Thank You for Your Support of the CCS Santa Fund!
Thank you to those of you who contributed presents, gift cards, and cash donations for the Caledon Community Services Santa Fund. In addition to your donation, I’ve directed a $200 donation from the Rector’s Discretionary Fund to help with that initiative. Although CCS is not collecting presents anymore, you can continue to donate to their Santa Fund. Donations envelopes are available near the entrances.
A Word of Thanks from Youth Without Shelter
We received a lovely note of thanks from Youth Without Shelter for your recent contributions to their work. They wrote that our “gifts of food, clothing and toiletries are an integral part of our goal to empower and enrich the lives of the young people who call Youth Without Shelter home.”
On behalf of the finance committee, the wardens, and our treasurer, I am grateful to those of you who submitted your annual pledge forms. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to consider sharing with us what you hope to contribute to the ministry and life of this parish. We depend upon the generosity of so many of you in ensuring the life-long success of ministry at Christ Church.
Congratulations to Ron and Wendy Midgley who submitted their pledge by the 9th and whose names were drawn for the $50 gift card to Swiss Chalet.
I am always happy to visit parishioners and friends at home and at the various care centres. I will also be more than delighted to bring communion to those who are unable to join us each week. If you would like a visit, or know of someone who would, please let me know.
Special Vestry Today!
A reminder that we will have a brief vestry meeting during the announcement period today. I encourage all of you to attend. The motion before us will grant our deputy people’s warden, Ian Carter, cheque signing authority. The motion reads:
It is moved by the Wardens of Christ Church, Jesse Lawrie and Janet Niedoba, and seconded by __________________ that the vestry of Christ Church Bolton grant the Deputy People’s Warden, Ian Carter, cheque signing authority effective immediately on this day, December 16, 2018.
Invite Your Friends, Neighbours, and Family!
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to share the faith and invite others to the life of the community. Christmas is a perfect time to do that! Invite your friends, neighbours, and family to join us at one of our Christmas services. This year our 9:30 Christmas Eve Eucharist will feature our bell choir, a trumpet player, and we will be surrounded by some beautiful decorations, including fresh-cut trees in the sanctuary. We have postcards that you can share with others to help you promote Christmas at Christ Church. Please stop by the office to collect them.
Potluck Lunch Thanksgiving for Michelle Jones
Please join us on Sunday, December 30, for Eucharist at 8:00 or Lessons and Carols at 10:00, to hear Michelle preach and to join us as we express our gratitude for her ministry among us. Following the 10:00 service, we will welcome Michelle and her family to a potluck lunch. Sign-up information will be posted soon. I hope all of you will join us for that special day. I also ask you to continue to hold Michelle in your prayers as she nears the date of her ordination.
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday: January 6
On January 6, Epiphany Sunday, we will celebrate the wonderful ministry of so many of our members with a special reception following the 10:00 Eucharist. I invite all of you to mark this on your calendar and to join with me and the wardens in expressing our gratitude for the great ministry and work of this parish.
Installation of Bishop Andrew Asbil as Bishop of Toronto
Bishop Andrew Asbil, Coadjutor Bishop of Toronto, will be installed as the Bishop of Toronto on January 13 at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. All are invited to attend. If you are unable to do so, the liturgy will be live-streamed on the diocesan Facebook Page.
May God bless you as you continue your Advent journey.