Advent Newsletter 2016

 


Advent/Christmas Newsletter

 


Berwick Trinity Pastoral
Charge


The United Church
of Canada



          

 


Advent &
Christmas

2016

 

 


As we gather to celebrate Christmas,
another year has passed that has brought joys and sadness in different measure
to each person, all colouring our memories of 2016.


Christmas is usually a time of peace
and joy, a time to celebrate with family, with friends and loved ones. The hope
is that your Christmas will have something of that peace, joy and celebration.
Such joyful celebrations may not be possible for some. You may have lost a
loved one since last Christmas, or you may be overburdened by money worries,
family problems or for many other reasons.


Maybe the Christmas message this year
is a challenge for all of us to become more involved. It is not so much a
question of giving more; it is a question of giving more of ourselves. After
all, that’s what God was doing when he got involved with us and our world at
the first Christmas. Christmas belongs to believers, to those who believe that Jesus
Christ, was born to make a difference in our world.  To put “Christ back in Christmas” is  often expressed at this time of year. But the
fact is that he never left! Our expressions of Happiness, merriment, peace and
goodwill this time of year is a direct response of our relationship with the
“holy one”.


May that be our gift this Christmas:
as we work at maintaining the presence of Christ in our lives in an everyday
way. 



 May you be blessed with peace and joy at
Christmas and in the New Year.


Rev. Tom

 

 

 



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We begin our Advent Season, our journey
to Christmas.  We celebrate the birth of
Christ into the world thousands of years ago and prepare for His rebirth into
our individual lives and the world in 2016.

Please note the times of worship and
celebration. Mark them on your calendar and plan to come and share this season
as a member/guest of this community of faith.


 


ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE



December 11



– 3rd
Sunday of Advent



                          

Trinity 9:30 a.m




                   
      Berwick 11:00 a.m




 



December 18



– 4th
Sunday of Advent



                          

Trinity 9:30 a.m




                           Berwick 11:00 a.m





 
              2:00 p.m Trinity Christmas
Concert



 



December 24 –



Christmas
Eve



 
                          
Trinity – 5:00 p.m




                            Berwick – 7:00 p.m




 



December 25 – No services



 



January 1 – Combined Service 11:00 at            





                     Berwick




 


Hello and Best Wishes of
the Christmas Season to all.



 
 

The Trinity
UCW
gathered on Thursday, Dec. 1st  

at Fundy Villa for our traditional Christmas play and
party/singing.  A  nice afternoon with the residents and
families, followed by a lovely lunch and sharing of a small gift. Special
packages were also delivered to congregation members unable to get to church.


     
Trinity UCW wish all a joyous  Christmas Season and invite you to start your
2017  year with us on January 5th
at our traditional potluck lunch and meeting. 
Charlotte Boates has graciously opened her home to us once again. 


    


Our Advent/winter projects this year are
once again the mitten tree, which is at the front of the church to collect warm
hats and mittens. We are also collecting  
Perks


Coupons

for the Schools Plus program. 
SchoolsPlus,navigates schools, communities, and school families to
better help children and youth.   There
is a container at the front of the church to collect these items.


Berwick UCW

heldtheir
Christmas party
at Andrea Hales’ on Monday, Dec. 5.A delicious
pot luck lunch was served. Each person attending brought gifts to be taken to
Liberty Lodge and also for a gift exchange amongst members. Lots of laughter
and fellowhip was enjoyed.

 


Trinity Session

during this spiritual time of year wish
each of you the hope, peace, joy and love this season offers.  We will once again offer Christmas Hampers
where there is a need.  These hampers and
any winter Good News work done on your behalf comes from our Good News Fund, therefore
we ask you to keep the fund in mind as you plan donations you may make over the
Christmas Season and during the coming winter There are envelopes in the church
entrance/seats marked Good News Fund for this purpose.  Thank you.



Memorial Christmas Tree

Thank you to all
who so generously donated for our Annual Memorial Tree Lightings.

 



Berwick UCW



will
be putting together baskets on Monday, Dec.19
 at 9:30 a.m
for those who cannot get
out to Church. If you are doing any
Christmas Baking,
please keep this in mind , all donations are welcome. If
you are able to help deliver these baskets, please contact Pat Layton (538
-9594)and if you could be at the church for deliveries at 10:00 a.m, it would be appreciated



 




There will be mitten trees in both churches
this winter. If you are able to supply mittens or gloves or hats, either homemade
or purchased. They will be taken to local schools to help children.




 



A Family
Tradition



 
          

About 30 years ago a
Cookie Decorating Tradition began at the home of Jean Brydon. Cookies were
prepared before hand and on an early December day the family gathered at
Gramma's house to decorate Christmas cookies . Many bowls of icing, sprinkles
& cookies fill her dining room table. Today this bustling, exciting day
still happens although the family is much larger now.  In the early days the family consisted  of about 20, now we are nearing the 60 member
mark. Much laughter & joy generates as the cookies are being decorated. It
is a day that brings out the child in all of us including Gramma. We are so
blessed to have this opportunity to make special memories of togetherness in
this busy world we live in. Merry Christmas from the Brydon Family




Music to enjoy











Trinity United Annual
Christmas Concert




Sunday, December 18,



2:00 p.m


Special
Guests

Come and enjoy an
afternoon of Christmas music, and sing our


 favourite Carols.


The
Freewill Offering



 
will go to the Berwick&District Refugee Settlement Group and through
them sent to the two young refugee famiies (which includes 5
children)  waiting in Lebanon to help make their Christmas special this
year.   We continue to wait for word from Immigrant and Refugee
Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as to their travel readiness and timeline for travel.


 


As
the Advent /Christmas season is upon us, let us support a good cause.

Monday, Dec. 12–  

Italian Supper Fundraising Supper at Berwick United, for a group
of local teens raising money to build a home in the Dominican Republic for a
family in need. Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread and pie for dessert  will be served. 4:30 – 6:30 PM


Coming up in January

An evening of Cake & Conversation with Scott
Brison MP, concerning better responses in our times to income inequality, food
insecurity and the precarious future of work. Tickets $15.00, available from
Keith Menzies 679-1806 or Carolina Tucker 678 – 6251. To be held January 12,
7:30 PM at the Kentville Fire Hall

 

Love
and peace to all in the upcoming Christmas season!

















 




Advent/Christmas Newsletter




 




Berwick Trinity Pastoral
Charge





The United Church
of Canada



          




 




Advent &
Christmas




2016



 


 



As we gather to celebrate Christmas,
another year has passed that has brought joys and sadness in different measure
to each person, all colouring our memories of 2016.




Christmas is usually a time of peace
and joy, a time to celebrate with family, with friends and loved ones. The hope
is that your Christmas will have something of that peace, joy and celebration.
Such joyful celebrations may not be possible for some. You may have lost a
loved one since last Christmas, or you may be overburdened by money worries,
family problems or for many other reasons.




Maybe the Christmas message this year
is a challenge for all of us to become more involved. It is not so much a
question of giving more; it is a question of giving more of ourselves. After
all, that’s what God was doing when he got involved with us and our world at
the first Christmas. Christmas belongs to believers, to those who believe that Jesus
Christ, was born to make a difference in our world.  To put “Christ back in Christmas” is  often expressed at this time of year. But the
fact is that he never left! Our expressions of Happiness, merriment, peace and
goodwill this time of year is a direct response of our relationship with the
“holy one”.




May that be our gift this Christmas:
as we work at maintaining the presence of Christ in our lives in an everyday
way. 





 May you be blessed with peace and joy at
Christmas and in the New Year.




Rev. Tom


 


 


 




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We begin our Advent Season, our journey
to Christmas.  We celebrate the birth of
Christ into the world thousands of years ago and prepare for His rebirth into
our individual lives and the world in 2016.

Please note the times of worship and
celebration. Mark them on your calendar and plan to come and share this season
as a member/guest of this community of faith.



 


ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE



December 11



– 3rd
Sunday of Advent



                          

Trinity 9:30 a.m




                   
      Berwick 11:00 a.m




 



December 18



– 4th
Sunday of Advent



                          

Trinity 9:30 a.m




                           Berwick 11:00 a.m





 
              2:00 p.m Trinity Christmas
Concert



 



December 24 –



Christmas
Eve



 
                          
Trinity – 5:00 p.m




                            Berwick – 7:00 p.m




 



December 25 – No services



 



January 1 – Combined Service 11:00 at            





                     Berwick





 



Hello and Best Wishes of
the Christmas Season to all.



 
 


The Trinity
UCW
gathered on Thursday, Dec. 1st  

at Fundy Villa for our traditional Christmas play and
party/singing.  A  nice afternoon with the residents and
families, followed by a lovely lunch and sharing of a small gift. Special
packages were also delivered to congregation members unable to get to church.



     
Trinity UCW wish all a joyous  Christmas Season and invite you to start your
2017  year with us on January 5th
at our traditional potluck lunch and meeting. 
Charlotte Boates has graciously opened her home to us once again. 




    



Our Advent/winter projects this year are
once again the mitten tree, which is at the front of the church to collect warm
hats and mittens. We are also collecting  
Perks



Coupons

for the Schools Plus program. 
SchoolsPlus,navigates schools, communities, and school families to
better help children and youth.   There
is a container at the front of the church to collect these items.



Berwick UCW

heldtheir
Christmas party
at Andrea Hales’ on Monday, Dec. 5.A delicious
pot luck lunch was served. Each person attending brought gifts to be taken to
Liberty Lodge and also for a gift exchange amongst members. Lots of laughter
and fellowhip was enjoyed.


 



Trinity Session

during this spiritual time of year wish
each of you the hope, peace, joy and love this season offers.  We will once again offer Christmas Hampers
where there is a need.  These hampers and
any winter Good News work done on your behalf comes from our Good News Fund, therefore
we ask you to keep the fund in mind as you plan donations you may make over the
Christmas Season and during the coming winter There are envelopes in the church
entrance/seats marked Good News Fund for this purpose.  Thank you.




Memorial Christmas Tree



Thank you to all
who so generously donated for our Annual Memorial Tree Lightings.


 



Berwick UCW



will
be putting together baskets on Monday, Dec.19
 at 9:30 a.m
for those who cannot get
out to Church. If you are doing any
Christmas Baking,
please keep this in mind , all donations are welcome. If
you are able to help deliver these baskets, please contact Pat Layton (538
-9594)and if you could be at the church for deliveries at 10:00 a.m, it would be appreciated



 






There will be mitten trees in both churches
this winter. If you are able to supply mittens or gloves or hats, either homemade
or purchased. They will be taken to local schools to help children.




 




A Family
Tradition






 
          


About 30 years ago a
Cookie Decorating Tradition began at the home of Jean Brydon. Cookies were
prepared before hand and on an early December day the family gathered at
Gramma's house to decorate Christmas cookies . Many bowls of icing, sprinkles
& cookies fill her dining room table. Today this bustling, exciting day
still happens although the family is much larger now.  In the early days the family consisted  of about 20, now we are nearing the 60 member
mark. Much laughter & joy generates as the cookies are being decorated. It
is a day that brings out the child in all of us including Gramma. We are so
blessed to have this opportunity to make special memories of togetherness in
this busy world we live in. Merry Christmas from the Brydon Family




Music to enjoy











Trinity United Annual
Christmas Concert




Sunday, December 18,



2:00 p.m


Special
Guests

Come and enjoy an
afternoon of Christmas music, and sing our


 favourite Carols.


The
Freewill Offering



 
will go to the Berwick&District Refugee Settlement Group and through
them sent to the two young refugee famiies (which includes 5
children)  waiting in Lebanon to help make their Christmas special this
year.   We continue to wait for word from Immigrant and Refugee
Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as to their travel readiness and timeline for travel.


 


As
the Advent /Christmas season is upon us, let us support a good cause.

Monday, Dec. 12–  

Italian Supper Fundraising Supper at Berwick United, for a group
of local teens raising money to build a home in the Dominican Republic for a
family in need. Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread and pie for dessert  will be served. 4:30 – 6:30 PM


Coming up in January

An evening of Cake & Conversation with Scott
Brison MP, concerning better responses in our times to income inequality, food
insecurity and the precarious future of work. Tickets $15.00, available from
Keith Menzies 679-1806 or Carolina Tucker 678 – 6251. To be held January 12,
7:30 PM at the Kentville Fire Hall

 


Love
and peace to all in the upcoming Christmas season!