Information & Upcoming Events
Random thoughts from
Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-hayes.
Christ First Visioning Process
November 3 Visioning Session
We are pleased to announce that, we have arranged to have Victoria Keane join us on a part time basis to work with our children and youth music programme, formerly part of Mark Chown’s responsibilities. Victoria received a degree in Music Education with a minor in Religious Studies from Wilfred Laurier University so is well suited to enriching the lives of our youth.
Some of you heard from Victoria in the Stewardship campaign so you will know that she has grown up in this community of faith and has worked alongside Mark in all of the youth programming. Her enthusiasm and interest in teaching children to expand their music horizons will be welcomed & appreciated. Victoria very much looks forward to introducing more children’s music programs with a greater frequency of events .
We hope you will welcome her at the Advent children's event.
John Nicholson, Chair, Ministry & Personnel Committee
Give the Gift of Warmth
The Mitten Tree
Please help us help others by donating toques, scarves thinsulate mittens and thinsulate gloves, to keep the hands and heads of those in need warm this winter. An alternative to physically putting any of those items on the tree in the Narthex is to use the Mitten tree envelopes in the basket located under the tree to make a cash or cheque donation and then place these in the offering plate on Sunday. Donations will be collected until the December 21st
"Chase the Chill"
Calling all Knitters and Crocheters
Are you interested in participating in a woolly random act of kindness? We need knitted or crocheted scarves to support the Chase the Chill initiative. All those with knitting or crocheting skills are asked to take up their needles and hooks to help build a reserve of scarves. These will be tied out in the community with a tag indicating it is a gift to neighbours for anyone who is in need of warmth to chase the winter cold away. The date for distributing the scarves in our community is the last Wednesday in January (the 29th). We will also eventually be looking for volunteers to help tie the scarves out in our community. There is wool available in the office hallway – please help yourself.
A BIG Thank You!
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, we held our 10th Annual Treats ‘n’ Treasures Christmas Marketplace. The resounding success of this events is due largely to the enthusiastic participation of over 50 volunteers.
The organizing committee consisting of Peggy Forde, Jessie Kennedy, Elisabeth Evans, Janis Cowie, Kay Cranston and Christine Whiting, would like to thank all of you who baked, made jams, knitted, stitched, organized church tables, priced goods, and decorated. Many thanks to those who donated goods for the Gift Basket raffle and to the set up and clean up crews.
A special thanks to Tanya Swinbourne and Brenda Hiddleston for their hard work in the kitchen and café. Thank you to those who served coffee and muffins with a smile, washed dishes, worked the elevator and assisted vendors. And to those of you who came out to shop - a huge thanks!
Although the overall profit from our church tables was lower than previous years, and we had a significant expense in our new lawn signs, the increase in Vendor fees, the Raffle and admission fee helped make up for that, and I am pleased to report that nearly $1,000 from the admission fee will be donated to The Compass! A full report will be forthcoming in the January Happenings.
A final note – if you have a lawn sign, please bring it back as soon as possible! Each of those signs cost about $50 and we would like to reuse them in future years.
BELL CANTO in “United We Ring”
Our Bell Canto Choir was honoured to participate in this event with four other Mississauga/Oakville Hand Bell Choirs on Saturday November 23. A full house audience were most generous in their contributions to local Food Banks. Please enjoy these pictures of the event.
Thank you for your participation in our Toonie Tree drive this year.
After three years, we have been blessed to take in over $10,000 - with this year being our best yet with donations coming in at $4190.65 plus an additional $500 cheque. We are grateful for all donations, small and large - thank you for helping us in our efforts to eliminate global hunger ~ Henry Reinders, Bighead River Foodgrains Project.
Did you know Christ First has an active
Future Planning Group (FPG)?
The Future Planning Group has projects underway
We would like your involvement!
For a listing of projects, contact information, and
how to get involved, please open This Document
Surviving a Homeless Winter
By David Onuoha
At The Compass, we are committed to following The Golden Rule. And as the number of Compass clients who self-identify as homeless grows, we must act to provide help immediately, while also working towards long-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
The number of Compass clients who self-identify as homeless continues to increase, with numbers doubling between 2018 and 2019. In response to the increasing need, the Compass’ Advocacy Team instituted the Winter Survival Program. During winter 2018–2019, the program distributed twenty-six survival kits, provided lots of warm clothes, and initiated an out of the cold overnight program with the help of some of the member churches of the Compass. Together we helped our homeless clients.
As this winter approaches, we look to prioritize the Winter Survival Program once more. With a larger need, this year we are asking for more help from you.
During the summer and fall of 2019 the Advocacy Team initiated the Homes We Need campaign. The advocacy team has facilitated meetings between Compass clients and politicians on several occasions in 2019. The aims of these meetings are to provide a way for Compass clients and public officials to connect and have public officials experience Compass clients' stories firsthand.
David Onuoha is a project manager who volunteers with The Compass Advocacy Committee. For inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28 to December 9
Cognitive Impairment &
Mondays Starting Oct. 28
Wednesdays Starting Oct. 30
Coffee Tea & Conversation returns to Port Credit on Tuesday Oct 29 at 2pm in the Parlour. We hope you will come out for a casual coffee time with friends old and new.
Grief Support Group starting at Maple Grove United Church. Full details here.
Special UCW Advent Service at 7 pm
Sheridan United Church – All Are Welcome.
Tempus Choral Society together with the Choirs of Christ First United, Knox and Clarkson Road Presbyterian Churches present:
GATEWAY TO CHRISTMAS
Readings and Carols of the Season!
Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:00 p.m.
CHRIST FIRST CHURCH 1700 Mazo Cres.
Free will offering in support of The Compass, Mississauga & Food for Life
January 19, 2020
Good Neighbours Annual Lunch & Planning Meeting
Mark you calendars