O God, we gather as your people in thanksgiving that you came among us in Jesus of Nazareth.
We celebrate that we can feel your presence among us because of that birth so long ago.
Forgive us when we focus on the wrappings and miss the gift.
Help us not to limit your presence to that baby in a manger, forgetting the life he chose and laid down, that we might know your eternal love and forgiveness.
May our Christmas carols of joy be but a small beginning to a new year lived in joyful thanksgiving to you.
On Sunday, December 30th, we welcome into the Body of Christ, through the Sacrament of Baptism
Kyara Anna Marie Styles, daughter of Kathleen (Katie) Fleming and Evan Styles
Brayden Jeffrey Barbour, son of Amanda Kirby and Jeffrey Barbour
Thank you to the United Church Women for donating the Baptism Candles and the Worship Committee for donating the Children’s Bibles.
MEN’S CLUB: The regular Men’s Club Meeting for January will be held on Tuesday January 8th at 6:30pm in Trinity Hall. We will start the New Year with a potluck supper. All men are welcome
QUILTING GROUP: The first meeting of the Quilting Group will be on Monday, January 7th is the Multipurpose Room.
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.
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.
2019 WEEKLY BULLETIN DEDICATIONS: If you would like to dedicate a bulletin in 2019 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.
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!!!
Beverage Container Recycling
KEEP ALL THOSE RECYLABLES LEFT OVER FROM CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINING!! Great opportunity to support our Youth Group Beverage Container Recycling: Our Youth Group collects beverage containers for recycling.
If you would like to drop off your beverage recycling at the church, 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 before dropping them off.) This is a great fund raiser for the youth and the Youth Group thanks you for your support.
CELEBRATE THE WEEK OF PRAYER OF CHRISTIAN UNITY at the St. John's and Area Council of Church's worship service 3pm Sunday January 20 at St. James United Church (330 Elizabeth Ave).
Rev. Faith March-MacCuish will be speaking on our theme, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue" (Deut. 16:20). Our offering this year will support L'Arche Avalon.
May Christ bind us together is this visible act of corporate worship.
Away for the Winter
To those of you who are planning to travel south for the winter months, stay safe and enjoy your time away. We will hold you in our prayers.
Be sure to stay in touch by following our weekly blogs under News and Things. And, of course, we'll be adding photos to our albums so you can see all those familiar faces from time to time. Throughout the winter months we will continue our Outreach Services in support of our community and those in need. You, too, can continue to help while you are away. Just click on the Donate button in the main menu whenever you wish to contribute whether for your weekly offering or to help with a special cause.
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.
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