December 18, 2020

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 2020 - It’s almost over folks, 2021 will be a better year!!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th, 2020 - Join us for morning worship at 10.00 – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Being forced to flee from ones home and ending up in a foreign land is terrifying. There are often language, social and cultural barriers in the new place that make settling very difficult. Rani Ibraham, the leader of the Newcomer Mission at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Peterborough sees it as his calling from God to make this transition easier for those in his community. He does this through social programming, accompaniment services and prayer gatherings. With support from Presbyterians Sharing … this mission has helped hundreds of people experience the love of God and provided people with a sense of belonging in Canada.

MONDAY, DECE4MBER 21st, 2020 - LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE – 7:30 – join in on Zoom …

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2020 - Theology on Tap will not be meeting.

ALSO ON December 21ST – Jupiter and Saturn will align to create the first “Christmas Star” in nearly 800 years. To catch a glimpse of the phenomenon make sure you have a clear view to the southwest about 45 mins after sunset. The planets will be at their closest on December 21st but the “Christmas Star” will be visible from anywhere on Earth for about one hour after sunset in the northern hemisphere for the entire fourth week of December.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23rd, 2020 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30. If you have any concerns contact the church office or one of us. Elisabeth Grant, Doug Duke, Sheila MacDonald, Susan Kopulos or me.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 2020 - CHRISTMAS EVE – Join us at 7:00 for our traditional Christmas Eve service.

NOTE: Tara Kannangara (singer, trumpeter with Julian’s group) is making a film to go along with the music from her most recent set of songs and has an “indiegogo” campaign underway to raise funds for the completion of the project. She’s received funding through government grants for the music side, but now that they are ready to film they’re hoping to pull some funding in from friends, family and the wider community. The link below brings you to the indiegogo page where you can find out more about it, (there’s a four minute video that explains everything) and if you feel moved, make a contribution. Every little bit helps, but no pressure of course. Tara and Britany (her co-director and filmmaker) are super brilliant and I know that this work will be moving and heartfelt and important. So just trying to spread the word where I can! Julian Anderson Bowes

Here is the link - https://indiegogo.com/projects/extraordinary-people-the-film-tara-kannangara#/

AND STUFF:

I think we can all agree that in 2015 not one single person got the answer correct to “where do you see yourself five years from now”

If 2020 was math word-problem: If you’re going down a river at 2MPH and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to reshingle your roof?

I don’t think the therapist is supposed to say “wow” that many times in your first session, but here we are!

If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it” That way people will think you are bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life this year, where errands are starting to count as going out.

I am at that age where my mind still thinks I am 29, my humour suggests I am 12 while my body mostly keeps asking if I am sure I am not dead yet.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed the exit.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads.!!!

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

How many of us have looked around our family reunion and thought “well aren’t we just two clowns short of a circus?”

Have a good week - Merry Christmas MB