Looking Forward To Sunday Dec 1 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday

Thursday December 1st, 2011                              By Brent Russett

News

            It has been a few weeks since I wrote LFTS. There were a couple of weeks of craziness, followed by a week of holidays. (At least they were technically holidays – I spent the week catching up on school work) But it is great to get a chance to write LFTS again. I like writing this e-letter, in that it is the kind of things that I would tell you if I bumped into you – but I don’t get a chance to bump into 300 people every week. (And I would be pretty sore if I did)

Some good news and some bad news. There was a huge offering last week. It came in at somewhere north of $12000. The bad news is that are still about $9500 in the red (spent more than we have) year to date. Some people like to give at the end of the year because of the tax advantages. Just a reminder if that is you, your offerings have to be in before December 31st. In years past we have allowed people to give into the new year and count it as December offering. Our auditors were not happy with this practice so we have had to change. January 1st is a Sunday so Christmas day is the last Sunday in December so you may want to plan accordingly.

It is the first day of December. Christmas lights come out. Christmas shopping starts in earnest. But around the Russett household it is celebrated because it close to moustache removal day. My moustache will survive one more day because I am attending a Moustache Gala tonight with Mo Moustache Brothers (and apparently sisters) There will be prizes awarded for the best moustache. I don’t think I am in the running. A moustache made me look older when I was 27. It still makes me look older at 48 –teetering on 49. My hair is blond and my moustache is grey, with just enough of a hint of reddish brown to make one wonder if I didn’t get last night’s spaghetti sauce off. Oh well, the indignity of it all was all for a good cause of raising money for prostate cancer research.

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I don’t know about you but I often feel conflicted around Christmas. As a Christian, I want Christmas to be about Jesus – but there is a lot of materialism in the season. I know that Advent is actually a time to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus – but it becomes a challenge amidst all the Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, and Christmas busyness.

I have been reflecting on Luke 5 and 6 this week. In those chapters we find Jesus going to a “secular” party. We find Jesus being questioned about why he and his disciples are partying so much and fasting so little. We find Jesus, much to the chagrin of some, interrupting the sombre Sabbath with a miracle that brings life.

What I take from this is that parties and celebrations and the joy of the season are not in conflict with Jesus. Now you and I know that there is a way to party that brings life to the heart, and there is a way to party that brings death to the heart. There is a way to enter into the Christmas festivities that bring joy – or to that brings regret. I would encourage you to take those opportunities for celebration and be like Jesus. There will be other times for you to do the work of the heart. Take those opportunities as well. The gospel is about life. Where ever you are, be all there – with Jesus.

Looking Forward to Sunday

This Sunday I am speaking at the Grosvenor Site, and Pastor Matthew is speaking at the downtown site. The scripture passage is Mark 1:1-8 I am going to entitle my message “Filling in Spiritual Potholes”.

 

Links

Grosvenor bulletin 

Grosvenor sermon

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 at www.sunnysidechurch.ca, or sunnysideottawachurch.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 to brent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.

Announcements

Advent 11 Candle : Peace will be light this Sunday

Columbia Team  Medical Clinic Babysitting Fundraiser: Dec. 10th 9am – 12pm : GV Basement

Children’s Christmas Presentation & Dessert Pot Luck: December 11th @5pm

If you are interested in a Mentoring relationship please contact Pastor Brent or Sandy Saleh

Trustees Meeting on December 6th

Being Downtown Dec 1 2011

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december 1, 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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people of the downtown, welcome to december. it’s been a while since we’ve frolicked about in the month of merriment. almost a year, if memory serves me right. i hope you have all punched your first advent calendar window and the have eaten the cheap chocolate therein. i certainly haven’t, but that’s because i have no advent calendar from whence to punch & munch the aforementioned waxy-snack. (the chocolates, i mean. they taste like wax). that’s okay though, i won’t complain since i’m going to be on holidays soon. i can’t tell you where. in the wise words of the fictional ethan hunt, “if i told you where i was going, i wouldn’t be on holiday.” sufficient to say that if i did have an advent calendar, the chocolates would probably melt in the hot peurto rican sun.

and december means that it’s time for my favourite holiday tradition — a game i just made up called “spot the off-work mall santa.” here’s the rules:

+1 point for spotting a man with a white beard

-2 points if he looks happy

+2 points if he’s alone

+5 points if he’s waiting for a bus

+5 points if he’s carrying a santa hat in his hand

-5 points if he’s actually wearing the santa hat

+10 points if he’s wearing santa pants, but no other part of the santa costume

+30 points if he’s uncle jesse from the dukes of hazzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imagine him in a pair of red fleece sweatpants, and you’re up 43 points.

 

and december means go shave your mustaches. do it now, gentlemen. you’ve had your fun. movember is over, and it is now decembeard. mustaches are only acceptable as a part of a full beard. (again, refer to uncle jesse.)

and december means that i’m putting up my christmas tree. i will be shopping for decorations downtown this afternoon while wearing a tinsel scarf. it’s kind of like a festive feather boa. if you see me, wave hello and indicate to everyone around you that you are my friend.

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this sunday we will be celebrating the second week of advent. last week we reflected on the theme of hope. this week we will be exploring how Jesus’ coming to us brings us peace. this advent season, this christmas, consider what it means to have peace in Jesus. to bring peace in the name of Jesus. you have neighbours and friends, relatives and coworkers, roommates and relatives that need you to be a peacemaker. my prayer for us is that we respond to the invitations that come our way to move in rhythm with Jesus, and experience the kind of peace that we only find in Him.

fa la la la la la la la la,

~ joel

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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 note that Sunnyside Downtown Site will not hold Sun. Services on Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st

Advent 11 Candle : Peace will be light this Sunday

Columbia Team  Medical Clinic Babysitting Fundraiser: Dec. 10th 9am – 12pm : GV Basement

Children’s Christmas Presentation & Dessert Pot Luck: December 11th @5pm

If you are interested in a Mentoring relationship please contact Pastor Brent or Sandy Saleh

Trustees Meeting on December 6th

Being Downtown Nov 23rd 2011

Play

November 23 – Pastor Matthew

:.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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One of the great things in my family is we get to celebrate thanksgiving twice. Last weekend we celebrated thanksgiving with Gariane’s parents and some close friends that have become part of our family. Yes we celebrated earlier.

 

 

 

One tradition around thanksgiving for Gariane and I began back when we were in college. One Canadian thanksgiving we bought a bag of M&M to eat in the car as we traveled to my parents. A tradition was started. As we ate each M&M, we had to give thanks for something. Part of the challenge was we could not repeat a thanksgiving and so by the end we had a long list of praise.

Another tradition is beginning this coming Sunday. Do you know what it is? I have a small bag of M&M’s for the first person to email with the correct answer.

So what traditions do you have around this season? Jump over to our Sunnyside downtown facebook page and share your tradition.    Yes there is a page, a great place to stay up to date and connected.

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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 Pastor Matthew Laker (Downtown Site Pastor) at matthew.laker@sunnysidechurch.ca.

You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.
Announcements

This Sunday’s Advent Candle is:  Hope

Best Years!  December 1st

This is the last Sunday that we will ask you to check your Directory Information – thank-you

Please contact Sandy Saleh if you are interested in being a Sunnyside Mentor or Mentoree