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GIVING PROPORTIONALLY TO CCDP
"To whom much is given . . . much will be expected." - Luke 12:48

After celebrating our financial support for CCDP as a gift, and ensuring the regularity of our giving, the next element of Joyful Giving is proportionality. This should be an easy concept for us - Canada has one of the most progressive income tax systems in the world, with rates rising quickly and significantly as our income rises.

But we don't always apply this lesson from scripture and from our tax system to our charitable giving. Consider that the average percentage of income donated to charities is roughly 5% from those earning less than $40,000 annually. Then giving drops, however, to 2.5% until rising again significantly - to over 10% - for those with incomes greater than $200,000. What results is a depressing 'gap' in the charitable giving graph for incomes between $40,000 and $200,000. These are Canadian averages, mind you, and studies have shown that people of faith give at higher levels across the income spectrum.

Lots of numbers, to be sure, but that is what proportionality, as an aspect of Joyful Giving, is all about - trying to find a guidepost to apply the directive to us from Luke 12:48.

As you contemplate your final gift for 2019, and make a commitment for 2020, the Stewardship Committee hopes you will 'mind the gap' which seemingly occurs as our earnings rise, to contemplate a gift that is truly proportional, relative to your circumstances.

Stay tuned for our final upcoming Joyful Giving message, on the subject of sacrificial giving. Thank you!

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DO YOU HAVE THE GIFT OF WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY?
Love a quiet and peaceful church for a couple of hours?
Then we have a wonderful ministry for you!

The nave of our beautiful church has traditionally been locked six days of the week. As part of our recent visioning exercise, we want to make it more accessible for prayer and reflection. As a pilot, we would like to open the church for two hours over the noon hour on Fridays.

We are looking for some of our people to be present during these Fridays, working in twos or threes, to welcome visitors, answer questions and be a warm and welcoming presence.

Please speak to Walter Blackwell (416-964-1462) for more information.


CHURCH ON TAP
Friday, November 22 / 7:00 pm

"Church on Tap" is an informal celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a pub which serves cold beer. Please bring a friend!

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RE-LAUNCHING YOUR LIFE WITH MEANING:

Your transition to Retirement, a Second Career or... If you're considering retirement, have been retired for three years or less, and want to imagine or re-imagine living fully in this life stage, consider participating in Re- launching Your Life with Meaning. This 4-evening program is scheduled for November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Christ Church Deer Park. It will be led by Heather Bennett, Career Coach and Murray MacAdam, Memoir Writing Coach and active Anglicans!

More information here.

Advance registration is required. A suggested $20 donation to the Churches-on-the Hill Foodbank is the cost. To register: email: AgingWithCourage@gmail.com or call 416-720-4312.


HOLY & HOLLY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Save the Date: November 23rd

We Need Your Support for a Successful Holy & Holly Christmas Festival! We hope you'll offer your time and talent(s) in one or more of the following areas, if you're able:
1. Volunteer - to set up, sell, clean up. Contact Barbara Johnston: bl.johnston11@gmail.com.
2. Promotion - Please help by distributing postcards or displaying a lawn sign in your area (just the week before the Festival) or ask localbusinesses to put a poster in their window. Contact Deb Wilkinson: deborahkaren@hotmail.com for signs / lawn signs.
3. Create - Do you have a talent for baking, or making preserves? Please donate your homemade foodstuffs to the Festival. Labelled items should be dropped off at CCDP on Friday, November 22. For information, contact: Norma Ross at (416) 929-5494.
4. Donate - Have unused gifts, extra sports or performance tickets you can't use, a bottle (or 2) of wine, or gift cards to offer? If so, please donate to our silent auction. Items can be dropped off in the labelled box next to the Heath St. entrance. For info: caroline@vannostrand.ca.

The Festival is a wonderful & fun way to support CCDP, advance our outreach efforts while also getting to know parishioners and our community - thanks for your support & participation!

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FINALLY - THE PERFECT GIFT, ONE THAT DOES GOOD THINGS FOR OTHERS!

CCDP's Advent Giving Box 2019: Make a difference this Christmas and give a gift that keeps on giving!

Your purchase of an Advent Giving Box supports Christ Church Deer Park as well as charities working here and overseas. This is a special giving opportunity—a way that we can offer thanksgiving to God for all that He is doing in our parish, in our city, and around the world. Open an envelope each day and see the initiative we're supporting and, as we all prepare for the coming of the Christ child, we can read the Advent scripture verse as we journey toward Christmas. Together, we spread kindness and God's love. Beautifully presented, these make great gifts or enjoy it yourself!

Cost $75 each. To order, contact Barbara Johnston at bl.johnston11@gmail.com or purchase at Holy and Holly Christmas Festival.


PLEASE NOTE
IN HARMONY CONCERT, ON NOVEMBER 27 IN SUPPORT OF NEWCOMERS, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING.

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ADVENT RETREAT: MATTHEW 2020
Saturday November 30, 2019 / 10:00am to 3:00pm
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church

The 2020 liturgical year will be focusing on the Gospel of Matthew. Advent is a time of preparation, so come to our CCDP retreat to prepare for hearing Matthew's Good News in 2020. Learn about the background of this Gospel; who wrote it, for whom they wrote it, what was the culture of the listeners, how does it differ from the other Gospels, how you can connect with some of your favourite stories, deepening your relationship with God. Make 2020 a year of spiritual exploration with Matthew.

The purpose of a retreat is to be away from any of the familiar distractions, allowing us to focus wholeheartedly on the theme. To that end, our retreat will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Lunch will be provided. Sign up sheets are at the back of the church and in the bell tower entrance.


GLAD TIDINGS - A CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday, December 1st / 4:00pm

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! During this year's Advent season, Tony van Straubenzee with CCDP will be hosting a fundraising concert on Sunday, December 1st at 4:00pm. The concert will feature beautiful Christmas music with the In Contra Ensemble (led by our fabulous Matthew Otto), along with Christmas readings and a few more surprises! Start off your Christmas in the spirit of Glad Tidings! Wine Reception to follow. Tickets $35 per person, $65 per couple, please see Tony van Straubenzee (416- 994-4811) Catharine Seagram (416-962-0572).

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OUT OF THE COLD

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church provides food and overnight shelter on Wednesday nights as part of the Out of the Cold program They are looking for volunteers for all 4 shifts: preparing and serving supper, social time, overnight and preparing and serving breakfast. You can be scheduled in every four weeks or casual/ on call. The program runs from November to April. If you would like more information please speak with Anne Larkin or email larkin_anne@hotmail.com.


CHURCHES-ON-THE-HILL FOOD BANK

The NOVEMBER Food of the Month donation is HOT CEREAL (QUAKER INSTANT OATS in INDIVIDUAL PACKETS preferred).

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THIS WEEK'S GREEN TIP

Now that you're taking more non-car trips, it's the government's turn to prod your neighbours. Email your city councillor if you like any of the following: 12 ideas under "Governments can encourage the reduction of vehicular use by" at https://www.nutramed.com/environment/cars.htm) and one idea from New York City about trucks at https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/offhoursdelivery.shtml.


 

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