Weekly Newsletter
Castleton/Grafton United Church News for February Week 2

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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Happy Epiphany Season!   

                      Coming Events for Castleton and Grafton United Church 


 An update on Transition House http://www.cobourgnow.com/?p=3200


There are still Youth Bicycle Calendars left, now reduced to $8 so think if there’s someone you’d like to give one to.



Usual 2017-18  Service Time: Grafton 9:15 a.m.   Castleton 11 a.m.   -  Castleton in the cozy lower level for the next few weeks


Sun. Feb 18    Walking Rainbows    Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15  First Sunday of Lent


Sunday Feb. 18th – Castleton AGM is after the service, preceded by a soup and salad lunch.


Wednesday Feb. 21st – Charge AGM is at Castleton United at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb 23rd – Dinner and a Movie is at St. Andrew’s at 6:00 p.m. Join us for “Joyful noise” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1710396


MARCH  - While David is on leave from the last couple of days of Feb till March 27, thanks to those leading services and providing care,

March 4  Cheryl McMurray

March 11  Cheryl McMurray

March 18  Ian Robb

March 25  Ian Robb    Palm Sunday

Pastor Ian Robb 613 439 8765 will be available for pastoral care during the month of March

March 23  Dinner and a Movie at St. Andrew’s at 6:00

March 28  St. Andrew’s Board

March 30  Good Friday Castleton

April 1  Easter

Flight to Hope 2.0 There’s significant progress on bringing our two Syrian families to Canada! The Ghrir family may arrive in Cobourg in early March, followed by the Kattan family in June 2018. So now is a time when you can help prepare for their arrival.   · Firstly, we require temporary housing for a mother, three teenage sons and a 10 year old daughter. The accommodation is short term while we get the family settled, followed by a search for more permanent housing. Contact Caryn MacDiarmid at 905-269-8411 if you can provide or have information on available temporary accommodation in the Cobourg area.   · As well, needed are donated household items, everything from beds to coffee tables. Some items have already been donated and are stored at Trinity.


Want to be a steward at General Council this summer in Oshawa? https://generalcouncil43.ca/news/serve-general-council-steward   General Council 43 – Oshawa – July 21 – 27, 2018

Here is your opportunity to be part of something huge! GC43 will be here in our own backyard. It’s easy to become part and make a difference for GC43.

Learn more about GC43 by visiting the website https://generalcouncil43.ca/

If you want to donate to the Life Bike rally Philip Cable is involved in  www.bikerally.org 


 Remit 6 that our Council still has to vote at our February council Annual Meeting  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

 For information on Church restructuring progress http://www.united-church.ca/leadership/church-administration/remit-implementation


This month the Grafton UCW would like canned fruit, juice, and vegetables for Fare Share.


Check our website http://www.castletongraftonuc.com/  if you wish to see the week's newsletter, our photo gallery, our annual report, listen to a sermon http://www.eagle.ca/~casgra/sermon.htm , 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 David's columns .

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A few quotes and snippets:   

Einstein once said, “The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity....out of discord, harmony.... and out of difficulty, opportunity.”


The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s not the circumstances; it’s what you’re made of.


Jean Vanier: "As we begin to listen to each other’s stories, things begin to change. We begin the movement from exclusion to inclusion, from fear to trust, from closedness to openness, from judgment and prejudice to forgiveness and understanding. It is a movement of the heart.”


"In this day and age, when someone can get away with killing somebody, when someone can get away with saying, 'I accidentally walked to the storage shed, I accidentally grabbed a gun out of the storage box and I accidentally walked back to the car and then I accidentally raised my arm in level with the late Colten Boushie's head, then my finger accidentally pushed the trigger' – what a bunch of garbage." Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations


Apartheid was legal. The holocaust was legal. Slavery was legal. Colonialism was legal. Legality is a matter of power, not justice.


Far too many people have no idea what they can do because all they’ve been told is what they can’t do.. Zig Ziglar


"The world will be saved by the Western woman." ~ Dalai Lama       Women grow radical with age. One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth. Gloria Stienem


Lent and Fasting? "The monastic discipline of fasting was not so much about not eating, as being at ease in eating, eating what was put before you, eating together in gratitude, eating no more than your body needs. It is opening one's eye to the food on one's plate." Timothy Radcliffe


To hell with hell. The word is not to be found in the Bible. It’s not a Judeo Christian concept. “I don’t follow Jesus in order to go to heaven when I die — or conversely, to avoid going to hell. That’s a cheap form of faith that is really nothing more than fire insurance. I follow Jesus here and now for the sake of experiencing salvation (which means “wholeness” and “healing”) here and now – and to help others do the same.” - Roger Wolsey


Darkness -Rilke: You darkness from whom I am born – I love you more than all the fires that block out the night; for the fire limits the world to the circle it lights up and excludes all the rest. But the darkness holds everything: shapes and shadows, creatures and me, peoples and nations — just as they are. It lets me imagine a great presence stirring beside me. I believe in the darkness


The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein


I am weary of this weather, and I hanker for the ways, which people read of in the Psalms and preachers paraphrase: The grassy Fields, the leafy Woods, the bank's where I can lie, and listen to the music of the brook that rutters by. Eugene Field


That is one good thing about this world. There are always sure to be more Springs. LM Montgomery


Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Benjamin Franklin


Even if a Unity of faith is not possible, now unity of love is. Hans Urs von Bathasar


Self-compassion is giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. Christopher Germer


My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring. Prince William


I don't always speak to change the mind of those who disagree with me. Sometimes I speak to let those who are hurting know that they are seen and heard and that they matter. We don't always stand up to the bully to change the bully. Often we stand up to the bully simply to let the bullied know they are worth standing up for. John Pavlovitz


The gospel is less about how to get into the kingdom of heaven after you die, and more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die. Dallas Willard


February  arrives cold, wet, and gray, her gifts disguised for only the most Discerning spirits to see. Sarah Ban Breathnach


I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, if wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, if frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun, and crocus fires are kindling one by one. Sing Robin sing. I still am here in doubt concerning spring. Christina Rossetti


One of the greatest defects of religion is a fact that it can be used to keep the poor contented with their lot, which is very convenient for the rich. Bertrand Russell


Is suffering really necessary? Yes or no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of an ego, and then comes to a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary. Eckhart Tolle


We must move beyond theology, beyond Creed's, Beyond human perception to catch a new vision of the Christ. Bishop Spong


Okay, I know there are terrible people out there, but listen. I also know there are people who stop and smile at tiny plants growing out of sidewalk cracks. People who laugh so loud they snort, people who compliment randomly people who take pictures of their friends because they love seeing their friends happy, people who ramble about things that they're passionate about, people who blush and stutter, people who are kind, people who are warm, people who love and love and love and love


There is nothing in the world so irresistible or contagious as laughter and Good Humor. Charles Dickens


You are not defined by the man you call Father, the man who is your lover, or the man who calls you sister. You are not just someone's daughter, wife or sister. You are galaxies more than that. Woman, you are poetry and songs and oceans and tornadoes, and stars and stories. You are the hundreds of women you were before and the hundreds of women you will be after this moment. And Powerful things like you need no man to Define you, for you to be enough for yourself. Nikita Gill


http://www.ucobserver.org/society/2018/02/murray_sinclair/  Murray Sinclair on Boushie verdict




For those who like poetry:

~ “What Can I Say” from Swan by Mary Oliver ~

What can I say that I have not said before?
So I’ll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

“Great Heart of Love”  by Joyce Rupp 

           Could there be any love anywhere

           More spacious than your heart?

           Could there be any love anywhere

           More warmly caring than your own?

           Could there be any love anywhere

           More ready to forgive, to delight?

           Could there be any love anywhere

           More devoted and unconditional?

           Could it be that all truly kind love

           Dwells within you, Great Heart of Love?


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