Text Box: Updated: July 6, 2020

Best wishes to Denise and Kevin W. who are both celebrating birthdays this week.

NOTICE ABOUT SUNDAY SERVICES

Although the Province of Ontario has stated that churches are now allowed to be open with 30% capacity, there are also many other guidelines that we need to implement at the church to ensure safety.  Therefore, we will NOT be holding worship services open to the public this Sunday June 14th so that we have time to properly prepare and keep everyone safe.  
Please continue to monitor our website for details of when we will be open to worship together in person.  Online services will continue for the time being so please continue to watch and be uplifted through praise and worship. 

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
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Monday
For the Beauty of the Earth
Tuesday
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Handel)
Wednesday
The Beautiful Garden of Prayer
Thursday
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Friday
Fairest Lord Jesus
Saturday
Peace is Flowing Like a River

#CanadaTogether
Canadians are coming together to support frontline workers by singing the national anthem together every Sunday at noon.  Record a video of yourself singing the national anthem and upload it to Twitter with the hashtag #CanadaTogether or email your clip to hello@canadatogether.com to be a part of the official video.
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We are looking for people who are willing to sew masks and gowns.  The Health Unit has asked for help for the Midwives Association.  They are overwhelmed because people are scared to deliver at the hospital. We have donated material at the church. If you can help, please contact Nadine. 

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ALL CHURCH SERVICES, EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED until further notice. More information will be posted as the situation develops.
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

New Elders- Jeff, Kevin and Lisa

A Musical Moment by Amy

July 6th - God is Good (All the Time)

 

It takes about 13 weeks for a new habit to form, whether it be good or bad. We are now in the 16th week of COVID-19 and we as a society are adjusting to the use of masks, gloves and social distancing. Perhaps we are even having groceries and deliveries purchased online for curbside pick-up or porch deliveries. As a society, we have adjusted. Have we liked all the changes? Probably not, but we are managing.

Now that Phase 2 is melding into Phase 3 of Ontario re-opening we are cautiously optimistic that we are flattening the curve. What I have realized, though, is that in the unsteadiness and unsurety of the past few months, God is good. He has not changed. He has remained steady throughout the whole ordeal. COVID-19 did not surprise Him. Let us relish in the fact that God is good - all the time. All the time - think about that - all the time - God is good.  Praise Him! Stay safe.

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

July 1st - Reach Out and Up

 

Friends of our family texted us last week asking if we were comfortable getting together during COVID-19. I was surprised at first by the text in that we typically get together with them just once a year. To receive this text when we did, made me think this was more than just a social visit. The minister in me began wondering if God was behind this visit.

 

We arranged to meet on Sunday afternoon in our pool area. Our friends teenage daughter is the same age as Coral so they swam as we visited. During the course of the conversation I began to realize the purpose of the visit was they needed to reach out to us. Their teenage daughter was having a very hard week as a result of not having a proper Grade 8 graduation and recounting other losses from COVID-19. It was a week of tears and sadness at times for this young lady. Her mother realized she needed to help her daughter reach out to somebody at this time and her first thought was Coral. Read more

A Musical Moment by Amy

June 26th - O Canada

 

July 1, 1867. Not too many of us were around to mark the occasion of our country becoming the Dominion of Canada.  (As a child, my dad used to work for the Dominion Stores, so I always thought there was a double-meaning to the holiday. Anyway, I digress.)

 

In 1983, Dominion Day became Canada Day, so I would like to focus on our national anthem for this musical moment.

 

All the lyrics to our national anthem are rarely sung, but they describe the vastness of our prairies; the pines and maples; the rearing of men and women to protect our land. But the fourth verse is so powerful: Ruler Supreme, Who hearest humble prayer; Hold our Dominion in thy loving care. Help us to find, O God, in thee A lasting, rich reward. As waiting for the better day, We ever stand on guard. Read more

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

June 25th - We Will Make it Back

 

And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues His people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lords battle, and He will give you to us (1 Samuel 17:47).

 

June 25th marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War sometimes called the Forgotten War. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when 75,000 North Korean troops marched across the 38th parallel into South Korea. The country had been divided at the end of WWII. The Soviets occupied the North and the Americans took over the South.

During the cold war era, this act by North Korean troops was seen as Soviet aggression and the spread of communism. The United Nations recommended military intervention and 21 UN member nations including Canada stepped up. Under the leadership of general Douglas MacArthur, UN forces battled the North Koreans back over the 38th parallel. Then China entered the war and their troops were able to push the UN forces back south. The war went back and forth like this until peace talks began and an armistice was signed in 1953. Read more

A Musical Moment with Amy

 

June 21st - My Fathers Eyes

 

As this is the third Sunday of the month, our congregation recognizes New Life Sunday where we collectively remember the Ten Commandments that were given to the children of Israel thousands of years ago.  The fifth commandment is: Honour your father and your mother.

Today, in many parts of the world, Fathers Day is being celebrated.  We should always be aware of the influences of our parents, but how much more, then, should we try to emulate God, our Heavenly Father? He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He provides for our every need. When we ask anything of Him, in faith and do not doubt, He will answer according to His perfect will. And best of all, He loves us, no matter how broken and sinful we are. In fact, He loves us in spite of our sin. 

Singer-songwriter Amy Grant released a song in the late 1970s, My Fathers Eyes.  As I think about my own dad, I know I have inherited many gifts, physical qualities and character traits from him (not his eye colour, though). But, as the song states, let us have eyes that find the good in things when good cannot be found.  Eyes that find the source of help when help cannot be found,  Eyes full of compassion that see and feel every pain. Oh, may it be said of each of us that we are striving to be like God our Heavenly Father. Happy Fathers Day to all, past and present.

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

June 17th - Building Confidence

 

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord and He answered me from His glory, the One who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. (Psalm 3: 3-5)

 

The theme of Psalm 3 is confidently trusting in God. David is reflecting upon a time when he was fleeing for his life because of his son Absalom rebelling and desiring to become king. As many as 10,000 soldiers may have surrounded David according to Verse 6. David was experiencing this difficult crisis in his life and yet still chose to confidently trust God. As you read the verses, I have provided for you above, the confidence David has in God is definitely on display. Read more

A Musical Moment with Amy

 

June 12th - The Climb

 

In our congregation I am aware of four girls who are about to finish elementary school. Amelia, Coral, Izzy and Vanessa, you have made it! You are the class who has lived through smartphones, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Netflix, Instagram and you might even remember the television show Hannah Montana starring Miley Cyrus.

 

Now, I do not appreciate all the stories I hear about Miley or even all her songs, but this week, I dedicate The Climb to our graduating class. If you know the piece, I hope you will understand why I chose this for you. In September 2020 you will start at the bottom of a new mountain. It may look scary, but you have inner strength, determination, peace, and God to get you to the peak. Believe Him when He encourages you to seek, ask, find (Matthew 7:7-8). Read more

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

June 10th - Seeing the Difference: A Wall Coming Down

 

I WAS REMINDED A FEW DAYS AGO THAT June 13, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of work officially beginning on the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Even though the process had begun 7 months earlier on November 9, 1989, it was not until June 13, 1990 that the destruction of the wall was officially begun. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to prevent East Germans from fleeing to freedom in West Berlin. The wall became a symbol or iconic image of the Cold War era. Hundreds of people were killed or wounded trying to go over, under or around the wall to escape communism.

 

I spent four months in West Germany in 1985 as a foreign exchange student. Some of the students I was studying with contemplated traveling to West Berlin so they could see the Berlin Wall firsthand. I still recall my teacher warning these students: Do not drive into East Germany. The police will be checking and watching you closely. If you do go you are better to fly into West Berlin. Do not cross any of the border crossings into East Berlin. It is not safe. Read more

A Musical Moment with Amy

 

June 5th - Give Them All to Jesus

When we pray, do we have a grocery list for God as if all He does is wait in Heaven to grant us our wishes?  I recently read the following exchange and have received permission to use it:

 

Kendra: G, please put your backpack stuff away.

G: Well, I have to say, I really don't want to.

Kendra: Well, I don't really want to either.  I spent all day cleaning up stuff.

G: Well, Mom, that's kind of your job; you work for me.

 

This little man thinks he has his household all figured out.  And cute as he is, what a reminder for us.  God has created us for His purposes and glory.  When we give Him our praise, prayers, and problems, He has promised to answer those petitions according to His good will.  So, let's unpack our backpacks of worry and anxiety.  God will turn those anxious moments into joy.  That's His job!

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

June 3rd - So Much I Wish For Right Now

 

I have been finding myself saying over and over again this past week the words -I Wish- as I endure another week of COVID-19 and watch the video of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the demonstrations that have followed. Some of the things I have being saying and thinking are:

I wish we were not having to go through this pandemic.

I wish things could just return to normal.

I wish my daughter could have finished her Grade 8 school year and all of the meaningful experiences that come with that.

I wish she could be hanging out with her friends.

I wish that her basketball season had not been cancelled.

I wish a vaccine could be found sooner than later.

I wish we could get back safely to worship. Read more

A Musical Moment with Amy

 

May 30th - In the Garden

Last week, I mentioned that it felt like we had begun to experience spring. Well, this week's weather has been a hint of summer.  How wonderful it has been to be in the garden, cutting grass, planting flowers, or just observing the beauty around us. 

COVID-19 has changed our regular routines, but let us not be discouraged.  As Alan Jackson sings In the Garden, we share joy with Jesus as we spend time with Him. That time is precious, particularly in these days of change, chaos and challenges.  As you enjoy the variety of colours -greens, reds, yellows, pinks, purples- and see the birds, butterflies and bustling squirrels, walk and talk with God; meditate in prayer and enjoy some quiet time with God in the garden. 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

May 27th - Trying Things That Do Not Work

 

People are trying a lot of different things right now during COVID-19 thinking it will work but discovering afterward it did not.

 

Inmates at a Los Angeles County jail thought that if they drank from the same water bottle and breathed from the same facial mask, they could become infected with COVID-19 and if so, be released from prison. Thirty of these prisoners did come down with COVID-19 but none of them were released from prison. Their plan did not work.

 

A former US Congressman tried to convince people that the COVID-19 virus was just a hoax and accused the Democrats of using the virus to try and gain power. His claim that all this was a hoax did not work out as his own son who is a U.S. Senator in Washington DC came down with the virus. Read more

 

A Musical Moment with Amy

 

May 21st - What a Wonderful World

For those of you who joined us via YouTube last week for our weekly service, one of the hymns was All Things Bright and Beautiful. When you look at the poetry, everything that has been made has been made by God. After creating flowers, birds, mountains, rivers, the seasons, He gave us eyes to see His handiwork. God gave us lips to tell about His awesomeness.

Well, as we are finishing week 9 of COVID-19, social distancing, self-isolation and school closures have become new ways of life. However, we can sense and feel that spring is returning.  Finally something that seems familiar!  May we be blessed as we reflect on all things bright and beautiful and know that the One Who created them is still great; cares about us; provides for us and still loves us. Oh, what a wonderful world. Oh, yeah.

 

A Mid-Week Message from Rev. Dean

May 20th - A Humbling Time

 

These past eight weeks during our COVID-19 isolation have been humbling for me at times. If anyone asked me at the start of this if I was good at math and answering questions on the Bible I would have responded of course I am. A person like myself who earned a professional accounting degree as well as having a Master of Divinity should be good at answering questions in these areas.

 

During COVID-19 students like my daughter Coral have had to do their learning online. Several times when she was struggling with a math question, she came to me and sought my help. How hard could it be for me to answer a Grade 8 math question? I have come to discover it is very hard at times. I will look at some questions and realize I have no clue where to begin. Read more

 

Music by Chris Vandertuin

I am a Pilgrim

Pride of Men

 

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Sermon: He Is Still There
Minister: Rev. Dean Adlam   
Music Director: Amy Groleau
Special Music: Tim Myerscough and Friends

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Sermon: So Many Disappointments

April 19, 2020

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Sermon: Is Your Patience Being Tested?

May 3, 2020

Sermon: Not Just Statistics, But People!

May 10, 2020

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May 17, 2020

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 June 28, 2020

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