Faith – Fergus

Dean Elina’s Report on Two Rivers – Eastern Synod Bulletin of Reports 4-15‏‏

Friends,

the bulletin of reports for the Eastern Synod Assembly 2016 is now on line. My report on Two Rivers can be found http://www.easternsynod.org/sites/default/files/content/04_-_reports_of_the_bishop_vice_chair_and_ministry_areas_final.pdf … that is Section 4 starting from page 15.

I thank you for your partnership! 🙂

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CHICKEN B-B-Q at Faith, Fergus-Elora on Friday June 24 5p,-7pm

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TWO RIVERS RESPONDS TO THE REFORMATION CHALLENGE of the ELCIC

REFUGEES SPONSORED BY CONGREGATIONS OF TWO RIVERS

Faith – 4

 

TREES PLANTED BY CONGREGATIONS OF TWO RIVERS

St James, Elmira – 60

St John’s, Waterloo – 4

Faith, Fergus-Elora – 30

 

ELCJHL SCOLARSHIPS BY CONGREGATIONS OF TWO RIVERS

 

LWF ENDOWMENT FUN

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BENEFIT CONCERT for FAITH, FERGUS-ELORA’s REFUGEE WORK May 29th

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Deacon Scott and Dean Elina visit Mission Committee of the Eastern Synod

 

 

Water drum?  There’s no mention of it in scripture, but it certainly invites us into the reconciliation called for there among all people and found in the respectful traditions of our First Nations.

Deacon Scott Knarr talked about the ministry he shares with the people of the Six Nations on whose land we reside.

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MARINA NEMAT, SURVIVOR OF IRAN’S WORST PRISON, Wednesday May 4th 8pm at St John’s Anglican Church

COMING TO ELORA: MARINA NEMATIMG_3295
SURVIVOR OF IRAN’S WORST PRISON
SHE WILL SPEAK ABOUT “A WITNESS TO HOPE”
Wednesday May 4th 8pm
St John’s Anglican Church
36 Henderson St, Elora
Admission: all donations to the Canadian Centre for the Victims of Torture (ccvd.org)

Benefit Concert for the Emergency State of Crisis in Attawapiskat, Tuesday, May 10th from 7-8:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Benefit Concert for Attawapiskat

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Greetings to my Settler and Indigenous Allies and Friends;

There will be a BENEFIT CONCERT for the Emergency State of Crisis in Attawapiskat, Tuesday, May 10th from 7-8:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

It is with the most serious plea that I can possibly make that I am sending this to you (churches, schools, politicians, educators, community people). Some of you have participated in sharing circles that has been running now for 3 years regarding reconciliation. We have talked and shared the history of Canada and the traumatic impact of dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their territories, colonization, racism, oppression and policies to assimilate them into mainstream society; with the greatest attempt to assimilate them being the residential schools.

The legacy of the residential schools is till affects many Indigenous peoples today. When discussing reconciliation and what that means for Indigenous and Settler peoples, we have felt the challenge, discomfort, shame and guilt. We have asked ourselves and each other how we go forward so that these atrocities never happen again. Here is an opportunity to gather together and pool our resources.

I am pleading for your help with regard to the Crisis in Attawapiskat. This past weekend, 15 youth made a pact to kill themselves. Thanks to Creator, they were rescued in time. Since September 2015, 101 children, youth and adults of Attawapiskat have tried to kill themselves. This community of 2000 has called a state of emergency 5 times since 2006. This is so very grave that this is happening anywhere. It signals a much deeper issue that we have to pay attention to. The dilapidated homes, unsafe drinking water, extreme overcrowding, poor insulation and black mould, extreme poverty, mental health concerns must be addressed. I cry when I think about the youth choosing death over life. I wonder if they think, “Does anyone care? Will they even know I was here.” Their lives have to matter!

We cannot say anymore that their problem is not our problem. The residential schools, colonization and broken treaties is our legacy to bare. Reconciliation is within our capacity. It is n
ot going to be easy but we have to be ready to do something so very different than we have ever done before. Little bandaids of help are not going to work.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/attawapiskat-suicide-first-nations-emergency-1.3528747

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/04/12/police-foil-suicide-pact-of-13-y
oungsters-in-struggling-attawapiskat.html

http://globalnews.ca/tag/attawapiskat-chief/

All My Relations

Kelly

Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers)

 

THANK YOU ST JAMES ELMIRA SUNDAY SCHOOL!

Children of St James Elmira Sunday School made a care bag for the new-comer family in Fergus! Thank you friends! … what would you put in if you would make a care bag like this?IMG_20160320_134506 IMG_20160320_134506

A Learning Opportunity

For families and all who work with young people:
Learning Opportunity at St James Anglican, Fergus – how to talk with children about prayer, death, and hope by Rev Trudy Lebans: September 26 (2-4pm), October 24 (2-4pm), and November 28 (2-4pm)

St James Anglican

Re-Newed Beginnings at Faith, Fergus-Elora!

We gave thanks today for the New Beginnings of our Two Rivers ministry area taking root at Faith, Fergus-Elora! We all have a part to play in growing our own faith and that of others near to us. We gave thanks for the seeds, which are signs of hope, and the water, which is a sign of unity. We poured water gathered from the Conestogo and the Grand River over the seeds, asking God to bless our efforts of nurturing seeds of faith and love around us. Please join us in planting seeds of faith in our communities!Version 2