February 2012 Newsletter Letter

“Lord, listen to your children praying;
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
send us love,
send us power,
send us grace!”
#449, The Book of Praise

Dear Friends,
This week you will receive a letter from our Clerk of Session announcing the news that after months of searching, we have appointed Judy Pemberton to the position of Director of Family Ministries at Briarwood.  This is part of the overall plan to bring on a full-time team for work with children and youth.  The Presbytery of Montreal has granted Briarwood $52,000 and members of the congregation of pledged nearly $90,000 towards this initiative.

The reason for all this planning and work, and now excitement, is not because we hope this program will meet our needs.  It is about trying to be the best stewards of the children and youth in our midst right now, but even more it is about trying to reach out beyond our walls to be a support to families in our community through the good news of Jesus.  This is a program about mission.  Mission to families with young children.  At the last three congregational planning evenings this has been the listed as the number one priority of Briarwood going forward. This month marks of significant step forward in this area.  Thanks to be God!

Also big this month is next week’s Faces We Love photo exhibit.  This will be 130 photos of people from Briarwood and those with whom we share our space.  NOVA and Helping Hands especially.  District 3 Beaconsfield counsellor Wade Staddon will be here Tuesday morning, February 7th, at 10 a.m. to open the exhibit.  The West Island Chronicle plans to pick up the story.  The photos are all Faces, in black and white, 8″x12″.  Thank you to Lauren Du Preez for all her work in making this happen.

Finally, this February we welcome back to Briarwood The Rev. Captain Charles DeoGratias.  Charles has just returned from Rwanda and will share on Christ’s mission in that place through the work of the chaplaincy in the Canadian Forces.

Wishes everyone the very best,

Greg

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