Upcoming Dates to Remember
Mondays Centering Prayer Group 9:30am
Wednesdays Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky ON PAUSE
Thursdays Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian) 9:30-11am
1st Thursday Project Linus at Main St Baptist 1pm
TODAY UCW Service 9am/11am
TODAY BRIEF SUC Congregational Meeting 12pm
April 24 UCW Meeting at SUC 2pm
April 26 Potluck Lunch at Open Sky (All Welcome!) 12pm
April 30 Potluck PARTY for Rev. Jenn at SUC 12pm
April 30 Memory Café at SUC 2pm
May 8 African Grandmother Visits SUC (TAG) 3pm
May 10 Pastoral Charge Annual Meeting at SUC 7pm
May 13 Yard & Bake Sale at Upper Sackville 8-11am
May 28 Music Afternoon at Upper Sackville 2pm
ANNOUNCEMENTS for April 23, 2017-
SUC CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a brief congregational meeting for Sackville United immediately following the 11am service today. The purpose of the meeting is to seek affirmation for those who have put their names forward for the chair and communicator positions in the SUC Executive.
UCW SERVICE TODAY: This Sunday, April 23rd, UCW is conducting the church service and will be providing refreshments after the 11 a.m. service at Sackville United. We will be providing a basket for donations towards our Mission & Service goal for 2017. Thanks!
Potluck Luncheon: Sunday, April 30th is Rev. Jennifer Brown’s last day with us and there will be a potluck luncheon immediately following the 11am church service. It is suggested that Last names starting with A-M should bring desserts and last names starting with N-Z should bring main course – sandwiches, salads, etc. Hope to see you there!
AND ANOTHER POTLUCK LUNCHEON: Before we bid farewell to Rev. Jenn, join our Coffee & Conversation partners at Open Sky for a “big celebration of our Wednesday Coffee Hour partnership over the winter? Open Sky is now getting more into the gardens, and we would love to say thank you to everyone who participated over the winter.” All are welcome!
A SPECIAL VISITOR HOSTED AT SUC: South African Grandmother – Mama Darlina, will be speaking on Monday, May 8 at 3pm at Sackville United Church. This is sponsored by the Tantramar Association of Grandmothers and Others.
SACKVILLE PASTORAL CHARGE ANNUAL MEETING: The Annual Meeting of the Sackville Pastoral Charge will be held on Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm at Sackville United Church.
COMING UP AT UPPER SACKVILLE: Upper Sackville will host their annual yard and bake sale on Saturday, May 13 from 8-11am. Also coming up is a music afternoon from 2-4pm on May 28, featuring gospel favourites and fellowship!
OPEN SKY COFFEE AND CONVERSATION ON PAUSE: As the ground warms up and the growing season begins, our friends from open sky will be taking a summer pause from our weekly coffee and conversation mornings. We will look forward to welcoming their return in the fall, and to dropping by the farm to say hello and pick up a vegetable/egg or two over the summer!
POETRY READ-OUT: Marilyn Lerch, Sackville Poet Laureate, sends along an invitation for persons who may be interested in taking part in the Third Annual Community Poetry Read out. Sunday, April 30, 1-3 in the Council Chambers. All one has to do is write firstname.lastname@example.org and say you want to participate and give the poem (not more than 75 lines). Food and music will be provided.
AN UPDATE FROM THE SRRC: The Sackville Refugee Response Coalition has been pleased to welcome two refugee families from Syria to our community over the past few months. The most important factor in the settlement of our families has been the participation of the Welcome Committees for each family. This committee is responsible for greeting and welcoming the family and helping them settle into life in Canada and in Sackville, doing everything from setting up bank accounts, accompanying them to medical appointments, helping them navigate daily activities such as grocery shopping, and many other things. In preparation for the arrival of our third family, a family of four from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, hopefully soon, the SRRC is establishing a third Welcome Committee. If you are interested in participating in an experience that will be life-changing, please contact Diane Fullerton at 536-3749, email her at email@example.com, or send us a message through the SRRC’s Facebook page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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), 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. Please note that the Campbell’s Soup Company has cancelled their soup label refund program; therefore, the UCW are no longer collecting these soup labels. Thank you for all the items you continue to collect for us. It is very much appreciated.
CENTERING PRAYER: Centering prayer group meets every Monday; all are welcome to join for one half hour of prayer together.
OPERATION BEAUTIFICATION: We have been invited to participate in the first annual “Operation Beautification” town clean-up project, on May 10 anytime between 8:30am-6:30pm. Supplies, gloves, and snacks will be provided.
Luke 21: 1 – 4 (KJV)
Acts 9: 36 – 43
Spirit of Life, VU 381
Three Things I Promise, MV 176
Celebration (A UCW Hymn), tune: VU 614
Can a Little Child (A Children’s Hymn)
In Loving Partnership We Come, VU 603
Offertory Response: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks, VU 179, chorus, v.2, chorus
Quotations to Ponder
About UCW: As our number decline and we age, the old ways don’t work as they once did.
Society has evolved as well, and that affects our focus and our processes … We are free to let go of the things from [the] past that have become a burden instead of a blessing. We are free to engage in the things that offer hope and joy and spiritual nourishment to our minds, spirits and bodies.
Betty Turcott, President of UCW Canada 2012
I know that finding new ways to serve others, indulging my interests and using my skills and insights, is an absolutely critical component of living – and aging – well.
Margaret Trudeau, The Time of Your Life, 2015
What does it mean to be UCW today? The first words that come to mind would be “flexible, adaptable, and able to carry the torch.”
Sharon Moyce, President of Maritime Conference UCW 2012
A “WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY” AT SACKVILLE UNITED
As was mentioned at the Annual Meeting of the congregation, the Executive feel that the Exterior Window frames are in need of painting. We would like to see this done this Spring. An estimate of $4200 has been suggested. There is also a potential additional expense to replace rotting wood on some of the frames.
As this falls outside of our regular budget, we would like to see this as a Special Fundraising Project which the congregation would support in addition to regular offerings.
A “Window of Opportunity” covered in sticky notes with various donation amounts (from $1 to $500) is now up at the back of the Sanctuary to help us in our fundraising efforts!