December 2016

Advent 2016

For many of us the Holiday Season offers the opportunity to count our blessings. All of us can think of reasons we have to be thankful. For our family and friends, for our health, for our nation, for the gift God has given us in new life in Jesus the Christ. When I think of all that God has given me it makes me wonder why me? How is it I have been given so much?

I believe at this time of year we have the chance to give back to those who may be hurting and in need of a hand up. We are sponsoring several families on the giving tree and hope that you will take an ornament to show your support and care for those who are in need this Holiday Season. We will also be hosting a meeting for Interfaith Hospitality Network on December 8th to discuss how we as a community can move forward in offering families with children who are homeless a safe place to stay. As we remember that the Holy Family was homeless during the time of Jesus’ birth and then became refugees shortly after his birth having to flee into Egypt in order to escape Herod’s wrath. We are given the chance to help provide a program that will offer a safe place to those who need shelter as they work to get back on their feet again.

Rick Stilley, Greg Cowell, Steve Ash, Ian Saddler and Ron Wood have completed work on the raised garden and the field next to it. Rick is looking for grants to help fund a portion of the cost of our community garden which will be used to feed not only our parishioners and our neighbors but we will give part of our produce to our local food bank.

On December 18th we will have the greening of the church will follow the 10:30 service. This year we will not only green the inside of the church and our red doors we will also green our new Canopy and even perhaps put lights on our new evergreen trees that Henry Irvin put up as part of his Eagle project! Please join us as we make our church ready for Christmas and prepare with joy as we recall his birth once more. Of course we will have our Christmas Eve services on December 24th at 5pm and at 11:00pm. We will have only two services and no breakfast or Sunday school on December 25th with an 8am service followed by our 10:30am service led by Rev. Ray Bradley as he celebrates the anniversary of his ordination, I am,

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Lee