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News and Events...
This Weekend at Wesley-Knox
• This is Handbell Sunday! Join at 10:30 am this Sunday, November 26 for worship led by Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler and the Senior Choir and the Wesley-Knox Handbell Choir. Service bulletin available here. At 5–6 pm, the Out-of-the-Cold Team offers its November hospitality meal for those in need. Then at 7 pm, join your friends for Taizé Worship—a forty-minute service of songs by members of the ecumenical Taizé Community in Southern France, reflection and prayer. All are welcome.
• The Advent-Christmas KSC newsletter was delayed but is now available for District Visitors to pick up and distribute. It can also be read online here.
Next Weekend—a Concert and a Bazaar!
• At 8 pm on Saturday, December 2, it’s Feliz Navidad, the annual Wesley-Knox Christmas Concert with the Wesley-Knox choirs, Denise Pelley, Stephen Holowitz on piano and leading the band, all directed by Karen Schuessler. Don’t miss this great evening of gospel and traditional Christmas music. Always new music and often a sellout. Tickets $20, students and seniors $15, children 6–12 $5 at Attic Books, Lambeth Art Gallery, Tuckey Home Hardware and the church. See poster here. For many Londoners, Christmas starts with this concert! Be there!
here.• On the same day as the concert, Saturday, December 2, at 11 am– 3 pm, it’s the Wesley-Knox United Church Christmas Bazaar. Wonderful baked good, frozen foods and preserves. Books, gently-used clothing and vendors selling unique items just in time for Christmas: handcrafted scarves, mittens, jewelery, birdhouses and more. December 2 is also Christmas-in--the-Village and the Bazaar is on the sleighride route. Visit the Bazaar and have lunch. Poster available
Governance Model Update
On Sunday, November 5, the people of Wesley-Knox voted to adopt the much-discussed report that will reform the Governance Model of the church. Copies of the report continue to be available on the table at the back of the church sanctuary and online below. Some highlights:
• The current structure of ”Council and Official Board“ will be phased out. A Transition Team will lead the congregation through this process.
• A nine-member Leadership Council plus the Minister, will replace the current Board and Council structure.
• The number of Standing Committees will be reduced from eleven to six.
• The six Committees will play an expanded role in the “day-to-day activities” of the church.
Also approved on November 5: The addition of Cathie Banks and Ian Hardy to the Transition Team. This team will act as a nominating committee for the new Leadership Council. View the full Amended Governance Report as a doc.x here. or a .pdf here. View a related Organizational Chart here
Notes from All Over
• November was Cheese Month! A reminder that delivery will be on Thursday, December 7, with pickup that day in the Centennial Parlour, 4–7 pm.
• Friday Movie Nights are a great way to unwind after a busy week and spend some time with new friends and old. Movies begin at 7:30 pm. There’s free popcorn and beverages during the movie, decaf and dessert afterwards. Below, the fall schedule. Descriptive flyer is available here.
October 13: La la Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
November 3: Maude with Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke
November 17: Eddie the Eagle with Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman
• Update! One more Friday Movie Night before Christmas! 7:30 pm, Friday, December 8: The Muppets’ Christmas Carol with—the Muppets!
• Congratulations to Kennedy Kimber-Johnson and Owen Spicer who were each awarded a $250 Spirit Organ Scholarship to assist them in their ongoing studies. Kennedy attends Western University and is currently the organ scholar at Metropolitan United Church, London. Owen is in secondary school and is the organ scholar at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Anglican Church, London. Both scholarships were provided by the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir.
• Last year, Wesley-Knox sponsored a family from Syria. They continue grateful to be in Canada and come to Sunday worship regularly. More information on our Syrian Family page here.
• Kevin White’s Bread not Stones song continues to be available on YouTube. Listen to it here! Also, if you are a subscriber to Rogers Cablevision, check out the channel 13 the program guide for an excellent 30-minute Dishing with Donald segment about the Bread not Stones initiative. Also look for a 30-minute Dishing segment about our Wesley-Knox Director of Music, Karen Schuessler, and the Karen Schuessler Singers, this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season!
• Christmas is coming! Cathie Banks advises that there is lots of wool at the back of the sanctuary. Knitters! Please take wool home and do your magic! Knitted articles can be left on the large table at the back of the sanctuary or hung on the Mitten Tree.
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
• Wesley-Knox was front and centre at the Sunday, July 30 London Pride Parade.
• Over 180 from London, all over Southwestern Ontario and as far away as Ottawa; Akron, Ohio; and even Lanaconing, Maryland (she flew in!) attended the John Dominic Crossan lectures on God, Empire and Violence offered at Wesley-Knox on the weekend of October 20-22. A full report will appear in an upcoming Kindred Spirit Connection newsletter.
More photos of these events and other recent events on the Wesley-Knox Facebook page here.
Throughout the year, at almost every Wesley-Knox event, you’ll find Brian Dalton, Brian Mackinnon, John McFall and sometimes others taking photos. Often, within minutes, they are posted to a Wesley-Knox Facebook page. The photos are also archived on Flickr and, once a year, John McFall dives into this vast archive to produce a comprehensive and much-appreciated pictorial review for the Annual General Meeting. Here is John’s 2016 Pictorial Review, music is by our Wesley-Knox choirs. To view, click on the image below. You will be taken to a YouTube site. Choose full screen, turn up the sound and enjoy!