Weekly News December 8, 2019
Advent Message from Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
“and the word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14a
These words, from the opening of John’s gospel, bring us a different picture of the incarnation of Jesus than our typical Christmas stories. No cuddly baby boy here, no sheep or donkeys, no angels or shepherds. Instead we get to use our imaginations. The word, the voice of God, the utterance of the divine, changes from the ephemeral into the tangible. What was not seen is now seen. The formless takes form and it is our human form! God’s word does not stop there though. God’s word in the form of Jesus lives and moves and has being on earth, living as we live, loving as we love, moving as we move.
This Christmas season see beyond the shopping, beyond the traditional manger scene. Join with your church family as we use our imaginations to capture that which cannot be captured fully and yet if we listen and pay attention we will hear the still speaking voice of God in the cry of a baby.
As you are called to new beginnings
As you begin anew, may you be encircled by love.
May joy fill you all the way to your toes.
May peace be in each breath.
May hope give you wings to soar.
May your wholeness be met in the light and beauty of this season
Of love, hope, peace and joy
Source: Seasons of the Spirit
Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.
Blessings to you all,
Services and Events
8th: morning worship
10th: Men's Club Christmas Function
11th: Mt Pearl Community Supper, 5:30-7:30pm Park Place
14th: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10:00am, Trinity Hall
15th: White Gift Service led by Sunday School
15th: Seniors Christmas Dinner
15th: Vesper Service led by Youth Group 7 pm
18th: Mt Pearl Community Supper, 5:30-7:30pm Park Place
22nd: Morning Worship/Cantata
24th: Christmas Eve Service, 4 pm
24th: Christmas Eve Service, 7 pm
29th: Morning Worship/Baptism
Ongoing Every Week
Weekly Prayer Group Thursday mornings 10:30-11:00am First United Church
WHITE GIFT SUNDAY DONATIONS: Bridges to Hope are in need of the following items at this time: canned beans, canned milk, macaroni and cheese, canned meats, canned soup, meatballs, beef ravioli, Irish stew, one litre juice, cereal, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta sauce. Please consider these items for your White Gift Donations.
MEN’S CLUB CHRISTMAS FUNCTION - December 10th: The Men’s Club will be holding its Christmas function in Trinity Hall on December 10th with Chinese food on the menu. The cost is $15 per person. Details and tickets are available from Harold Sinyard or Gary Gosse. The deadline for ticket purchase is December 1st. All are welcome!
OUR SENIORS CHRISTMAS DINNER (for 70+) is scheduled for December 15th at 5 pm. If you would like to attend, please call the church office at 368-2194 by December 9th to get your name added to the list.
BOOK CLUB: The December meeting is scheduled for December 18th at 6 pm. The December reading is ‘The Christmas Train’ by David Baldacci. Book Club members will be going out for Christmas supper and they need to know in advance who will be attending. Please call Pam Morgan at 691-0214 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know.
QUILTING GROUP: The next meeting of the Quilting Group will be December 9th at 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.
Food Bank Sunday at First United Church - December 1st: 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.
Building Fund Sunday - December 29th: 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.
UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE CHRISTMAS ITEMS: The United Church Bookstore (320 Elizabeth Avenue). Get that gift for a special someone. Lots of great sale items.
UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE APPEAL: The bookstore is seeking volunteers to help with inventory December 16th to 20th. If you have any time to give to help out with inventory, please contact Leona Laundry at 1-800-268-3781, ext. 6141. Many hands might light work!
Beverage Container Recycling
DOING CHRISTMAS CLEANING?
Great opportunity to support our Youth Group Beverage Container Recycling: Our Youth Group collects beverage containers for recycling. If you would like to drop off your beverage recycling at the church, 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 before dropping them off.)
Please note: we are requesting beverage containers only!
From SNAC to all those who participate - Thank you for your support!
New Advent Folder
The Advent Folder which we have become so accustomed to using when making special Advent contributions, is no longer available. Since the income from this source is very important to the life and work of our Church, we have produced our very own 'in-house' folder.
As we move through the Season of Advent, it is our hope that members of our congregation will continue to give, as usual, through the use of this new folder. Or, if you prefer, online donations may be made on this website.
Thank you very much and God Bless!
From the Stewardship Committee
UCW Christmas Dinner
What a wonderful time! The Men's Club catered - an absolutely delicious meal. Thank you!
Afterwards the women shared in a beautiful Christmas worship, the theme of which was "Waiting, Watching, Hoping”. Some told stories and shared memories of Christmas growing up. And, of course, no Christmas service would be complete without the singing of Silent Night with candles all aglow.
Then there was the visit from Santa... the real one of course. All in all, an evening of fun, fellowship and laughter.
Photo credits: Gloria Gosse
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