Text Box: Updated: September 27, 2020
Best wishes to Debbie O. who is celebrating a birthday this week.

Church to Reopen On 
Thanksgiving Sunday

To the left, you will find our plan for regathering for worship starting on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11th at 10:00 a.m.

This date was chosen to allow us to celebrate communion online on Sunday, October 4th which is World Communion Sunday.

We will closely monitor the situation that is unfolding with the second wave of COVID-19. If we have to delay the regathering, we will communicate this to you prior to October 11th.

Please feel no pressure about regathering if you are not comfortable doing so. We will continue to offer the service online. However, once we reopen, the services will no longer be recorded on Saturday as we presently do, but on Sunday during the service. We do not have the capability to live stream our services. As a result, the service will appear online on Sunday afternoon or evening to allow Nadine time to edit.

Please read over the plan which is posted to the left of this message to see what to expect when we do regather for worship. It will be a different experience from what we are used to, but as the plan shows, we are taking every effort to keep everyone safe. 

If you do plan on regathering for worship starting on Thanksgiving, please send me an e-mail to the address listed in the plan so that we can register you and plan your seating. This will also help us to stay within our allowed numbers. If you are not yet ready to return, just contact me when you are ready.

God Bless and whatever decision you make at this time know that I am always here to support you. Stay safe.

Pastor Dean


Chimes of Thanks:
The chimes ring every evening at 7:00 pm in recognition of all of the people who are working to keep us safe.

Sunday
This is My Fathers World
Monday
Jesus Loves Me
Tuesday
Leibestraum (Liszt)
Wednesday
Love Lifted Me
Thursday
Danny Boy
Friday
Victory in Jesus
Saturday
On Eagles Wings

Scripture to consider:
Psalm 27:1 
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Isaiah 40:29 
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Matthew 11:28 
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 12:2 
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
2 Timothy 1:7 
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Joshua 1:9 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Deuteronomy 20:4 
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.
Exodus 15:2 
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Isaiah 40:31 
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Deuteronomy 31:6 
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah 41:10 
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Philippians 4:13 
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Text Box: Announcements
Text Box: Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Text Box: 715 Mount Pleasant Road
Mount Pleasant, Ontario

Minister: Rev. Dean Adlam   

Music Director: Amy Groleau

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

September 23rd - Overcoming Fatigue

 

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

 

We have been hearing a lot in the news recently about people gathering in large numbers whether it be at outdoor BBQs and parties or at indoor events. Many of the people attending these events are not wearing masks or maintaining proper social distancing and as a result the number of cases of COVID-19 is on the rise in Ontario. The reason being given for why people are choosing to participate in these gatherings is they are fatigued and tired from the restrictions put upon them by the province.

 

When we think in terms of fatigue, our focus tends to go first toward the physical. While we may not have been as active as we normally were due to COVID-19, the fatigue it is causing so many people to experience is emotional. This pandemic has been hard on us emotionally because of:

- Being isolated from others in the beginning,

- Staying in a social circles of just 10,

- Missing out on gathering with family and friends at school, work, church, coffee shops, and in other ways.

 

People want this pandemic to be over. They want their lives to feel the same again. Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

September 16th - Look and Consider

 

Look at the birds, they do not plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And are not you far more valuable to Him than they are?

-Matthew 6: 26

 

The number of cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Ontario. A few weeks ago, we had days where the number of cases were under 100. As of September 15, 2020, the number of cases has risen to 315. The Premier of Ontario is worried about the rising numbers. The hospitals are not being overrun with the rise in new cases. The majority of these cases are in people 39 years of age and younger. A lot of these cases among this age group are a result of them attending large gatherings and not social distancing. If this rise in case numbers continues, the Premier of Ontario is worried it will be the start of the second wave of the virus that has occurred in other countries. The first wave of this pandemic brought enough concerns for all of us. The possibility of a second wave occurring keeps these concerns lingering.

 

It has been hard living with these on-going worries. Jesus knew worries would be a part of our lives. While He did not address the worries associated with a pandemic, His advice during His teaching in the Sermon on The Mount are very helpful as we continue through this season of worries in our lives. Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

September 9th - The Need to Learn

 

Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, listen carefully, Israel, hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today so you may learn from them and obey them!

(Deuteronomy 5:1)

 

My daughter Coral starts high school this week. She is attending BCI just like both of her parents did. Even though it was 42 years ago (yes, that number is correct) I still remember my first day of high school. My first class was typing, and I asked my home room teacher where to find it. Nerves and butterflies must have been interfering with my listening abilities because instead of going up one flight of stairs to the typing room I went all the way across the school and ended up in and art class with Doug Hughes (I did not see any typewriters there). Thankfully, Doug took pity on this Grade 9 student, who would one day be his minister, and gave me the right directions to eventually find my first class.

 

So much has changed in the 42 years since I started Grade 9 at BCI: Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

September 2nd - Trust the One Who Does Know

 

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29: 11)

 

September 2, 1988. Thirty-two years ago, to the day that you might be reading this message. Thirty-two years ago, the lights were on at our church. The reason why I know this is because Nadine and I were there to say our vows and to enter our life of marriage with each other. There were some things I did know as I stood at the front of the church waiting for Nadine to come down the aisle:

 

- I knew we were running late,

- I knew I was in love,

- I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Nadine,

- I knew I was blessed and fortunate she wanted to marry a guy like me,

- I knew the next day we would be leaving for a short honeymoon.

 

But there was so much more that I did not know at that time: Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

August 26th - Because Nothing is too Hard

 

I see their faces everyday as I turn to the editorial section of my newspaper. The faces I see are of the two MICHAELS - MICHAEL SPAVOR AND MICHAEL KOVRIG. These two Canadians have been held captive in China since December 10, 2018. As of August 25, 2020, they have spent 625 days in captivity. The conditions these two Michaels have endured have not been easy:

 

- In the beginning they were given very little food to eat.

- It was only when COVID-19 started, that they were fed larger portions.

- They are forced to sleep with the lights on instead of in the dark.

- They have gone long periods of time not being able to talk with family or with representatives from the Canadian Consulate.

Their situation reminds me of something I heard a former POW (prisoner of war) during the Vietnam War say about his experience: Being a POW is the loneliest experience you can ever have. Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

August 20th - Spending Time Pulling Weeds

 

The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear the word of God, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced (Mark 4:18-19).

 

I have spent a lot of time on my knees since May. I wish I could tell you that all this time on my knees has been spent praying. Unfortunately, most of the time spent has been pulling weeds out of the grass in my backyard.

 

After 10 years of neglect, weeds had taken over my backyard. Every year I tackled dandelions in my yard but left all the other weeds alone. Besides dandelions, I began to see lots of weeds that sprouted purple flowers on them, and lots of other weeds that would display yellow buds and white ones at times. Since late May I have been outside at least an hour a day, usually six days a week weather permitting pulling weeds with my trusty little tool in hand. Some seeds would have long deep roots. Others just had short roots. Some weeds seemed to spread across quite a large area.

 

When you have a 300-foot-deep lot it takes quite a while to pull weeds out of your grass. Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

August 13th - Do Not Leave Home Without It

 

Your Word Is A Lamp to Guide My Feet and A Light for My Path

(Psalm 119: 105)

 

Remember never to leave home with out it! When we were children, and experiencing old Canadian-style winters, our parents would remind us never to leave home without wearing our hats and mitts. Then once we learned how to drive, we needed to remember not to leave home without a purse or wallet or sunglasses when getting into the car. Then with smartphones and cellphones we had to remember not to leave the house without them. I often remember to take the cell phone when I leave but I do not always think to turn it on so Nadine can call me. Several times the waitress at my local coffee shop would come to say, your wife called; will you turn on your phone! Once we got our dog Daisy, we had to start to remember to have a certain bag in our hands before we left the house to take her for a walk. Now with COVID-19 we have one more thing to remember never to leave home without: a FACE MASK.

 

It is certainly a new thing for all of us to have to remember to grab our face mask as we leave the house. I forgot to do so two weeks ago when I stopped to get gas in the car. Instead of paying at the pumps I went inside and immediately realized I had forgotten my mask at home. I apologized to the clerk and pulled my shirt up to cover my mouth while I paid. Taking a mask with us whenever we go out is certainly a new reality for us. Read more

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

August 5th - A Retro Moment

 

On Sunday afternoon and evening Coral spent time going through our closets in search of some of our outfits and items from the 1990s. Apparently, RETRO has come back into style recently amongst teenagers. Coral has the right parents when it comes to RETRO since both Nadine and I are in our fifties. Yes, our closet still has outfits from the 1990s and late 1980s.

 

At first Coral focused her attention solely on Nadine. It was interesting seeing Coral put on some of her dress jackets from the 1990s. After she put on one of her red jackets Coral looked in the mirror and said, I look like Hillary Clinton in this jacket. If Coral was wearing dress pants at the time, she would have looked like Hillary.

 

After we got back from visiting the Rev. Mother Sunday night, Coral went back upstairs in search of more RETRO clothes. I was downstairs watching the Leafs lose to Columbus, but I could hear a bit of laughing and giggling going on as Coral was looking through our clothes. Later that night I heard Coral yell, Wow Dad, I did not know you had this sweater. I looked and there was Coral wearing a University of Michigan sweater that I had not worn in years. It looked good on her. Next thing I heard her telling me was, It is mine now Dad, thanks. My loss was her gain but if it saves me buying her a new sweater for school in the fall then it is my gain as well. Read more

 

Music by Chris Vandertuin

I am a Pilgrim

Pride of Men

 

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Text Box: Sunday Service: September 27th

Sermon: Prepare for the Second Coming
Minister: Rev. Dean Adlam   
Music Director: Amy Groleau
Special Music: Amy, Janet and Nadine

Click the photo to watch the service.

Sermon: Walking in Faith Amalgamation Sunday

May 31, 2020

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Sermon: Being in Prison June 7, 2020

Sermon: Jesus Broke Down Walls of Prejudice June 14, 2020

Text Box: Sermon: How Much They Have Grown and Matured
 June 21, 2020
Text Box: The Kingdom Windows 
by Doug Hughes

Sermon: What Makes It Great!

June 28, 2020

Sermon: He Is Still There

July 5, 2020

Sermon: It Was By Faith

July 12, 2020

Sermon: Keep Moving Forward

July 19, 2020

Sermon: Science is not Perfect, But God Is

July 26, 2020

Sermon: When We Think of One Another

August 2, 2020

Sermon: Lowering Our Risk

August 9, 2020

Sermon: Coming Out of This More Humble

August 16, 2020

Sermon: Do Not Let This Relationship Change

August 23, 2020

Sermon: Being in the Presence of Our Enemy

August 30, 2020

Sermon: When Change Does Not Happen...

September 6, 2020

Text Box: Rev. John Bryning

Sermon: Changing the Way We Are Speaking

September 13, 2020

The church will reopen on Thanksgiving. See the announcements for more information.

Sermon: Events That Have Changed Our World

September 20, 2020

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