November 25, 2011

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2011 - "The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." Ben Stein

TIS THE SEASON FOR CONCERTS:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26th, 2011 - Toronto Beach Chorale present Sounds of Yule - 7:30 pm - at Kingston Road United Church - $20:00/ Youth $10.00

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2011 - First Sunday of Advent - join us for morning worship at 10:30 Rev. Matt McKay leading. Because you requested it - there will be Christmas Carols from 10.15 - 10.30.

AND LATER THE SAME DAY:

Cantemus Singers present "Nowell Sing We" at Hope United Church (Main and Danforth) 3:00 pm with the Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto. $20.00, Seniors/Students $15.00

Gift of Love - 2:00 pm - A Sunday afternoon Concert at Glen Rhodes United Church, Gerrard Street, east of Coxwell. Silent Auction and refreshments. $20.00 or pay what you can.

NOVEMBER 27th - DECEMBER 4th, 2011 - Model Train Show at 17 Jeavons Ave. Birchmount and Danforth Road. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Two floors of operating model railroads. Adults $5:00, Children $2:00, Seniors $3:00 www.scarborough-model-railroaders.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2011 - "Do not be Afraid" - An Advent and Christmas Celebration with Glen Soderholm and friends. At St. Andrews King Street - 7:00 pm. This evening is being offered in partnership with World Vision Canada. www.standrewstoronto.org/events

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: On Monday November 14th members of the Finance Committee met with members of session to share some of the challenges that the committee sees coming at us as a congregation. We had a good discussion. As a result, Session agreed that I would share with you a sense of what in general this means for our future. We are facing a short term deficit of over $9000.00. This is much greater than the deficit we had already budgeted. Our expenses have been close to budget, our income from renters has been close to budget, but our income from givings has been under budget. We passed the budget as a congregation at our AGM last February. We need to make up that income to allow us the time to address the longer term concerns. Michael Brett, Clerk of Session

Things we can do as a congregation: Consider joining PAR - our expenses continue week by week and PAR allows you to give even when you are not here. If you are on PAR and have not increased your givings for a number of years, you might consider doing that now.

Can we give something extra during Advent: Perhaps put the church on your Christmas list.

Someone suggested that every time you buy a coffee, put the same amount of money aside for Beaches.

Don't laugh, but an extra toonie per week would help if enough of us did it.

More later.

MISSION CAPSULES: Presbyterians Sharing ... supports the Rev. Katherine McCloskey as she serves as chaplain at Evangel Hall Mission in Toronto. For almost 100 years, Toronto's Evangel Hall Mission has worked hard to break the bonds of loneliness, isolation and despair in Toronto's downtown core. Everyone is welcomed with a warm smile and a kind heart as they take part in the various programs offered by the mission - youth programs, a daily drop-in, men's and women's groups, medical and dental clinics, community dinners, and a Sunday worship service. As part of the dynamic EHM team, Katherine helps people through transitions and difficulties in their lives, letting them know that God is with them and loves them. Let us pray for EHM and for Katherine, as she witnesses the gospel through her compassion and love.

More Lexiphiles:

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.

Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest!

Acupuncture: a jab well done!

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye!

He had a photographic memory which was never developed!

Have a good week - MB