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Softball 2011 Season

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

The Crusaders started off their season with a bang, defeating the opposing team 25-6.

Historic St. Paul's softball team also has some of the best fans!  Come join in the excitement every Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m.  Click the links in the schedule below for maps and directions to each field.

Great catchMay 31 - Hofstetter Park
June 7 - Voisin Park
June 14 - Southwest Optimist #1
June 21 - Hofstetter Park
June 28 - Bridgeport Sportsfield #2
July 5 - Bridgeport Sportsfield #2
July 12 - MID-SEASON TOURNAMENT (opening round)
   at Hofstetter
Sat., July 16 - MID-SEASON TOURNAMENT at Peter Hallmann
   Sportsfield #3 starting at 9:15 a.m. Due to road construction,
   the Sportsfields are accessible only from Hayward via
   Courtland.  No access via Homer Watson/Hanson.

July 19 - (Reserved for make-up games, if needed.  TBA.)
July 26 - Bridgeport Sportsfield #1
August 2 - Southwest Optimist #2
August 9 - Bridgeport Sportsfield #2
August 16 - Bridgeport Sportsfield #1
August 23 - Southwest Optimist #1
August 30 - Voisin Park
*September 6 - SEASON FINAL TOURNAMENT (opening round)
*Sat., September 10 - SEASON FINAL TOURNAMENT (final rounds)

*Season Final Tournament locations and Saturday game times TBA.

Stay up to date with scores and stats at: http://www.lansbaseball.ca

Crusaders team picture 2011

Have a Coffee Break . . . on us!

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 02:28 PM

coffeeNow that the warm weather is here again, you might see something strange on Queen Street in downtown Kitchener.

We'd like to brighten your Monday mornings, so we're offering freshly brewed coffee and fruit juice - free of charge!

Think there must be a "catch"?  Stop by and see for yourself!juice

Mondays* 10 a.m. to noon
on Queen St.
in front of the church
Weather permitting.

Taste and see that the Lord is good! - Ps. 34:8

*Closed holiday Mondays (August 1, September 5, October 10)
  and July 11 (for Vacation Bible School)

Food & Clothing Program Needs Continued Donations

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 05:30 PM

Setting up the Clothing Bank in the LibraryThis winter more than four hundred of our downtown neighbours benefited from a new program that offered warm clothing and food items free of charge.

A cozy café

Guests were greeted each Monday morning with hot coffee and cookies in the office wing of our building.  There, volunteers were on hand to help each person select needed winter clothing and grocery items from our food pantry.

A team effort

The need for such a service has been evident for some time, as neighbours visit our church seeking assistance to meet basic needs.  We have come to know and love many of these people, and wanted to help them in concrete ways.  Although social service agencies work diligently to assist people in need, the need is great.

New friendships

Congregation members had their eyes opened to this need—and to the tenacity of many individuals affected by poverty.  As relationships formed, guests shared the challenges of simply surviving day to day.  Volunteers felt the frustration of being unable to do more.  At the same time, they were blessed by the graciousness and thankfulness of our new friends.

"But doesn't the government take care of them?"

Even in this rich land, many find themselves unable to meet basic needs.  Emergency food hampers, provided through the Regional Food Bank and its member agencies, are normally accessible only six times per year.  Each hamper contains food for approximately four days.  These agencies and many others do vital work and they need our support.  Individuals and families on fixed incomes often cannot meet nutritional needs without assistance. 

Neighbourhood access to free or low-cost food is key, since transportation is a major hurdle for most.  Warm winter clothing is often utterly out of reach.  The program at Historic St. Paul's seeks to help make winter clothes and nutritious food accessible to our downtown neighbours.

Food pantry ready for Monday morning guestsTo learn more about the plight
of Waterloo Region's low-income residents,
and breaking the cycle of poverty,
read the report entitled The Cost of Eating Well (pdf)

prepared by Public Health.

Donations Needed

Congregation members and friends supplied food, clothing, and financial gifts to purchase items on sale.  A sizable donation of winter coats was received from members of the Christmas Cantata Choir, who have pledged their support again this year.

Despite continued donations and enthusiastic support, we quickly discovered that we were not prepared for the number of people who would access this service.  At first, after advertising at the Working Centre, we received fifteen visitors weekly on average.  This number tripled within a few weeks.

It is our goal to operate, in some form, year-round.  This year we will re-open in November.  In the meantime, a task force is investigating options to make this a viable year-round ministry.

Donations are always welcome at the office.


If a brother or sister
is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
and one of you says to them,
"Go in peace, be warmed and filled,"
without giving them the things needed for the body,
what good is that?

- James 2:15-16


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