Written by Gwyn Beer
Canada West Mission Centre Co-President
Advent is here! The Christmas season is such a special time of year. I pulled out my dad’s bible and went to St. Luke. Dad’s bible is full of markings. Any of those marks bring dad closer to me. St. Luke Chapter 2 tells the story of the birth of the savior who is Christ the Lord. Chapter 2: 14 reads “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace; good will to men.”
Sit down in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that we get caught up in at this time of year and read St. Luke Chapter 2. Enjoy and feel the peace mentioned in verse 14.
There are a group of church members and friends, in Chilliwack, who meet on Monday nights to be together completing their own crafts. A decision in the spring was made to begin a Christmas project. These ladies decided to make toques to be given away this year at Christmas to the homeless and those living “rough”. Knitters and crocheters worked at creating the toques (some had to learn to crochet or knit hats).
One lady volunteered to make the pompoms for the top of the toques. Wooden trees were built by Rick James and covered in chicken wire. There are 3 toque trees this year. One is at home in the store front office of the Chilliwack RCMP Community Policing on Wellington Ave. Bags of toques were given to the officers going out on night patrol to hand out to those in need. The second hat tree went to Cyrus House also on Wellington. This is the teenage homeless shelter that takes in those 12 years old to 24 years old. Both locations are delighted to get these toque trees. The Chilliwack Christmas parade is December 3rd this year and we have asked that the trees be on display till then. Bags of hats/toques are being given to hand out right away. The third tree is in the Chilliwack Church for a few weeks and will also be given away. The ladies are trying to offer warmth and a sense of caring to those who receive these toques.
The time is here to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and to pray for the peace this world needs.
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