First News November 1, 2020
First News - Our Weekly Online Newsletter
First News November 1, 2020 read the announcements Annual Congregational Meeting, Memorials and UCW Christmas Light Service.
AND REMEMBER ... drop back tomorrow evening to tune in to our Sunday Worship Service for November 1st.
Sunday Worship Service
November 1, 2020
Starting at 11 am in the Sanctuary
available online later in the evening
Capacity restricted to 58 maximum in total based on our space available
All Congregants MUST Register
To register please call the church office between 10am and 1pm
Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week
Please do NOT leave a voicemail to reserve your place
Click HERE for a detailed list of current COVID-19 protocols
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:
In memory of Harvey Hodder from:
Bill & Janet Baker
Linda, Blair & Scott Manuel
Eric & Millie Badcock
In memory of a loving mother and grandmother, Florrie Pennell from Linda, Blair & Scott
In loving memory of mother and grandmother, Florrie Pennell from Wayne, Joan & Jennifer
In memory of Florrie Pennell from:
Paul & Marnie Hillyard
Christina & Dennis Manning
Gloria & Gary Gosse
Eric & Millie Badcock
George & Dorothy Hicks
Byron & Ella Button
Nelson & Glenys Harris
Florence & Dave Morrissey
Charles & Melvina Moores
Gerald & Christine Budden
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, November 15, 2020
to start AFTER 11am Worship
Our Annual Congregational meeting is usually held in March. However, because of the global pandemic, this year's meeting was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 15th immediately following the 11 am Worship Service.
UCW Christmas Light Service 2020
It is a GO! This special service is going ahead again this year. It is scheduled for December 6th at 7:00 pm.
We are still in the planning stages to determine how the service will be presented, i.e., virtually, live at the church, or a bit of both. We remain committed to making it work while at the same time keeping in mind the safety of everyone. Keep checking our online First News for updates.
To continue our efforts to help with the mission and ministry of our church, we are inviting our congregation and friends to make a special donation "In Memory of" or "In Celebration of" loved ones. An acknowledgement of your donation will be made during the service. We hope you feel this will be a rewarding way to support our church while paying tribute to loved ones.
You can donate online - just be sure to indicate it is for the Christmas Light Service. After you've donated, please complete the following form indicating the person(s) to whom you wish to pay tribute.
If you prefer, you can also drop your donation off to the church office (click here for the downloadable form). Office hours are 10am to 1pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Christmas Light Service
If you are donating online, use the donate button above and then use this form to send us a message advising of the person(s) to whom you wish to give tribute (NOTE: It can be a memorial or a celebration.)
Updates for UCW Members:
- Items for Carew Lodge / Emmanuel House: You still have time to get a few things together for our Christmas Bags. Stay tuned for information regarding WHEN to drop the items off at the Church Hall.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - 10 am to 1 pm
Because of COVID-19 First United is following strict protocols. Someone will be in the church office for inquiries, phone calls, etc. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm.
If you have mail for the church please use the drop box. If you need to talk to somebody please leave a message on the phone and somebody will get back to you. We will be checking emails regularly. You can send us an email through the website (Contact Us) You can also contact the Board Chair, Joan Winsor, at 687-2147
This Week's Chuckle
There was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which `lived' there was feared by all. However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains et al. He told the ghost "I mean no harm - I just want your photograph". The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines - he posed for a number of ghostly shots.
The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed.
So what's the moral of the story?
"The spirit was willing but the flash was weak."
Bridges to Hope is now accepting food donations from local churches. If you would like to donate food, you are welcome to drop the items off at First United and we’ll deliver them to Bridges to Hope for you.
Please place donations in the white food bin in the foyer. Remember the church office is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.
Thank you for all your support!
First United Church
Relaunching Guidelines: In Person Ministry
REVISED September 8, 2020
First United Church Emergency Response Committee
Looking Forward in Faith
In Newfoundland and Labrador, our churches are permitted to resume operations with MANY restrictions at Alert Level 2, including “no more than 100 people, or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less”.
Faith-based services pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission through:
- Sharing of ceremonial objects
Individuals over 60 and those with chronic conditions are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Our community of faith is required to make a plan that fits with our needs, taking into consideration the activities undertaken and the demographic of our church community.
First United Church will be moving to re-entry to the Sanctuary for the congregation very slowly. The restrictions that are currently in place require a number of actions for us to take that will detract enormously from the church experience. For example:
- Capacity restricted to 58 maximum in total based on our space available – who do we say no to?
- All congregants will have to register by calling the church between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week to reserve their place. Do not leave a voicemail to reserve your place.
- Congregants wishing to use the assisted listening devices must bring their own headsets
- Coat racks will not be available for use
- Maintain physical distancing in the vestibule and in the sanctuary (pews will be closed off ensuring physical separation between all family units).
- No gatherings before church; congregants will be seated by an usher upon arrival and registration
- No gatherings following service. Congregants will be directed out of the building immediately on the conclusion of the service, by row, by an usher.
- Ushers will seat congregants starting at the front of the sanctuary and dismiss congregants starting at the rear of the sanctuary
- Singing will not be permitted
- No choir
- No passing of the peace or shaking hands
- Congregants will be required to wear masks.
- Bulletins will not be used
- No hymn books or bibles in the pews
- No Sunday School
- Members of the Congregation in vulnerable categories (> 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions) are advised not to attend.
- Continuously advise any congregants who are symptomatic or have been advised by public health 8-1-1 to report their symptoms, to self-isolate and stay at home (Fever above 38C, a new cough, or worsening cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste, loss of smell, and in children, purple markings on the fingers and toes)
- Church sanctuary, vestibule and washrooms will be completely cleaned after each service
- Persons who have arrived in the province less than 14 days prior must be self isolating and are not permitted to attend
- Only church members will be permitted to attend. No visitors will be admitted
The current on-line service is well attended and appreciated and will continue.
- Funerals will be held at the church under exceptional circumstances only.
- Weddings will be held at the church with strict adherence to public health directives.
- Infant baptisms will be held at the church with strict adherence to public health directives.
- Cleaning and disinfecting will need to be completed after every gathering.
Visitation and Pastoral Care:
- Visitation and Pastoral care will be through phone or other virtual methods.
- Hospital visits can be arranged with the hospital Chaplin.
Members of the congregation are encouraged to use the secure mail slot to the right of the main entrance to drop off their givings and/or prayer requests or to use online methods for donations or other contacts. Email, phone messages and the mail slot are checked regularly.
September 8, 2020
First United Church Emergency Response Committee