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

Mar
27
Wed
7:00 pm Book Club @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Book Club @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Wednesday, March 27th at 7 pm in Trinity Hall. We will be discussing the book ‘The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story’ by Hyeonseo Lee. New members
Mar
31
Sun
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Mar 31 @ 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.
Apr
1
Mon
7:30 pm Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The next meeting of the Quilting Group is April 1st at 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. 
Apr
7
Sun
11:00 am Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Apr 7 @ 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
Apr
19
Fri
8:00 am Fish and Brewis Breakfast @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Fish and Brewis Breakfast @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Our annual Good Friday Fish and Brewis Breakfast is coming up on April 19th from 8 am to 10 am.  Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Then join us for
10:30 am Good Friday Service @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Good Friday Service @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Please join us at 10:30 on Good Friday as the UCW lead this special service with spiritual music and prayer.  
Apr
27
Sat
9:00 am FLEA MARKET @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
FLEA MARKET @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Men’s Club Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th.  Items can be dropped off at the church during office hours.  If you have large items to donate, eg. furniture, in good condition which are too difficult to drop
Apr
28
Sun
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Apr 28 @ 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.
May
5
Sun
11:00 am Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
May 5 @ 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
May
26
Sun
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
May 26 @ 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.

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 Events

Mar
26
Tue
11:00 am Chi Gong – St. James United Church @ St. James United Church
Chi Gong – St. James United Church @ St. James United Church
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
An eight-week program, every Tuesday morning, 11 am to 12 noon, February 5th to March 26th.  Led by Yajing Song, Ph. D. in Chinese Medicine.  Dr. Song has been practicing in St. John’s since 1994.  She has also taught Tai
Mar
31
Sun
3:00 pm 70th Anniversary of Confederation @ The Kirk
70th Anniversary of Confederation @ The Kirk
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Kirk (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church) invites the public to join them for song and music to the Lord in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Confederation on March 31st at 3pm. The choir will lead the congregation in the
Apr
13
Sat
2:00 pm St. James UCW Spring Sale and Af... @ St. James United Church
St. James UCW Spring Sale and Af... @ St. James United Church
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
St. James UCW will be having their Spring Sale and Afternoon Tea on Saturday, April 13th from 2 to 4 pm, 33o Elizabeth Avenue.  There will be a baked stall, variety stall and surprise bags.  Tickets are $7 available from
May
6
Mon
10:00 am CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
It’s that time again!! The Canadian Federation of University Women St. John’s is now collecting gently used books. Please drop books off at the site of the former TD Bank in Woodgate Plaza, 58 Kenmount Road (between Toys R Us
May
7
Tue
10:00 am CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
It’s that time again!! The Canadian Federation of University Women St. John’s is now collecting gently used books. Please drop books off at the site of the former TD Bank in Woodgate Plaza, 58 Kenmount Road (between Toys R Us
May
8
Wed
10:00 am CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
CFUW Great Big Book Sale @ Remax Centre
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
It’s that time again!! The Canadian Federation of University Women St. John’s is now collecting gently used books. Please drop books off at the site of the former TD Bank in Woodgate Plaza, 58 Kenmount Road (between Toys R Us
May
11
Sat
all-day Learn, Laugh and Leave Relaxed R... @ St. James United Church
Learn, Laugh and Leave Relaxed R... @ St. James United Church
May 11 all-day
This retreat will be held the Friday evening of the 10th and all day, Saturday, the 11thof May.  St. James is offering an integrative, interactive approach to personal growth of the mind, body and spirit.  Through practical sessions with experienced

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. 

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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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