Announcements – Sept 23

 Upcoming Dates to Remember

M,W,F               Church Office Open                                                 9am-12pm
Wednesdays   Coffee & Conversation with Open Sky               begins: Oct 10
Thursdays      Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian)  9:30-11am
1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making                             ON PAUSE
Sun 9:15am    Book Study in the Quiet Room at SUC
Sept 28            Sackville Pride Parade       (@ MTA Chapel)      5pm
Sept 30            Special Music at Upper Sackville (The Carter Girls)     9am
Sept 30           Affirming Celebration Service at SUC                11am
Sept 30           Rockport United Fall Service                                2:30pm
Oct 7              Thanksgiving/World Communion Sunday        9am/11am
Special Thanksgiving Harvest Display
Food Bank Sunday
Wed 6pm    “The Ridiculous Journey” at SUC                           starting: Oct 10

Leaves Autumn

ANNOUNCEMENTS for September 23, 2018 –
Season After Pentecost

Sunday School Youth Class:  “The 2018-2019 Sunday School year has begun! We gather upstairs in our Godly Play space every Sunday with children of all ages. In addition, there is a separate class for older children/youth (age 9 and up) offered on certain Sundays. This fall, those dates are Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16.”

Sackville Pride Parade:  Join us as we march in the Sackville Pride Parade on Friday, September 28!  Anyone interested in joining us is asked to meet at the MTA Chapel at 5pm.  For anyone with limited/restricted mobility who is unable to travel in the parade, please speak to Rev. Lloyd so we can help make you a part of our celebration as well!

Special Music at Upper Sackville on Sept 30:  Join us for a music-filled service at 9am, featuring special performances by the Carter Girls.  Jennie Del Motte will be leading the service and hymns.

Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky Resumes Oct 10:  Join us for coffee, snacks, and fellowship every Wednesday morning from 10-11am in the SUC sanctuary as we share conversation with our partners at Open Sky and our wider community.

New Office Hours for 2018/2019:  Beginning in September, the church office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm in order to accommodate Jennie’s teaching schedule as part of the Mount Allison Music Department faculty.

Book Study at SUC:  Starting this Sunday from 9:15-10:15am in the quiet room off the worship space.  Intro to the book: Diana Butler Bass is “the author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity. Her new book, Grateful explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.  Interested?  Contact Catherine Gaw chgaw@eastlink.ca or sign up on the circle of service board in the worship area.  Books are soon to be available through the church office.  The cost is $30 (hardcover).

The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere:  A costly journey with an unknown destination.  A Middle Eastern homeless man for twenty centuries ago and why he still stirs the souls and imagination of so many.  Using videos created by TWOP (“The Will of the People”, we will engage in a search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives.  Wednesday evenings at SUC beginning October 10.  Crockpot supper served at 6pm with discussion to follow beginning at 7pm.  All are welcome.

Food Bank Sunday:  On the third Sunday of each month 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.  Upcoming Food Bank Sundays are: September 16, October 7, November 18, December 16.  We will have a special Thansgiving Harvest Table on October 7, and any food collected during that will be donated to the Food Bank along with our regular contributions of non-perishable goods.

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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES AVAILABLE: Are you interested in having offering envelopes, or in receiving a charitable receipt for your contributions?  Please speak to the church office, or simply write your name and address and attach it to your contribution.

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.

Conversation Cafés and Potluck at SUC:  On select Sundays a few times a year, we invite a special guest to our 11am service who shares with us insight and personal experience of the wider world of which we are a part.  Through this listening and sharing, we open ourselves to greater advocacy, justice, and inclusion.  The services are followed by a potluck lunch.

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:

Luke 13:20-21
A Wisdom Reading: Clowning in Rome, Henri Nouwen

Hymns:

VU 460 All Who Hunger
VU 289 It Only Takes a Spark
MV 165 There is a Time
We Shall Release (on screen)

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