Bulletin Items from Sunday, November 19, 2017.
HANGING OF THE GREENS -- November 26th after Worship
Did you know that the Hanging of the Greens or preparing the sanctuary for worship is an old Christian tradition? Join our Worship Committee in "decking the halls" of the sanctuary, as we prepare ourselves spiritually for Advent. There will be a special children's activity, pizza and festive treats. All are welcome! Bring your friends.
Children in Worship
We are blessed by the presence of children in worship, and welcome their participation in and curiosity about the service. Ushers can provide children with crayons and special bulletins that (usually) correspond with the scripture readings and Sunday School lessons for the day. During the service, children and youth come forward for a chat with Rev. Brenna and sing a song together. Then, they can leave to attend Sunday School. However, if you are new, and it is more comfortable for your child to stay in worship with you, please do so. Feel free to let Rev. Brenna or one of our ushers know if we can help you with anything or make you more comfortable.
Rev. Brenna will be on holidays and out of the office this week (returning for worship next Sunday).
UCW - Mary & Martha Circle will be meeting on Tuesday Nov 21st @ 1:00 pm in the McGill Room to do Christmas Baskets.
UCW - Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. Friends In Faith meet. All women are welcome. Ruth Nott will report on the National gathering of UCW held in Vancouver, to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of UCW.
Cooler weather and darker days can only mean one thing: Advent is just around the corner! Advent is the season of hopeful waiting and anticipation in the four weeks before Christmas. It's a time to pray for Christ's light to enter the world again.
Advent is often a time when we might seek out some extra opportunities for spiritual growth - both in church and in our homes. To that end, we will be offering an Advent study on Tuesdays, December 5, 12 and 19th. We'll be looking at some of the classic Christmas carols, learning about the history of their writing, and considering how the words speak to our Advent journey. These evenings, we'll meet from 7-8:30pm in the McGill Room for discussion and lots of music. All of the sessions are independent so you can come to one or all of them. A volunteer to bring nibbles each time would be appreciated. If you think you may attend, a head's up is appreciated just so I have enough handouts.
Hopefully, despite the busyness of the season, we can all make some time to grow closer to God this Advent.
M & P Committee will meet on Tuesday November 21st at 7:15pm in the Boardroom.
Thank you to all who bought books last Sunday. The proceeds of $165 will be added to the UCW funds to be disbursed this month to various charities and organizations incl. the United Church.
Order forms for pies and quiches made by That Pie Place in Oakville are in the narthex. Today is the last day for ordering these items. Pick-up date is Sat. Dec. 9 between 11 and 3 (same time as drop-off for Bake Sale items)
The Frosty Festive Fare bake sale will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10. This is the day to stock up on Christmas goodies - cookies, squares, cakes and preserves. Donations of these items from the congregation will be gratefully received the day before between 11 and 3. This year there will be no Christmas White Elephant table but there will be several vendors from our congregation joining in the sale.
UCW Mary and Martha Circle will be collecting new toys till Sunday Dec.10 for the Deacon’s Cupboard and the Open Door. There will be a box in the narthex. On Tuesday this week we are making up baskets of toiletries for the Deacon’s Cupboard. Anyone wishing to help is welcome to join us at 1 pm.
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Peel Aboriginal Network – Indigenous Spirituality Presentation – Today Nov. 19 after Worship
We’re so grateful to be working with and learning from the Peel Aboriginal Network this fall. We’re able to offer them the use of our kitchen for some of their cooking classes, and they’re going to offer us a conversation on Indigenous spirituality – especially focusing on creation stories. On November 19, Pat Chrisjohn will be teaching our children about these stories during their Sunday School classes, and then she’ll stay after worship for lunch and the presentation. Details are still being worked out, but lunch will be provided, and a freewill offering will be collected. Please RSVP to the office if you plan to stay for this event: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacon’s Cupboard / Bulk Food Delivery
Once again, as part of our effort to help the Deacon’s Cupboard, we will help arrange to have Longo’s Supermarkets drop off 80-100 cases (approx. 100 cubic feet) of a mix of staple foods - delivery will be made in November, in time for the Christmas season. The cost of the food (purchased at wholesale prices) will be around $2,000, and is partly funded already from monies raised but not spent in the spring. Our spring effort was very well received.
This project is interesting for a number of reasons:
- it eliminates the driving/picking/delivery of goods;
- because we are working closely with the Deacon’s Cupboard folks, it gets them a delivery of their “highest need” items (which can change over time);
- the Deacon’s Cupboard staff like it because it helps them schedule volunteers around one large delivery;
- it gives us the most bang for our dollars, because we are buying at wholesale;
- and by funneling donations through EUC, it gives participants a tax deduction , which is not available if you drop off $25 of foodstuffs.
We have often had a number of our congregation members make donations to help defray the cost for this very worthy effort. If you would like to make a donation specifically to help the Deacon’s Cupboard Bulk Food Delivery, please put your donation on the plate, clearly marked “DC Bulk Food”, including your envelope number or name;
If you’d like more information, please speak to Paul Sabourin or Rev. Brenna, who can help co-ordinate your donation. If we raise more than $2,000 (as we did last fall), we’ll look to do another delivery in early 2018.
Help Rebuild the Carribean Region following all those recent devastating hurricanes: http://www.united-church.ca/caribbean-hurricanes-2017
Update on Remits (Proposed Changes to the United Church of Canada): At our Council meeting on April 26th, the council members voted unanimously in favour of remits Numbers 1 - 4. As of July 16, these 4 remits have been accepted by United Churches across Canada by an 80% margin. Work can soon begin on implementing them, after final approval by General Council. :For our Council, one remit vote remains - Remit 6: One Order of Ministry. We anticipate voting on that remit toward the end of this year (November, 2017).
The Red Box: You will have seen a Red Box at the entrance to our church property. This was placed by the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program Partnership-Religious Organizations. 100% of the net proceeds produced by the Clothesline go directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Six hundred dollars per year will be paid to our church. This money will be used by our Outreach Committee to help fund social justice and Outreach programs. Please donate your gently used clothing to help this project. Outreach Committee. Donate frequently - keep it nearly full!
Your Outreach Committee collects pairs of used eyeglasses to support those in need in foreign lands. If you have any old glasses that you no longer need, please drop them off on the Narthex Bookcase so someone else can receive the wonderful gift of good eye sight.
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Please keep the area in front of the elevator clear of any furniture (chairs, tables, etc) so people can access the elevator without having to move the furniture. The need to use the elevator is increasing so please do your part and ensure you do not leave anything in front of the elevator door. Thank You for your consideration.
Erindale United Church is now set up to receive donations by credit card. Go to www.CanadaHelps.org and follow the very user-friendly directions.
As a church, we are called to pray for each other and for our mission in the world. This week, please remember Dublin Street United Church in Guelph in your prayers.