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

Anniversary Sunday – 133 Years!
October 31st @ 10 am

We are pleased to welcome as our guest speaker this year the Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee, Executive Director of Camp Kintail and formerly the minister of Monkton-Cranbrook pastoral charge. Theresa’s sermon is entitled “Not far from the kin-dom of God.”

Anniversary Sunday this year kicks off a Knox visioning process, led by the Futures Steering Team. This team has been working with Session to develop a three-year strategic plan to help Knox prepare for a new future. As part of this plan, the team will be inviting the congregation to be part of a series of on-line and in-person gatherings during the month of November. These consultations will be a way to involve the whole congregation as we discern together the right directions for our future.

The scripture readings for this week are:
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Psalm 146
Mark 12:28-34

Download this week’s bulletin.
Livestream the service.
Listen on 98.5 CKWR FM radio.
Access the Knox YouTube channel.
Make a Gift to Knox

Sunday, Oct 31st, Anniversary Sunday! We are 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.

This year we ask that you choose one of the following ways to show your generosity and appreciation: you may drop a gift off at the church, call the office with a credit-card number, or send an e-transfer to knox@knoxwaterloo.ca. Please ensure that you designate your gift to Anniversary Sunday. While all gifts are greatly appreciated, many people choose to give a gift of $1 or $10 for each year of our church’s history, which is now 133 years.
Read the details in this year’s Anniversary Letter.
“.  .  . 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 7:30 pm-9:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 17 at 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
n-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)
 

Third Quarter Financial Snapshot


presented by Dave Dougall, Knox Treasurer (Quarterly Contribution Statement Updates)

Young Adult Gathering – Wednesday, Nov 3rd at 7 pm

We look forward to our second in-person gathering with our new Young Adult Ministry at Knox Waterloo on Wednesday, Nov 3rd at 7 pm. 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 register by Tuesday, Nov 2nd so that we can set up the space safely for distancing.  All participants must be masked.
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 and invite a friend!
Email courtney@knoxwaterloo.ca for info about this ministry.
Food for Thought
Food For Thought meets online Sunday at 6:30 pm. If you’re university-age (a student, working, or in-between), join others for study, discussion, and prayer. This fall’s theme, Feasting & Faith: A Look at Meals in Scripture. Contact Nancy Matthews for the Zoom link or questions.
The Knox Praise Band – Looking for Musicians
Are you between the ages of 12-25? 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.
They’re back – Cookies in a Jar!!
DEADLINE to pre-order up to Friday, November 5th!
Send an email to Vaughn, the Knox office, or call (519) 886-4150. 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!

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!

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 jazz vocalists along with a fabulous jazz band will dazzle you with a fall showcase concert at Knox on Saturday, November 13th at 3 pm. The concert will be live-streamed or you can attend in-person by reserving your seat online. The concert will be pay-what-you-like, and proceeds will go towards the Knox Music Scholar Program.
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.)

Knox Refugee Sponsorship Good News
The Global Partners Committee is pleased to announce some good news regarding the Knox partnership with our caretaker Mulugeta Beraki in co-sponsoring his brother-in-law Debesay Kahase who is now a UNHCR refugee in Uganda having fled the brutal Eritrean dictatorship. The pandemic halted sponsorship activity in 2020, however this year we were able to work with the PWS&D refugee office and at the end of September we received word from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that our application has been approved. It will now go to the visa office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where it will await further processing. Unfortunately, because of the backlog of applications, Debesay will not likely get his interview and clearance to come to Canada until late in 2023. Once he is here, we can then apply to have his wife and three children come from Eritrea to join him. Fortunately we have their documentation in hand and this should be accomplished relatively quickly. We currently have $13,700 in our refugee fund and are looking to have $25,000 available by the time Debesay arrives.
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…
” I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” — Mother Theresa