Weekly Newsletter
Castleton/Grafton United Church News for August Week 3

-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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Warming Summer Greetings! 

     Three years ago Saturday, our Syrian family arrived. You were the only United Church in 2014 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, and particularly because you are small to begin with, you were an inspiration to others, such that a year later when the boy on the beach touched us all, it was occasionally heard: If that little church can do it, why can’t we?                    

                 Coming events for Castleton Grafton United Church 

Usual Service Time: Castleton 9:15    Grafton 11 am   regular service times this Sunday and all August. (As we alternate service times annually, we switch October 1)

Sunday Aug 20     “Cantankerous or Courageous” Gen 45: 1-15     Joseph’s family reunion            Matt 15:21-28  The Syro Phoenician woman

Sunday Sept. 10th, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  - 100 Mile Diet Event at the Haldimand Arena. Come see what our local vendors have to offer.

Sunday Sept. 10th, 2 pm     – Covenanting of Deborah Elliott at the Heritage UC in Salem

Sunday Sept 10th 3 pm a benefit concert featuring Azad and movie at the Loft sponsored by our Flight 2 refugee sponsorship committee, while awaiting two refugee families awaiting approval to come to Canada.  


Sunday Sept 17,  11am St. Andrew’s Grafton 173rd Anniversary with guest speaker Rev Nancy Lester recently retired from Trinity Cobourg; fingerfood lunch to follow

Sunday Sept 24,  11 am  Castleton’s 152nd Anniversary -awaiting response from speaker

Friday Sept 22th, 6:00 p.m. - Dinner and a Movie is at St. Andrew's. Admission is by donation. Movie at 7 (note date change)


Sisters Irene Clarke, Linda Marshman and Doris Thomas have been in James Bay on their annual trip to build connections and community at which they have been very successful. On Monday, Irene wrote: 

This was a successful first day of Kids Club with fourteen kids. 

Doris, Linda and I along with Anya from Kingston are coordinating the program which includes teaching the teens to prepare lunch for everyone. 

After telling the Bible stories with puppets , the kids act them out using props followed by songs and crafts. 

The children seem so engaged and happy to be there which makes our mission worthwhile. 

Last night we were invited to Father Norm's for tea and bannock around the campfire. A wonderful evening. 

The people in Moose Factory are certainly welcoming us. 


I was asked on Sunday where one could obtain the children’s time small self rotating globe of the world with unapparent solar power. Here is one place to obtain it though given its from China it might take 6 weeks albeit postage free


Should you wish to add levitating to that you could try this or this or google


Our Moderator’s response to Charlottesville http://www.united-church.ca/news/its-time-re-commit-racial-justice-and-equity


Bob Heaslip has a "lift" chair that aides someone to stand up from a chair.  If you know of who could make use of it.  Let us know


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.


A few quotes and snippets: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”    ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan


Race is the child of racism, not the father.  Ta – Nehisi Coates


"If you’ve wondered what you would’ve done during slavery, the Holocaust, or Civil Rights movement…you’re doing it now."   - Aditi Juneja


“The way to help the blind is to understand, correct, remove the incapacities and inequalities of our entire civilization.” Helen Keller 1913


“To lend each other a hand when we’re falling,” Brendan said.  “Perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.”     Frederick Buechner - from the novel: Brendan


When you are dying what will you most want? Will you ask your family to bring in your academic certificates and awards in their  walnut frames, so you can hold them in your arms? Or will you ask them to take you out to your garage so you can sit in your car? Or will you ask them to bring you your financial statements so you can pour over your portfolio? Or will you just celebrate that they want to be with you, that you have relationships that matter?  -an FB meme.


"When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word. What is the last word, then? Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids — all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people."     ~ Garrison Keillor


"Don't pray for unity today. Don't use your platforms to "condemn hate". Don't tell everyone that "love wins". You're just letting everyone who values community feel like a hero. No. Today we need to tell ourselves to acknowledge our own racism. No matter the degree. Racism in your businesses, racism in your city council, racism at your dinner table, racism in your church, racism in your assumptions, in your heart, in your subconscious.  If you are white. This is the only option today. We don't need to hear "this is 2017" or "this isn't us". It is. It always has been. North America was built on it. Your homes come from it. Your neighbourhoods. Your silence. Don't excuse yourself.  Acknowledge how white supremacy serves you and start working against it." Marissa Peters

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A healthy diet consisting of vision, communication, inspiration, integrity, etc is great, but may not be sufficient for effective leadership. Specific conditions may result in a greater need for certain nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies invariably lead to serious health problems. That’s why, it is recommended a supplement of Stillness, Silence and Solitude be added to your diet to make up for any shortfalls. Brigette Hyacinth


Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.    Bill Gates


“When faith is being used to justify nuclear holocaust, too much is at stake for us to give up the language of good news.” -Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis


Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.


Rome is built on ruins and is quite breathtaking. What makes you think you can't be too?


Don't underestimate the healing power of these three things: music, the ocean, and the Stars.


One of the hardest things in life is Letting Go. Whether it's guilt, anger, love, loss  or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on, and fight to let go.


The measure of all life after all is not its duration but its donation. Peter Marshall


"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela


To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in Conformity with natural law. Alexander Solzhenitsyn.


Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. impossible is temporary. Muhammad Ali







Church Signs https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/videos/1614727018602404/


 For those who like poetry:  

 The World Is Too Much With Us BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
The world is too much with us; late and soon, 
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours; 
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! 
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; 
The winds that will be howling at all hours, 
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; 
For this, for everything, we are out of tune; 
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be 
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; 
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, 
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; 
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; 
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.


My Work is Loving the World  --by Mary Oliver (Aug 15, 2016)

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - 
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.



Gravy   -Raymond Carver (1938–1988)

No other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy.
Gravy, these past ten years.
Alive, sober, working, loving and
being loved by a good woman. Eleven years
ago he was told he had six months to live
at the rate he was going. And he was going
nowhere but down. So he changed his ways
somehow. He quit drinking! And the rest?
After that it was all gravy, every minute
of it, up to and including when he was told about,
well, some things that were breaking down and
building up inside his head. “Don’t weep for me,”
he said to his friends. “I’m a lucky man.
I’ve had ten years longer than I or anyone
expected. Pure gravy. And don’t forget it.”

          This poem is inscribed on Carver's tombstone.


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