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Lent 2023 has begun. Our Lenten share calendar is promoting a new, local non-profit organisation: Quebec Adapted Training Centre FSWC (First Steps Wellness Centre) which offers intensive activity-based therapy (ABT) programmes for people living with spinal cord injuries.
This Sunday, March 5, the founder/volunteer director, Noriko Imaizumi, will speak to us about the organisation; the worship service is at 10:45 am.
The FSWC centre is a registered charity which receives no government funding. Clients, who must have signed authorisations from their physicians, pay $40 or more per hour of each session, depending on whether they have health insurance.
The founder/volunteer director is Noriko Imaizumi. In 2014 her young son’s gymnastics coach became a quadriplegic following an accident. Searching for a way to help, Noriko discovered FSWC Regina, and later took a course in entrepreneurship and a university certificate in the management of non-profit organisations.
Another of the volunteers is photographer Martin Lunkenbein who is assisting with the website and publicity material.
Thw Quebec Adapted Training Centre FSWC (First Steps Wellness Centre) can be found here.
Do you enjoy learning? Discovering new things? Or perhaps you’re feeling a bit tired? And you need something new? Here’s an option:
“United-in-Learning offers a variety of distance education opportunities for church leaders. Whether you're clergy or lay, whether you have years of experience under your belt, or you've just joined your first committee, we have ways to connect you with like-minded people across the country to help make your church more vibrant, exciting, and alive.”
You can find United-in-Learning here.
“Most of our programs use computer and telephone to connect people across the miles. It's a way to break down isolation in ministry, and share best practices from one end of the country to another. For most programs, all you'll need is a computer with Internet access, and a telephone.”
The legal fight to stay in Canada is far from over for a Mexican family of three, but they've received some good news in time for the holiday season.
Read the complete story here!
A message from Shanna Bernier, member of the Support Committee for the Rodriguez Flores family:
After spending the last 13 months in Sherbrooke's Plymouth-Trinity United Church in order to avoid being deported to Mexico, the Rodriguez-Flores family went to the Canada Border Services Agency office this morning to request that their arrest warrant be removed. Following this meeting, officials have removed the arrest warrant that was weighing so heavily on the family. They are now free to go outside, to leave the Plymouth-Trinity church building and walk outside.
However, the deportation notice is still in effect, and they are summoned to a hearing in January.
From the bottom of their hearts, the family thanks everyone for the support they have received so far, but the battle is not yet won. They are hoping for an intervention from the federal Minister of Immigration to grant them citizenship on humanitarian grounds. We still need your support. Our work is not over! But this is still very good news.
The family sincerely thanks you.
We will hold a press conference in front of the church at 3:30 pm today, December 14th.
For the second time in recent memory, the lovely bell displayed outside Plymouth-Trinity, on a small pedestal at the corner of Montreal and Dufferin streets, has been stolen. And also for the second time in recent memory, it has been recovered!
It is now in storage, until city-sponsored construction on the nearby bridge is complete.
For the whole story, listen to this CBC interview.
The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for several vacancies.
People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles. The Nominations Committee welcomes hearing from anyone, and particularly encourages those from groups which have been traditionally marginalized in our church, including (but not limited to) youth and young adults, Indigenous and racialized members, those active in francophone ministry, and people who identify as disabled.
You can find United Church job and volunteer opportunities here. Check back regularly!
In order to reduce clutter and confusion in the building and to ensure your belongings are returned to you (or at least are safe) please label all items you bring to church.
Lost and found: Have you misplaced something in the church? A Lost & Found box can be found in the church hall, right next to the elevator.