Weekly Announcements: December 17, 2017
This Sunday we ask you to pray for the ministry o Mt. Byrdges Pastoral Charge, consisting of Mount Brydges and Cook’s United Churches.
Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers:
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.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE TEAM
FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH 10 AM SERVICE.
The Children are welcome to come practice with Andy in the church parlour following today’s service.
They will be part of our December 24th morning service.
The Congregational Life Team, is requesting Poinsettia donations to assist with the decorating of the Sanctuary over the Advent time.
They may be donated in memory of a loved one if you wish, and if this is the case could you plea se call Dianne at the office, by noon on Dec. 20, 2017
so the particulars can be shared in the bulletin. We ask that you have the plants at the church on the Friday before Sunday Dec. 24, in the am between 9 and 11
so that they are in place for that Sunday, and Christmas Eve. We also would ask that you take the plants with you following the Christmas Eve service.
If you have any questions please feel free to call Marjorie at 519 245 0989, or the office
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE, Wed. Dec. 20 at 7pm
Christmas can be a difficult time of the year, especially when we are dealing with grief and loss. This service is a time of remembering that in the difficult times, we are not alone. God is with us. Candles will be lit in memory of people from our congregation who have died in 2016 and 2017.If you would like a candle lit in memory of a loved one, please be sure to call the church office by Thurs., 14th of December.
ENVELOPES AND PAR FOR 2018
If you are not using envelopes and wish to have them for 2018 please notify Dianne in the office. This is also a great time to take advantage of our PAR(Pre Authorized Payment) program , forms are available in the office and at the usher stations. Thank you, Dianne – 519-245-0276.
2018 envelopes are at the back of the Sanctuary!
COMPASSIONATE FUND & CHURCH MISSION FUNDS:
Twice a month in the winter time we offer $25.00 Food Basics Cards (4 per year per person)to those who are struggling to make ends meet. This service is offered during the months of Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. and March on the second and third Thursday mornings from 9-12.
On the Fourth Thursday of the month we serve guests from our Community a Hospitality Meal. At our last meal we served 115 guests.
Through your envelope givings you have an opportunity to help both of these efforts to reach out to our community.
Compassionate Fund – Supports the Food Basic Cards
Church Mission Fund- supports of our Hospitality Meals.
Thank you for prayerfully considering these two Community Outreach opportunities. 6.
COMMUNITY LIFE TEAM
Salvation Army Kettle Drive:
If you have 2 hours to spare between now and December 23 that will be very helpful in helping us with the 80 vacant spots that we have vacant at the moment. If you are willing and able please contact Major Wilson Noble at 519-671-0002 and your help would be very much appreciated.
This year brown paper bags will be available for the congregation to pick up and fill in support of our Hospitality Meal guests. The gifts will be displayed at our December 28th Hospitality Christmas Dinner for our guests to choose from.
Each bag will have a label explaining what items are to go into the bag. For example one bag will say ladies pajamas or night gown, children’s slippers, socks etc. You can put in one item or however many you wish. You may bring in the bags up to December 19th . Monetary donations are also welcome.
Thank you for your support in making our Christmas dinner a special one for our guests.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES
December 20th Blue Christmas Service 7pm
December 24th Advent IV LOVE 10am
December 24th Christmas Eve Service 7pm
All loose offerings at the Christmas Eve 7pm Service
will be divided between:
50% Compassionate Fund
25% to the Salvation Army
25% to the Women’s Rural Resource Centre
WORSHIP AROUND THE BREAKFAST TABLE
Come join us on December 31st at 9:30 for Worship around the breakfast table.
Please bring a pot luck dish for our breakfast .
Dress is casual!!