December 23rd, 2018 - 4th Sunday in Advent
And the excitement is building as we continue our journey to Bethlehem
Today we light the fourth candle - the Candle of Love
Christmas Eve Services December 24, 2018
4 pm - Family Christmas Eve Service
7 pm - Christmas Eve Service
Luke 2: 1-15
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
What a wonderful turn out! We were delighted to serve Christmas dinner to the seniors in our congregation on Sunday, December 16th. Approximately 120 people shared the meal with us. We've posted more than 80 photos to our Seniors Dinner 2018 album. Click here to view
Another of our Outreach Services is visitation and support for the residents at several of the seniors homes in our community.. This week the UCW delivered Christmas bags to the residents at Carew Lodge.
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.
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
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/
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