March 18 – Announcements

 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
Sundays 9:15am     Book Study in the Quiet Room at SUC
March 18     SPC Annual Meeting (please bring bag lunch)  12pm
March 18    
Food Bank Sunday
March 24     UCW Annual Presbyterial Meeting (Marconf)   3pm
March 24     Earth Hour Shut Off the Power at SUC                 7:30pm
March 26     UCW regular monthly meeting at SUC                 2pm
March 29    Maundy Thursday Meal and Worship at SUC      6pm
March 30    Good Friday at Upper Sackville                               10am
April 1         Easter Sunday
Easter Sunrise Service at 6am at the Swan Pond (weather permitting)
Upper Sackville Easter Service (Communion) at 9am
Sackville United Easter Service (Communion) at 11am
April 21      Silent/Live/Talent Auction at SUC                            6:30pm

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for March 18, 2018 –
Lent V

EARTH HOUR “SHUT OFF THE POWER” EVENT:  All ages are invited to participate in our annual Earth Hour celebration, scheduled for 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 24th, here at Sackville United. Come and enjoy light refreshments, social time with others, and the opportunity to play your favourite board game. At 8:30 the lights go out, and candles are the only luminaries for the next hour, as a symbol of our commitment to the planet. Do join us for this one-of-a-kind relaxing evening and bring along a special game to share with others. For more information, call Diane at 506 536 3749.

FOOD BANK SUNDAY:  This Sunday, February 18, is food bank Sunday for the Pastoral Charge. We are asked 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.

Your Feedback is Appreciated:  Rev. Lloyd, on behalf of the worship committee, has sent out several online surveys inviting your feedback on worship services.  Paper copies of these surveys are and/or will be available in the church sanctuary for anyone interested in sharing their thoughts with the Worship and Sanctuary Committee of the pastoral charge.

PAPER COPIES OF ONLINE MATERIALS:  For those who are not tech savvy or who do not own a computer, paper copies of Lloyd’s Monday Musings and other web-only material are available through the church office.  If anyone wishes a copy of Rev. Lloyd’s sermon from March 4 in Upper Sackville, please speak to Jennie.

ANNUAL MEETINGS:  Annual meetings for the congregations of the Sackville Pastoral Charge have been called by the chairs of their executives. They are as follows:  March 18, SPC 12pm (meeting held at SUC) – please bring bag lunch/snack.    ~ Jane Braedley (SPC)

THE PRAYER NET: Our Sunday School invites everyone to participate in our “Prayer Net” project.  The Prayer Net is hung on the wall in the entrance way of our church.  Colourful fish are available to you to hang on our net.  On the back of the fish you are invited to write a short prayer, a hope you may have for our world or whatever may have some significance to you. As well, you may choose to hold a prayer, hope or dream for our world in your heart as you  hang your fish on the net without necessarily expressing your thoughts in writing. We welcome you to this project.  Your participation will do much to express support for the work of our Sunday School.

SILENT/LIVE/TALENT AUCTION:  A silent/live/talent auction   will be held here in the sanctuary on SATURDAY, APRIL 21st beginning at 6:30. Donations of quality items are requested and welcomed.  If needed, we can pick up the items from your home.  Your talents are also solicited.  Babysitting, tutoring, baking, snow removal, plumbing, cottage rental, shared meals, plant sharing are just some of the talents.  We encourage your imagination to think of a talent you could offer.  Sign up sheets are available on the discernment board.  Proceeds from this event will be shared between Sackville United and the Refugee Outreach.

Coffee and dessert will be served.

Join us for fun and fellowship.

The co-ordinating group are Wallie Sears, Judith Colwell, David and Diane Fullerton and Elsie MacDonald

Conversation Café and Potluck at SUC:  On the last Sunday of the month, we welcome a special guest speaker to help us explore our faith in a different way, followed by a potluck.  This month, on March 25, we welcome Denise Miller, who will speak with us on mental health.  We follow our conversation café services with a potluck lunch.

Prayers for the Community:  Is there someone or something you would like held or lifted up in prayer this month?  Our prayer circle is ready to hear your concerns and joys and pray for them – please send your messages to Mora MacDonald at morabullydog@yahoo.ca.  All requests are kept in confidence among the group, who are always mindful of your privacy.

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REV.  LLOYD:  Looking to get in touch with Lloyd?  He can be reached at spcminister@nb.aibn.com or by calling (506) 940-1151.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS FOR WINTER 2018:  Wed-Fri, 8am-11am.  Thursdays the office is often open until 11:30am or 12pm.

Scripture:

Job 38:25-27, 41:1-8, 42:1-6

Hymns:

Be Still (on screen)
VU 226 For the Beauty of the Earth
VU 346 There in God’s Garden
VU 625 I Feel the Winds of God Today
MV 144 Like a Healing Stream

Learn More at United Church Website:

Support Bill C-262 on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Call for More Funding to UN Relief Agencies for Palestinians

Put an End to Islamaphobia

What’s Going on with Remits (UCC reorganization/reformation)

Rohingya Crisis

Address the Root Causes of Famine

Israeli Military Detention of and Violence against Children

A Song of Faith and other official statements on who we are as a denomination

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