THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL’S

Monday Office Closed – Victoria Day 

Wednesday  Bowling Club @ 6:45 p.m. 

Thursday No Adult Choir Rehearsal – Resume in September

Friday Youth Group @ 7:30 p.m.



UPCOMING EVENTS 

Sunday, May 27 Music and Coffee @ Ten

Tuesday, May 29 Coffee Time at El Spero

Sunday, June 3 FOOD BANK

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Monday, June 4 Holiday Jingle Bazaar GM @ 7 pm

Tuesday, June 5 Nurturing Care

Thursday, June 7 Book Club

Friday, June 8 Youth Group Last Day


A Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 , following the regular service. This meeting is being called for the purpose of discussing the Sanctuary Renovation Proposal and then voting on what we will move forward with from the proposal.

 

 

Thank You St. Paul’s - Glasses donated by the St. Paul's family have recently been delivered to Medical Ministry International for their Vision Care Ministry. There is some up to date information about MMI posted on the church bulletin board showing the countries that they work in world wide. Thank you to all who have given.

 

 

Outreach – ‘Kiva’ - This is one of our outreach endeavours.  KivaMicrofunds (commonly known by its domain name, Kiva.org) is a non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva's mission is“to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”

Since 2005, Kiva has crowd-funded more than a million loans, totalling over $1 billion, with a repayment rate of between 98 and 99 percent. As of November 2013, Kiva was raising about $1 million every three days. Over a million lenders worldwide use the Kiva platform. Kiva operates two models—Kiva.org and KivaZip.org. Kiva.org relies on a network of field partners to administer the loans on the ground. These field partners can be micro finance Institutions, social businesses, schools or non-profit organizations. KivaZip.org facilitates loans at 0% directly to entrepreneurs via mobile payments and PayPal. In both Kiva.org and KivaZip.org, Kiva includes personal stories of each person who needs a loan because they want their lenders to connect with their entrepreneurs on a human level.

Kiva itself does not collect any interest on the loans it facilitates and Kiva lenders do not make interest on loans. Kiva is supported by grants, loans, and donations from its users, corporations, and national institutions. Kiva is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Our St. Paul’s church invested $2,279 in KIVA starting December 2, 2009. With this amount being loaned, repaid and reloaded many times, we have in effect lent $23,900 over the last 8 ½ years through 163 loans to 74 countries.

To date we have given loans to 86% female and 14% male recipients. We thank Doris Cassidy for administering this program for us.


Beginning Sunday, May 27th, there are opportunities for adults to get to know our children by spending some time with them during worship this summer. This might mean bringing them outside for some play, doing a craft indoors, or planning some activities for during worship and then offering supervision. It’s really up to you and your comfort level. Talk to Deborah. There is a sign-up sheet available.

 

Book Club:  The Book club had a good meeting at the beginning of May with 12 members attending. The book we discussed was The Child and we had a good discussion. The next meeting is on June 7th, when we will discuss Margaret Trudeau’s Changing My Mind. This will be the last meeting till September so we are asking members to come armed with book suggestions for next year, and a small plate of goodies and we will be in “party mode”!

 

 

Next weekend is the General Meeting of Hamilton Conference, being held in Port Elgin. If the remit passes at this summer’s General Council, this will also be the last general meeting of Hamilton Conference. Deborah will be attending as ministry personnel and as a music leader, and Jeff and four youth from St. Paul’s (Thea, Paress, Evan, and Josh) will also be attending as part of Youth Forum. Please hold them and all those attending in prayer.  If the remit passes at this summer’s General Council, this will also be the last general meeting of Hamilton Conference. 

Our VBS Camp from July 16th - 20th is FULL!  Our first week, July 2nd -6th, still has lots of space.  Register online.

 

 

We still have lots of room for volunteers. A sign up sheet is available. You can help out in the following ways: 

Ø  Lead our preschool class (age 3-4), July 2-6, from 8:30 am-noon. Curriculum provided.

Ø  Lead our science workshop, either week, from 8:30-noon. Curriculum provided.

Ø  Help decorate the church on Sunday, July 1st and Sunday, July 15th.

Ø  Supervise the children during their lunch hour, 12 – 1 p.m., on any day.

Ø  Provide snack.

Ø  Serve snack.

Ø  Lead an afternoon workshop (games, crafts, sports, cooking, etc.)

Ø  Help with registration on Monday, July 2nd  or Monday,    July 16th.

Ø  Help supervise/lead activities at our Youth Leadership Retreat on June 15th and 16th.

Ø  Offer breakfast or lunch at our Youth Leadership Retreat on Saturday, June 16th.