Letter from Rev. Dr. C. Johnson – Dec 4, 2020

Dear Friends, 
Have you had a chance to walk or drive by the Christmas lights on our three village churches? 
They are spectacular!! The lights will be on until the end of the Christmas season which is January 6.  So don’t miss them!  Let your neighbours know. 
Super big thanks to the set up crew especially Barry Pretty, who helped us with the electrical set up.  The crew included Dave and Nancy Hayley, Elly and Rick Leben, Cathy and Jorgen Jensen, Walter and Carol Veenstra, Ben MacLeod, Cathy Guertin, Rob and Judi Roesler, with greetings from Jim Simpson.  We had a lot of fun working together and treats and hot chocolate warmed us up. If I missed anyone, let me know.
On the actual evening of turning the lights on, Saturday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m., I met both our MPP Karen McCrimmon and City Counsellor Ell El-Chantiry.  It was fun to have some casual conversations with them.  Karen told me about her families’ Christmas plans and Eli asked about Jack Lougheed, and told me that he’d been so happy to be involved with the changing of our street name to Jack Lougheed Way.  We had about 25 people attend, fully-masked.  Some walked between churches and others drove.  At each church, we stopped and sang a couple carols.  The evening was mild so we were able to linger a bit.  (Check our BSA website under News and Announcements for photo and story by West Carleton Online.)
Just walking between these churches reminds me of their incredible historic value and helps me feel connected to all the persons who built these churches and have given us such an amazing legacy.  
Plans for our recorded worship services during Advent include: 
Advent Three, Dec. 13 – Joy – Music by Rick Leben and Walter Mcilquham. 
Advent Four, Dec. 20 – Love – Music by Rick Leben and Phil, Tonja, Mackenzie and Alex Aldis.
Blue Christmas – Dec. 20 – This is a combined service with participation from Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church, Bethel-St. Andrew’s United Church and Admaston Pastoral Charge.  The time for its premiere is TBA.  This service takes place on Dec. 20, the longest night of the year, as an acknowledgement that Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many.  It offers both an opportunity for lament and an opportunity for comfort and hope.
Christmas Eve – Music by Rick Leben, Danny and Travis Strong and Kevin Davis bringing a country/bluegrass flavour.
As they do every year, the Trustees are asking for nominations of a post-secondary student from a BSA family for a Christmas Eve gift. Contact a Trustee or Ken Stewart at 623-3881 or at ken@ferryroadfarm.ca.
I hope you are finding peace and joy in this Advent season.  The light of Christ shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.  
In the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson

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