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December 2012
Vol 5 Issue 4

Practicing Month to Month

Dear friends,


 This coming Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, we will have a 9:15 am St. Laurence service at Christ Church.   Apart from marking the beginning of Advent, Sunday will also be the day we say good-bye to Marilyn Cantlie. Marilyn has been the administrative assistant at St. Laurence for over  22 years. Please join us in wishing her a happy retirement.


As we continue to explore the spiritual practice of Justice and I cannot think of a better thing to write about for the December newsletter than the Advent Conspiracy.


Those of you who were in church on Sunday, November 18 would have seen the video about the Advent Conspiracy that St. Laurence and Christ Church are collaborating on this year (if you missed the video click here ) We are joining a world-wide movement of Christians who 'conspire' to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all this Advent and Christmas Season. 


 At coffee hour on Sundays you will find a display about the Advent Conspiracy. We are hoping that people will consider giving gifts of CAWST water filters (they cost $30 each and there are beautiful little cards you can give to someone to explain you have donated a water filter in their name), Gifts for Mission  www.giftsformission.anglican.ca  or join our microloan team at http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/anna8332 


More information about the Advent Conspiracy is below.  A great way to live the Spiritual Practice of Justice in December.







 Advent Conspiracy


We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment". Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creatively.

It means turning Christmas upside down.

Christmas marks the moment where God's promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise. We put Worship Fully as AC's first tenet because we believe the level of our involvement at Christmas is based entirely on how much we are celebrating Christ's birth. He deserves celebration; one that is creative, loud and directs every heart His way.


Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don't because it wasn't something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending Less isn't a call to stop giving gifts; it's a call to stop spending money on gifts we won't remember in less than a year. Canada spends around $ billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.


We know what you're thinking. "Wait, didn't they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more? What gives?" The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it's all about quality, not quantity.


It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. This is the conspiracy three churches began a few years ago, and has since grown to an international movement where thousands of churches have raised millions of dollars to love others in life-changing ways.


This month at St. Laurence



Sunday, December 2 9:15 am Advent 1 Service at Christ Church
Thursday, December 7 9:30 am Centering Prayer Service with Geri Urch at Lakeview United
Sunday, December 9 combined 10:40 am at Christ Church. Join us at 9:15 am for continental breakfast and at 9:30 for a guest speaker about Family Violence
Sunday, December 16 - 9:15 am service at Christ Church - last service at Christ Church (God willing)
Thursday, December 20
 9:30 am Centering Prayer Service with Geri Urch at Lakeview United 
Saturday, December 22 - 7:30 pm Gala grand re-opening 7:30 pm at St. Laurence
Sunday, December 23 10 am - Lessons and Carols at St. Laurence
Christmas Eve - 5:00 and 8:00 Christmas Eve Services at St. Laurence.


Sunday, December 30 - 10 am Eucharist at. St. Laurence




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