Weekly News October 21, 2018

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Pumpkin Carving and Trunk or Treat at First United - October 28th

Please join our youth for an evening of spookatcular fun!! Please bring your pumpkin. We will be having pumpkin carving, face painting, tattoos, a punch box and much more followed by Trunk or Treat.  At Trunk or Treat children dress in their Halloween costumes and walk through a parking lot, stopping at cars that have decorated trunks and receiving treats.

Any donations for the punch box would be appreciated! If you would like to decorate your vehicle and fill that trunk with treats, you will be sure to get a warm chuckle and make the little ones happy! (And the big ones too!!) Everyone welcome!!

It's an ANNUAL Event hosted by SNAC! Mark the date - Sunday, October 28th.  Carving starts at 6 pm. 

It is such fun. You won't want to miss it!

Trunk or Treat 2018

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Help WantedSNOW SHOVELING – FIRST UNITED:

First United is looking to hire a person on a part-time basis to shovel our walkways and fire exits when we have snow. There is a snow blower at the church that you can use.

If you are interested or have any questions, please talk to Rev. Ian or Joan Winsor.

Office phone # 709-368-2194

Worship Continues EVERY Sunday

Service Begins at 11 am (throughout the year)
First United Church Mount Pearl


October 21st - Call To Worship

Oh how simply amazing are the works of God!
The earth is full of God’s glorious creations.
We are all part of God’s magnificent design.
Let us praise and bless our great and glorious God

Come, let us worship God

Worship with Us

We invite you to join us in worship and in fellowship.  No matter what the age, there's bound to be something for you.  If you are new to the area and our church, please let us know so we can welcome you properly.


Focus On First United

Laughing FaceChuckle for the Week:  One Sunday, a minister asked his congregation to consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the minister noticed someone had contributed a $100 bill. Extremely grateful, he wanted to personally thank the generous person before the congregation and asked the person to come forward. A quiet, elderly widow shyly raised her hand and came forward. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she pointed to the three handsomest men in the congregation: “I’ll take him and him and him.”

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!

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UCW Corner

UCW FALL AFTERNOON TEA AND BAKE SALE - November 3rd from 2 to 4 pm.
Cost $7 Adults, $3 Children.  Tickets available at the door. Donations of baked items/preserves, etc. would be appreciated and can be dropped off at the church office the morning of the 3rd  or the evening of the 2nd between 7 and 8 pm in Trinity Hall.

UCW CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SERVICE choir practice - October 28th (after church service)  We will begin October 28th after church service. We really appreciate your every effort to attend these practices. The Christmas Lights Service is scheduled for December 2nd at 7 pm.

Count Your Blessings Calendar!  We are still collecting your calendar donations.  Just drop off envelopes to the church office or give to one of the UCW members. OR you can make your donation online.

online givingBe sure to indicate that it is for the Count Your Blessings Calendar. Hope you had fun counting!! THANK YOU and BLESSINGS!

 

MEN’S CLUB NEWS

Regular Meeting - November 6th:  Our regular monthly meeting is on November 6th (6:30 pm in Trinity Hall, First United Church). All are welcome.

SNAC Update

SNAC (our Youth Group, Sunday Night at Church) meets Sunday nights at Trinity Hall. On October 28th they are hosting the annual Trunk or Treat Event.  Everyone is welcome! Come join in the fun.  We start with pumpkin carving at 6 pm. There'll also be face painting, tattoos, a punch box and much more  

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!


MEN’S VISITATION CHOIR will resume practice on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome!

Book Club - CHANGED to November 7th:  The next meeting of the Book Club from November 14th to November 7th at 7 pm in Trinity Hall. The book being discussed is ‘A House Without Windows’ by Nadia Hashimi.

QuiltQUILTING GROUP: The next meeting of the  Quilting Group is  October 29th at 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.

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.

Quilts 2018

 

 

Upcoming at First United

Nov
22
Thu
10:00 am Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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
Nov
25
Sun
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Building Fund Sunday  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.
Nov
29
Thu
10:00 am Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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
Dec
1
Sat
8:00 pm Christmas Concert Spirit of Newf... @ First United Church, Santuary
Christmas Concert Spirit of Newf... @ First United Church, Santuary
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Spirit of Newfoundland’s Shelley Neville and Peter Halley will be performing a Christmas Concert here at First United Church on Saturday, December 1st at 8 pm.  Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at the church office Monday to
Dec
2
Sun
11:00 am Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary | Mount Pearl | Newfoundland and Labrador | Canada
Food Bank Sunday at First United Church: The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Bank Sunday. All donations go to Bridges to Hope. Members of the congregation are asked to bring along any non-perishable food items
7:00 pm Christmas Lights Service @ First United Church, Santuary
Christmas Lights Service @ First United Church, Santuary
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join us for an uplifting Christmas Lights Service with prayer and song.  
Dec
6
Thu
10:00 am Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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
Dec
8
Sat
8:00 am Breakfast With Santa @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Breakfast With Santa @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Dec 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Please join us for our Breakfast with Santa here at First United on Saturday morning, December 8th, at 8 am for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, toast, eggs, hash browns and sausages.  Santa will be making a special appearance!!  Cost
Dec
10
Mon
6:30 pm Quilting Group – First United
Quilting Group – First United
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Christmas get-together is tentatively scheduled for December 10th in Trinity Hall.  More details to follow.  
Dec
11
Tue
6:00 pm Men’s Club Christmas Function @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Men’s Club Christmas Function @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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

Building Fund Sunday - October 28th: 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 - November 4th: 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

Trick or Trunk

Bake Sale Nov 2018

Sporit of Newfoundland Dec 2018


United Church of Canada

Updates - Regional and National

Mission and Service

Photo of people walking over debris from damaged buildings and trees
We are accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners respond to devastating natural disasters in the Asia Pacific Region.

Japan, China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines have all sustained major damage as massive typhoons swept across their countries this fall. And there is strong possibility of more to come. In addition, Indonesia experienced two significant earthquakes that cost thousands of lives, many lost in the tsunami that followed the latest earthquake. These disasters also destroyed vital transportation and communication links making emergency response challenging.

In the midst of this, United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, working with other partners in the region, is responding to these devastating events with medical teams to treat the injured, damage assessment teams, food, shelter, and agricultural support to replant crops. They are concentrating their resources to reach the most remote and underserviced communities. United Church donations will support this critical work.

Please include the people of the Asia Pacific Region in your prayers as they face the long and difficult journey from emergency response to reconstruction and recovery. Click here to go directly to the article on the website for national church.

Naming Our Region

ContestThe new structure for the United Church of Canada was approved at GC43 this summer.  That means Newfoundland and Labrador Conference no longer exists.  We are now Region 16.  Now that isn't a name. It's just a number.  So we are holding a Contest in search of a name that truly reflects who we are and what we are about.

About the Contest

  • the name must be no longer than 44 characters
  • a panel will select ONE name from those submitted
  • the winner will receive a prize
  • deadline is October 26, 2018
  • Submit your entry to unitedchurch@nfld.net

What We Believe

"God is Holy Mystery, beyond complete knowledge, above perfect description…. Nothing exists that does not find its source in God.” (A Song of Faith)

United Church faith communities welcome people from all backgrounds and orientations—wherever you are in your faith journey.


Upcoming Events in our Faith and Surrounding Communities

October 21st - UNITED COMMUNITY OF FAITH JOINT SERVICE OF WORSHIP: Cowan Heights United Church, October 21st at 7 pm. We are extending an invitation to all choir members to participate in a combined choir for this service. Members and friends of all congregations are extended a warm welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following worship.

NOTE:
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).

Community Entertainment

Nov
23
Fri
8:00 pm Lady Cove- Flurries of White @ Cochrane Street United Church
Lady Cove- Flurries of White @ Cochrane Street United Church
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Lady Cove Women’s Choir will be putting off a concert called Flurries of White at Cochrane Street United Church.  Get in the Christmas Spirit!!  Tickets $30.  $25 for students and seniors, available at the Holy Heart Box office at 579-4424.
Nov
29
Thu
7:30 pm Preview performance of “Scrooge” @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Preview performance of “Scrooge” @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Preview performance of "Scrooge" @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Thursday, Nov. 29th Preview performance of “Scrooge” St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre
Nov
30
Fri
7:00 pm Christmas Gospel Concert – SA St... @ Salvation Army St. John's Citadel
Christmas Gospel Concert – SA St... @ Salvation Army St. John's Citadel
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Glenbrook Lodge Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its annual gospel concert on Friday, November 30th at the S. A. St. John’s Citadel, Adams Avenue.  Concert begins at 7:30 pm featuring the Wesley Male Choir, Coastal Sounds Community Choir and more. 
7:30 pm Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Friday, Nov 30th Evening Performance of “Scrooge” St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre Saturday, Dec 1st Evening Performance of “Scroogel” St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre
Dec
1
Sat
7:30 pm Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Scrooge @ St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
Friday, Nov 30th Evening Performance of “Scrooge” St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre Saturday, Dec 1st Evening Performance of “Scroogel” St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre
Dec
8
Sat
7:30 pm Hope for the Holidays @ Gower Street United Church
Hope for the Holidays @ Gower Street United Church
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hope for the Holidays is presented by the Salvation Army.  The concert takes place at Gower Street United Church on December 8th at 7:30 pm.  A Christmas gala of brass and choral music with special guest, Darrin Martin.  Concert features

In Our Faith Community

Nov
23
Fri
7:00 pm St. James United Church 60 Years... @ St. James United Church
St. James United Church 60 Years... @ St. James United Church
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join St. James United on Friday, November 23rd at 7 pm for an Anniversary Hymn Sing as they celebrate their 60th year of ministry.  Admission:  pay what you can.  
Nov
24
Sat
2:00 pm Gower Street UCW Fall Afternoon Tea @ Gower Street United Church
Gower Street UCW Fall Afternoon Tea @ Gower Street United Church
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The UCW will hold its Fall Afternoon Tea and Sale on November 24th from 2 to 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $7 at the door.  
Nov
25
Sun
7:00 pm Draw Near – Cochrane Street United @ Cochrane Street United Church
Draw Near – Cochrane Street United @ Cochrane Street United Church
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join in at Cochrane Street United Church for an evening of music and readings in preparation for the Christmas Season.  The Church Choir will be joined by special guest Shelley Neville.  

Community Events

Nov
21
Wed
2:00 pm Living Well With Advanced Cancer @ Botanical Field Garden
Living Well With Advanced Cancer @ Botanical Field Garden
Nov 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Are you living with cancer?  Eastern Health invites you to attend this 8-week interactive support group designed to help those living with advanced cancer to reconnect with and sustain meaning in their lives.  Offered in conjunction with the Dr. H.
Nov
27
Tue
8:00 am Active Aging @ St. James United Church
Active Aging @ St. James United Church
Nov 27 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
 Chi Gong 2018 led by Dr. Yajing |Song, Ph.D. Register with SuAn at St. James, 722-1881, ext. 200 or with Dr. Song herself at 579-5799. You can try it out at the first class on Tuesday, October 16 at 11am
7:00 pm Parish of the Ascension – Card P... @ Parish of the Ascension
Parish of the Ascension – Card P... @ Parish of the Ascension
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On Tuesday, November 27th at 7 pm there will be card party.  Cost is $6 per person.  Bring your own cards and baskets.  
Dec
1
Sat
10:00 am Breakfast with Santa and Mini Ba... @ Wesley United Church
Breakfast with Santa and Mini Ba... @ Wesley United Church
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wesley will hold its Breakfast with Santa on December 1st at 10 am. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Available from the church office at579-3682 or Pheobe at 726-1689.  
Dec
4
Tue
8:00 am Active Aging @ St. James United Church
Active Aging @ St. James United Church
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
 Chi Gong 2018 led by Dr. Yajing |Song, Ph.D. Register with SuAn at St. James, 722-1881, ext. 200 or with Dr. Song herself at 579-5799. You can try it out at the first class on Tuesday, October 16 at 11am

Stay informed with what's going on at First United

Stay InformedWebsite: 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.

online giving

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.

 

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