Brenda Wallace
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January 2, 2019

Just finishing up the year's news from Watsonville, California. Check your produce and you will find that lots comes from this area! We are on our way home. Happy New Year to all. 2019 will be full of new opportunity. Enjoy!

December 27, 2018

Hi, from Maricopa, Arizona. We have been on the road since December 18 and are feeling very rested. This winter holiday has become second nature to us as we make a loop from Calgary to Vegas to Phoenix to California, then along the coast to San Francisco, on to Portland and home to Calgary. I will be home in time to do sound on the second Sunday of January so until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 

ACTS Monday Night Book Study begins on January 14th and we will be into full winter programming. Upcoming highlights are the Epiphany Service on January 7, Coffee and Muffin Ministry on January 20, 2019, the Special Baptism service on January 27, 2019 and before you know, it will be Ash Wednesday, March 6. 

Faith Quest and their “Super Hero Sunday’s” recommence on January 13. They will be working on using their unique “special powers” to help others. Grades 3-6 will be continuing in their leadership roles. 

On January 20th, after service, the Seniors Core Team will be leading a meeting of seniors looking at ways to save money on fixed incomes. After our holiday, that conversation will be appreciated!

December 17, 2018

What a week it was!!! I love St. David's all year but especially at Christmas, it is a great place to spend time and time, we did spend. With regular programming like Monday Night Book Study and Thursday morning Bible Study (ACTS programs) on Christmas break, we still had lots of reasons to visit during the week. On Thursday, Coffee and Muffin Ministry was in full swing with visitors dropping in from 7 until 2 for treats beside the Giving Tree and great conversation. (Next one is January 17, 2018 - mark your calendar.) Saturday, Alison and her crew were hard at work getting ready for "White Gift Sunday" and PSALT was on hand to get sound lined up for the ambitious Faith Quest presentation that involved lots of young people in the superpower outfits. 

Yesterday, the chancel was filled with white food bags for the Food Bank as well as gifts for McMan Calgary and Brenda's House. The little ones expended loads of energy (to be replenshished after church with the Pancake Brunch (thanks to Dave Rider and crew)) as they gathered up the bags and raced them to the front. Watching from the balcony was just extra special. 

Many of us were back to St. David's last night for the Evening Compline Service under the direction of Brent Tucker and the Chamber Choir and Rev. Peggy McDonagh. To see the sanctuary lit totally by candlelight was incredible. With music coming from the balcony, we surrounded by Christmas light and sound. Thank you, choir, director and presider. A welcome reprieve from the business of the season. 

The upcoming week will keep us busy as well. We have the Blue Christmas Service on Friday night with Pastoral Care Minister, Deb,  presiding. This service will be held in the T.M. room. It begins at 7 p.m. December 21, 2018. This meditative service honours the challenges of experiencing the Christmas season while living with difficult life events. 

We have an amazing and hardworking ministry at St. David's that handcraft prayer shawls and bags and, over the course of the year, these shawls are gifted to those who need some comfort. This ministry operates on donations and the love they share is unbounded. You can pick up a shawl and pass it on to someone who could use a little extra something at Christmas. 

Merry Christmas to all of my readers. We are heading south for the next three weeks so will be spending Christmas in Arizona with my brother and his family. Safe travels to all and we will see you in 2019. 

December 10, 2018

We have two advent candles lit as we approach Christmas - the candle for hope and the candle for peace. Our Sanctuary looks so beautiful in its Christmas dress and I suspect that the Christmas theme is alive and well at our homes. It was a challenge this year for us as we find new places for traditional pieces in our new home. 

This coming week is full of activity at St. David's. This afternoon the Prayer Shawl Group meets. Their gifts are in many of our homes, offering an extra measure of warmth when we wrap those beautifully and lovingly-prepared shawls around our shoulders. Thank you so much for your dedicated work. 

On Wednesday, Janice Rider will be meeting with her faithful group of Qigong'rs who meet at 9:30 a.m. year round. During this busy time of year, 90 minutes spent with Janice in Robertson Hall is most advisable. 

On Thursday morning, beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m., the coffee pot is on (or tea or juice) and the muffins are plentiful. We are so lucky to have this dedicated group of St. Davidians who, once a month, open our doors to the community. Great conversation abounds along with fruit, cheese and, of course, muffins. 

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. you are able to make a unique centre piece for your holiday table. Greens and oases are provided at this fundraiser initiative. You should bring flowers, a vase and low centre piece suitable for the table. A donation of $20 will go to our church fund. 

And then on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, the Faith Quest team will be presenting their finale of "Justice League: A White Gift Mystery." So far, we've met the Riddler, Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman and there are rumours we'll be meeting with Cat Woman on Sunday. That Alison! When it comes to creating scenarios that cause us to rethink our church seasons, Alison is a SUPERPOWER. Thanks for all you do, our friend. With side kicks, Stephanie, Brent and Vanessa, we are invited to think of each of us being superpowers in our own lives as we go about making our world a better place to live. 

Next Sunday evening, our sanctuary will be bathed in candlelight as we are invited to participate in the Evening Compline service. The service begins at 7:30 and there will be a musical presentation prior. Again, this service provides peace at such a busy time of year.

December 5, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my readers. As I write this, it is December 5, 2018 which means there are only 20 sleeps until Christmas Day. By now most of us have our decorations out of storage and our houses are "Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." For us, this is our first Christmas in our new home so finding places for our traditional decorations has been a challenge. It is a work in progress as I walk around, changing, adding, tweaking... 

I heard from a member of the Sanctuary Choir about their Lessons and Carols service with three other choirs at Holy Cross Anglican Church. My friend was very enthusiastic about the evening and is keen to join the singers on Dec. 23, 2018 for a repeat performance. 

Last Friday night, the Friendship Club held its Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance. Attendance was great and just seeing all our dear friends in their Christmas finery made the evening an unqualified success. Entertainment was provided by a group of Barber Shop Singers who were most talented and had the undivided attention of the assembled guests. Food was delicious and the Badlanders three piece band provided great dance music. The polka nearly did me it!!

You might like to participate in the Christmas Flower Arranging Workshop which will be a fundraiser for St. David's. It will be held on Saturday, December 15 in the Robertson Hall from 10:00 am to noon. Donations of $20 will provide you with a timely learning experience and, maybe, some really special flower arrangements. You are asked to bring your own vase and low container for oasis suitable for your holiday table plus a mixed bunch of flowers and strong scissors. Christmas greenery and oasis will be provided. Direct any questions and register with June Martin after church or at . junemartin@shaw.ca Fun is guaranteed.