Saulaine Retreat

We’ve been locked down so long.  At last the time has come to cut loose with your friends and share in God’s bounty at our beautiful Camp Saulaine!

Super company!  Great food!  Resplendent nature!   Movie!  A smorgasbord of fascinating spiritual questions to bounce around with your friends!  Talk it up.  Invite your friends, your family, acquaintances, even your enemies! (Mat. 5:44)  We are a welcoming group.

Join us October 23-24 from noon Saturday through 1:00 pm Sunday.

You can also join us on Zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/94127206093
 
Meeting ID: 941 2720 6093
 LOCAL NUMBERS: 647-374-4685 / 647-558-0588

**only $25** includes food and accommodation (first come first served – camping facilities available)

Bring warm clothing, sleeping bags, bible, masks, vaccination proof.

Agenda

Saturday October 23rd

12:00-1:30           arrive, lunch served

1:30-3:00              Spiritual Practices - Māc. Grietiņš

3-3:30                    Coffee break

3:30-4:30              the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) – Māc. Grietiņš and Larry Gifford

4:30-5:00              Contemplative prayer/lectio divina – Māris Lūsis

5:00-6:00              Free time to explore the camp and socialize

6:00-7:00              Dinner

7:00-9:30              Movie: The Two Popes (2019) (also available on Netflix)

9:30-10:00           Taizé - Māc. Grietiņš

 

Sunday October 24th

8:00-9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00-10:00           Outdoor (weather permitting) church service - Mac. Grietiņš

10:00-11:00         Movie discussion

11:00-12:00         Tolerance, a Christian approach* – Gunta Reynolds

12:00-1:00           Lunch

1:00                        Adjourn

 

* Recommended reading “The Faith Club” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner

 

For more information/to register:

Māris Lūsis (registrar)  malusis@rogers.com / 416-494-3858

Rev. Ģirts Grietiņš  grietins@gmail.com / 647-986-5604

Larry Gifford   larryandinta@gmail.com / 905-428-6662



 

SEPT. 26, 11:00 am IN-PERSON WORSHIP WITH HOLLY COMMUNION
at St. John's. Fellowship in the church garden to follow.

Clergy Girts Grietins and Dag Demandt

Theme “Answered Prayers”
 

 

12. SEPTEMBRĪ KAPU SVĒTKU DIEVKALPOJUMS
11:00 am YORK CEMETERY LIVE-STREAMED MEMORIAL SERVICE

 
12. septembrī Toronto latviešu draudžu kapu svētki virtuāli no York kapličas.

https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/siteContent/video.html?p=GiwaHR4Bfz01cXdAQlh0BA
 

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Worship service at Saulaine on August 15

Theme: "Our and their Father. Tolerance."

led by pastor Ģirts Grietiņš.

 

 

August 1 church service.

The theme: "The Word of God grows."

 

 

Worship service July 25

 

"Come and see!"

 

July 18 worship service at Saulaine

 

For those who cannot attend Saulaine, we invite you to watch prerecorded Svētbrīdis.

July 11

Prayer as openness

 

 

 

 

The Gospel for Latvians

 

 

 

Commemorating the deportations of June 14th

 

June 6 church service Approaching the Mystery

 

 

 PENTECOST WORSHIP SERVICE

May 23  WORSHIP IN BOTH LANGUAGES WITH PASTORS ĢIRTS GRIETIŅŠ AND DAG DEMANDT

 

 May 16.  Worship. ASCENSION DAY

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 


Rembering Kurland Front (Kruzemes cietoksna piemiņai)

 

May 2nd Zoom Worship Service
 
 

 

White Tablecloth Day and

Day of the Restoration of Latvian Independence.

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day!


  Pastors Dag and Ģirts have prepared this short Earth Day video
(Reflections, prayer and song). Enjoy!

 

April 4, Sunday, EASTER MORNING WORSHIP

 
Good Friday Worship service:
 

 

 Thursday, April 1, 6:00 pmMAUNDAY THURSDAY WORSHIP with Communion.

 

 

 

 

March 21 "ZOOM" Service led by pastor Ģirts Grietins and Dag Demandt

 

"The Northern Maiden"

Zoom Worship Service Feb 21.

Remembering those lost to fire in Toronto

Organ music performed by Rev. Dr. Anita Gaide

LATVIEŠU ĒRĢELNIEKU ĢILDES ĀMERIKĀ DEVUMS

 
 ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
with Communion
on February 17, 6 pm
(LIVE-STREAMED to YOUTUBE)
 
 
 
 
Worship service on February 7 praying for the victims of the fire in Toronto:
 
 
 

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev 21:4

 Let us pray and support the victims of the fire in Toronto: Jana Jansons, Kai Jansons, Amanda Freimanis and Matthew Zdybal as well as survivors Arija Celeste Jansons who lost her son, Jade Jacobis and their families.

Fundraiser for Arija Jansons

 

(Svetbridis for this Sunday was recorded before the sad news, but it shows Jesus friendly approach to everyone)

 

Avotins

With our deepest sorrow we inform you of the passing of

Aina Avotins

Aina Avotins was born on June 27, 1926 and passed away on January 1, 2021

(more information about her life and service in Latvian: https://www.stjohnslatvian.ca/latviesu/sakums)

Funeral Service will be held on January 9, 2021 at 10:30 am.

You can watch the recording of the funeral here:

 Epiphany Worship (Dean emer. Ivars Gaide, rev. dr. Anita Gaide)

 

Blessed New Year!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Watch our Christmas Family Worship Service:

 

In Christmas Jesus comes to us as a child.

What are the questions we ask our God as his children and what questions Jesus asks us?

 

3. Adventa dievkalpojums / 3rd Advent service - 13 dec 2020 live

Celebrating prāv. emer. Ilze Kuplēns-Ewart

Service from St. John's

 

 

Let us pray and celebrate Advent:

Due to the current situation with the Covid pandemic, The Church Council has decided to suspend In-Person Worship. Let us enjoy our video services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you can see our Church service from different angles (thanks to Beate Augustane and Davis Maksins)

Our Latvian worship service from Harvest festival in church.

Enjoy!

We are thankful to everyone who joined our worship service in Saulaine:

 

 

Worship service for this Sunday is from Kristus Darzs:

 

Worship in Latvian and English about Miracles

 

Worship in Latvian

Join our Sunday Worship in Latvian and English:

 

Let us worship, reflect and pray (in Latvian):

Commemorating June 1941 deportations:

Introduction to Apologetics.

The Problem of Evil. (In Latvian)

 

Pentecost Worship services online

 

Here you can see Pentecost reflection and prayer from pastor Grietins in Latvian:

 

You are also invited to join our online worhsip services with LELBĀL and St. Andrews in Latvian.

(For more information see the Latvian homepage https://www.stjohnslatvian.ca/latviesu/sakums)

 

Listen to the second installment of pastor Girts Grietins podcast about Apologetics. How do we find our way among different religions and beliefs?

 

 Introduction to Christian Apologetics (in English)

The New Name

(reflections on the Book of Revelation, in Latvian) 

Have a blessed Easter !

 

Holly Week meditation with pastor Ģirts Grietiņš.

 

 Let us join Palm Sunday's video worship service presented by pastors and musicians of Canada.

 

Take a look at this Sunday's new video

 

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You are welcome to listen to pastor Ģirts Grietiņš audio reading from C.S. Lewis "Mere Christianity" (in Latvian).