December 2, 2018 - 1st Sunday in Advent
Today we light the first candle - the Candle of Hope
Note: December 2nd is Food Bank Sunday
The Week Ahead
Sunday, December 2nd:
- 11 am worship - communion and the lighting of the first candle
- 11 am Sunday School (children will receive their parts for the upcoming White Gift Service)
- 7 pm - Christmas Lights Service
Monday, December 3rd - UCW Christmas Dinner
Thursday, December 6th - 10 am Prayer Group
Saturday, December 8th:
- 8 am to 10 am - Breakfast with Santa ($10 for adults; $5 for children)
- 10 am - Practice for White Gift Service
Sunday, December 9th - 11 am White Gift Service
Please join us at First United Church in Mount Pearl on Sunday, December 2nd at 7 pm for our annual UCW Christmas Lights Service ‘Symbols of Christmas - Let the Christmas Light Shine Among You’ . We are sure your hearts will be warmed and enlightened by this beautiful spiritual service.
Worship Schedule for December
December 2nd 11 am - First Sunday of Advent and Food Bank Sunday
December 2nd 7 pm - UCW Christmas Lights Service
December 9th 11 am - White Gift Service – 2nd Sunday of Advent
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
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8th from 8 to 10 am
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
We will be serving pancakes, toast, eggs, hash browns and sausages. Santa will make a special appearance.
OUR SENIOR CHRISTMAS DINNER will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 5 pm
(for seniors 70 years and over)
Reserve Your Place by December 11th
call the church office (368-2194)
Notice - Sunday School
During Sunday School on December 2, the children will be receiving their parts for the upcoming White Gift Service. They will also be practicing the special music for that service.
There will also be a full practice after the Breakfast with Santa on December 8th.
Members: CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SERVICE choir practice - December 1st at 10:00 am.
Members: Our Christmas dinner is on December 3rd., 6;00 to eat at 6:30pm. The cost of the dinner is $15.00. Please remember to bring your secret sister gift or a gift for exchange. The cost is about $20.00.
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.
QUILTING GROUP -December 3rd:
Next meeting for the Quilting group is tomorrow night, December 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. The Christmas get-together is tentatively scheduled for December 10th in Trinity Hall.
The Quilt Group donated 2 quilts this Fall to be used as a fund raiser. Tickets are available at any First United Church function or by calling the church at 368-2194, and will be drawn at the Breakfast with Santa on December 8th.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS
The Men's Club will be holding its Christmas function on December 11th in Trinity Hall. The menu is Chinese food at a cost of $15 per person. Details and tickets are available from Harold Sinyard or Gary Gosse. The deadline for ticket purchase is December 2nd. All members of the congregation are welcome!
Upcoming at First United
Food Bank Sunday at First United Church - December 2nd: 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.
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.
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
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/
Christmas Sale, THE UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE, December 3rd to 7th: THE UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE is having its Christmas Sale from December 3rd to 7th, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Great gift ideas, e.g. beautiful Christmas placemats, wooden Christmas ornaments. Discounts offered and refreshments served.
VOLUNTEER REQUEST – UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE: The United Church Bookstore is planning on conducting inventory the week of December 17th -21st. If there is anyone who has a free hour or so to donate, please contact Leona Laundry at the Bookstore at 754-0386.
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