Tuesday, December 22, 2015

20 December 2015 Christmas Story and Hymn Celebration

Sunday was our annual Christmas Story and Hymn Celebration.  It's now online and you can watch it here.  There is some wonderful ministry of music by Mike Karpowicz (piano) and Virginia Hodgins (flugelhorn) along with musical solos by Joyce Dawson and Leandro Palacios.  The sound turned out rather good — we're improving.

The program is here:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Community Tuesdays

"Continually Learn and Grow Together" is one of the five components of our Congregation's mission.  We're living this mission Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm at the Toronto Centre Place with one of four general activities.

1st Tuesday of each month: Church Lecture Series
We’ll listen to presentations by scholars on topics including Restoration history, theology, philosophy, world religions, history and literary criticism of the Bible, Restoration scripture, history of Christianity, and more.   

2nd Tuesday of each month: Disciple Formation
We’ll explore old and new spiritual and discipleship formation practices, including prayer, hymn singing, meditation upon the word, testimonies, sharing community exercises, and more. 

3rd Tuesday of each month: Church Book Club
As we wait for books, we've been having alternate activities, such as hymn practice.  Beginning soon, we’ll vote on a book to read of interest to the participating members of the club each month, then return the next month to discuss the book. Suggestions for first month: The Journey of a People (Vol. 1) or Who Wrote the Gospels? or Who Wrote the Bible? or David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition.  (First book to be decided in church on 12/27).  Begins Feb. 16, 2016.  

4th Tuesday of each month: Movies that Matter
We’ll watch a movie together that has at its core a philosophical question, an exploration of ethics, or a philosophical, theological, or religious issue. Afterwards, we’ll share our thoughts on the movie, how the issue was handled, and what we think of the issue.

Calendar of Events (Dec.–Jan.) at Centre Place:

• December 1—Tuesday:  CHURCH LECTURE SERIES 7:00 pm, John Hamer on "Church for the Unchurched: The Case for Non-Dogmatic Religion in the 21st Century."

• December 8—Tuesday:  DISCIPLE FORMATION 7:00 pm, "What Is Your Spirituality Type?"

• December 12—Saturday:  CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY DAY 1:00 pm, "Christmas Cookie Decoration and Baking"

• December 15—Tuesday:  DISCIPLE FORMATION 7:00 pm, "Christmas Carol Practice & Sing-along"

• December 22—Tuesday:  MOVIE NIGHT 7:00 pm, "Miracle on 34th Street"

• January 5—Tuesday:  CHURCH LECTURE SERIES 7:00 pm, John Hamer on "What Is Scripture?"