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

SUNDAY WORSHIP AND COMMUNION – 10AM

This Sunday we will participate in a liturgy of remembrance and peace, as well as celebrate Communion as part of the service. As we explore the story of the poor widow, we will wonder about how we might see those who are unknown and unnoticed. 
We welcome the musical leadership of Corey Linforth in worship as Mary-Catherine is on vacation.  We are also grateful for Debra Lacoste’s participation through trumpet in the liturgy of Remembrance and Peace.

The scripture reading for this week is Mark 12:38-44
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Listen on 98.5 CKWR FM radio.
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Hi folks,
Just a reminder to sign up for the Knox Futures Initiative Conversations that will be happening at Knox over the next two weeks (between Nov 8th to Nov 17th)!As we emerge from the pandemic, this is a time of both challenge and opportunity.  How can the Knox community 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?

We believe that each of YOU has something meaningful to add to this conversation that will help shape our future.  

Check out the timeslots 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 or call the church office 519.886.4150 with your desired time and we will add your name to the poll.

Thanks,

Your Session

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

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)

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

Conversation “Comment Board”
In parallel with these congregational conversations, we have also set up a virtual “comment board” where anyone can add a comment. So if you think of something you’d like to add to this discussion, just  to access the Comment Board.  Then press the “+” in the bottom corner to open up a comment box.  Feel free to also just visit the Comment Board to see what others have written.”
Advent: Close to Home, What does home feel like to you?
The season of Advent is just around the corner and we will be starting to explore our Advent theme “Close to Home” on Sunday, November 21st in worship. What is home? Home is where you claim it. It may be a home in relationship. It may be the foundation in life that was built by the family or friends. It may be the structure in which you dwell. It may be within our church and faith community. This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home—wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.
By November 18thCourtney invites you to email a short video, written words, a photo of a drawing, etc., expressing what home feels like to you. We invite people of all ages to participate in this.
COVID Health & Safety Update
The COVID Health & Safety Team in partnership with Session have been working and meeting diligently the last couple weeks to determine a way forward that elevates safety and also considers inclusion. We acknowledge the changes to provincial regulations that began on October 25th. Updated regulations regarding worship attendance and participation in programs within the church are forthcoming. Please be aware that the Region of Waterloo has additional restrictions that are stricter than the provincial requirements which we are required to follow.  We give thanks for your grace, patience and understanding as we together as a faith community seek to make informed and intentional decisions related to our values of safety, inclusion and welcome.

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.

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.

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.

Connecting Together …

meets on November 15th at 7:00 pm. We have a great speaker joining us: Dr Robyne Hanley Dafoe, an award-winning psychology and education instructor specializing in resilience, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness. LEARN MORE!

For the Love of Creation
For the Love of Creation and the United Church of Canada have a virtual joint ecumenical delegation  that is attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26. You can follow the delegation on Facebook and Instagram at #UCCanCOP26 and #FLCCOP26. Updates and stories will be posted as they share their virtual experience of this high-level international gathering. You can also check out the FLC website blog to see who the members of the delegation are and to read their personal reflections.

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…

” Go to the poor there you will find God.” — St. Vincent


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