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SUMMER SERVICES

Our worship services continue as usual through July and August: Sundays at 8:00am and 10:00am; Wednesdays at 7:30am.


In the aftermath of the horror on Danforth last Sunday, and Peter Roman's death a few weeks prior, this brief devotion was refreshing and an important reawakening to the truth of our faith.

LIFE

"...because God did not make death, and does not delight in the death of the living. For God created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth." - Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14

I know that it has been a comfort to many to think that God has "taken" the lives of the ones they have loved and lost to death. They "pass" from this life to the next, "called home" by God, "crossing to the other side" of the River Jordan and "freedom" in eternal life.

I won't write to contradict these comforts for those who call on them. But I do have one nuance to offer. In the continuum of life to death to resurrected life again: The life part is God. But never the death.

God is life.

I appreciate this text from Wisdom. Death is not God. "God does not delight in the death of the living." "God created all things so that they might exist," not to die.

Death is real and present. And whatever language of comfort we might employ (or avoid), the faith of the resurrected Christ is one in which something might kill, but that something is not God.

I believe the apostle Paul is right to say: there is no victory in death. There may be a sting, though. And if the death of a loved one stings you, the wisdom of this text is this: it stings God, too.

God's answer to death is God's answer to everything: Life.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for life, for the force that generates wholeness, for the everlasting antidote to the destructive poisons of the world. Through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Written by Kaji Douša, Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, New York City.


INFORMAL SUMMER KIDS' PROGRAMMING

Next Sunday marks the beginning of our informal summer kids' programming. Most Sundays, kids will be invited to meet volunteer teachers in the front pew and head outside to water, weed, plant and harvest our beautiful vegetable garden. Occasionally, the kids will be invited to stay upstairs with their families for worship (especially on Long Weekends), and encouraged to make use of the books and colouring supplies by the baptismal font. We hope you all have a wonderful summer!


PROMISELAND SUMMER GARDEN!

Most Sundays, kids will be invited to meet volunteer teachers in the front pew and head outside to water, weed, plant and harvest our beautiful vegetable garden. Occasionally, the kids will be invited to stay upstairs with their families for worship (especially on Long Weekends) and encouraged to make use of the books and colouring supplies by the baptismal font. We hope you all have a wonderful summer!

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CHILDREN'S CHOIR STARTS IN SEPTEMBER!

The wardens, Matthew Otto and I are thrilled to announce the expansion of our high-calibre music program. In September 2018, we will start the CCDP Children's Choir, a non-auditioned chorus for children and youth between the ages of 7-14. This will be an opportunity for our young parishioners and neighbours to experience singing in an accessible and fun environment at no cost. Choristers will receive music education, singing instruction and faith formation. Rehearsals will take place on Thursdays after school for approx. 1 hour and will sing at selected liturgies throughout the year.

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CHURCH ON TAP
Friday, August 24 / 7pm

Church on Tap will continue throughout the summer! An informal celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a pub which serves cold beer. Join us on August 24th 7:00 pm in Arthur Smith Room. Please bring a friend.

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COTH FOODBANK FOOD OF THE MONTH

The August Food of the Month donation is BOXES OF CHEERIOS. Visit us at our website info@cothfoodbank.ca for more information or to donate. On behalf of the clients, volunteers at the COTH Foodbank, thank you for your support.

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JOIN US FOR VACATION BIBLE CAMP!
Monday August 27 to Friday August 31

VBC will take place from Monday August 27th to Friday August 31st, from 9:30-12:30 with an option for extended care from 9-4pm. Together we'll experience the many adventures of Daniel as he survives on vegetables, interprets dreams and gets thrown into a lion's den! Camp costs $75 and all kids 4-12 are welcome to participate. We also have leadership roles for teens! Registration is online at: www.christchurchdeerpark.org/VBC.htm.

We are looking for VBC volunteers to help with registration, crafts, music and/or prepare snack. If you are able to be involved in this super fun and energizing week (even just for one morning), that would be hugely appreciated. Please speak to Hilary for more details. Thank you so much in advance!

WE NEED SUPPLIES TO HELP MAKE VBC SPECTACULAR!

If you have any of the following, please consider lending (or donating) them to us. If you would like them returned, please include your name and contact info. Please drop them off in the PromiseLand chapel. Thank you in advance!

Lion costumes, Fake flowers/ greenery, Cardboard boxes (the bigger 4 the better!), Shoe/ Gift boxes, Fabric, Super bright flashlights/ head lights.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP TO TRANSFORM ELLIOTT HALL INTO ANCIENT BABYLON!

If you have any of the following, please consider lending (or donating) them to us. If you would like them returned, please include your name and contact info. Please drop them off in the PromiseLand chapel. Thank you in advance! Lion costumes, Fake flowers/ greenery, Cardboard boxes (the bigger the better), Shoe/ Gift boxes, Fabric, Super bright flashlights/ head lights.


GREEN ACTION FROM THE CLIMATE ACTION WORKING GROUP

Are you worried about the CO2 emissions from driving your car? Check out the green fuel alternative offered by Bullfrog Power to reduce your carbon footprint. You give that social enterprise the dollar amount of gas you buy monthly, they use it to buy green biodiesel (from cooking oils) and have it blended into the Canadian fuel system. Google Bullfrog Power!

Spring: now's the time to get out and enjoy the trees and flowers. Parks and trails to explore! Toronto is getting to be more bike- friendly. Don't own a bike? Try www.bikesharetoronto.com.


COTH FOODBANK FOOD OF THE MONTH

The July Food of the Month donation is BOXES OF CRACKERS. Visit us at our website info@cothfoodbank.ca for more information or to donate. On behalf of the clients, volunteers at the COTH Foodbank, thank you for your support. for more information or to donate.

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