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A Message from Rev. Maya Landell (November 13, 2020)

I Need Your Help. Islington Needs Your Help.

1. As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we are discerning and praying as a congregation Growing Forward. We began our visioning work with a February survey that had 212 responses, but much has changed since March. It is imperative that your voice is heard. Please read the Plan of Action from Credence, below, our partners in leading us through this process. Stay informed about the next phase of our visioning and complete the survey by Monday, November 16. Call your friends, or others in the community you’ve lost touch with and reconnect – ask them to complete the survey and make a difference.

2. Kitchen Campaign. We are so close to the $65,000 goal. It is a bold action to support this ministry for the future. A donation is a perfect way to honour someone you’ve loved who has shown hospitality and cared for others with food for body and soul. Everyone has worked so hard to bring this vision to life and what a better way to say thank you for all this work than to meet the goal in the final week. Check out the whole campaign here.

3. Egg Cartons. The Mabelle Food Program continues to feed this community and they need 60 EGG CARTONS/WEEK. Please start saving yours and, when you have a bundle, drop them off in the box located under the bench at the rear entrance to the church.

4. Reading is getting me through some of the harder days, and I’m so grateful for the time of Bible and Book Study with We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. It has added shape and sustenance to my devotion and preaching preparation time. If you haven’t joined us on the journey, it’s not too late. The book is divide into quarters, so Advent is a time to pick it up and participate with the theme: Seeking Aliveness in the Adventure of Jesus. It is also a perfect Christmas gift for someone in your life you’ve always wanted to speak with about your faith and doubts, but never knew how. The questions at the end of each chapter are so inviting that you can’t help take one step towards each other.

As we’ve seen in the election results these past week, the world needs ways to bridge, to talk to each other and to listen well to the stories that have shaped us. You can get the book at our local bookshop, The Novel Spot: www.novelspot.ca. And if this isn’t the time to join us, check out this amazing list of other uplifting and engaging stories for the giving season, courtesy of the Islington Reads Bookclub.

Fiction

  • Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
  • Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
  • An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor
  • Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons
  • Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees
  • The Company We Keep by Frances Itani
  • Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese

 *And don’t forget The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan  (Toronto author who will be with us virtually for our next Islington Reads Book Club) Tuesday, January 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom

Non-Fiction

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
  • Keep Moving by Maggie Smith
  • Factfulness by Hans Rosling
  • Be Water My Friend by Shannon Lee
  • The New Farm by Brent Preston
  • Superman’s Not Coming by Erin Brockovich
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