June’s Newsletter


Dear Collingwood Friends and Members,

June2015Denominational distinctions are less well known these days than they were once upon a time. Denominations formed around specific qualities that were distinct to the worshiping body. As an example, when we lived in Chicago, on the North Side, my church was surrounded by Lutheran churches in 3 directions. There was the Covenant (Swedish) Lutheran Church, the First (German) Lutheran Church and that little church whose name I can’t recall but which had its ethnic origin in Scandinavia. All Lutheran. All Christian. Many are watching the shifts within the Roman Catholic Church and the first Pope from the Americas, because Roman Catholicism has a slightly different flavor in the New World than in the Old.

Our Presbyterian heritage rests upon the unique office of elder: ruling elders who form the ruling body we call the Session, and teaching elders who teach, preach, administer the sacraments, and who moderate the Session. The genius of our Presbyterian way allows for the gifts of the Holy Spirit within the lay people as well as the clergy in a manner than encourages prayer and listening to one another, and to the Lord, for the well being of the congregation. Ruling elders are not over the clergy, although ruling elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the congregation. Teaching elders are not above the ruling elders except in matters of Scripture, theology and doctrine – which is why Presbyterian clergy are required to have a seminary education. Lay pastors, a relatively new form of pastoral leadership for us, are required to attend a Presbytery approved course of study that mirrors seminary work.

Collingwood Presbyterian Church is stirring as the Holy Spirit moves within us. Important directions and decisions are ahead as we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to one another, and extend His love, mercy and justice into the neighborhood. Remember the Session in your prayers, and remember your pastor, too. Together, we will lead you as we are led by the Spirit. We will listen for the Lord’s voice in your voices, because it is the Lord’s voice that directs all of us. There are questions about stewardship, about staffing, building use, children’s ministries, Adult Christian Education, urban witnessing, and partnering with other agencies and congregations to promote peace and friendship. The elders, ruling and teaching, consider together and pray for understanding the will of God for us in these vital days of renewed energy and joy in Christ.

Grace, and peace to you,
Pastor David

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2015 VBS News



We are not having VBS at Collingwood Presbyterian Church this year so we can prepare for next year’s launching of M.A.D Camp.

Here is a list of other VBS Options:

HOPE Lutheran Church

2201 Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43606

Blast to the Past: VBS June 15-19, 2015 9:00am-12:00pm FREE

All kids ages 3 through completed 4th grade are invited to “Blast to the Past” and discover God’s Everlasting Love! Each day we will journey back into Bible times and see how God showed His love in amazing ways. We will discover more about God’s love and what it means to us. God’s love is INCREDIBLE, FAITHFUL, INVINCIBLE, UNCONDITIONAL AND REAL! There is no charge for this week of fun and learning! Bring a friend! A neighbor! A classmate! A cousin! Register by June 1

Christ Presbyterian Church

4225 Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623

VBS 2015 Everest! June 22-28 5:30-7:30pm $10/child or $20max per family
Ages 4-entering 5th grade

Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Join us June 22-28 for Vacation Bible School. We are trying something new…an EVENING VBS! 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with dinner provided. Kids will overcome obstacles with God’s mighty power. God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive and God has the power to love us forever. Mark your calendars it’s going to be a great week. Lots of volunteers will be needed!

Epworth United Methodist Church

4855 W. Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615

VBS 2015 Everest!
Mornings June 22-25 9:00-12:00
Evenings June 21-25 6:00-8:30


For children 3 years old through those who have finished Fifth Grade
Registration deadline is June 1.

This summer’s Vacation Bible School will teach kids about:

* Overcoming obstacles with God’s awesome power
* Anchoring in Bible truths to guide them through life’s challenges

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.

10 Mister Rogers Quotes to Remember on Bad Days


Some days, you just need a friendly face to motivate your good intentions.

Consider Mister Rogers your neighborhood pick-me-up. The children’s television star and cardigan connoisseur spent 50 years spreading inspiration and kindness. Rogers often spoke of loving people despite their faults and striving to improve yourself from the inside out, sometimes in song and other times in soft-spoken words.

Fred Rogers passed away in 2003 at age 74, but his words continue to inspire.



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2015 Easter Schedule



2015 Easter Schedule

10 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Candy

Easter is a festive time of food, family and loads of pastel colored candies that will probably sit around until summer is over.If you want to try something different with your sweets, there are plenty of ways to upcycle your extra jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’ll be tempted to whip up these delightful desserts.

But don’t blame us if your friends show up with their leftover candies. You might have trouble keeping your friends and family from gobbling up these delicious leftover recipes.

1. Peep Sushi

Find a creative way to serve those leftover Peeps. The gorgeous presentation alone might be enough to make even the most avid Peep-haters want to try one.

Image: Flickr, David M. Goehring

2. Easter Candy Bark

Add your jelly beans, M&Ms or even some mini Cadbury creme eggs to chocolate and voila! You have a fun, shareable dessert.

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3. Cadbury Cupcakes

A simple chocolate cupcake with a cracked Cadbury creme egg on top is sure to please your friends and family.

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4. Chocolate Bunny Fondue

Don’t let those giant chocolate chocolate bunnies go to waste. If breaking off pieces isn’t your style, melt them down to a delicious fondue and serve with cakes and fruit instead.

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5. Mini Egg Nests

If you have an abundance of mini eggs this year, combine them with some chocolate covered Krispies to make adorable and delicious birds nests.

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6. Peep-za

Spread your leftover Peeps with all your other candy toppings on a giant cookie for a fun and easy dessert.

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7. Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Your leftover jelly beans make excellent cake toppers for a colorful and flavorful Easter treat.

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8. Reese’s Banana Bread

Some people would rather eat their Reese’s peanut butter eggs as they are, but if you want to get creative, add them to a simple banana bread recipe for something deliciously decadent.

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9. Peep-corn

Those colorful little Peeps are so sweet, they pair perfectly with some salty popcorn. Melt your leftovers down for a colorful snack.
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10. Classic M&M Cookies

If you’re stuck with an extra bag of pastel M&M’s, it’s easy to add them to a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough for a classic dessert.

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Enrich your Easter with traditions from Around the World

By the time Easter rolls around, winter-weary folk in the Northern Hemisphere are more than ready for some rollicking fun. A handful of countries have traditions so rambunctious, tourists may regret not reading their “know-before-you-go” brochure.

Easter tradition the Passover Seder

In Poland, residents wake up Easter Monday to an all-day water fight to celebrate Śmigus-Dyngus, or Wet Monday. Historically young men would drench sisters and girlfriends with water to wish them health and youthfulness, but nowadays anyone can be fair game!

In contrast, Czech men seem a little more hydrophobic. They bestow their good wishes by playfully swatting their womenfolk with braided willow twigs.

Visitors touring northern Germany at Easter will want to be careful where they stroll at night. In several regions, igniting a giant ball of straw and sending it careening downhill in the dark is the thing to do at Easter time.

Narrow lanes aren’t safe to stroll in Corfu, Greece, even in broad daylight. There, residents prepare for Easter by hefting clay pots from their windows and balconies, cheering as the pots smash into shards on the street.

Fortunately for the high-strung tourist, not all Easter customs are quite so spirited! Here are a few delightful traditions you might want to borrow for your family’s celebrations.

From Denmark – Secret snowdrop letters

easter_DenmarkIn Denmark the early blooming snowdrop isn’t just a flower – it’s also a symbol for a friendly trickster or tease. And it’s in that spirit that Danes love to kick off their Easter celebrations with “secret snowdrop letters.” Called gækkebreve in Danish, secret snowdrop letters combine three fun elements in one charming tradition: the thrill of receiving a Valentine’s-like note, the challenge of guessing the sender’s identity, and the artistry of intricate paper cutting. For those who are more pragmatic than romantic, gækkebreve also represent a chance to score a few more Easter eggs!

Adapting this idea for your Easter celebration

Here’s how to make your own gækkebreve to bless members of your family. (It’s much like making paper snowflakes):

Take a square sheet of paper and fold it in quarters. Cut some decorative notches along the fold lines, then trace and cut an interesting design for the outside edge of your notepaper. (Google “gækkebreve images” for inspiration and admiration!)

Now it’s time to unfold your newly-created notepaper and think of something to write. Danes traditionally write their message in rhyming verse, and they don’t sign their name. Instead, they add a row of dots, each dot representing one letter of the sender’s name. (The message ends with a challenge to guess the sender’s identity.)

If you’d like, you can adapt the Danish custom slightly to more closely tie your letter to Easter: add an encouraging verse about Christ’s triumph on the cross, but remove a key word and add a row of dots instead. For example, your message might include this verse: He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His . . . . . . you were healed.

Fold your note to fit into your envelope. Before sealing the envelope, slip a single snowdrop bloom into your letter. (A hand-made paper one is fine too.)

Once the recipient receives your secret snowdrop letter, they have until Easter Sunday to correctly guess the “missing” word. If they can’t guess, they owe you a chocolate egg. But if they do guess correctly, you owe them an egg!

From Israel – The Passover Seder

easter_israelIt’s hardly the kind of meal you would expect to catch on: salty parsley, pancake-thin bread, horseradish, chopped apples, boiled eggs and a bare lamb bone. Among traditional Jewish families however, this ceremonial meal is eagerly anticipated and carefully celebrated every year, just as it has been since Old Testament times.

Today the Passover Seder has a whole new fan base. More and more evangelical Christians are discovering Christ-focused versions of the Seder – and they love them!

Like the traditional Jewish Seder, the “Christianized” version commemorates God’s rescue of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt (as recorded in Exodus). At the same time, it also goes much further, finding in the Exodus account and the Seder ritual powerful foreshadowing of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Then there’s also the appeal of participating in a Seder much like the one Jesus would have celebrated during The Last Supper, when He broke the bread and blessed the wine as symbols of His death (the origin of our observance of communion).

Trudy Hamel, a reader from Langley, BC, explains why her family has celebrated a Passover Seder every Easter for over 15 years:

“We first discovered the Seder outline that our family uses in a Focus on the Family magazine from 1998, and it’s become a very important family tradition for us. One year my daughter wasn’t able to join us, and she was heartbroken. . . . So much of the symbolism in the Seder points to Christ as the Passover lamb and His blood shed on the cross for us. It’s deeply meaningful, and understanding the Passover Seder brings new understanding of communion too.”

Adapting this idea for your Easter celebration

You can find easy-to-follow guidelines for a Passover Seder in this article entitled “From the Passover Lamb to the Lamb of God.

Before beginning your Seder celebration, it’s a good idea to read Exodus 12 aloud to your group. You might also want to enrich your ceremony with additional symbolic elements of your own. Some families dress in Biblical costumes and “recline” on cushions at a low table – as was customary for wealthy people of the day – to emphasize freedom from slavery. The Hamel family eat their Seder dressed in jackets and shoes, “ready to flee Egypt.” Another idea is to add a reverent ceremony of washing each other’s feet, just as Jesus did for His disciples during The Last Supper.

From Bermuda – Kite flying

easter_bermudaIs it a bird? Is it a plane? In Bermuda at Easter time, it’s most likely a kite! Locals celebrate by flying colorful hexagonal kites that are unique to the region, and are flown only at Easter. Popular belief holds that the custom began when a Sunday school teacher – a member of the British Army – sent a kite with a cross-shaped frame aloft to teach his class about Christ’s ascension.

Adapting this idea for your celebration

Trucking the kids outdoors for some kite flying would be a super fun way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. There are also some good reasons to consider holding a special family celebration to commemorate Christ’s ascension, which took place 39 days after Easter Sunday. Kite flying would be perfect for this too.

For kids, a closer look at the many times Jesus appeared in bodily form (post-resurrection) can help cement some important concepts, for example:

  • Jesus’ resurrection was real, witnessed by many, and Jesus wants us to be sure about it
  • Jesus wants us to be sure about His ability – and deep desire – to resurrect us to be with Him eternally too
  • just as Jesus died for us, He also returns for us. When we look for Him, He always draws alongside. He wants to ensure we understand His plan for us, and that we stick to that plan.

Here’s an idea you can collapse into a single day if you wish (Easter Sunday). Or, if you prefer, you can spread it out over the following 39 days and end with a celebration of Jesus’ ascension (commemorated on May 29 for 2014):

First, designate a small object or symbol to represent “Jesus appearing.” (For example, a small wooden cross.) Surreptitiously place your symbol somewhere in your main living area, and wait for one of your kids to notice “Jesus is here!” Enjoy a small treat – a few candies or perhaps a fruit juice ice pop each – while you review one or two of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to His disciples. Repeat “Jesus appearing” and your study of Scripture as often as you wish. End by celebrating Jesus’ ascension with an evening of kite flying!

Here are some relevant Bible verses you might like to use:

  • John 20:10-18 – Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
  • Matthew 28:1-8 – Jesus appears to the women hurrying away from the tomb
  • Luke 24:13-35 – Jesus walks with Cleopas and friend on the road to Emmaus (seven miles from Jerusalem)
  • Luke 24:36-49 – While Celopas is telling a skeptical bunch of disciples about meeting Jesus, Jesus appears among them
  • John 20: 24-29 – A week later, Jesus appears to Thomas and the other disciples
  • John 21:1-23 – In Galilee, Jesus makes breakfast for Peter and his fellow fishermen
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Paul recounts that Jesus appeared to 500 followers, to His brother James, and to Paul himself
  • Matthew 28:16-20 – Eleven disciples climb the mountain in Galilee where they receive the Great Commission
  • Acts 1:1-11; Mark 16:19-20 – The disciples witness Jesus’ ascension into heaven

Additionally, you might like to share how Jesus has “suddenly showed up” in your life lately.

From Rome – Rose petals for Pentecost

Pentecoste al PanthonWhen it comes to surprise parties, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a doozy! Today in Rome the celebration that marks Pentecost Sunday may not be much of a surprise anymore, but it still attracts a crowd. In the Pantheon, at the conclusion of mass, firefighters heft thousands of red rose petals through a hole in the ceiling to flutter down from on high, symbolizing the Spirit coming as tongues of fire.

Adapting this idea for your celebration

Like the argument for celebrating Jesus’ ascension, there’s a lot to be said for celebrating Pentecost as a family too. Pentecost helps youngsters understand that although Jesus’ bodily presence “left us” (with His ascension), ten days later He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us always.

Just as the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost wowed the disciples, see if you can surprise your kiddos with this idea too:

If you have a ceiling fan, lucky you – you’ve less work to do! Just secretly load flower petals or scraps of tissue paper on top of each blade of your fan. If you don’t have a fan, loosely tape a large square of tissue paper to the ceiling loaded with your petals and paper. Leave a string dangling from one corner (cut short enough that only an adult can reach it). Alternatively, you can simply throw handfuls of petals or confetti on your kiddos when the time comes.

To include sound effects “like a violent wind” with your surprise, search online for audio of a wind storm and play it when you release your “Holy Spirit confetti.” Or you could have the kids make the sound effects themselves: show them how to blow across the mouth of a plastic bottle to make their own “wind music,” then release your confetti while your “wind orchestra” is still experimenting.

Follow up your Pentecost surprise by reading Acts 2:1-47 together. If your children are good readers, you might like to pretend you are the disciples “speaking in other tongues.” Prepare by searching online for a favorite Bible verse in a number of different languages. Give one translation to each child and have them simultaneously read their verses aloud.

For a great conclusion to your celebration, see if you can find a multi-language version of your favorite worship song. Or check out Chris Tomlin’s fabulous World Edition version of How Great Is Our God (available online).

Source: focusonthefamily.ca

Dear You Who Doesn’t Want to Do that Hard Thing

Dear Lovely You,

who doesn’t want to play the piano, take out the recycling, study for your geometry exam, get on the treadmill, clean up the basement, or do that big thing that feels like an impossible thing—

okay, yeah, boy, do I hear you.

It doesn’t matter a hill of sprouting beans if you’re 9 and stomping your feet or 16 and slamming doors or 40 and distracting on your phone — hard things just keep calling you because you’re meant to answer to higher and better things.















You’re meant to do hard and holy things because they are the next thing —- to get to the best thing.

You’re made to do hard and holy things because there’s no other way to get to the happy and holy things.

You know how we wrote it up there on the chalkboard in the kitchen years ago, and we all memorized it? Well, it’s true, and it’s hard, but there’s a brave hope in it:

Life is Pain — and you get to choose: either the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Disappointment.

Life is Pain — and you get to choose: either the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Disappointment.

Nothing happens without discipline. No music gets played without discipline. No games get won. No finish lines get crossed. No freedom gets tasted. And you want that.

Yeah, look, we had a kid who scored in the 99.7 percentile on the ACT, and that’s all well and good and extraordinarily wonderful, but it’s like my Dad always said:

Brilliant doesn’t matter, if you can’t get out of bed.

Talent doesn’t mean a thing, if you let Fear be some terrorist that takes you hostage.

Potential doesn’t add up to anything, if you get addicted to perfectionism because perfectionism is slow death by self.

Listen: Fire your perfectionism and your procrastination will quit too.

Fire your perfectionism and your procrastination will
quit too.

Because here’s the thing:

The Presenter

You’re the Presenter.

You’ve been given a gift — and you’re the person who is trying to be present to this present moment, and do the hard work of unwrapping your gift, your talent, your vision, your God-given dreams. Presenters want to be present to life and their calling and the joy and the work — but they know that the path is painful.

The Perfectionist Terrorist

Presenters know that the path is painfulbecause behind ever corner lurks The Perfectionist Terrorist. The Perfectionist Terrorist is a liar to the nth degree — he tells you that if you’d just get it perfect enough, do it right enough, be good enough —- that you’ll be liked by everyone enough.

But the truth of it is? Sometimes you have to accept that you’ll never be acceptable enough for some people. And whether you accept that as their issue or yours — is up to you.

The Perfectionist Terrorist claims to have High Road Motives, claims to want to make everything turn out perfect, but his policing pressures you and poisons you and prosecutes you, until it all paralyzes you.

The Procrastinator

So The Procrastinator tries to protect you, The Presenter, from The Perfectionist Terrorist, tries to intervenes with distractions, temptations, and interruptionsor just pushes you to pull out and give up.

Honestly, The Procrastinator is just trying to protect you from the bullying of The Perfectionist Terrorist.

The Perfect Love

So Who’s missing in this struggling, messy triangulation of The Presenter, the Perfectionist Terrorist, and The Procastinator? The compassionate Words of Perfect Love.

You just need Perfect Love.

There is His Perfect Love who kicks all your fear to the curb, there is His Perfect Love who accepts you 100% before you perform even 1%, there is His Perfect Love who speaks Protection and Peace and promises the Power of the Holy Spirit so you can fire perfectionism and procrastination will quit too.

You fire your perfectionism every time you let His Perfect Love ignite you.

You fire your perfectionism every time you let His Perfect Love ignite you.

When you rest in Perfect Love — discipline comes easily because you’re being a disciple of Perfect Love — you’re following Perfect Love.

And Perfect Love says you don’t to have show anyone upyou just have to show up.

Perfect Love says you don’t have to impress anyoneyou just have to press on.

Perfect Love says when you mess upHe’ll pick you up… and when you can’t carry on, He’ll carry you.

So dear Lovely Kid, Trying Friend, Tired You, who doesn’t want to practice that thing, 
clean up that thing,
study for that thing,
sweat on that thing,
or do that big thing that feels like an impossible thing —
You can bravely do the next thing, because God’s got this thing.

Perfect Love terminates The Perfectionist Terrorist — which eliminates the Procrastinator — which liberates you, the Presenter…. to unwrap your special gift.

There’s snow down in the woods, all down the road this morning, the ice clinging at the edge of things —- and you can feel it if you turn your face toward the sun —-

all those hard things melting in the heat of a greater and perfect warmth.

Source: aholyexperience.com

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Congregational Meeting


fishA Special Meeting of the Congregation of Collingwood Presbyterian Church has been called for Sunday, February 9th. There will be one worship service at 10am followed immediately by the Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary. At that congregational meeting, members on the active rolls will be asked to vote upon whether to change the purpose of the Pastor Nominating Committee to permit it to present the name of a temporary pastor.

Rev. David Montgomery, Director of the Toledo Campus Ministry will lead worship at one 10am service followed by a Special Meeting of the Congregation moderated by Rev. Montgomery. Rev. Montgomery has been with us in the past and we welcome his leadership.

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