Friday, 11 December 2015

CHURCH NEWS –Dec. 10

THOUGHTS & SMILES:
      I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid.
I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"
My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.
Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumour has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."
"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.
I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.
For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.
I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbours, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.
I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!
I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.
"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."
The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.
That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, "From Santa Claus" on it.
Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.
Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."
I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.
Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.
Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumours about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were -- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.
I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.

May you always have LOVE to share,
HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care...
And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus! 
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... It's learning to dance in the rain!
          

SERVICES, MEETINGS & EVENTS COMING UP:

SERVICES:
           Sunday Services & Sunday School at 11:00- followed by coffee time & fellowship.

Dec. 13-Advent 3-Lessons & Carols-Rev. Kim;    Rev. Deacon Luanne
                        Bible Story & Songs organized by The Very Rev. Glen

                                   Pot Luck to follow service

        Weds Dec. 16:  Advent Service at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity

Dec. 20-Advent 4-Rev. Susan
                Micah 5:2-51   Hebrews 10:5-10   Luke 1:39-55

Dec 24-Christmas Eve-Rev. Kim-7:30        Happy Birthday Jesus-cake following service
                Isaiah 62:6-12   Titus 3:4-7   Luke 2:1-20 

Dec. 27-Christmas 1
               1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26   Colossians 3:12-17   Luke 2:41-52

           
MEETINGS/EVENTS:  
Sunday School: @11:00  
Popcorn Church at 6:30-7:00 once a month-on the second Friday of the month –
                                                                                                              Luanne-306-782-0018
ACW : 1st Monday of the month (Joyce-306 783-4209)  Watch for time change
Choir: (Judy-306 782-1531)  
Holy Eucharist Weds. @10:00 a.m.
Vestry: Fourth Thurs. of the month   Vestry   @7:00   Jan. 28
Bible Study: Fri. 1:30-2:30 (Joyce-306 783-4209) –on hold until further notice                                                                                                         
Holy Trinity Brothers: 1st Sat of the month at 9:00 am for breakfast & fellowship- all men are welcome   Next get together at West Broadway Grill-Next Meeting: Jan 2

Forward Day By Day  (Nov-Jan) on the back bookcase

Thanks from the Salvation Army for your help with the kettles
Thanks to the ACW Ladies and everyone who donated and helped make the
                 Christmas Tea and Bake Sale a success

Dec. 12: Come & Go: Reading of the Psalms in the St. Cecilia Room          
     starting at 9:00-bring a bag lunch      Everyone is welcome

  Dec. 12: Family Fun Hayride! CANCELLED –due to lack of 
                      interest



Food Hamper: Please bring non-perishable food items for our food hamper-
                       purple tub in the Narthex

Books: The book table in the parish hall is in need of donations of reading material. Please leave a money donation for the books you take in the box. This money is used for the summer flower garden and decorations, etc. needed - for the Christmas trees, hall, etc.

Please brings items to give to the:
THE GIVING HOPE TREE: Yorkton Schools...Toques, Mitts, Gloves, Scarves; Shelwin House...Baby & Children Items-clothes, sleepers; Blankets, Socks, Undershirts, Slippers, Socks, Underwear, Toiletries (new)            
 Tree will be up until Epiphany (Jan 6)      (located in the church)

 Feb. 7: Annual Meeting: Please hand in your written reports by Dec. 16
                Financial sheets will go to Don Geddes by the middle of Jan.


Of Interest:  

Diocesan Refugee Sponsorship Update:  Canada Immigration has approved our sponsorship of the family of Marleen Abbo.  They will depart Ankara, Turkey on November 2015 for Regina. , To make a make a one-time donation through their home parishes for forwarding to Diocesan Refugee Fund (envelopes on the back bookcase) or send their cheques directly to the Diocese of Qu'Appelle (Memo Refugee Fund), c/o Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle, 1501 College Avenue, Regina, S4P 1B8.  Let’s help this family with their new start in Canada. Thanks!
Diocesan Sponsorship Household Items NeededWe expect the Abbo family to arrive close to the end of this month.  We have secured a nice rental unit for the family in a good area.  Our sincere thanks to Jamie Halpenny, a parishioner of St. James Anglican Church for making this possible.  Occupancy date is November 15.  We are looking for donations of all household items to furnish the rental unit for the family.  If you can help with any in-kind donations, including twin beds, please contact Jamie at 306-949-0549 or e-mail her at jhalpenn@sasktel.net.  Let’s help the family make Regina their new home!


Living the Mission Appeal: If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please speak to Donna Evans (Rector’s Warden), Evan Simpson, (People’s Warden) or Rev. Kim

-“The Rock” Radio Station-98.5 FM sponsors a program from 11:00-11:30 am on the first & third Weds. Called “Everything You Wanted to Know” (talk with God)- with Rev. Ken Buchan and Pastor Rick Gibson co-hosting the program.

-Regina Hospital Chaplain: Anyone who is being admitted to hospital in Regina and would like a clergy visit, please phone the Hospital Chaplain at 535-3115.


-Prayer
Loving God, we come to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures forever. Look with mercy on those who are harmed or displaced. Give them strength to meet the days ahead, your peace which passes all understanding and new hope in the resurrection. Move in those who are able to give aid, that we may be your hands and heart on earth. Be with all who offer assistance, may your Spirit uphold them. As you have made water a sign of your kingdom, and of cleansing and rebirth, grant your people vision to see a new life on the other side of disaster.
To you be given all honour and praise, through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Amen