News | for the week of November 26

As we’ve done over the past several years, over the Advent season we will be gathering gloves and warm socks for the folks who attend Agape Table. Please consider bringing these along with you to church over the next couple of Sundays. Such small gifts can make a big difference for someone on those cold winter nights.

We’re also encouraging people to consider purchasing grocery store gift cards (any denomination, from Safeway, Superstore, or Sobey’s) to pass along to the people who run The Broadway Neighbourhood Centre. The cards will be used to purchase groceries for a new breakfast program they’re running for kids from the local area. We’re beginning to explore ways to come alongside of the work of the Centre, and to increase our connection to our local neighbourhood. You can drop the cards into one of the offering baskets on that back table.

The readings for Sunday December 2, the first Sunday in Advent, are Isaiah 2:1-5 and Luke 21:25-36.

The Sunday 4pm liturgy – Please note that for our 4pm gathering on December 2nd, we’ll be meeting in the home of Lorne and Sigrid Penner for a house communion and the sharing of some food and drink to mark the beginning of the season of Advent. For more details and the address, simply contact us.

ideaExchange – December 4, 7:30pm – Kurt Armstrong – ”Why Love Will Always Be A Poor Investment.” Kurt is staff member at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, an editor at Geez magazine, and the author of the book, Why Love Will Always Be a Poor Investment. The ideaExchange series takes place at The Folk Exchange, a multi-use performance space located in the Exchange district at 211 Bannatyne Avenue at Albert Street.

Support group for care-givers – Helen and Paul Holbrook are hosting one of our saint ben’s small groups, this one tailored for people who work in the various “helping professions”: social workers, spiritual care providers, people in the health care or youth care worlds, and so forth. They’ve set December 14 at 7:30pm as their next date, so if this interests you please contact us.

And while is seems still a ways off, several people have asked about the time of our Christmas Eve service. As has been our pattern in past years, we’ll be marking our celebrations of the birth of Christ beginning at 8:00pm on the 24th.