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「中場滴點」
大家安在家中,飲杯茶,食個包 – 1月7日(四),早上10:30

讚美操
1月9日開新班。逢週六,早上11時至中午12時舉行,由蔡唐月娥主領。請向袁太Alberta報名。歡迎邀請新朋友參加!費用全免。請電郵 info [at] stchris [dot] ca 或電話 (905) 918 2205 報名; 或可網上即時報名參加

輕輕鬆鬆學普通話
2021年1月9日至3月6日。逢星期六 (共八堂)下午2時至3時30分在Zoom平台。費用全免。請電郵 info [at] stchris [dot] ca 或電話 (905) 918 2205 報名; 或可網上即時報名參加

祈禱會
本堂每月逢第一及第三個週四晚上8時至9時在Zoom設有祈禱會。下次將於1月7日晚舉行。

週三研經 – 約翰福音
這星期三早上10:30至12時的週三研經將慶祝聖誕。歡迎屆時分享自己喜悅的聖誕詩及難忘聖誕節的經歷。明年1月6日,會繼續研讀「約翰福音」第一章下半部。謝子樂法政牧師主領。

英文指南針少年團契 Compass
逢星期五晚上; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

兒童主日學
每隔一週六,下午5時至6時,下次在1月2日舉行。

成人主日學
培育部冬季成人主日學課程將於2021年1月10日開始,逢主日下午2時至3時30分在網上舉行,,研讀主題為「但以理書」,課程共分13課。希望大家能參加全部課程, 但如果時間不容許亦歡迎参加能夠出席的部份,一同研討, 讓我們理解在紛亂困難的歷史時刻中,上帝仍然在掌管。感謝陳兆康弟兄設計及統籌課程,並多謝參與的各位導師。有意參加者請與何李少文、楊嘉佩或劉李國建聯络及報名。

烈治文山研經班
烈治文山查經班現放聖誕假。1月8日起,逢週五下午2時半將開始看腓立比書。

Letter to the Diocese from Bishop Andrew, Friday December 04

Dear Friends in Christ,

December 6, 1989. It was a Wednesday. I remember it well. There are certain moments that leave such an impression that you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news: that two planes flew into the World Trade Center, that Paul Henderson put the puck in the net or that the Berlin Wall came crumbling down. Many of us will remember what we were doing when we heard the news that 14 women were slain by a lone gunman at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Murdered because they were women. I was serving as curate at St. George’s in Guelph. The days that followed this horrible event were filled with candlelight vigils, prayer circles and a collective outpouring of disbelief, anger and sorrow. Every December 6 since then I have intentionally found a way to commemorate those who perished.

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, marks the 31st anniversary of that horrific day. Despite the spotlight that the dreadful tragedy at Ecole Polytechnique brought to misogyny and gender-based violence in our society, this is a problem that seemingly will not go away. Heinous acts of violence against women, girls and LGBTQ2S persons continue across our country. Indeed, we know that they have increased during the pandemic, particularly instances of domestic abuse.

Our second reading on Sunday, our reading from 2 Peter, asks: “what sort of persons ought you to be, in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God?” In this Season of Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, how can we help to usher in the Reign of God? For those of us who do not perpetrate acts of violence, and certainly do not condone them, it can be difficult to know how to act, and how to help protect the vulnerable who find themselves in dangerous situations.

First of all, pray. Pray for women, girls and any who live in threatening situations. Pray for the men who abuse them, for their true repentance, enlightenment, and change of heart. Pray for the systems and structures that perpetrate misogynistic ideas, that they may be overthrown. Pray for the services that are in place to protect the vulnerable, that they will have the authority and responsibility to adequately protect those they are meant to serve. Pray for government leaders and those in authority to have the courage to create laws that protect the rights and safety of every individual.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is a day when we remember those who have experienced gender-based violence. We remember mothers and sisters, daughters and aunts, grandmothers and granddaughters who lost their lives. And this is a day when we do more than remember. We are also called to action. Working together, we can help prevent and speak out against gender-based violence. We can learn from our past, listen to survivors, and address harmful behaviour.
December 6 falls within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Please consider adding your voice to the conversation between November 25 and December 10 and share the ways you are striving to end gender-based violence using the hashtag #16Days.

May the Church provide light and life for all women, every sister in Christ living in peril and fear. May the Church offer healing and a safe harbour for our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, daughters, granddaughters, and friends, who struggle to dwell in peace.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto

健康貼士 (2)

Some Sensible Advice
One of my friends sent me this email which may help us all get a better grip on how to manage this pandemic without turning it into a panic. I have modified it slightly in a few places.

Finally something practical and honest from the Head of the Infectious Disease Clinic, University of Maryland, USA: re.Covid19.
1. We may have to live with C19 for months or years. Let’s not deny it or panic. Let’s not make our lives useless. Let’s learn to live with this fact.
2. You can’t destroy C19 viruses that have penetrated cell walls, by drinking gallons of hot water – you’ll just go to the bathroom more often.
3. Washing hands and maintaining a two-metre physical distance is the best method for your protection.
4. If you don’t have a C19 patient at home, there’s no need to disinfect the surfaces at your house.
5. Packaged cargo, gas pumps, shopping carts and ATMs do not cause infection. When you bring home items from a store that other people may have touched, use a sanitizer wipe to clean them before putting them away.
If you Wash your hands, live your life as usual.
6. C19 is not a food infection. It is associated with drops of infection like the ‘flu. There is no demonstrated risk that C19 is transmitted by food.
7. You can lose your sense of smell with a lot of allergies and viral infections. This is only a non-specific symptom of C19.
8. Once at home, you don’t need to change your clothes urgently and go shower unless you’re a frontline health care worker.
Purity is a virtue, paranoia is not!
9. The C19 virus doesn’t hang in the air for long. This is a respiratory droplet infection that requires close contact.
10. The air is clean, you can walk through gardens and parks (just keeping your physical protection distance), Getting some exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature can be very beneficial.
11. It is sufficient to use normal soap against C19, not antibacterial soap. This is a virus, not a bacteria.
12. You don’t have to worry about your food orders. But you can heat it all up in the microwave, if you wish.
13. The chances of bringing C19 home with your shoes is like being struck by lightning twice in a day. I’ve been working against viruses for 20 years – droplet infections don’t spread like that!
14. You can’t be protected from the virus by taking vinegar, sugarcane juice and ginger! These are for immunity not a cure.
15. Wearing a mask for long periods can interfere with your breathing and oxygen levels. Wear it as indicated by Public Health rules (e.g. inside all public indoor spaces at this point – buildings, TTC, etc.).
16. Wearing gloves is also a bad idea; the virus can accumulate on the gloves and be easily transmitted if you touch your face. Better just to wash your hands regularly. Also, masks & gloves must be disposed of in the garbage, not dropped on the ground where they become hazardous waste.
17. Immunity is greatly weakened by always staying in a totally sanitized environment. Even if you eat immunity boosting foods, please go out of your house regularly to any park/beach. but maintain social distancing.
18.Immunity is increased by EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENS, not by sitting at home and consuming fried/spicy/sugary food and aerated drinks.
19. Live life sensibly and to the fullest. Be smart and stay informed!

Thanks to the author (with a few modifications) for his/her good advice on how to live with what may be an ongoing problem for quite some time.

Yes, we have to make some changes to our usual way of living and this is a scary thought for many people. But if we have a better understanding about how these changes will help and what is not necessary, we can look forward to the “new normal” and get back to participating in the life that is important to us. In our fears of the virus, we tend to underestimate how badly social isolation can affect us emotionally and spritually. Life always involves a degree of risk. The important thing is to learn how to manage the risk to keep ourselves healthy holistically – in body, mind & spirit. God made us as whole people, not just bodies, and we need to nurture all of ourselves to live as He intends us to do.

Margaret Black, Parish Nurse