November Newsletter Letter

Dear Friends,

If you can believe it, October is past and November is upon us.  October was an incredible month at Briarwood.  We started with World Communion Sunday, then enjoyed a Blended Service all together, including 18 children.  Also in October, God raised up for ministry in this congregation Danielle Pierre, as full-time Children and Youth Director.  What a gift she has been already.  October included two weeks of orientation for Danielle, and thank you s to Tisha M., outgoing youth group leader, and Judy P., outgoing family ministries leader.  October ended with a weekend that included a Pizza party for Tisha, the Fall Clean-Up, an amazing, amazing Organ concert, and our Covenanting Sunday with Danielle.  Hallelujah, and thanks be to God for a great and memorable time of ministry and mission in October.  

And thank God for November already.  This month I look forward to the practices between services of Briarwood’s Advent Children’s Choir with Alejandro.  This choir is preparing for December 2nd, our next Blended Service together, where we’ll mark the beginning of Advent.  So invite your neighbours, the kids on your street, our co-workers’ kids, your grandkids, your own children, for this great opportunity.  I also look forward to Briarwood P.E.D. Day Camp on November 23rd.  Again, please invite all the children you know and love to participate in this joint Day Camp, led by Danielle Pierre of Briarwood and her counterpart from Westminster Presbyterian Church.  

Friends, we are blessed at Briarwood.  So many celebrations and joys, that I can’t list them all here.  But let me remind us of this:  the church doesn’t have a mission.  God’s mission in the world has a church.  As we go through the book of Genesis, and finish this month with the stories of Joseph and his family and brothers, we’re reminded of that.  That God is the God at work in our lives and in our communities at all times, when it looks that way and when it doesn’t.  Our focus is always on this God, who loves us and loves this world.  What we do, how we invest our time and resources, all stems from this claim.  This God made known in Jesus.  This God, whom to love is perfect freedom and to serve is joy eternal.  I would ask you to please pray especially this month for Danielle, and for the Children, Youth and their Families in this church and community, as Danielle begins ministry with them here.

Wishing everyone the best,


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