The Christian Year

Nov. 26 is Christ-the-King Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season after Pentecost, and the final Sunday of the Christian Year.  A new Christian Year begins next week, with the First Sunday of Advent.

Christ-the-King Sunday affirms and celebrates Jesus’ kingship over the world and over the church, as well as over the lives of individual Christians.  It looks back to Jesus’ ascension, recognizing that he currently reigns in heaven, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Also, it looks ahead to his coming in glory, anticipating the time when he will assert his royal authority over all creation.  Christ-the-King Sunday reminds us that Jesus is not just a person of the past, but also of the present and the future.

The symbolic color for Christ-the-King Sunday is white, symbolizing joy and celebration.

Meal in a Bowl

Meal in a Bowl

This Wednesday, November 22nd: don’t miss it!

Thick, delicious soups, bread and dessert!  Doors open 4:30 p.m.; supper 5:00 – 6:00 p.m..  $10.00 at the door.




Soup Kitchen Sunday

Soup Kitchen Sunday – Nov. 12 is our fifth annual “Soup Kitchen Sunday”.  We welcome the Soup Kitchen volunteers and supporters who have joined us for today’s service, and we thank them for their support and involvement!  There will be a Church School for the children who are present, starting partway through the service, after Theme Time.  Any visiting children are welcome to go downstairs for Church School at that time.ū

Partners – We extend a big “thank you” to our many partners, who support and/or participate in the ministry of the Soup Kitchen in a great variety of ways.  They include:

Churches:  St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Newton Community Church, Prairie Community Church, and Trinity United Church

Hutterite Colonies:  Airport Colony, Aspenheim Colony, Baker Colony, Brantwood Colony, Elm River Colony, and Sommerfeld Colony

Groups:  Farmers’ Market, Lions Club, Youth for Christ, Debbi Miles/Wally Kimpton and friends, the Moman family, and Shelly Siebert and friends

Businesses:  KF AERO Southport, Cobbe’s Plumbing and Heating, Craig Dunn Motor City, E.F. Moon Construction, MCC Thrift Shop, Meseyton Construction Ltd., Newton Enterprises, Portage Mutual Insurance Company, Portage Toyota and RV, RONA Building Centre, Portage Vision Services, Shewfelt’s Plumbing and Heating, Simplot Canada (11) Limited, Stride Credit Union, and Westward Ford

Suppliers:  Portage Co-op; Panko’s, Portage Supermarket and Ida Wollman

Plus many individual donors and volunteers, including members of First Presbyterian Church!

Coordinators – We are looking for one or two people to join Shelly Siebert as the new Coordinators of the Soup Kitchen, beginning the 1st of January.  Anyone who is interested, or has questions, is encouraged to speak to Margaret Dunn (239-1580).  Tricia Chiponski and Margaret Dunn will be stepping down as Coordinators at the end of the year, and we thank them for their ten and eleven years, respectively, of leadership in the Soup Kitchen!

Knox College

Knox College in Toronto, one of our church’s three theological colleges, is appealing for donations toward its Re:forming Tomorrow campaign — a $15 million comprehensive campaign “that will keep Knox College at the forefront of theological education that reflects the changing needs of our multicultural and diverse community”.  To date, individuals, foundations, and congregations have pledged over $6.3 million toward Re:forming Tomorrow.  The Session has decided not to make a pledge on behalf of the congregation, but rather to invite members of the congregation to make a donation toward this campaign if they wish.  Donations can be made through our congregation, using either your weekly offering envelope or a separate envelope.  Cheques should be made payable to “First Presbyterian Church”, with “Knox College” written on the memo line and on your envelope.  For details on this campaign, see the letter from Knox College that is posted on the bulletin board in the Church Hall.