Jesus Kisses Judas Back

The first Sunday of Easter                                                                                                                       Sermon Title: Jesus Kisses Judas Back                                                                                        Date: April 2, 2016                                                                                                                   Readings: John 20: 19-31

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The Power of “What if…”

Easter Sunday                                                                                                                                 Sermon Title: The Power of “What if…”                                                                                    Date: March 27, 2016                                                                                                               Readings:

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First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent
Date: Feb. 14, 2016
Sermon Title: Mid-Life Crisis
Readings: Matthew 16: 13-23

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Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday
Date: Feb. 7, 2016
Sermon Title: 3D Printer
Reading: Exodus 34: 29-35
Luke 9: 28-36

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Solar Energy Project

Two-fold sustainability at St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church

Glenda Eden
St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church

Ingleside – Oct. 12, 2011 – Sustainability was not a concept lost on the congregation of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Ingleside. With many churches struggling to cover maintenance and upkeep they welcomed an opportunity to help secure their own sustainability with a solar energy project under the Ontario MicroFit program.

Roof-mounted solar panels over the church sanctuary are now harvesting the sun and putting clean, renewable electric power into the provincial grid. Manufactured by Ottawa-based Canadian Solar Solutions, the panels were installed by Saturn Power of New Hamburg, Ontario, an integrator and developer of large and small-scale renewable energy technologies and projects across the province.

Saturn Power finished installation of the 10 kilowatt photovoltaic system, capable of producing approximately 13,000 kWh of electrical power a year in mid- August. The panels were officially connected to the provincial energy grid in mid-September.

Moved by St. Matthew’s sense of community, environmental consciousness and the kindness and generosity of the congregation, Saturn’s Eastern Ontario account manager Marc Myers went looking for some small way to show his gratitude.

And, not unlike the story of the loaves and fishes, a request for a modest token of appreciation grew into a sizable donation to the church from the project partners. “It’s surprising what can happen if you just ask,” says Myers.

Saturn Power and Canadian Solar Solutions each contributed $2,500 to help St. Matthew’s continue their work in the community. A cheque for the $5000 donation was presented to a somewhat surprised but grateful congregation by the project partners following the Sunday service on October 2.

How the gift will be used has yet to be determined but Reid McIntyre, Clerk of Session at St. Matthew’s, says the church has a couple of on-going projects including a dish-washer for the kitchen and a nursery for its young families.

“I’m also grateful to the congregation for being so supportive of this green energy project and accepting of the new innovation and technology”, adds McIntyre.

As well as the financial rewards for installing the system, the church is also producing enough energy to power about two homes. This saves close to 10 tonnes of CO2 being produced, says Myers, and is particularly valuable on those hot summer days when it is needed most.

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