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The Rev. Canon Cheryl C. Palmer appointed
as new Rector of Christ Church Deer Park

The Parish Selection Committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Canon Cheryl C. Palmer as our new Rector. We are thrilled that she has accepted Bishop Kevin Robertson's offer of employment to be our Incumbent.

The Committee wants to thank individuals who provided input into the selection process. Attending the Parish Forum, completing a survey, speaking with a committee member about potential candidates - all of this input was most appreciated. In addition, each and every week since January, you have prayed for us and our work. Our process and decision has been strengthened by these actions.

Our Parish Profile, which was guided by the extensive input from parishioners, describes four main characteristics that CCDP is looking for in a new rector (detailed on Page 35). They are summarized as follows:

  • Being a Christian leader who will deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ, while recognizing and respecting our individual sensibilities and needs...
  • An inspiring preacher and communicator...
  • A leader with demonstrated strategic vision, passionate about working with us to chart a new course...
  • A good leader of clergy, staff and volunteers - of people really; a leader who enables and empowers others...

Cheryl excels in all of these areas. The Parish Selection Committee was unanimous in recommending her to the Bishop and is delighted that Cheryl is joining us.

Her references were overwhelmingly positive and support our understanding that she has a wealth of successful experience that will help us move forward in the future. And most importantly, Cheryl herself is committed to working as our parish priest and excited to be joining the community of Christ Church Deer Park at this stage in her career.

Cheryl comes to us with many years of experience as a parish priest who has achieved significant accomplishments in her various positions. Some of you will remember her time with us as an Honourary Assistant at CCDP from 1990-1995 when she was the Anglican Chaplain for the Hospital for Sick Children.

She left Sick Kids to become an Associate Priest and then Incumbent/Rector at St. Clement's Anglican Church where she served for a combined total of 16 years.

Presently, Cheryl is Director of Cemetery Ministries at the Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist, Norway here in Toronto, and the Priest in Charge of the Anglican Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury on Bayview north of Eglinton.

She will begin with us in January 2018 and until then, we are blessed with the services of our Interim Priest in Charge, David Howells, and our Interim Associate Priest, Robert Gorham who has been terrific since Andrea's departure at the end of June.

Members of the Parish Selection Committee - Jesse Billet, Barbara Johnston, Carolyn Kearns, Su Laine Varkey, George Lewis, Edna Quammie, Andrew van Nostrand and Henry Zaluski are available and pleased to speak with members of the congregation about our selection process and decision.

CCDP is embarking on exciting and challenging times and Cheryl Palmer has the skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and courage to work with us as we chart our future.

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JUNIOR YAL (GRADES 6,7,8)
Starts Sunday,September 24 / 9:00-9:45 am

Join us in the library for breakfast, games and superheroes! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

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SPIRITUS IS NOW AVAILABLE

Thank you to our editor, Genevieve Chornenki, and to all who have submitted material. Click here to read!

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THE CHOIR HAS AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD!

Rehearsals take place every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the chancel with our first rehearsal on September 7. As we look to a new season, we welcome new singers. If you would like to contribute and develop your gift of song while being part of an open and welcoming community, contact Matthew Otto, Choir Director & Organist - motto@christchurchdeerpark.org. We wish to welcome back our fantastic choral leads: Lauren Crowther, Julia Barber, Conrad Siebert, Bradley Christensen andMichael Uloth. In a particular way, we welcome soprano Kelsey Taylor who will be joining our team. Kelsey is an accomplished singer, performer and pedagogue with a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Toronto. She is no stranger to the CCDP community having sung with the choir periodically throughout the past two seasons. Please take a moment and introduce yourself to Kelsey!

Our choir is incredibly talented, dedicated, collaborative and welcoming, and a vital part of CCDP. We are looking forward to another great season of singing!


CHURCH ON TAP
Friday, September 22 / 7:00 pm

Church on Tap is an informal service, followed by a pub which serves ice cold beer. All are welcome.

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THE DISCOVERY FAIR
Sunday, September 24 / after 10:00am Service

Learn about the many ministries at work here at CCDP. There are lots of volunteer opportunities for you! Come and learn more. Mimosas and samosas in Elliott Hall. Brought to you by your Stewardship Committee.

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YORKMINSTER PARK SPEAKERS SERIES
Monday, September 25 / 7:30 pm

Martin Luther: A Revolution in Print
A Lecture by Professor Andrew Pettegree
St. Andrew's University, Scotland

FREE Admission with refreshments provided after the presentation. For more information click here.

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THE CLIMATE ACTION WORKING GROUP

Back to school, back to work, back to take-out coffee. Take a few minutes this week to clarify which parts of take-out cups, lids and holders are truly recyclable or compostable - likely less than you think. Dispose of the cups properly and carry a reusable one whenever and wherever you can. The website www1.toronto.ca has the specifics of what can be recycled and composted.


FALL RUMMAGE SALE
September 30

We needs volunteers to help price some items on Tuesday mornings. If you can help. Contact Laura at 416-787-8870.


INDUCTION OF THE REVEREND ANDREA CHRISTENSEN
Sunday, October 1 / 4 pm

All are welcome to Andrea's induction at St. Timothy's Anglican Church, Agincourt (4125 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough ON)


THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Wednesday, October 4 / 5:30 pm

The Blessing of Animals will take place on Wednesday, October 4 (the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) at 5:30 pm. Please plan to join us with your two-legged and four-legged friends! If you would like to assist with the refreshments, please speak with the clergy.

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THE COTH FOOD BANK FOOD OF THE MONTH

The COTH Food Bank suggested in advance of preparing Xmas food hampers, the September Food of the Month donation is canned ham. Please support your food bank to help those in need in our community. Donations may be left in the box in the Atrium. We are particularly in need of plastic grocery bags at this time.

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