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Bits and Bites, December 17, 2020
- Posted 2020-12-17 12:17:29

"May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."


There’s a bit of a buzz about the “Great Conjunction” coming up on December 21st – the first time that Jupiter and Saturn have been this close together in 800 years. Nice timing, and we might even get lucky and have clear(ish) skies. So look to the south west between 5.30 and 6.30 p.m. and think lovely thoughts about the first Christmas …

Well, Christmas 2020 is almost upon us. Things are still up in the air about where we’ll be with Covid by this time next week. While you’re watching the skies for Great Conjunctions, watch your emails or Facebook for updates on how we will be worshipping together over the next few weeks.

As it currently stands, this coming Sunday (10.30 a.m. @ The Gathering Place) we’re welcoming The Treble Makers as our musical guests, and they’ll be setting the tone for a wonderful Christmas on our regular video service as well.

On Christmas Eve, there’ll be Communion – a traditional service offered in both traditional and virtual formats. The big news is the new ZOOM Communion at 7.00 p.m. You need to PRE-REGISTER for this so get in touch with Rev. Adam – – and he’ll get you on the list for the entry codes. We’ll even deliver or mail out Communion packs (wafer + juice) if you get in touch … soon!

And there will also be Communion via our website video and for those who get the DVD version. In-person service? Well, at this precise moment, we’re planning to meet at 8.30 p.m. at The Gathering Place but … have you been following the News? It’s all a bit up in the air so keep checking your emails/Facebook for the latest or call 289 823 0580 (Rev. Adam) or me (905 932 1897).

There’s lots of news from The Gathering Place Video Productions going into the holidays! They’re up, or soon will be, on our YouTube Channel:

The first of our Christmas “Gather in the Kitchen” videos is up for your enjoyment. This one is “Appetizers” with Sheila & Sharon. We’re talking some serious “yum” here.

Two other cookery vids – main courses and sweet treats – are in post-production (hark at her, going all techno-speak) and should be up by next week as well as Christmas Fireside Fun, a follow-up to our autumn Campfire. Not sure if that’s a promise or a warning.

Plus the video services of course!

AND – Bonus Video – Linda Caldwell’s music students had been planning a little recital at Portal Village but … well, Covid. << boo – hiss >> Not daunted, they have done their Party Pieces on video and put it up on The GP Channel for all of us to enjoy. Gold stars to all concerned.

AND AND – we’re not the only ones taking our good works to the ether (what we used to call “the air waves”) Presbyterian World Service & Development have sent out a Christmas message; I’ll post it in a separate FaceBook message but they’d like us to pop in to when thinking about our Christmas charitable giving … or anytime, I would think. Please – a minute of your time …

Now, not to forget our regular items:

Our two Bible Study groups are on hiatus now until the 6th and 7th of January and Friday Morning Club as well, hopefully until the 8th?

Finally, the Food Bank welcomes your contributions either in the box at 39 Division Street or at their Nickel Street base. For that matter, take a second to look around your community: if you can provide a meal, or a cookie, or even a kind word by ‘phone, there are many as will be thankful to be on the receiving end.

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.”

Dale Evans

“Happy trails to you”

also Dale Evans, via me

Have a Blessed Christmas & productive New Year!

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