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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

There are an abundance of conflicting perspectives on politics, art, religion, family. We have conversations all the time that make us realize that, for better or worse, some people see the same situation from a completely different perspective than we do.

In Sunday's scripture, we pick up where we left of this past week. Jesus has announced his ministry of good news to the poor in the synagogue in Nazareth, but finds himself unable to heal the people of his hometown. Perhaps they cannot change their perspective on the carpenter's son, to see him as something more? Perhaps they cannot change their perspective on God, and how God's healing works? We only know that this difference of perspective leads to big conflict, and they even talk about throwing Jesus off a cliff.

This has me wondering about my own perspective. Would I see things like Jesus? Or would I be one of the hometown crowd unable to see and be healed? I want to see Jesus for who he is, Messiah, Healer, Bringer of Good News. How do I train my eyes and heart to see with Jesus's perspective?

If you also want to see Jesus' work as good news, healing and joy, join us on Sunday to get some perspective.

Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer


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Cold Weather Shelter 2019
 
Our 2019 shelter season is starting this week, and there are still plenty of shifts to fill later in the season. The dinner shift runs from 6:30 to 9pm, and breakfast shift from 7 to 9am each Wednesday night and Thursday morning from January 30/31 to March 27/28. We also need volunteers who are willing to take home a bag of laundry each week, wash it, and return it the following Sunday. If you would like to get involved, contact Jonathan at jonathan@amchurch.co.uk or sign up to a shift on the electronic rota: http://signup.com/go/NHkYkzQ.
 
Shelter Recap: January 23 and 24
No matter how much work is put into the preparations beforehand, we are never quite ready for the start of the shelter season; it is tough to prepare when we do not have a sense of the dynamics of the group coming in, when we need to refamiliarize ourselves with the space we are using and when we need to do some on-the-job training for new volunteers.
That being said, our first night of the cold weather shelter—ushering in our eleventh season—went off amazingly! We had a full house of 16 guests: 13 men and 3 women. Some were in their 20s and some were in their late 50s. Two of the guests spent the summer sleeping in Whitfield Gardens right next to the church. We even welcomed the shelter’s first couple!
Elodie led the dinner shift with baked ziti and vegan brownies, Stephen and Jonathan did the overnight shift, and Josh provided southern-style biscuits to go with our usual breakfast offerings. Despite a few loud snorers and a slightly temperamental oven, everything went smoothly, and a real sense of community amongst guests and volunteers started to take shape.
                           Special Guests -- February 10 and 17
 
On Sunday, February 10, author Kate Nicholas will be our guest preacher. Friend of AIC member Zena Martin, Kate is the former head of global communications for World Vision. After a life-changing diagnosis and healing from stage 4 cancer, Kate is now on a journey toward ordination as a priest in the Church of England. She will bring a message about the power of healing, trust and transformation by God's power. Her book Sea Changed, published in 2016 and now the subject of a TV series on TBN, tells her amazing story. Don't miss her in worship on February 10.


On Sunday, February 17, Rev. Andrew Prasad, Moderator of the Thames North Synod of the United Reformed Church will join Pastor Jennifer in worship leadership and bring a message. AIC is a member of the URC, and Rev. Prasad oversees our region. We look forward to building our relationship with our fellow URC congregations, and learning more about our mutual ministry.
 
Youth Outing
 
Our next Youth Outing will be March 3, and we’ll launch into Lent by learning out the Bible and where it came from.  We will be having an early Shrove/Pancake/Fat Tuesday by having a pancake lunch with all of the youth. This will be followed by a discussion on the Bible: what is it, why do we still use it today and how should we best approach reading it, all to encourage the youth to take up some daily Bible reading during Lent. We'll finish with a trip to the British Library to view some of their early Biblical manuscripts. Open to all youth ages 11+. No cost, but please bring your Oyster card. Come, and invite a friend!
 
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Pavement works have now started in earnest on Tottenham Court Road as a part of Camden's West End Project. Through access will be maintained during the works, but partial lane closures and periodic parking suspensions may be in effect. If you normally drive to the church, be prepared to factor this into your journey times. If you take the bus, check to make sure there are no diversions or changes.
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