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November 11, 2019

Lest We Forget . . . the horrors of war. Lest We Forget . . . the destruction left behind. Lest We Forget . . . the senseless loss of life. Lest We Forget . . . so we insist on remembering . . . especially on this, the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War . . . the war to end all wars that didn't. Will we never learn?

Our services don't seem to be complete without one technical glitch, and we got it over with early in yesterday's service. We were to start our time together with the playing of the Last Post before we stood for two minutes of silence. Unfortunately the clip did not work. I trust that you were able to tune in to today's Remembrance Day service if you were not able to attend.

That aside, we had a wonderful service yesterday. I know that I say this often, but I say it because it is true. It was good to have the full worship team to lead us yesterday. Each voice and each instrument adds to our service. Our goal as a team is simply to help lead the congregation in "settling in" to the presence of God with Who is us – that is our prayer each week.

Our message [click here to download it] looked at another of the things that we don't talk about in the church: divorce. Well, we extended it to marriage and divorce because we wanted to be positive. All joking aside [marriage is a relationship where one person is always right and the other is the husband, or marriage is about understanding what irritates your spouse and using it strategically], marriage is a covenantal promise that can be difficult to fulfill because two broken people [we are all broken!] promise to put their own needs aside for someone else's needs – and that isn't natural. It is difficult – but not impossible – to keep the promise made – and that's what God wants of those who make a commitment to one another. I'll not preach it again here: read the message.

Or you can watch the service – our streaming was "back up" yesterday. The whole service was videoed – and [not like last week] it can be watched without craning your neck. Kudos again to those on the worship team that are "technologically astute" and can get things properly operational. Click here to go to the Facebook feed. 

While we are talking about commitments made through marriage, I had the honour of officiating at the wedding ceremony of Zoe Creed and Matthew Wylie last weekend. We offer our congratulations to the couple [and our support for their future together]. Congratulations to Christine and Derrick as well.

Following yesterday's service we celebrated with David and Pam with a shower for soon-to-join-us Nylo. Many thanks to Cindy, Emmanuelle, and Johania for preparing a fantastic afternoon of fun [congratulations to all those who "won" the games]. We look forward to meeting this young man soon. Pray for this young couple in the days ahead [Pam has an exam around the time of her due date!].

It's started. The countdowns, the frayed nerves, the busyness . . . they've all started. Even though the first Sunday of Advent is still three weeks away, the Christmas advertizing frenzy is well underway. Our own calendars fill quickly, so please note the dates and times of our own church activities for the Christmas season. 

  • The first Sunday of Advent is December 1 . . . we'll gather for our annual Festive Fellowship meal out following our service.
  • The second Sunday of Advent is December 8 . . . we'll celebrate communion in our service as we prepare our hearts for the season.
  • The third Sunday of Advent is December 15 . . . our day of musical celebration. Everyone who would like to share a special Christmas song or reading is welcome and encouraged to participate – please see Matt as we look forward to a great time of congregational worship. 
  • Then, we will gather for our annual open house and fellowship at the parsonage in the evening [beginning at 6:30pm].
  • The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 22 . . . a time of worship and wonder as we look to the manger and the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.
  • Christmas Eve we'll gather for our candlelight service . . . a time of joyous reflection of the incarnation. Our service will begin at 7pm.
  • Our year end service is a service of remembrance of the year past and a look to the hopes and dreams of the future. 

You might also want to think about a reverse advent calendar. Instead of opening a door to take a treat [mmm, Lindt chocolate!], place a non-perishable food item in a basket each day of Advent and at the end of Advent take the basket to a food bank. Or come up with your own unique idea to make Christmas more giving than receiving.

Yes, it is "that time of year" again – it is Movember. It is a month of fundraising for men's health and the search for cures for cancers specific to men. I have Movembered for the past 10 years. I do not set a specific fundraising goal, but do invite those who wish to click here to donate. Thank you.

You might also be interested in the Alta Vista Cooperative Nursery School's winter fundraiser: Purdy's chocolates. Click here to go to the order catalogue – you'll have to sign in or open a new account – the customer number is 37568. It might take a while to get used to the site and find your way around it. Orders must be made by November 27; pickup is December 13.

The Sixth 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.

Speaking of compassion . . . denominationally the 2019-2020 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. 

Update: I met with Councillor Jean Cloutier last week to discuss the situation of curb side garbage collection for the church [which has been taken from us].  He explained the city's position [which I had already been told]. We await further news.

Until then the church is a garbage free zone [which we are trying to be anyway]. We will continue to recycle everything we can and if we do create garbage we will have to take it away ourselves or pay for the city to take it for us.

The renewed FreeShare/Care and Share ministry is operational! Our Facebook page is up and running, and a few available items have been noted. Instead of having items stored at the church and opening the building once a month for people to come and see what is available, we'll post pictures of available items on this Facebook page and have people make arrangement for pick-up.                                              

If you have "gently used" items that you no longer need and would like to give to someone who has a need send an e-mail along with a picture of the item to the church or to Emmanuelle, who is going to lead this ministry initiative.

Sundays Ahead . . .

  • Nov 17   Matt speaking
  • Nov  24   The Isms and Theism – bias
  • Dec     1   Advent 1: In the Flesh
  • Dec     8   Advent 2: In Our Hearts        
  • Dec   15   Advent 3: Christmas Musical Celebration
  • Dec   22   Advent 4: In Glory
  • Dec   24   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: In the Manger
  • Dec   29   Remembering


  • Dec     1   Advent 1: In the Flesh
  • Dec     1   Festive Fellowship, following our service.
  • Dec     8   Advent 2: In Our Hearts        
  • Dec   15   Advent 3: Christmas Musical Celebration
  • Dec   15   Parsonage Open House, 6:30 pm
  • Dec   22   Advent 4: In Glory
  • Dec   24   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: In the Manger
  • Dec   29   Remembering