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Last updated on November 18th, 2020

Dinner Church Zoom photoDuring this time of physical distancing, we are moving Dinner Church online.

To join the planning team or to suggest a topic or guest speaker, please contact Andrea Dannecker, dinnerchurch@martinluther.ca

Join us for all our Online Events by registering on Eventbrite,

https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/martin-luther-church-toronto-29420523077

You can also email the church office churchoffice@martinluther.ca or Vicar Silke Fahl vicarfahl@martinluther.ca

Dinner Church involves a simple meal and service based on community meals of the early Christians.

Have a beverage, bread and candle on hand for our gathering. You are also welcome to have your dinner during the conversation time.

 

Past Dinner Churches:

On Wednesday November 4, 2020, our fifth Dinner Church online, we gathered for a time of sharing in the Word, prayer, and reflection. Our guest speaker was Rev. Denise Gillard. More information and bio at our blog: Join us for Dinner Church Online on Nov 4

On Wednesday October 14, 2020 Vicar Silke Fahl led a reflection on Thanksgiving and gratefulness.

On Wednesday September 16, 2020 at our third Dinner Church online Vicar Jordan Smith led a reflection on “gathering and harvest” and will speak about the “Give Peas a Chance” project and the new Food Bank at Saint Pius X Catholic Parish (2305 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1) in Bloor West Village. See Blog: See what grows when you Give Peas a Chance

On Wednesday June 17, 2020 at our second Dinner Church online our guest speaker was Bob Sharkey from Wesley Mimico United Church. He will share how food deliveries are helping people while the Food Bank is closed.

On Wednesday May 13, 2020, at our first Dinner Church Online, Rev. Dawn Leger of St. John’s Anglican Church led the reflection and discussion.

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The coronovirus crisis hit in Canada with a nationwide lock down starting March 16, 2020. See our blog “COVID-19 Church Closure” dated March 11, 2020

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On Wednesday March 4, 2020 our guest speaker was Vicar Silke Fahl on the topic of “Confidence! 7 weeks without pessimism“

On Wednesday February 5, 2020  our guest speaker was Dr. Clarise Chan, Clarity Wellness Chiropractic (www.cwchiro.ca)

On Wednesday January 8, 2020 led Vicar Silke Fahl led a reflection on the New Year.

On Wednesday December 4, 2019 Consultant Hannah Johnston led us into the season of Advent.

On Wednesday November 6, 2019 we welcomed Karen MacPherson from the Wesley Mimico United Church Food Ministries as our guest speaker. Note that the Food Bank also collects reusable bags to avoid plastic bags. (Our President Iris Schweiger is looking for a special donation of $500 to print the MLC logo on reusable bags for eco-friendly advertising).

On Wednesday October 9, 2019 our guest speaker was Sandra Van, GARDENS Advisory Council Co Chair. More information about the Gardens Pod Project is available on their website.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 our guest speaker was Teresa Kurek, Martin Luther Daycare Supervisor. http://martinlutherdaycare.ca/

food on the table at MLC for Dinner ChurchOn Wednesday, June 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Emily Slotegraaf, Stonegate Ministry and Great Finds thrift store (click here to access their website https://www.stonegateministry.ca/). She spoke about things relevant to the community, like poverty and loneliness. All are welcome to donate gently used items to the thrift store at 2358 Lake Shore Blvd West. A donation bin is at the back of the building to drop off items on the weekends.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 our guest speaker was Rev John Kim, Coordinator Spiritual & Religious Care, Lakeshore Lodge Long-Term Care Home, 3197 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V 3X5 416-392-9400, ltc-ll@toronto.ca
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/housing-shelter/long-term-care-homes/lakeshore-lodge/

Lakeshore Lodge is a long-term care home operated by the City of Toronto. The Lodge invites community churches like Martin Luther Church to convene services as part of their religious care during the week and on Sundays. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our services there are suspended until further notice.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 our guest speaker was Carla Neto, Community Program Manager, Women’s Habitat (Shelter & Outreach). Click here to access their website.

On Pancake Tuesday, March 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Tanya Zielke, Early Childhood Educator, John English Public School. Click here to access the school’s website.

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A video production Being Neighbour: It’s called Dinner Church, produced by Lutherans Toronto, on August 29, 2019 (4.40 minutes) invites their neighbours to mid-week worship, built around conversation and a meal. For some it’s an alternative to Sunday worship and for some it’s a chance to braid the week together at church and enjoy a relaxed time in community.

In 2019 we were proud to announce that Dinner Church will benefit from a grant given by the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund. We look forward to developing this fellowship around food, especially with the help of Hannah Johnston who worked on Dinner Church as community coordinator at St. Lydia church in Brooklyn, New York.

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