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December 3, 2018

We have entered the season of Advent. Yesterday we lit the of the first of the four Advent candles that remind us of the incarnation as we began the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. We celebrated communion which reminds us of His purpose for coming and reminds us that He will return. The season of preparation begins.

We looked at Zacharias in our message. I Doubt It! is the first in our Advent series not your usual attitudes. And when you think about it, doubt is not a typical Christmas attitude. We normally think about love and joy and peace and hope during the pre-Christmas countdown. But doubt and uncertainty and even disappointment are a part of life . . . and should not be ignored. We barely touched on the subject in our message, but many people will go through discouraging times during December. We should be aware of that [or them] and be supportive, as we can.

But that's not what I talked about yesterday. I talked about our reaction to life when things don't go as we plan . . . about our reactions to God's plans . . . about His plans for us. The call is that we be open to His voice and find our part! The message can be downloaded; click here.

Next Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, is our day of musical celebration. We look forward to many of our congregation sharing special Christmas music and readings.  Following our service we will go out for our Festive Fellowship at the nearby St. Hubert's chicken [1754 St. Laurent Boulevard]. 

Coming up           

The third Sunday of Advent is December 16. Our message looks at Mary and at her response to the angelic announcement: I'm Not So Sure! as we continue our series not your usual attitudes. We will gather for our annual open house and fellowship at the parsonage for the evening [beginning at 6:30pm].

The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 23. Our sermon series continues as we look at the birth of the Christ Child . . . a time of worship and wonder in the fulfillment of the promise. Our message: I'm Going to Believe.

Christmas Eve we'll gather for our candlelight service at 7pm . . . a time of joyous reflection of the incarnation. We will conclude our series with the message            I Will Celebrate.

Even if we stretch it, the whole of the Christmas story covers less than 150 verses in Matthew and Luke. Join me in reading this story slowly as a daily reflection as we turn our hearts toward Christmas. This week, the promise of the Advent:

  • December 3        John 1:1-5
  • December 4        Matthew 1:2-17
  • December 5        Luke 3: 23-38
  • December 6        Luke 1: 5-17
  • December 7        Luke 1:18-25
  • December 8        Luke 1:26-38
  • December 9        Luke 1:39-45
  • December 10      Luke 1:46-55

I was just as surprised as you were when I entered the sanctuary on Sunday and discovered the work that the Spanish Church had done with the sound booth. They had asked if they could move it to the center/back wall of the sanctuary from the far corner; our church board gave permission. The booth is a bit bigger than we anticipated it would be [it's about a foot deeper than I imagined]. We knew that we would lose the back pew [the one on the wall]  and perhaps the one in front of it; but we thought that there would be more of an aisle to pass through.

It is "rough looking" right now, but they will continue to work on it in the days ahead. This is one of the things that happens when you share space and equipment.

Opportunities to Show Compassion . . .

Eliezer Garcia Suarez is the 12-year-old son of Pastor Norma Suarez Niles and Jesus Garcia Oberto of the Unas Church in Cuba who died in the plane accident in Cuba last May. We have made a commitment to meet his needs by giving $30 a month for the next 10 years [along with birthday and Christmas gifts]. 

If you would like to be part of the support team, please indicate Child Sponsorship on your tithe envelope  or through your on-line giving.

The Fifth Annual CHRI Pajama Drive is underway. The station is asking for donations of new PJs, which will be distributed through local and rural food banks and to given to families who face difficult challenges such as poverty, addiction, domestic violence and mental health challenges.

The Pajama Drive will continue until the end of February. Click here for more information.

Have you started a reverse advent calendar? Instead of eating a chocolate treat every day, place a non-perishable food item in a basket each day of Advent and on the 24th take the basket to a food bank.

Denominationally . . . the 2017-2018 Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada gift catalogue can be found on-line [click here to access a copy; you can also pick one up from the table at the back of the sanctuary]. You can give through the church or directly to NCMC either on-line [click here] or by mail. 

We would like to congratulate Pamela and David on their recent marriage. The wedding took place at the Mississauga Bethel Spanish Church last Thursday afternoon. The wedding was streamed on David's Facebook page. Click here if you missed it – you can watch it still, although you need to have a Facebook account to access it.

We are thankful that they have chosen to be part of Trinity Church and look forward to their involvement and participation in the days ahead, and wish them God's very best as they serve Him.

Movember is over. Many thanks to those who donated to my fundraising efforts [this year and past years] as I try to do my part to raise funds for men’s health issues. The mo is gone for another year . . . I think it becomes a little more noticeable every year, don't you? [Pastor]

Orders for the Nursery School's Christmas fundraiser [again this year through Purdy's Chocolate] have been received. Pick-up will be Sunday December 18th. Enjoy!

This week's congregational prayer time will take place Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. For those who are not able to come to the church and pray we are planning an interactive prayer time. Join us if you have a cell phone, tablet, or computer with audio-video capabilities.

You will need to go to  the zoom web site [click here] and sign up for an account and download the program. Click here Wednesday at 7:00 pm to join our live stream. Our prayer time will begin at 7:05 pm and end at 7:35 pm.

Sundays in December

  • Dec 09:         Musical Celebration
  • Dec 16:         I'm Not So Sure
  • Dec 23:         I'm Going to Believe
  • Dec 24:         I Will Celebrate
  • Dec 30:         Matt Speaking

Church Life in December . . .

  • Dec 05:         Congregational Prayer
  • Dec 07:         Worship Team Practice
  • Dec 07:         Youth Alive Teen Activity: Swimming at Splash Wave Pool
  • Dec 09:         Congregational Celebration of Music 
  • Dec 09:         Festive Fellowship, at St. Hubert's Chicken
  • Dec 13:         Young Adult Discussion
  • Dec 14:         Worship Team Practice
  • Dec 14:         Youth Alive Teen Activity: Christmas Party, at Matt's
  • Dec 16:         I'm Not So Sure, Pastor Frank Speaking
  • Dec 16:         Parsonage Open House, 6:30 pm
  • Dec 21:         Worship Team Practice
  • Dec 23:         I'm Going To Believe; Pastor Frank Speaking
  • Dec 24:         Christmas Eve Candlelight Service; 7:00 pm
  • Dec 30:         Matt speaking