Advent: Preparation

We began our season of Advent and our series Believe Again on November 27. Jon Osmond delivered us a message on preparation and asked us to ready our hearts for the coming of Christ.

If you missed sharing this past Sunday with us, connect with us through our teachings that are posted to our Mixcloud account.

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Peace Sunday & Contentment

As we approach the season of Advent, Jon Osmond delivered two important messages on Peace and Contentment.

On November 13th, Jon delivered an important message on allowing PEACE to be at the forefront of our mission. In this crazy post-election week, this message was more pertinent than ever.

On November 20th, we reflected on how our society is quite consumer driven – especially at this time of the year. Jon asked us to take this opportunity to refocus during this time on how Christ enables us to feel CONTENTMENT, no matter what the circumstances.
If you’ve missed the past two Sundays, be sure to connect with our Mixcloud account to keep up to date on the teachings at FreeChurch.

PEACE SUNDAY

CONTENTMENT

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CoffeeHouse Trailer

CoffeeHouse is our annual celebration of the arts and our community at FreeChurch. It’s an evening where we all gather at St Stephen-in-the-Fields and share in our musical, visual, written, and so many other diverse creative gifts. If you missed out on CoffeeHouse this past month, here is a quick snapshot of what went on that evening that was created by one of our members, Jordan Michaelis.

Click on the image below for the full trailer video:

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Filmed, edited, and scored by Jordan Michaelis.

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An Update From Hilary

On Thanksgiving Sunday, Hilary shared with us about the Delegation she went on in Northern Ontario. Since many people were away that weekend, Hilary has written about her time in Grassy Narrows, ways in which we can further educate ourselves, as well as ways in which we can contribute.

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On Thanksgiving Sunday, I shared about a Delegation I went on with Christian Peacemaker Teams to Treaty #3 Territory in Northern Ontario. I know it can be exhausting and overwhelming to learn about this history that has been systemically abolished from our collective ways of knowing. Here are some good places to start:

 

www.freegrassy.net

a great resource to learn more about the history of the community of Grassy Narrows and stay in the know about what sort of organizing in happening in Toronto.  There are also some great resources to take action and learn about ways you as an individual can live in solidarity with Grassy Narrows community.

 

www.adoptandimplement.com

The history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a very interesting one.  After 20+ years of negotiations, the UNDRIP was adopted in 2007.  However, Canada did not endorse the Declaration.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has said that Canada must adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to aid in reconciliation efforts.  To learn more about the UNDRIP, and to sign a petition to get Cnada to adopt and implement the Declaration, this is a great resource.

 

I am hoping to continue to share my experience and keep you updated on my involvement with CPT. Last week, I finished my application to do Peace Corps Training with CPT in Colombia in January 2017. When I hear back about an interview, I will let you know.  Your prayers for peace and faith in knowing that God’s plans for my life are good are what I need most right now. Doing work like this is nothing I ever considered myself worthy of doing, but I am very excited about remaining humbly obedient and following the call for my life.

 

www.cpt.org/donate

And finally, if you would like to support me financially in funding for my most recent Delegation, visit this site to make a donation.  Don’t forget to write Hilary Simpson in the “special purpose” section.

 

I encourage you to take a look at CPT’s website to learn more about them and the history of their work in mobilizing grassroots efforts of non violence globally.  If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to email or facebook message me!

 

Hilary Simpson

 

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Journey Together

What does it mean to JOURNEY TOGETHER?

One of our values at FreeChurch is that we gather together in our faith and share this experience of Christ together. We believe that God has called us to be a diverse spiritual family and that we grow in faith and character by resisting urban isolation and fragmentation, actively engaging in loving relationships of encouragement, hospitality, generosity and forgiveness.

This past Sunday, Jon Osmond explored this value of Journeying Together in his next instalment of the TRUE NORTH sermon series. If you missed the message this week, be sure to catch up through our Mixcloud Podcast.

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