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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


Girls' Night Out

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Ladies! Bring your mother . . . daughter . . . grandma . . . aunt . . . niece . . . mother-in-law . . . daughter-in-law . . . granddaughter . . . or friend . . . to a POTLUCK DINNER, Wednesday May 11th at 6 p.m.  Please bring either a main dish OR salad and dessert.  Program of entertainment to follow.

This annual "Mother-Daughter Potluck"
is open to women and girls of all ages,
whether or not you bring a guest.

Many thanks to the men of Historic St. Paul's
who will be serving the meal and cleaning up!

Spring Rummage Sale

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 04:06 PM

Rummage Sale (clip-art artist unknown)

May 7th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at the church

Enjoy bargain-hunting? 
Want to support mission work at the same time?

The Ladies Guild Spring Rummage Sale includes an array of children's items, books,
jewellery, dishes, shoes, purses,
clothing for the whole family,
small appliances, curtains, linens, and other household goods.

treats from the Tea Room

Don't forget to visit our
Tea Room and Bake Table, too!

Proceeds from this annual event go to support
local and overseas mission projects.

Donations of items for sale will be gratefully received at the church until May 4th. 
(Baked goods can be brought on the morning of the sale.)

Free Movie: The Passion of the Christ

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The Passion of the Christ (movie poster)Good Friday, April 22
at 7:30 p.m.

Projected on the large central screen
in the sanctuary,
a free screening of Mel Gibson's 2004 film,
The Passion of the Christ.

Warning:  Graphic depiction of violence.  Viewer discretion is advised. 
Not recommended for children.

What Did You Learn at Dinner?

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 07:52 PM

Matzoh at seder mealA Christian Passover Seder
Wednesday, April 20
5:30 p.m.

In place of our regular Manna program, experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the Passover meal, out of which our Lord Jesus instituted His Supper.
A wonderful event for the whole family.  Join us for food and fellowship as we prepare for the greatest weekend in the Christian calendar:  the death and resurrection of Jesus on Good Friday and Easter.

A free-will offering will be received to help defray costs.  Please give as you are able.  (Suggested donation: $4 per adult participant, or $8 for a family with young children.)

Please help us be prepared by letting the Office know you plan to attend.

Curious about Passover and the seder meal tradition?  Read on:

Passover is one of the central events of the Old Testament, celebrating God’s deliverance of Israel from 400 years of slavery in Egypt.  The term "Passover" refers to the tenth and final plague God brought upon the Egyptians to persuade Pharaoh to let the people go:  the death of all the firstborn of Egypt. In obedience to God’s instructions, those who believed placed the blood of a lamb on the door-posts of their homes, so that God would "pass over" those homes, sparing their firstborn. 

The meal associated with this event is called, in the Hebrew language, a seder (which means “order, arrangement” ). It is a retelling of the Passover with food, drink, story-telling and games. 

There's a special focus on teaching the children so that, from generation to generation, all will know the saving works of the Lord.

The Christian seder is appropriate because Jesus Christ fulfilled this festival as “the Lamb of God”, sacrificed on the cross, to redeem us from the dreaded slave-masters of sin, death and the devil, so that we might live under Him in His kingdom in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 
~ 1 Corinthians 5:7
Ghent altarpiece portraying Christ as the "Lamb of God"



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