Thoughts and Prayers
In our thoughts and prayers are Rev. Étienne and David Paton

We offer our condolences to the family of Don Mahoney who passed away on November 23rd.  Please remember this family in your prayers in the days and weeks ahead. 

THANK YOU: Peter and Shelley Marshall would like to thank each member of the congregation for the support, kindness and prayers offered for us during the weeks since our son Alex's passing.  The power and comfort brought by these acts is cherished.  Blessings to all.


This Sunday
Worship with us this Sunday at 10am for a combined communion service.

White Gift Sunday
White Gift Sunday will be December 1st. We will be collecting hats, mitts and gloves for Wesley. Also, White Gift Envelopes will be the front Foyer. Money will be forwarded to Wesley Urban Ministries and Living Rock. Thank you for your donations.

Living Rock Food Drive
Next week we will be collecting food for the Living Rock.  As it gets colder and for the holidays, the need for food increases!  Please add a couple of extra canned goods to your grocery cart and bring them in to church this Sunday and next.

Upcoming Services
December 1 - One Communion Service at 10am with Rev. Kevin - White Gift Collection
December 8, 15, 22 & 29 - Two Services (9am & 10:30am) with Rev. Kevin
December 8- Choir Cantata at 3pm
December 24 - 7pm - Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
December 24 - 10pm - Christmas Eve Service - Lessons and Carols
December 29 - 10am - one service
January 5, 2020 - One communion Service at 10am
January 12, 19, 26 - Two Services (9am & 10:30am) with Rev. Kevin
February 2 - Annual General Meeting at 10am

PASTORAL CARE
If you are aware of someone in our congregation that would benefit from a visit or call from our Pastoral Care Team, kindly let the office know so that we can ensure that all of our member's needs are being met.

For Pastoral Care Emergencies please contact Rev. Kevin at:  519-688-6950

Sign up for Service
Sign up sheets have been added for January and February to the Worship Bulletin Board.  The Communion Servers sheet has been put up as well for 2020.  Kindly take a moment to consider participating in our services and sign up!

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

We ask that any and all Announcements that need to be in the Newsletter/Bulletin and those that are to be made off the pulpit Sunday morning are in to the office by 9am Thursday morning. This provides us with sufficient time to ensure that they are placed where they need to be and that sufficient time is set aside Sunday during the service. Emergencies or illness is always the exception. Thank you for your assistance.

Seniors' Social
Join us Monday from 1-2:30 in the Gathering Place for a cup of  coffee or tea and a sweet and enjoy the company of other Seniors in our community.  On December 9, 2019 Christine Lovering is coming in to speak about maintaining your balance.

Christmas Cards
If you would like to send a Christmas Card to Rev. Étienne, kindly leave it in the office by December 16th and I will ensure it gets forwarded to him.  If you plan on leaving Christmas Cards in the mail slots at church, kindly let the person you are sending it to know so that they can pick them up!

Family Day at Fallsview
On Saturday, February 1st, 2020 we have the opportunity to enjoy the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls for a discounted rate!  Tickets are $25 each (regularly $50) and parking is $10 (regularly $35).  Grab your family, grand-kids, neighbours and friends and join us for a wonderful day in the water!  Tickets will be available this Sunday.    If you would like more information about tickets, etc.  please contact Heather Franca at  heatherball8@gmail.com  or call her at 289-239-7062.

ADVENT
ADVENT BEGINS DECEMBER 1ST
Advent begins this Sunday, and while it is unrealistic to expect to totally avoid the chaos of Christmas preparations, we'd like to offer you some opportunities to make a little space in your world for some hope, peace, joy and love as we wait and prepare for the birth of our Messiah, Jesus.
 
Advent Candles: available for $12 a set, you receive 4 Advent candles, a Christ candle, a booklet of short daily devotions and some prayer suggestions for candle lighting. Available in the foyer on Sundays or through the Church Office.
 
Daily Scripture Reading: is available here and in the foyer with short readings each day beginning December 1, through December 24.
 
BONUS: follow our daily Facebook reflections on the readings in our private group, Members and Friends of Marshall Memorial. (If you are not a member of the group and would like to be, message Richard Hamilton on Facebook to receive an invitation.)
 
Advent Bible Study: this year we are offering a free pdf download of our Advent Bible Study, Promise of the Messiah. Paper copies are available in the foyer.
 
BONUS: join a discussion group to enhance your learning - Mondays at 10:30 am, Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm and Fridays at 9 am, all at the church. Sign up on the bulletin boards across from the Minister's office, or just show up! Sessions begin the week of November 25 and run until the week before Christmas (4 sessions).

EVENTS

Christmas Craft & Bark Sale
The Sunday School class is busy at work making amazing treats and treasures that will be sold after the December 8th service. The money raised will go to support Jenny Mae.

Outreach will once again be selling chocolate bark (White, milk and dark chocolate) with nuts, craisins or plain after the service on December 8th as well.

HAVE YOU HEARD?
The Marshall Memorial Chancel Choir Presents "Have you Hear?" - A Celtic Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 8th at 3pm. Refreshments and Appetizers to follow. A Free Will Offering will be collected.

December 14, 2019 - Journey to Bethlehem
Thank you to everyone who came out on November 25th for our Craft Prep!! Many hands really do make light work!  We are still in need of a few more VOLUNTEERS for December 14th and BAKERS of NUT FREE treats for the Bethlehem Café (and a couple of people to bring something gluten free as well). Sign up in the foyer. And don't forget SET-UP DAY is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH - when we transform our church into a 1st century Bethlehem Marketplace. Details regarding times will be posted soon.
 
JOURNEY TO THE BETHLEHEM MARKETPLACE POSTERS & POSTCARDS
Posters and Postcards are available in the foyer for you to distribute to your friends and family, put on car windshields, or make available at local businesses. If you are on social media, we also encourage you to post the event on all your groups and platforms. Please help get the word out about this fabulous opportunity for families to experience the real Christmas story! (Don't forget to mention the live animals!)
 
Glass Jars No Longer Needed  Thank you to everyone who brought in jars for our lantern craft - we have all we need!

Happening at Marshall this week:
Sunday:  9am & 10:30am  Services
Monday:  10:30-12 Bible Study
                  1 pm  Seniors' Social
Tuesday:  10:30am  Prayer Group
                   7-9pm  Bible Study in the Minister's Office
Wednesday:  1pm Small Group Bible Study
                        7pm  Small Group Bible Study
Thursday:    Choir Practice

Community Events
Theatre Ancaster - Momma Mia!
Please see the poster at the end of the hallway or go to their website:  www.theatreancaster.com for dates, times and more information.

Breakfast with Santa
Ancaster Small Fry Preschool is having a Breakfast with Santa on November 30th from 9-11:30am here at Marshall.  Tickets are $5 for Entry and Breakfast and $10 for Pictures with Santa.  There will also be a Holiday Craft Table and a Raffle for tickets to ANY WestJet Location.  Contact them at 905.304.8903 or AncasterSmallFryPreschool@gmail.com.

Together at Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2019 the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir and the Dofasco Male Chorus will perform along with special guests at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 7pm. See the poster on the Community Bulletin Board at the end of the hall or contact Glen Mahaffy (905-648-5979) for Ticket information.

Hamilton Presbytery Newsletter
Click on the following to view  the Christmas edition of the Hamilton Presbytery  Newsletter.