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UPDATE ON CHARTING OUR FUTURE WITH CHRIST

In this phase of Charting Our Future With Christ about 80 people in four sessions discussed the images of church that they found attractive and inspiring. They went on to identify values they felt should be at the heart of CCDP in the future. In this summary we will capture some of the main themes that emerged from these discussions, first looking at the images of 'a church at its best.'

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A very strong theme from the discussions was tradition, by which people meant 2000 years of history, continuity and excellence, a sense of classic faith. Tradition produces endurance and embodies the strength that comes from the presence of many generations and combining the old and the new. It has the simple solidity of an old table or a well-worn path.

Yet, a contrasting theme came up in conversation almost as much as tradition, and this was an exciting journey to a new horizon. People spoke of risk, exploration, development and change, of being open to new ideas and possibilities, of curiosity and a desire to learn - relevant, on the move, anything but stale. A church at its best should have an element of nonconformity and even wildness. 'Hope' was mentioned frequently. The same well-worn path that is an image of tradition ends at an open gate, leading to an unknown but hopeful future.

How do we manage this tension between tradition and journey, between, for example, people imbued with Anglicanism and those exploring faith for the first time? We find this tension reflected in many contrasting images of a church at its best.

On the one hand the church should be a family providing a sense of home and continuity across the generations. It should be a place of comfort and security where people feel settled. However, it should also be a warm, welcoming, inviting, inclusive and hospitable community, which presumably means that the church is not just for those who have been here a long time. Inclusiveness or similar words occur more frequently than any other.


ADULT EDUCATION

We will soon be studying the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. The Boston Globe describes the book this way; "Through eye opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering produced by medicine's neglect of the wishes people might have beyond mere survival. To find out what those wishes are, we need to ask. We haven't been asking, but we can learn.

In preparation for this study, Cathy would like to establish a group of parishioners to attend the Medical Assistance in Dying workshop hosted by the Toronto Diocese. This event is Saturday February 9, 9:00-12:00. Please speak to Cathy or send her an email adultministries@christchurchdeerpark.org if you are interested.

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CHURCH ON TAP
Friday, January 25 / 7:00 pm

"Church on Tap" is an informal celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a pub which serves cold beer. Our next Church on Tap will take place on Friday, January 25th, 7:00 pm in the Arthur Smith Room. Please bring a friend!

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JAZZ VESPERS
Sunday, January 27 / 4:30 pm

Jazz Vespers is an informal service featuring local, live jazz. Join us January 27, at 4:30 pm, for a Tribute to J.J. Johnson.

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INTERNATIONAL POTLUCK
Sunday, February 3 / after the 10 am service

Let us celebrate the new year with Food, Friends and Fellowship. Bring a dish that represents your country of origin. Every member of the congregation is invited. Contact Anne Larkin or Maxine Henry.

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CAN YOU HELP WITH COFFEE HOUR?

CCDP needs your help to step up and host Coffee Hour following the 10:00am service. The sign-up sheet is posted outside of the kitchen. It's a one hour commitment and also a great way to meet fellow parishioners. Should you have any questions, please email Debbie Wilkinson at ccdpcoffee@gmail.com.


ATTENTION SPIRITUS CONTRIBUTORS

The copy deadline for the next (Lent) issue is Thursday, February 7, 2019. All submissions are welcome and may be sent directly to the editor, Genevieve Chornenki, gac@chornenki.com.


CHURCHES-ON-THE-HILL FOOD BANK

The JANUARY Food of the Month donation is HOT CEREAL. We are also currently in need of plastic or reusable shopping bags for our clients. Visit us at our website info@cothfoodbank.ca for more information or to donate. On behalf of the clients, volunteers at the COTH Foodbank, thank you for your support.

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WARM WINTER COATS NEEDED

Warm winter coats, especially large and extra large are needed for the Saturday morning community breakfast. Please leave them in the rummage box labelled "Community Breakfast". For any questions please call Anne Larkin at 647-298-4993.


 

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