Upcoming Dates to Remember
Mondays Centering Prayer Group ON PAUSE
Wednesdays Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky 10am
Thursdays Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian) 9:30-11am
1st Thursday Project Linus Blanket Making at Main St. Baptist
Tuesdays 10am/Wednesdays 7pm Spiritual Literacy Group at SUC
TODAY Food Bank Sunday/White Gift Sunday 9am/11am
TODAY Lessons and Carols at Upper Sackville 9am
TODAY All-Ages Service at SUC 11am
Dec 14 Packing Day for Christmas Cheer (St Paul’s) 9am
Dec 17 Christmas Carols and Cocktails 7pm
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
No 9am service at Upper Sackville
11am Pastoral Charge morning service at SUC
7pm Christmas Eve service at SUC
9pm Christmas Eve service at Upper Sackville (communion)
Dec 31 Pastoral Charge New Year’s Eve Service 10am
This week’s order of service is dedicated to Brenda Allen, who for the past years has worked diligently to keep our UCW active. With love and thanks from the UCW gals!
ANNOUNCEMENTS for December 10, 2017-
2nd Sunday of Advent
FOOD BANK & WHITE GIFT SUNDAY: This Sunday, December 10 is Food Bank Sunday for the month. We are invited to bring our offerings of non-perishable food items or consider a monetary contribution to the food bank to help meet the immediate needs of our neighbours and friends, even as we continue to address the underlying injustices that lead to long-term food insecurity.
ALL AGES SERVICE AT SUC: This Sunday morning at 11am we are all invited to experience the magic of Advent through the eyes of a child. Join us for a service of worship that celebrates the coming mystery of Christmas for “Good Christian Friends” of all ages!
NEW KEYS FOR THE CHURCH BUILDING: As of this past Friday afternoon, all of the locks for the 110 Main St building have been replaced with a new system that will streamline and simplify access to our church building. New keys will not be available until later in the week, so we ask that you please be patient! A notice will be sent from the church office as soon as keys are available for pickup. In the meantime, we would ask that everyone who previous had a key to any part of the building please return it to the church office. In case of an emergency need to access the building between Sunday through Wednesday, please contact Jennie or Rev. Lloyd.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND COCKTAILS: Join us at 7pm at Ducky’s Pub for “Christmas Carols and Cocktails” on December 17, and raise your voices (and glasses) with some favourite Christmas tunes!
CHRISTMAS CHEER 2017: The Christmas Cheer program, which provides Christmas help to Sackville families, is once again accepting monetary donations (care of RBC), as well as donations of new toys, books and clothing for children aged 12 and under. Donations of secondhand clothing for adults and children, and of secondhand bedding would also be welcomed. Donations may be dropped off at Sackville United during regular office hours (Wed.-Fri. 9 a.m. to noon). Toy bags will be packed at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Dec. 14th at 9 a.m., with a storm date of Dec. 15th. New volunteers are always welcome. For further information, please speak to Beth Briscoe or to Janet Geier. A list of needed items can be found on the church website.
NEW NAMETAGES AT SUC: As you enter the SUC sanctuary you will notice we have new magnetic nametags. Please take a moment to choose a marker from the variety of available colours and write your name on a tag. Jennifer Bruce will also be available to print name labels for those who would prefer them. Volunteers will be available to assist you if you need help writing on or putting on your nametag.
ROCKPORT HOLIDAY SERVICE: Rockport’s annual Advent/Christmas service will be held this Sunday, December 10, at 2:30pm at Rockport United. Storm Day is Dec 17th.
ANDERSON SETLLEMENT CHRISTMAS SERVICE: “There will be a service of Carols and Lessons to be held for the Anderson Settlement United Church Community to be held at the house of Richard Wells, Wednesday December 20th at 6 P.M. All are welcome to attend this reflective service which will explore the history of carols, and mark in Scripture the passing of Advent. For more details please contact Anderson Settlement United Church Secretary: Kyle Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also thank those who continue to help us maintain our United Church presence in our community. Happy Christmas to all!”
GOT A FRIDGE TO SPARE?: Sackville United is looking for someone who may have an extra full-size fridge to donate to our kitchenette. This second fridge will be used to help store food for large and catered events, and will only be used from time to time in order to save on energy costs.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Fiona Brett is once again organizing a Christmas pageant, and is looking for volunteers “for musical talents in the show, all ages, and any talents.” Please speak with Fiona for more information.
AFTERNOON CAROLLING: Come and sing carols Sunday, Dec.17th at one o’clock. Join a group of carollers to take some musical cheer to folks who are unable to attend church. These folks have told the carollers that they look forward to their visits, and the carollers love to share their voices in celebration. You will “feel your heart grow three sizes” As you spend the afternoon sharing your voice and yourself. Participants are encouraged to bring a light lunch that day. If anyone from the congregation feels inspired to bring a contribution to lunch, it would certainly be appreciated. We will have sign-up sheets at church this Sunday for those who plan to join us caroling or to help with lunch. We look forward to all ages taking part in this wonderful activity. We welcome any suggestions of names of people whom you think would enjoy a visit that day. Just give the name to either Elsie or Diane. Spend two hours from your Sunday afternoon to brighten the season for all, then come and relax later in the evening at “Christmas Carols and Cocktails”!
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REV. LLOYD: Looking to get in touch with Lloyd? He can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (506) 940-1151.
The House of Our God (on screen)
Away in a Manger, VU 69 (on screen)
A Candle is Burning, VU 6, v.1-4 (on screen)