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St. David’s United

Wel­come! Christ­mas is com­ing! Are you ready? This Sun­day dur­ing the 10:30 a.m. ser­vice, the wor­ship theme, “Christ­mas Sto­ries,” will fo­cus on the Peace of Christ­mas, some­thing not com­monly ex­pe­ri­enced in the malls at this time of year when shop­ping to be ready for Christ­mas. A brief con­gre­ga­tional meet­ing fol­lows wor­ship to ap­prove the 2019 bud­get. Thanks to every­one who brought an abun­dance of un­wrapped gifts last Sun­day in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Shar­ing’s The Christ­mas Place tak­ing place this week. The Spirit of Christ­mas con­tin­ues! Help dec­o­rate with Christ­mas tree in the Friend­ship room with mit­tens, gloves, hats and scarves. These items will be do­nated to the Ing­amo Homes com­mu­nity closer to Christ­mas. Thank you. A re­minder that the UCW Gen­eral Christ­mas So­cial takes place this Tues­day at 1:30 p.m. All ladies wel­come. See you there! St. David’s, where all are wel­come all the time. Wel­come!

Holy Trin­ity Catholic

Holy Trin­ity Parish is lo­cated at 1420 Devon­shire Ave. in Wood­stock. Please join us at Holy Trin­ity. Mass times are: Satur­day at 5 p.m. and Sun­day at

8:30 a.m. and noon. Tues­day is at 7 p.m. and Wed­nes­day through Fri­day at 9:30 a.m. We con­tinue to pre­pare our hearts for the birth of Je­sus at Christ­mas as we light our sec­ond can­dle on our Ad­vent wreath to re­mind us of the four weeks in Ad­vent. This sec­ond flames joins the first flame, re­mind­ing us that Je­sus is the light of the world! Wish­ing you a fruit­ful sea­son. Holy Trin­ity’s 27th an­nual Christ­mas Pageant is Fri­day, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Life Cen­tre. All are wel­come! Come on out and share the true mean­ing of Christ­mas. Please share the true mean­ing of Christ­mas where our chil­dren shine like the stars of Beth­le­hem. So­cial fol­low­ing with Christ­mas karaoke sing along Please feel free to bring in a favourite dessert to share!

Church of the Epiphany

Wel­come to the Church of the Epiphany this Sun­day as we start the Ad­vent sea­son with the light­ing of the sec­ond can­dle in our Ad­vent wreath. Wed­nes­day com­mu­nion ser­vice is 10 a.m. in the chapel Food for Thought this week is Ritz crack­ers or Wheat Thins. Next Week, whole wheat or multi-grain crack­ers. “The recita­tion of the great O An­tiphons are among Chris­tian­ity’s most trea­sured Ad­vent tra­di­tions. Join us in the chapel for the next few Mon­day af­ter­noons at 2 p.m., as we con­sider their func­tion and place in our Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions as well as the an­cient wis­dom they have to of­fer. Need a stock­ing stuffer? The 2019 church cal­en­dars are now avail­able at cof­fee hour or at the church of­fice. Cost is $5 each. Fri­day, Dec. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Messy Church. Theme: The Jour­ney to the Manger. All fam­i­lies are in­vited. Fri­day, Dec. 21, at noon: Fresh Be­gin­nings group meet in the lounge. Les­sons and carol ser­vice is Sun­day, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Christ­mas Eve. ser­vices: 7 p.m. Christ­mas fam­ily com­mu­nion at 10 p.m. Car­ols and 10:30 p.m. eucharist.

Bethany Lutheran Church

Please come join us for ser­vice this sec­ond Sun­day of Ad­vent, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. Wor­ship will in­clude holy com­mu­nion. It will be held in the Fel­low­ship Hall this Sun­day. Sun­day church school be­gins at 10 a.m. They will be prac­tis­ing for the “12 Sym­bols of Christ­mas” that they will present next Sun­day, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. Every­one is wel­come! If you would like to rent a room in our build­ing for your event, please con­tact the of­fice at 519-539-2451, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion about our con­gre­ga­tion, visit our web­site at www. bethany­wood­, or be­come a friend of Bethany-Lutheran-Church on Face­book.

First Bap­tist Church

We in­vite you to join us this Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. for our wor­ship ser­vice with tran­si­tional pas­tors Rev. Bud Hooper and Mr. Phil Fraser. On this sec­ond Sun­day of Ad­vent, Pas­tor Bud with be speak­ing on the ser­mon en­ti­tled “Knock, Knock: Who’s There?,” with the scrip­tures be­ing taken from Luke 2:1-7. Dur­ing the ser­vice, in-pew ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able for chil­dren ages 4-12 and nurs­ery care is pro­vided for ba­bies and tod­dlers. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing wor­ship, our Church Fam­ily Christ­mas Potluck Lunch will be held. If you would like to join us and need a ride, please call John Hinch­cliffe at 519-537-9677.

Col­lege Av­enue Church

Sun­day, Dec. 9: Sun­day we cel­e­brate the sec­ond of the can­dles of Ad­vent … the Can­dle of Peace. The an­gels spoke of peace and in my day, the hip­pies gave every­one the two-fin­gered wel­come of peace and yet we still won­der where the peace is hid­ing. I guess it’s more an in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, re­al­ized through our re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus. That’s what we’ll con­sider this week. Please join us as Pas­tor Lloyd leads our Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tion Ser­vice at 10:30 a.m. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by our very own Col­lege Ave. choir and men’s cho­ral group. Nurs­ery and Sun­day school will re­sume next week. Our Con­gre­ga­tional Christ­mas Potluck Lunch will fol­low in Me­mo­rial Hall … a favourite for every­one. All are in­vited to join us! Wed­nes­day, Dec. 12: Bible study con­cludes this week at 2 p.m. in the church par­lour. All are wel­come to join us as we dis­cuss and study God’s Word. Also, be sure to watch for no­tice of Bible study resuming in the New Year. Thurs­day, Dec. 13: The Sr. Men’s Fel­low­ship meets at 1 p.m. in Me­mo­rial Hall for cards and fel­low­ship. Choir prac­tice is at 6:30 p.m. in the sanc­tu­ary.

Ox­ford Cen­tre/Cur­ries United Churches

On Sun­day, Dec. 9, the ser­vice of wor­ship and Sun­day school be­gin at 9:30 a.m. at Cur­ries and at Ox­ford Cen­tre at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m., the “Blue Ser­vice” is at Cur­ries. It is an ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice of wor­ship to in­clude Ox­ford Cen­tre United Church and all the East Ox­ford Angli­can churches with Rev. Grady and

Rev. Perry. For may dif­fer­ent rea­sons in our lives, Ad­vent and Christ­mas can feel dif­fi­cult, rather than joy­ful. If this is your ex­pe­ri­ence, know that you are not alone. Please join us for a sim­ple ser­vice of wor­ship as we hon­our the hard times and em­brace God’s hope in this sea­son of wait­ing for Christ’s birth.

Christ Church Angli­can Ox­ford Cen­tre

Join us for our parish ser­vice this week at Christ Church. The les­sons and car­ols ser­vice be­gins at 10 a.m. There are very few tick­ets left for our con­cert to­mor­row at 1:30 p.m. Please call 519-485-4461 if you are in­ter­ested. There are no ticket sales at the door - ad­vance only. The Ladies Aid Christ­mas Potluck is on Wed­nes­day, be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m., at the Keep­ing Room. Please con­tact Karen or Marg is you are able to at­tend. Wrin­kled with bur­dens?

Come to Je­sus for a faith lift.

Maranatha Chris­tian Re­formed Church

Please join us this Sun­day, Dec. 9, for our 10 a.m. ser­vice to be led by Pas­tor Daryl Mei­jer. There is nurs­ery for the lit­tle ones and Sun­day school for chil­dren ages three to Grade 6. We are lo­cated at 735 Fron­tenac Cres., Wood­stock. If you are not able to at­tend, but would like to stream our ser­vices you can go to our web­site: www.maranathacr­c­wood­ and click the link “Livestream” on the left side. For more in­for­ma­tion please call the church at 519-539-5301.

Dun­das Street United

Please join us for wor­ship this Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. We will be mov­ing into the sec­ond Sun­day of our Ad­vent sea­son, the Sun­day we call Peace. Ah yes, in the midst of our busy, hol­i­day – filled with prepa­ra­tions in­clud­ing shop­ping, cook­ing, bak­ing, and en­ter­tain­ing, is there ac­tu­ally space for peace? Ab­so­lutely! Come and ex­pe­ri­ence a sense of peace that takes us beyond “hav­ing a much­needed rest” to a feel­ing of whole­ness and re­newal. We are all seek­ing peace in some shape or form – whether it is peace within our bod­ies or minds, peace in our fam­i­lies, at work, or in our world. As we gather to wor­ship, we will take time to feel the peace and won­der of the Christ child, this One who was and is, a gift from God for each one of us. Come and feel the peace of Christ fill you, sur­round you and re­new you! It is also Wel­com­ing Sun­day and so we will be cel­e­brat­ing the sacra­ment of holy bap­tism with a lit­tle one, as well as wel­com­ing a new mem­ber into our com­mu­nity of faith. We will be spend­ing time with Mary and that busy an­gel called Gabriel, as to­gether we cre­ate space for the Christ child and cel­e­brate that “noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble with God!” Please join us! We have an awe­some Sun­day school for kids and youth, as well as a su­per­vised, car­ing nurs­ery. This Sun­day is Food Shar­ing Sun­day, so please bring your gifts of food and house­hold items to help those who are strug­gling to fed their fam­i­lies or them­selves. Tonight (Fri­day, Dec. 7) is Fan­tas­tic Fri­day from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is “Paint Night” and so, after an in­ter­ac­tive story, we will be ex­plor­ing our artis­tic tal­ents as we cre­ate our own Christ­mas story. All are wel­come. Please don’t worry about “artis­tic tal­ents” – this is an evening of fun for every­one and every­one.

Em­manuel Re­formed

We warmly in­vite you to wor­ship with us this Sun­day, Dec. 9, start­ing at 10:20 a.m. with pas­tor Pete Bur­rill bring­ing the mes­sage. Peace. It’s what we all want at the end of a chaotic day. Just to sit back, en­joy the si­lence and try to find some bal­ance once again. The prob­lem? This peace is com­pletely ex­ter­nal and de­pen­dant on ex­ter­nal cir­cum­stances. How can we be at peace when there is chaos around us? How can I have the kind of peace de­scribed in the Bible? The peace that goes beyond un­der­stand­ing. Ad­vent is a sea­son of “ex­pec­tant wait­ing.” We know that some­thing is com­ing, some­one has come and is com­ing again, but there are things to “do” while we ex­pec­tantly wait. As we pre­pare for Christ, one thing we do is re­fo­cus on the peace He brings. See you Sun­day! Join us for a time of cof­fee and fel­low­ship fol­low­ing the ser­vice. Nurs­ery is avail­able for ba­bies, tod­dlers, and two-year-olds. All chil­dren ages three through Grade 4 are wel­come to join us for Sun­day school dur­ing the ser­vice.

Check out our new Face­book page, www.face­­manuel­re­formed­church/, for events com­ing up. For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing our ser­vice or the pro­grams we of­fer, please con­tact the church of­fice at 519-5376422 or visit our web­site www.em­manuel­re­formed­

Knox Pres­by­te­rian Church

An in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to those of you from Wood­stock and area to join us for the 50th an­nual Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Carol Con­cert that hap­pens this Sun­day, Dec. 9, here at Knox. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; con­cert be­gins at 7:30 p.m. The guest or­gan­ist will be An­gus Sin­clair, fea­tur­ing lo­cal per­form­ers and a mass com­mu­nity church choir. Free-will of­fer­ing for Op­er­a­tion Shar­ing. The Ad­vent Bible study con­tin­ues Wed­nes­day at 1:30 p.m. Knox KAOS Christ­mas Potluck is Satur­day,

Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Our Christ­mas Eve com­mu­nion ser­vice is at 7:30 p.m. on Mon­day, Dec. 24. Knox is a mem­ber of the Pres­by­te­rian Church in Canada. Our min­is­ter is Rev. Mark McLennan. For more in­for­ma­tion about Knox or any of our pro­grams, check us out at www.knox­wood­

Christ Church, Hunt­ing­ford

Please feel very wel­come to join us this Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. at our beau­ti­ful church on High­way 59.

Fr. Chris Travers will cel­e­brate holy com­mu­nion. We in­vite every­one who at­tends to re­ceive this sacra­ment. This Sun­day is the sec­ond Sun­day of the Christ­mas sea­son of Ad­vent. A sym­bol of Ad­vent is the Ad­vent wreath. This week, the sec­ond can­dle on the wreath will be lit. Our mu­sic min­istry will be led by John Car­ley. Thank you, John! Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, we in­vite every­one to stay for cof­fee, cook­ies and con­ver­sa­tion. White Gift Sun­day will be Dec. 16. Toys are be­ing col­lected un­til then for the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas out­reach. Gifts are needed for in­fants to teens. We hope to match or ex­ceed last years out­stand­ing col­lec­tion. Gifts will be wrapped at the Sal­va­tion Army. Next Sun­day, Rt. Rev. Linda Ni­cholls, bishop of the Huron Dio­cese, will join us for our morn­ing ser­vice at

10:30 a.m. and join us for a potluck lunch as well. The bishop’s visit is al­ways a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, so please at­tend as you are able. Christ Church is well over 150 years old and has been lov­ingly pre­served. We are fully ac­ces­si­ble with an el­e­va­tor to all three lev­els. Our of­fice is in the Church of the Epiphany build­ing in Wood­stock at the cor­ner of Dun­das and Welling­ton. Angli­can Church cal­en­dars are now avail­able from Donna Wil­son for $5. Of­fer­ing en­velopes for 2019 are on the shelves near the en­trance door.

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