14 Nov Newsletter Update
The Building Task Force is delighted to report that we received the green light for our program proposal that was submitted this fall to both our Divisional and Territorial Headquarters for a more permanent facility that would bring together the church assembly space and office space under “The Willows Family Life Centre”. So the search is on for appropriate lease space that fits our needs for the size and budget that we used in our proposal! We ask that you continue to cover the process in prayer!
Jr. Youth Art Attack this Friday night Nov. 22nd at the Ministry House 6:30-8:30pm. The Teen Class is on Sunday morning for Sr. Youth on the trending topic of anxiety.
Women’s Ministry Christmas Card & Tag Making Workshop – Sat. Nov. 23rd 6:30pm-9pm with Colleen Smee at The Honeybee Centre Beestro. $15 Joanne West. Christmas Tea at Cariboo Hill Temple Sat. Nov. 30th 1:30pm tickets are now available $10, please contact Renee asap.
This Sunday Pastor Dave will be bringing an important message on the value of confession and the experience of restorative forgiveness. Renee will be attending a silent women’s retreat this weekend at the Mark Centre in Abbotsford.
“Rockin Royal Christmas” Performance is Dec. 15th 10am. Invite friends and family now! We’ll have some sweet treats afterwards! We’re aiming for speaking parts to be memorized by the end of November. Rehearsal on the 25th will be at the Ministry House rather than the school. Here’s the best link to help your kids practice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OfCTPv_iSU
As this holiday season approaches, you are invited to a special holiday Blue Christmas service for those experiencing a difficult loss, transition, or life change. Friday November 29th, 6-7pm at Brookswood Baptist Church with refreshments to follow. The church cares about you and invites you to a special time of music and lighting of candles. It is a community wide event – reserve tickets for free at the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-christmas-tickets-80165686727
Come on Ring those Bells! http://gatewayofhope.ca/christmas-kettle-campaign/
NEW this YEAR: The Salvation Army EDS stationed at the Gateway of Hope will be participating in the Cloverdale Parade Sunday December 1st at 5pm. We are looking for 20 volunteers to help decorate the truck with lights onsite beginning around 3pm and / or 4:30pm to walk alongside during the parade handing out treats (with someone dressed in the Sally Ann costume and perhaps even the Grinch! Any volunteers to play timbrels with me?? Bagged lunch style snack will be provided for volunteers).
Big Community Event: Santa’s Breakfast Dec. 7th tickets are still available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-75977786605 Volunteers needed 6-9pm on Friday Dec. 6th for set up and then Saturday 8-10:30am and 10:30am-1pm to help cook, serve and run the games and activities or take tickets at the door.
BRASS BAND Players – Bring your instrument each Sunday during Advent to join in our traditional prelude of Christmas carols at 9:45am as folks are arriving for church each week! December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. We are also hoping to schedule a Neighbourhood Caroling Event again this year with cookies and hot chocolate!
For the early planners among us, our Willows Christmas Eve service will be 4:30pm – 5:30pm on Dec. 24th. An open invitation family style Christmas meal at the McFadden’s home will be on Christmas Day beginning at 4:30pm as well. Looking forward to the joy and treasure of being together celebrating Jesus!
Pastors Dave and Renee