Virtual Service – January 15, 2023

2:00 pm

January 15, 2023

Outreach Sunday

Welcome to virtual church!

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text.

• View the video below
• download and print the service from this document – link

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Announcements

• We are hiring! Do you take pride in a job well done? Are you looking for a part-time opportunity to serve your community? Walton United Church is searching for a part-time weekend Building Superintendent / Custodian. This role is available as either a part-time employee position or as an external, independent contractor. The weekend superintendent / custodian is responsible for the weekend maintenance (Friday – Sunday) of the church building and property to ensure they are clean, safe, and well-maintained, as well as setting up / taking down rooms for scheduled activities and rentals.
The ideal candidate is:
→ Able to communicate clearly and follow instructions verbally, in writing, and by text / email
→ Able to lift heavy items and perform physical work, both indoors and out, in all seasons
Reliable, energetic, and independent
→ Flexible
→ Organized and detail-oriented
→ Handy with tools
→ Takes pride in a job well done
→ Experience as a commercial cleaner is an asset
This is a part-time hourly position working Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are flexible and will vary each week depending on events scheduled at the church – approximately 6-10 hours per week. To apply for the position, please send a résumé and cover letter no later than Friday, January 20 to office@waltonmemorial.com.

• Bring A Friend Sunday is next week, Sunday, January 22. We encourage everyone of all ages to bring a friend, neighbour, family member, or co-worker with them to experience worship and fellowship at Walton. Everyone is welcome! In addition to unveiling a beautiful project created by our VBS campers last summer, and revealing our 2023 VBS program, we’ll have special activities during Sunday School and Youth Group, and tasty treats for everyone to enjoy at coffee time.

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online.

• Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayer requests can be sent to office@waltonmemorial.com

If you need Rev. Jim for a pastoral emergency, please email him directly at jamescgillwuc@gmail.com.


Land Acknowledgement

As we gather today on these treaty lands, we are in solidarity with Indigenous brothers and sisters to honour and respect the four directions, lands, waters, plants, animals and ancestors that walked before us, and all of the wonderful elements of creation that exist. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.

Welcome

Beth: Just a spoonful of loving helps the medicine go down..the medicine go down…the medicine go down. Just a spoonful of loving helps the medicine go down…in the most delightful way.

Debbie: We all received spoons today as we came into church. Does that mean we have to take medicine? Oooh, yuck!

Beth: What if I told you that these spoons were for a different kind of medicine? One that comes in the form of SERVICE from the Walton United Outreach Committee. And it involves lots of love but absolutely no bad-tasting medicine. Would that help?

Debbie: Yes, But I don’t know if everyone here knows what the Outreach Committee does. What kind of medicine does it serve?

Beth: The kind that helps to fix needs in our community.

Jim: Needs like homelessness, poverty, isolation, food insecurity. The Outreach Committee is a group of people from Walton who meet to plan fundraisers, who advocate for, and who reach out to those who need a helping hand.

Beth: Just like Jesus asked us to do?

Debbie: Everyone is welcome to be on the Outreach Committee. Beth is one of our newest members.

Beth: Social justice has always been very important to me, so I was delighted when it was suggested that I join. Now, I would like everyone to hold up their spoons. What does the tag say?

Jim: It says that Jesus wants us to pass on a spoonful of loving to others, especially to Health Partners International of Canada. And it gives us a chance to donate to this important charity.

Debbie: I am relieved that we are letting others know that they are not alone. As a member of the Walton Outreach Committee, I invite you to use these spoons for the good medicine they can provide to others.

Beth: And I would like to thank Lois Brown from HPIC for coming to speak to us today. This is going to be a great way to start 2023!

Hymn: “I am the Light of the World”  verse 1, 2  87VU

Call to Worship

One: One person is not enough.
All: Together we are powerful.
One: The world’s problems are many and great.
All: Together we can change the world.
One: So many people are in need.
All: Together we can help them.

Opening Prayer

O God who cares for us, Her people, call us to be caring people in this world. Teach us to look around with clear vision and see others as they are, others in need of food, shelter, kindness and love. Help us to guard children, uphold caregivers and welcome refugees, both those from outside our country and those within it. We need Your help, O Lord, to tear off our blinders, which allow us to see only our own needs, those of our family and our close knit group. In this Outreach service, we ask that You teach us to accept Your guidance, to love others and to be the hands of Your Son, the Christ. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Youth Hymn:  “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”  verse 1  626VU

Youth Story: “Garbage in, garbage out”

We have some special guests here today to talk about health. They work to make sure people around the world have access to the things they need to keep them healthy. What do you need to be healthy? (Kids answer)

You can help keep your body healthy by paying attention to what you put in it. Some foods are healthy and make you feel good when you eat a lot of them. Other foods are not so healthy and when you eat a lot of them, you don’t feel so good. Can you tell me which ones we should have more of and which ones we should try and have less of?

Alison pulls items out of a grocery bag, including fruits, vegetables, sugary cereals and candy. The children decide if they go in the “more” or “less” pile.

Did you know that health isn’t just about what you feed your physical body? Spiritual health is important too, and we need to pay attention to what we feed our spirits with. Tell which ones our spirits need more of and which ones we want to have less of in our lives:

Alison pulls out a series of cards from the bag one at a time:

• Jealousy
• Kindness
• Anger
• Patience
• Self doubt
• Self esteem
• Bullying
• Friendship
• Prayer

Let’s try to avoid jealousy and fill our spirits with kindness instead. Take away anger and have patience instead. Don’t feed your heart with self doubt and negative talk about yourself. Feed your spirit with self-esteem, all the ways God made you awesome. Choose friendship over bullying. Most of all, keep your spirit healthy with prayer. Talk to God every day and he will help you make healthy choices.

Let’s pray together now:

Loving God, thank you for the amazing gifts of our bodies and our spirits. Help us make good choices to take care of them and keep them healthy.

Youth Hymn:  “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”  verse 2  626VU

9:30 Chancel Choir: “I Am Not Alone”
11:00 Solo: “I Am Not Alone” – Jillian Vander Doelen

Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

You are rich in all you have, in faith, speech and knowledge, in your eagerness to help and in your love for us. And so we want you to be generous also in this service of love.
I am not laying down any rules. But by showing how eager others are to help, I am trying to find out how real your own love is.
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; rich as He was, he made Himself poor for your sake, in order to make you rich by means of His poverty.
My opinion is that it is better for you to finish now what you began last year. You were the first, not only to act, but also to be willing to act. On with it, then and finish the job!
Be as eager to finish it as you were to plan it, and do it with what you now have.
If you are eager to give, God will accept your gift on the basis of what you have to give, not on what you don’t have.
I am trying to relieve others by putting a burden on you; but since you have plenty at this time, it is only fair that you should help those in need.
Then, when you are in need and they have plenty , they will help you. In this way, both are treated equally.
As the Scripture says, “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little”.

Scripture Response

One: Just as Paul encouraged the Corinthians to do what they could to help others, we too should help others in our local, national and international communities where we can.
All: We know that what we may have to give feels insignificant compared to the needs of others, but let our gifts of time, or money, or encouragement be the spark that can change the world.
One: Just as Jesus showed his followers how to walk in the path of doing for others, so we too should feel compelled to listen to the stories of those in need and truly understand their needs.
All: We will listen to today’s message and respond with gratitude that we are able.

Introduction of our speaker, Lois Brown, by Ruth Perkins

It is my pleasure this morning to introduce our Outreach speaker, Lois Brown, the president of Health Partners International Canada, who will bring us a fascinating look at the goals, achievements and experiences of HPIC, currently working in 30 countries around the world.

Lois came to us today with her husband Kelvin – a little background – they have 2 adult daughters and a gorgeous 2-year-old grandson. Lois and Kelvin ran their own business for many years, providing consulting services throughout Canada in the areas of Return to Work programs.

In 2008, Lois was elected as a Member of Parliament in her constituency and served as an MP for two terms. New to the role of President of Health Partners International Canada, Lois brings a wealth of experience working with Government Agencies and not-for-profit stakeholders. She served as Parliamentary Secretary for International development for six years, travelling on behalf of the Government of Canada, speaking at global conferences and meeting with government officials and civil society organizations around the world. Lois understands the need for Health Partners’ mission around the world – she was a member of HPIC’s board leadership for several years before officially moving to serve as President in March 2022.

Morning Message: Lois Brown

Good morning!

Thank you for the invitation to join you this morning and for including Health Partners in your Outreach Sunday.  And thank you, Ruth, for that kind introduction.

I spent some time on the Walton Memorial website, wanting to know a little about the Walton community.  You are a VERY busy church and obviously very invested in the life of Oakville.  And, THREE choirs – most churches scramble to have one!

With all that you have going on – programs for people of all ages in your congregation, I applaud your concern for our world and for those who through no fault of their own are so very needy.

Thank you for your interest in Health Partners International Canada – an international Charity that has its offices right here in Oakville, but annually touches more than a million people per year around the globe.

There is a Native American saying that “he who tells the stories wins”, so I thought that I would tell you a story or two.

In January 2011, when South Sudan was only weeks old as an independent country, I flew, in a 12-seater aircraft, from the Capital, Juba, 2½ hours north-west to a city called Wau – that’s spelt W-A-U.

When I looked out the window at the landing strip below, I thought “Wow, we gonna die!”

The landing strip itself was scary, being a series of moguls, but the most disconcerting sight of all was the relics of dead, rusted-out skeletons of planes that lined the landing strip.

I think that my fingernails went through the material on the seat in front of me!!!

However, our pilot was Canadian-trained – in Hamilton, as a matter of fact – and I am still here to tell the story!

Malawi, east Africa – the land of David Livingston. Malawi is a country that has a bounty of good agricultural land, and a stunning waterscape in Lake Malawi.

But people in Malawi suffer from malnutrition.  Some years ago, a terrible drought ravished Malawi. The government of the day made a policy decision that Malawians would never go hungry again and the government encouraged farmers to grow corn.

In fact, a cash subsidy was attached to corn crops delivered to the government and consequently, everyone grows corn. It truly is a Cash Crop.

In fact, there are silos filled with corn EVERYWHERE!!!

Sadly, although corn may fill empty tummies, it does not provide the nutrition required by children to grow and develop.

I visited a hospital east of Lilongwe, where I saw little ones suffering from a condition called “stunting” – stunted in their physical growth and stunted in their intellectual development.  They need vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet to achieve their full potential.

In an SOS village in Zambia, where I met children who were orphaned or abandoned, 2½ year old Angela wrapped her arms around my legs and her hands around my heart.

How do you possibly walk away from an experience like that without your life and soul being changed forever?

These stories are from my experiences in Africa – visits required by my responsibilities as Parliamentary Secretary for International Development.

Being appointed Parliamentary Secretary was a great honour and having carriage of the Maternal Newborn Child Health – Muskoka Initiative gave me the opportunity to make a real, lasting impact in the lives of Mums and babies in developing countries.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

I have experienced some of the best and the worst of our world – I’ve eaten meals with princes and kings, but I have seen the sick and hungry outside the palaces

I had an audience with the Pope, but I have held babies whose names would not be recorded until they turned 5 – why bother?????

I have had tours of remarkable architecture – but I also walked in the shoes of the neediest.

When you have spent time in the slums of Bangladesh, your soul is changed – you just know that you can’t rest until life changes for those who live with such need.

I am haunted by the eyes of Mums who just want their babies to have food and access to medicines they need to survive and thrive.

I am haunted by those little ones in Malawi who need vitamins and minerals to develop their bodies and brains.

And I am haunted by the face of Angela, who deserves a life of health and hope and opportunity.

Which is why, when HPIC contacted me in 2018 and asked me to join their Board of Directors, I was delighted.  I had been introduced to Health Partners when I was PS and I was impressed with their business model – A Canadian Charity working with the Canadian pharmaceutical industry to provide essential medicines to vulnerable kids, kids like Angela.

This is sustainable development! Ensuring that individuals have the medicines they need to be well – to be able to live, to work and to raise a family! What better gift could we possibly give!?

I sort of backed into the position of President of HPIC. Our former President departed on short notice to a new job and I volunteered, as a Board member, to “hold the reins” until new leadership was found.

Well, You know what happens when you volunteer!!!

But, I also believe that God has His own purposes and that with the experiences I have been privileged to have, that I am in this position “for such a time as this”.

I am honoured to lead a small but mighty team of 15 caring, dedicated people who have hearts for the needy and many of you will know our Board Chair, Oakville resident, Mike Reinders.

I am also amazed at the generosity of our Pharma partners who give products so generously to Health Partners for distribution overseas.

To give you a brief history of HPIC, I would like to show you a short video.

(HPIC VIDEO plays – 3 minutes)

As you saw, since 1990, Health Partners has delivered over 825 million dollars worth of medicines to over 131 countries. HPIC is the only Canadian Charity with a Health Establishment Licence from Health Canada to procure, store, ship and mobilize these medicines. From pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Baxter, Apotex, Teva, Pfizer, PharmaScience, EliLilley and a host of others, gift-in-kind medicines arrive at our 12,000 square foot warehouse here in Oakville to the tune of $20 – $25 million dollars per year.

We work with trusted partners – Canadian NGOs like Plan Canada, World Vision, Food for the Poor and Children Believe, who mobilize the medicines overseas and ensure that the medicines are issued appropriately.

Yes, we do ship bulk shipments of medicines – December 2021 saw 840,000 dollars worth of Ammoxicillan go to Burkina Faso – but we are best known for our Humanitarian Medical Kits, or HMKs.

What is in a Humanitarian Medical Kit?

Typically carried by individuals who are going on a missions trip, an HMK is a “Pharmacy in a box”.  Anti-malarials, anti-histamines, anti-hypertensives, anti-biotics, anti-parasitics, ointments, creams, vitamins – all over-the-counter medicines that we take for granted!

Carried in 2 boxes like carry-on luggage, an HMK takes approximately $6000.00 worth of medicines.

Who are the recipients? Hospitals in Ethiopia, Zambia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, clinics in Haiti, organizations like the Mullys Children Foundation in Kenya, a Catholic religious order in Nigeria that manages a school, Food For The Poor in Honduras – and so many more – all places to whom HPIC has supplied medicines!

All medicine shipments from HPIC must comply with Health Canada requirements, WHO regulations and of course, the regulatory requirements of the destination country.

Our staff are very careful to maintain the highest of standards and in 30 years, HPIC has consistently passed its Health Canada Audit.

You saw in the video that the genesis of Health Partners was a response to an emergency.

This year alone, we have responded to 13 global crises, the largest of which has been Ukraine.

When the invasion began last February, HPIC committed to sending three million dollars worth of medicines in 2022.  My friends, we had done that by June, and we are now over 4 million, thanks to the generosity of Canadians who provided the funds to get those medicines to Ukraine.

Because of our unique position and the gift-in-kind product donation relationship we have with the Pharma industry, for every dollar that is donated to Health Partners, we are able to mobilize 10 dollars worth of medicines.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get that in your investment portfolio?!

And, just an FYI – HPIC does not get any money from the Government of Canada – we raise our funds from generous donors who have a heart for a more just world.

I would like to close with another story – a romance story – because everyone likes a romance!

This is a story about a young man, named Kofi Asante,  who came to Canada from Ghana, West Africa.

Kofi arrived in Canada with a Masters Degree in Physics and acquired a second Masters Degree in Material Sciences at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

And, while he was diligently studying at Laurentian, he met a lovely Undergrad student named Shannon.

Kofi went to the United States to do his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and at the same time, Shannon flew to Australia to do her Masters degree in teaching.

Unbeknownst to us, a romance was underway, and yes, indeed, Dr. Asante is my son-in-law!

Kofi has a keen interest in solar energy and has a passion to see reliable energy created for Ghana. They spent their early married years in Ghana preparing the way for some solar projects.

Shannon taught a grade 4 class at a local school, and she shared with me something that I find compelling.

Shannon’s student, Ama wrote “I am so glad to be in school because I want to be somebody when I grow up”

Somebodies – that’s what Health Partners is doing.  We are working in Ghana, and Malawi, and Zambia – 35 countries in the past 12 months, and we have responded to 11 emergencies.

By providing antibiotics or anti-malarias to kids like Angela or Ama, or vitamins to little ones in Malawi, or Cholera medicines to children in Pakistan, we are giving these kids the opportunity to grow up and be somebodies.

Thank you for being part of HPICs outreach! Your dollars today will change a life and give hope and healing tenfold!

Thank you: Ruth Perkins

Thank you Lois, you are an inspiration, we are so fortunate to have you visiting with us for our Coffee Time, I am sure there will be so many questions.

Solo: “You’ll Never Walk Alone”  Ron Tidy

Pastoral Prayer

Our Father,
Each day is a little life, each night a tiny death; help us to live with faith and hope and love.
Lift our duty above drudgery; let not our strength fail, or the vision fade, in the heat and burden of the day.
O God, make us patient and pitiful one with another in the fret and jar of life, remembering that each fights a hard fight and walks a lonely way.
Forgive us, Lord, if we hurt our fellow souls; teach us a gentler tone, a sweeter charity of words,
and a more healing touch.
Sustain us, O God, when we must face sorrow; give us courage for the day and hope for the morrow.
Day unto day may we lay hold of thy hand and look up into thy face, whatever befall, until our work is finished and the day is done.
Amen.
 Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226.  Posted on thisischurch.com http://thisischurch.com/

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Offering Hymn: “Give Thanks”

Offering Prayer

All: Generous God, from whom all blessings are given, we contribute these gifts in grateful prayer for your abundance and in hopeful prayer for the world, your creation. Please use our gifts, our time and energy, our talents and efforts, and the offering we make today to comfort and heal, to nurture and cherish, and to bring your light and love into the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: “For the Fruit of All Creation”  verse 2  227VU

Benediction: Ulrich Wickardt

In anxiety may you find peace
In sadness may you find comfort
In sickness may you find healing
In loneliness may you find company
In busyness may you find space
In listening may you find wisdom
In following may you find hope
In the One who meets our needs
Who says, ‘Ask and you will receive.’ Amen
Written by John Birch – “ Faith and Worship” 

Closing Hymn: “Go now in Peace”

Announcements

Scripture Readers: Catherine Ujihara
Soloist: Jillian Vander Doelen and Ron Tidy


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, January 11th