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Iona Calendar
April 2020



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Pastoral Message
from Rev. Robert Reid

As before, God is still there for us throughout these challenging times.
We are encouraging everyone to keep praying for each other,
and to keep supporting each other.

Practice physical distancing, but please stay socially connected
by means of a phone call, an email message or a message on social media.


Order of Worship
Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020


palm sunday



The theme of Palm Sunday is Hosanna !

"Maintaining our faith and faithfulness in these times requires great courage to overcome the fear that is our natural reaction. I pray that we will all come through this with stronger faith in our God, greater compassion for all the people around us, and more insight into who we are and need to become as God's people.
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"Heavenly Father, in our prayers to you for one another, our time spent alone in your holy word,  let us sense your very real and loving presence and know that you are still our God, and that you are always with us in every circumstance. All these things we pray in the strong and holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen."

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Lenten Book Study

Our Lenten book study (in self-study format)

This study is based on the book by
British theologian, N. T. Wright,
"Lent for Everyone".

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"Lent for Everyone" is an inspirational guide to lead us through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter.

N. T. Wright provides a brief reflection and a prayer for each day of the season helping us ponder how the scripture is relevant to our lives.

By the end of the book, we will have been through the entirety of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday.

This Lenten devotional will make our journey through Lent a period of discovery and growth.

Please contact Rev. Robert with your comments and questions.

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Parish Nursing Health Tips - Spring 2020

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brought to you by
Marg Black, Parish Nurse

As our Parish Nursing Ministry office is closed at this time,
please contact us by phone:
(416) 494 5364.


Health Tip
Week of April 5, 2020


Start a ďGratitude ListĒ and
add 5 items each day for this week.


We are all so stressed by the ongoing news about COVID-19 and the general gloom & doom, we easily forget how many things we have to be grateful for. When you add an item to your list, donít just write it down and forget it. Really think about all its implications. At the end of the week, you should have 35 items on your Gratitude List which can significantly improve your feeling about life in general as it redirects your attention in a positive way.

For example, if you are reading this on the website that means you have a computer which allows you to stay in touch with friends & family and find all sorts of interesting information when you are bored & lonely, while staying in the safety of your own home. But thatís not all. It also means you have a reliable source of electricity (people are working to provide you with this source), and you have access to the internet. You have learned the skills to use the computer (someone taught you). It also suggests that you have people you want to stay in contact with and things you want to learn. I donít need to go on. You get the drift!

And stress is a major factor in literally all medical conditions. In the short term it can help us avoid an imminent danger, but in the long run it is very destructive. It depresses the immune system and wreaks havoc with all the body systems. So any ways in which you can decrease your stress will help you. Stay home, stay safe, and keep connected by phone or email with the important people in your life. And always remember to pray for those who are struggling in so many ways and to thank God for all His blessings.


COVID-19 Information

Symptoms?
fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.

How does it spread?
Through respiratory droplets spread when you cough/sneeze;
close personal contact (e.g. touching or shaking hands);
touching something with the virus on it,
then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
before washing your hands.


Protection of yourself and others?
Wash your hands often
(after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose,
touching common-use areas,
such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc.)
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
(back and front, special attention to nail areas);
use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
avoid close contact with people who are sick;
cough or sneeze into your sleeve instead of into your hands;
and
stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others.


Why Physical Distancing is Vital?
Get the message,
here...
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Previous Events


Four Choir Choral Concert
The three Tri-Church ministers doing their Advent Musical Skit.

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                                                        musical skit


Ditty Bags
Many hands were putting more than 100 ditty bags together. 

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ditty bags


Double
Celebration

We celebrated the marriage of Rogerio daSilva and Marytyna Bialas and
we celebrated with Gregory Reid and Tamara  Evans the birth of their son, Hunter.


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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Award

Margaret Black, Parish Nurse, attended an awards ceremony at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College which provides Clinic Interns (4th year students) to lead the SWIFT Seniorsí Exercise Classes, The SWIFT Program (3 classes/week) won an award for being a Community Partner with CMCC, providing experience to their students. Margaret also won an award for being the organizer of the program. Congratulations to all our leaders and class members for making this happen and thanks to CMCC for the recognition.

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award


New Members

Iona  welcomed Ryan & Mignon Walker, Maureen McNeish, and Renuka Tennakoon,
as new members to our church family.


2018 new members

2018 new members

2018 new members


Iona's Irish Night


2018 irish night

2018 irish night


Black History Month
Celebration
"I'm On My Way to Freedom Land"


underground railroad

https://youtu.be/hAEaJZKyH4I

Re-Dedication of our Congregational Pulpit Bible


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Many of you have become aware that our Pulpit Bible has been absent from our worship for several weeks; and I am sure that you will all be pleased to see that it has returned to us.

Sadly, although it has been loved by our people for so long, like many of us, it had suffered wear and tear through constant use, and was in danger of falling apart. Rather than replace it, Session made the decision to have this piece of our congregationís heritage repaired and restored to its original state. We agreed that the cost of this restoration would come out of the bequest left to us by the late Mrs. Isobel Bunting.
This Bible was originally presented to our congregation many years ago as the result of a bequest by the late Mrs. Agnes Kent, a faithful member of Iona.

And so we have treasured this lovely pulpit Bible as a beautiful gift given in her memory, and as a part of our heritage. Not only is it beautifully constructed (and is now faithfully restored to its original condition), but its size allows for print large enough to make Godís word accessible to everyone. In addition, it is an example of the New Revised Standard Version, the translation preferred by the Presbyterian Church in Canada due to its faithfulness to the understanding of the original texts, and its gender-inclusive language which reinforces the truth that Godís call is equally to all people.

But more than this, as members of the Presbyterian Church, we are also part of the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith. Central to our faith is the belief in the necessity to remain faithful to the word of God as given to us in holy scripture. The Bible represents for us Godís revelation of himself as God of truth and love, and Godís promises of salvation from our enslavement to sin through the death on the cross of Jesus Christ, the new, eternal life that comes to us through his resurrection, and our transformation into the holy people of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is very important to us. It is Godís living word that remains as vital and relevant for the world today as was when it was written. And we believe that it will continue to be Godís unfolding plan for his creation for all of our tomorrows. 

Let me share with you the words of scripture from 1 Peter that were inscribed on the first page of this Bible for its original dedication  for use by this congregation:

ďYou have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For ĎAll flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.í
That word is the good news that was announced to you.Ē

And with those words I re-dedicate this Bible, in loving memory of Godís faithful servant, Agnes Kent, for the building up of the Iona congregation as disciples of Jesus Christ, and for the glory of God.



 


Iona Presbyterian
Church


1080 Finch Ave. East
North York, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
M2J 2X2


Tel: (416) 494 2442
email

Parish Nursing Ministry
Tel: (416) 494 5364


ON HOLD

Office Hours

Worship Hour
Sundays
11:00am - noon

Communion
First Sunday
of the month
11:00am - noon

SWIFT
Exercise Class

Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
11:00am - Noon

Seniors Group
Wednesdays
12:30 - 3:30pm

Choir Practice
Thursdays
1:00 - 2:30pm

Seasonal Events
as announced



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