February 26 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 (email@example.com). 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 accommodation for those who wish to remain distanced will continue until otherwise stated. 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.
Annual Report - final deadline: The annual report is in the process of being finalised, so please send in your reports ASAP! Groups/Projects from which a report has not been received have been contacted directly. Reports received after Sunday February 26 may not be able to be included in the report.
2022 Tax Receipts: 2022 Tax Receipts will be sent by email by Sunday February 26. Anyone wishing to have a printed copy is invited to email and/or drop by the church office following the service and Jennie will be pleased to print a paper copy for you.
Church Office Hours: The office will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4:30pm In case of any changes to regular office hours due to illness or other circumstances, a notice will be posted on the church FB page and, when possible, on the front doors as well. When public school has been cancelled due to weather, Jennie can be found either working from home (if driving conditions are poor) or with a special guest (Megan) joining her for office hours.
Ensemble Moncton "Save the Date": "ENSEMBLE invites you to join us for a presentation on “The Science and Ethics of Harm Reduction as it Relates to Substance Use.” Dr. Tim Christie, Horizon’s Regional Director of Ethics Services, will be the guest speaker. We’ve scheduled time for Questions & Answers both during and after presentation." The presentation is on March 15 from 1-3pm at St George's Anglican Church (51 Church St, Moncton). Contact our own Chantale Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. If enough members of SUC are interested in going, there is a possibility of creating a carpool. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
March Mid-Week Mid-Afternoon Break: For middle-school youth (grades 3-8) - take an afternoon and evening in the middle of march break to learn the ins and outs of meditation, yoga, and an introduction to walking the labyrinth. Sarah Smith, local yoga practitioner, Rev. Lloyd, and others share leadership. Supper and supplies provided - there is no cost for this event, so spread the word!
International Women's Day Collection Drive: International Women’s Day is a global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “Embrace Equity”. Again this year, our community of faith acknowledges and celebrates International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8th. We realize that saying Embrace Equity is easy, but we know that trying to attain equity is a dream for many women.
In order to aid hurting women in some very small way, you are asked to donate items like shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, scarves, gloves, chocolate bars, etc. These items will be gathered in the Quiet Room. These items will be shared with Ensemble Moncton, Autumn House, Amherst, Tantramar Regional High School Pantry, Mount Allison Food Bank, Sackville Food Bank.
Final day for collecting articles will be Sunday, March 5th.
Remembering and Celebrating: As February comes to a close, let it serve as a reminder to celebrate black history all year round! In addition to special features in Broadview Magazine, and resources from the United Church, this is also an opportunity to highlight the opportunity to support the first bursary/scholarship for black students at Mount Allison, in memory of the wonderful Kavana Wa Kilele.
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.
Congratulations Sara!: Glenda Thornton writes, "I wanted to let everyone know that Sara Jewell's book Alphabet of Faith tied for the Silver Award in Illumination Book Awards, Christian Living category. Woohoo!" Thank you Glenda for sharing this happy moment with us! The list of nominees can be viewed here: 2023 Medalists (illuminationawards.com)
Seeker's Group New Video Series: The Seekers Group will view videos weekly from a series called Old & New as produced by Church Anew. You can view the first episode by following the link above. Please contact Catherine Gaw for more information - the Seekers Group gathers via Zoom at 9AM each Sunday morning.
"ProFuture" Lenten Study: Rev. Lloyd writes: "For a Lenten Study this year I will be facilitating an exploration of ProFuture Faith with Michael Dowd. This group will gather on Tuesday evenings beginning February 28th at 7PM. Using Zoom we will watch the video together and then share in discussion. If you’d like a sample of the program visit this link." Contact Rev. Lloyd to join this small group study.
Cell Phones Needed for Ensemble Moncton: Are you upgrading to a newer model and have a spare phone sitting in a drawer somewhere? Ensemble Moncton provides cellphones to their clients to connect them to services and the community. The clients work closely with the Wellness Navigator at Ensemble to access services in health, justice and social sectors. Funding is very hard to access for cellphone provision because of the harmful assumptions placed on individuals dealing with addictions and substance use. Drop off phones at ENSEMBLE, 80 Weldon Street, Moncton, daily between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Phone (506)859-9616 and ask for Ashley if more information is required. Any cell phones (and chargers!) dropped off at the church office will be brought to Moncton by Jennie or Rev. Lloyd.
Thank you to those who have donated cell phones so far. Ensemble will ensure that all data/information is wiped from phones donated before they are distributed.
Scripture Readers Needed for Winter Services: 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 - now updated for the winter months! For convivence sake the season/theme of each Sunday is listed, if possible. 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. The Worship and Sanctuary Committee thanks you for sharing in this ministry.
Lectio Divina Lenten Series with Rev. Catherine Smith: Join Rev. Catherine on Friday afternoons from 4-5pm beginning February 24th. She writes: In the practice of Lectio Divina we are guided gently into a text to encourage sight through the eyes of our heart. See here
for more information, including how to contact Rev. Catherine.
Monthly Services at the Drew: We are delighted to once again be able to offer in-person ministry at the Drew Nursing Home. Services will be at 3pm on the first Sunday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend, so please consider if you are inspired to join us. Coming up next on March 5.
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!). Seniors Fellowship Lunches: This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your own bag lunch and enjoy fellowship, conversation, and good food together! All seniors welcome - meeting next on Tuesday, March 14!
What's New with 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 $25/year. New subscriptions can be added at anytime of year! 3 radical reads for Lent Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is standing up for racialized people in health care Scan of area around Alberni Indian Residential School reveals evidence of potential graves
What's Coming Up
Worship at the Drew first Sunday of the month (this Sunday March 5)
Preacher's "Help Group" Scripture Study (Tuesdays 10:30am)
Winter 2023 Choir Practices at 5pm on Tuesday evenings
AA meets 12-1pm Saturdays in the sanctuary
Lectio Divina with Rev. Catherine Smith, Fridays 4-5pm during Lent
Sunday Seekers Lenten video series (Sundays 9:15am)
"ProFuture" Lenten study with Rev. Lloyd (Tuesdays at 7pm)
Watch recordings of previous services: