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Last updated on October 27th, 2021

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

Our next Dinner Church will take place at our church on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:00pm.

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

On October 20, 2021, our new Pastor Annika Klappert led a devotion and shared her musical talent with us.

On September 22, 2021, our Guest Speaker Rachel Reesor informed us about the project of the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment in Etobicoke (https://jeanaugustinecentre.ca/).

On July 27, 2021, we held our first in-person Dinner Church since 2020 and met outside, in front of our church entrance.

On June 23, 2021, our Interim Pastor, Dr. Gerhard Hille, spoke about spirituality – despite dementia.

On May 19, 2021, our Guest Speakers Carrie Dohe and Anne McArdle spoke about “Bees for Peace”. This project creates paths of peace between communities of faith through protecting the bees and other creatures that pollinate our flowers and bring nourishment to our bodies.

On April 28 2021 we gathered for a time of sharing in the Word, prayer, and learning with Barbara Sheffield (Islington United Church) about interfaith and refugee work.

On March 24, 2021, Rev. Brian McIntosh (Bloordale United Church) spoke about Indigenous right relations including the TRC process, the 94 Calls to Action in its 2015 report, and the church’s need to recognize the harm we’ve done in Residential Schools.

On December 16, 2020 we gathered online for a time of sharing in the Word, prayer, and reflection with Pastor Dr. Gerhard Hille.

On November 4, 2020, our fifth Dinner Church online, we gathered online for a time of sharing in the Word, prayer, and reflection with our guest speaker was Rev. Denise Gillard, Senior Leader of Denise Gillard Ministries, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of The HopeWorks Connection, and the Senior Pastor at Kingdom City Church, G.T.A.

On October 14, 2020 Vicar Silke Fahl led a reflection on Thanksgiving and gratefulness.
Dinner Church Zoom photo
On September 16, 2020 at our third Dinner Church online Vicar Jordan Smith led a reflection on “gathering and harvest” and spoke 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 June 17, 2020 at our second Dinner Church online our guest speaker was Bob Sharkey from Wesley Mimico United Church. He shared how volunteers support people with food deliveries while the Food Bank is closed.

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

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

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

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

On 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 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 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 June 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Emily Slotegraaf, Stonegate Ministry and Great Finds thrift store ( 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.

[Great Finds thrift store has since closed]

On 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 were suspended until further notice.

On April 3, 2019 our guest speaker was Carla Neto, Community Program Manager, Women’s Habitat (Shelter & Outreach) ( http://womenshabitat.ca/).

On Pancake Tuesday, March 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Tanya Zielke, Early Childhood Educator, John English Public School.

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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.

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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’s church in Brooklyn, New York.

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