Healing & reconciliation


Bulletin back cover, May 22, 2016. Text by Vivian Ketchum

Last Sunday, May 22, was Healing & Reconciliation Sunday. This phrase describes the phase of relationship with our First Nations sisters and brothers in a time after the 94 calls to actionย  of the recently concluded Truth & Reconciliation Commission, led by esteemed justice and senator Murray Sinclair. It’s a phase that’s just beginning.

I was delighted to see on the back of our bulletin last week a reflection by our friend Vivian Ketchum. Vivian is a member of Place of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, a First Nations woman with family roots in Kenora, Ont. She has many gifts, writing, photography and storytelling among them. Those who know Vivian view her as more than the sum of those gifts – perhaps one of her most dynamic traits is her relentless advocacy of underprivileged people of every description everywhere. When Vivian writes about sitting still, that’s a considered deliberate action for her. As it should be for all of us. Her reflection is brilliantly short and sweet. I’m including a screen capture of it her so that we can all have a chance to re-read it.

I’ll be visiting our friends at Winnipeg Inner City Missions, where Place of Hope Church is housed,ย  next week to help with some office work. I’m taking along one of the prayer shawls from our vibrant shawl ministry, a healing hug from Knox Acton as we step into this new phase of relationship with our First Nations brothers and sisters.


Bulletin front cover, May 22, 2016. Healing & Reconcilation Sunday.



CAIRS Coffee House fundraiser – report

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.34.21 PMby Marion Crumplen

The CAIRS fundraiser at the Roxy on Friday 13 th was very successful.$ 1400 in donations were given at the door.

$ 1800 was raised at the silent Auction.
Special thanks go to our three musicians who gave their time & great talent to help our cause : Tim Alberts ,Phillip Cottrell,& Kevin Morse.

Thank you to the Roxy for hosting, the businesses in Acton and individuals for their donations to the silent auction and thanks to all who came out and supported our efforts to bring a refugee family to safety in Acton.

You have shown us ACTON CARES by helping us raise $39,167

Mother’s Day treat

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 9.39.20 AMHere’s hoping all had a lovely mother’s day! I know I did – all kids home for dinner, lots of help with the garden ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 <3 <3

And gosh I am kicking myself for not taking a photo of those almost-too-good-to-eat cupcakes. I did say almost…

What is more than a memory is the delightful anthem presented by the Jr Choir. Didn’t Jacob to a fantastic job of his solo?!

To take with you through the week, here’s a clip of the anthem, which we’ll call ‘Even before I was born.’ From all of us moms, thank you!

Clip, Even before I was born, Mother’s Day Anthem, Knox Jr. Choir