December 05, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2012 - "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude" Maya Angelou

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2012 - 7:30pm - Dramatic reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This year, the readers are; CBC Radio's Tom Allen and Eleanor Wachtel, actor Brent Carver, singer/songwriter Molly Johnson and our own Bruce Dinsmore. Musicians are Lori Gemmell, harp, Wes Allen, bass, Evan Cartwright, drums, Don Anderson, piano and the BPC Choir. Tickets are $20.00 - proceeds to the Refugee Fund.

Do plan to support this event, so far, we have sold less than 50 tickets. We need food - contact Debbie Murray, and we need lots of you to be there.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2012 - Join us for worship at 10:30 am - Rev. Matt McKay leading. We will celebrate communion.

The Advent Study and Reflection group will be meeting at the Church this week, after the service. We will be discussing and reflecting on the lectionary readings for the following week, which are; Zephaniah 3: 14-20, Isaiah 12: 2-6, Phillipians 4: 4-7 and Luke 3: 7-18. Please join us for an interesting time together.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 2012 - International Human Rights Day. Because of this annual event, we will be doing the "Write for Rights" campaign after church on December 9th:

NOTE: The annual Christmas party for the Boarding Homes Ministry is Monday, December 17th. Beaches provides a dinner for the men, and generous members of the congregation contribute toward gift bags. We have ten men in the home and for some of them, this is the only Christmas gift they receive. Please consider contributing to make this Christmas special. Donations of gifts (we try to have ten of each item) or cash (we can shop to fill out the baskets) will happily be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Rae Shantz - or approach any member of the team - Tim Murray, Erin Sclissizzi, Jay Stryker, Fairlie Ritchie. If you are donating cash instead of a gift, please give your donation by Sunday, December 9th, to give us time to shop. Thank you.

MISSION CAPSULES: Presbyterians Sharing ... supports the University of New Brunswick's Campus Ministry in Fredericton. UNB's protestant chaplain, The Rev. Kevin Bourque writes: "In addition to our regular presence on campus through participation in official university ceremonies, student groups, clubs and activities, our most successful venture has been in reaching out to meet the physical needs of our students." To help reduce the high stress levels that students feel during exams, the chaplaincy holds a regular exam-time "stress-buster social", offering free food and a space to step away from the busyness and stresses of studying. These events are positive experiences for both the students and the chaplains. COMING UP: Friday, December 21st, 2012 - Our "Longest Night" service of healing at 7:30. This is a very quiet, reflective service.

NOTE: At our congregation meeting last Sunday, it was decided to replace most of our sanctuary windows with clear textured glass. These will be double glazed, four of which will open. Jerry Greer will have samples of textured glass for all to look at and consider, this Sunday. The windows should be installed in February. Quite a nice sum of money was pledged on Sunday to cover the cost. Each window will cost approximately $2250.00 each.

MORE:

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated!!

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The Microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket!

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

There are more chickens than people in the world. (how do we know this??)

Have a good week - MB