Christmas Services and Events
Our salvation comes from something small, tender, and vulnerable, something hardly noticeable. God, who is the Creator of the Universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness.
-Henri J.M. Nouwen
As we wait to celebrate God coming to us in Christ, we are called to consider what we might do for others in Christ’s name. Special Christmas Offering Envelopes may be left on the offering plate any Sunday in December to support the Community Laundry Co-op, the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Marco Depestre Foundation for Haiti. Extra envelopes may be found in each narthex.
A Christmas Envelope
The Community Laundry Co-op It is clear that clean linen contributes to better personal hygiene and self-esteem. But the impact of the Community Laundry Co-operative is much more important than that. Our programmes enhance the personal and social development of members and contribute to building a strong community. The Laundry Coop responds uniquely to a concrete need of disadvantaged people while helping with social integration.
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is a place of belonging and a caring community for Ottawa’s Aboriginal population, designed around the Aboriginal belief that the mind, body, emotions and spirit must all be cared for.
Each year, Wabano provides over 40 different programs, services and and cultural events. Services include: Primary care clinic with a new dental clinic, Seniors circles, Cultural programming (visiting elders, community kitchens, culture night), Mental health programs, Fitness programs, Homeless outreach, After school programs for kids. See the website www.wabano.com and watch for Wabano events that you too can attend.
The Marco Depestre Foundation (Haiti) Funds received will be directed into the Humanitarian Aid fund. On the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and having recently provided dry goods and aquatabs to The Maro Verger community, we need to consider how to extend help in repair/rebuilding some of the homes in providing seedlings, goats. The priorities would be determined by the community with guidance from the Foundation in Haiti.
Other opportunities to share
On Sunday December 18th, St. Andreans place new children’s books wrapped in white paper into baskets for a community school. This year, we will support the library at Queen Mary Public School. The book Wish-List is available here, or in Grant Hall.
Advent Mitten Tree in Aid of The Mission and Bruce House
This is a chance to give to the homeless of The Mission and those suffering from HIV and AIDS through the Bruce House. We are collecting knitted toques, scarves, mitts and gloves, as well as toiletry items (small soaps, tooth paste, tooth brushes, small shampoo, wash cloths, small towels). Last year we collected some of the smaller mitts, scarves and toques for Queen Mary School and we will do the same this year.
Fair Trade Table: A Great Gift Idea!
Stop by after services to peruse great stocking stuffers that will support small growers in the developing world, Christian olive producers in Palestine, and our own Refugee Family Project at St. Andrew’s.
The Pause Table at Carleton University
St. Andrew’s, in collaboration with Carleton Memorial United Church, is scheduled to host a Pause Table day on Friday, December 16. On previous days, we have served over 1,000 students! Details regarding our needs can be found on the poster in Grant Hall and more information is in the weekly bulletins.