It snowed!! I for one am excited to see the snow. I enjoy winter. I know that isn’t the case for many of you, but just flashback to the extreme heat of this past summer – a little cooler air with trees covered with a light frosting doesn’t seem so bad to me J
I wanted to express how wonderful our Remembrance Day services went and again thank all of those who worked behind the scenes and those who attended both services. Trinity Beamsville is truly becoming a beacon in the Community. The upcoming weeks will have ample opportunities for us to showcase this wonderful place over and over again. We have the ‘Dickens of an Evening’, the Annual Tree Lighting, the Toy drive, White Gift Sunday and Reverse Advent all coming up – just to name a few!!
Please be sure to read over all of the Announcements and see what catches your interest. Volunteer, attend and offer support wherever you can.
Enjoy this wonderful first weekend of Snow!
This Week at Trinity, Beamsville
Friday, November 18, 2018
As you might imagine, there is a lot of pre-planning that happens behind the scenes ahead of the Advent season, and this week has been a lot of the finer details coming together. I won’t say too much on that. It is still only mid-November after all.
This Tuesday I was at a Student Day put on my Hamilton Conference, an opportunity for students, their supervisors, and lay supervision teams to hear about how students will enter ministry in the new system. It just adds a bit of a double weight behind the level of anticipation of Advent. (Spoilers) Christ will be born, then five days later Christ’s church in our context will change. A lot of things are going to stay the same, but other things will shift in ways that are terribly difficult to imagine. However, these are new solutions to the problems of our current system, and that is a light that gives me hope.
For some students, the pathway that they take to ministry will be altered from what they expected going in. To explain it all here would be difficult, but suffice it to say that it makes people nervous. But we aren’t going through this alone. As emphasized by the room full of students that I sat with on Tuesday afternoon, no one is experiencing these changes in a vacuum. Every student, every minister, every church, every person is heading into this new way at the same time and with the same goal of living out their ministry in the best way that they can. It means that we get to continue to help each other, even if the ways we do that become different.
In some ways I want to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and all that lies beyond it. I want to walk through Advent with optimism because I know that there is rising beyond the crest of the darkness a bright light of love that will be pleased to see us. My prayer for you is that no matter what darkness you are walking through in this time, that you can walk forward knowing that you do not go there alone.
”Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.”
(1 Timothy 4:12, The Message)