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Sunday, February 25, 2024, 10:30am
Second Sunday in Lent Sunday
Black History Month
“I Will Make My Covenant”
Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; 2; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38


We are the makers. Take the first step of the God promise, reconciliation, planted in the people’s hearts. Abraham and Sarah, blessed to be a blessing. Jesus, take up your cross and follow me.

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This week...

  • Book Study, 12:00pm
  • Little Rainbow Fish Drop-in (sanctuary), 9:30am
  • Executive Council Meeting, 5:00pm
  • Older Youth, 6:30pm
  • Bible Study Online, 3:00pm
  • Yoga Online, 4:30pm
  • Little Rainbow Fish Drop-in (studio), 10:00am
  • Kids Night Out, 5:00pm 
And Beyond...
  • World Day of Prayer, March 1, 2:00pm
  • Online Heart at the Manor, March 5, 9:30am
  • Taize Labyrinth Walk, March 6, 3:30pm
  • Trustees Meeting, March 4, 7:00pm
  • Online Congregational Care Team Meeting, March 12, 10:00am
  • UCW Tea, March 12, 2:00pm
Celebrating our Superstars!
United Church Women's Valentine’s Tea
Amoo, guest preacher at the Manor
A new book study at Manor Road

Grief, anxiety, hope, love, pain, despair, awe—many emotions are used to describe our relationship with all of Creation. What is your personal, physical, and spiritual relationship with God’s Creation? How does this relationship affect how you follow Christ? Act/Fast features a diverse group of contributors and is ideal for individuals, groups, or churches wishing to expand and grow their Lenten practice.

Tuesdays 12:00pm to 1:00pm
February 13th to March 26th 
In John Joseph's office, with homemade soup
Purchase here. Read more here.

Week Two - Good Friends, Do Not Wait for a Miracle

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Meeting ID: 820 3804 6225, Passcode: 380917

Little Rainbow Fish Drop-In
A drop-in playgroup for children 0 - 5 years of age and their caregivers. Join friends from 9:30am to 11:00am on Wednesdays (sanctuary) and 10:00am on Fridays (studio). See Facebook for details.
Bible Study Online
Join us for our weekly Bible study every Thursday at 3:00pm
“Blessed to Be a Blessing”
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Meeting ID: 822 2777 3006
Passcode: 261630
Free Yoga Online with Linda Nicolson 
A weekly hour of non-competitive, gentle, calming Hatha yoga
Thursdays, 4:30pm

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Meeting ID: 817 1503 6580
Passcode: 072672

New from the tenants of MRUC
Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization
What is this remit about? Where did this remit come from? Why is a remit process needed? What is the voting process? What will the new Indigenous Church look like? How will it be funded? How will this Indigenous organization be in relationship with the
regional councils and wider United Church?

During the February 21st meeting, the Executive Council will be voting on the remit to establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization. If you would to learn more visit and submit your opinions to the office at before the meeting.
From Congregational Care
Our Congregation Care team provides care for those in need of support. If you are ill, grieving, overwhelmed, or struggling, if it would bring you comfort to know that you are being held in prayer, please give us a call. 
  • Susan Johnson 416 481 3857
  • Betty Kelman 416 481 3609
  • Rev Dr John Joseph Mastandrea 416 809 6044
  • Don Reynolds 416 231 5647
  • Susan Logie 647 622 8166
Susan Johnson
Chair, Congregational Care Team
The GO Project
Youth and children's faith-based curriculum

The Spiritual Practices of Lent 

In our story this week, Jesus goes into the wilderness and fasts for 40 days! Fasting is when we give something up - not necessarily food, but something that distracts us from God. We often look to this story as inspiration for something we may want to give up for Lent – also 40 days. Fasting is not a punishment - we don’t fast because we are in trouble or because God is “mad at us.” Similarly, fasting isn’t for a reward - we don’t fast to get a prize, reward, or treat. Fasting is meant to help us focus on God and remember that God is the most important thing and all we need. When we fast, we are meant to fill up the empty time or space with something that helps us focus on God and our relationship with Them. The aim of fasting is not just to “give up.” It is not about self-discipline, willpower, or control. It is about focusing on God as all we need and intentionally spending more time with God.

I wonder how it feels when you want something?
I wonder how wanting one thing affects how you act or respond to other things?
I wonder what you miss when you are focused on what you don't have?
I wonder how giving something up helps us focus on God?
I wonder how we can intentionally spend more time with God?

Poetry by Dr JJ
We Are the Makers

Giordano Fund
Manor Road operates a fund to help those with travel expenses to and from medical appointments. Please read the requirements for reimbursement here. Use this expense report for taxi trips, ride sharing, and parking. Use this mileage report if you drive yourself.
Dashboard for December 2023

General Fund Offerings $12,593.00
Budgeted $12,452.00
Better or Worse + $141.00

Mission & Service Offerings $1,220.00
Budgeted $1,290.00
Better or Worse - $70.00

We invite you to join in our community practice of giving back as we take up a financial offering. Thank you for your generosity. 

These are ways you can give. 

1. Sign up for PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance). This is the easiest way to give (for both you and the church). Visit our website for more information.
2. E-transfer to
3. On our website use Canada Helps.
4. Mail a cheque payable to “Manor Road United Church” to Marianne Eschker, 240 Manor Road East, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1R8.

5. Donate on Sunday on the offering plate.

240 Manor Road East
Toronto, ON, M4S 1K3
416 483 0695

Manor Road United Church is on the traditional home of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Metis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River. May we be connected to the heartbeat of the Spirit as one.