Weekly News: Fitness Classes will STOP after Mon. Dec. 18 For Christmas & New Years. The Fitness Classes will resume on Mon. Jan. 8th at 7:30 pm
SMART: continues with the VON instructors at 9:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the whole YEAR!! ALL welcome plus it’s FREE!!
CIZE: is back with Shaun T. & Karen Harding Wed. at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm until after Wed. Dec. 20th —until Wed. Jan. 3rd. !!
Next Year, “TEDDIES 4 TRAGEDIES TEA PARTY” will be on: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018 – 2 pm Duff’s Presbyterian Church, Puslinch, ON. N0B 2J0 519-763-1163 . YOU are invited!!
This year, 2017: Alison McCrindle welcomed about 35 people to the 17th Annual Teddies For Tragedies Tea Party and thanked Wendy, Pat and Marie of Duff’s Church for taking over all the arrangements and refreshments with help from the Alison & Liz McCrindle.
She also reported that her mother, Liz McCrindle, founder of the Tea Party, had completed her cancer treatments last December and is doing very well. Good News! Liz had a previous midday appointment but was able to arrive later on to a very warm welcome.
Alison introduced the guest speaker, Debbie Couts, a volunteer worker with PAN Missions in Guelph, a registered not-for-profit organization. The following is an overview from the website www.panmissions.org :
“PAN Missions facilitates and ministers to the poor of Nicaragua. We are committed to empowering and equipping the local church to meet the needs of the poor in their own communities. As we work toward life improving solutions we hope to demonstrate God’s love and compassion in a practical way. It is our goal “to share with God’s people who are in need.” Romans 12:13a Annette Vickers founded PAN Missions Canada in 1997 in an effort to assist and partner with Child Evangelism Fellowship in the spreading of the gospel. As God has blessed, PAN has continued to grow and send workers to build churches and Sunday schools, to work in hospitals, orphanages, clinics and feeding stations and to minister through sports, drama, puppets and music. PAN teams impact the needy by providing basic life and economic skills training, access to clean drinking water and medical care.
PAN partners with local Nicaraguan organizations in an effort to meet the needs of Central America’s poorest people, including the need to know Him.
PAN is a multi-denominational Christian mission serving many denominations in Nicaragua. The Board of Directors of PAN Missions Canada and all of the Canadian workers and team members are volunteers.
As a Christian Mission organization we are proud that over 90% of all donations received are used for the programs designated by the donors.” Debbie informed that Nicaragua is a profoundly impoverished country. Through stories and projected images, she showed the desperate living conditions there. Then she showed the great improvements made by the mission volunteers who go there at their own expense while also personally raising some thousands of dollars towards the missions. Debbie shared images of such activities as building churches, houses and schools; door-to-door walks delivering clothes, shoes and other basics; visits to children’s and cancer treatment hospitals; visits to local jails, with appalling human conditions, to teach carpentry, sewing and other household skills; feeding centres for children; sewing cooperatives for people to access sewing machines and skills to create a personal business making and selling bed sheets, diapers, etc.; medical teams visiting outlying villages to provide some medical care, medicine and supplies.
MAC (Spanish for Christian Athletic Ministry) Sports camps for children, referred to as “VBS on steroids”, provide weekly sports and evangelism activities. The “MAC Olympic Games”, held in one week in ten cities, brings together up to 10,000 children. Tapping into the country’s passion for baseball, there is now a baseball academy for skill development. In all of these and more mission activities, the Teddies are given out by the hundreds. For almost all of these children, a Teddy is their only toy and becomes very special when told that it was made just for each of them. Images shown of children holding a Teddy were very heart-warming and encouraging.
There were 735 Teddies brought to this Tea Party, as well as a number of beautiful bags. More Teddies continue to arrive at Duff’s church office during the year and are regularly sent out according to the demand.
Next year’s Teddy Bear Tea Party in 2018 will be on Saturday, October 27.
Sat. Nov. 2 OR Sun. Nov. 3: 2 pm The Puslinch Fiddle Orchestra will present: their new Fiddle Show for 2018 at Duff’s.