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December 24 Announcements

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

We hope that you are well. If you are in need - physically, spiritually, or otherwise - don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone (506-940-1151) or email ( We are here for you and for each other!

Sunday Worship: Our Regular Sunday Worship is held at 11am both in-person at Sackville United and online via our SUC Facebook Page. Mask-wearing and distancing are encouraged but not mandatory. For those not on FB but wishing to watch online, a link to the video of the service will be posted on the church website in the days immediately following the service.

NEW Christmas Carolling at the Drew:  Please join us on the morning of Christmas Eve at 11am at the Drew as we come together in festive song!  After a brief sing in the concert room to warm up our voices, the choir and others are welcomed to join us in carolling through the halls. We will be there for approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to help lift the spirits of the residents and staff this Christmas Eve.

We Celebrate the Season of Advent:  We will celebrate the coming of advent a little earlier this year, with the following gathering times:

Thursday, Dec 21 - Winter Solstice Service, 7pm

NEW!! Sunday Dec 24 - Carolling at the Drew, 11am

Sunday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Gathering, 7pm

There are also a number of advent resources available for the season, available here.

A "Socking" Success: Thank you to everyone who brought in socks, toques, and mitts to contribute to Ensemble Moncton. And thanks to Rev. Lloyd for volunteering himself as an enthusiastic target yet again! Thanks to those who volunteered to match the TWENTY pairs of socks that made it into Lloyd's target basket, 160 items of warm clothing will make their way to those most in need of them. Thank you for being a part of this special event.

Christmas Bake Sale THANK YOU: Many thanks to all those who helped bake, set up, and run this year's Christmas Bake Sale! Approximately $1110 was raised, $200 of which has been donated to the Sackville Food Bank.  Enjoy your treats!

Two 20-sided dice, one dark grey, the other lime green, with white numbers.

Family Games Night at SUC:  MEETING THIS THURSDAY in the UPSTAIRS SPACE. Christy Watts shares: "I hope everyone is having a good week so far, this is a friendly reminder that Family Games Night meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6-8pm. This games night will be for anyone that is interested in attending. Remember you can bring a friend along and snacks for yourself or to share, all ages are welcome. You can contact Christy with any questions or concerns at 506-612-0608 or by emailing the church office.

Family Friendly Games Night will be held on the third Thursday of every month at the Sackville United Church (110 Main St) from 6-8 pm.

Sackville United Church Choir:  The choir is pleased to announce it's new regular rehearsal time of 5-6pm on Thursday evenings.  All are welcome - no audition or experience is necessary, nor is mandatory attendance. The choir also meets starting at 10:15am or 10:20am on Sundays. Come make a joyful noise with us!

Senior's Lunch Group: Seniors' Fellowship Noon Luncheons continue to meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Sackville United. Coming up next on  THIS TUESDAY December 19 with a special gathering at Patterson's Restaurant for lunch. Please speak to Brenda Allen for details and to add your name to the reservation list! Transportation to and from the restaurant will be available as needed.

Support Group for Caregivers: Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 1:30pm - this month December 5 & THIS TUESDAY DEC 19.  An informal get-together with light refreshments for current and former caregivers of those with dementia or physical issues to share experiences of their journey and to know that you are not alone and can depend on support and understanding from each other. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested. Contact the church office or speak to Diane Fullerton or Sheina Grant for more details. All are welcome!

Scripture/Announcement Readers: We are grateful that we have volunteers signed up until the end of the year! Would you be interested in reading on Sunday Morning? You may sign up on the list on the Circles of Service Board or by calling the Church office.  On Thursday afternoon the Church Office will communicate with you and provide you with the specific text(s) you will be asked to read, including the possibility of a selection of modern wisdom in the form of a quote from a current text. A sign-up list for Scripture from January - March 2024 is posted on the circles of service board, and we are still seeking readers for the new year!

Food Bank In Need:  As the cost of living continues to steeply rise, here are a list of items needed this week by the Sackville Food Bank. Items dropped off at the church will be collected weekly, and monetary donations collected through SUC will be given directly to the food bank.  Please see information about food insecurity and food insecurity resources in Sackville here.

For school lunches:

  • granola bars, fruit cups, small yogurts, tuna, peanut butter, Cheez Whiz, jams, etc.

Also needed for families and single adults:

  • cereal

  • crackers, cookies

  • pancake mix and maple syrup

  • baking needs: flour, sugar, shortening, baking powder, salt, etc.

  • canned and fresh fruit

  • canned and fresh vegetables

  • canned tuna and meats

  • cans of baked beans

  • pasta meals (KD, Side Kicks, etc.)

  • pasta sauce, canned tomatoes

  • rice and rice meals

  • instant coffee, regular coffee, tea bags

  • children's diapers (all sizes from newborn to pull ups)

  • baby wet wipes

  • toilet paper and tissues

  • sanitary products (pads and Tampex)

  • dish detergent

  • toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • deodorant

  • shampoo

REMINDER from the Food Security Action Group: Meal Delivery for Low-Income Seniors Program Available:  Co-ordinated through Nursing Homes without Borders and in conjunction with Horizon NB, there is a new meal service for reduced-income seniors available throughout the rural Tantramar area. Because NHWW is paying for the delivery, the senior must be a registered client of the Nursing Home Without Walls program. Terissa has confirmed there is no cost and no criteria to be a client of NHWW.  Once a senior is a client of NHWW and their application is approved by United Way to receive the meals ( must have income level or lower) then the client pays only $40 per month for a weekly delivery of 10 meals.  Please encourage all the seniors in our area who are struggling financially to put a meal on the table, to reach out to Nursing Home without Walls for this service. Forms for application can be found here and here.

Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky:  Coffee and conversation is held every Wednesday morning at 10am at Sackville United (ETA: on pause for December 27, but will resume in the new year!). Bring your appetite for delicious baked goods and conversation - all are welcome!

Broadview Subscription Renewal Time

Please contact the church Office ASAP to indicate if you are renewing your subscription!
Please note the price change - now $30 for the year (still a steal!)
New subscribers welcome at anytime!

What's New at Broadview:  The United Church magazine has a variety of topical articles on subjects that reflect many of the interests and initiatives of our congregation. Please contact the church office to renew your subscription if you have not already and/or to sign up through our discounted group subscription rate of only $30/year. New subscriptions can be added at anytime of year!

Prayer Bench Group Subscription:  We have purchased a group subscription to Rev. Janice MacLean's "Prayer Bench" for the year, including a number of individual email "retreats" and series.  If you are interested in receiving these resources please contact the church office.

Fall Church Office Hours: The church office hours are Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12-4:30pm.  Any changes to this schedule, including illness or snow days (during which Jennie can sometimes be found working remotely) will be posted on the church FB page, and, if possible, on the church doors as well.

Preacher's "Help Group" (Scripture Study): meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30am via zoom. Speak to Rev. Lloyd for more details.

Care and support for one another in Community:  Meeting this month on December 14 & 28.  People of all ages and walks of life are invited to gather for a time of silent prayer in the sanctuary two evenings a month on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7pm for approximately 15-20 minutes. This offers an intentional way to hold in prayer all those persons in our lives for whom we have care and concern. And an understanding that we all carry some heaviness in our lives. All are welcome.

 “Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another” * *Henri Nouwen

Parents and Tots:  Parents and Tots meets Thursday Mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. There is no charge, and volunteers are present to assist with childcare. Bring your young ones for a time of community, play and fellowship (and a chance to chat with other grownups!).

Affirming Fund and Benevolent Fund: These two funds, one of them newly created, allow Sackville United to respond to individual needs of those in our local community. The newly-created Affirming Fund is intended for local LGBTQ2+ persons needing assistance - this includes support for gender affirming care (legal changes of name and/or gender, LGBTQ2+ related medical expenses not covered by health insurance, etc.) and other areas in which LGBTQ2+ persons might be of need. Both of these funds exist by virtue of your generous donations. Contributions can be made regularly through PAR (contact the church office to update), by e-transfer, or by indicating the name of the fund to which you wish to contribute on your offering envelope.

What's Coming Up

  • AA meets 12-1pm Saturdays in the sanctuary

  • Food Bank Collection every Sunday

  • THIS WEEK:  Longest Night Service (Thursday 7pm), Carolling at the Drew on Christmas Eve Morning (Dec 24 11am), Christmas Eve Service (Dec 24 7pm)

Watch recordings of previous services:

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