Weekly News May 1, 2020 – Updated

Weekly News May 1, 2020 – Updated

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes[a] with sighs too deep for words."

Romans 8:26

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Online Sunday Worship Service
Starts at 11 am, May 3, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that once more we approach in prayer, O God. We find ourselves still dealing with the deaths from covid 19 and the horrific shooting in Nova Scotia and once more we find ourselves plunged into the depths of despair as we learn about the crew on the Cyclone Helicopter that went down. We pray for those families who had a loved one that was aboard the helicopter and our prayers extend to them and to the entire armed forces.

They who put their lives on the line doing their job to protect our country, those who put Canada before themselves.
We pray for them.

Our federal government as they try to alleviate the loss of income, employment, and dignity that is affecting so many Canadians.
We pray for them.

Our provincial government as they plot a course to a new normal following the pandemic.
We pray for them.

Those who are still recovering from covid 19.
We pray for them.

Those most vulnerable, our seniors in nursing homes or care homes, those who find themselves homeless.
We pray for them.

Those who are alone in their bubble as they reach out to another bubble may they do so safely.
We pray for them.

Those who struggle with mental health issues compounded by the pandemic.
We pray for them

We lift our prayers to you. O God, hear each one and in your love answer. amen.

Update from Rev. Ian

May 1, 2020

The provincial health minister has laid out a step by step plan for a new normal following the pandemic. The churches will remain closed for a while yet. Larger gatherings are seen as a difficultly in controlling the spread of the virus. With this information we will continue to offer worship on the internet.

Our financial situation remains in a deficit. However, several members have increased their donation and for this please accept our thanks.

Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church


ConfirmationConfirmation Class

It is time once again to begin confirmation class. This year the classes will be done on line using a platform like Zoom. The same topics will be covered, the same outcomes are expected. As in past years the class will be “group discussion” based. The average age for confirmation is 13 for the youth program and no age restriction for the adult program.

If you are going to talk to you child about confirmation, please share with them that it is discussion based and they need to be willing to be involved. Also attendance for the classes is mandatory. For those interested please email me revianmm@gmail.com. Any questions please email or call.

Please note, the date of confirmation is unknown at the present time due to the covid 19 virus. If we are back in the sanctuary in June it will be late June. Otherwise we will explore some kind of web service.

Thank you so much for coming to our Virtual Spring Tea

We had quite a turn out as you can see. If you weren't able to participate, no worries ..

click here to see the slideshow and send us your picture.

at First United Church you are part of our FAMILY

and you are always welcome


Need a recipe for cookies, tea biscuits or something tasty to go with your 'tea'. Check out the recipes in our collection.Recipe Collection

To UCW Members

Team Captains will be calling you to find out how you are doing and to see if there is anything we can do for you.

Memorials for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is upcoming on May 10th. If you would like to make a donation in memory or in recognition of a loved one for Mother’s Day, you can still submit by phone, email, the mail slot at the church, or through our online giving on this website. Be sure to indicate which fund you would like the donation to go to. The memorials will be listed on the website for Mother’s Day.

online giving

The Stewardship Committee acknowledges with thanks

Donations to the Building Fund, received in memory of Mr. Stephen Thistle from:

Daughter Elizabeth, husband John & family
Suzanne Shears
Robin Janes
Ralph & Ethel Hiscock
Wally Lawrence
Joseph & Stephanie Fleming
Wayne & Madeline Rideout
Roger & Sharon Leaning
Anne Saunders
Beverly & Garland Stokes
Stephen Best
Zumba with Ashleigh

In memory of my brother, Kevin Mehaney, birthday (April 26th) and Mom & Dad, Bernice & Alphaeus Mehaney, wedding anniversary (April 30th), from Cynthia Burt.

In memory of a wonderful mother & father, Mildred & Kelson Coffin. Thinking of you always. In our hearts forever, from your daughter Karen Ricketts.

Donation of $1,500 to the Building Fund from Little Darlings from their sale of used books.

Little Darlings 2

Weekly News

First United publishes an online weekly newsletter (Weekly News) on this website. It shows under News and Things in the main menu with the latest edition also feeding to several pages throughout the site.  Since the covid-19 pandemic started we have also been issuing updates from Rev. Ian, scripture and prayers, links to our Online Worship and other relevant information and news. These updates have been (and will continue) on an adhoc and as needed basis in between the Weekly News editions.  Please note that at the very bottom of each publication, there is a place to leave comments and/or Follow us.  If you select Follow, the newsletters automatically feed to your email address each time a new publication is issued.

First United also issues Constant Contact emails and provides information on our Facebook Page. If you haven't signed up either of those, we encourage you to do so as it is another convenient and timely way of keeping abreast of what is going on.

How to Contact Us

If you are going through a pastoral emergency, we ask that you call or email the church office. The voice mail is checked daily as are the emails.
You can also contact us through this website (see Email form on this page)  (please note: website emails are monitored periodically throughout each day)

Contact Information:
Church: 709-368-2194
Email: firstunited@nf.aibn.com
Website email (use form on this page)
Emergencies: 709-727-7803


Do you wish to make a donation in memory or in recognition of someone?  If so, you can place it in the mail slot at the church or the online donation button making sure to indicate it is a “memorial.” The memorials will be listed on the website under the “life and work” tab/menu item. If you do not want it placed on the website, please indicate.online giving



Pastoral Visitation Through Phone Calls

While the way pastoral visitation has changed, Rev. Ian continues to reach out through phone calls.  You, too, can help.  Please continue to be a neighbour.  We have a number of individuals who live alone, individuals and couples who may feel isolated and reaching out with a phone call can make a huge difference.

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