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April 2 – Announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                                    9:30am Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky                  10-11am Thursdays    Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian)            9:30-11am 1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making at Main St Baptist   1pm April 10-12    Morning Holy Week Reflection/Prayer Services     9am April 13           Maundy Thursday Meal and Worship at SUC           6pm April 14           Good Friday Service                                                        10am April 16           Easter Sunday Pastoral Charge Sunrise Service at SUC             7am Upper Sackville (communion)                             9am Sackville United (comm/drama)                         11am April 23           UCW Service                                                                    9am/11am April 30           Memory Cafe at SUC                                                     2pm May TBA        Yard & Bake Sale at Upper Sackville                         8-11am May TBA        Music Afternoon at Upper Sackville                        2pm

Sharing Hand with Hearts

ANNOUNCEMENTS for April 2, 2017- LENT V

ANDERSON SETTLEMENT: The Anderson Settlement United Community will have its first gathering of the 2017 year, on Palm Sunday (April 9th 2017) at The residence of Richard Wells at 2:00 pm. Reflection entitled “Setting our Spiritual Pace Through Life” All welcome to attend. Following the service, by notice of The Chair the Annual Meeting of the Anderson Settlement United Church will be held.If there are any questions, please contact Kyle Wells at

ROCKPORT UNITED:  The first service of 2017 will be held on Sunday, April 9 at 2:30pm at Rockport United Church.  All are welcome, and limited transportation is available.  Please speak to Jennie or email the church office for more details.

LENTEN STUDY: An opportunity to join in the conversation on a subject that is important to us all:  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER: “A good death begins with living in the present,”  says the Rev. Dr. Linda Yates, author of For The Death of Me: Accepting Death, Choosing Life.”  Facing death can be difficult, and begins with living a meaningful life. In this resource for small groups or for individual spiritual study, we also explore issues of Medically Assisted Death and Euthanasia. What do you think about life after death? We learn how our worldview affects what we believe about life after death.  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER is a program from The Prayer Bench ministry, and offers three guided sessions. We will listen to an audio presentation together with a printed script provided in advance. Conversation and discussion will help us explore what we think and feel and believe.

HOLY WEEK MORNING REFLECTION/PRAYER SERVICES:  A brief time of prayer, scripture, reflections and music will be held on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week at 9am in the sanctuary.  Led by Bruce Moore and Jennie Del Motte, these moments of contemplation aim to deepen our connection to this life-changing week in our church year.

MAUNDY THURSDAY/GOOD FRIDAY:  On Thursday April 13, beginning at 6pm, we share worship in remembrance of the last supper through and throughout a meal together – potluck with communion led by Rev. Jenn.  Next, on Friday morning at 10am, a service of challenge, grace, and consolation led by Rev. Jenn.

EASTER SERVICES:  This year the Pastoral Charge will offer three services on Easter Morning.  The sunrise service, led by Jennie Del Motte and Bruce Moore, will be at 7am at Sackville United.  Upper Sackville Easter service with communion will be at 9am, and Sackville United Easter service will communion and drama will be at 11am.  Special music at 9am and 11am services featuring Ed Knuckles, Branden Olsen and Skylar Richard.

A NOTE FROM MINISTRY AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: “The Ministry and Personnel Committee is conducting a routine review of Jennie’s performance as Director of Music at Sackville United.  The congregation is invited to send comments on Jennie’s work in this capacity to any of the committee members– Gloria Turner (, Shirley Hopkins (, and Karen Bamford (  To be considered comments should be received by April 9.”

Would Someone You Know Appreciate a Pastoral Care Visit?:  Pastoral care for SPC is generously being provided by Rev. Jean Ward.  For any pastoral care needs, or if you know someone who might appreciate a visit, please contact Rev. Ward directly – 902-694-4372 or

UCW COLLECTING SMALL ITEMS TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE:  UCW continues to save the following items:  Independent Grocery Tapes, pop tabs, plastic bread tabs, used postage stamps (1/4″ border), the front cover of used Greeting Cards.  All items can be left in the basket which is on the book shelf as you come in the main entrance of the church.  Please note that the Campbell’s Soup Company has cancelled their soup label refund program; therefore, the UCW are no longer collecting these soup labels. Thank you for all the items you continue to collect for us.  It is very much appreciated.

CENTERING PRAYER:  Centering prayer group meets every Monday; all are welcome to join for one half hour of prayer together.

Check out the projects, ideas, and circles of interest on our Discernment Board (to the left of the sanctuary entrance): Sign your name for something that interests you, or start a group of your own!

NEW: Sign up to serve communion on occasion

Help host or attend our Wednesday morning coffee time co-hosted with Open Sky

Host Coffee & Conversation after church

Join the Affirm team


John 11:1-45


New Every Morning, VU 405, v.1-3, 5 Spirit Open My Heart, MV 79 Renewing Our Spirits, MV 98 I Feel the Winds of God Today, VU 625 Offertory Response: Fresh as the Morning, MV 28, v.4 & chorus

 “Six Weeks of Disney”:

In anticipation of Rev. Jenn’s upcoming trip to Disney World, each week we hear a Disney song that reflects themes in our scripture:

Lent 1 (Jesus in the Desert): “Candle on the Water” – Pete’s Dragon Lent 2 (John 3:16): “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – The Lion King (Elton John version) Lent 3 (Living Water): “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana Lent 4 (Man born blind): “A Whole New World” – Aladdin Lent 5 (Lazarus): “You’ll Be In My Heart” – Tarzan (Phil Collins version)

Quotations to Ponder

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection.  – Arthur Schopenhauer

“It was no accident, no coincidence, that the seasons came round and round year after year. It was the Lord speaking to us all and showing us over and over again the birth, life, death, and resurrection of his only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. It was like a best-loved story being told day after day with each sunrise and sunset, year after year with the seasons, down through the ages since time began.” ― Francine Rivers, The Last Sin Eater

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