Dear friends,

There is so much to be thankful for here at St. George’s. Our historic church sits snug under a beautiful new roof. Our new sign lets people know that we are here for them. I have noticed an increase in people new to us asking for pastoral care. There is such a spirit of generosity here at St. George’s. A few weeks ago I put out a call on behalf of a man who had become homeless and needed clothing and food. Your response was overwhelming, and deeply appreciated. Carloads of food have been delivered this fall to our migrant workers and to the food bank. Tents and sleeping bags are being delivered to homeless folk in the GTA. Premie caps and prayer shawls are knitted with love and distributed to people in moments of great need.

Last week, a beautiful Christmas card to our community was installed on the lawn in front of the his- toric church. Bob de Savoye, Nigel Harris and Andy Hermitage did the work of building and installation and we are so grateful. It tells a beautiful story, that Jesus was born into a dark time. His loving, liberating, life-giving way continues to shine bright. In this season of advent we are preparing to celebrate his birth, and to pray that he will be born once more in us.

On the first Sunday in Advent, we are going to go out and bless our Christmas card to the community after the 10 am service. It will be a time to remember that we are called by the child of Bethlehem to be light bearers, to be the ones who proclaim, most particularly in dark times like these: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

How will we do that this year?

In previous years, we have had an advent giving tree to benefit Herizon House, a shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. They have asked us to provide gift cards, to local department stores, local restaurants, grocery stores and business. Think in terms of the places a wom- an who needs to set up a house would want to shop for household needs. We will have a stocking hung by the fire where you can leave cards until December 13th.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yours with love and deep gratitude,

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