New and Notable (week of December 11, 2016)

Read important info and things you need to know!


“SMILE!” Photographs may be taken throughout our services, programs and special events, to be used on our website, print media, or social media channels. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let us know by contacting the Church Office.


Advent Daily Email @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

SIGN UP FOR YOUR ADVENT EMAIL “RETREAT”
Enjoy a daily moment of peace throughout advent by signing up for Walton’s Advent Email Retreat.  From November 27, you’ll receive a short email with a reading and a devotion, to help you pray your way to Christmas. Keep calm and in touch with the core meaning of Christmas, despite the frenzy of shopping, entertaining and eating around us at this time. Sign up at www.waltonmemorial.com


Doug Walmsley book @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

“GLIMPSES OF THE PAST”- A Memoir – by Dr. Douglas Walmsley is now available for purchase through the Walton Church Office. This fascinating life story, of well known and respected resident of Bronte, and member of Walton, is a Walton Fundraiser. This 140 page professionally printed book, recently released, includes stories of the 30’s, the R.C.A.F., the War, the Medical Years, the Bronte Years and an Epilogue of short essays. The cost is $15. each, with all the monies going to the Walton General Fund to support the Walton Music Budget.


COOKIE WALK WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Cookie Walk @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

A huge thank you to everyone who donated such wonderful, delicious cookies for the Cookie Walk, and those who came to purchase their box(es) of cookies to support the U.C.W.  U.C.W. raised $1, 300,00 and were sold out of cookies in less than 40 minutes. Thanks to the Junior Youth Group and their Leader who put all the boxes together, ready for the Cookie Walk. Special thanks to Anne Derrah, Betty Pelkey, Rachel Hawes and Val Waldron.


WALTON WELCOMES YOU 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 this Advent season.

WALTON QUILTERS – It’s the end of an era!

quilt

We are sorry to see that our quilting group of ladies has now disbanded. The Quilters have been in operation for at least 30 years, or more, and have sold many, many hand stitched quilts and donated the monies to the Walton Church benevolent fund and the general fund. Many of you have purchased these quilts for your own use, for births, etc. We want to thank the ladies for all their time spent in doing these quilts and for their many talents and creative ideas when it comes to quilting!


 CALLING ALL CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS

Do you have any festive fabric left over from your holiday crafts? Let us help you de-clutter! Simply drop any unwanted Christmas fabrics off at the church office and we will put them to good use in a special Sunday School craft. All donations gratefully appreciated.


White Gift donations still be accepted

present-whiteIt’s never too late! If you didn’t have time by December 4th, we are still happy to receive your “White Gift” donations and we will be delivering right up until the holidays (and always after that as well).

Thank you for all the wonderful White Gifts and Financial Donations you gave today to help make someone’s Holiday Celebration more enjoyable.

Your White Gifts will be delivered today to the Christmas Store in Hamilton run by Wesley Urban Ministries for them to give out at the Holiday Store in the next ten days. Wesley is part of the same Hamilton Presbytery to which Walton belongs.  Many children and adults alike do not get any gifts all year except the one you have donated – its sometimes difficult to imagine ourselves or our children in their shoes.

Members of the Outreach Committee work at the No-Charge Store – every applicant is registered to encourage fair sharing – and it can feel harsh to monitor the selection though it is always rewarding.

Your Financial Donations will be delivered to Food4Kids to help them fill children’s knapsacks with nutritious food for the weekend and the Holidays.  This is done discreetly directly into each child’s own backpack, as need is determined, to avoid discrimination; and evolved from children arriving at school for the Monday Breakfast saying they had had little or no food since they left school on Friday. This is particularly difficult during the holidays and the group has actually in place a method of home delivery during holidays.  Last statistics show them serving 250+ children in Halton.

We also have directed remaining Mary Murray Memorial Funds to support a family at Kerr Street Mission – they will receive a food hamper, a set of pyjamas for every family member, a $75.00 Gift Card, and, as well, we packed them some hats, gloves, mittens, earmuffs, scarves.  Last week, we packed up all the wonderful Mitten Tree donations – bags and bags – these were distributed primarily to the Open Doors Program at St. Christopher’s in Burlington, Wesley Christmas Store and Kerr Street Mission.  There will be so many warms hands and heads and necks thanks to you – that translates to warm hearts. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤


Christmas Memorials

Poinsettias - Memorials @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioAnyone connected with the Walton congregation has the opportunity of making a special Memorial Gift to Walton at Christmas time. These Memorials will all be listed in a special bulletin on Sunday, December 18th , 2016 and dedicated at the 9:30am and 11:00am service. Suggestions this year are: red or white poinsettias or white mums, and donations to the Walton Benevolent Fund (see below for the write up on “What is the Benevolent Fund?) Please contact the Church office to make your donation, whether it be Flowers or Benevolent Fund donations, so they can be recorded.

The deadline for your donations to be included in the December 18th, bulletin, is 9:00am Tuesday, December 13th , we would not want to miss putting your gift in this special bulletin, so please contact the office as soon as possible at 905-827- 1643.

What is the Benevolent Fund?? How does Walton help people??

There have been several regular requests to explain what this fund is all about. Many people are not even aware of its existence. It is a confidential fund, managed by Rev. Gill, with help from the some other staff, to help people in need due to illness, unemployment, or some unexpected accident, setback, or tragedy. Every year it helps people in the congregation in need through financial and material assistance. It also helps those in the community and occasional transients who stop by the Church looking for assistance. This fund helps any youth/adult in the congregation who cannot afford to attend a retreat or church event that involves a cost, plus special organization needs in the community from time to time. The money for this fund comes from 2 main sources. The largest is the Christmas Memorial Program (see Christmas edition of the Waltonian, and adjacent notice on Christmas Memorials), and individual donors throughout the year. All gifts to this fund receive a tax receipt. The work of the fund remains highly confidential to allow for anonymous support of people in need.

For more information, please speak to Rev. Gill or email the church office @ waltonmemorial@cogeoco.ca


YOUTH CONFIRMATION PROGRAM

Confirmation-Logo

Youth Confirmation high school, university and college age youth, if you would be interested in being part of the Youth Confirmation Program at Walton for 2017, please contact Val through the church office by January 15th , 2017.

The first information gathering will be Sunday, January 22nd, at 11:00am in the Youth Hall. Our gathering times will take place on various Sunday mornings following Teen Talk 11:00 am-12:30 pm. The Youth Confirmation service will be in April.

If you have never been baptised this is not a problem. We encourage you, our youth, to pray on this and talk it over with your parents about this important decision in your faith journey. We hope you will consider this invitation to join with other teens your age, to grow in your faith, to learn more about God, and be part of the Youth Confirmation program. If you feel you need a little while to grow in your faith you are welcome to take part in the next confirmation class in 2019. Please let us know of your intention for the 2017 program by January 15th , 2017.


ALLERGY ALERT ~ FRAGRANCE FREE!

 In respect and consideration for those with allergies or sensitivities at church, please:

– limit the use of scented products (i.e. perfume, body lotions, after shave)
– avoid bringing heavily scented flowers (i.e. lilies, hyacinths)
– avoid using strongly scented cleaning products in the church building
– do not bring peanut products into the church building
– smoke at least 9 metres (30 feet) away from any church entrance


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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