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Emmanuel

Emmanuel - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

A baby born in humility, given the name Jesus, but carrying also so many other titles: Christ, Messiah, Son of the Most High, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace. And perhaps most importantly: Emmanuel – God is with us. As John expressively put it: the Word became flesh and lived among us. The grace and forgiveness and love of God manifest in a man who would go on to die for us. On this day of great joy, let us give thanks for the eternal love of God in our lives.


Loving God, I thank You for the greatest gift of all – Your unending love and grace – manifest in the life of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for loving me and being with me through the passage of my life. Keep me close to You to know and share Your love with those around me, today and always. Amen.

John 1: 14

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Hallelujah

Hallelujah - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

One of the most dramatic images of the nativity story is that of a heavenly host of angels – and not a few but a multitude – praising God in the night sky above the shepherds. The importance and magnitude of what is happening bursts forth and for a brief moment the glory of the birth of Jesus is reflected in the spectacle of this heavenly crowd. Everything stops to revel in the praise and worship of God who has given His son to the world, and for a little while there is only dazzling joy.


Loving God, as we prepare for the excitement and celebration that tomorrow brings, lift up my heart in praise and thanksgiving to worship Your gift to each one of us, the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. Let my soul sing out and rejoice in Your glory. Amen.

Luke 2: 13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Treasure

Treasure - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Mary copes admirably with the purpose God has for her life, and she seems to be taking it all in her stride, praising God and letting nothing faze her. For a young, first-time mother so much of what took place must have been daunting and frightening and there are hints in the details of her story that it wasn’t all smooth sailing. But Mary held fast to the reassurance given by the angel and stored away for herself memories of comfort and encouragement. The simplicity of Luke’s comment in verse 19 (below) hints at a woman building reserves of gratitude and appreciation.


Loving God, awaken me to the wonders and blessings You share with me each day. Strengthen me to build my reserve of gratitude and praise for all that You have done for me, to treasure the gifts You have given me and to use them to reflect Your love. Amen.

Luke 2: 19

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Faith

Faith - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

The appearance of the angel (see below) probably reassured Joseph a great deal, but there’s no mistaking that accepting Mary’s pregnancy is a mighty leap of faith being asked of him. We can’t know how strong an impression the angel created, how certain Joseph was able to be in the months that followed, or if he had moments of doubt and anxiety when he had to remind himself of his dream and the power of what he had been told. God called Joseph to believe, just as he calls us to believe and our challenge is just as hard. It’s also however the essence of faith – the belief in something we can’t know for sure but might just have glimpsed.


Loving God, You call me to have faith in Your teaching and Your purpose for my life, and yet I can find this so hard. The world would distract and dissuade me, piling on pressure and diversions. Bring me back to Your teaching and fill me with confidence in Your unending love. Amen.

Matthew 1:19-21

Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Journey

Journey - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

For the wise men, paying homage to the baby Jesus was the conclusion of a lengthy journey, following a sign, on a path mapped out by faith. The obstacles they faced must have been taxing, and there must have been many moments when they considered giving up the idea and returning home, perhaps most of all when the baby wasn’t to be found at the palace. But they continued and the reward at their journey’s end was overwhelming joy. There’s much comfort and encouragement in their journey – for we too face obstacles and uncertainty on our path mapped out by faith; and following Jesus’ teaching does not lead us to the obvious places or to those that the world necessarily values. But when we continue, be assured we are journeying to overwhelming joy.


Loving God, my path through life takes me to metaphorical deserts and mountains and the going can be hard. Guide me to follow the route mapped out by faith, and bring me to the place of overwhelming joy, in this world and the next. Amen.

Matt 2: 9-10

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Shine

Shine - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

From the very beginning of His life, Jesus welcomed the outsiders, and so the official birth announcement is made, not via royal proclamation or from the steps of the temple, but to shepherds, living in fields. Like all before them, their first reaction to meeting an angel of the Lord is great fear. Such a dazzling presence evoked terror and panic, until the angel’s words brought reassurance. Our lives can be beset with fears and uncertainties, and there are times when we might feel like the shepherds – overwhelmed, anxious, even terrified. We can take heart though from the change invoked by the angel, whose words moved them from terror to amazement to praise.


Loving God, comfort me when I fear, when life appears too hard, and my nights feel cold and dark. Remind me of the good news sung out from the heavens, and shine Your love into my heart, that I can know Your presence and be enfolded in Your peace. Amen.

Luke 2: 8-9

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

Peace

Peace - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Simeon, like Anna (see yesterday), is another character whose life is altered by the presence of the baby Jesus. For Simeon, holding Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s particular promise to him, and it creates in him a sense of peace. Simeon has allowed himself to be guided by the Holy Spirit and his journey has been completed. His praise to God is deeply content and calm, thanking God for what he has witnessed. God’s gift to us all through Jesus is ultimately that same sense of contentment. We too are given God’s salvation through the birth of Jesus; we too can live in peace.


Loving God, in the excitement and chaos of Advent and Christmas, I can lose sight of the peace and assurance that You have given me through Jesus. Give me pause to reconnect with Your peace and calm, to rest contentedly in the knowledge of Your salvation, given for me this Christmas and always. Amen.

Luke 2: 29-32

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”


Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

This Week’s Events:

Monday

• Storyteller Practice – 7:00pm – Sanctuary
• Centering Prayer – 7:15pm – Boardroom

Tuesday

• Beavers – 7:00pm – Gym
• Fruit of the Vine – 7:30pm – Bronte Hall [Details]

Wednesday

• Scouts – 7pm – Gym

Thursday

• Brownies – 6:30pm – Bronte Hall

Friday

• Junior Youth Group – 7:00pm [Details]

Saturday

• Storyteller Practice – 9:00am – Sanctuary


 Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine - Carolling @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioTuesday, December 19, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30pm
Carolling

A casual evening of carolling and cookies (or any kind of Christmas treat). We’re going to gather at Walton for 7:30pm and head off for some local carolling – words will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm and Christmas spirit. When our voices start to fade, we’ll retire for refreshments nearby (location tbc).

Please register via the Facebook event so we know who to expect.


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!

December 24th
4:00pm  •  Storyteller Service
5:00pm  &  6:30pm  •  Family Serivces
10:00m  • Candleight Services
[Details]

December 25th – Come as you are!
10:00am
[Details]


Winter Video Study – Anxious for Nothing

anxious for nothing video Study @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario5 weeks stared Monday, January 8
7:15pm – 8:45pm
Bronte Hall
[Details]


KNIT ONE… PRAY TOO…. PURL THREE…..

Prayer Shawl Ministry @ Walton United ChurchThe Prayer Shawl Ministry will gather together the first Thursday of each month in Bronte Hall 1:30-3:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come out to be part of this Ministry, a time of fellowship, prayer, laughter and creativity. Patterns and supplies provided, just bring your loving heart and willing hands. For more info, speak to Cathy Winn, through the Church Office.
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Upcoming EventsSee our Monthly Calendar for all upcoming events and activities

This week’s Sunday School & Youth News


Walton Kids @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Sunday School

This week in Sunday School we continued our Advent series by focusing on joy.

Did you know that “Joy to the World’ wasn’t actually written as a Christmas song?

For more information, please contact Alison sundayschool@waltonmemorial.com

Calling new parents!

nursery-clipart-nursery-300x165We know how hard it can be to get out of the housed with babies and toddlers sometimes, let alone make it to church. We’re here to give you a well-deserved break! Walton’s nursery offers a safe space for your little one to play under the careful supervision and nurturing care of our staff and volunteers. Nursery care is available during the 9:30 Family Service for babies and tots under the age of 3.


Walton Youth @ Wolton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Junior Youth Group

Friday, December 22 – we are
watching a movie at the church!!

Contact Susan Derrah for more information at junioryouth@waltonmemorial.com

 

Senior Youth Group

No SYG on Friday, December 15th. We wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

Contact Wendy and Craig for more information about our events in the new year at senioryouth@waltonmemorial.com


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Thank you — White Gift Service

Thank you Lori and Kimberley Kirkpatrick and all the children, youth and Sunday School children, Junior and Youth Choirs,
Stephanie & Linda, involved with the White Gift Service play, “Glory to God in the Highest,” last Sunday. Thank you to the Walton Family for their generosity with the White Gifts brought forward. Thank you to Kathy Morch for sharing her skills and hours and hours of work to help the Sunday School Banners, Christmas Carols, come to life, here in the Sanctuary. Kathy, along with the help of the Sunday School Children (and teachers and parents), created banners of some of the favourite Christmas Carols sung through this special season of Advent and Christmas. Thank you to everyone who donated Christmas fabric through the year, to be used on our wonderful banners. Thank you to Michelle Lockhart for backstage help, and Kelly Thomas for the wonderful, delicious snack between services to recharge the children for the second service. Last but not least, thank you to Alison King and Val Waldron for their coordination of the White Gift Service and bringing it all together for a service praising God, and the great gift of His Son, Jesus. As we continue our journey to Christmas, please help us to remember God’s gift of Jesus to each one of us, let us give thanks and share his hope, peace joy and love this Christmas season.

Cookie Walk

Cookie Walk @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Walton’s U.C.W. were overwhelmed with the generosity and spirit of our amazing congregation. The cookies and squares were simply beautiful and we received more than ever. A huge thank you to everyone who donated such wonderful, delicious cookies and those who came to purchase their box(es) of cookies to support the U.C.W.  U.C.W. raised $1, 240.00. Thanks to the Junior Youth Group and their Leader who put all the boxes together and decorated a number of cookies for the Cookie Walk. Thanks to The Fruit of the Vine ladies who came and helped set out the trays, and thanks to the ladies who helped with the planning and came at the beginning and stayed until the very end. Our Annual Cookie Walk was started by Henny Degenhardt 45 years ago, and some of Henny’s family came to celebrate this 45th Anniversary. In loving memory, we missed our long-standing chair lady, Shirley Walmsley.

Walton Welcomes You postcards — share with your friends!

The Christmas postcards are available around the church, please help yourself to some to pass out to your friends and neighbours, welcoming them to take part in any or all of the activities
happening here at Walton.

Requests with thanks from the Worship Committee

Ushers needed for Christmas Eve & Day Services

Ushers & Elevator Attendants @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario Christmas Eve and Day are special family times . . . rather than scheduling for these dates, we hope that those who are available will offer to serve. If you would like to pitch in to help usher or drive for the Christmas Eve and Day services, please sign up on the poster at the Welcome Centre or email Margaret via the office. New volunteers will be partnered
with those who usher regularly as we’ll need about 30 people to cover all the services!

Usher and elevator attendant 2018 Schedules have been e-mailed

Usher and elevator attendant 2018 Schedules have been e-mailed and copies are available to pick up at the Welcome Centre.

News from the Outreach Committee

socks it to me @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario Thank you for participating with such warm hearts in Sock It To Me
Sunday and the Mitten Trees; as well as our Personal Care Kits. We want to tell you all about the influence you have had through your donations!

You pelted us with 536 pairs of socks – these were given out as follows:
•  200 placed in donated mugs with a lip balm to be given out at the
Wesley Centre Sunday Dinner we served on November 19th
• 85 to Wesley Christmas Store; 61 to Kerr Street Mission for the teens After School/Homework Program; 100 to Kerr Street Mission for their Pyjamas and Socks Christmas Program
•  75 to Outreach Committee for Personal Care Kit use
•  15 delivered to Shifra House with Lip Balm
•  after the count, 20 more pairs will be delivered to the Lighthouse
Shelter on December 18th when we serve dinner.

Well done Walton! More than 550 pairs of socks donated. We are told that the most asked-for item by marginalized people is – socks!

Mitten Tree @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioThe Mitten Tree Crop was overwhelming – 522 pieces (hat/mitts
or scarf/mitts counts as one).
• Wesley Christmas Store 136 Scarves, 60 Gloves/Mitts, 243 Hats
• Kerr Street Mission 31 Hats/Mitts Sets
• Lighthouse Shelter 30 pairs of Adult Gloves/Mitts
•  Open Doors Program 22 pairs Gloves/Mitts.

Many people will stay warmer this winter thanks to your donations.

To top this off – 24 Personal Care Kits have been delivered to
Kerr Street Mission – 12 each Ladies’ and Mens.

We will continue to deliver as long as you choose to donate; what else to say except that your generosity is heart-warming – you give meaning to our Outreach work – and, again, thank you. If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Outreach Committee or the church office.


Jelly Jars – Reuse/Recycle!

Jelly Jar

If you have leftover jelly jars and have no need for them our Jam /Jelly makers do. Please drop off your clean jars to the Church Office.
Thanks so much!!

Red Pepper Jelly by jERRY and Sam’s Relishes

Available in the Church Office – $4.00 per jar. All proceeds to Walton Treasury to fund programs and ministries.

DO YOU HAVE SURPLUS ENVELOPES OR PAPER (ANY COLOUR??)

If you have any blank paper (any colour) your company is discarding, the Church Office can make good use of the paper.  We can always us 8½ x 11 or 8½x14. if you have access to any spare paper, please contact the Church Office. We can use plain business envelopes (or window envelopes) with address labels, we cover over the previous name. Thank you!

BABY BLANKETS

Beautiful handmade baby flannelette blankets are available for $25.00 through the Church Office. Various colours and patterns are available. Partial proceeds to the Walton Treasury


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