This year, we will kick-off our campaign to build up to Giving Tuesday with our run for Rachel’s Home. Our team from Central and our friends from the hospital will be running in the Road to Hope Hamilton Marathon, Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th. Our entry fees will support the Road to Hope charities and our fund-raising will support Rachel’s Home. Please support our efforts by visiting our page at Canada Helps
Yes, fall is here.
That means it will soon be time to put Camp Kintail to bed for the winter.
Each fall, our Rugged Hands Ministry invites the men of Central to a retreat at Kintail. Friday evening is a time for fellowship.
Saturday, it’s off to work for the day:
- Removing the boardwalk on the beach and clearing the chairs and other stuff.
- Installing the winter re-enforcements on the yurts.
- Clearing brush and dead trees from the bush
- Electrical, plumbing and whatever else needs tidying up.
Saturday evening, we share a wonderful meal. Afterward, we have a speaker, often a member of the group, who shares the story of his journey through life and then we have time of fellowship, with board games, cards and conversation.
Sunday morning, we have our service of worship in front of the fireplace and then it’s time to say our good-byes and head home.
It is a wonderful weekend and all of the men of Central are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Scott McHardy at email@example.com
GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day
Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on November 28, 2017.
It is a new
Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.
“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too.”
Central will be participating in Giving Tuesday again this year. We will have announcements in the coming weeks.
Every Sunday, we have baskets at the back of the church, to collect non-perishable food items for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. This food supports families in need in Cambridge & North Dumfries. Let’s fill those baskets.
At one such visit, we were asked as a congregation what we thought made this home of ours special. As the speaker after speaker got up and talked about the music ministry, Aubrey’s sermons, our children’s and youth programs, I got more and more frustrated. Yes, it was all true. We have amazing people who do wonderful work with our children and youth. Aubrey is an incredible minister. Our music is diverse and beautiful.
But to me, those were only symptoms of a beautiful church, or maybe products of a beautiful church.
To me, the real beauty of a living Church such as ours was this:
Central is a place where you can get your hands dirty. It’s a place where you can serve. It’s a place where you can help. It’s a place from which you can try to make a positive difference in our world. I used the word “from” deliberately. Central is not just a place “in” which you can make a difference.
There is no feeling more amazing than knowing that you have made a positive difference in another person’s life. It is a gift from God.
And most important, if you don’t get it quite right, if you mess up, and we all do, Central is not a place of judgement. It is a place where you will find willing hands to help you clean up the mess. Those willing hands will also help you get back on the horse and try again.
So, as the hymn title says, “Be not Afraid”. Get Involved.