December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 2014 - When someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, but it only takes 4 to reach out and slap them! Anonymous

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, 2014 - 11:00 - Artists' & Artisans" Show at Beaches - this is the third of the three Saturday shows. If you have so far missed this, there are excellent Artists and wonderful opportunities to pick up some gifts. Navid (one of our refugees) will be on hand again to show some of his photography and to take holiday family photos. He is willing to provide a photo for $15.00.

6:00 - Kew Gardens - Lighting of the Hannukah.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2014 - Fourth Sunday in Advent - join us for morning worship at 10:30 - Philip Yoo leading.

8:00 pm - Longest Night Service, Rev. M.J.Perry leading. This is a very reflective, quiet service, one of my personal favourites in the year.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 2014 - 6:30pm - Christmas Eve Family Service. 11:00 pm - Christmas Eve Communion Service - Rev. M.J. Perry leading both services.

MISSION CAPSULES: Through gifts to Presbyterians Sharing ... Winnipeg Inner City Missions helps people to develop or recover a healthy physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual self. WICM ministers to children and youth through after school programs. The "Miracle Store" provides the community with essential needs, while allowing choice, encouraging saving and providing dignity to people who are viewed with suspicion in other stores. Anishinabe Place of Hope offers residents clean, safe sober housing and access to professional services. A worship service and Sunday School classes are held every Sunday afternoon, where two different spiritual traditions come together. WICM's director, the Rev. Margaret Mullin, shares, "our families are encouraged to be who they are. They are Anishinable people with a rich spiritual heritage who are embracing the way of Christ".

BOARDING HOMES MINISTRY is struggling to maintain it's finances. The unique character of our ministry is at risk. At risk are the spiritual encounters in boarding homes which affirm God among us and bolster the faith of residents and church visitors. Deep friendships have been formed. At risk are all our vibrant gatherings which practice peacemaking amid the strong fusion of Spirit, illness, poverty, bravery, grace and blessing. Our donors are essential ministry partners They may never visit in a home community but in that rich, holy intertwining of God-self-and-friend our donors are part of the spiritual reality of our ministry. We hope that in this Advent season you draw comfort from being woven securely into God's fabric of love. BHM

COMMENT; Last Sunday those of us who attended, were enveloped by wonderful music and great readings. Lori Gemmell and two friends brought their harps - three harpists - magical. We had a fabulous jazz group which included our own Julian Anderson Bowes. The choir loft was full with our own people plus a number of great voices that Tom seems to pull out of the woodwork for these events. Then there was the "down home" group who played fiddle, banjo and mandolin. On top of all this, there was the story and the readers. We all know how charming Tom and Lori are, so it's not surprising that they can pull together such an interesting group for us, each year.

MORE FROM THE 16-year-olds. Actual Exam answers.

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (eg The abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain. The borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A.E.I.O.U.

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport.

Q. What does the word "benign" mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight!

Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head.

Merry Christmas everyone - MB