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Just a thought
There’s a destructive quality in us that is easy to see in others, but hard to see in ourselves.  We all have it to varying degrees.  If we’re not careful it can destroy our relationships with both God and the people around us.  It’s pride!

The telltale signs of pride are constantly getting into conflict with others; talking a lot about ourselves; being sarcastic and cynical; needing to teach others a lesson; being overly sensitive and bothered; and trying too hard to defend or promote ourselves.  I have been down this road before!

The antidote to pride is to follow the way of Jesus.  Jesus lived a life of service and sacrifice.  Jesus was humble and merciful.  Jesus wanted to do his father’s will, more than his own.  So we pray, “Lord Jesus, lead me in your way.  There are times when pride gets the better of me.  Please save me from myself.  Renew and protect my heart… in your name.  Amen.

Sermon Information

This Sunday, we have 2 services… 
Our relaxed 9 am Encounter service is a small informal service with guitar, drums and the same relevant Sunday sermon, held in the old sanctuary.

Our traditional 10:30 am service is a larger more formal service with hymns, choir, and the same relevant Sunday sermon, held in our new sanctuary.
Feel free to come to either service… let’s worship together.

This Sunday, Peter will continue with the sermon series on “Pursuing Pleasure”, with a sermon based on Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8, 13-14.  I’m calling this sermon, “The pursuit of happiness.”  Let’s talk about it on Sunday.
Upcoming Sermons

Sept 9    Inspired by the Psalms (Psalm 150)
Sept 16  Pursuing Pleasure (part 1) – Pleasure in Work
Sept 23  Pursuing Pleasure (part 2) – The Pursuit of Happiness
Sept 30  Lynne Brampton Lidkea
Oct 7      Communion – Thanksgiving

More Sunday Info

Giving Hope

Upcoming Events

Giving Hope: Mission News
Ride for Refuge

Team Lightning Bolt is ready to ride and walk to raise funds for mums and babies in the developing world, through Presbyterian World Service and Development.  Thomas has been making announcements at church.  We have raised $1690 so far!  Check out our team page here.  Join us with your support and donations.

Evangel Hall

The next sandwich delivery is scheduled for September 26.
Thanks to all who prepared sandwiches and thank you Cate for receiving and delivering to Evangel Hall on Aug 22!

Markham Food Bank
The last Sunday of each month (this Sunday) is designated as Food Bank Sunday.  Bring non-perishable items to support people in need!

Most needed items:
small bags of rice, canned peas, crackers, canned milk, flour, juice, jam, jello

Upcoming Events

Sun Sept 30: Family Fun



Thu Oct 4: Lunch and Mingle



Sat Oct 6: Men’s Fellowship Breakfast


Small Group Bible Studies


Save the Date: Markham Prayer Breakfast – November 30


Introducing our new Transportation Ministry!


Offering a ride is a ministry.  Through transportation, our church community grows in friendship, encouragement, compassion, hospitality, generosity and faith.  Consider Hebrews 13:1-3a
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them…
Transportation is one of the ways that we fulfill our ministry and service.


  1. To provide safe and consistent transportation for people, to and from church.
  2. To reduce risk of abuse, and to follow “Leading with Care” guidelines.
  3. To encourage and support our volunteers.
  4. To promote transportation as a ministry of the church.
  5. To build community relationships with retirement homes and long term care facilities.


We recognize that our transportation resources are limited.  In order to be good stewards, we would like to offer the following standards.  Please note that these standards are our goal, not our guarantee.

  1. We will provide a ride to and from church at least once a month to anyone in need requiring regular transportation.  If a ride cannot be found and funds are available, we will reimburse transportation costs.
  2. We will provide a ride to and from church at least once a year to anyone in need requiring specialized transportation (eg. wheelchair bus).  If a ride cannot be found and funds are available, we will reimburse transportation costs.
  3. We will encourage volunteer drivers by thanking them and occasionally giving coffee shop gift cards ($5).
  4. We will designate two transportation coordinators for those who need rides and those who can offer rides.  We suggest that the coordinators not offer regular rides, in order to build a spiritually healthy ministry.



  1. If you need a ride, contact one of our two transportation coordinators by Monday for the following Sunday, or six days ahead for special events.
  2. If you can offer a ride, please fill out a “Transportation Ministry Volunteer Form” and hand it in to our coordinators or to our church secretary.
  3. Our coordinators will send out a request for a driver, and connect drivers with riders.
  4. If either the driver or rider needs to cancel, they should contact each other directly.
  5. If paid transportation is used, our coordinators will reimburse according to our standards above. 

Transportation Coordinators

Contact by email is preferred
Marilyn Dean – – 416-527-4955 
Ralph Strutt – – 905-294-5424


Information about Sunday worship

1. Our worship service on Sunday is at 10:30 am. (9 am as well starting in September).
2. We offer nursery care starting at 10:30 am.
3. Our Bible Builders Church School program at the 10:30 am service, includes the following classes: (Nursery 0-3 yrs, SK-Gr. 3, Gr. 4-6, Gr. 7-12).  Come as a family to worship and we’ll send the kids out after the youth message.
4. We have a wireless sound system for anyone who has difficulty hearing. You can get a set of headphones from the sound desk at the rear of the church.
5. For those who do not have not signed up for the weekly email, copies are available on the pamphlet wall in the narthex
6. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items for the Markham Food Bank, please place them in the white baskets in the narthex (front entrance).  We designate the last Sunday of the month as Food Bank Sunday.
7. Sign up in the narthex to make a loaf of sandwiches for Evangel Hall.  Sandwiches are delivered on the 4th Wed of each month.

143 Main St. North, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1Y2
regular office hours from Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm


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