December 10th was a big Sunday. Emily DeWolfe, our new Sunday School and Youth Group Coordinator, covenanted with our congregation during our service. Later, packing hampers for our 2017 Hamper Project took place, bringing us closer to being able to reach out and share some Christmas bounty this Christmas with others in our community.
Christmas can bring with it memories of sadness and grief. Our Blue Christmas service Sunday afternoon brought those with such memories together to pause and reflect. Karen’s photo shows our alter as it was set for this service.
Click here to see our Christmas events newsletter. Save and print it and put it on your fridge or bulletin board so you don’t miss any of these faith and fun filled Advent/Christmas services and events.
After the popularity of our “Last Week” book study at Lent, this Advent we will be studying the sequel The First Christmas also by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Only two Gospels begin with Christmas stories. Why does Matthew focus on Joseph and Luke on Mary in each “overture” to that Gospel? Join one of the First Christmas weekly book studies, Tuesday at 2pm or 7pm (Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, Dec 12). Please sign up in the Narthex. Attendance is free. Book is $20 and can be purchased from Rev. Karen.
The last five weeks of the strike at Algonquin College have been a very stressful time for the students, and we thought it would wonderful to offer this yearly Pause Break, even though there will be no exams at this time. Please bring muffins, cookies, snacks, fruit, etc. (home-made or store bought) to the church by Tues. December 12th. Please label it for “Algonquin College Pause Break” and leave in the fridge or freezer in the Friendship Room Kitchen.
Thank-you – Ruth Anne Carney, Anne Mulholland,
Michele Suitor and Norma Wells!
- 5-5:30 pm – congregate at Julian for a quick briefing and distribution of song sheets. etc.
- 6-7:30 pm – start walking and singing door to door around Rossland and Withrow.
- 7:30 pm – congregate back at Julian for some hot chocolate and cookies.
If you would like to take part, please sign up in the Upper Narthex so they have an idea of numbers.
DID YOU KNOW? Coffee Time
Donations for the refreshments at coffee time that are placed in the blue tin on the serving cart go to the Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada which helps indigenous people with healing, cultural restoration and community revitalization. In 2016 $150 was sent to the fund. Our coffee is free trade and everyone is encouraged to take a turn organizing the refreshments. There is a sign-up sheet inside the kitchen door and directions for serving all the refreshments are inside the cupboard door where the urn is kept. Supplies are already provided and long-time servers are happy to offer training.
Volunteer Sign-up Board!
Our Fall sign-up sheets are posted in the Upper Narthex for ushering and greeting, reading scripture, and helping in our Nursery Room. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please see sign-up sheets.
Our Coffee Sign-up sheet is also located in the Upper Narthex. This time of fellowship has been a great success because of you! Please sign up – with a friend, so that this time of encouragement, love and laughter will continue.
SHARE THE CARE: If you know of someone who is in hospital, a nursing home or house-bound and would like a visit from the Minister, or a member of the Pastoral Care Team, please call the Church office at 613-224-1021 Ext. 21.
DRIVERS ARE NEEDED! We are looking for volunteers to drive fellow church members to worship each Sunday morning. We want to enable as many people as we can to come to worship with us on Sunday mornings. If you can help to provide transportation please contact Doris Latour at 613-225-2534 or Mary Lynne in the church office 613-224-1021.
GROCERY GIFT CERTIFICATES for both Loblaws/Independent and Metro/Food Basics are available in various denominations. Profits from sales of these Gifts Certificates help support the Carlington Community Chaplaincy. See Margaret Knight after church at coffee hour or call 613-226-2960.
USED STAMPS are collected at City View and donated to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, in Manotick. Used stamps can be left in the church office.