Sunday December 11 – White Gift Service 10 am - bringing plainly wrapped (or unwrapped) gifts of non perishable food, clothing, and other items for the Rockland Food Bank. This year there is a special appeal for items for "La Fripperie," the Thrift Store. all money raised at the Thrift Store supports the Rockland food bank. Cloth Grocery bags are available at the church for you to take home and return filled to the church at our White Gift Service.
Sunday December 18 – Evening of Christmas Carols 7:30 pm
Tuesday December 20 – Blue Christmas Service 7 pm - A quieter service to escape the hustle and bustle of the season, and bring our griefs and loss to our great Comforter, Jesus Christ.
Saturday December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 11 pm
Sunday December 25 – A Birthday Party for Jesus 11 am - You can come in your pyjamas for carols and birthday cake. The kids can bring a favourite gift to play with.
This is when we prepare our hearts and minds for Advent.
We will travel the road taken so many years ago on the journey to find and to see a new born babe who will become Christ the King. This journey will be in prayer, in worship and in song with your Church Family and with others. The road we travel may be in the decorating of your home or helping someone else decorate theirs. It may be in the baking of cookies and sharing them over coffee with a friend. It may be in visiting a shut-in and boosting up their spirits with your smile or if they are able, taking them out for a drive or shopping. In all these acts of love, may your joy of finding this new babe in your heart, shine forth for all to see and for non believers to ask and to search and to find this love which came to us in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Mt2:11012)
The Wise Men – Everything they did finding Jesus was the wrong thing. They consulted the stars to foresee the future, which, if they knew the Hebrew Law, God had forbidden.
They went to King Herod,
I really haven't had time to update you on the Cambodia trip. we've been teaching English for 3 days and building great relationships with the Cambodian students . Tomorrow is Sunday, so we'll start with worship totally in Khmer. It will be quite an experience participating in worship but not understanding a word. What we will know is that the worshippers are devoted to Jesus and praising him in just one of the many languages which will worship Him in eternity. We also know that the Holy Spirit will be there and we'll be praying that he touches us just as he touches the Cambodian worshippers.
Prayer Notes: three of us have been sick today and would appreciate your prayers. We've been moved by testimonies of young Christians whose faith is not understood by their families, yet they are showing great faith and Grace: please join us in praying for their families to understand the love that I found in Jesus.
Happy Mother's Day 2016
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat
the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:25-31 NIV