November 28, 2013

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2013 - "No one has more driving ambition than the teenager who wants to buy a car!"

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2013 - Advent Concert "On the Way to Bethlehem" at St. Theresa Parish, Shrine of the Little Flower, Midland & Kingston Road. 6:15 pm - Tickets $10.00 per family; $5.00 per person. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AND Snowman Christmas Craft and Bake Sale - Hope United Church - Main & Danforth - 11:00 -- 1.30

AND Light up the Beach event along the boardwalk from the foot of Leuty to Fernwood Park - 7:00 - 80,000 lights in 20 trees. Hot Chocolate, ornaments for the children, singing, music, - please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

AND Lighting of the Hannukiah in Kew Gardens 6:00 pm followed by Latkefest at the Beach Hebrew Institute.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2013 - FIRST DAY OF ADVENT - Join us for morning worship at 10:30, Rev. Matt McKay leading. We light the Candle of Hope.

MISSION CAPSULES: The Presbyterian Church in Canada, through Presbyterian World Service & Development, continues to support HIV and AIDS programs that work against stigma and descrimination, teach and equip people to prevent the spread, and provide home based care and medications to help those living with the disease, cope. PWS&D works with partners to prevent the transmission between mother and child, provide counselling and teach and support and care for orphans and vulnerable children. Take the lead, inspire others to learn more, raise funds for PWS&D"s AIDS programs. To learn more about our church's work in the fight against HIV AIDS visit WeRespond.ca

EVENTS TO PLAN FOR:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2013 - Following morning worship a Congregation Meeting. This is very important, please plan to attend.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2013 - "He's Here" and evening of songs and stories - 7:30 - Beach United Church - Tickets $20.00

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2013 - Christmas Near Downton - Traditions in Music. Toronto Beach Chorale present traditional seasonal favourites. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted for Community Centre 55's "Share a Christmas Program". Tickets $20.00 available through www.torontobeachchorale.com or $25.00 at the door - cash only.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 3:00 pm - Beaches Presbyterian Annual Reading of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Readers include CBC's Tom Allen & Michael Enright and Rev. Matt McKay. Readers and singers Bryce Kulak and Sarah Harmer. Musicians Lori Gemmell Harp, Wes Allen bass, John Abberger oboe, Evan Cartwright drums, Joey Wright mandolin, Pete Gemmell saxophone, Don Anderson piano and the Fezziwig Singers. Tickets $25.00 order from the Church This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 416-699-5871

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST:

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

The Partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit - Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

The ten Lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve dummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas everyone. Have a good week - MB