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Special Christmas Services and Events

Along with our services, there are other events for you to participate in the celebration of Christmas. We’d encourage you to join some of these.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Clause Parade
Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 10:00 AM

For more information: 
www.lakeshoresantaclausparade.com
 
13th Annual Mimico by the Lake Tree Lighting
Date: Sunday, December 4
Time: 4:30 – 6 PM

Location: Mimico Square (foot of Mimico Ave & Lakeshore Blvd W)
Bring a handmade decoration for the tree.
 
Holidays and Hope – Candlelight Service of Remembrance.
Date: Wednesday, December 7
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Assembly Hall (Kipling and Lakeshore)
A service sponsored by Ridley Funeral Home and led by Pastor Jim Sanderson for those grieving a loss at Christmas.
 
Christmas in Mimico Community Carol Concert
Date: Sunday, December 11
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Mimico Presbyterian Church (119 Mimico Ave at Royal York Ave)
Local musicians and choirs gather to celebrate Christmas with beautiful music! Join in for sing along carols and hear professional soloists. Tickets and details available soon at 
mimicochildrenschoir.com.

The Evolution of Faith in Community (Oct 2016)

This 5-part series (plus a bonus sermon) is preached by Rev. Alvin Lau.

 

September 26 (the bonus one) “Big and Small” (Job 42:1-6) They say, if you’re looking for answers, just Google it. Indeed, Google does have many answers (although not all of them are necessarily right). It seems we know more now than ever before. But does God fit into all this now? (Or perhaps where do we fit with God?) We’ll explore the big and small of it.

Devotional thought: What do you need to trust with God’s wisdom?

 

October 2 “The Proposal” (Exodus 20:3) As we travel through this series, we’ll explore how God sees this relationship. The Bible has often used a marriage as an analogy between us and God. What does that exactly entail? We’ll join Moses and the Israelites to see the context of that relationship.

Devotional thought: Are you prepared to accept God’s proposal?

 

October 9 “The Balance of Contentment” (Philippians 4:10-20) There is a fine line between contentment, complacent and entitlement. We can easily lean towards the other two, but contentment can feel elusive. We’ll look at a couple of moments in King David’s life as a case study into that fine line.

Devotional thought: How do you stay content? (Or what will move you towards contentment?)

 

October 16 “Far, Far Away” (Psalm 13) There are many times when it feels like God is far, far away. Yet those moments may hold a blessing that we don’t always notice. We’ll empathize together and search for that blessing together.

Devotional thought: When do you feel God’s far away? (How do you respond?)

 

October 23 “Inclusive Exclusivity” (John 14:6) Sometimes, it seems like Jesus is a paradox. Sometimes he bring peace; other times division. He speaks of the kingdom of God being available to all, then says it’s only for a few. We’ll explore the paradox of “inclusive exclusivity”.

Devotional thought: When you look around, who do you discount from God’s kingdom?

 

October 30 “To Infinity and Beyond” (John 15:11-15, Revelation 4) As we conclude this series, we look to the present and the future, where are faith is being shaped towards and how it will culminate in the future. Jesus challenges us to “love others as he loved us”. How does look now and what will it lead to in the future?

Devotional thought: How will you love as Jesus loves (based on the definition we explored)?

What’s in the Toolbox? (May-June 2015 series)

What’s in the Toolbox?

You need the right tools for the job. When Christ calls and enlists us in his service he provides the resources we need.  Over the next number of weeks we will be encouraged, equipped and empowered.

May 3rd (Hosea 2, 11) Alluring Love – Take great comfort in this, “His love endures forever.” Our God is a seeking God, a good shepherd who goes after the lost to bring them home. This is God’s mission and he invites us into it.  God moves in steadfast love to draw people to the abundant life that he gives. An inspiring example of this is God’s faithful and steadfast love to the people of Israel. As disciples of Christ this is our hope and strength.

May 10th Mother’s Day (John 14:15-16; 16:5-16) GiftJesus promised his followers a gift that would be like, but better than his own presence. It was his way of keeping his promise to be with them to the end of the age. This gift – the Holy Spirit is the presence of God revealing truth and moving in grace over the world. He would be uniquely and intimately with the disciples of Jesus.

May 17th (Galatians 5:16-25) Fruit – One of the important definers of a person’s life and a disciple’s witness is their character. Are you of good or of bad character? How does one develop good character? The Spirit of God is at work in the life of a believer to produce Christ like qualities. You are such a character.

May 24th Pentecost (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) Gifts – We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the early Christians. The Holy Spirit is described as a gift but we must also appreciate that the Holy Spirit gives gifts. These gifts are given as special abilities to help us in service of Christ and his Church. We have a lot of gifts to open.

May 31st (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5) Scripture – The scriptures are described as a double edged sword. We should therefore recognize its power and that it requires some instruction and care to use. A most important resource given to us, we must make effort to know and apply God’s Word to our lives. Draw your sword. En guard!

June 7th (John 17:15-21) Out There – The followers of Christ gather together and then they scatter in a kind of breathing rhythm. All together on Sunday and then off we go our separate ways. What happens when we are out there, after we move out from the community? Are we on our own and what does it mean for us to be in the world but not of it? Most of our week is lived in the wider community but is impacted by our time with the community of Christ.

June 14th (1 Timothy 4:12) Our Youth Today has been set aside as a ‘National Day of Prayer for Youth’. The world of our youth is complicated, soaked in social media and somewhat uncertain about the future. They would appreciate our prayers and encouragement. How will the new generations embrace the message and mission of Christ? We must be faithful in passing on and entrusting to the next generations this very sacred trust. We love and value our youth.
June 21st (Philippians 1:3-11) Partners – We can always do so much more together than we can do alone. Even Jesus pulled together a team, as did the Apostle Paul. We are grateful for the many that have come along side of us and for the joy we have had to come alongside of others. We celebrate the partnerships we enjoy as we serve God and the resulting benefits.  
June 28th (Colossians 1:27) Community – Our mission statement is that we are, “A community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities. We’ll take some time today to explore the foundation of our mission, to be a community of Christ. There is a verse that says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. The you is us. The presence of Christ in us makes all kinds of things possible. Prepare to be excited and encouraged.
July 5th (2 Corinthians 1:3-11) Hardship – We have been looking at the resources our Lord equips us with. We have been calling it our toolbox. This tool we might rather leave in the box. We grapple with the ministry opportunities and even blessings of hardship. We certainly do not seek hardship but when it comes to you, look for the grace of our Lord bringing comfort and strength. We so often come out stronger on the other side.