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February 11 Announcements

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 (suc@nb.aibn.com). We are here for you and for each other!




What's New


  • All Ages Event this Sunday February 11

  • Jennie away on vacation February 10-18

  • Office closed February 13&15

  • Committee Positions looking to be filled at the annual meeting

  • Reminder: Annual Meeting Sunday March 3 following worship


Coming Up This Week


  • Seekers Group Book Study Sundays via zoom

  • All Ages Event this Sunday February 11

  • Preacher's Help Group/Scripture Study Tuesday 10:30am on zoom

  • Pancake Supper Tuesday February 13 5-6:30pm

  • Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky Wednesday 10am

  • Ash Wednesday February 14 noontime service and meal

  • NO Choir Practice Thursday 5-6pm

  • AA 12-1pm Saturdays in the sanctuary

  • Food Bank Collection Sunday morning on the hallway pew

  • First Sunday of Lent Sunday February 18





Watch recordings of previous services


(February 4 service CANCELLED due to weather)



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.


This week we engage with an All-Ages event during our 11am Sunday gathering. Prepare for interaction, activity, and excitement for all! There will be no formal choir, and service music will be generously provided by Janet Hammock - thank you Janet!


2023-4 Annual Report - Your Reports are Welcome:  Any persons/groups who have not yet submitted their annual reports are asked to do so ASAP!



Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper:  Grab your spatulas and your appetite! On Tuesday, February 13 from 5-6:30pm SUC will host a pancake supper! Pancakes, syrup, fruit, juice/tea/coffee and maybe even some waffles and whipped cream will be on offer. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Gluten-free options will be available.


Upcoming Change in Office Hours:  Jennie will be away from February 10-18 to visit her parents. As such, the office will be closed on February 13 and 15.



Ash Wednesday Service: On Wednesday, February 14 at noontime, put down your valentines for a bit and join Rev. Lloyd and guest musician (our own) Janet Hammock for a service of contemplation and imposition of ashes followed by a community meal.


Worship at the Drew:  You are invited to join Rev. Lloyd and Jennie on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm to share in worship and fellowship together at the Drew Nursing Home. Coming up next on Sunday March 3 - health conditions permitting. All are welcome - masks are strongly encouraged.



Committee Positions Seeking to be Filled:  We have a number of positions within our executive and other committees that we are seeking to fill at this year's annual meeting. If you are called to volunteer, or have a suggestion of someone who might wish to be nominated, please contact the church office or reach out to Rev. Lloyd.



Seekers Group New Book Study: Do I Stay Christian?: A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned (by Brian McLaren*) Do I Stay Christian? (2022) helps Christians address the questions of whether and how to stay Christian when the term can mean irreconcilable things. Do I Stay Christian? addresses in public the powerful question that surprising numbers of people―including pastors, priests, and other religious leaders―are asking in private. Picking up where Faith After Doubt leaves off, Do I Stay Christian? is not McLaren's attempt to persuade Christians to dig in their heels or run for the exit. Instead, he combines his own experience with that of thousands of people who have confided in him over the years to help readers make a responsible, honest, ethical decision about their religious identity. There is a way to say both yes and no to the question of staying Christian, McLaren says, by shifting the focus from whether we stay Christian to how we stay human. If Do I Stay Christian? is the question you're asking―or if it's a question that someone you love is asking―this is the book you've been waiting for.




Care and support for one another in Community:  Meeting this month on February 8 & 22 - please note the new morning time of 9am for the fourth Thursday.  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 (2nd Thursday) and 9am (Fourth Thursday) 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



Books Wanted for Dorchester LGBTQ+ Group:  Rev. Lloyd is looking for resources that might be shared with a Queer Library at the Dorchester Penitentiary. Please speak to him if you have anything you would be interested in sharing.


Senior's Lunch Group: A message from Brenda Allen, coordinator of the group: "Thank you to those who came to Patterson's on Tuesday,  There were 11 of us and it was an enjoyable lunch and so good to see so many of you.  Merry Christmas and all the best of good health for 2024."  The Senior's Lunch Group will meet in the first part of 2024 on the THIRD Tuesday of the month on the following dates: February 20, March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18  Please note that there will not be a get-together in January.




Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky:  Coffee and conversation is held every Wednesday morning at 10am at Sackville United. Bring your appetite for delicious baked goods and conversation - all are welcome! An important reminder that if public schools are closed, there will be no coffee and conversation that week.


Sackville United Church Choir:  NOTE: There will be NO choir practice this Thursday Feb 8 on account of the all-ages event this coming Sunday. There will be rehearsal with special guest musician Suzanne Sevcik on Thursday Feb 15 at 5pm. The choir is pleased to announce its 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!



Support Group for Caregivers: Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 1:30pm - next on February 20.  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 March 10 & 17.


Exciting New Resource from the Prayer Bench:  The Prayer Bench is now moving away from annual group subscriptions. Janice MacLean’s newly designed website provides details about Prayer Bench subscriptions which include a “Personal” subscription or a “Personal and More“ subscription as well as many rich resources and varied studies which are contemplative in nature and nourish the soul. One such study is a recent collaboration between the Prayer Bench host, Janice MacLean, and SUC Elder Janet Hammock. Called “Musicians of Holy Mystery”, the 6-part study, available to anyone for only $20,  explores the mystery of music in relationship to our spiritual journeys. Details of this study, and the many other ways you can enjoy The Prayer Bench, can be found online at prayerbench.ca.


Broadview SubscriptionS


Please contact the church Office To Renew or begin your broadview subscription
$30/year
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!



Winter 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.




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.



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!).


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


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Family Games Night at SUC:  Meeting next on Thursday, February 15.  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.



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






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