|Castleton/Grafton United Church News for December Week 2|
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Warm Greetings as Advent approaches!
Andrew's Grafton and friends made 40
red scarves as part of the Red Scarf project to
support the goals of World Aids day. more FB photos @ PFLAG
Cobourg/Port Hope: Red Scarf Project https:
Coming events for Castleton Grafton United Church
Joint choir Cantata this Sunday with special instrumental guests
How to be involved in the Christmas hamper program below on the 6th and 15th
Usual 2017-18 Service Time: Grafton 9:15 Castleton 11 am
Wed. Dec. 6th, 12:00 pm - Grafton UCW will enjoy a Christmas luncheon at the Woodlawn Inn; RRSP June 905 377 0100 All women of the congregation welcome
Wed. Dec. 6th, 7:00 pm - at St Andrew’s to choose from the list of children for Christmas gifts in the Christmas hamper program.
Sun. Dec. 10th, 11 am at St. Andrews – a joint service Cantata with the combined choirs, and special guests The Northwinds, a Sextet of Woodwind instruments from the Northumberland New Ventures Band No Castleton service.
Friday Dec 15, from 9:00 am for most of the day at the Grafton Legion. The packing up of the gifts and food hampers for delivery later in the day. There is a variety of jobs that day-- call Dianne Tollan 905-372-2531 if you’d like to zero in on a job and or time. It takes most of the day, but a few hours of help any time would be great. -a day of sharing, caring, fun, and leaving with a wonderful feeling of Christmas.
Sun. Dec. 17th, 7:”30 pm at Castleton United - Christmas Candlelight service
Sun. Dec. 24th - Morning services at both churches. Christmas Eve Service at St. Andrew’s at 7:00 p.m.
Flight to Hope 2 Update: We are anticipating a Syrian refugee family to arrive in the spring and given we are gearing up for this, if there are any would like to volunteer in this adventure, we could use some more help
The Youth Group bicycle calendar is now available.$15, with proceeds going to expanding our up-cycling Calendars
St Andrew’s is again decorating their windows etc. with Christmas crèches, so if you have a crèche you would like to set up in a window or on a table, this can be done any time. And there is a sign up sheet for poinsettias
This month the Grafton UCW is asking for Fare Share donations of healthy snacks and fruit juices.
Bala and Port Carling United Churches celebrate going Affirming Dec 10 so that Castleton Grafton will no longer be the only multipoint Affirming charge in Ontario.
United Church giving project magazine https://www.giftswithvision.ca/
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A few quotes and snippets:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
"The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual." Buckminster Fuller
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself." - William Blake, 1799, The Letters
"God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!" " - Joseph Campbell
You gotta stop watering dead plants
Love & compassion are Necessities, not luxuries. With Humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama
Live fully, love wastefully, be all that you can be. John Spong
Prejudices are most difficult to eradicate from the heart loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones. Charlotte Bronte
I don't need a man to rectify my existence. the most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves. Shirley MacLaine
The Eskimo this 52 names for snow because it is important to them. There ought to be as many for love. Margaret Atwood
Original thought is like Original Sin. Both happened before you were born to people you could not possibly have met. Fran Lebowitz
The excitement, the true excitement, was always in starting again. Nothing is worse than an accomplished task, a realized dream. Marilyn Harris
Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God, perhaps your own coldness, and avarice, and mediocrity, and materialism, and selfishness, that have chilled his faith. Thomas Merton
"I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all." - Ogden Nash
For those who like poetry:
the thing with feathers—
the Wise Men tell me—
“You Reading This, Be Ready”
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers,
what softened sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now?
Are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here,
lift this new glimpse that you found;
carry into evening all that you want from this day.
This interval you spent reading or hearing this,
keep it for life-- What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room,
when you turn around? William Stafford
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods may be
For my unconquerable Soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of Wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade,
and yet the Menace of the years
finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how Strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.