SCRIPTURE READING FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Genesis 1: 1-5, 26-31; John 1: 1-5, 10-13. Our theme is light and the connection of light to creation and new creation, to birth and new birth. We will also be celebrating the sacrament of baptism.
WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? Baptism. Baptism is what we call in the church, a 'sacrament.' A sacrament is a Latin word, and we use it to mean in the church: a visible sign of an invisible grace (grace = gift of love). Visible water is a sign of inner cleansing and renewal. Water is also used to grow new life. Through baptism we enter into "the body of Christ" (the spiritual word for church), and into a way of life where in the face of struggles, doubts and setbacks, we are growing in faith, hope and love, which then helps transfigure our struggles into more genuine humanity. Have you been baptized? Has your baptism any inner meaning for you?
ADVANCE NOTICE!: Our Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 16 from 10 -3. This is a very popular event in our community. It takes many volunteers to make this a very successful event. We are needing collectibles (not rummage sale stuff), Silent Auction items i.e. theatre, concert, sport’s tickets, cottage weekend, dining out, music lessons, paintings, silverware, new stuff, etc. Donated items should be dropped off to the church no later than Wed. Nov. 13. We are also looking for bakers who can help provide goodies for our bake table. If you can help in any way please contact the office: 416-485-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org. or check out the volunteer sign-up sheets in Scott Duncan Hall. More details to follow .
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 219 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.