The Herald: September - October 2013

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  • CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK, TORONTO, CANADA VOLUME 39, NUMBER 3 Displayed in the Atrium, this painting represents the history of Christ Church Deer Park. The painting, by Lorraine B. Hovey, was commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of Christ Church Deer Park and presented to the church in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A.F.D. Lace, 1970 HERALD
  • HERALD is published six times a year (Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, June/July) by Christ Church Deer Park 1570 Yonge Street Toronto ON M4T 1Z8 Tel: 416.920.5211 Fax: 416.920.8400 We welcome your submissions. E-mail: [email protected] or the editor (e-mail below). PARISH CLERGY Rector The Rev. Kevin Robertson Associate Priest The Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon Assistant Curate The Rev. Julie Meakin Honorary Assistants The Rev. Dr. Peter Slater The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Ecumenical Partner, United Church of Canada Organist & Director of Music Eric Robertson Director of Childrens Education Natalie Kemp CORPORATION Rectors Warden Genevieve Chornenki Peoples Warden Carolyn Kearns Finance Warden/Treasurer Robert Morrow Deputy Warden Henry Zaluski EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Editor Joyce Hamilton ([email protected]) Members Henry Zaluski, Photos: Deirdre Malone, Henry Zaluski, Peter Curzon, Kate Rieger Webmaster Brian Dench PARISH STAFF Dirctor of Parish Operations Paul Marritt Bookkeeper Elisabeth Lunder Sexton Denis Delisle Dear friends, I want to begin by thanking you for the gift of Sabbath time this summer. As many of you know, I have been away from the parish since late May, and have spent the past few months caring for our young family at home. Those of you who are parents will know it s a full-time job! But in my spare time, I also worked towards professional development goals, which included some reading on leadership in a rapidly changing church and world. One of my other goals was to visit other churches, to see how they are striving to do the work of the Gospel in the midst of change, and trying to meet the needs of the people of God in their own contexts. This was fascinating stuff! Some churches had modern music, while others had medieval chant; some churches were huge and some were small; some were prosperous, while others were just trying to keep their heads above water; some were hopeful, and others seemed to despair. Some Sunday mornings, I walked away from church buoyed, while other times I felt discouraged. It was very good to get a glimpse into other communities of faith, and I hope that after all of this research, I am returning to CCDP with a sense of what were doing well and what we might do better. I certainly return with an appreciation for all of you, and your tremendous commitment to each other and to the mission of God in this place. This fall season is shaping up to be a wonderfully active time in the life of our community. In the pages of this newsletter and on the website, you will read about some of the things that are planned: the Blessing of Animals, the Rummage Sale and Christmas Fair, various education programs, baptisms, confirmations, social events, special services and much more. A rather bittersweet event for us this month will be our farewell to Jean King. We are delighted that she is retiring to pursue her many interests including travel, but we will miss her terribly. For over 24 years, Jean has been an outstanding parish administrator. She has helped to hold the corporate memory of this parish through times of clergy transition and change in lay leadership. She has been invaluable in the day-to-day operations of this parish, and has overseen volunteers and various staff members with sensitivity and humour. I hope you will plan to join us as we celebrate and give thanks for her ministry among us. Jeans farewell reception will take place on Friday, September 20th from 3:00-5:30 pm in Elliott Hall. A few words will be shared at 4:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming Paul Marritt, our new Director of Parish Operations, and I hope you will extend to Paul a warm CCDP welcome as he gets settled in. As we look ahead to a new year and new opportunities, let us never forget to seize each moment that God has given us. This community exists first and foremost for the world outside our walls, and each day is a new chance to engage others, to transform and be transformed by the living Spirit of God that dwells within each of 2 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 Kevins CornerHERALD
  • 3 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 us. If you havent done so already, please consider using your unique talents within this place. May Gods power, continuously working through us, do infinitely more than we could ask for or imagine. Yours faithfully, The Reverend Kevin Robertson, Rector Welcome Paul Marritt BORN AND RAISED IN CAMBRIDGE ONTARIO, Paul attended Lakehead University for Business Administration and George Brown College for Chef Training. He worked for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship/Pioneer Camps for over 25 years in Food Service, Administration and Accounting, and for the past four years at Walmer Road Baptist Church in the Office /Rental administration, Accounting, and Property Management departments. A member and Treasurer of Grace Presbyterian Church, Westhill, Paul enjoys cooking, travel and... making maple syrup! (Some for the Christmas Fair perhaps?) He is looking forward to new experiences and serving our God at Christ Church Deer Park. ...and I know that we will give Paul both a warm CCDP welcome and patient and generous assistance as he learns about us in his new position as Director of Parish Operations. Whither Jean...? TRAVEL IS FIRST ON THE LIST. One daughter has been studying in England. The plan is to meet her in Rome and spend about a month there... Jeans husband, Patrick, is interested in language and hopes to pick up some Italian courses. Jean will also look into language but, more particularly, Italian cooking. From there, they will tour through the East, (Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia are on the agenda), as they make their way to Darwin, Australia, where Patrick has a work contract. In all, they will probably be away for about six months. After that, whatever Jean decides to do (yet to be determined), we can be assured that it will be enjoined with her natural enthusiasm and dedication. And so, sadly, we bid her farewell...but wish her well (with perhaps the hope that she will come back to visit us one day and tell us of her adventures). Please plan to drop by... as we bid farewell to Jean King (on her last day with us), at a reception to celebrate and thank her for her invaluable contribution to this parish over the past 24 years. She will be missed. Friday, September 20 3:00 - 5:30 pm Elliott Hall
  • 4 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 If you are able, join us for the Wednesday morning Eucharist at 7:30 am in the Chapel and either stay for breakfast or head off to work. Spending 5 minutes at the beginning and ending of each day in prayer, whether speaking to God or listening to God in silent prayer, will also ground you as you go about your daily tasks. Practicing silent prayer twice a day has definitely been a grounding force in my own life. Ive found that the time given up is regained because I am more focused and so use time more wisely and efficiently. When we spend time with God we are moving our whole being - body, mind, and spirit - into a greater harmony and clarity. We are more able to be attentive to people and to situations. We are more able to live in the present moment. When we spend time with God we come to know the gift of our own being, that we are loved and know that love is the centre of our being. This is a great stabilizing force, to be sure! Knowing this is not as easy or as simple as it sounds, because we often feel unworthy of love, that were not good enough, that we just dont measure up. That is why knowing we are loved is such a freeing experience, the glorious liberty of the children of God, as St.Paul puts it. When we spend time with God we may find that our desires may shift, that we become less reactive, more measured and patient. Our relationships may also improve. A still, calm centre helps to navigate through the many demands we face each day. Of course, all of this takes time, but if we get into the habit, especially if we can do this with our families, we will see subtle changes happening. I encourage you to take up one of these daily practices (if you havent already!) and find the peace that passes all understanding in the midst of our hectic, crazy, but amazing lives. Cheers! The Reverend Julie Meakin, Assistant Curate Greetings! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and that you were able to get some downtime that is much needed in our increasingly hectic world. As we swing into the fall, no doubt many of us will be thinking about how crazy busy life will become. Children and young people will not only be engaged at school but also involved in various activities, The question we may ask is, How can I stay grounded and centered in the midst of this busyness? How can I not feel pulled in a thousand different directions, with too much to do and not enough time or energy to do them? How will I know what requests to say yes to and what to say no to, or maybe? Try this. Spend a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day being attentive to God. This could take the form of saying the Lords Prayer, or a favourite Psalm, like Psalm 28: The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Or Psalm 23, which most people know by heart. Even repeating a line every so often during the day may