SCRIPTURE READING FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON: Matthew 1-2 Tells the Christmas Story from the primary perspective of Joseph. Luke 1:26-2:38 tells the Christmas story from the primary perspective of Mary. Jewish society (Matthew’s account) is concerned primarily with moral purity, and the Christ child is associated with those who would be judged morally impure. Roman society (Luke’s account) is concerned primarily with social status (money, power), and the Christ child is associated with those who are poor and have little status. What is that teaching about how God sees our world and the things typically valued and prized in our world? What are the lessons for us who would follow Christ this Christmas and beyond?
WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? Christmas Carols: The theology is sometimes questionable. The music is simple and often uninteresting. Some of the words are not as accessible for those newer to Christianity. And yet, Christmas Carols have a power to move the heart like little else. Why? It's the association with Christmas and the experience of it all. It's about the warmth of love experienced in communal singing. It's the association of the music and words with cherished memories and joyful gatherings with family and friends. It's about the Christmas message of God's love and hope for the world focused on a baby. It's all very real and deep even as it is also a mystery. Think about your favourite Christmas Carol. Why do you love it so?
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS to give to housebound members and to adorn the sanctuary this Christmas are available for purchase today during coffee hour in Scott Duncan Hall. Cost per plant is $10. If you wish you can take your plant(s) home after the Christmas Services. Please see Mary-Lynn Dodson or Elsie Powell to place your order. Thank you!
HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT COFFEE HOUR? Whether you, host, help clean-up, provide food or baking, or even consider sponsoring a coffee hour, ALL help is welcome! We invite you to consider taking part in this fellowship opportunity as an individual, family or team! The sign-up sheet for coffee hour can now be found on the sign-up board in Scott Duncan Hall. For more information on what it means to host or sponsor a coffee hour, please speak to Barbara Thomas for more information. Thank you your consideration and support!
GIVING & RECEIVING AT ARMOUR HEIGHTS: What do you receive from being part of this community of faith? What do you give? It's about yourself, your time and your money. The ministries of the church and the maintenance and upgrades on the property require a regular flow of finances out of the generosity of members and friends like you. As of the end of September, congregational givings are $11,000 below budget. Whether you give monthly by cheque/cash in an envelope, through automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account (PAR), or via occasional donations here and there online via 'Canadahelps', your contributions are very much appreciated and welcome. Let's see if we can eliminate the shortfall by December 31st. For more info or questions about any of donations options, speak to Erin Stone, Murray MacCausland or Dr. Harris.
MILK BAG COLLECTION: Thank you for your great response to the milk bag collection. We have collected 437 milk bags so far. Please place your donations in the pink box beside the food collection box in the front hall. All brands of milk bags are welcome.
VOLUNTEERING AT PORTLAND PLACE: Portland Place is a non-profit housing corporation and a mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It provides housing the most vulnerable of our city who struggle with mental health challenges and could easily end up homeless on the street without the housing and community Portland Place provides.
Armour Heights has taken on the mission of providing a lunch twice a month. Volunteers would gather at Armour Heights at 9:30am, drive down together to Portland Place for 10am, prepare a lunch and eat with the tenants, clean up and be done by 2pm. This opportunity will provide food for body and soul for both tenants and us the volunteers. A sign-up sheet can be found in Scott Duncan Hall. Dates planned for the fall include Nov. 18, Dec. 2 & 16.