As neighbours and friends of the United States, we are affected deeply by yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. Our hearts grieve at the wounds created by violent rhetoric, actions, philosophies and leadership. We pray for our American siblings who are in pain today and join all those committed to rebuilding and working for peace.
This Sunday we hear and reflect on Mark’s version of the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:4-11). Sophie Kim will present Prelude in F Sharp Major, BWV 882 (J.S. Bach), and Mary-Catherine Pazzano will perform Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley).
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FAITHFUL PARENTING in the PANDEMIC
Parenting is hard, especially during a pandemic. Would you appreciate a child-free time to connect with other parents experiencing the same challenges? Would you value receiving faith-at-home resources to learn simple and fun faith rituals at home with your kids? This month, Courtney will begin an online group for parents and guardians of children 12 & under for the purpose of mutual connection and support. The program will consist of a weekly, 4-week session. Please let Courtney know, by clicking this link and completing an online poll, if Sunday nights at 8pm (Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7) OR Thursday nights at 8pm (Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11) would work best for you.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Knox’s university-age group (students, working or in-between) resumes online this Sunday, January 10th, at 6:30PM. This term’s theme is Who is God? A speaker each week will speak about this question and share part of their faith story. This week the group will welcome the Rev. Courtney Crawford. Newcomers always welcome! Contact Nancy Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details, including the Zoom link.
From Deb Schlichter, Clerk of Session
Session has had a few changes with the resignation of two long time members late last year: Ken Vander Vleuten and Ian McLean. We thank them both for their significant contributions to Session and Knox! Elder elections are scheduled for later in 2021 so we will be able to fill these vacancies through this process.
Join Your Story is Our Story, a virtual night of connection on Monday, January 18, 7:30 to 9:00PM. This gathering will continue with a focus on resilience, and will include stories from participants who are “learning to pivot.” Liz Fryer will walk the group through a journaling activity. Please join in! Contact Kathy Sauve for Zoom info: Kathy.email@example.com
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Isaac Asimov
“For Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” – Ephesians 2:14
Rev. Hugh Donnelly
Lead Minister at Knox Waterloo