We acknowledge that Knox Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral Peoples. Read the full Territorial Acknowledgement.

Worship @ Knox- October 24th @ 10 am

This week we will wonder about seeing things clearly.
The scripture reading for this week is Mark 10:46-52

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Listen on 98.5 CKWR FM radio.
Access the Knox YouTube channel.
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On Sunday, October 31st at 10am we look forward to Anniversary Sunday and celebrating 133 years of witness, worship, and ministry. This is something to celebrate, and you are invited to attend worship in person, through live-stream, listening on radio, or later on YouTube. We welcome the Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee as our guest preacher and she will help kick-off our Futures Initiative as a congregation. As we pray about the future of Knox, let us consider the verse from Isaiah 43: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” The Spirit of God is moving in our midst, stirring up in us a desire to move faithfully and confidently into a new kind of world.
Read the details in this year’s Anniversary Letter.

In-Person Gr. 7-12 Youth Sunday School has begun!

RSVP to Carole each week so we can plan and setup for social distancing. You do not need to book a seat in the sanctuary unless you are attending the Worship service for the entire time. When you arrive, please give your name to the usher and head straight upstairs to the Knox Room where your teacher(s) will be waiting for you!
Pre-school to grade 6 will remain online until further notice.

Monthly Expenses in September exceeded Monthly Income by $14.6K.
Year-to-date donations through Sept are about $57K below expectations
while expenses are running $54K less than budget (due to receiving
$64K of government subsidies which come to an end this month).
Thank you for your generous donations.
Knox is facing almost $90K in capital expenditures in Oct/Nov
due to the planned Emergency Lighting and Backup Power Supply (UPS)
project as well as the recent water damage
due to a malfunction of the boiler. More details next week.
Contributions to help cover these capital expenses are greatly appreciated.

Food For Thought


Food For Thought meets online on Sunday nights at 6:30 pm. If you’re university-age (a student, working, or in-between), join others for study, discussion, and prayer, as we dive into this fall’s theme, Feasting & Faith: A Look at Meals in Scripture. Contact Nancy Matthews for the Zoom link or questions.

The Knox Christmas Chancel Choir Needs You!

We welcome new members until October 21st to join the Christmas Chancel Choir (rehearsals on Zoom). Email MC for all the information you need to get started.

The Knox Praise Band – Looking for Musicians


Are you in Jr high, Sr high, or university? Do you like to make music and have fun together?
Whether you sing, play the guitar, drums, violin, ukulele, piano or any other instrument, we’d love to have you join! The praise band usually meets on Tuesday evenings, but as we remain online for the fall we are able to accommodate all schedules. If you are interested, contact Jotham.

A note from the Presbyterian Church in Canada:

As an expression of gratitude for the vaccines that Canadians will receive in 2021, we are joining Love My Neighbour, a national movement for global vaccine equity inspired by Millennium Kids and Canadian faith communities, to gift forward vaccines to vulnerable populations around the world.To learn more, and make a donation, click here.  (As Hallowe’en draws near, it is appropriate that donations are made through UNICEF.)

“.  .  . I am doing a new thing” Isaiah 43:19

Change! We live in a world defined by change: accelerating technological change, globalization, climate change, growing awareness of systemic inequities, increasing political polarization. Moreover, we are just beginning to emerge from a world-wide pandemic whose repercussions we will be living with for a long time.

This is a time of challenge as well as opportunity. How can we at Knox respond both proactively and creatively to this “new normal” in which we find ourselves? What is the direction in which the Spirit may be calling us?

 
To help answer these questions, the ministers and the session of Knox will be engaging the congregation in a two-stage consultation process. This fall, in a series of Conversation Groups, we will be asking you about your experience and learnings during the pandemic and how this might have shaped your ideas about how to live out our calling as a congregation. Out of these conversations, we hope to identify common themes and directions that will guide Phase Two of the process to occur in the new year.
Each of you has something meaningful to add to this conversation. Check out the time slots below.

You can sign up for the Conversation Group of your choice by following the link provided to the Doodle Polls or if that doesn’t work for you, just email Lawrie Carter with your desired time and he will add your name to the poll.

Zoom Conversation Groups –  https://doodle.com/poll/iaeepmap9vgzf3ts
Monday, November 8 at 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Thursday, November 11 at 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 16 at 1:30 pm-3:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 17 at 8:00 pm-9:30 pm

In-Person Conversation Groups –  https://doodle.com/poll/tn9nyiymz8f5t4a6
Wednesday, November 10 at 2:00 pm-3:30 pm at Knox (with masks and social distancing)
Sunday, November 14 at 1:30 pm-3:00 pm at Knox (with masks and social distancing)

 

Food for the Residents of A Better Tent City

We continue to join other churches in KW to provide food for the 50 residents of A Better Tent City. A Better Tent City is a no-barrier alternative to shelters. Every other week Knox Waterloo will be taking responsibility for providing breakfast for the 50 residents of A Better Tent City. We are so grateful for all those who have offered to help out so far with this ministry! We are asking if you would be willing to sign up to bake two dozen (24) portions of healthy baked goods: muffins, scones or protein bars/balls. We need 3 portions each time. Please click on one of the links below to sign up. If portion 1 is full, please try to click on the links for portion 2 or 3 or try another week. Details are provided at the link. Baked goods need to be dropped off to Femmy Birks on the Thursday or Friday of the week you register for. If you have any questions please contact Femmy.

Portion 1: https://mealtrain.com/nk320o

Portion 2: https://mealtrain.com/4q6w76

Portion 3: https://mealtrain.com/nk3747

Halloween Gathering for Families with Young Children!


October 30th, 10 -11:30 am in the Knox Hall! Email Carole to book your table! Each family will sit at its own table safely distanced from others. Masks and self-screening required. Costumes encouraged!

Young Adult Gathering – First Week of November
We look forward to our second in-person gathering with our new Young Adult Ministry at Knox Waterloo. This is a ministry for young adults ages 18-35 approx. It’s a great way to connect and build community. Click on the link below to complete the doodle poll to tell us which night works better for you:
Mon, Nov 1st at 7:30 pm OR Wed, Nov 3rd at 7 pm.
As part of our November gathering we will engage in conversation about God, using a video resource led by Brian McLaren called “animate faith.” It encourages asking lots of questions about God.  So bring your questions and curiosities!
Email Courtney for info about this ministry.
Youth Raking Fundraiser on November 6th
Donations for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Teams of youth are being assembled to rake your lawn! Please email Carole to indicate your interest. We have a limited number of teams this year so customers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Please indicate the size of your lot and if you will have extra rakes available. If you would like your leaves bagged, you must provide the bags. Together, let’s help address food insecurity in our region!

They’re back – Cookies in a Jar!!


This awesome fundraiser is back for 2021, after getting approval from the Knox Health & Safety Team. The LOGO’s Jr High will be making and selling cookies in a jar at a cost of $10. Donations are also welcome. We are only making oatmeal chocolate chip jars this year with a cap of 150 jars so order soon, so you don’t miss out!
While we hope to be shopping and donating to the Tree of Angels, we have not yet confirmed this due to potential Covid restrictions. Rest assured there are numerous worthy causes we can consider; PWS&D and Ray of Hope are just two of several options.
You can pre-order up to Friday, November 5th by sending an email to Vaughn, the Knox office, or calling (519) 886-4150. Please provide your name and how many jars you would like to order. Jars will be available for pick up at the church starting on Monday, November 29th (watch for further details on this).
Thank you in advance for your support!!
Vaughn, Kathy, Jeff and the LOGO’s Junior High youth!

Knox Music Scholars – Fundraiser
November 13th @ 3 pm


Jazz for Adults is a community music program directed by Knox’s music director, Mary-Catherine Pazzano. Back in-person for the first time since 2019, its amateur singer participants with a fabulous jazz band are back for a fall showcase concert at Knox on Saturday, November 13th at 3 pm. The concert will be live-streamed with an option to attend in-person. The concert will be pay-what-you-like, and proceeds will go towards the Knox Music Scholar Program. More details coming next week!!

This Week @ Knox – Deadline for Announcements
We do our best to ensure that TW@K goes out on Thursday.
If you would like to make an announcement, please send your submissions to Charlene.
Deadline for announcements: Wednesday @ 11:00 am.
We reserve the right to edit!

Knox In-Person Worship


Knox is open for in-person worship! You will need to reserve your seat online  and follow health and safety protocols. Once again, if you have difficulties with the online registration system, give the office a call.

FINAL THOUGHT…

” Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” — Rumi


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