The Refugee Sponsorship Committee is very happy to announce the long-awaited arrival in Canada of the refugee family the Church of St.Timothy has sponsored! Our family consists of two young parents and two children, a girl and a boy aged 4 and 3. The family is originally from Myanmar (Burma), a country with many desperate refugee problems, and they arrived in Toronto on June 20th. (follow this link for more information about the status of refugees in Malaysia).
We are very grateful to parish members (and our neighbourhood community) for their support, to the Anglican United Refugee Alliance for finding us this family, and to our partnering church St. Leonard's for their able assistance. Our Committee continues in its efforts to support our family and we will keep the community updated regularly with news and requests for assistance when needed.
We are looking forward very much to helping our family settle in to their new life as Canadians!
Joyful Giving Program
A Joyful Giving program will soon be introduced at our parish. No gift is truly a gift unless it is freely given. Joyful Giving is sharing, in a planned, proportionate way, the wealth with which God has blessed us. It is a sign of our gratitude to God and is an expression of our faith, of what we say we believe.
“For your heart will always be where your riches are.” (Luke 12:34)
TWMVC Christmas Concert
The Old Orchard Blossoms is our Grandmother to Grandmother group who raise money through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The money goes to support the grandmothers in subSaharan Africa who are struggling to raise their orphaned grandchildren.
Our next fundraiser is an annual partnership with the renowned Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. They have pledged that for every ticket to their Christmas concert that our Grandmother group sells, they will donate a generous 50% of the ticket sales to our group.
The concert is on December 13th at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. Toronto starting at 7.30pm. The ticket cost is $25. Please order your tickets through us by contacting Joanna White or Jane Hutchinson or emailing: email@example.com
It's going to be a great evening for a worthy cause.
Hope to see you there!
Advent Book Study
This Advent we will be reading and discussing Rowan Williams excellent book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. Copies of the book are available easily through amazon.ca as either paperback or as a Kindle e-copy. We will meet after church on each Sunday in Advent, beginning on Sunday November 27th. A light lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted to cover th e cost of the lunch. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board opposite the church office.
“Faith and the Natural World”
Join us for Breakaway! Everyone is invited to participate in our parish weekend retreat January 27-29. The retreat provides a great escape from the city with all- inclusive accommodation and food at the fabulous FairHavens Resort near Beaverton. Come to coffee hour to hear more about Breakaway. Registration will begin November 6 and will run till December 4. Through generous sponsorship there is no charge for children under 12 and the adult fee is $165 per person for a shared room (slightly more for private).
We are thrilled to announce that our program and speaker will relate to our environment. From start to finish the biblical story connects us to the earth, and as Christians calls us to a life that honors creation. What does our faithfulness look like in our homes, our neighbourhoods, our nation?
Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat is a biblical scholar, permaculture teacher and farmer. She lives on an organic, solar powered farm in Cameron, Ontario, and is an adjunct professor at Wycliffe and Trinity Colleges in Toronto. Sylvia is a published author who speaks often on issues connected to faith, agrarianism and creation care.
We hope to see you there!
Men′s Breakfast Club
Please be sure to join us once a month on Saturday morning at 8:00 in Soward Hall for a delicious breakfast, great coffee and wonderful conversation.
Christmas Gifts for the Residents of St. George House:
Each year we have an opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift for one of the twenty-six residents of St. George House. If you would like to give a $25 gift, please sign your name on the bulletin beside the gift you will buy and take a reminder slip. Bring your unwrapped gift, clearly marked with the resident’s name to the church office by Sunday, December 11th.
November 28th Community Lunch:
Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Outreach bulletin board if you are able to contribute food or help on the day. Following our November Community Lunch, we will begin planning for our Christmas Community Lunch which will be three weeks later on Monday, December 19th. Thank you for your help.
The STOP Community Food Centre’s Food Bank provides a three day supply of food, once per month, to individuals and families who live in The STOP’s catchment area in west Toronto. Please remember to bring non-perishable food on Sundays and place your donations in the basket in the narthex.
We recently decided to begin opening the main part of the church to our neighbours during the week. While the office building is busy all week long with schoolchildren, dance classes and so on, the church itself is rarely open during the week. Thanks to a team of 11 volunteers, anyone can now come in through the front doors on any weekday and spend some quiet time in St. Timothy’s between 11 am and 1 pm. A sign near the sidewalk indicates the church is open and welcomes visitors inside.