As we approach Christmas and go through the season of Advent (the coming), our anticipation is mingled with excitement and confusion. We’re excited about the coming of Christmas but confused as to how, as the pandemic continues, it’s all going to work out. However, as the song says: “We do not know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.”
We at CMM are thrilled to share the Christmas message with you and long for the time when we can make music together, worship together and generally be together. Perhaps all this reminds us that people matter more than things, even very good things. However, we have much to share with you:
THREE WISE CAMELS –
- Join us for our World Premiere on Friday 11 December at 8pm on the CMM YouTube Channel. Please book the date in your diary and plan to join with lots of CMM friends. We will send the link in our next mailing, but you should also be able to find it direct from the channel. While you're there, why not subscribe?
- We are holding a rehearsal, online over Zoom on Wednesday 02 December at 8pm. The idea is that we can enjoy some music and chat, and then when the premiere comes you'll be able to sing along! So if you’d like to join us let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send the zoom link (probably on Tuesday).
We continue to be stretched financially as our sales have dwindled significantly, although we are encouraged by the response to our new musical, and, of course, no ministry fees or gifts are being received. Without the generous donations from CMM supporters we cannot continue.
- Direct contributions to the CMM Trust are hugely appreciated – regular and/or one off gifts would be great – some can Gift Aid their support, which makes it even more valuable – go to our VirginMoneyGiving site for online donations, or see our Trust donation form if you would prefer to send a cheque or make a bank transfer.
- If you shop at Amazon you can support us through the Amazon Smile Scheme. As you shop, Amazon gives a small donation. This is our Amazon Smile page.
- Direct purchases from the CMM Online Shop are even more effective. We’ve got all our musicals available here, CDs and books, all the collections and very much more. Why not do your Christmas shopping with us? It would really help us an at the same time spread the message of the Good News in word and song.
Especially this month I would like to recommend:
Each time I listen to these albums I am so impressed with our wonderful array of CMM singers and instrumentalists. They really do bring out the best in my songs and I am so grateful. I know you will enjoy listening to, singing and playing these tracks, and I pray that it will help you to prepare for and enjoy the coming season.
I really don’t want to keep on mentioning finance – the ministry is so much more, so I hope you understand, and we encourage you to keep in touch with us in as many ways as you can:
- Every Monday evening Mary and I go LIVE AT FIVE on my Facebook page with a thought for the week. We’re amazed that hundreds see us each week, and we have had so many lovely comments. It is also an amazing opportunity to share from God’s word.
- Every Wednesday 6-8pm (repeats Thu 11am-1pm) HEART & SOUL features some great music and very inspiring guests – in December I am featuring interviews with Sandra Godley (BBC), Jack Sara (Bethlehem Bible College), and a special programme about The Oakville Singers (local choral society with a very inspiring message), as well as a full array of Christmas music and chat with my co-presenters Debra Mayo, Dave Stansbie and Graeme Russell - Listen on www.brumsideradio.com
Please keep in touch with us – your fellowship and support means such a lot!