Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

NEXT SUNDAY: December 3, 2017 – The First Sunday of Advent

LECTIONARY: Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Mark 13:24-37

CHORAL ANTHEM: Rejoice, Rejoice Believers (L. Scott)

SERMON: “Beginning with the End – An Advent Meditation & Worship Lab”

We Celebrate the Sacrament of Communion – All are Welcome at the Table

Happening This Week @ Knox-Metropolitan United Church

Tuesday, Nov. 28

  • Theology on Tuesday, Minister’s Office, 10:00 am
  • Colonialism No More, Lower Hall, 7:00 pm
  • TRC Study, Sanctuary, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 29

  • Forever in Motion, Room 104, 10:00 am

Thursday, Nov. 30

  • Senior Choir, Choir Room, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 1

  • Junior Choir, Choir Room, 4:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 2

  • Spirituality of Parenting, Centennial Lounge, 2:00 pm

Upcoming Concerts and Special Events:

Please remember to return your 2018 Stewardship Information and Pledge Cards to the office.  If you did not receive one but wish to be added to our list, extra copies are available from the church office.

2018 United Church calendars now available for purchase through the Christian Education Ministry.  Limited numbers so get your order in soon. Contact Marlene Hall at 789-3905. Cost is $5.00 each.

Service of Remembrance – Our Annual Service of Remembrance for members, family and friends of Knox-Metropolitan who have died, will be held on Friday, December 22 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Please call the church office (306.525.9128) if you would like any names put forward.  Refreshments to follow.

Looking at Our Long-term Financial and Demographic Trends: Presentation & Information Session with the EDGE Network – Everyone is invited to attend a very special presentation and information session after worship on today from 12-1:30pm. We will be joined by Rob Dalgleish, Executive Director of the United Church of Canada’s EDGE Network, which works with Congregations, Presbyteries and other Ministries within the United Church, to discern sustainable, creative, and fulfilling paths, partnership and potentials for future ministry. This session will include a look at the long-term financial and demographic trends of Knox-Metropolitan United Church and also a presentation from Rob on what other churches facing similar situations have done across the country. This is not a decision making meeting. There will be other opportunities in the coming months to respond to and engage with the ideas presented about the future directions for KMUC. This is an exciting and important moment in the life of this community. Please plan to attend. Pack a sandwich for lunch – some fruit & veggie trays will be provided by the church – and we promise to wrap up the schedule – well in time for the Grey Cup.

Exploring Indigenous Spirituality – A TRC Learning Opportunity – Come join us as we seek to learn more about Indigenous Spirituality – a response to Call to Action #60 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are humbled to be joined by Elder Lorna Standingready, former Lead Elder for All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada, who will be guiding our time together. We will be using the Resource Quest for Respect: The Church and Indigenous Spirituality. Copies are available from Cam. The last session will be on Tuesday November  28 from 7 to 9 pmin the Sanctuary.

Theology on Tuesdays Explores “The Re-Birthing of God” by John Philip Newell – Following on our Discussions of ‘The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr, the last edition of Theology on Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, November  28 @ 10 am in Cam’s Office. Join us for coffee, and (hopefully) transformative conversations around an intriguing book – a perfect pre-Advent reading project! We will have a few copies available for loan, and you can purchase your own from Amazon or Indigo.

Today is the last day that we will be receiving donations during coffee time for “Christmas for Shut-ins and Friends” As in past years we will be taking the Little Christmas trees and cards to those who cannot be with us over the Christmas season, and giving gifts of coffee cards to some friends to warmly cheer them at this time. If you are able to help deliver the gifts to our friends, please sign up on the list provided.  We do thank you for your help.

Spirituality & Parenting – A Christmas Discussion – Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 pm in Centennial Lounge –

It’s a season of wonder…It’s also a season of stuff, stress, and sometimes balancing expectations from so many angles one’s head can spin! This is our second discussion in our Spirituality & Parenting Series, and this time we’re taking on Christmas & the Winter Holiday Season.  So, whether we celebrate another holiday during this time of year, whether you’ve been seeking to find the light behind the celebration, you are welcome to come & bring your thoughts!  We’ll discuss rituals, stories, traditions, gifts and much more!

There will be tea & coffee and child-care provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share if able, and as always, please bring an open mind and a commitment to neither convince/convert or fix one another. RSVP  (& invite others) on our Facebook Event.

Mark your calendars!!  Celebrating 76 consecutive years, the Annual Rotary Carol Festival will be held here at Knox-Metropolitan starting Monday December 4 to Thursday December 7 starting at 7:30 pm each evening.

Have you lost a new pair of winter boots??   Please call the church office 306 525 9128.

From Our Neighbors:

Queen City Brass Band presents “Spread the Warmth” Concert on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm here at Knox-Metropolitan United Church.  (Chad Huel, Music Director with guest appearance by Sheldon-Williams Senior Concert Band…Samantha Taylor, Music Director).  Admission: Donation of new or gently used hats, mitts, toques, gloves and scarves. All sizes needed for men, women and children. Reception to follow. Check us out on facebook.com/queencitybrassband or at www.queencitybrass.ca

Per Sonatori presents “Angel Noel” here at Knox-Metropolitan United Church on Sunday, December 17 at 7:30 pm. The themes of Christmas are just as important now as they were 300 years ago. Giving voice to the Christmas message, take time out of the hectic Christmas season to take part in a night of reflective contemplation. Tickets available at Bach & Beyond or at the door. Adult $25; Student/Senior $20