A “Longest Night” Service will be held on the longest night of the year, Thursday, December 21st at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. This is sometimes called a “Blue Christmas” or “Quiet Christmas” service. This service is designed for specifically thinking of people who have experienced significant loss – the death of a loved one, loss of health, ending of a relationship, loss of a job – but of course is open to all. This is a quiet service with carol singing, candle lighting and readings and prayers. All are welcome!
Thank you to author Michael Linennen from The Observer Toronto for this fine article on our Christmas Pageant being held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:30am
On behalf of us all, I extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made last Sunday’s Service of Lessons and Carols such a huge success – to the readers, the instrumentalists, the singers – but especially to Sharon Beckstead, Music Director. This is a huge undertaking, which Sharon carries off with efficiency and aplomb.
Also a huge “Thank You” to everyone who donated approximately $2500 for the Out of the Cold program!
Rev. Warren McDougall
Enjoy these pictures our volunteer photographer Murray Fenner captured at the Candlelight Reception afterwards!
Year-End Givings Reminder: We would ask that you take this opportunity to bring your givings up to date during the month of December, the end of our financial year. Your contribution must be received in the church office on or before Sunday, December 31st, 2017 in order to receive credit on your 2017 charitable tax receipt. Thank you so much for your continued support of Leaside United Church.
Mary, Joseph, and their donkey have stayed with 5 families. They were even invited to a champagne and chocolate event in support of El Hogar last weekend. They have found every family to be so warm and kind. Remember to follow their adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be using the hashtag #MaryJosephAdventJourney
These guys had a bake sale last year and made so much money they went shopping and picked up donations for East Minister’s Out of the Cold program.
In the new year, Rev. Warren McDougall will be facilitating an adult study group at two times each week: on Monday evenings at 7 pm, and Tuesday mornings at 10 am. We’ll be reading together, and discussing, “Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century” by Marcus Borg. The Monday group will meet from Monday, January 8th to Monday, March 5th inclusive (except for Family Day on February 19th) from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Fellowship Room; the Tuesday Group will meet from Tuesday, January 9th to Tuesday, March 6th inclusive (except for February 20th) from 10 to 11:30 am also in the Fellowship Room. Please purchase your book ahead of time; they’re available at Indigo/Chapters stores (for $31.99) or online from Amazon.ca for $26.87 – a great Christmas gift! Please let Warren know if you’re unable to purchase a book ahead of time. Come to the first session having read the Forward, Chapters 1 and 2.
On a regular basis Spirit Alive meets to explore matters of spirituality, meditate, and reflect together. Save the second Saturday morning of the month to meet at 10:00 to noon. Spirit Alive begins with coffee, snacks and fellowship followed by a period of led meditation, music, quiet time and reflection to deepen the sense of the spiritual at the center of one’s life. For more information contact Bea Lawford.
A dedicated group of people are working hard to gather important information about our community and our congregation as we think about our future. Part of this work is a church census that will ask questions about you, your engagement with the church, and your spiritual life. We’d like to have everyone complete the census – all those who attend Leaside regularly or irregularly, as well as those who do not attend worship but have another connection to and an interest in the church. The more input we have on our congregation, our interests, and our hopes for the future, the better our mission and ministry will be.
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If you would like to print out the census and fill it out by hand, you may download it from the link here, it should be printed on legal 8 1/2″ x 14″ size paper and return to the Church Office after you’ve completed it.