HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SIMCOE IMMANUEL CHURCH BULLETIN December 10, 2017

Weekly Church or Local Ministry to Pray For This week, we lift up in prayer the ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and leader Rev. Emanuel Perera.

Available Free in the Digital Library - “You’re Invited” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library).  This one-week devotional helps parents or caretakers explain what the Lord's Supper is all about, get children ready to participate, and encourage the whole family to respond in gratitude for this very special gift from God.

Stand In The GapWorld Renew invites you to stand in the gap with people who live with poverty and hunger this Christmas—You can help a family with a filter for clean water to drink, help a child get the food they need to grow well with a nutrition kit, or help a disaster survivor find shelter and restoration.  What will you give to help fill the gap?  Get your copy of the all-new World Renew gift catalogue online at worldrenewgifts.net or call 800-730-3490 to request your copy!

Volunteers Needed—2017 Kettle Campaign—The Salvation Army is launching their annual Christmas Campaign to raise funds, food and toys to assist those in need in our community, especially during the Christmas season.  They need individuals or groups to donate time, energy and presence at various kettle locations across Norfolk County.  Last year they were able to raise $90,000 to help many families.

Mission Trip to HondurasThe Carpenteros and Friends in partnership with World Renew and Harvest Honduras invite you to be a part of a team headed for La Barranquilla in January 2018.  The dates are approximately January 23rd to February 2nd.  The team will assist families with various home improvement projects such as concrete floors, pilas and roof repairs, and also participate in various community activities including worship services.  While in Honduras, the group will also visit other communities, where the Carpenteros have sent support or teams.  The cost for the trip will be approximately $2,200 per person, which includes the flight, in country expenses and food.  If interested, or if you would like more information, please contact Nick Groen asap at 519-647-3575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Gracias.

Calvin Symposium on WorshipYou are invited to register and attend the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25th – 27th, 2018, at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers.  There are excellent rates for students and groups from churches.  All worship services are free and open to the public.  See http://worship.calvin.edu/symposium/ for complete information and the registration link.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS/CONCERTS/EVENTS:

Friendship in Faith Christmas Pageant—On Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Friendship in Faith Christmas Pageant.  Please come join us.  Refreshments to follow.

Friendship in Faith Singers—On Saturday, December 16th at 2:30 pm, a group of the Friendship in Faith participants will be singing at the Simcoe Town Centre Mall.  Come out and show your support.

Handel's Messiah Concert—Experience the beautiful message of Christmas with Handel's Messiah, presented by Choral Connection along with orchestra and guest soloists, on Saturday, December 16th starting at 7:30 pm at Centre Street Baptist Church in St. Thomas.  For ticket information please contact Lucy Van Pelt at 519-633-6385 or Evelyn Kooistra at 519-474-9129. Tickets also available at Jennings Furniture and Design in St. Thomas.

Boxing Day Hockey Tournament—Looking for something for the whole family to do on Boxing Day?  Come out to John Knox Christian School Brampton's 25th Annual Boxing Day Hockey Tournament at the Vaughan Iceplex.  There will be family skating from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, face painting, games, prizes and more.  If you are interested in signing up your Hockey Team to compete in the tournament, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the school at 905-451-3236.