Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all the generations.
You, O Lord, have been a dwelling place for us and our children.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You, O Lord, have been with your church from the beginning!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.
You, O Lord, have been our refuge and our strength!
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
You, O Lord, are the eternal One and we have trusted you.
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for God’s compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
You, O Lord, have been our faithful One!
Jesus said, "I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
You, O Lord, have brought this congregation together and we have been blessed.
Worship Services - November 18th
65th Anniversary Celebration: 11 am worship followed by a get together in Trinity Hall for soup, rolls, cookies and tea or coffee to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of First United. All are welcome. Free-will offering accepted.
7 pm Gospel Music Service: Please join us for an uplifting service of gospel music with the Visitation Choir and the band “Right Fit”. All are welcome!
Prayer Group at First United
Thursday Mornings 10 am
First United offers a prayer group on Thursday Mornings at 10 am (approximately 1 hour ). We make use of different forms of prayers: spoken and silent, meditative and contemplative. There is a specific time that prepares us to receive the gift of prayer; prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Why not join us in the sanctuary! All are welcome!
Chuckle for the Week: Bulletin blooper – Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
UCW Prepares Gift Bags
On November 12th the UCW held their monthly meeting and the annual shower for Emmanuel House/Carew Lodge.
As you can see from the photos, we won't have a problem filling the gift bags this year - personal care items, socks, mitts, warm scarves and the like. Each item will be put to good use.
It is always such a pleasure to deliver these bags to the residents. They are so appreciative. In some cases, it may be the only gift they will receive during the season.
Thank you to all who donated.
UCW CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SERVICE choir practice - November 11th at 10:30 am (after church service) We really appreciate your every effort to attend these weekly practices. The Christmas Lights Service is scheduled for December 2nd at 7 pm.
Christmas Light Service 2018. Donation envelopes are available at the office. There is also a supply available in the foyer. For those of you who are unable to attend the service, you can make a donation online.
When entering information regarding how your donation is to be used, be sure to click "other" and provide the details on how you wish the donation used, i.e., UCW Christmas Lights, Annual Shower, etc. Thank You
CHOIR PRACTICE - Thursday Evenings: It’s time to sing our choral praises again! Choir practice has resumed for the year. Please join us, all you singers, for our choir practice on Thursday evenings 7:45 to 8:45 pm in the Sanctuary.
New members always welcome!
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 - November 19th: The Next meeting is November 19th at 7:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room. The Christmas get-together is tentatively scheduled for December 10th in Trinity Hall.
These are the quilts our quilting group did for the church's Fall Fair. 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
Christmas Function December 11th: 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 are welcome!
Upcoming at First United
Building Fund Sunday - November 25th: 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 - 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.
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/
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.
The print version of the weekly Bulletins and Announcements are available for download (see Bulletins and Announcements
under Resources in the main menu of this website).
In Our Faith Community
Bridges to Hope
There are no upcoming events.
November 29th to December 1st
7:30 pm, Arts and Culture Centre
Peter MacDonald Productions returns once again with the wonderful
Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol
intertwined with holiday music
over 100 entertainers
A Christmas delight for the whole family
Tickets are $45
To purchase tickets please call the box office at 729-3900
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.
Online Giving Now Available On This Website
Not able to attend Sunday service? Want to continue your financial support to First United Church while you are away from the community this winter? Want to make a special donation? Great News! We've added a new feature to this website that enables you the ability to donate online.
First United Church is registered with canadahelps.org. Just click on the button to access the secure form and make your financial contribution. It can be a one-time donation or you can set it up to go through on a regular monthly basis.
The button is also located at the top right hand side of the website - easy to find; easy to maneuver.
The Donate Page (located in the main menu on the website) provides details on the various ways you can donate First United Church and how your financial contributions will be used.