Weekly E-mail – Nov. 8

By SMRUC_admin
November 9, 2015

Greetings in the Names of the Risen One,
“Make yourselves at home in my love… I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.” –Words of Jesus in John 15
Every year, as Remembrance Day approaches, this passage comes to my mind. War, and the consequences of war, are always hard to look at.
Tree of Life will study Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 where Joshua invites us to remember that through our ancestors, heroes God helped us to live in freedom today in this land and country. We live in freedom of speech, freedom to vote, study, work, travel, pray as we choose: These are the freedoms we enjoy in Canada.
Journey Worship continues its explorations of Joy. This Sunday. with the help of healing stories in John chapter 5&9 and story and conversation with Kai Schettler, we reflect on what it means to seize opportunities of grace in difficult contexts.
This week Young People’s Worship at St. Mary’s Road United Church has Nursery, Tots, Elementary Kids, Jr. Cafe, and Sr. Youth Group. We’re encouraging children in our young people’s worship to bring a non-perishable food item as their “offering.” Food items will be donated to SMRUC’s emergency food box.
Worship starts at 10:15 and all are welcome! Or come a bit earlier for Fair Trade Coffee.
We look forward to seeing you!

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Béke, Peace,
Alice & Philip

REMINDERS:
The 2015 Global Justice Film Festival, featuring films from the Travelling World Community Film Festival, kicks off TONIGHT, November 6th with The True Cost at the Bandwidth Theatre / Ellice Cafe & Theatre. The remainder of the festival will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the University of Winnipeg. http://globaljusticefilmfestival.ca/
Join, or donate to, the SMRUC Movember Team! http://moteam.co/smruc
Raising awareness and funds for “Connecting clinicians and researchers from around the world to accelerate health outcomes for men living with prostate and testicular cancer.”
The West Broadway Community Ministry Christmas Team is hoping SMRUC would be able to collect mitts and hats this year. Last year we included scarves in that, but we are pretty well set for scarves. This year we are hoping that SMRUC could supply us with 60 pairs of unisex mitts and 20 to 25 men’s hats (clotheslines will be up in both sanctuaries).