March 26 – Announcements

 Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                                    9:30am
Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky                  10-11am
Thursdays    Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian)            9:30-11am
1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making at Main St Baptist   1pm
March 26       Memory Café at SUC                                                         2-4pm
April 10-12    Morning Holy Week Reflection/Prayer Services     9am
April 13           Maundy Thursday Meal and Worship at SUC           6pm
April 14           Good Friday Service                                                        10am
April 16           Easter Sunday
Pastoral Charge Sunrise Service at SUC             7am
Upper Sackville (communion)                             9am
Sackville United (comm/drama)                         11am
April 23           UCW Service                                                                    9am/11am
May TBA        Yard & Bake Sale at Upper Sackville                         8-11am
May TBA        Music Afternoon at Upper Sackville                        2pm

Love You Are Here

ANNOUNCEMENTS for March 26, 2017-
LENT IV

MEMORY CAFÉ ON MARCH 26:  “The Sackville Committee of the Alzheimer Society will be hosting a second MEMORY CAFE on Sunday, March 26, from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Sackville United.  There will be a brief presentation on a topic of interest, musical entertainment, snacks and an opportunity for folks to ask questions and chat about coping with memory problems.”

LENTEN STUDY OPPORTUNITY UP ON SUC DISCERNMENT BOARD: An opportunity to join in the conversation on a subject that is important to us all:  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER: “A good death begins with living in the present,”  says the Rev. Dr. Linda Yates, author of For The Death of Me: Accepting Death, Choosing Life.”  Facing death can be difficult, and begins with living a meaningful life. In this resource for small groups or for individual spiritual study, we also explore issues of Medically Assisted Death and Euthanasia. What do you think about life after death? We learn how our worldview affects what we believe about life after death.  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER is a program from The Prayer Bench ministry, and offers three guided sessions. We will listen to an audio presentation together with a printed script provided in advance. Conversation and discussion will help us explore what we think and feel and believe.

HOLY WEEK MORNING REFLECTION/PRAYER SERVICES:  A brief time of prayer, scripture, reflections and music will be held on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week at 9am in the sanctuary.  Led by Bruce Moore and Jennie Del Motte, these moments of contemplation aim to deepen our connection to this life-changing week in our church year.

EASTER SERVICES:  This year the Pastoral Charge will offer three services on Easter Morning.  The sunrise service, led by Jennie Del Motte and Bruce Moore, will be at 7am at Sackville United.  Upper Sackville Easter service with communion will be at 9am, and Sackville United Easter service will communion and drama will be at 11am.  Special music at 9am and 11am services featuring Ed Knuckles, Branden Olsen and Skylar Richard.

A NOTE FROM MINISTRY AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: “The Ministry and Personnel Committee is conducting a routine review of Jennie’s performance as Director of Music at Sackville United.  The congregation is invited to send comments on Jennie’s work in this capacity to any of the committee members– Gloria Turner (gloriaturnerpei@me.com), Shirley Hopkins (shopkins@nbnet.nb.ca), and Karen Bamford (kbamford@mta.ca).  To be considered comments should be received by April 9.”

Would Someone You Know Appreciate a Pastoral Care Visit?:  Pastoral care for SPC is generously being provided by Rev. Jean Ward.  For any pastoral care needs, or if you know someone who might appreciate a visit, please contact Rev. Ward directly – 902-694-4372 or a.jean.ward@gmail.com

UCW COLLECTING SMALL ITEMS TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE:  UCW continues to save the following items:  Independent Grocery Tapes, pop tabs, plastic bread tabs, used postage stamps (1/4″ border), Campbell’s Soup Labels, the front cover of used Greeting Cards.  All items can be left in the basket which is on the book shelf as you come in the main entrance of the church.

BOOK PRESENTATION TONIGHT IN AMHERST: Canadian author Brian Arthur Brown grew up in the Maritimes and worked summers in both Sackville and Amherst during university years. He invites us to an event in the evening March 26, 7-9pm at Trinity-St. Stevens United Church. With faculty, students and alumnae from Mt. A and UPEI, Brian will introduce two National Geographic style books on interfaith relations in communities like ours.  Everyone who attends also receives a free copy of TRUE NORTH, STRONG AND FREE, written for Canada’s 150 birthday about the place of religion in our changing country. All are welcome.

CENTERING PRAYER:  Centering prayer group meets every Monday; all are welcome to join for one half hour of prayer together.

 

Check out the projects, ideas, and circles of interest on our Discernment Board (to the left of the sanctuary entrance):

Sign your name for something that interests you, or start a group of your own!

  • NEW: Be a part of the new Lenten study

  • NEW: Sign up to serve communion on occasion

  • Help host or attend our Wednesday morning coffee time co-hosted with Open Sky

  • Host Coffee & Conversation after church

  • Communications Group Circles (FB Enthusiasts, Website Makeover Team, Telephone Tree Callers)

  • Join the Affirm team

 

 

Scripture: 

John 9:1-41

Hymns:

Draw the Circle Wide, MV 145
Breathe on Me, Breath of God, VU 382
Open My Eyes, VU 371
Amazing Grace, VU 266
Offertory Response: Fresh as the Morning, MV 28, v.4 & chorus

 

 “Six Weeks of Disney”

In honour of Rev. Jenn’s upcoming trip to Disney World, each week at our 11am service we hear a Disney song that reflects themes in our scripture:

Lent 1 (Jesus in the Desert): “Candle on the Water” – Pete’s Dragon
Lent 2 (John 3:16): “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – The Lion King
Lent 3 (Living Water): “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

 

Quotations to Ponder

 

If you can’t change your mind, you can’t change anything. ~ Orna Ross

To reciprocate God’s love is to have his love nature.  ~ Sunday Adelaja

I believe in God with all my doubts. ~ Madeleine L’Engle
(when asked about loving God without any doubts)

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