Lambeth United Church
“Where the feeling of being a community is very strong.”
4268 Colonel Talbot Road, London, Ontario N6P 1A2
(519)652-2093 10:30 Morning Worship & Sunday School
Staffed Nursery available during Worship
|Minister: Rev. Matthew Penny
Youth Co-ordinator: Rebecca Allen
Church Secretary: Judy King
Organist: Alan Davidson
Parish Advocate: Jan Linner
Thank you to the members of Lambeth United Church for your Mission & Service contributions in 2016. Collectively we donated $22,116.00 for Mission & Service which is part of the $25,322,586.00 donated across Canada.
We Sing Thanksgiving! From Moderator, Jordan Cantwell – Listen.
Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell is the 42nd moderator of The United Church of Canada.
Organ Donation across “Enemy Lines”
Our gifts for Mission & Service support health and peace and the breaking down of barriers to peace. In the Holy Land, bringing ordinary Israelis and Palestinians peacefully together is extremely difficult in such a tense and violent environment. But the International Christian Committee in Israel (ICCI) does just that.
Along with Palestinian girls’ empowerment programs in Arab towns in Acre, the ICCI brings Palestinians and Israelis together through a variety of programs, from academic conferences to supporting inter-ethnic organ donation. As Hussam Elias, ICCI’s Executive Secretary, says, “Arabs and Jews are not ‘doomed’ to live together but should live together.”
The medical expenses related to organ donation in Israel are covered by the state; the ICCI raises awareness and organizes conferences to break down the social barriers and conflicting ideas about organ transplants that have been in place across cultures. Often, people only want to donate within their own ethnicity.
As a result of the support of the ICCI and other organizations, Israeli and Palestinian families come together in very unique, life-giving situations.
One Arab youth was killed in a car accident, and his family donated his heart to a Jewish person; when the boy’s mother met the recipient, they hugged, and she said it felt like she was hugging her son. In another case, a Jewish family donated the liver of a relative to a young Arab man. When he got married, he invited his donor’s family, and the wedding photos show them all together as one big family.
As a piece of anonymous street art in the city of Haifa says, “This is for the organ donors, reminding us all that we won’t be strangers for long.”
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.
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