December 16th, 2018 - 3rd Sunday in Advent
Today we light the third candle - the Candle of Joy
Worship Schedule for December
December 16th 11 am - Regular Worship - 3rd Sunday of Advent
December 16th 7 pm - Vesper Service
December 23rd 11 am - Senior Choir – 4th Sunday of Advent
December 24th 4 pm - Family Christmas Eve Service
December 24th 7 pm - Christmas Eve Service
December 30th 11 am - Baptism
White Gift Service
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at First United Church
Photo credits: Gloria Gosse, Kelly Tuck, Rev. Faith March-MacCuish
This is a snippet of our White Gift Service. To view all the photos click here
OUR SENIOR CHRISTMAS DINNER will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 5 pm
(for seniors 70 years and over)
MITTEN TREE: Have you seen our annual Mitten Tree standing in the vestibule? It’s time for everyone to help decorate it with colorful warm mittens, hats, socks or scarfs to warm those in need for this coming winter season. It will surely help warm their hearts too!!! Thanks to all who donate!!!
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS: Members of the congregation are invited to place an ornament on the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary in memory of a loved one or for any special intention or occasion. Please speak to Rev. Ian if you would like it acknowledged.
Book Club - December 19th: The Book for December is ‘One for the Rock’ by Kevin Major. We will be going out to a restaurant on December 19th for this meeting. Please contact Pam if you plan to attend so we can pre-order.
Upcoming at First United
Building Fund Sunday - December 30th: The last Sunday of the month has been designated as Building Fund Sunday. Envelopes are available in the church pews if you would like to make a contribution. Thank you for your continued support.
Food Bank Sunday at First United Church - January 6th: The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Bank Sunday. Members of the congregation are asked to bring along any non-perishable food items and place them in the bin in the church vestibule. Envelopes are also available in the church pews if you would like to make a contribution. You can also visit their website, www.bridgestohope.ca, to make a donation online.
2018 WEEKLY BULLETIN DEDICATIONS: If you would like to dedicate a bulletin in 2018 in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special event, please fill your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board in the vestibule or call the church office at 368-2194.
Beverage Container Recycling
Reminder: Our Youth Group (SNAC) collects beverage containers for recycling. Here’s what can be recycled: aluminum can; plastic containers; glass bottles; steel cans; drink boxes (tetra); mini sips (drink pouches) etc. Please wash out all bottles and remove all caps. This is a great fundraiser for the youth. Thanks for your support
Last Week’s Events
Photo credits: Gloria Gosse
Each year our youth group, SNAC, participates in several of our Outreach Services. At Christmas time they are busy packaging food to go to Bridges to Hope Food Centre as well as preparing loot bags for inmates at the prison. They also take an active role in some of our worship services such as the White Gift Service.
Just a few of our photos from last week's events. To view the entire photo albums, click Photos in the main menu)
- White Gift Service
- SNAC preparing food hampers for Bridges to Hope
- SNAC preparing Christmas Loot Bags for the prison
Our Dinner and Dance
The Men's Club hosted their annual Christmas function last week - dinner and dance for members of the Men's Club and our congregation. Everybody had such a good time. It was a wonderful way to relax after the long hours and hard work that we've done.
To the Men's Club - Thank You!
United Church of Canada
Updates - Regional and National
GIFTS WITH VISION CATALOGUE– MISSION AND SERVICE: Please consider choosing a special gift this Christmas Season!! Gifts with Vision is an additional way to support the work of the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service partners in Canada, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Bring hope and healing through Gifts with Vision. Catalogues are available at the church or visit the website: https://www.giftswithvision.ca/
THE UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE: Don’t forget to visit the United Church Bookstore for some great Christmas gifts, e.g. tea-light vases, bible tree ornaments. They are located at 320 Elizabeth Avenue and are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Stay informed with what's going on at First United
Website: www.firstunitechchurchmp.ca Our website is updated on an ongoing basis with upcoming meetings and events being posted to the Calendar as soon as information becomes available. Also, with the exception of the months of July and August, we prepare a weekly e-newsletter under News and Things in the main menu.
Facebook Page - First United Church Mount Pearl: We post to our Facebook Page on a regular basis, sharing some of our photos, other posts that may be of interest and keeping you up to date.
Constant Contact E-Mails: Are you on our email distribution list? If not , why not take a moment to sign-up (click here to complete and send the form). Your email address will be included in our Constant Contact e-mail distribution list to receive information and updates on what's happening in the life of our Church.