• Lloyd Bruce

Feb 18 – Announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                         ON PAUSE Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky        10am Thursdays     Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian) 9:30-11am 1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making at Main St. Baptist Tuesdays 10am/Wednesdays 7pm     Spiritual Literacy Group at SUC Sundays 9:15am     Book Study in the Quiet Room at SUC TODAY            Food Bank Sunday                                                 9am/11am Feb 20             UCW Meeting at 155 Walker Rd (Tuesday)     2pm Feb 21-23       Church Office CLOSED Feb 25             Conversation Café and Potluck                         11am March 2         World Day of Prayer Service at SUC                 2pm March 4         SUC Annual Meeting (bag lunch)                      12pm March 11      Upper Sackville Annual Meeting                       10am March 18      SPC Annual Meeting (bag lunch)                       12pm April 1           Easter Sunday                                       7am/9am/11am

Many thanks to Isaiah for sharing his gift of music with us today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for February 18, 2018 – Lent I

FOOD BANK SUNDAY:  This Sunday is food bank Sunday for the Pastoral Charge. We are asked to bring our offerings of non-perishable food items or consider a monetary contribution to the food bank to help meet the immediate needs of our neighbours and friends, even as we continue to address the underlying injustices that lead to long-term food insecurity.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FEBRUARY 21-23:  This coming week the church office will be closed for regular hours.  Rev. Lloyd will still be in the church building selected mornings, and regular office hours will resume the following week.  Jennie is taking Megan to visit her “Nana and Papa” for her 3rd birthday.  J

THE PRAYER NET: Our Sunday School invites everyone to participate in our “Prayer Net” project.  The Prayer Net is hung on the wall in the entrance way of our church.  Colourful fish are available to you to hang on our net.  On the back of the fish you are invited to write a short prayer, a hope you may have for our world or whatever may have some significance to you. As well, you may choose to hold a prayer, hope or dream for our world in your heart as you  hang your fish on the net without necessarily expressing your thoughts in writing. We welcome you to this project.  Your participation will do much to express support for the work of our Sunday School.

THOUGHTS FOR WORSHIP & SANCTUARY: The worship and sanctuary committee is always interested in your feedback about our sanctuary space and worship planning.  As we prepare for the season of Lent, we invite your thoughts and ideas of how the sanctuary might be decorated, and are happy to have additional volunteers in decorating. Our members are:  Janet Geier, Glenda Thornton, Jane Braedley, Bernice McMaster, Jennie Del Motte & Rev. Lloyd

Conversation Café and Potluck at SUC:  On the last Sunday of the month, we welcome a special guest speaker to help us explore our faith in a different way, followed by a potluck.  Details of our next guest coming soon – all are welcome.  This month, on Feb 25, we welcome Doreen Richard, who worked for many years as Coordinator of Indigenous Affairs at Mount Allison.  We will follow the service with a potluck: last name A-M to bring dessert and N – Z to bring first course.

SILENT & LIVE AUCTION AT SUC:  Some of the congregation have indicated an interest in having a Silent and Live Auction. There is a sheet on the Discernment Board if you are excited about helping with this idea and forming a bubble group to be a part of this, please sign the sheet.

ANNUAL REPORTS:  Thank you to everyone who submitted their annual reports already!  The time of our annual meetings swiftly approaches – if anyone has reports to submit as part of either the SUC or SPC annual reports, please send them to the church office ASAP!

ANNUAL MEETINGS:  Annual meetings for the congregations of the Sackville Pastoral Charge have been called by the chairs of their executives. They are as follows:  March 4, SUC 12pm – please bring bag lunch/snack; March 11, USUC 10am; March 18, SPC 12pm (meeting held at SUC) – please bring bag lunch/snack. ~ Bruce Moore (SUC), Bernice McMaster (USUC), Jane Braedley (SPC)

Prayers for the Community: Is there someone or something you would like held or lifted up in prayer this month?  Our prayer circle is ready to hear your concerns and joys and pray for them – please send your messages to Mora MacDonald at morabullydog@yahoo.ca.  All requests are kept in confidence among the group, who are always mindful of your privacy.

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REV.  LLOYD: Looking to get in touch with Lloyd?  He can be reached at spcminister@nb.aibn.com or by calling (506) 940-1151.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE AT SUC:  This year Sackville United is hosting the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer service, with music provided by Jennie.  All are welcome at this afternoon service, which begins at 2pm on Friday, March 2.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS FOR WINTER 2018:  Wed-Fri 8-11am

Scripture:

Job 3:1-26

Hymns:

VU 567 Will You Come and Follow Me VU 108 Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights VU 842 Unto the Hills VU 467 One Bread, One Body

Learn More at United Church Website:

Support Bill C-262 on Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

https://mailchi.mp/cb36a117ba1f/171205-1036997?e=d23926994e

Call for More Funding to UN Relief Agencies for Palestinians:

http://www.united-church.ca/news/call-more-funding-un-relief-agency-palestinians

Put an End to Islamaphobia:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/national-day-remembrance-and-action-islamophobia

What’s Going on with Remits (UCC reorganization/reformation):

http://www.united-church.ca/leadership/church-administration/remit-implementation

Rohingya Crisis:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/rohingya-crisis

Address the Root Causes of Famine:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/call-government-address-root-causes-famine

Israeli Military Detention of and Violence against Children:

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/israeli-military-detention-no-way-treat-child

A Song of Faith and other official statements on who we are as a denomination: http://www.united-church.ca/community-faith

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