We welcome visitors of all ages. See our address, weekly Sunday schedule and contact information on the "Find Us" page, and explore our website to find information about our children's program, potlucks, attenders' meetings, retreats and other community events. Si vous voulez des informations en francais, nous demander, s’il vous plait!
Octopus Books and OMM are co-sponsoring a book launch at 91A Fourth Avenue on October 24th from 6:30 to 8:30. Matthew Legge, Peace Program Coordinator and Communications Coordinator for Candian Friends Service Committee, will be discussing his book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. More details are here.
OMM Friends were out doing many things this summer. Some were in WInnipeg in early August, attending the annual Canadian Yearly Meeting gathering. This is always a lovely time of reconnecting with F/friends, doing business and participating in a wide range of activities. The CYM webpage has details and pictures of the weeks' activities. Caroline contributed this poem, written with another CYM attender:
When Quakers are sitting in meeting,
Their benches too hard for their sleeping,
Their thoughts turn to God
Or something less odd:
Their hearts quake instead of just beating.
Other OMM Friends were at Camp NeeKauNis this summer. The newcomer family we are sponsoring also spent a week there. One of the activities they enjoyed was picking blueberries.
We are very happy that the Syrian family of 6 we are sponsoring arrived safely in late May and that the settling in is going well. They have moved into a row house that is now fully furnished. The many forms and applications that are required for municipal, provincial and federal programs and services are either completed or well underway. The children are registered for school in September and the parents have begun English classes. A delicious welcome lunch was enjoyed on Saturday July 13th. We are all relieved and happy that they are here and we are getting to know each other.
Love silence, even in the mind... Much speaking, as much thinking, spends; and in many thoughts, as well as words, there is sin. True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.