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Feb 12 – 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  at Main St Baptist                        1pm Feb 12              IODE Shares Service at SUC                                  11am Feb 12              Solidarity Vigil at MTA Chapel                             6pm Feb 26             “Memory Café” at SUC                                           2pm Feb 28             Pancake Tuesday and Trivia Night at SUC         TBA March 1           Ash Wednesday Service at Upper Sackville      TBA March 3          World Day of Prayer Service at St. Anne’s        7pm March 25        Earth Hour “Shut Off the Power” Event           7pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Feb 12, 2017 Epiphany VI

We welcome members of local chapters of the IODE to our service this morning, and thank them for their generosity of spirit in the community and in the world.

SOLIDARITY VIGIL AT MTA: The vigil of solidarity and friendship for Muslim communities will take place on Sunday February 12th at 6:00 pm in the Mount Allison Chapel. Planned by the Chaplain’s Office, with the collaboration of a Chaplaincy advisory group and the support of Sackville clergy, this prayer vigil will be an opportunity to mourn the victims of the killing in a Quebec mosque ten days ago, to stand in solidarity with all who mourn, and to demonstrate our friendship and support to Muslims in Canada, especially in this area. Together we will mourn, stand against acts of racism and racial and religious violence, and pray for peace and understanding even as we affirm that love will overcome hatred. The student advisory group members encourage you to attend, and to dress in black as a sign of mourning and solidarity.

MEMORY CAFÉ: Beginning this month, Sackville United will be welcoming a group of dedicated volunteers who will offer a “Memory Café” with music, snacks and a comfortable opportunity for socialization persons and caregivers who are coping with memory problems.  The café will run from 2-4:30pm the final Sunday of each month, and all are welcome.

PANCAKES AND TRIVIA AT SUC:  Come and join us for an evening of light-hearted fun as we share a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and then follow it up with some pub-style trivia with an SUC twist!  Time and details TBA, but start planning your trivia team of 2-4 people now.  We don’t want to ruin the surprise of what the prize will be, but it will be AMAZING.  Please speak to Jennie or Gary for more details – time TBA.

FACEBOOK, WEBSITE and TELEPHONE TREES – ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE TEAM?:  The Communications Group met recently and has posted several new circles of service on the discernment board.   Please sign up if you are interested in being a part of the following:

  1. Facebook Enthusiast:  Help make our FB page an enthusiastic and energetic place!  (all ages welcome)

  2. Website Makeover:  Would you like to envision an updated version of our webpage that reflects the energy and character of the pastoral charge?  No technical skill required.

  3. Telephone Tree Callers:  We have a small number of people in our community who do not have access to online materials.  Help them stay informed and in touch!

REMITS:  An extremely significant series of votes to determine the future direction of the United Church will be held over the coming year and a half.  For a brief introduction to some of what we are being asked to consider, please see the insert in your bulletin.  The information is also online.

ANNUAL REPORTS:  It’s not too early to send in your annual reports to the church office!  A date for the annual meetings for SUC and SPC have not yet been set, but work is already underway to have everything ready in time!  We would ask, in particular, that all SUC reports be in by no later than February 17 (next Friday).

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), Campbell’s Soup Labels, 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.

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!

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

Host Coffee & Conversation after church

Communications Group Circles (FB Enthusiasts, Website Makeover Team, Telephone Tree Callers)

Join the Affirm team


Psalm 119: 1-8 Matthew 5: 21-26


We Are Pilgrims on a Journey, VU 595 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, VU 684 Come Touch Our Hearts, MV 12 Let Us Build a House, MV 1 Offertory Response: What Does the Lord Require of You, VU 701

Quotations to Ponder

Angry people are not always wise. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but has not solved one yet. – Maya Angelou

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. , Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.– Will Smith

Truth can be told in an instant, forgiveness can be offered spontaneously, but reconciliation is the work of lifetimes and generations. – Krista Tippett, Speaking of Faith

About the IODE

The mission of IODE, a Canadian women’s charitable organization, is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social service and citizenship programs. IODE was founded in 1900 and IODE members volunteer thousands of hours each year.

The vision of IODE is to improve the physical and emotional health and expand the educational opportunities of all Canadians within a unified country.

Shepody Chapter IODE contributes to the IWK, Dorchester school, library and food bank, women’s shelters, Portage Atlantic, the Crisis Pregnancy Centre and school supplies, etc. for schools in Labrador, as well as 2 bursaries for Tantramar High School students.

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