Weekly Newsletter
Castleton/Grafton United Church News for October Week 4

CASTLETON & GRAFTON UNITED CHURCHES -an affirming ministry with a vision of worship, justice, and community outreach, putting people before dogma
-a sponsor of a Syrian refugee family, the 100 mile Diet Event, & with others Haldimand Court housing, and Heavenly helpings.
St. Andrew's at 137 Old Danforth Rd. Grafton ON K0K 2G0 and Castleton at 1815 Percy St. Castleton

Phone: 905 349 2736
  email: casgra@eagle.ca   Web: www.castletongraftonuc.com
(Rev) David Lander
david@lander.ca 905 342 9214

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   Warm Autumn Greetings 

                     Coming events for Castleton Grafton United Church 

 Usual 2017-18  Service Time: Grafton 9:15    Castleton 11 am  

Friday Oct 20, 6:00 p.m. - Dinner and a Movie at St. Andrew's. Moana  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3521164/

Friday Oct 20 -22 At Trinity United Peterborough theologian/author Diana Butler Bass lecture series http://www.trinitypeterborough.com/series.php

Sunday October 22    Money, Politics, & Religion (Oh My!)

Sunday October 22    4 - 6:30 pm Vernonville Community Centre Meet & Greet; free Chili Dinner, BYO bowl & spoon; children’s games;Donations accepted for sustainability of the centre.

 Wednesday October 25, 7:30 pm   Grafton Board; committees meet ahead as needed

 Saturday October 28   5 - 7:30 pm   Castleton United Church Roast Pork Dinner, music by award winning Cheryl Casselman & friends.  For tickets call Marion # 905 375 8155, Linda Annis 344 5084, the church office 349 2736 or at Castleton General Store, or at the door     Adults$15, Children  6-12  $6, 5 &under no charge  

Sunday October 29    All Saints.  Reformation Sunday

Sunday October 29, 11:00 after church at St. Andrews upstairs in our lounge  - A crochet or knitting bee for a few hours to start or finish red scarves for world aids day the end of November.  Bring a brown bag lunch and coffee tea will be provided. Invite your friends and family even if you don't knit or crochet; maybe  someone can teach you. Castleton people can come after their church as we will still be knitting. Bring red yarn and needles or hooks. Or there is some provided. Enjoy the fellowship. https://www.seattletimes.com/video/5453631766001/100-year-old-knitter-shares-her-talents

Wednesday November 1, 7:30  Castleton Board 

November 3- 5    Bay of Quinte Fall Youth Retreat - http://bit.ly/2x78UUt    We share in the  leadership                                   

Sunday Nov 5    Remembrance Sunday,   Legion members share in The Grafton service


Wednesday November 8, 7:30   Charge Council at Castleton


Saturday Nov 11  The Castleton UCW will be catering to the Remembrance Day Luncheon at the church following the Castleton cenotaph ceremony Saturday, November 11th. Soup & Sandwiches,  dessert, tea & coffee & cold drinks are being served to the Trenton Air Force Base Postal Squad Unit & others involved.


Sunday Nov 12 2:30 a second clustering event of several of our local rural churches at St Paul’s Cold Springs; an hour of music and fellowship, each church hoped to bring one musical number


Monday November 13 Castleton UCW will cater a funeral luncheon for those attending the Interment Service at Castleton Cemetery for the wife of Jim Rusk.


Monday November 20  Castleton UCW will be Decorating the Church; Reports are Due! Roll Call: A Monetary Donation to Colborne Legion Fund - for the Christmas Hamper Program. Note date change from November 13th to November 20th.


Dec. 4th meeting will be at Castleton United Church at 7 pm. Roll Call: Monetary Donation to Transition House in Cobourg. Program & Lunch will be provided by Irene Clarke.


Now two letters to the editor on the same column, from both an atheist and an ultra religious so must be doing something wrong, or right. https://www.northumberlandnews.com/search/allarticles/?q=david%20lander&location=northumberlandcounty

Donate a Fall Feast Bag organized by Friends of the North Misiway      Last year 3000 lb of food was sent      Donations gratefully accepted September, October, November, 2017          Suggested shopping list for a feast bag, a two-handled grocery bag like from Metro or Bulk Barn, bags available, maximum 25 pounds: peanut butter, canned fish or meat, instant potatoes, ketchup, gravy packet, pasta/ pasta sauce, cereal /oatmeal packets, juice crystals or boxes, powdered milk, pudding /jello, dried /canned fruit/ fruit cups, rice, canned veggies, packaged or canned soup, coffee, tea,  - no glass or perishable food.    For more information, confirmation, delivery, pick up, contact Irene Clark 905 344-7343diclarke1969@gmail.com , Doris Thomas 613 548-8679 thomasd@cogeco.ca   Thank you for our friends at Moose Factory and Beyond. Poster at www.castletongraftonuc.com

Remit 6 that our Council still has to vote on next February https://7f8159c42d5f64d63d1b-dec189f157202212a76b23fc4d185c40.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/remit-06-one-order-ministry.pdf      Study Guide: https://7f8159c42d5f64d63d1b-dec189f157202212a76b23fc4d185c40.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/remit-06-study-guide-one-order.pdf

 If you wish to contribute to help Caribbean Hurricane  victims  http://www.united-church.ca/caribbean-hurricanes-2017

If anyone has thought of Christmas yet, here is the gifts with vision program where you can adopt bees, plant an olive tree, buy a campership, send a solar kit,  support farming, provide water, etc.  https://www.giftswithvision.ca/

Check our website   http://www.castletongraftonuc.com/  if you wish to see our photo gallery, our annual report, listen to a sermon, see info & photos of the 100 Mile Diet event etc., our refugee sponsorship, how and why we became affirming, archive of media reports of our church activities and of Davids columns.


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A few quotes and snippets:

“Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.” — Gord Downie


“I have no illusions of the future. Or maybe it’s all illusion. I don’t know. I’ve always been ready for it.” — Gord Downie


“You’re up there and you’re grappling with the paradoxical dilemma of feeling at once silly and sublime, absurd and grand, and that makes one do interesting things, and lends itself to grandiose gestures and a sort of disbelief that your small, tiny words are really getting out there.” — Gord Downie on performing, 1996



Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31-34 

 “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda


“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” – Richard Nixon


“I wish for all of us the blindness of love that makes us see no faults in the other.” – Kamand Kojouri


“If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.” – Germany Kent


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela


” Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi


“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther


Who is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune to that the words and never stops at all.  Emily Dickinson


The opposite of Love is not hate. It's indifference. Elie Wiesel


Never never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds inflicted on our soul when we look the other way. Martin Luther King


Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.


Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.


Jesus is in Trump and Jesus was in Hitler. To deny this is to deny Jesus.  Granted, he was not a perfect embodiment of Christ by any means. Far from it. But Jesus was in Hitler. That's powerful theology. It's powerful because it means that if God is in someone like him that means that God is in you and me. And that's when $#;+ gets real for us. Some folks would rather reject that. Understandable. Tragic, but understandable. -Roger Wolsey


   "If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking any further." - Mahatma Gandhi


Human beings never behave so badly as when they believe they are protecting God. Barbara Brown Taylor


If you ever think of the sin of Sodom Genesis 19:1-5 was about sexuality, read Isaiah 1:10-17, Jeremiah 23:14, Ezekiel 16:48-49,  Zeph 2:8-11 Matt 10: 12-15


If you would like to see how a particular verse looks in various translations try http://www.biblestudytools.com/compare-translations/










For those who like poetry:

Lines Written In The Days of Growing Darkness

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the 
world descends

into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don't say 
it's easy, but 
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world 
be true?

So let us go on, cheerfully enough,
this and every crisping day,

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.    Mary Oliver



"The Sounds Of Silence"

Hello darkness, my old friend

I've come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night

And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw

Ten thousand people, maybe more

People talking without speaking

People hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never share

No one dare

Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “You do not know

Silence like a cancer grows

Hear my words that I might teach you

Take my arms that I might reach you”

But my words like silent raindrops fell

And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made

And the sign flashed out its warning

In the words that it was forming

And the sign said “The words of the prophets

Are written on the subway walls

And tenement halls

And whispered in the sounds of silence”  Simon & Garfunkel


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