April 22 – Announcements

 Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                           ON PAUSE
Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky          ON PAUSE
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
April 25         Potluck Lunch at Open Sky (all welcome)          12pm
April 29       Conversation Café at SUC and Potluck                  11am
May 20        Pentecost Sunday & Food Bank Sunday
May 27        Maritime Conference Annual Meeting (no services at Upper or SUC)
May 27        Service of Praise and Ordination at TVMC          10am
June 10       Union Sunday (Communion)                                   9am/11am
June TBA    Sunday School Service before Summer Pause
June 24       Final Upper Sackville Service Before Summer Pause  9am
July 1-Sept 2    Pastoral Charge Summer Services at SUC    10am

Joy Snoopy

ANNOUNCEMENTS for April 22, 2018 –
Easter IV

APCWWE Donations Now Being Accepted:  With the signing of an official memorandum of understanding between Sackville United Church and the All For Peace: Children’s Welfare and Women’s Empowerment (APCWWE), we are now able to receive and pass on charitable donations to this organization, started in part by Jafari Songolo Ramazani, one of our new arrival family members.  Read more about the APCWWE on the church website.

Counselling Services Available:  Would you or someone you know like to talk through a problem? Narrative Counselling offered by Rev. Robyn Brown-Hewitt is available on Thursdays in the Mt.A Chapel Office. To book an appointment contact:  rbrownhewitt@mta.ca.  Robyn is the UCC Campus Minister in the Multifaith Services Office of Dalhousie University. This year she is enrolled in the Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work degree program through the University of Melbourne which requires that counselling practicum hours be completed every week. And so, in addition to counselling hours at Dal, she has also been offering counselling services to Mt. A students, staff and the wider community (with the agreement of Mt. A Chaplain, Rev. John Perkin) since the beginning of February 2018.

For more information about Narrative Counselling: https://dulwichcentre.com.au/what-is-narrative-therapy/

TAG BOOK READING:  The Tantramar Association of Grandmothers is planning an evening of tea and talk – a book discussion of the wonderful book “Powered by Love:  a Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa” for Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm at the Sackville Public Library.  We invite you to join us and to bring a friend.  We will be concentrating on the Foreward, Preface, and Introduction as well as Chapter 7.  The book is available at the Sackville Public Library, Tidewater Books, and several of the Tantramar Grandmothers have the book and they would happily lend it to anyone who would like to borrow it (just contact Heather Patterson and she will make the arrangement).  See you there and be prepared to be inspired!

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.  Coming next on April 29, when we welcome individual(s) from our GLBTQ2 community.

Special Music at Upper SackvillePLEASE NOTE NEW DATE – On Sunday May 6, we welcome Harold and Friends at Upper Sackville who will join Jennie in providing a service full of gospel songs and favourite hymns.  All are welcome, potluck lunch to follow.

VOLUNTEER FOOD HANDLERS COURSE: Friday, May 4th from 6:30-9pm @ Parish of Christ Church, Amherst, NS (downstairs in the Parish Hall – off of LaPlanche Street).  No Charge. If anyone from your Church would be interested in taking the Food Handlers Course please call (902) 667 – 2415 (or leave a message – and your name will be added to the list)  (M-F 9am-1pm).  Deadline to call to sign up is – Sunday, April 22nd, 2018.

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH!: Marilyn Lerch graciously invites anyone interested to check out the poster on the church office door with more information about the many exciting and creative events being held around town to celebrate poetry month!

FOOD BANK SUNDAY:  Sunday May 20 is the next 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.

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.

A “SOCIAL VISIT”:  Family members of some residents at the Drew are seeking friends of their loved ones to make social visit.  If you are willing to share your contact information with these individuals so they can reach out to you, please let the office know.

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.

Scripture:

Acts 4:5–12
John 10:11–18

Hymns:

MV 42 Praise God for this Holy Ground
VU 427 To Show By Touch and Word
MV 154 Deep in Our Hearts
Offertory Response: MV 187 We Give Our Thank (selected verses)
MV 135 Called By Earth and Sky

Learn More at the United Church Website:

Read the Moderator’s Easter Message:

https://www.ucobserver.org/faith/2018/03/peters-last-words-to-jesus/

Support Bill C-262 on Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

https://mailchi.mp/cb36a117ba1f/171205-1036997?e=d23926994e

Put an End to Islamaphobia:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/national-day-remembrance-and-action-islamophobia

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

http://www.united-church.ca/leadership/church-administration/remit-implementation

Rohingya Crisis:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/rohingya-crisis

Address the Root Causes of Famine:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/call-government-address-root-causes-famine

Israeli Military Detention of and Violence against Children:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/israeli-military-detention-no-way-treat-child

A Song of Faith and other official statements on who we are as a denomination: http://www.united-church.ca/community-faith

End Gender-Based Violence:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/end-gender-based-violence

 

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