February 13, 2019

AND, IT’S SNOWING!!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2019 - “They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days. Garrison Keillor

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2019 -- Beginner Adult Shinny Hockey and Family Skate at Kew Gardens rink, by the Boardwalk. 1:00 – 2:30 – hosted by Beach United Church. No hard pucks or hockey sticks; we will provide safe plastic sticks and a soft ball. Skinny takes one half of the rink, other half is free skating.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Ayishetu Abu had not seen her family in eight years. She was living at the Gambaga Outcast Home in Ghana – a shelter for women facing accusations of witchcraft. In many Ghanaian communities, there is a tendency to suspect witchcraft as the cause of crop failure, the death of the child or any other unexplained event. In addition to improving living conditions at the shelter, PWS&D works to foster social acceptance among these communities and educate village leaders about human rights, mental illness, disabilities and other health issues often mistakenly attributed to witchcraft. To ensue more women like Ayishetu can embrace opportunities that are the right of every person, PWS&D will continue working for justice and peace.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2019 - 7:00 – we gather at the Beacher Café to continue our reading of Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis. Our next book will be Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dallaire and will begin on March 11th. It will be our Lenten study.

Note: Rainbow Communion is The Special LGBTQI Listening Committee made up of Seven members drawn from across the church reflecting the diversity of the denomination and includes two members who identify as LGBTQI. Their mandate is to offer a safe and respectful environment in which confidentiality is assured, in order to encourage people to tell stories of harm done to them within and by the church because of homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia; and to share stories of God’s grace experienced by them and through them in Christian ministry, even in the midst of the challenges they have faced. To invite people to submit their stories orally or in writing (face to face, video conference, phone call, email, traditional mail, or other means.) With permission, shared stories may be included in the committee’s report to a future General Assembly. To provide, after the listening process is completed, an appropriate response to the issue of homophobia within the Presbyterian Church in Canada with recommendations for concrete actions addressing homophobia to the General Assembly for implementation within the church.

Beaches Presbyterian has been offered the opportunity to act as a connector site on behalf of this process. For further information please contact Rev. Katherine or Marlene.

RAINBOW COMMUNION LISTENING COMMITTEE MEMBERS Co-Conveners: The Rev. Bob Faris (Toronto) Ms. Sue Senior (Waterloo) Members: The Rev. Dr. Tim Archibald (New Minas, NS) The Rev. Joseph Bae (Thornhill,) The Rev. Dr. Jean Morris (Calgary) Ms. Sydney O’Brien (Waterloo) Ms Bassma Younan (Aurora) Trained Rainbow Communion listeners from across Canada (some fluent in additional languages) will be deputized and added to the roster of the listeners. These names will be made available on the website.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present a concert to warm the winter’s chill “Maple Sugar Music” a toe tapping salute to Canadian folk music featuring La Messe Quebecoise. A work for choir, folk fiddle and spoons by Quebec composer Pierick Houdy with award winning violinist Christian Vachon. PLUS Un Canadien errant and many other Canadian folk songs. There will be a special Silent Auction including a hand made quilt and an original numbered print by Canadian artist Doug Comeau and Giant Gift Baskets of all things comestible and libatious from coast to coast. Beach United Church, Tickets $25:00 in advance $30:00 at the door, cash only.

MORE IDLE THOUGHTS

Is there another word for synonym?

Is it possible to be totally partial?

Is Marx’s tomb a communist plot?

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off!

It’s not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Have a good week – stay warm MB