EXPLORER PROJECT 2019
We have been presented an opportunity by Conference to host an Explorer. First United would like to participate and endorse a youth who has shown leadership qualities. This initiative is designed to encourage young adults to consider a ministry vocation. Some of you may remember that we took part in such a project three years ago when we had the privilege to host Katie VanKonaught.
How it works and what's needed: The person will come to our church from May to July to learn about the ministry in the United Church of Canada. As a host church, we will need to provide accommodations for this Explorer. If you can help out with accommodations, please call the church office or speak to Rev. Ian or Joan Winsor.
Building Fund Sunday
Sunday October 28th Pumpkin Carving and Trunk or Treat
What fun it will be! Children bring your pumpkin for carving and your costume for Trunk or Treat. Pumpkin carving, face painting, tattoos, a punch box and much more ... starts at 6 pm in Trinity Hall (221 Park Ave., Mount Pearl). Followed by Trunk or Treat.
Parents and members of our congregation, we need your help with this. Any donations for the punch box would be appreciated! Also don't forget to decorate your vehicle and fill that trunk with treats for the Trunk or Treat event.
It's an ANNUAL Event hosted by SNAC! Mark the date - Sunday, October 28th.
SNOW 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 28th - Call To Worship
Healing God, we come here seeking wholeness.
Open our eyes to see your presence.
Caring God, we come to you with all our concerns.
Help us to trust that our faith can make us whole.
Loving God, surround us and all people, with your amazing love.
Embolden us to follow in your way
Come, let us worship God
On Sunday, October 28th, we welcome into the Body of Christ, through the Sacrament of Baptism
Aubree Dawn Peddle, daughter of Katie and Mitchell Peddle
Jade Rosa Coleridge, daughter of Sara and Adam Coleridge
Thank you to the United Church Women for donating the Baptism Candles and the Worship Committee for donating the Children’s Bibles.
Last week we were blessed when Bert King sang solo. The piece he chose was "In the Garden" and it was in celebration of his 91st Birthday.
Happy Birthday, Bert
Some Photos from Last Week
Photo credits: Gloria Gosse
Chuckle for the Week: Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery. In the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones. “Holy cow, Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath, “You scared us half to death – we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?” “Those fools!!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my name!”
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!
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.
UCW MONTHLY MEETING - November 12th: The next monthly meeting of the UCW is scheduled for November 12th at 7:30 pm in Trinity Hall. At this meeting, we will be having our annual shower for Emmanuel House/Carew Lodge. Donations of personal items can be dropped off at the Church office during regular office hours, Monday to Friday between 9 am and 1 pm. A BIG THANK YOU to all who donate!! Remember, if you are out of town and cannot bring in items, you can send a monetary donation online. we'll purchase the needed items and include them when we deliver the packages to the homes.
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.
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 (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.
QUILTING 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.
Upcoming at First United
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
Mission and Service
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.
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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.
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.