Knox Presbyterian Church
November Mission Moments
November 4: Caring for creation in Calgary
The youth at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary are bettering the health of their local community while also supporting the well-being of the global community. Members of the congregation donated to PWS&D in support of the teens’ efforts to pick up litter, rake and sweep around the church’s property. In the end, the group collected five large bags of garbage and raised $932 for PWS&D. “We were encouraged by our faith in Christ’s love to share our gifts with the world,” shares Roberto DeSandoli, young adult ministry coordinator at Grace. Across Canada, Presbyterians are stewards of the blessings of God—sharing our gifts to build a more sustainable, compassionate and just world. - Faithful to our calling, we respond together
November 11: Providing hospitality to international youth - One of the joys of international partnership is inviting young people from churches around the world to attend Canada Youth, the PCC’s biannual youth conference. This past summer, sixteen youth from Ghana, Malawi, Taiwan and – for the first time, Lebanon, visited Presbyterian churches and experienced life in Canada. At Canada Youth, international and Canadian participants had an amazing inter-cultural experience, learning, sharing faith and having fun together. The international visitors participated in all activities with great enthusiasm! On a visit to the PCC’s national office on their last day, they passionately thanked everyone for this life-changing opportunity. Through Presbyterians Sharing, we provide hospitality to young people - followers of Jesus who live in every corner of God’s realm.
Presbyterians Sharing encourages young people
November 18: Take the Advent Challenge! - During the Advent season, we celebrate God’s amazing gift—Jesus! This gift changed the world. Inspired by God’s overwhelming generosity, we too work to make a difference for our sisters and brothers across the globe. Each week of Advent, Presbyterian World Service & Development challenges individuals and congregations to share the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love with those living in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. In the midst of poverty, injustice and disaster, the Christ light shines. To help create bright futures through the Advent Challenge, visit WeRespond.ca/advent-challenge.
PWS&D is sharing the hope, peace, joy and love of Christ
November 25: Love letters in the Archives? - Did you know that you can find love letters among the thousands of documents housed in The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Archives? Last year the Archives received a gift of 73 beautifully preserved handwritten letters that revealed a year-long courtship over many miles between Dr. McQueen and his future wife, Miss Catherine Robertson of Strabane, Ontario. The Rev. McQueen served at First Presbyterian Church in Edmonton, arriving in 1887 and remaining for 43 years. Dr. McQueen was the only person to serve twice as Moderator of the General Assembly. Miss Robertson served as a missionary in Canada with the Women’s Missionary Society. David and Catherine’s exchanges date from September 1889 – September 1890. Through beautiful script containing poetry and prose, their growing love for one another is revealed as is their draw to western Canada and a mutual commitment to serve the church.
Presbyterians Sharing helps connect Presbyterians with their rich history