December 15, 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2017 - Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. Pooh

AND – Beaches Women’s Pot Luck dinner – 6:30 – Mary Rae Shantz home on Wineva.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2017 - “I’ll be home for Christmas” songs and stories of Christmas Homecomings at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Warden & Kingston Road, - 7:30 – Storytellers are Councillor Gary Crawford, Broadcaster Avis Favaro; Professor Don Gray and Rev. Christine Smaller. $10:00 – funds go to support Bluffs Food Bank.

AND – Join Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine at 1:00 – 2:30 – for a bird friendly tree decorating event – some materials provided or bring your own decorations and birdseed.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2017 - Third Sunday of Advent - join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McClosky leading.

AND – 3:30 our annual reading of A Christmas Carol – featuring Tom Allen; Raina Douris; Jenny Young and Michael Brett, plus Lori Gemmell harp; Mike Murley sax; Julian Anderson-Bowes bass; Chris Pruden and Don Anderson piano; Evan Cartwright drums and the BPC Choir.

MISSION CAPSULES: Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … equip and nurture future church leaders who in turn will equip and nurture others to witness faithfully in the world. In 2017, 18 students graduated from our three theological colleges – Knox College in Toronto; The Presbyterian College in Montreal, Vancouver School of Theology and St. Andrew’s Hall in Vancouver. These colleges provide a strong academic and practice foundation to prepare students to serve our congregations. The PCC supports ministry candidates and their presbyteries as they work to discern the candidates call. In 2017, 16 candidates attended the PCC’s Guidance Conference which helps participants recognize their abilities, strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan of growth as they move forward. Together we also encourage and support new clergy who have just begun their ministries.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2017 - 7:30 – Longest Night Service - a quiet service of reflection, prayer and healing.

NOTE: I will be bringing copies of Laura Alary’s books that were ordered – this Sunday for pickup. I will also some extra copies available for sale.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 2017 - Advent 4 – morning worship with the Jazz ensemble.

CHRISTMAS EVE – Lessons and carols - 6:30

Late night Communion 10:00

Ponderings:

I’ve always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me. Cher

I’ve learned my song, and I sing it. Bob Barker

Your talent is god’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. Leo Buscaglia

Gentlemen, start your egos. Billy Crystal

When you are in any contest you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Courage is grace under pressure - Ernest Hemmingway

Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway - John Wayne

In heaven, an angel is nobody in particular - George Bernard Shaw

Have a good week - MB