The Advent and Christmas Seasons are a time of joy for most of us, a time for celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for everyone. For some, the season can be a painful reminder of loss, whether recent or longstanding. Our annual Kindle a Flame, to be held this year on December 7, service is one attempt which we make as a congregation to recognize and minister to this experience.
Another way in which we try to help is by providing a specific selection of CareNotes which address the many ways in which the season can difficult. These notes will be displayed throughout the Advent/Christmas season on the CareNotes rack in the Narthex (across from the office). There are well over a dozen different titles both on the rack and the shelf below. Please feel free to take as many as you like either for your own use or for a friend or loved one.
Ed. note: The first person I mentioned this to exclaimed, "Oh, no. That's my favourite thing coming into the church." We are sure this is a common feeling. Thank you, Willie, for providing these words of wisdom over the years.
The Mission and Service Committee is looking for new members! The M&S committee updates the congregation with monthly Minutes for Mission about activities funded through M&S givings, and coordinates the church's response to requests for assistance from outside the local community around areas of special concern. Our biggest activity every year is the Stone Soup lunch, which is coming up on January 25, 2015.
Regular M&S meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of every month and our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7pm in the Chapel. There will be no December meeting and our January meeting will be on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, to plan for Stone Soup. If you're interested in joining M&S, feel free to attend our next meeting or speak to any M&S member (Bev McKee, Allison Hockin, Muriel McGuinty or Jean Eadie).
With Advent fast approaching there are many things to look forward to in the world of Christian Education at Woodroffe. The Church School has over 20 children registered. We are blessed to have a dedicated teaching team and nursery attendants who look after and teach our children.
The ever-popular Babies and Friends Luncheon occurs as this Uniter is being issued. At the luncheon, the children will learn about the history of White Gift Sunday and we will be talking about our Mitten and Angel Trees. There is always a good selection of kid friendly and yummy food on hand for the kids to enjoy. A craft and story time will bring the families together as we prepare for the Christmas season.
The Church School is also preparing for this year's Christmas Pageant. It will take place during service on Sunday, December 14. You will want to reserve your front pew soon—it looks to be a very interesting, fun, and different ensemble. It promises to be a performance you will not forget. Be sure not to miss it!
On behalf of the Christian Education Committee and the Church School, I would also like to send a special thank you to Diana Baird who, with several of our youth (Madelyne Borys, Erin Wai and Lexie Stewart), made a beautiful banner for the Church School that hangs in the stairwell leading up to the School. If you haven’t already, take a look!
Finally, a reminder that over the Christmas season, the nursery will stay open but the Church School will be closed for three Sundays: December 21, 28 and January 4.
We wish all the families and members of Woodroffe United a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Each year, over 150 congregants are involved in the Woodroffe United Shortbread Cookie - Christmas Card gift. First and foremost the bakers among us prepare all manner of shortbread cookies, in the shapes of angels, stars, squares, rounds, fingers, hearts, iced, sprinkled and plain. Then there are people who store and take care of these goodies until December 6. That morning, they are turned into yummy individual gifts by the ‘shortbread cookie wrapping’ ladies: setting out 70 - 75 plates in the Friendship Room, placing cookie assortments on each one, and wrapping them in pretty crinkly clear paper. Our secret Santa card writer has all the special Christmas greetings ready and the card is tied to the gift plate with a curly bow. The clever wrappers will sort the gifts by location so several can be delivered to the same residence or neighbourhood. On December 7, all kinds of people swarm around the plates in the Banquet Room after service and scoop up those for friends, friends of friends, and deliver them, one and all. These tasty treats go to our congregants who just cannot get to church as often as they would like, and we want to tell them we remember them. Each person, receiving their Woodroffe United gift of caring, feels the warm thoughts we send them in our cookies, wrapping, card and personal delivery. It is also a very special feeling to be part of the activity creating the gift!
Imagine—every year—over 150 people get involved in this!