May you be blessed with new insights into the mystery of Christmas and its meaning for you as we move into 2013
from Sue, Lynda & Linda
For those special people whom you wish to remember with a unique gift, consider choosing something from the Gifts with Vision 2012 – A Giving Catalogue from The United Church of Canada.
This is “an excellent alternative to traditional gift giving. The Christ in Christmas is emphasized when we think of others.”
Gifts range in cost . . . from $10 for a gift of 10 chickens to provide eggs for meals and to sell at the CARAN Centre for orphan girls in Mozambique . . . . to . . . $50 to help subsidize a youth to attend Building Bridges at Fort Qu’Appelle in Saskatchewan where relationships are built between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people . . . to . . . $120 to purchase a bicycle for a pastor in Zambia. There are many other options. Catalogues were distributed with the October issue of The United Church Observer Magazine and to all pastoral charges.
Please ask the person who receives your congregation’s mail for the catalogue and share it with others.
Canadian Church Calendar
This year’s calendar features thoughtful photos of sanctuaries – traditional and modern - expressing the theme “Let us go to the house of the Lord”. Featuring Kingston’s Crossroads United Church for September, each month offers an image of a “liminal place” where people across the United Church of Canada worship and work throughout the year. Full of information of liturgical seasons and colours, significant UCC days, and lectionary dates, this is a must for the church office and choir room. They also make nice gifts. At the price of only $3.25 for 10-99 copies, it can be a great fund raiser when single copies are sold for $5.00 . . . supporting a special project locally while supporting the M & S Fund nationally. Call now to order your copies.
For congregations who send birthday cards to members, sympathy cards to those grieving a loss and who need cards for other occasions, we have a great selection of such . . . with an appropriate scripture in each card. Prices range from a box of 12 cards for $5.00 to 24 cards for $7.50.
Invite Lynda Price, our Resource Centre volunteer, to come to a coffee-time following worship or a congregational event with a selection of books to sell. These resources, of interest to all ages, will stimulate faith journeys and enrich the spiritual life of your people.
When you purchase through the Resource Centre, you pay NO shipping charges And we make a commission. It is good for everyone! AND we have a library from which you may borrow books on all areas of interest!
And Remember -
Bring your group to visit the Resource Centre!
We love to have visitors, individually but also in groups. So come with your friends to explore what we have to offer and enjoy our inviting space – UCW Groups, Sunday School teachers, Youth Leaders, Worship Committees, Faith Formation Committees – and others. All are welcome!
Call now to book a time – usually outside our regular business hours so we can give you our complete attention.
Autumn Blessings to All!
Borrowing from the Resource Centre Library:
We have a well stocked Library for your personal or group use with books and videos on a wide range of topics – worship, spirituality, family, children, parenting, Bible and religious study, prayer and personal meditation . . . and many more. Come in and take advantage of this service at no cost to you.
We also encourage congregations to take out a Mini Library Lending Box – a box full of books – to be loaned to members over a period of a couple of months. This way our Library moves out to folks who don’t travel to Kingston frequently.
Purchasing from the Resource Centre:
When purchases are made through the Resource Centre, you pay no shipping costs and the Resource Centre receives a commission on the sale - we all benefit. We can provide you with a variety of resources, published by different publishers, which we purchase through the United Church Resource Distribution (UCRD). You may make your choices from -
2. Resources from UCRD’s catalogue called “By Popular Demand” – books published by other publishers but kept in stock by UCRD
3. Resources from almost any other publishers which could be ordered in for you.
Book Displays from the Resource Centre for Special Events:
A selection of resources for sale are available for browzing and shopping at most Presbytery Meetings and for other events, such as Congregational Coffee Times, workshops, UCW gatherings, etc. when requested.
Gift Certificates from the Resource Centre, in any amount, are available as thank you’s or gifts for those you want to honour and celebrate.