Thank You

What else is there to say but, thank you, thank you, thank you all for making this year’s Silent Auction the best ever! Although the attendance was down ever-so-slightly, we made the best ever amount just over $4,500.00! We had 45 families (mostly parishioners) donate 125 items (also a record). We gathered a lot of non-perishable items, as well as a monetary donation to Community Care from admission fees!

Let me say, this certainly was a team effort, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge those who gave up their time to help to make this night the success. The “resident auctioneer supreme” Brian. Karen, Meaghan, Adam, Karen and Erin for helping with the Quick Auction. Lou and Kelly for their A/V prowess. Kevin, Kelly and Adam for handling check out. Floyd and Roger for assisting with clean up, those who donated the munchies and also those people who couldn’t attend, but made a monetary contribution. Thank you all, and see you next year!
-The Silent Auction Team, Jeanette, Donald, Nancy and Ray

Christmas Decorations

Please consider helping with the Christmas decorations. Anyone interested in coordinating? We usually gather at the church one Saturday morning to do a variety of tasks in preparation for the Sunday service. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the front foyer for those interested in helping.

The Giving Tree

Each Sunday from December 2 to December 16 you will see a tree covered with stars in the front foyer of the church. Each star is a request for a new toy. (ie: boy 6 years or girl 8 years). Please consider removing 1 or more stars and purchasing a toy for the child on your star. Many of the children involved will receive only 1 gift at Christmas time and we hope to make it a well-chosen​ new gift.

There will be large boxes under the tree to receive the unwrapped gifts. These will be taken to Community Care for distribution after December 16. Thank you for your consideration to take part in this project and for making a difference in a child’s Christmas.
Jean.

Difference Maker Shoebox Project

Our choir has participated in the Difference Maker Shoebox Project (filling shoe boxes with lovely little things for women in need), our Bible Study Group has taken on filling shoe boxes for men in need, and our whole congregation is involved in our Toy Drive. What a privilege to be part of such a caring, compassionate and generous Christian community!

Conversation During The Service

One of the wonderful features of our church is the friendship we find here. It’s a joy to hear the pre-worship ‘buzz’ of a lively, supportive community, to see the Fireside Room filled with old and new friends at coffee hour, to have people who want to spend time catching up linger for a while to chat after most people are gone. However, please do not engage in conversation with other people during worship, it is distracting for leaders and other worshippers. For that hour or so each week, there should only be one person you are speaking to, and that’s God!

The Primate’s World Relief And Development Fund

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. This ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada responds to humanitarian and development needs, including clean water, health care, refugees, empowering women, food security, Canadian Indigenous People. The organization has an amazing track record for fiscal spending and improving quality of life.

There are a number of ways that you can support the PWRDF:

  • Do your Christmas from the World of Gifts Guide–perfect for the social justice minded and hard-to-buy-for people on your list (www.pwrdf.org or 1-866-294-6899)
  • Order PWRDF Christmas cards (see the notice on the church bulletin board; contact Ricky de Castro at 1-866-308-7973 or rdecastro@pwrdf.org)
  • Send a donation to: PWRDF, 80 Hayden St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2 or online at www.pwrdf.org

Community Care at Christmas

Did you know that Community Care offers the opportunity to ‘adopt’ a family in need for Christmas? The cost works out to about $100/person plus a grocery card to purchase Christmas dinner fixings. If you are part of a family who has been blessed with plenty, please consider helping those who are struggling. If you are unable to support an entire family, Community Care would be grateful for any donation you are able to make. For more information, please contact Community Care: 905-685-1349 or visit the website at www.communitycarestca.ca.