About 16 or so years ago I was serving a church in Scarborough, Ontario, an eastern suburb of Toronto.  The church was called Birchcliffe Bluffs, and it came to be by amalgamating two neighbouring United Churches Birchcliff and Birchcliffe Heights United Churches.  Before the amalgamation Birchcliff United Church had floated the idea of their congregation becoming an outlet of The Daily Bread Foodbank in Toronto.  Eventually that happened and finally the opening day of the outlet arrived. I think that somewhere between 30 and 40 families were fed that first week, almost 70 people.  Over the years the numbers have risen to almost three hundred families served weekly feeding more than 700 people.  A dedicated group of volunteers from area churches joyfully support and staff the foodbank.  As you will see from the website, www.bbuc.ca, many other activities rise from the faith and good deeds of this church.  The foodbank was the spark that brought to life the desires and longings of a small church that wished to serve.  “Any ideas out there folks?” Maybe this verse from the hymn, “It Only Takes a Spark”, words and music by Kurt Kaiser, Budjohn Songs, might get the juices flowing! It only takes a spark, to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up to its glowing: that’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it: you spread God’s love to everyone, you want to pass it on. Blessings, Brian
From Brian’s desk  
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk  
ADVENT
Advent has begun a new church year has started – well known tunes are being sung and played – Christmas carols are being sung on street corners – the stores are full – Christmas shopping is in full swing – plans are being made for Christmas gatherings – travel plans are likely made – school will be over soon, and I hear the shouts of “YEA.”  I said to my uber driver yesterday, “Merry Christmas, if I may offer those wishes to you.” His response was, “you may, we do not celebrate Christmas, but I trust yours will be full of meaning and that your God will be with you.” I think those words will be with me for a long time – a gift indeed giving much to think about?  My friends we are truly blessed to have what we have, so, can we share a little of what we have so that others might more. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items for the ‘Bridge for asylum seekers food bank’ until mid-January. Please leave your donation by the creche in the church.  With many blessings for these holy seasons of Advent & Christmas  Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877