Fairmont United Community Church
The Friendly Church On The Corner

Fairmont United Church, London, Ontario

 

 

FAIRMONT FAMILY TIES

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

 

 

FAMILY RESOURCES CLOSE TO HOME

 

Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries for families, like this ministry in Nova Scotia.  In 1986, Fairview United Church in Halifax opened a family resource centre in its building.  The programs the church initiated focused on providing education and support in a safe and welcoming environment.

 

Let’s hear from one long-time participant, now Board member, Tia Forsythe, about the centre’s lasting impact:

 

“I first heard of Parent ‘n’Tot (as it was called then) when we first moved here in 2006.  While my husband went to work every day, it was hard for me and my three

 

children to make connections…. I was told there was a great playgroup, so off we went.

 

It is a decision I am thankful for every day.  My children made friends that they are still connected to over 10 years later.

 

I met people who became my support system in the city…. I have been privileged to watch not only my children grow and achieve amazing things, but also the children they met all those years ago.

 

The Family Resource Centre has had to move out of the church to a new, larger building. 

 

Programs and services offered today include advocacy and referrals, health and wellness, youth, preschool, adult skill development, health and safety, pre-kindergarten, parenting skills and support, and community partnerships.

 

I want to say a big thank you to Fairview United Church and also to the people of The United Church of Canada. 

 

Through your generous gifts to the Mission & Service Fund, you are making a true and lasting impact on communities and in the world, in Jesus’ Name”.

 

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much.

 

 If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving, a regular part of your life of faith.  Loving our neighbor is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

 

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

When you were born you were crying

And everyone around you was smiling.

 

Live your life

so that when you die,

you are the one who is smiling,

and everyone

around you

is crying

 

 

ANNUAL

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

 

The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 in the Sanctuary, following the Sunday morning service. 

 

After the meeting, birthday cake and ice cream will be served in the Parlour.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

 

 

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet

 

Enough trials to make you strong

 

Enough sorrow to keep you human

 

Enough hope to make you happy

 

Trust in the Lord for all these things

 

INSPIRATIONAL

MESSAGE

 

A mother who had just finished reading a book on parenting was conflicted about some of the things she had been failing to do as a parent.  Feeling this confliction, she went upstairs to speak to her son.  When she got upstairs, all she could hear coming from her son’s room was the loud sound of his drums.  She had a message she wanted to deliver but when she knocked on the door she got cold feet.  “Got a minute?” she said as her son answered the knock.  “Mom, you know I always have a minute for you,” said the boy.  “You know, son, I…I…I just love the way you play the drums.   He said, “You do?  Well, thanks Mom”

 

She got up and started back down the stairs.   Half-way down she realized that she had not conveyed the message she had intended so back she went to his door and once again knocked.  “It’s Mom again.  Do you have another minute?”, she said.  He said, “Mom, I told you before, I always have a minute for you.”

 

She went over and sat on his bed.  “When I was here before, I had something I wanted to tell you and I didn’t get it said.  What I really meant to say was…..your dad and I….. we just really think you’re great.”     He said, “You and Dad?”    She said, “Yes, your

Dad and I.”  “Okay, Mom.  Thanks a lot.”, he said.

 

She left and was once again half-way down the stairs when she realized she had gotten closer to the message she intended but had still not told her boy that she loved him.  So up the stairs again and back to the door and this time he heard her coming.  Before she could ask he shouted, “Yeah, I have a minute!”

 

Mom sat down on the bed once more.  “You know son, I’ve tried this twice now and haven’t gotten it out. What I really came up here to tell you is this.  I love you.  I love you with all my heart.  Not Dad and I love you. But I love you.  

 

He said, “Mom that’s great.  I love you too.!  He gave her a great big hug.

 

She started out of the room and was back at the head of the stairs when her son stuck his head out of his room and said, “Mom, do you have a minute?”

 

She laughed and said, “Sure”.

 

 “Mom”, he said, “did you just come back from a seminar?” 

 

The morale of this story is that you don’t need to have an excuse to tell someone that you love them.

 

LAUGH LINES

 

SOME FAMOUS PHYLLIS DILLER SAYINGS……..

 

  • The best way to get rid of kitchen odors:  Eat out

  • The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public

  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford.  Then I want to move in with them.

  • We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next 12 years telling them to sit down and shut up.

  • I asked the waiter, “is this milk fresh?”.  He said, Lady, 3 hours ago it was grass.

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Articles for the February Edition of Family Ties should be with the Editor, Lillian Cree, by January 28, 2018.


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