This week

This week

Sunday, December 3 – Saturday, December 9

THIS WEEK IN THE CONGREGATION

Order of Service

At Central

Sunday December 3
10:15 am – Prayers in the Vestry
10:30 am – Worship Service
11:40 am –Refreshments in the Church Hall
Cookie Walk after the Service and Christmas puddings for sale
7:00 pm – CPC Book Club (Allan Room)

Monday December 4
4:00 pm – Hamilton Out of the Cold Dinner

Tuesday December 5
10:00 am – ‘Knit & Knatter’ (Guild Room)
7:00 pm – Youth Ministry in the Hub
7:30 pm – Session Meeting (Allan Room)

Wednesday December 6
12:10 pm – Holy Communion in the McPherson Chapel
8:00 pm – Pick-up basketball in the Gym

Thursday December 7
4:00 pm – Hamilton Out of the Cold Dinner

Saturday December 9
9:30 am – Grief Share (Allan Room)
1:00-5:00 Durand Christmas Market

Just a quick reminder of our upcoming CPC Book Club meeting on Sunday December 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Allan Room.  Gwynneth Simpson will lead us through a review and discussion on the New York Times bestseller, How to Read Literature like a Professor (A lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines) by Thomas C. Foster.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to finish the book, don’t allow that to deter you from attending.  It will certainly not prevent your involvement in a lively discussion.  Christmas refreshments will be provided.

Christmas Market Shout-out to All Bakers!

On Saturday, December 9, the market garden vendors are holding a Christmas market in our gym.  As a fundraiser, the Fellowship Committee will be hosting a tea room for those attending the market.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could add a dozen extra squares or cookies to your holiday baking and donate them to our tea room goodies.  If you can help, please contact:  Cathy Keith at gandckeith@gmail.comor Alex Prince at  aprince222@gmail.com

White Gift Sunday will be December 10, 2017.  Unwrapped gifts for children will be used by Inner City Outreach to distribute to needy families on Christmas Day.  Gifts for all age groups are needed.   $10.00 gift certificates for the 12, 13 and 14 year olds are also welcome.

Midweek Holy Communion – There will be mid-week Holy Communion in the McPherson Chapel.  Wednesdays, 12:05-12:25 p.m.  Led by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Davidson.

We are looking for musical accompaniment for the Christmas carol singing on Sunday mornings (10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.) in December.  If you can play any instrument to keep us on key, please contact Linda 905-979-9867 or Laura Pokoradi 905-385-9217.  For everyone else, please remember to come and join in the carol singing.  Everyone is welcome.

Nota Bene
Due to volunteer fatigue, we are in need of HELP for Hamilton Out of the Cold (HOOTC).  If you have the inclination and energy to join the HOOTC team, the following vacancies need to be filled:  floor moppers; dishwashers; food servers; and clean-up crew.  Please call Johanna de Bruin, Central’s Site Coordinator at  905-648-4584 or email at de_bruin@sympatico.ca.  Thank you!

Are you looking for a Christmas gift idea?   Gifts of Change catalogues are available now!  Find them on tables around the church.

Shuttle Service
Our shuttle service, provided by Hamilton Cab, continues successfully with the ridership growing.  Our driver is Sohail (Shawn has returned to Pakistan for the wedding of his daughter) and he is very friendly and accommodating to our passengers.  The taxi is a seven-passenger van.  Sohail can accommodate walkers in the back of the van. The shuttle is funded for the year by a donation and will continue every Sunday to the end of June.  It leaves from the lower parking lot at City Hall, with the entrance off Bay Street.  Sohail meets his passengers at the west end of the lot, directly adjacent to Bay Street.  Service to the church leaves from the parking lot at 9:50 a.m.; 10:05 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.  Park your car, without charge, in the City Hall lot.  If Sohail is not there, he will be back shortly as it takes less than 10 minutes for a round trip.  You will be dropped at the front door of the church.  After the last trip at 10:20 a.m., he leaves for other work, returning at 11:50 a.m. so please be there prior to the last trip.  Rides back to your car begin at 11:50 a.m.; 12:05 p.m. and 12:20 p.m.  Meet the van in front of the church.  Should there be too many people for the one vehicle to manage, another driver and van will be called in right away.  You do not need to indicate to anyone that you are going to use the service, or be away if you have been using it.  Sohail takes those who show up.

The prayer team confidentially prays for your concerns. If you have a special need or prayer request, please contact Donna Thomas at 905-664-8107.

Please keep Eileen Reynolds, Harry & Ria Olivier, Tricia Ferenbach, Eliza Charles, John Jagt, Frances Talbot, Kelly Marquette and Harold McKinney in your prayers.

In the Congregation

Save the Date
Sunday December 3
10:30 a.m. Communion Sunday –  We Welcome New Members
Cookie Walk after the Service – Christmas puddings for sale!
7:00 p.m. CPC Book Club

Saturday December 9
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Market

Sunday December 10
10:30 a.m. White Gift Sunday
7:30 p.m. Christmas Candlelight Service

Wednesday December 13
12:10 p.m. Holy Communion followed by Fellowship and Prime Time Christmas Luncheon

Thursday December 21
7:30 p.m.  Longest Night of the Year Service, for those who find the Christmas season difficult

Sunday December 24
10:30 a.m. – Sunday Service
4 p.m.  Christmas Pageant
8 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service with Communion

Sunday December 31
10:30 a.m.  Sunday Worship

Mission Moments….

December 3 – Combating racism in Japan

Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support David McIntosh, co-director of the Centre for Minority Issues and Mission in Tokyo, which was established as a Christian response to a surge in racist activity in Japan. Hate speech in public places and abusive language via internet primarily targets people of Korean and Chinese heritage in Japan, but also other minority groups. The Centre is an ecumenical initiative led by PCC mission partner the Korean Christian Church in Japan, in collaboration with other Japanese churches, Christian organizations and international church partners. David and his co-director, Rev. KIM Shinya, work with partners to combat racism and urge the government to improve legal and administrative supports for vulnerable minorities. The Centre plans events that bring youth together to learn and think about the world through the eyes and stories of the vulnerable, and to pray and listen for God’s call.

Presbyterians Sharing walks with vulnerable people

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