Our friend, Jesse Zink has just published his book "Grace at the Garbage Dump". Those of you who read his blog know how gifted a writer and thinker he is - and those of you who have heard him speak so passionately about his work in Itipini, South Africa, know his ability to bring to life a reality of which most of us are only dimly aware.
Don't for get our annual Vestry (General) Meeting on Sunday, January 29,2012.
The usual service times apply, with a lovely Sung Morning Prayer (BCP) at 8:30 and a more contemporary service with Communion (BAS) and Sunday School at 10 am.
These services will be followed by a shared lunch about 11:30. The Vestry Meeting will take place right after lunch.
For those who wonder what kind of animal a "Vestry Meeting" is, it is a sort of yearly family gathering where we decide who will take various responsibilities for the next year, report back on the past year and generally "catch up" and look forward.
We will share some news about our finances and building (it's all good!), elect members to Advisory Board and announce direct appointments. It may sound a little dry put that way, but the reality is anything but - we laugh a great deal and visit and discuss. Your voice is very important in these discussions, whether you have been a member at Christ Church for 50 years or a very short time.
Everyone who has any interest at all is warmly invited to come and listen and speak - even if just now you are exploring the idea of joining us as a regular member. Those who consider Christ Church their home church, contribute to the life of the church with time, treasure or talent and are "Regular Attenders" are eligible to vote or to take office.
The only restrictions which apply have to do with a few ministries that are deemed "High Risk" ( like teaching Sunday School, visiting people in their homes and handling money). For these ministries it is our practice to ask folks to attend regularly for about a year and undergo the Diocesan Screening Process (which includes a police check). In reality, High Risk Ministries are pretty limited in number. There are many, many opportunities to serve whenever you feel called to do so. Just speak to Rev. Marie or one of the Wardens and we'll find a place for you to serve very quickly!
We truly believe that every baptised Christian is called by God to serve - and we want to help folks find the place they are called to do that.
It was lovely, this week, to wish two of our members a blessed Happy Birthday - Dorothy Chabot turned 90 and Dot Phillips turned 85. Both women are real models for us of faithful love of our Lord and service to his church. May we be found as faithful as they throughout our lives!
We would like to invite you to join us for our Annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long to be held Sunday 18 December at 7:00 pm at Christ Anglican Church [890 Vimy Street, North Bay; near the ambulance station]. This night is always very informal. If you like to sing, listen, or if you play a musical instrument and would like to bring it along, please come along.
There will be lots of carols and some light refreshments. Thank you and blessings. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.
Everyone is welcome to come to all or some of this workshop led by Rev'd Dr. Jay Koyle.
Stirring the Waters
Living the life that flows from the Font
Momentous changes have occurred in society. As a result, many of us as Christians struggle to discern how our congregations can be faithful and flourish. We long to know how we might fruitfully welcome and incorporate others into the life we share in Christ. It is tempting to look for quick fixes, clever gimmicks or ready-made programs for help. But if individuals and faith communities alike are to thrive, a different approach is needed. After all, the mission of the church is not simply to add numbers, but rather to make disciples...
Come gather with your sisters and brothers of Christ Church and discover an ancient yet new process that can promote such transformation in our congregation! Our time together will be highly experiential, including worship, discussion, presentations and demonstrations.
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