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A VISIT FROM SANTA’ S ANGELS

How thrilled and impressed were the residents of Andrews of Charlottetown when “Santa’s Angels,” a group of female and male teenagers along with young adults, arrived on Christmas morning, entered our dining room and entertained us with carols from 7:30 to 8:00 AM, while the residents enjoyed their breakfast. When the carolling ended, these young people went to each table and treated the seniors to chocolate-coated cookies and brightened their day by presenting them with a stuffed animal. It is usually the crimes of young people that make the headlines while the youth who are generous, kind and dedicated go unnoticed. Congratulations to “Santa’s Angels” and a sincere thank you for making the day for seniors such a memorable one!

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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016

Theme: Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God (1 Peter 2:9)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual worldwide ecumenical celebration traditionally held from January 18 to 25. By coming together during this week, we join with people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and community.

This year, we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Latvia. They call us to reflect on the mighty acts of God in our lives, and to find ways in which we can witness to these acts by working together for the unity of Christ’s Church.

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BOOK: "Speaking Christian" by Marcus Borg

(2011, also 2012, also 2014; Harper One Paperback). While not a new book, this little volume offers more than a clarification of words and their meaning. Marcus has a way of leading his readers away from literalism and a conviction of inerrancy in scripture to an inviting openness to explore what words “may have meant” (we can’t be sure) in a specific time and context, and what they may mean now, in our time. Over the centuries, interpretations and additions have definitely found their way into our Christian message. Some have brought clutter rather than clarity, along with negativity and guilt power. Although mostly attracted to new books and new insights, as a chronic wordsmith, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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