Glen Abbey United Church is involved in many outreach projects. Here’s a short list…
Kerr Street Mission is currently looking for donations for their food bank such as peanut butter, healthy cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauces, low or no added sodium items and gluten free items. Families are also in need of large size diapers, such as size 5 or 6. Please help by bringing your food donations to church on Sunday and put in the grocery cart in the Narthex. All donations big and small are greatly appreciated by the Foodbank!
Exciting new initiatives coming to our Glen Abbey United Church! Glenco Business Trust Application for the Glen Abbey United Church Missionary Outreach and Renewal Project was approved! Further details to follow.
On November 2nd, 2015, Glen Abbey United Church Council approved a two pronged refugee sponsorship initiative. One component is a collaborative effort with our sister church, St. Paul’s United Church in Oakville. In this collaboration, we are working toward sponsoring a family that has already been “screened” by the UN-HCR. It will be a “BVOR” sponsorship with funding assistance from the Federal Government.
The other component is an “SAH” sponsorship – in which we are working with a new Canadian who has a brother and family currently awaiting approval for exit from the third party country into Canada. It will be a longer and more complex process, but we are hopeful.
This is an exciting initiative for our congregation.
It is December 24th, Christmas Eve. It is a beautiful day here in Oakville… a bit windy, but the sun is shining and it is currently 12 degrees… plus 12 that is!
This evening, we will be celebrating our Lord’s birth in the Christmas Eve service. We are so blessed to live in this town, this country. By and large, we do not have the worries that others on planet earth have… finding food and shelter and finding safety.
We are so pleased to be able to share news about the two refugee families that our congregation is helping to sponsor into this country. I will share a message from Gary Dobbie, chair of our Refugee Sponsorship sub-committee to the members and friends of our congregation. Please keep in mind that this is a longer term project that will take 1 to 2 years to accomplish, so continued generosity is welcome.
“As we approach Christmas I wanted to thank you for your support of GAUC’s (Glen Abbey United Church’s) refugee initiative, many of you have donated funds, or pledged funds, or have volunteered time to help settle the families or have donated furnishings. Your support and the support of your friends at our church has been overwhelming. Thus far we have had over 18 families donate funds to this cause and we are in the process of receiving a grant from GLENCO business trust to also help in the settlement of the refugee families.
To bring you up to date, the family (from Myanmar) that we are co-sponsoring with St. Paul’s United Church ( Oakville) arrived in Toronto on Dec 9th, a number of us from GAUC and St Paul’s were there to greet them and help them move their luggage to a temporary residence. Then on Dec 15th we helped move them into their own apartment in the Kerr St area. Since, their arrival both the husband and wife have been tested for English literacy and the husband is already enrolled in ESL (the wife is waitlisted but we hope she will be in course in January). We have been able to open bank accounts for them, we are working on their OHIP cards and yesterday they were processed to start to receive the for the support funds they are eligible for from the federal government. This Christmas they will be spending the time with a Chin minister in Kitchener and with some Chin parishioners there. We have been able through the donations at St Paul’s and GAUC to furnish their apartment, get them winter clothing and some toys for their daughter – a BIG THANKS.A warm meet and greet was held last night at St Paul’s.
The Iraqi family we are co-sponsoring have completed all the necessary application forms together with those that GAUC has to prepare and these have been reviewed and approved by the United Church’s national center for refugee support. We have just received their updated documentation on their Turkish refugee cards and will be submitting all the forms and back up documentation material this week to the federal government’s Citizenship and Immigration area – hopefully they will be approved and arrive in early in the new year.
In a few days we will assess what other things the Myanmar family may need and will let you know in case you can help. I do know they need a small high table to put a microwave on and they also need a clothes drying rack (they are usually wood or plastic) if you have either of those please let us know. We have already assessed the needs for the Iraqi family and we appear to be in good shape for their eventual arrival.
In the spirit of Christmas it is wonderful that we have had such an outpouring of support. Our committee wishes to thank you all for your generosity.
If you wish to contribute further dollars to help this initiative there will be a collection on Christmas Eve and /or you can send a contribution marked “Refugee Sponsorship” to: The Treasurer, Glen Abbey United Church, 1469 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville ON L6M 1X7.
On behalf of the GAUC refugee subcommittee, Susan Francis, Paul Peters, Chris Middlebro and myself,we wish you the best of the season a very happy and joyful Christmas.”
Would you like us to pray for you? Whatever the need, whatever the concern you have, there is a circle of your friends at Glen Abbey United Church that will pray for you.
Our Outreach will now be collecting items for Halton Recovery House starting this Sunday for the Father’s Day Drive. New only please!! We are collecting socks, underwear, undershirts, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, and shampoo(no mouth wash).
Please place your items in the donation box in Narthex
Our community has two shelters that house women and their children fleeing abusive situations. Our church holds an annual Mother’s Day collection of toiletries and other items for the shelter.
The greatest needs at the moment are (ONLY NEW ITEMS PLEASE) Underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirt/pants, pyjamas, slippers, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, soap, hand/body lotion, hair products, (gel, hair spray, etc.), hair brushes/Combs, sanitary pads, (maxi, mini), tooth brushes, tooth paste (all varieties), and hair dryer. Halton Women’s Place provides a safe haven, information, and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children. Thank you for your generosity!
Thanks to everyone who brought in donations for Halton Women’s Place Mother’s Day Drive. Also, a big thank to LAFF for their donation of $200 to Halton Women’s Place.
A little white house with a clay roof is set out in our Narthex each week to collect small change. These nickels, dimes and quarters, and other designated donations are sent to India to aid small villages south of Madras in the building of houses and schools and to help with badly needed health, housing, and education programs.
The old and the new; see what your nickels can do!