This Sunday in worship we conclude our Close to Home journey as we explore the theme of “Chosen Home.” Home is not necessarily a place, but where we find authentic belonging. In this story, we find Jesus pursuing his theological education, his wisdom increasing even as a young man. After the Passover festival, he strays from his birth family to dwell in the Temple, listening to the Rabbis and asking questions. Jesus claims and takes up space, choosing to dwell where God has chosen him to be. Similarly, we all need homes of our choosing — people and places that welcome us just as we are.
As part of worship, we look forward to a tone chimes presentation by the LOGOS Grades 4-6 Group. We are grateful for the leadership that Deb Lacoste provided them in the Fall term.Focus Scriptures: Luke 2:41-52 and Colossians 4:12-17
COVID Health & Safety Update In response to the rising number of cases of COVID 19 and the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the Knox COVID Health & Safety Team has decided that, effective December 26, the Knox community will cease in-person worship. Worship will take place exclusively via live-streaming and radio at 10 am Sunday mornings. Tune in to CKWR-FM 98.5, stream on-line at knoxwaterloo.ca, or enjoy services posted to our knoxwaterloo YouTube channel.
These continue to be challenging days; feelings of frustration and discouragement may be close to the surface. Please remember to pause and remember the gift of Christ. God was born into a suffering world and continues to be born among us as Emmanuel. Hope lives among us still.
Rev. Hugh Donnelly & Rev. Courtney Crawford
On behalf of the Knox COVID Health & Safety Team:
Hugh Donnelly (Chair), Courtney Crawford, Elizabeth Denbeigh, Vaughn Sauve, Ruth Song
Youth (Gr. 7-12) Sunday School – Due to new Covid-19 restrictions at Knox and across the province, there will be NO IN-PERSON SUNDAY SCHOOLuntil further notice. Please join Amy and Brianna online Sunday mornings for fellowship and interesting discussions on Biblical topics. Online Youth Sunday School will be offered every week for the month of January starting this Sunday Jan. 9th, 11:30am-12:00pm.
Preschool-Gr. 6 will continue online on a weekly basis. Preschool-Gr. 2 meets at 9:15am and Gr. 3-6 meet at 11:30am.
Links for these Zoom classes will be provided in weekly Sunday School emails. If you find you are not receiving these and would like to, please email Carole.
Food For Thought Resumes This Week with Books that Shape our Faith!
Join Food for Thought online at 6:30 pm, beginning THIS Sunday evening, Jan. 9th. We’ll gather each week for study, discussion, and prayer, and our theme for winter term is Something to Chew On: Books that Shape our Faith. Each week will feature a different guest who’ll share the books and authors that have impacted their faith and life. Everyone who’s university-age (a student, working, or in-between) is welcome! Contact Nancy Matthews for questions and Zoom link.
Monday, January 17th on zoom.
Theme: “What’s Your Epiphany?”
Kathy Sauve will leading us in “Unpacking our Genius”
Check here for further details!
THANK YOU to all who have contributed financially to the Caring Kitchen ministry! We are pleased to announce that we have received $4,369 in donations for this cause. Fantastic! This will pay for all the food needed to feed those who have no homes and are forced to use St. Andrew’s Emergency Shelter each Sunday night through the winter. Thank you for your compassionate response to this need.
How can you help?
Volunteer to be a part of the Caring Kitchen at Knox by shopping for, preparing, or delivering meals. Email Vaughn if you are interested.
Volunteer to work on-site at St. Andrew’s for the 6-9 AM or 6-9 PM shifts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Available from the Knox Library God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. A beautiful, simple, picture book with a message of empathy, forgiveness and accepting one another, no matter what our differences may be.And two books for adults written by Archbishop Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu:
Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
A Note from Global Partners
There are two upcoming learning opportunities that may be of interest to Knox members:
A book study on Seth Klein’s A Good War. Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, hosted by the Mennonite Central Committee.
A documentary entitled The Story of Plastic followed by a panel discussion about the film, hosted by Nith Valley Eco-Boosters.
For more information on these two events click here.
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!
“True belonging is not something you negotiate externally, it’s what you carry in your heart. It’s finding the sacredness in being a part of something.” — Brené Brown