New and Notable – week of December 6, 2015

Another win for the Walton Santa Clause Parade float!

Our Santa Claus Parade float was a big hit this year!  We won the Honourable Mention Award in the “Best Community Float” category!  The great turnout this year, both on the float (21) and in the walking group (26), definitely contributed to our success. Thank you all! Both the people watching and the judges loved the enthusiasm from the Walton float, how the kids and their parents waved their pom-poms and sang along with the music following Michelle’s and Gill’s actions, and the bubbles brought big smiles to the kids watching along the parade route. We also thank Linda Fletcher and the Youth Choir for recording her “A Song of Sharing” that so perfectly fit our theme, and Lou McAulay for mastering the music mix once again.

If you would like to purchase one of the red or green T-shirts or would like to order one, leave a note at the Church office for Eva. Lastly, from all of us to all of you, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Walton Santa Claus Parade Committee

SYRIAN REFUGEE ASSISTANCE

VolunteerYou have generously made financial donations to the Syrian Relief Fund of more than $1400.00 to date.  These funds have been channeled through the United Church aid agencies already established for several years on the ground in Jordan and Lebanon; this is a continuous fund and donations can be made through the Church Office or through the Offering Plates. Thank you.

Practical Assistance: Members of the Outreach Committee have been to many meetings and have discussed various ways in which we might participate in helping families already here in Canada or endeavouring to reach Canada. We have a sub-committee to investigate some ways to help, or join up with other organizations. Sponsoring a family is a long term commitment with large in-place financial requirements, but there must be opportunities to help in other ways. There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Desk so that she may be in contact with you. It is important to form this sub-committee of congregation members and their friends and family with a desire to assist in this dreadful situation.


 

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REMEMBER LOVED ONES WITH A CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL

Once again anyone 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, Dec. 20 and dedicated at both 9:30 & 11 am services. Suggestions from the Worship committee this year are:

~ Red or white poinsettias or white mums. If you buy poinsettias from the youth group, the flowers can be placed in the sanctuary for you.
~ The Walton Benevolent Fund (see below) Please contact the church office to make your donation, whether flowers or a Benevolent Fund donation, so that it can be recorded. The deadline for your donation to be included in the Dec. 20 bulletin is noon on Sunday, Dec. 13. 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?

nativity-30571_1280HOW DOES WALTON HELP PEOPLE? It is a confidential fund, managed by Rev. Gill with help from the staff. It helps people in need because of illness, unemployment or an unexpected accident, setback or tragedy. Every year it helps many people in the congregation with financial and material assistance.

Because of the difficult economic situation Walton has helped a record number of its congregation struggling with financial worries. It also helps those in the community and occasional transients who stop by the church.In addition the fund assists any youth or adult in the congregation who cannot afford to attend a retreat or church event which involves a cost. It helps various local causes, organizations or activities which have emergent needs over the year. The money for this fund comes from two main sources: the largest is the Christmas memorial programme; the other is individual donors throughout the year. All gifts to this fund receive a tax receipt. The work of the fund and remains highly confidential to allow for anonymous support of people in need. For more information please speak to Rev. Gill.


 

UPPER ROOMS

January/February Upper Rooms are ready for purchase from the Archives Table near the front door of the Sanctuary.

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!

VARIOUS PRINTS OF MICHAEL HITCHCOX FOR SALE

Michael has made available copies of prints of Walton Church ($35.00) and Bronte Harbour ($25.00). Proceeds from the sale of all the prints go towards the Building & Maintenance Fund. These prints make wonderful gifts.

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

RED PEPPER JELLY BY jERRY

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

MIKE’S MARMALADE

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

PICKLES BY SAM

Lady Rose Pickles & 3 Pepper Relish – are available in the Church Office – $4.00 per jar. All proceeds to the Walton Treasury to fund programs and ministries.

GREGORY CROSS CD’s FOR SALE THROUGH THE CHURCH OFFICE

“Baritone on Broadway” and “A Baritone Christmas” are both available at $10.00 each, purchase through the Office. All proceeds go to the Walton General Fund.

‘TIMELESS’ CD BY THE AULT SISTERS

Aailable for purchase through the Church Office. Cost is $15.00. 50% of proceeds goes to the Walton General Fund.