First News November 28, 2020

First News November 28, 2020

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First News November 28, 2020 DON'T Forget -  Christmas Light Service is coming up, learn more about Giving Tuesday, Hampers at George Street United ...

AND REMEMBER ... drop back tomorrow evening to tune in to our Sunday Worship Service for November 29th

Christmas Lights Service 2020UCW Christmas Light Service 2020

December 6th at 7:00 pm

UCW Christmas Lights Service is fast approaching. As you know, this year things will be a little different in how it is presented but it will still be full of “Christmas Light”. The service will be available to watch online Sunday, December 6 at 7:00. For those of you surrounded by the warmth of your own home, please have your candle ready to light so you can take part in the service. The list of memorials and celebrations will be posted at the end of the service and available for viewing on the website.

To attend in person - Reserve Your Spot!  At the same time, Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 pm those of you who wish to surround yourself with the warmth of Christmas Lights at church are encouraged to attend but please remember you have to call the church office Tuesday, December 1st, Thursday, December 3rd or Friday December 4th between the hours of 10:00-1:00 to reserve a spot. The same service that will be shown virtually will be shown on the screen at church but with live music.

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.

Donate - redYou 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.)

    In Memory of

    In Celebration of

    Show you are not a robot

    baptismWe welcome today into the Body of Christ, through the Sacrament of Baptism:

    Sterling Preston Edward Tibbs, son of Amanda Leyte and Richard Tibbs.

    Thank you to the United Church Women for donating the Baptism Candle and the Canadian Bible Society for donating the Children’s Bible.

    Worship with UsSunday Worship Service

    November 29, 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

    Summer Office Hours

    Office Hours

    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

    Giving - celebrations and memorials It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:

    Building Fund

    • In memory of Florrie Pennell from Evelyn Crummey

    Laughing FaceThis Week's Chuckle

    An elderly stranger approached the pastor after service and said, “I’d like you to pray for my hearing.” The pastor placed his hands on the man’s ears and said a passionate, earnest prayer. “How’s your hearing now?” the pastor asked.

    Looking surprised, the man said, “Well, it’s not until tomorrow.”


    Other Messages

    Hampers from George Street United

    George St. United Church, home of the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre, is currently carrying out exterior repairs and upgrades to the facilities super structure. Next year (2021) these stabilization repairs will be completed. As a means to generate the necessary funds for completion of the project, we are offering fresh, locally grown, Christmas vegetable hampers.

    Hampers are $20.00 ea. and contain potatoes, carrot, turnip, and cabbage (13 lbs of fresh local vegetables). Early Hamper orders must be in by Tuesday, December 15th to be picked or delivered on Wednesday, December 16th. Other orders must be in by Sunday, December 20th to be picked up or delivered on December 23rd. To order or request more information, please call the church office at (709) 726-8775.

    As a reward for your support, one purchaser and one seller will win a full turkey hamper with a fresh local turkey or a Butterball Turkey and all the trimmings including the Old Port Salt beef and local vegetables from Keith's Farm and Roadside Market In CBS.

    Thank you!
    George Street United Church/
    Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre

    Bridges to Hope

    Join the Giving Tuesday Movement

    Become a part of something big! On Tuesday, December 1st, give back to Bridges to Hope and your community.

    Click Here to Donate

    Make a #GivingTuesday donation of $20 or more and we’ll get an extra $2 from CanadaHelps! Spread the word online using #GivingTuesdayCA

    Food Donations Now Accepted from Local Churches

    We're getting back on track despite COVID.  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!

    Re-Entry Plan RevisedFirst United Church
    COVID-19 Plan

    Relaunching Guidelines: In Person Ministry

    Executive Summary

    REVISED September 8, 2020
    First United Church Emergency Response Committee

    Click HERE for downloadable document

    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:

    • Gatherings
    • Sharing of ceremonial objects
    • communion
    • singing.

    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

    Click HERE for downloadable document


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