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Pumpkin Sales Throughout the month of October members of Knox purchased pumpkins, with proceeds going to the Waterloo Region Food Bank. Check out what the Prysnuks did with their pumpkins!
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Note of interest: The Grand Trunk Railway Station is now Paul Puncher Menswear store on Regina.
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‘C’ Company Soldiers wait for the train at the Grand Trunk Railway Station, Waterloo 1915. Courtesy of: City of Waterloo, Heritage Collection
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Minister’s Message The upcoming Christmas Season I love our church at this time of year. There is a lot going on, but there is always time to stop and talk with others. We are a large congregation where we do our best to create opportunities for deepening relationships. By Brooke Ashfield Our Knox Session is following up on a Natural Church Development survey of Knox people from last May and will be making some plans and consultations with the congregation as we continue to strive for excellence in mission and ministry. The call to deeper spirituality in our walk with Jesus is a challenge to greater compassion, service and community. The process of renewal at Knox is a never‐ending cycle of continually looking at our gifts and callings in the light of where we prayerfully seek to be. The beauty of praying for guidance is that we are also asked to be part of each answer. God continues to bless us with creativity, devotion and discipleship. Every December we rejoice at the anticipation of that special birth in Bethlehem, which invites us all to renew our own wonder and blessings at the birth of the Christ child. Sunday, December 2nd – We light the first candle of Advent as we celebrate Communion Sunday, December 9th – Pour wondrous and magical children’s pageant Sunday, December 16th – Lessons and Carols, this year a new format to this tradition. Friday, December 21st - 7:30 pm – Longest Night Service This is our 19th annual Longest Night Service. This is a message of hope and comfort, and an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one. More details about our speaker this year to follow. Refreshments are provided for all by our Pastoral Care Committee. There is no collection. Christmas Eve Services Monday, December 24th • 5 pm: Short service for families with young children, • 7 pm: Candle light services / special music • 9 pm: Candle light services / special music featuring our Chancel Choir • 11 pm: A quiet candle light communion service There is no Christmas Day Service at Knox. As you prepare your family for the miracle of Christmas may we all take time to reach out to those in need. Richest Blessings to all, Brooke
December’s Newsletter Submissions Due Nov 21st
Submissions are due no later than November 21st. Late submissions will be included in January’s issue. Email your submission(s) to Hannah.carter[at]gmail.com. Thanks!! 2
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Do You Have a Story To Tell? A Note from the Bridge Team During the last year and a half, the Bridge team has been keeping the congregation updated on how Knox has been doing with respect to realizing our Vision and the Sustainable Stewardship Initiative (SSI). Information has been communicated about present and new ministries, worship, finances and opening our doors to the community. During that time, we have invited members to share their stories about becoming members at Knox and about using the new Welcome cards. As we celebrate our 124th Anniversary, we invite each one of you to reflect personally on your time at Knox and tell us about a significant moment for you or your family. Perhaps it was one of the minister’s sermons, a particular worship service that spoke to you, hearing the choir sing a favourite hymn, going on a mission trip that changed your life, or maybe it was the person next to you making
you feel welcome the first day you came to Knox. We know that there are lots of stories to tell and we would love to hear your story! Please talk to Grant Birks or Barb Prysnuk or leave your name and contact information at the Welcome Desk. Our past is rich and we are excited about moving forward, hearing these wonderful stories.
Grant Birks & Barb Prysnuk
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Coming to church and participating in Worship on Sundays can be very challenging for people who have a scent sensitivity, because of the fragrance and after shave that is in the air. We would like to hear from you, to get your input and to work through some solutions on how Knox can work towards being more inclusive, with regard to this issue. There will be a meeting immediately after church on Sunday, November 4th in the Lounge for anyone who is interested in discussing this concern. Thank you in advance for coming out to the meeting, to share your insights and ideas. Many thanks, Barb Prysnuk & Dave Ogram Knox Elders 3
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KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WATERLOO MONTHLY FINANCIAL UPDATE Year-To-Date September 2012 Sep-12 Month End ACTUAL $
Sep-12 Year-To-Date ACTUAL $
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2012 ANNUAL BUDGET $
At the end of Sept. our total revenue received “Year to Date” is under budget by $17,009. This is offset by expenses (other than mortgage principal & interest) that are under budget by $44,444. The lower than budgeted expenses in the most part are due to a very conscious effort, by every committee, and member of staff, being extremely prudent with their expenses. It also includes the generosity of a $2,475 donation from members of our congregation to the Sahel Food crisis. These funds have been sent on to PWS&D at our Presbyterian head office and will be matched through a Government of Canada program.
We also made our first mortgage payment of $29,436.36 (principal & Interest) in Sept. Up until Aug 30th we had been paying $17,000 per month, which represented the interest portion only. With the mortgage now in place and if we consider Sept a typical month, our giving’s shortfall is approximately $15,600/month. To put this in perspective, we as a congregation must increase donations & revenue and reduce expenses to bring this $15,600 deficit to a breakeven on a regular monthly basis. Please prayerfully consider this when deciding on your personal giving plan for Knox.
I find this passage from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love, to be encouraging and full of promise.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
How wonderful to think about manifesting the glory of God that is within us. We have such promise to be a light in the world. Much as our Knox ministry is a light in our own community and through Presbyterian Sharing around the world. Thanks to all of you, Knox Waterloo is a source of light & liberation for all to see.
John R. Scace CMA Financial Officer 4
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Donating Securities (Stocks) To Knox Presbyterian Church If you are looking for a way to reduce your tax bill and make a meaningful donation to Knox Presbyterian Church consider a special gifting opportunity that is available to Canadians. The Government of Canada encourages the donation of investments/stocks by potentially eliminating the taxes you must pay on such donations. Under normal circumstances, when you sell a publicly traded security, you are subject to income tax on 50% of the increase in value or capital gains. However, when you donate appreciated investment to a registered charity such as Knox (by using the “Gift of Publicly Traded Securities” form), you don’t have to pay tax on any of the gain – the inclusion rate in income is 0%. Example: You donate publicly‐listed shares to Knox Presbyterian Church. Your cost of the shares was $1,000 and their Fair Market Value is now $10,000 and you have income for tax purposes greater than approximately $130,000. Your Federal donation credit will be 29% of $10,000 or $2,900. At the Ontario Provincial donation rate of 17.4% (11.16% plus surtaxes) your Ontario provincial credit will be $1,740 for total tax
credits of $4,640. If you sold the stock you would have capital gains of $9,000 ($10,000 proceeds ‐ $1,000 cost) and, half of that, or $4,500 would be included in your taxable income & you would have taxes payable at 46.4% (29% + 17.4%) of $2,088. However since the taxable capital gain is deemed to be nil, there is so taxes so you effectively save another $2,088 in taxes. Your cost to make a $10,000 donation to Knox Presbyterian Church is effectively: $10,000 minus ($4,640 credits + $2,088 tax savings that would have applied if you and sold the shares) = $3,272. Please note that to have your donation of stock included on your 2012 income taxes, the donation must be made by December 26, 2012. To be safe your broker should be instructed to transfer any stock to Knox’s broker by Friday December 21, 2012. If this is something that may be of interest to you, please speak to either Rev. Brooke Ashfield or John Scace to obtain further details.
The Knox Waterloo Share Donation Transfer Form is available at www.knoxwaterloo.ca
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A Note from Christian Education… Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 9th at 10am. Rehearsals start Sunday, November 11th after worship for anyone interested in a speaking part. We need adult help to direct, rehearse, and create sets. Please see Laura V if you are interested.
In October, Knox Sunday school turned our attention to those in our community who need help to fill their cupboards with nutritious foods. The children in JK‐Grade 6 sorted the food that you donated throughout the month, and set tables with meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Community Connection Sunday October 28. We donated 10 boxes of food to the Food Bank.
We are excited to be planning a trip to Winnipeg, for Sr High (finished grade 9‐12) July 27 to Aug. 3, 2013. Any youth who have not “registered” for the trip, see Laura V or Reid V. The agenda for the week includes a community picnic, VBC, a service project around Anishinabe, and two nights on a First Nations Reserve. Each youth is responsible for the cost of the trip, and some Fundraising Projects have been planned: • Poinsettia Plant orders will be delivered by the end of Nov. • Pancake Supper Tuesday Feb. 12th • Elmira Chicken orders in April for delivery early May (BBQ season!!) EVERY SUNDAY during Coffee Hour you can drop off your loose change (and bills) in the blue water jug near the Welcome Desk to support the Mission Trip. You can also mark your offering envelope “youth mission trip 2013”. All funds raised will go towards the costs of sending each youth to Winnipeg AND to the projects. Many of the youth from Knox who have participated in one of the last two trips to Winnipeg have gone on to do mission work in other countries. I’d say an investment in Knox Youth Mission Trips is money well spent to help ignite the fire of service in our young people. Please give today!
The Jr High youth sold pumpkins during coffee hour in October and raised $350.00 for the Food Bank! A special thanks to Sue and Bruce Dickieson for the donation of the pumpkins from Mosborough Farm Market in Guelph. And thanks to YOU for your support!
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Mark Your Calendar!!
November Knox Nite The EIPC STORY continues this month with “What a Mess” the story of Adam and Eve. Saturday Nov. 24th, 5‐7pm. Pot Luck Supper starts at 5pm in the Hall (please bring a dish to share with others, no nuts please). After dinner activities will be from 5:45‐7pm. Come join us for an evening of fellowship with all ages. We’ll have music, table talk discussions, a You Tube movie clip, some “improv theatre” and hands on activities. Come share a mealtime together and hear the story of the beginning of mankind.
LOGOS students are involved in mission projects in an effort to teach them about others & provide them with an opportunity to serve.
We have two projects planned for November:
1. Knox Your Sox Off! Sr. High will be collecting socks, hats, and mittens/gloves for men and women to support House of Friendship and the Out of the Cold program. You can drop them off at the sock tree in the front foyer.
2. Support the Angel Tree!! Once again the LOGOS Jr. Highs will be making and selling cookies‐in‐a‐jar and brownies‐in‐a‐jar for $7.00. All money raised will go to buy gifts for the Angel Tree. We will take the Jr. High out so they can use the money to buy the gifts in December. Don’t risk disappointment if we sell out by pre‐ordering yours to guarantee you’ll get them. To Order, contact the church office, or email email@example.com with the following: ‐Name ‐Phone number ‐Type of jar (brownie or oatmeal chocolate chip) ‐Quantity of each type of jar You can also support the Angel Tree with a donation of a new unwrapped toy, book etc. Thank you in advance for your support!! ‐ Vaughn, Kathy and the LOGOS Junior High youth!! 7
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Christmas is coming quickly and so is the first annual Knox Craft Bazaar. We are still looking for help with the following: 1) Crafty hands to make outdoor signs 2) Yummy treats for the church bake table.
Children’s Choir Do your grade 1‐6 children love to sing? Ask if they would like to participate in a children’s choir at Knox! Rehearsals (~30 min.) every Sunday after church from Jan 20 – Feb 24th. Children will sing during the March 3rd service. For details, please contact Terry. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people are bringing their favorite recipes to the church for a baking bee. Contact Lynelle Purdy or Eleanor Larter for more info!
3) Setting up tables the night of Fri., Nov. 16th 4) Tear down on Sat., Nov. 17th afterwards 5) Post a flyer in your workplace, apartment buiilding, community space or gym, etc. We need your help to get the word out there! Sign up at the Welcome Desk. For info speak to… Heather Purdy ‐ hpurdy333[at]yahoo.ca Lynelle Purdy ‐ lynelle[at]sympatico.ca
Calling Creatives! Or, those who wish they were We are working hard to create Christmas cards for the seniors and shut-ins of our Knox and would love to send handmade messages to our students as well.
Bible study and fellowship!
Help make cards on Nov. 28th We will have a night of fun, creativity, and great conversations! RSVP to Heather Purdy hpurdy333[at]yahoo.ca
Group D meets at 1:30 pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Knox. Contact Patti Jackson for more information at 519-746-1725. We look forward to seeing you!
Movers & Shakers (even if you move & shake slowly!)
Fitness and Fellowship starts its second season Thurs Oct 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the hall. We are a group of women who enjoy physical activity together followed by coffee and chat. Consider joining us for a variety of activities including walking, joint mobility, balance, muscle strengthening, fancy footwork, weights, relaxation exercises and fun. Join in and bring a friend. For more information, or if you have any questions, please call Beth Thorsen, (519) 570‐9357. 8
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What kinds of gifts are on your Christmas list?
Healthy Communities Food Security Bike for a Minister Clean Water & Sanitation Freedom from Violence
Do you feel that holiday gift giving has become stressful and devoid of meaning? Shopping is a chore, involving fighting traffic, crowds and sometimes even each other! Alternative Giving is a life changing form of gift giving where you make a donation to a charitable organization in honour of your gift’s receiver. This form of giving is a wonderful alternative to consumerism and may even help mitigate the impact of your gift‐giving on the environment!
There are many organizations who are setup to receive your monetary donations, multiply them and put them to work changing lives around the world. In return, your gift recipient receives a card or other form of notification that a gift has been given in their honour.
Here are some alternative giving and fair trade gift ideas from the Global Partners Committee: •
Consider a gift to support the many ministries and outreach projects here at Knox. As we look forward to celebrating our 2nd Christmas in our new building, we continue to build on our outstanding ministries to families, children and youth and advance newer ministries with seniors, students and singles. Share your gift through our church office and you will receive a donation card from Knox to send to your recipient indicating that you have made a donation in their honour. When we give to Knox, Knox gives back so much to so many.
Gifts of Change is a series of special projects undertaken by the Presbyterian Church in Canada to change lives in Canada and around the world. View their catalogue online or browse a copy at the Welcome Desk to see the kinds of change your donations can make. No matter what you choose to support, you can be sure your funds will be used effectively and efficiently to carry out life changing programs. Use your credit card to give online or by phone through the Presbyterian Church in Canada head office. If you prefer cash or cheque you can make a donation in the Knox church office.
Wake them up Christmas morning with the aroma of fair trade coffee! Fair trade coffee is coffee which is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee. The purpose of fair trade is to promote healthier working conditions and greater economic fairness and incentives for producers. Global Partners has fair trade coffee from the Fire Roasted Coffee Company available for sale during coffee hour on most Sundays. For more information on fair trade click on www.transfair.ca.
Know a chocoholic? Stuff their stocking with some fair trade chocolate and hot chocolate. We have a variety of chocolate from Camino (http://www.lasiembra.com/camino) for sale at our coffee cart during coffee hour. They are made from quality organic ingredients sourced through Fair Trade practices. All hot chocolates are GMO‐ free and soy lecithin‐free. All chocolate and hot chocolates are certified Organic by QAI, Fairtrade certified by Fairtrade Canada and certified Kosher by Kashruth Council of Canada (COR).
Blessed to be a blessing – The Presbyterian Church in Canada's 2013 wall calendar expresses gratitude for God's blessings and recognizes our call to be a blessing in the world. The calendar includes key Canadian dates of observance and unique PCC Sundays, plus the 2012 Common Lectionary. Available through the Knox church office.
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Knox Music Scholars 2012-2013 This year’s scholars are a combination of familiar and new faces. We are very fortunate to have such talented young people participate in our music programming. Here’s a brief introduction to this year’s scholars. Daniel Corrigan (Tenor) Daniel is from Dunrobin, (near Ottawa). He is a second year music student at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying composition and bass violin. His goal is to become a session musician. Daniel also plays in a couple bands and plays a lot of Jazz and Metal (sometimes at the same time). He is also pursuing a philosophy minor which is pretty interesting Corey Cotter‐Linforth (Soprano, accompanist) Corey is a fourth year voice major at the University of Waterloo. She currently sings in the DaCapo Chamber Choir and Spiritus Ensemble. Accomplishments include receiving the Clemens Scholarship in Music and the Giesbrecht Choral Music Scholarship. Corey also attended the Tallis Scholars Summer School in England. Jayne Hammond (Soprano) Jayne is an Opera Diploma student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Originally from Victoria, B.C., Jayne moved to Kitchener‐Waterloo to complete her B.Mus. under Kimberly Barber and has been a choral scholar for the past three years. She enjoys playing the guitar and autoharp, and hopes to pursue a career in opera. Ryan Peters (Baritone) Ryan is a 22‐year old baritone in his final year at Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Music Education. Born into a family of musicians and music lovers, Ryan began piano lessons at four, singing in a choir at eight, and began teaching music at fourteen. As he prepares for teacher’s college, Ryan aspires to teach music to children. Christina Yun (Alto) Christina is a second year voice student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Originally from Mississauga, she hopes to study, perform, and travel to Europe and farther in the future. Christina also enjoys singing Christian modern worship songs, especially when it is jamming out with her brother and her parents. In addition to singing with the chancel choir, Christina is also participating in the Knox Praise Band. Our scholars are all members of the chancel choir. Their participation provides an excellent model for choir members. We also value their participation as soloists and in small ensembles. Donations to the Knox Scholars program are always appreciated. 10
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Every month we read all about events around Knox but what about members of Knox who are living out of town? What are they up to?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go is a place where you can read about the adventures of Knox members who aren’t so nearby.
This month we hear from Adam Dyjach !
If you have moved away for the time being we would love to hear what you are up to! Send your up‐date to me at email@example.com to be included in an upcoming newsletter.
Hannah Carter Hi Knox! I am currently living in Victoria, BC attending the University of Victoria for my Masters in Voice Performance. Having graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University last spring I wanted to further my education and continue to improve my musical training. While in Victoria I have joined the Pacific Opera Victoria Opera Chorus and performed in their production of Verdi's Macbeth in October. I attend St. Johns the Divine Anglican church as a member and choral scholar of their choir. I look forward to being a soloist in an upcoming concert at St. Johns called Music of Trust and Peace
featuring various Bach Cantata's in collaboration with the Victoria Baroque Players.
When I am not busy with Pacific Opera or St. Johns I’m busy at school as a teacher assistant and student. In particular I am thoroughly enjoying my private lessons with Tenor Benjamin Butterfield. I miss my family and friends at home but with winter around the corner I’ll be home soon enough. Even though I am now attending St. Johns Anglican Knox Waterloo will always be my home. I am very grateful for all of the support Knox has given me over the years as I have developed as a young musician. Sincerely, Adam -Headshot by Hannah Carter-
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New Members Class November 24, 2012 We like to have an orientation class for new members twice a year. This autumn’s class in on Saturday November 24th between 10 AM and 1 PM. Lunch is provided. This is an informal orientation led by the minsters with a message from our Sustainable Stewardship Team: Barb Prysnuk and Grant Birks. We at Knox are blessed with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds in religious traditions. Our diversity and inclusiveness helps us to strive to be a welcoming community. During our New Members Class, we will get to know one another by sharing the Quaker Questions, looking at the unique Presbyterian democratic take on church government, examining the core beliefs of Christianity and asking one another how best to make Knox our spiritual home. Some may be transferring from another congregation, and some may be new to church, all are welcome. We move at a fast pace and rarely cover all of the material, but do have a good time together. Our class is outlines as follows: 1. Welcome and opening prayer. 2. The 4 Quaker questions: 3. Grant and Barb: Stewardship, part of involvement and the faith journey. God’s generosity and our need to respond. Time, Talent and Treasures. 4. Sharing our journey to Knox Waterloo. 5. Living Faith, a brief look at the content of Christian beliefs. (Section 6 Faith and Doubt, being a thinking church with a tender heart) 6. History of Knox and our core beliefs and values, what makes us unique. 7. How the system works, a human government for a holy space. 8. Why we do mission and what it means to be a servant to God. 9. Video: Stained Glass Windows of Faith 10. What is in it for me and my family, why God uses the gifts that we already have and are. Part of the journey of faith is exploring our own unique gifts for ministry. Ministry is for all of the followers of Jesus. 11. Change and the church, an ever present reality in our 21st century. 12. Question and answer time, Christians don’t have all of the answers. 13. Closing Prayer. Please call (519.886.4150) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for this class. If we have notice, we will arrange childcare. Submitted by Brooke Ashfield
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Wednesday @ Knox continues, with interesting topics every week. This midweek adult ministry is open to anyone who would like to spend their Wednesday lunch hour with us. Come at 11:30 for coffee, devotions at 11:45, followed by lunch, fellowship and a presentation. We adjourn at 1 p.m. sharp. Lunch is $5, or you can bring your own for free!
Nov. 7 –Waterloo Region Museum Kevin Thomas
For the week of Remembrance Day, Kevin will arrive in a WWI uniform to tell us what was going on one hundred years ago, when and why the name of Berlin was changed. If you heard Kevin’s presentation last year, you will know that he is back ‘by popular demand’! Kevin sings in Knox Chancel Choir. Nov. 14 – Food Labels: the Truth About Sugar and Fat Margaret Ann Munoz Margaret Ann is a Knox member and a Registered Dietician. She started this topic last May, and only covered ‘salt’. (We had so many questions!) She has agreed to come back to talk about reading labels for fat and sugar. Packaged foods are part of our culture but we need to read the labels! Nov. 21 – Region of Waterloo Transportation Department John Hill & Cheryl Meyer
How do people get around K‐W without a car? Do you know what it really costs to keep a car in your driveway? John and Cheryl are two people who have given this a lot of thought. What are the other modes of transportation and mobility? Is walking in K‐W safe for seniors? Come and gather the information required, if or when driving becomes less desirable. Nov. 28 – Can Christianity and Scientific Study Co-exist? Dr. H. John Smith, retired physics prof, UW
John will talk about prominent scientists who maintained faith while making great contributions to the scientific world. One of Professor Smith’s hobbies in retirement is making science and technical information available to lay (non‐technical) people. By way of example, he will give us a brief look at The Big Bang Theory of Creation. Anglicans from The Church of the Holy Saviour in Waterloo, John and his wife Janet often attend W@K. W@K does not require regular attendance! Come when you are able or when the topic interests you. Your friends from the community are welcome! If you need a ride, call Ellen McIntosh at 519‐497‐9534, or email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you! Ellen McIntosh
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House of Friendship Friendship Dinner We had a full table of representation from Knox at the Friendship Dinner on October 26th. This was a successful, sold out, evening with well over 300 people in attendance. We had the opportunity for fellowship together and with other House of Friendship supporters from other churches and from the community at large. 3 young boys, The Dixon Family, shared their musical talents with us - playing their stringed instruments as peopled gathered during the pre-dinner reception and also as a short concert after dinner. As part of the grace for the meal we sang a hymn. Among 300 voices, many of them from a number of Mennonite churches in our areas, we sang in what turned out to be a choral treat of beautiful harmony.
relation to the use and abuse of alcohol, the fact that Waterloo Wellington is the highest in relation to adult and youth alcohol use in Ontario and how Canada is far behind in programs for treatment and support of those affected by alcohol abuse. Ann was the perfect choice of a speaker to draw attention to the need for the support that House of Friendship provides. House of Friendship's residential treatment program, Alcontrol, is one of only 8 in the province. The need to bring all of their women's addiction services "Under One Roof" where women can have the support of family and friends, comfortable living and treatment space, and bring their children is necessary for the women's success. If you are interested in learning more about Ann's work you can find her Atkinson Fellow articles at www.houseoffriendship.org/documents/Do wsettSeriesAtkison_Series2011_lowres.pdf . It is incredibly well written, challenging, and engaging.
The hi-lite for me was the opportunity to listen to Ann Dowsett Johnston speak about "Women Fighting Addiction". Ann kept the attention of all in the room as she spoke about her reasons for applying for the Atkinson Fellowship to study the abuse of alcohol but also what work is being done worldwide to battle addictions. She told us about her experience as the Principal of McGill University and how much the binge drinking of university students, in particular females, had changed since her own university days. She spoke of the narrowed gap between the genders in
For more information about, or to support the "Under One Roof" campaign please go to www.houseoffriendship.org/underoneroof or speak to me. I would like to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the evening a success. Sharon Feldmann
Fellowship At Knox Laura Vander Vleuten & Linda Ashfield
Winter Event #1 January 19th 5:30 p.m. Pot luck supper followed by outdoor skating. Winter Event #2 February 2nd 7-9 p.m. Movie night in the sanctuary. More details to come! If you would like to help plan or host one of these events please see Laura V or Linda A.
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Join us at Knox for three nights of reflection and conversation based on the book; An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith – Barbara Brown Taylor. Brooke and Linda’s summer sermon series was based on this book. Whether you read it yet or not, you are welcome to join in the conversation. The book is still available at Wordsworth, and can also be downloaded as an e‐book. • Wednesday, November 7th 7:30‐9:00 – Chapters 1‐4 Introduction 1 The Practice of Waking Up to God, Vision 2 The Practice of Paying Attention, Reverence 3 The Practice of Wearing Skin, Incarnation 4 The Practice of Walking on the Earth, Groundedness • Wednesday, November 14th 7:30‐9:00 – Chapters 5‐8 5 The Practice of Getting Lost, Wilderness 6 The Practice of Encountering Others, Community 7 The Practice of Living with Purpose, Vocation 8 The Practice of Saying No, Sabbath • Wednesday, November 21st 7:30‐9:00 – Chapters 9‐12 9 The Practice of Carrying Water, Physical Labor 10 The Practice of Feeling Pain, Breakthrough 11 The Practice of Being Present to God, Prayer 12 The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings, Benediction
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An ecumenical coalition which seeks to explore social justice issues from a faith perspective. Their Poverty Series continues on November 26 with Real Life Stories – Poverty in Waterloo Region First United Church at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. All are welcome!
Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) is looking for volunteers. We need people there between the hours of 4 to 8pm or 8pm to midnight, 7 days a week. Volunteers will assist the staff as well as spend time with tenants in the community room. Contact Lindsay.Klassen@showaterloo.org or phone 519‐886‐8200.
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In the October issue of A Cross the Pews you read about the Arbor Dedication in the park beside Knox. The arbor stands in memory of the sixteen young men from Waterloo who died in WWI, including Fredrick Gibson Colquhoun who was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Fredrick Colquhoun Sr. (father of the lieutenant) emigrated from Scotland to Kitchener as a child in 1845 –the oldest of four in his family. An Episcopalian, Fredrick Sr. became a lawyer at the age of 32 and married Ontario native Johanna Leddela Gibson.
Johanna & Fredrick Sr. had three children; James, Fredrick Jr. and Douglas who were each born in Waterloo. Of the three, only Fredrick was killed in the war. The Lieut. was 30 at the time of his death and is buried in Villiers De Bois, France. Interested in learning more about Waterloo during the WWI? Check out the book Peace Souvenir – Activities of Waterloo County in the Great War. Family history: www.generations.regionofwaterloo.ca Images on front cover: www.city.waterloo.on.ca/VeteransGreen Images on this page: www.veterans.gc.ca Submitted by Hannah Carter
Knox Alumni! To our surprise, the children of Rev. D.M. Kerr visited the new church building this past month! Rev. Kerr was the minister of Knox Waterloo from 1938‐1942. From Left: ‐George Kerr, Toronto ‐Muriel Hackett , Kitchener ‐Photo of Rev. Kerr :) ‐Sylvia Parker, Toronto Submitted by Hannah Carter
Published on Nov 1, 2012