14 April 2021

Please Support FaithWorks' Eastertide Appeal

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In this Issue:
Bishop Andrew's Eastertide Appeal Message
Save the Date! - May 28
Virtual and Video sermons available
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
(1 Peter 1:3)

Eastertide is a season to celebrate new life.
Christians celebrate new life offered by Christ’s victory over death through the Resurrection. Jesus offered to take upon Himself our humanity; even to suffering and death, destroying death by death.
Christ is risen, indeed, granting new life even to those in the grave!
The natural environment awakens from its winter slumber to new life in the springtime. The flowers poke up their heads above the ground. The buds of the trees begin to swell in anticipation of the colours of spring. The robins and swallows return to create new families. New life returns with the strengthening of the warming rays of the sun.
The vaccines have arrived! All of humanity is feeling the first stirrings of new life for our social relationships and economy with the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccines. 
Whether or not you have received your shot yet, we all feel the weight of the struggle against this withering pandemic beginning to lift. We anticipate hugs and kisses. 

We hope to gather with friends and family in our homes or in our favourite restaurants. We look forward to new economic activity; stores operating at full capacity, jobs returning, financial well-being for families and communities.

I offer you these images of new life to speak with you about FaithWorks. New life is the goal of FaithWorks. 

A smile to someone who hasn’t seen one in a long time; a bite to eat and a cup of coffee to fill an empty stomach; a new jacket to keep the rain off; a patient ear to listen; a gentle voice to advise; an opportunity to learn; these are the works of FaithWorks that give new life, hope for something better, or maybe just getting through the day, to those whose struggle continues.

For this work to happen, FaithWorks needs you. It needs you to do your part, to offer your assistance, to make your donation. It needs you to participate in the work of FaithWorks too! 

Giving, sharing, making a sacrifice is work. It isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. If it were, it wouldn’t be a sacrifice. Where would we be without the sacrifice of Christ? Where would we be without the sacrifices of all the front-line workers during the pandemic. Now it’s your turn to make a sacrifice for the sake of others.
I ask you to consider your donation to FaithWorks as your participation in the work of so many who sacrifice so much to give life to others.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of FaithWorks, a generous donor has offered a $100,000 matching challenge grant for all new and increased donations. This means that for every dollar raised over last year’s amount, by an individual or parish, FaithWorks receives an extra dollar. Let us make a special effort to honour this incredible offer. Doing a little more can make twice the difference.

Will you join me and my fellow bishops in this effort by making your donatation of $100, $250, $1,000 or whatever you can today? Perhaps you might even consider a monthly gift.
You can make a donation at the FaithWorks website, faithworks.ca
FaithWorks ministries have had a transformative impact on people’s lives. Thank you for helping make our work possible again this year.
May God bless you in this joyous Easter Season.

Yours in Christ,

The Right Reverend Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto
P.S.    For 25 years, FaithWorks Ministry Partners have offered a hand up to all God’s children in times of difficulty. Your gift today will allow us to continue that important life-giving work.


Save the Date!
May 28
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
on Zoom

An Evening
of Celebration and Appreciation

Join us for this Special Event!
If you wish to highlight your Parish's events in support of FaithWorks, please forward the details to faithworks@toronto.anglican.ca
Virtual and Video Sermons available
We are only gathering virtually. The Director of Stewardship, Peter Misiaszek, and I would normally be visiting parishes in person to speak of FaithWorks. Why not virtually!!! If you would like one of us to speak to your parish during your online Sunday worship please contact FaithWork Speakers Bureau at fwspeakersbureau@toronto.anglican.ca

If you would like the pre-recorded video of my sermon promoting FaithWorks (11 minutes) or the 20th Anniversary of FaithWorks video
(2 minutes) for your Sunday morning services, please email me so that I can make them available to you.
Coming soon - the 25th Anniversary of FaithWorks video!!!
Peter Mentis (he/him)
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

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We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that my office resides on the territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. I acknowledge especially the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Toronto Treaties.