December 8, 2011

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2011 - "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." James Joyce

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 2011 - 10:00 - 11:30 am - Amnesty International Letter Writing Campaign - in the Narthex. Coffee/tea and snacks provided. Do drop in and write a letter to help in this amazing campaign. There will be some assistance to help you do this.

Visit Santa at the Gardener's Cottage in Kew Gardens, foot of Lee Avenue. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2011 - Third Sunday of Advent. Join us for worship at 10:30 Rev. Matt McKay leading. We will celebrate communion. We will sing Christmas Carols at 10:15 at your request.

Later the same day - The Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto presents a classical concert at 8:00 pm at Beaches Presbyterian Church.

Christmas Sing Along at Kingston Road United Church. 10:30 am The Messiah (sing with the choir) and 7:00 pm Christmas Carols and Songs.

7:00 pm - Tenth Annual Celtic Christmas at The Church of the Resurrection, Woodbine Avenue north of Danforth. A community celebration of Celtic Christmas Music in support of "Sanctuary".

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2011 - Carolling in the Park at Glen Stewart Park, Glen Manor Drive, 7:30 - 8:30 pm - Sing with choirs and the Salvation Army Band. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

MISSION CAPSULES: Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing ... support Louise Gamble as she teaches at Tam Kang High School in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to teaching English and Biblical classes, Louise is working to transcribe the official documents of George Leslie MacKay, the first missionary to Taiwan. She writes, "The MacKay missionary story is an intriguing one. In some ways he was a man of his own times, but in other ways he was truly exceptional." Let us pray for Louise as she faithfully serves our partner church, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Construction of "The Ramp" is due to begin this coming week. Please do NOT confuse the issue of the ramp and the deficit. They are two separate things. The City of Toronto have demanded that we have a ramp as we are a public building and our deadline is early 2012. Money for the ramp was specifically donated and designated for the ramp. However, the $9,000.00 deficit is still our responsibility, and so far we have raised $1650.00. Please give this your prayerful consideration.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 2011 - A Christmas Carol reading at 3:30 pm. This year we have CBC's Tom Allen and Laurie Brown. Actors Sheila McCarthy and Sean Cullen. Also featuring Buck 65 performing a new song. Musicians include Lori Gemmell, harp, Kevin Fox cello/voice, Wes Allen, bass, Joe Macerollo accordian, Geoff Somers, fiddle/mandolin, Evan Cartwright drums, Don Anderson, piano and the BPC Choir. Tickets $20.00 Proceeds to the Refugee Fund.

There will be food and we need some volunteers to provide it. Debbie Murray is co-ordinating the food again this year and she is looking for Christmas cookies, shortbread cookies, squares, mini scones, chocolates, apple cider and/or cash.

LAWS -

Law of Gravity - any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped will roll to the least accessible corner!

Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act!

Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings!

Variation Law - If you change lines or traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now!

Have a good week - MB