Heads up for Knox’s Annual General Meeting and international potluck: This year our AGM will take place on Sunday, March 5th, following our single service at 10:30 a.m. Like last year, we are inviting everyone to bring something to share for our potluck lunch. Sign up on the door to the church hall.
Rev. Jacqui opened the church on Monday night to give people place to pray for the lives lost and the people hurt in the shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. On Wednesday night, we held a special vigil and prayer service. Thank you to everyone who came out to pray and lament together, to remember those whose lives were taken away, and to hold our Muslim brothers and sisters before God in prayer. News of the service was shared widely on social media, and many members of the community, including a representative from the MP’s office, were in attendance.
Thank you so much to all the people who came out to Kerr Street Mission on Monday to help cook, serve dinner, and clean up. With so many helpers the work was easy, and our Moroccan soup was a big hit with the dinner crowd. Several people asked for the recipe! In fact it went so well we’re thinking of doing it more often.
Knox’s Bibles, Books & Bites group is kicking off 2017. Contact Amy MacLachlan if you’re a Knox woman—either young or young-at-heart!—and would like to join us for our weekly meetings of fun and fellowship (and a little book discussion, too!). We’ll be reading the book No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece. Copies are available at Good Books (588 Kerr St.)
Also, we’ll be meeting on a new night! Meetings will be on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. We share hosting and leading duties each week. Come out and be challenged, supported and uplifted!
The Word on Thursday Bible study (a mixed group of 12-14 people) will re-convene Thursday, January 12th in the church parlour at 7:30pm (but we begin to come shortly after 7 because it is good to fellowship first!). We will be continuing our study of Mark’s gospel, starting on Chapter 9. (The study is very loosely based on Timothy Keller’s book Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God.) For more info, call Sue Thacker at 905-842-3872.
The Women and the Word Bible Study (a group of 25-30 welcoming women) will resume Tuesday, January 10th at 10 a.m.. We will be doing three study sessions this winter/spring period, beginning with scriptural studies of lesser-known women of the Bible: Anna, Miriam, the Queen of Sheba, Esther, Abigail, and Dorcas Then, for Lent, we will follow Christ as he journeys toward the cross and resurrection as recorded in selections from Mark’s gospel (Chapters 9-16). Following that, we will be looking at selections of Psalms with worship in mind. All of the studies are meant to be reflective, often challenging, and encouraging, so that we all grow as disciples in Christ. For more info call Sue Thacker 905-842-3872.
Thank you very much to all those who kindly donated to our tree this Advent and Christmas season. Our totals were 92 hats, 55 mittens, 26 scarves, 4 sweaters and 2 pairs of socks. We have donated to several schools and to JaneFinch Reaching Up in Toronto.
If you like to knit, crochet or even just chat, please join the Knox Knitters in the parlour on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
A great big thank you from Ann Millard and Kerr Street Mission’s Christmas Wonders program! Once again Knox’s congregation has been very generous with their donations. We received $9,372.50 from the congregation and the Outreach Cluster matched the entire amount. The total amount that went to KSM was $18,745.00. Thanks for making the holiday season very merry for so many families and seniors this past Christmas!
Nearly 50 women gathered on November 26th for breakfast and to learn, discuss and share ideas around The 12 Keys to an Effective Church. We began by each making a survey of our own Knox experience using a scale from 1-10, and based on 12 indicators such as worship, mission, facility, programming, groupings etc.