GREETINGS                           November 10th, 2016
I find these words of poet Stephen Spender encouraging and fitting as we pass once again through our time of remembering soldiers and others who served during worldwide conflicts and bear in mind those who have fought in other battles, and those who are still enmeshed in fighting now. I shared the last verse in last Sunday's sermon, here it is with the first verse added:

                                            The Truly Great          1
I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul's history.
Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,
Endless and singing.  Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit, clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,
See how these names are feted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

1  Stephen Spender, "The Truly Great", in Michael De-la-Noy, The Field of Praise, (Religious Education Press, Oxford, UK:  1968) page 56.
In our thoughts and prayers are Berna Aslan, Joan Brignall, Geoffrey Parkinson (nephew of Patricia Bradshaw)  Ellen Sawesky, Judy VanDuzer, the Gales family, Jack Wishart (8 months old with a rare disease) requested by Jason Kovacs and Patty Cheshire's niece Melissa.  
The flowers in the sanctuary today are in loving memory of Ron Bulmer, given by Mary Anne and family.



Lunch last week

On behalf of the Dominican Mission Team thank you for joining us for lunch last Sunday.  Food, friends and conversation were enjoyed by all.  A special thanks to Landra Smith for her hard work in making the lunch such a success!


Time out with Trees
"Time Out with Trees". Feel free to join Rev. Disher on the benches in Bertram Brockhouse Park (corner of Wilson and Fiddler's Green) at noon on Tuesdays. Bring a lunch, chat a bit and then rest in God for a half-hour of private meditation time. (In inclement weather, we will meet in the Church parlour).

Harry Hour
Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. will not happen this coming week as Rev. Disher will be in Guelph on study leave with other Interim Ministers.
Who is our church?
My name is Reagan Marshall. I'm 50-55 years old, and in the sandwich generation. I work as a professional in middle management. I have a casual yet business-like style and enjoy an on-the-go breakfast and evenings of dinner with wine and watching the news or reality TV shows. I lead a healthy lifestyle but often feel that I should spruce it up in order to keep up my physical appearance and look good to others. While I may seem like a shy or introverted person at first, once you get to know me better, you realize how very kind, loyal, friendly and rooted to the community I am. I'm going through a mid-life crisis and feel at a crossroads. My life partner tends to be away from home a lot and so I'm left to do much of the work alone. I consider myself an active and engaged volunteer who helps widely in my community. However, I sense that others see my efforts as scattered and unfocussed. I want to be more grounded and better known in the community.

     Thank you to all those who contributed their thoughts and ideas.

Living Rock

Bring your food donations for the Living Rock Ministries with you to church today.


Christmas Pageant
Again this year Marshall will be presenting a Christmas Pageant on Saturday December 24th at 7pm. This year we will only be hosting one pageant, (we will not be holding the Children's 5:30 service), however anyone interested in participating in the 7pm pageant is more than welcome. The opportunities to get involved with this production are endless. It takes many hands and minds to make this production a success. Some of the positions that we are looking for help with are as follows:
*             cast members,
*             ushers,
*             costume assistance,
*             props,
*             some big strong and burley folks for stage set up and tear down, and anything you would like to assist with to make the Pageant a success.
There will be a sign up sheet in the foyer for anyone interested in helping. Please see John Mitchell, Patty Cheshire, Leslie Johnston, Lynn Townsend, and Rick MacKenzie for more information.

Wesley Christmas Store
On Sunday December 4th we will be delivering gifts you have kindly donated for teenagers to the Wesley Christmas store. There is a list of suggested items on the bulletin board at the far end of the hall. If you, members of your family, or friends would like to volunteer in the store you can register for this program at For those who knit your donated items can be dropped off in November to Wesley Day Centre at 195 Ferguson Ave. North Monday to Saturday 8:30 to 1:30.



Dofasco Choir
On Sunday, November 20th at 3pm the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Male Chorus will be performing in the sanctuary.  Tickets are $15.  and will be available for purchase between services for the next few weeks.  They can also be purchased by contacting the church office Tuesday to Friday mornings.  Proceeds are in support of mission work. 

Stahn Celebration
Save the date to celebrate the 90th birthday of Charles R. Stahn.  On Saturday December 3rd from 4 - 8 in the church hall Charles and family extend a warm welcome to all.  Come, visit, see/hear about some of his life experiences.  Meet old/new friends, enjoy birthday cake and ice cream.  (No gifts please.)

Joy Day
All women and their friends are warmly invited to JOY DAY at the Waterfront Centre, 555 Bay Street, North, Hamilton on Saturday December 10th from 10:30 - 3.  The day includes a guest speaker, Sarah Ferguson, along with lunch and entertainment by "The Greater Good".  Please submit your name and $25.00 to Nancy Pierce by THIS Sunday November 13th! Last year we had 26 ladies and this year we are hoping to have even more! Remember, you can bring as many friends as you wish! Let's fill our hearts with "JOY" and join with others who follow Jesus! If you would like to contact Nancy, you are very welcome to phone her at 519.304.3710 or email [email protected]