Weekly Announcements: October 1, 2017


Property Team                                  Tuesday, October 3, 7 pm

Community Life Team         Wednesday, October 25, 11 am

Congregational Life Team     Sunday, November 5, 11:30

Church Council                          Tuesday, November 14, 6:30


Family Prayers

This Sunday we ask you to pray for the ministry of Metropolitan United Church

Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

Doris Robotham, Karyn Olsen, and Rob Wark.

May those unnamed yet in our hearts experience the presence of God’s grace.


Note: Pastoral Care is important. Please contact the church office if you are going into hospital or if you or a family member are needing Pastoral Care. Your name will not be in the bulletin unless we have permission from you to do so. We wish to offer Pastoral Care support and at the same time respect your confidentiality.



-Thank you to those who participated in the Mission & Service Soup Lunch on September 17, 2017. Special thanks to those who donated soups: Tina Zimmermann, Ida Traxler, Barb MacKinnon, Val Goodin, Joan Carter and Gail Barker. A donation of $200 was realized which will go towards our Mission & Service goal of $20,000.


Image result for snowmanFrosty Frolic Bazaar – Saturday, November 18th

There will be a meeting directly after church TODAY in the Golden Jubilee room for anyone interested in any way helping with the Frosty Frolic (baking, working that day, convenor, etc.)

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Administrators: Looking for 3 persons willing to be administrators for our Strathroy United Church Facebook page and groups.  You would be in charge of removing comments or posts that would not be suitable to our site or beliefs. You are also able to invite and approve members.  Please contact Tina Zimmermann for more info.

We are excited that we have set up our Strathroy United Church’s Page and Group.  Our page is a public forum to inform our community of what we are all about and of community, national needs.  Our group is private for our members to receive updates on events, meetings, immediate needs.  Our group is for all members to share information.  Please do not post items of a personal nature, re: health, birth, death.  More updates to come.


– Bulletin Boards:

The Community Life Team is looking for someone to help them keep the bulletin boards of the church updated.  Letters, decorations and posters are available, as well as assistance from the team members if needed. We are asking for about two hours of your time each Season. (IE – Fall, Christmas, Spring and Summer).  If you are creative and would like to contribute to our church in this way, please speak to Tina Zimmermann or anyone on the Community Life Team.


Image result for libraryJean Nisbet has graciously written an article about our Church Library across from the Golden Jubilee Room.

“If you are a senior with spare time on your hands, or if you are getting a little bored, visit our church library. My younger days were always busy, and then later, with lots of volunteering, I had little time to read anything but the newspaper.

I had enjoyed a few Amish books and a friend mentioned that there was a good supply of them in our library.

There is also a good selection of Authors and books for all ages. I’m never bored. I always have a book to pick up and read, even if just a few chapters at a time. There is no fee!


Image result for Church grocery drive             FOOD DRIVE – to give thanks …

Congregational & Community Life Teams  are requesting food items to be collected each Sunday, for the month of October this year. Let’s see how many we can accumulate in the Sanctuary for the month and be thankful with our giving’s. We are  collecting Beans of all types, Cake & Muffin mix, boxes of Scallop Potatoes, Pasta Sauce, Eggs, Cookies, Crackers, Kraft Dinner, Pancake mix, Syrup, Cereal, Canned Fruit, Juice Boxes, Lunch Snacks, Rice, Sauce mixes, Soup, Bread, Meat. Items will be distributed to Salvation Army and WRRC. Many thanks to all for your support. Thank you to Ken Jolliffe in delivering these items.      Let’s go Strathroy United !!!!!!!!!!!!

Image result for Christmas decorationsChristmas decorations needed! If you are down-sizing, or  have extra gently-used Christmas decorations or household goods (i.e. serving dishes) that you would like to see go to a good home, please consider this suggestion. Our guests at our monthly Hospitality Meal sometimes don’t have the extras at Christmas to give their homes a festive touch. For our November meal, we are hoping to have a selection of festive / Christmas items that they can take home and enjoy. If you have such items, please bring them into the church before November 19th. They will be distributed at our November Hospitality Meal. We thank you in advance for your generosity.



Decorating The Sanctuary

Image result for gourds, squash and applesAnother opportunity to help beautify our Sanctuary and also help our foodbanks. If you have any gourds, vegetables, decorations, quilts, corn stalks, etc. etc. please bring them in by Saturday, October 7th.

Tina would appreciate some assistance with decorating the Sanctuary on Saturday am.!


Image result for senior choir practice clip art– Senior Choir Practice has

begun and we meet on Thursdays

at 7:15 in the Parlour. If you like to sing please come and join us for music and fellowship!


-Monthly Wednesday Morning Walk In Bible Study

Studying the Parables of Jesus with Rev. Abiel will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11 am. starting Wednesday, October 4th .

Please come and join us anytime!

Child and Youth Ministry Leadership

Strathroy United Church is looking for a Child and Youth Leader to join us in providing leadership and faith to our youth from ages 0-18 years. At this time it would be approximately 8-10 hours per month. Our Sunday School at this time is small and we are looking to grow. We are forming a Youth Group in September and this is new to our church. We need faith, energy and enthusiasm. Is that you?

Please contact us with your resume at:

            myemail@mlharris.ca  or             minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca


-Prayer Circle:

Rev. Abiel would like to hear from you if you feel called to the ministry of prayer. He is planning to have a weekly prayer group beginning in September. Please contact Dianne at the office if you wish to participate.  



Ø  Minutes for Teams and Council

Ø  United Church news letters

Ø  Governance Chart

Ø  TRIVIA NIGHT: St. Andrews Westminster on

Saturday, October 21st at the Belmont Community Centre.

Ø  PRAYER SHAWL RETREAT: Sacred Heart Parish

Hall Ingersoll. Oct. 14th

Ø  MCAMP Octoberfest Wed. Oct. 18 6-8pm Metropolitan UC

The Lyra Choir- Alvin Reimer-Conductor. An evening of culture and German Cuisine.

Ø  KAIROS Reconciliation in our Water shed – full day workshop Sisters of St. Joseph London- October 14,

10 am-4pm


For full information please check the bulletin

board at the Maria St. entrance. also note that These Days and the Observer are also available.

                             ROAST BEEF DINNER

                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017

                                      4:30 TO 7:00 PM

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ADULT                       $17.00

CHILDREN 5-12   $5.00



AVAILABLE FROM: Shirley Aerts         519-245-1141

                            John Rowe              519-245-2698

                             Ken Jolliffe             519-205-0415


A few tickets will be available through the church office,

as well, but we encourage you to call our ticket agents first.

Help Needed

We are getting close to our Dinner Date so now is the time to sign up and/or purchase your tickets!

Sign-up sheets are in the Golden Jubilee Room.

Decorations:  We could use 2-3 people to help decorate the windows in the GJR. Please meet Joan Carter on Friday, October 6th at10 am.

If you have any questions, please call Joan Carter

(co-ordinator of the dinner). 519-247-3901.