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Summer Ramblings

It is Friday and according to the weather experts, the warmest day of the summer so far. I am sitting under our gazebo. The sun is shining in all its glory. The weather is warm. I am enjoying a cool breeze. The breeze sets the trees in perpetual motion. The leaves create a pleasant rustling…

Sharecropper Project Update – Summer 2014

Our Sharecropper Project wheat field on the south west corner of Warden Avenue and the Stouffville-Gormley Road was harvested on Friday, August 8.  After a wet start to the week, drier weather prevailed for the rest of the week, enabling the crop to be combined by Galten Farms. The yield was good and the quality was…

Church And Relevance

Our post modern world increasingly questions the relevance of the church to human life. In fact, in many quarters questioning its relevance has given way to outright denial of any place for the church in the world. Many opine that the church has long outlived its usefulness; if it ever had any in the first…

Holy Spirit And Church

In the three ecumenical creeds of the church Christians confess their belief in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church and the communion of saints. As the Day of Pentecost draws closer on the 8th of June it would be worthwhile for us to let our minds dwell on this article of the creeds and…

Thinking the Future

Many congregations in the ELCIC, and this is true for the mainline churches, face an uncertain future. In fact the only future many congregations face is that they have no future. They will die. These congregations were once vibrant centres of mission and ministries. Now for various reasons they will cease to exist. There are…

Lucky Money

In 1998 the Markham Village Conservancy(MVC) was formed with the express purpose of having the Markham Train Station restored. They needed to raise a large sum of money to begin this project. Don Reesor, an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, came to a meeting of the York Chapter of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society (He…

Flowers For Worship

Have you ever wondered about the flowers on the altar for worship services?  There are three faithful altar guild people who supply the flowers every week.  A suggestion was put forward at the Annual Congregational Meeting that others may be desirous of contributing flowers for the worship services.  Well here is your opportunity. A fund just…

The Fountain of Youth

It was a youth fellowship meeting evening. I sat at the computer as they trickled in, first one, then another and then…. I made small talk with them about the freezing weather and school. Other youths arrived and the buzz of conversation increased. The excited conversations continued with words and exclamations that are understandable only…

Shining in the Darkness

Falling trees, broken branches and blown transformers conspired to deprive us of electricity at the church from Sunday, 22nd to Thursday, 26th December. Those were cold, long days and dark nights. Service was cancelled for Sunday, 22nd December. That was the day our Sunday Church School planned to put on their pageant. So the pageant…

It’s A New Year – So What?

It is a new year, and it is a big deal, that is what. Many people do not place much significance to the dawning of a new year. As far as they are concerned it is just the inevitable result of the inexorable ticking hand of the clock. Therefore, the day that ushers in a…