January 2018 Newsletter

Announcements

Service Circle for January is Naomi.

Worship begins at 11:00am

Church Reps with church emails: Please use the church webmail link listed here for your email: http://webmail.mtsbiz.net/mail/login.php

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.

Drop In The Bucket

Drop in the Bucket continues. All articles received for the baby bundles, and quilts are appreciated twice- for the people who have given and to the people receiving.

Every week you can be part of helping feed many hungry people in body and spirit by bringing non- perishable food for the Southquil and Area Food Bank. There are boxes and baskets by the pew in the Narthex.

Pastor's Perspective

While the end of the church year is Christ the King Sunday at the end of November, the end of December is the end of the financial and tax year. That is when the last chance for making contributions to charities and getting a charitable deductions tax receipt occurs. That is when we have to make our decisions about RRSPs, RESPs etc. That is when the rubber meets the road. These decisions represent what our lives are really all about. “Where your treasure is, that is where your heart is also” Jesus observed. The first church season of the calendar year Epiphany recalls the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus and his parents. Their gifts Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh honour Jesus and indicate the direction of his life; a life lived in worship of the Creator, and in service to humanity at the cost of his own life.

How do we honour Jesus? How do we spend our lives? Most of us have families we have in mind when we make decisions about how we use our assets. We want to make sure our families are provided for. We may be in retirement and have to consider how our life is going to go on a fixed income.

Then there is the family of the Body of Christ. Our local congregation and all the other ministries of the church in Canada and around the world are united in the task of proclaiming and celebrating the Good News that all the Creation is worthy of love and is to be loved. How that works itself out is up to us all. One person may give time, talents and treasure to a local congregation or charity, while the next may support a community or person on the other side of the planet. When we do these things we grow spiritually, that is in our emotions, our minds, our hearts, and our physical reach as well.

Matthew 25:31-46 has the story of God evaluating people’s lives and what they have done with them. The blessed ones have lived lives of blessing the needy without a thought of their own status, or correctness, or righteousness, or theological soundness. Such an approach comes from hearts that are loved and in love with the world and the people around them. Hearts that are self giving. Hopefully that is all of us. So take this opportunity to support the charity of your choice, and I hope that you will find that our congregations is worthy to be on that list.

We begin our year celebrating Jesus appearance on the world stage though the Magi. Let us also appear on the world stage being Christ’s Body for the world.

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Council Report

Annual General Meeting will be held on January 28, 2018 after church service.

CommitteereportsforAnnualCongregational Report should be in to Sylvia-Linda by January 12, 2018 (or before the submitting Snow-bird leaves). Sylvia-Linda requests that reports submitted digitally be in Word format. Hand written reports are acceptable but should be in early so Sylvia-Linda has time to type them.

If anyone feels a calling to serve as a member of Church Council, please speak to any council member.

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Submitted by Benita Nylen

ELW Christmas Dinner

Thanks to Val for putting the program together and Joan for providing an entertaining craft. Also thanks to the women that spent the day making the meal and the men who served it.

ELW News

Service circle for January is Naomi with Rebecca helping.

Circle Meetings are Thursday January 9th.
7:00pm: Joint meeting @ Dolores

The Christmas supper and program was well attended with 60 women present. The guest speaker was a local entrepreneur- Trish Johnston who makes skin care products from natural ingredients.

The offering was divided between local ELW and Southquill Food Bank, which received $400.00.

Thanks everyone for a lovely evening, and a special thanks to all of the men in the kitchen who served the meal and did the clean up. It was appreciated.

Red and White Cafe will be operating Fridays 9-11am January 2018 starting January 5th until March 23rd. for serving. Thanks

A Happy and Blessed New Year to all.

Submitted by Dolores Hall

Choir Christmas Party

The Choir Christmas Party included singing at the Erickson PCH and Parkland Home.


Val Wickdahl on piano


Singing in Erickson


Erickson Lutheran Church Choir


Christmas caroling


entertainment at Erickson Personal Care Home


singing Christmas songs