air tickets.
War in Ukraine
For those wishing to contribute to refugee relief, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is now accepting donations to support those displaced by the war in Ukraine, here:
www.toronto.anglican.ca/news/pwrdf-accepts-donations-for-ukrainian-refugees/. Our Outreach Committee donated $2000 to refugee relief program.
Indigenous Spiritual Centre at St. Paul’s
On Saturday, March 12, a public meeting was held to consider the development of a spiritual centre at St. Paul’s for the indigenous community in Scarborough, serving as a bridge to youth and senior programs. The original impetus was a report to the SPLC Board (Senior Persons Living Connected) identifying a significant community of indigenous seniors in Scarborough.
This possibility remains an active pursuit. A planning committee has been formed and begun. If interested, and for more information, contact Fr. Dean.
The full schedule of in-person and online services and programs can be found on the online church calendar - www.stpl.ca/calendar.html - or here: www.stpl.ca/services.html.
S.P.Y. - St. Paul’s Youth - Friday nights at 7 pm. Contact Sarah for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your Faithful Gifts and Offerings - St. Paul’s is a strong parish and remains strong due to everyone’s faithful support at a time when never has it been more important. Gifts can be dropped off at the church or sent by mail. Kindly ensure that your name and envelope number is included. Or, members may wish to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Giving Program (contact the office). Members who use online banking can now make E-transfers (instructions here: www.stpl.ca/give.html). Gifts can also be made at our website through CanadaHelps: www.stpl.ca/give.html. NOTE: Of the various means for online giving, we recommend The Pre-Authorized Giving Program. It is regular, matching the regular responsibilities of the parish, and once initiated all it takes is a phone call or quick e-mail note to increase, decrease, or cancel the donation. The monthly amount is withdrawn on the 20th of each month, and the cost to the church is 50 cents per transaction, irrespective of the amount of the gift. This makes the PAG the most economical of all methods of giving.
Contact - The clergy of St. Paul’s are permitted once again to visit in homes. Don’t hesitate to call or write.
Website: www.stpl.ca; Church phone: 416-499-1545; Email: email@example.com;
Fr. Dean Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.
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