Update- Expect the Unexpected

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me, hungry and you fed me, frightened and you comforted and kept me safe”

Going into the Fall the St. Simon/St. Jude teams remain in a state of readiness despite not having a designated family, or arrival date. Recalling the experience of Knox Presbyterian we need to maintain our level of preparedness. That said, we are not accepting any more clothing until we know the sizes of the family members. IF you have furniture to donate we appreciate you storing it.

Decisions:

Our goal is to position our family for success thus we have identified additional things we need to raise money to cover. The Canadian government is no longer covering the travel cost of refugees; now a loan, that must be repaid.  We believe these are costs that we need to cover.

A recent article in MacLean’s identifies long wait times for English classes delaying the ability of “Newcomers” to orientate themselves, find work and fully embrace life in Canada.   We believe that IF English classes are not available in a timely fashion we should fund such classes.   Clearly a wise and empowering investment in our family’s settlement; positioning them for success.

What is needed to advance St. Jude’s /St. Simon’s ability to be ready to “expect the unexpected” and “position our family for success?”

Donations and/or pledges in advance of the arrival of our family. You can help;  each dollar matters.

  • Write a cheque now marked “Refugee to Newcomer”
  • Make a pledge of a few dollars a week, in addition to our existing pledge to St. Jude’s.
  • Remember that you can transfer some stock to St. Jude’s for this purpose too.   You’ll get a full tax receipt for 2016 and save the full Capital Gain.
  • Remember too that the money given in 2015 to the Bishop’s drive for funds for refugees went to the Diocese not St. Jude’s.
  • We acknowledge that it would be easier to motivate ourselves to make a financial commitment when the family is known to us, when their arrival date has been established.

However, to be prepared in a way that truly positions our family for success we need to have money in the bank in the next few weeks.

As in all stewardship decision please pray about how you can help this ‘yet to be identified’ family by reflecting on your own material blessings.

Your designated gift to the St. Simon/St. Jude’s “Refugee to Newcomer” project will change both the family’s lives and your own.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me, hungry and you fed me, frightened and you comforted and kept me safe”

 

Fundraising Update!

Fundraising Update!

Last week’s two events were well attended and were very successful! Thanks to all who supported these two fundraising kickoff events. The Sidebar Concert at St. Simon’s raised $2,675 and the St Jude’s Bake Sale made $1,300 for a total of over $4,000! – this is more than 10% of our goal of $35,000! Thanks to all who attended the excellent concert at St. Simon’s and thanks also to bakers, “phoners,” buyers and sellers at the St. Jude’s bake sale!

Donations Now Accepted

Monetary Donations Now Accepted!

St. Simon’s and St. Jude’s are now accepting monetary donations to support the Refugee to Newcomer Project. All donations are tax deductible and may be made in one of three ways:

  1. Cash and/or Cheques made out to your Parish and designated for the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  2. Monthly or Quarterly donations via cheques made out to your Parish and designated for the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  3. Online Donations using the Diocesan Online Giving secure website donation page: niagaraanglican.ca/donate. See the Important Instructions below.

If you plan to make your donation through the Diocesan website, please be sure to follow the steps below carefully, in order to direct your online donation to your own Parish, designating the contribution to the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative.”

  1. Click here to open the Diocesan Online Giving website in a new tab on your computer, tablet, or smartphone and you will be able to read these instructions as you fill in the donation form at the same time.Online Giving
  2. Choose One Time Donation or Multiple Donations by clicking the radio button (see the example to the right)
  3. Under the “Particular Parish” dropdown menu, choose St Jude (Oakville) or St Simon’s (Oakville)
  4. Under Designated For, choose “Other” in the Dropdown Menu.
  5. In the box that opens, type “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  6. Enter the $ in the Amount box.
  7. If you chose Multiple Donations, enter the dates, frequency and number of withdrawals using the dropdown menus and boxes provided.designation
  8. Enter your full name and address details in the appropriate boxes in order to receive your tax receipt.
  9. Click Continue to enter your Credit Card information and submit your donation.

All donations should be designated as “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”

Refugee to Newcomer Fundraising Kickoff!

 

Settlement Plan Submitted!

 

After considerable effort from each of the volunteer teams, the St. Simon’s and St. Jude’s “Refugee to Newcomer Project” Settlement Plan has now been submitted to the Diocese! We are now well on our way to preparing for a Refugee family to be welcomed and supported by our Parishes.

The next step in our Refugee to Newcomer Project is to begin the task of fundraising. The money is needed to meet the financial obligations the parishes have towards the family for the first year. We are responsible for all start-up costs (furniture, clothing, securing temporary and permanent accommodation etc.) and half of ongoing costs (rent, utilities, food, etc.) for the first year. The Federal Government provides the other half of the ongoing costs. The amount that our Parishes need to raise is approximately $30 k to $35 k.

Fundraising Kickoff Concert and Bake Sale!

The first fundraising event will be the Sidebar concert at St. Simon’s on Saturday, May 14th! More information is available by clicking here.

On Sunday, May 15th, a Bake Sale will be happening at St. Jude’s after the 8, 9:30 and 11 o’clock services. Click here for more information. Other fundraising opportunities are being planned.

Monetary Donations Now Accepted!

St. Simon’s and St. Jude’s are now accepting monetary donations to support the Refugee to Newcomer Project. All donations are tax deductible and may be made in one of three ways:

  1. Cash and/or Cheques made out to your Parish and designated for the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  2. Monthly or Quarterly donations via cheques made out to your Parish and designated for the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  3. Online Donations using the Diocesan Online Giving secure website donation page: niagaraanglican.ca/donate. See the Important Instructions below.

 

If you plan to make your donation through the Diocesan website, please be sure to follow the steps below carefully, in order to direct your online donation to your own Parish, designating the contribution to the “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative.”

  1. Click here to open the Diocesan Online Giving website in a new tab on your computer, tablet, or smartphone and you will be able to read these instructions as you fill in the donation form at the same time.Online Giving
  2. Choose One Time Donation or Multiple Donations by clicking the radio button (see the example to the right)
  3. Under the “Particular Parish” dropdown menu, choose St Jude (Oakville) or St Simon’s (Oakville)
  4. Under Designated For, choose “Other” in the Dropdown Menu.
  5. In the box that opens, type “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”
  6. Enter the $ in the Amount box.
  7. If you chose Multiple Donations, enter the dates, frequency and number of withdrawals using the dropdown menus and boxes provided.designation
  8. Enter your full name and address details in the appropriate boxes in order to receive your tax receipt.
  9. Click Continue to enter your Credit Card information and submit your donation.

All donations should be designated as “Refugee to Newcomer Initiative”

Questions? Leave a Comment below.

Refugee to Newcomer Bake Sale- Sunday, May 15

Are you baking for tomorrow’s Refugee to Newcomer Bake Sale? Are you ready to buy some delectable home baked treats? Help kick off the Refugee to Newcomer Project fundraising by donating baked goods or making a purchase after the 8, 9:30 and 11 o’clock services at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville.

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Strawberry and Strawberry-Rhubarb pies ready for meringue topping

Three pies now ready for Sunday’s Bake Sale! Raspberry, Strawberry and Strawberry-Rhubarb Meringue!

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Raspberry, Strawberry or Strawberry-Rhubarb anyone?

Butter Tarts will be available too!

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Butter Tarts ready for the oven

Sidebar concert May 14th

Local singing group, Sidebar, is performing a concert to raise funds for the St. Simon’s and St. Jude’s Refugee to Newcomer Project. The concert is on Saturday May 14 and is at St. Simon’s Anglican Church, 1450 Litchfield Rd. in Oakville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The concert is at 8 p.m.

Sidebar is a group of three vocalists (Regan Clark, Diana Coen, Pamela Maloney) and musicians (Michele Bruch, John MacKenzie, Bill McKinlay, Sue Thurston). They sing and play a mix of songs from American song-book standards to contemporary, both secular and sacred; songs written by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel, Carol King and many others. Sidebar, in different incarnations, has been performing for 16 years, doing benefit concerts for area churches and charities, raising close to $100,000 dollars.

Tickets for the concert are $20 each and are available at St. Judes from Ann Mulvale (905 844 4721)  and at St. Simons from John MacKenzie (905-827-7818).