December 05, 2014

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2014 - "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Kingston Road Village hosts an evening of caroling plus a reading of "A Christmas Carol" 7:00 pm - at Kingston Road United Church. Donations at the door will go to Community 55 and the church's ramp fund.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2014 - Snow Man craft and bake sale at Hope United Church, 11:00 - 1:30 Christmas items, books, lunch.

Tree lighting at Kew Gardens - 5:30 - 6:30 - visit from Santa, carols and more.

Toronto Beach Chorale present John Rutter's "Magnificat" plus a selection of favourite Christmas music. Kingston Road United Church, 7:30 pm

Beaches Artists & Artisans Market at Beaches Presbyterian Church 11:00 am - 4:pm - featuring talent of local artists working in wood, glass, pottery, metal, paper, leather and textiles. Navid, one of our refugees, will be selling some of his photography and will be set up to take your holiday photos.

VOCA CHORUS present Winter North & South. 7:30 - Eastminster United Church at Chester.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2014 - Join us for morning worship at 10:30 - dress warmly just in case - service will be led by our Justice Ministry team - featuring Amnesty International letter writing event.

MISSION CAPSULES: Presbyterians Sharing ... supports Brian Johnston, an English and music teacher serving at The Theological Seminary of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Chuj, Romania. Brians's two choirs provide students with an opportunity to both share the gospel message through song and learn English in a fun and creative way. Brian is also an avid photographer, recording scenes of village life and local scenery. Recently, Brian participated in a youth camp attended by 70 young people from 13 congregations. He taught the group English songs, and brought some of his photos to share. The youth dramatized each photo, bringing the scenes to life in a unique way. Brian writes, "I would like to congratulate the leaders for creating such a wonderful atmosphere full of enthusiasm and spiritual energy."

WATCH FOR: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 - 3:30 pm - A Childs Christmas in Wales with readers Tom Allen, Michael Enright and Sean Cullen. Great music and yummy snacks. About the yummy snacks - we need you to provide them. Debbie Murray is looking for finger snacks such as, christmas cookies, shortbread, squares, chocolates, macaroons, mini scones, crackers & cheese, strawberries, apple cider.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2014 - Beaches annual Christmas party for our Boarding Homes group. Each year Beaches provides a gift bag for each of the ten men. Please consider donating - or pairing up with someone - to donate ten items to fill the bags. Sample gifts would be; socks, gloves, scarves, hats, personal items, mugs, Christmas decorations, candies. As well, if you want to donate cash, the BHM team will purchase gifts for the men. Please bring items to church on Sunday December 7th or 14th or email Mary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make other arrangements. As well, we traditionally provide a dinner on Christmas Day with the support from one of the local service clubs. This year we were not able to secure funding, so if you would consider donating a small amount toward the dinner it would go a long way to make this a special day for the men at 15 Edgewood.

WHY TEACHERS GO GRAY EARLY:

The following questions were set in last year's examinations. These are genuine answers from 16 year olds!

Q. Name the four seasons.
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar!

Q How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q. What happens to your body as you age?
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Have a good week - MB