January 6, 2011

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 2011 - Today is the Day of Epiphany - Enjoy!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th, 2011 - Epiphany Sunday, join us for morning worship at 10.30 - Rev. Matt McKay leading. Come dressed as your favourite character in the Epiphany story and join in the Epiphany processional as we follow the star into the sanctuary. Please bring a non-perishable food item for our local food bank. If you like, wrap it in white paper as we will mark "White Gift Sunday". We will celebrate together with stories and communion.

Beaches Book Club Study continues after worship. If you have not had a chance to come out - it's not too late. We are reading "The First Christmas: What the Gospels Realy Teach about Jesus Birth" - by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. This Sunday we are trying to get to page 127. We each try to underline a particularly challenging, enlightening, or meaningful passage or two and share them with the group. Bring your lunch and we will continue the journey.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2011 - Beaches Annual General Meeting. Bring your lunch and plan to stay for this important event......we need your input.

MISSION CAPSULES: Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing ... support opportunities to learn about the complex issues surrounding migration and undocumented workers. In 2007 and 2009, Presbyterians from across Canada visited the United States/Mexico border to learn why thousands of people make the perilous desert journey into the US in search of work and hope for a better life. Participants returned home with a commitment to learning about migration issues in our own Canadian context. Justice Ministries is working to connect them with migrant agricultural workers that come to South-western Ontario for seasonal work. Through our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing we are helping Presbyterians build relationships of understanding and respect with the stranger in our midst.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Boarding Homes Team report that a very good time was had at their annual Christmas Party. They bought Swiss Chalet for everyone and had raised enough money to give each of the participants gift bags and personal items. They enjoyed their meal and followed up with the singing of Christmas Carols. The men were very pleased and happy and all felt it was a good time!
The team are grateful to Beaches for the support.

NEWS: Klaas, Mary Beth and Emma have arrived in Australia and have settled into their temporary new home in "BoxHill" which is a suburb of Melbourne - far from the flooding! The weather yesterday was 31!! The trip was - in his words "epic" - 15 hrs to Shanghai followed by a 12 hr flight to Melbourne. Emma slept for most of it. They send their greetings and if anyone is interested you might check out Http://picasaweb.google.com/kkraay/TheBigTrip


If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car - you may live in Canada.

If you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction - you may live in Canada.

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked - you may live in Canada.

If you can drive 90km/hr through two feet of snow during a blizzard without flinching - you may live in Canada.

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and back again - you may live in Canada.

Have a good week - Happy New Year - MB