Being Downtown Oct 13 2011

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October 13, 2011 – Joel Windle

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)

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“In him we live and move and have our being.”

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..and then on the sixth try, my laptop actually started. for a long while now, something called an “update” has been needing to happen and i kept saying no. i know a virus when i see one. however by another totally unrelated coincidence, nothing was working this morning. i had it going once in ‘safe mode’ but everything looked huge and rectangled. like my computer had suddenly become a piet mondrian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

google chrome? is that you?

i was considering packing it in and giving myself the day off, but a last-ditch effort of repeatedly mashing the power button and spilling just enough of my morning coffee into the keyboard to wake up the c-drive, i’m back in business. but i need another coffee. i feel shortchanged on my last.

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i sincerely hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable thanksgiving. i know a lot of people traveled and a lot of people hosted. i also know that some didn’t have either option. what i like about this day on the calendar is that we can all participate in it because we all have much to be grateful for. we sometimes have to dig a little deeper to see how blessed we truly are and find all the reasons why God deserves our thanks, but those are the times when days like thanksgiving are the most meaningful.

i also found it curious that i had no idea what the origins of this day were. in fact if you ask anyone, they’ll likely give you a good answer for why americans celebrate columbus day, or why americans celebrate thanksgiving. it turns out canada’s tradition is rooted in homecoming rather than harvest.

so one 16th century day a handsome chap named martin frobisher (we’ll call him frobie) decided to take a stab at finding a northern passage to the pacific. (like you do i guess.) frobie didn’t have the advantages that you and i have, namely looking at a map and saying, “yo frobes, probably not a good plan.” he figured this out the hard way, and completely failed in his attempt. but our frobie had his head on straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

might have had something to do with his cartwheel ruff.

when frobie got home to his frobette and littling froblings, he realized he should be grateful simply for being alive. in 1578 he threw a party in newfoundland to give thanks. i like this, because my understanding of why we celebrated thanksgiving was more about harvest. we give thanks for how much we have but eating a good deal of it all in one go. frobie’s story inspired me to be thankful for the much more important things that i have a tendency to overlook. frobie failed, came home and celebrated. and he was an explorer, this wasn’t just a whimsical camping trip, this was his life. and he came back home unsuccessful. but he came back.

i think God wants to give us his perspective on life. and i think if we can strike out at something, something big, something important, if we can lose something dear to us, if we can fall on hard times and still be thankful enough in the midst of it all to celebrate what we do have, then we can know that God is at work in our heart. and that’s good testimony.

i was going to tell you another story involving the windle household and an obscene amount of potatoes, but i don’t want to give you too much to read. i am, however, finished my mug of jo. so. if you wanted to swap thanksgiving stories or feel like chatting about the meaning  of life and nothing in particular, send me a note and we’ll go for coffee. my treat.

see you sunday.

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Links

Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon
Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.

Announcements

Baptism Group with Ellen meets Sunday @ 12:30.  Ellen:  ekelly@chebucto.ns.ca

Love & Respect Conference: Nov. 18th & 19th (the cost  is 35.00 per person before Nov. 7th)

Photos for the Dec. 2011 Church Directory will be take Oct. 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Missions Night on October 30th @Grosvenor Site

There are Opportunities to Serve @the Downtown Site.  Please see Joel.

Please email Nicole Davey @ nymdavey@hotmail.com to join a Board Games Group

LFTS Oct 13th 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday

October 13th, 2011

By Brent Russett

 

News

Thanksgiving is done. The turkey sandwiches are coming to an end. The fantastic weather is changing. Well, it was good while it lasted.

We changed telephone providers this week. We moved from Bell to Alstream. This move will probably save us about $1000 a year. (And no, for you techies, it is not a Voip phone) The changeover has not been as smooth as one would like. Right now we have 1 phone line and no internet. Let’s here it for smart phones and Wifi hotspots. It is suppose to be fixed tomorrow.

We had our furnaces inspected this year. The Grosvenor House furnace has to be replace. After having three companies bid on it, we are having it replace for about $4300 dollars in the middle of October. (Which I suppose beats the middle of January.)

Matthew and Garianne and kids found a place to rent in the Alta Vista area on Saunderson Drive. They are planning to move up here on the weekend of October 21st – 23rd. Matthew starts as Site Pastor of the downtown church on November 1st. (Just to give you a heads up, we are going to be asking for people to unload their moving truck – we will get back to you with the time and date.)

Sunnyside now has an active page on Facebook. If you go to the page and hit like, you will receive the status updates.https://www.facebook.com/sunnysidewesleyanchurchYou can also follow us on twitter.   @SunnysideWC

 

I am looking for a video camera that the church could use over the next couple of months. If you have one that you could lend us could you please contact me. If you are an aspiring video editor/ producer, and you want to take on some short film projects, again please contact me.

 

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Romans 12:11 says,  “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (NIV) Other translations say “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” (NLT) My question is, what do you do if you don’t feel a spiritual fervour, or if you don’t feel enthusiastic?” I think this is where a lot of us get to. Going to church, serving the Lord, is more akin to grocery shopping, than it is to the third period in a tight hockey game.

 

The first challenge is to accept that a lack of passion is an issue. It is usually a heart issue – although sometimes it can be circumstantial. The second thing is to give your heart again to God, remembering that it is not our job to work up enthusiasm, it is our job to be a channel of for the passions of God’s heart to flow through. But when we see the world as God see it, there will be things that get us excited, and things that grieve our heart, but in any case there will be passion.

 

Looking Forward to Sunday

This Sunday Paul Racine is speaking at the Grosvenor site. He is speaking on Exodus 33:12-23 I will be speaking downtown. I will be speaking on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 It looks like it is going to be a great Sunday.

 

Sundry Information

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:

The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)

The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa  Campus.(Map)   The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services  in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.

We are also located virtually atwww.sunnysidechurch.ca, orsunnysideottawachurch.com or swc.on.ca (we are virtually very present)

 

If you want to be removed from this mailing list e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you know someone who wants to be added to this mailing list have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you want to email me personally write tobrent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.


Being Downtown Oct 6 2011

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October 6th, 2011 – Kirsten Partanen

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)

 

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“In him we live and move and have our being.”

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When Joel asked if I would write the October 6th Being Downtown, I said “Sure!” Then I realized…”Oh, it is the pre-Thanksgiving one, I should probably have deep insights about being thankful, family gatherings, or at least candied yams”. Although there is probably some sort of deep object lesson in the fact that I only recently began to like yams and that I didn’t begin to like them until I had them straight instead of all dressed up in brown sugar and marshmallows, I am not going to go the typical  ode to turkeys and Thanksgiving route. (By the way…I am not sure that there is any deep object lesson to be learned from some of the Jell-o salads which show up on various Thanksgiving tables, they are just weird. And I will leave the debate of whether stuffing should properly contain bacon to Joel ).

However, I suppose that I will be somewhat topical as today’s thoughts are brought about by the changing of the seasons. The  majority of the days this past week have had a distinctly autumnal feel to them. Fall is here (most days). Leaves are turning magnificent colours and falling off of the trees. For some, this brings much excitement, not only through the rejoicing in the beauty of God’s creation, but in anticipation of ski season coming closer.  For others, this brings a sadness as they watch the trees lose their leaves and the days grow darker. Either way, there can be a tendency to want to rush through one season to get to the next. Yet, God has, in his wisdom, appointed the seasons. He has reasons for each of the seasons. He has figured out the timing. We can try to rush things all that we want, but each leaf will fall in God’s time, each new bud in the spring will come when our Heavenly Father knows that the time is right for it to bloom and flourish. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: “He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.. Although the beauty might be more clear to us in the springtimes of our spiritual life, He knows exactly what He is doing, and how the big picture is going to look when he has some of the old things drying up and falling off in the autumn times like leaves from the tree. Whatever season God has you in at the moment, my prayer is that you will remember that there is beauty to be found in each, and that even if you are caught up in the snowflakes falling, or feel like hibernating, your heavenly father who loves you so, so much sees the whole picture, and it is a masterpiece.

A very blessed Thanksgiving to all. This Sunday, Gina Byun, Pastor of Youth at Sunnyside, will be preaching. We look forward to hearing what God has laid on her heart to share with us.

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Links

Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon

Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.

Announcements

 

Please email Nicole Davey @ nymdavey@hotmail.com to join a Board Games Group

 

Please contact Ellen Kelly if are interested in learning about baptism: ekelly@chebucto.ns.ca

 

Love & Respect Conference: Nov. 18th & 19th (the cost  is 35.00 per person before Nov. 7th)

 

Photos for the Dec. 2011 Church Directory will be take Oct. 16th, 23rd, & 30th

 

Board Meeting: October 11th