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

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Theme: Laying the Foundation (Peace)
We explore Paul’s letter of thanksgiving to the church Philippi, and consider the role gratitude plays in building lives of peace. We also look at the story around the birth of John the Baptist and how his father Zechariah sings blessings into John’s being laying a foundation for John’s life. In turn, John will go on to prepare the way for Jesus to guide us all in the way of peace.
We look forward to the participation in worship of our music scholar, Jessy Ernewein.
Our scripture reading this week are:
Download this week’s bulletin.
Livestream the service.
Listen on 98.5 CKWR FM radio.
Access the Knox YouTube channel
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Monthly Expenses in October exceeded Monthly Income, creating a $13.6K shortfall for the month and a $66K total shortfall in 2021 through October. $8,500 was received for Anniversary offering in Oct, with a further $4,600 received so far in November (against our $8,000 budget). Thank you for your generous Anniversary donations!

Year-to-date Donations through October are about $64K below expectations while expenses are running $48K less than budget (due to receiving $66K of government subsidies which finished in October).

Knox typically receives 25% of its annual revenue in November and December, and is expecting to incur significant capital expenditures in November and December. Please consider making an incremental offering this Christmas season as your are able in order to help close the current shortfall.

COVID Health & Safety Update

Effective November 21, 2021, Knox Waterloo is requiring proof of full vaccination for those wishing to attend worship and programs at Knox.
Congregants must be able to provide proof of identification, plus proof of vaccination.
Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a paper copy of a COVID-19 vaccination receipt (final dose), or a QR code on a mobile device.
Individuals who cannot be fully vaccinated or are not able to provide proof of full vaccination may be admitted access to Sunday worship only provided a negative result of an on-site rapid test which will be administered by a volunteer. Tests require 15 minutes to complete.
Other important information:

    • Masks will be required to be worn at all times by congregants.
    • Social distancing in the building will be maintained.
    • Seating reservation procedures will continue.

These measures will permit congregational singing during services.
The Session of Knox Waterloo believes these measures reflect our call to be both a safe and inclusive community.

Advent Conversations through Zoom
2 options weekly throughout Advent (beginning November 30th): Tuesdays at 10:30 am OR Wednesdays at 7:30 pm 

Join us throughout Advent for our conversations using the art and poetry of Sanctified Art paired with the scriptures of each week of the Advent season. Hugh and Courtney will offer an opportunity to engage in study, reflection, and conversation about the weekly themes of Advent. You can join in each week or a week at a time. The accompanying Advent devotional, with the artwork and poetry, will be emailed out next week; contact the office if you need a printed copy. Choose one of the two time options that works best with your availability.
Click HERE to download the daily devotional.
Click HERE to register for the online Advent Conversations.

In-Person Gr. 7-12 Youth Sunday School – December 5th @ 10 am

Come join Brianna to play Advent Bingo and make cards for people who cannot get out during this Christmas season. Don’t forget to RSVP to Carole and come straight up to the Knox Room when you arrive!
Pre-school to grade 6 will remain online until further notice.

Food For Thought – Sunday, December 5th, at 6:30 pm — Final  Gathering of Fall Term!

Everyone university-age (a student, working, or in-between) is very welcome to join others for study, discussion, and prayer, as we look at the Feeding of the 5,000 at our last online session in 2021. Contact Nancy Matthews for the Zoom link or questions.

Sweatshirt Drive

Between now and December 10th, Knox Youth are collecting gently used adult-sized sweatshirts, sweatpants and leggings for oneRoof youth services. They are also collecting chapstick, earbuds and gift cards to grocery stores/Walmart/Giant Tiger and hardware stores. Bring your items to drop off at Knox or email Carole if you need someone to pick up items for you. oneRoof is a youth shelter in downtown Kitchener providing programs and services for youth aged 12-25. Thank you for your support.

Did you place an order for Cookies-in-a-Jar? 

Good news! They are ready for you to pick up at Knox next week! For those of you who forgot to place an order, we have you covered with a few extras still available for sale at $10/jar. Contact  Vaughn, the Knox office, or call (519) 886-4150 to place an order. Vaughn, Kathy, Jeff and the LOGO’s Junior High youth thank you for supporting this initiative!

Advent Gifts

This year we are supporting The Healing of the Seven Generations. To provide financial donations, call 519-570-9118 or send an e-transfer to: donnadubie@healingofthesevengenerations.ca (be sure to specify in your e-transfer that it is a donation). Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at Knox in the Advent Gifts Box until December 19th. Donations accepted are limited to the following:

    • Toiletry products
    • Non-perishable food items
    • Household toiletries and cleaning supplies
    • Personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, shields, sanitizer)
    • Snacks, treats, and small activity packs for kids
    • Sanitary products for menstruation

PCC Advent Book Study

In Advent in 2021, Presbyterians across the country are invited to join a book study on Adam Hamilton’s Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas (2020).
“The doctrine of the Incarnation represents one of the foundational, and some might say scandalous, claims of the Christian faith: namely, that the God who created all that is, who sustains the universe by his power, came to us in Jesus. He did not simply inspire Jesus or speak through Jesus as he might inspire or speak through people today. No, Incarnation claims that God actually became flesh in Jesus.”  -– Adam Hamilton, Incarnation, p. 9.
A copy of this book is in our library. As well, we have a number of Advent books for both children and adults that are available for borrowing anytime. Click here to see a list.

Alternative Gifts

This year, give gifts with meaning. By making a donation in honour of a friend, teacher, or loved one, you can help to make a difference in the world through the PWS&D Gifts of Change catalogue. Giving a gift through these options is a unique way to carry out life-changing programs that are responding to needs both here at home and worlds away. Complete your online donation and fill out the ‘In Tribute’ section and a card will be sent on your behalf.

Gifts of Change

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…

The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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