Weekly News May 15, 2020
Update from Rev. Ian
May 15, 2020
As most of you are aware we have moved from phase 5 to 4, which has enabled some things to open but still not churches. We will continue to offer our internet worship and it is our hope that you are sharing with us.
Several of our ministries are making use of technology to meet such as our Board and youth group and book club. The UCW and men’s club have been using email and the telephone to keep in touch with each other and share concerns.
If you are experiencing difficulties getting groceries or medications please call the church. If you are feeling lonely or having a stressful time, need to talk or just to say hi, please call the minister at 727-7803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church
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 email@example.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.
Bridges to Hope to reopen on May 21
Bridges to Hope has been closed because we were unable to meet all the requirements for us to operate under the COVID-19 guidelines, and we have been working ever since to meet these guidelines.
There will be some new ways in which we will operate, including making appointment times for receiving hampers, and these will be publicized. We hope to be able to safely receive donations of food soon, and how, when and where this will happen will also be publicized.
In the meantime any financial donation will be appreciated as we are including supermarket gift cards to supplement our hampers.
Bridges to Hope
39 Cookstown Road, St John’s, NL
An Exciting Week
Well, this past week has certainly been an exciting one. First, we helped Florrie celebrate her 100th birthday. Then last night Rev. Ian was among several of the United Church clergy in Newfoundland and Labrador who were featured on NTV News with Amanda Mews. Take a look below and follow the links to get more information.
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:
- “In memory of my sister, Pamela, who had a short life but a memorable one. XX From Janice Andrews Ralph.”
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.
For most of us FOOD has played a huge role in helping us survive in our bubbles during covid-19. Did you discover any new recipes you would like to share? If so, send them along and we'll add them to our Recipe Collection (located under Life and Work in the Main Menu. Click HERE to email a recipe
The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre is now resuming a Friday Meal Program as a takeaway Brunch. This will feature a Hot Breakfast Sandwich plus other associated foods and condiments. Servings will start on Fridays at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.
The Monday Breakfast Program will also include a Hot Breakfast Sandwich as a takeaway every Monday. Servings will start on Mondays at 8:30 AM - to 10:00 AM.’
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)
Website email (use form on this page)
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.
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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