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Special Christmas Services

In addition to our regular Sunday services at 10:30 am, which will continue throughout this season (we still celebrate Jesus' resurrection each and every Sunday!), we have a couple of extra Christmas services which you are welcome to come to:

Tuesday, December 24th, 6:30pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Join with us as we welcome the coming of Christ, who is our light in the darkness. We'll be hearing scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, singing advent hymns and carols, and lighting candles together as we praise Emmanuel, God-with-us!

Wednesday, December 25th, 10:30am: Traditional Christmas Day Service
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! All are welcome as we join together in praise of God in this Christmas Day service.

Wednesday, December 25th, 12:30pm: Christmas Day Potluck Lunch
All who do not have a family gathering to go to are warmly invited to join the family of God as we eat a Christmas Day lunch together, featuring Pastor Lydia's famous tourtiere (a traditional French-Canadian meat pie)...as well as a vegetarian alternative. Feel free to bring bread, salad, or desserts to complement the meal, but don't worry if you haven't got anything to bring -- your presence among us is a gift in itself!

Sermons!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our audio technician Randy Loewen and our associate pastor Greg Thiessen, we continue to keep our Sermons up to date. You can scroll back through our fall series on Revelations, or refresh yourself on Greg's excellent First Advent sermon on 'waiting well'. Just click on the sermons tab up top!

United in Worship

Join us this Sunday for our First Advent joint service with First United Spanish Mennonite Church -- our brothers and sisters from Guatemala, Columbia, Bolivia, Chile and beyond! We will be beginning the Advent season together through prayers, singing worship songs, hearing scripture in three different languages (German, English, and Spanish), and celebrating communion together. And after the service, we'll be continuing in fellowship downstairs with a fundraising lunch in support of Mennonite Church pastors in Cuba.

Please come join us as worship Jesus together!

Aging, Dementia, and the Church

"Dementia has replaced cancer as the most feared word in our society. If we live to be 85, 50% of us will have it."

This coming Saturday and Sunday, we are pleased to be hosting Ingrid Schultz (chaplain to the Alzheimer's ward at Menno Home in Abbostford, and former pastor here at FUMC) for a series of seminars on Dementia and the church.

Saturday Nov. 16th:
2-3pm: Spiritual Needs of Elders
3:30 pm - 4:30pm: Connect don't Correct: how to communicate with someone with dementia

5-6pm -- a soup-and-bun dinner (by donation)

6-8:30pm: "Away from Her" (film) and discussion

Sunday November 17th:
during the Sunday Service Ingrid will be speaking from Lam. 3:19-27 on
"Exile and Hope: Dementia in the Faith Community"

If you would like to join us for any or all of the Saturday sessions, please RSVP to Grace Epp (604-940-3368, or gepp@dccnet.com)

To Remember is to Work for Peace

It's almost November 11th -- Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day. It was the day when hostilities formally ceased between Germany and the Allies in 1918, marking the end of World War I. It is a day which marks the end of the Great War, which visited so much horror upon Europe.

...and yet, the armistice signed that day (and the later Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in June of 1919) laid the seed-bed for the next Great War -- World War II. The conditions of surrender for Germany were so harsh that they plunged the country into a depression (both economic and societal) that left them, in the 1930's, very willing to follow a charismatic leader who proposed to re-start their economy and reinvigorate their national pride. A leader named Adolf Hitler.

Sometimes, 'peace treaties' only ensure further war in later years. Sometimes, 'the war to end all wars' only creates a new generation of those who solve their problems with guns and tanks. Sometimes, we remember those who were willing to die in a far-off country as heroes without stopping to consider how we might make sure no one else need die in that way again.

We worship a Saviour who said "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." (Mt. 5:43-44). We worship a Saviour who refused -- in spite of the expectations of those all around him -- to lead an armed rebellion, who told his disciples to put up their swords. We worship a Saviour who chose to die rather than to kill, and who calls us to take up our own cross and follow him.

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